Brain Feed

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Drains a portion of a visible enemy's intelligence. Such a loss is only temporary, and can be recovered by gaining experience.

Brain Feed is a smite-targeted monster-only spell that has a 33% chance to inflict 1d3 points of temporary intelligence damage on your character. Although this is normally just a nuisance, berserkers and other character builds with very low intelligence are at risk of stat zero, and mages that are using spells they can just barely cast reliably may find themselves miscasting at inopportune moments.

Having a way to increase your intelligence (such as a backup ring of intelligence or an artefact with the +Int property) will greatly reduce the danger of Brain Feed. Followers of Cheibriados gain enough extra intelligence to render all but the most egregious losses moot, and followers of Elyvilon may simply use the Purification ability to reverse any damage once the monster is dealt with.

The following enemies cast Brain Feed: