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Cards are a distinct set of abilities used by followers of Nemelex Xobeh (or invoked against you by Nemelex's wrath).


There are 3 player drawn decks: the deck of destruction, deck of escape, and deck of summoning. While worshipping Nemelex, the god will occasionally gift you cards. You can see the deck which the cards were dealt, but not specific cards themselves (at least, without using an ability). You can store a maximum of 26 cards for the deck of destruction, and 13 cards for the other two. Nemelex draws from the deck of punishment as divine retribution.


There are two aspects to the potency of a card's effect: called "power" and "power_level" in the source code.

Power is the card equivalent to spellpower. Players draw cards at power = (9 × Invocations) + (1.5 × piety) + (piety × (Invocations + 25) / 27). Cards drawn by wrath have a power of 18 × XL.

Most cards then translate power into power level, a number ranging from 0, 1, or 2. Each level can be considered a new "tier", and may add new effects or simply improve the card; for example, the Orb fires multiple orbs of destruction at power level 2. Every time a card is drawn, the game rolls twice: power / 900 and power / 2700 - each successful roll raises power level by 1.

Lists of cards

Currently available cards

Destruction Escape Summoning Punishment

the Orb
the Storm
Wild Magic

the Cloud
the Elixir
the Tomb

the Dance
the Elements
the Illusion
the Pentagram
the Rangers

the Swine
the Wraith

Removed cards


  • Prior to 0.23, decks were evocable items with different tiers, and card power and power level depended on the quality of the deck.
  • Prior to 0.19, there were many more decks, many more cards, decks could be found on the floor, and card power scaled off Evocations with and without Nemelex.

See also


Decks Nemelex's Cards
Deck of destruction Degeneration The Orb Pain The Storm Vitriol Wild Magic
Deck of escape The Cloud The ElixirExile The Tomb Velocity
Deck of summoning The Dance The Elements The Illusion The Swarm The Pentagram The Rangers
Deck of punishment Swine TormentWraith Wrath