Demonspawn mutations

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Version 0.28: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

As demonspawn characters level up, they gain useful mutations due to their demonic ancestry. Demonspawn mutations are semi-random, according to the following rules. A 'facet' is a set of three ranks in one mutation:

  • 90% of the time, they mutate as follows:
    • They gain one body-slot facet
    • They gain one scales facet
    • They gain two tier 2 facets
    • They gain one tier 3 facet
  • 10% of the time, they are "monstrous", and instead mutate as follows:
    • They gain three body-slot facets.
    • They have no scales facets
    • They gain two tier 2 facets
    • They gain one tier 3 facet

Here is a list of all possible demonspawn mutations. Note that many of these mutations can also be gained randomly. However, demonspawn mutations are unique in that they cannot be removed by any means. You can check your current mutations with shift-A.

Body-Slot Facets

Monstrous demonspawn develop 3 body-slot facets, while others gain 1. All body-slot facets give the player some extra passive abilities, but will eventually preclude wearing some non-body armour.

Since most demonspawn only have one body-slot facet, the armour restriction is minor. Monstrous demonspawn, who have three body-slot facets, suffer from many more armour restrictions. However they gain two more passive abilities than their non-monstrous brethren. This lends themselves to a more offensive play style.

Claws

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Bonus unarmed damage. Negated by gloves. You have sharp fingernails.
2 Improved unarmed damage. Negated by gloves. You have very sharp fingernails.
3 Superior unarmed damage. Prohibits gloves. You have claws for hands.

Each level adds +2 base unarmed damage. Level 3 Claws will decapitate hydras.

Species notes: Ghouls start with rank 1 and trolls start with rank 3.
Felids have paw-claws (effective Claws 1); they and Octopodes cannot gain claws.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Demonic Touch

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Auxiliary touch attack. Your touch may inflict minor irresistible damage on your foes.
2 Improved auxiliary touch attack. Your touch may inflict irresistible damage on your foes.
3 Superior auxiliary touch attack. Prohibits gloves. Your touch may irresistibly damage your foes and sap their willpower.

Species notes: Demonspawn can gain demonic touch as a body slot option.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Horns

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Auxiliary headbutt attack. Prohibits helmets. You have a pair of small horns on your head.
2 Improved auxiliary headbutt attack. Prohibits helmets. You have a pair of horns on your head.
3 Superior auxiliary headbutt attack. Prohibits all headgear. You have a pair of large horns on your head.

Species notes: Minotaurs start with rank 2. Demonspawn can gain horns as a body slot option. Octopodes cannot gain horns.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Antennae

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Shows the location of all invisible enemies in line of sight. Detects all monsters within 3 tiles, even through walls or opaque clouds. Prohibits helmets. You have a pair of small antennae on your head.
2 Range increases to 5 tiles. Prohibits helmets. You have a pair of antennae on your head.
3 Range increases to 7 tiles. Grants see invisible. Prohibits all headgear. You have a pair of large antennae on your head.

When playing in console mode, creatures not in line of sight are revealed as { or { glyphs, depending on whether the entity is hostile or friendly. In tile mode, they appear as icons which similarly indicate hostility. Mimics will be identified as soon as they enter your antennae range.

Species:: Formicids start with rank 3. Demonspawn can gain antennae as a body slot option.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Hooves

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Auxiliary kick attack. Negated by boots. You have large cloven feet.
2 Improved auxiliary kick attack. Negated by boots. You have hoof-like feet.
3 Superior auxiliary kick attack. Prohibits boots. You have hooves in place of feet.

Species notes: Demonspawn can gain hooves as a body slot option. Nagas, merfolk, felids, and octopodes cannot gain hooves.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Weakening Stinger

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Auxiliary tail-slap attack. You have a small tail.
2 Improved auxiliary tail-slap attack. You have a tail ending in a sharp stinger.
3 Superior auxiliary tail-slap attack. Prohibits cloaks. You have a sharp stinger which inflicts weakening toxins.

Species notes: Demonspawn can gain the weakening stinger as a body slot option.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation

Scales Facets

Most demonspawn develop scales; monstrous demonspawn do not. Demonspawn may still acquire scales through random mutation, but non-monstrous demonspawn can only get ranks of a scales mutation if it matches the one they would eventually develop later.

Molten Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 AC You are partially covered in molten scales.
2 +3 AC You are mostly covered in molten scales.
3 +4 AC, rF+ You are completely covered in molten scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Icy Blue Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 AC You are partially covered in icy blue scales.
2 +3 AC You are mostly covered in icy blue scales.
3 +4 AC, rC+ You are completely covered in icy blue scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Slimy Green Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 AC You are partially covered in slimy green scales.
2 +3 AC You are mostly covered in slimy green scales.
3 +4 AC, rPois You are completely covered in slimy green scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Thin Metallic Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 AC You are partially covered in thin metallic scales.
2 +3 AC You are mostly covered in thin metallic scales.
3 +4 AC, rElec You are completely covered in thin metallic scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Yellow Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 AC You are partially covered in yellow scales.
2 +3 AC You are mostly covered in yellow scales.
3 +4 AC, rCorr You are completely covered in yellow scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Rugged Brown Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +1 AC, +3% HP You are partially covered in rugged brown scales.
2 +2 AC, +5% HP You are mostly covered in rugged brown scales.
3 +3 AC, +7% HP You are completely covered in rugged brown scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Large Bone Plates

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +4 SH You are partially covered in large bone plates.
2 +6 SH You are mostly covered in large bone plates.
3 +8 SH You are completely covered in large bone plates.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Repulsion Field

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 EV You are surrounded by a mild repulsion field.
2 +3 EV You are surrounded by a moderate repulsion field.
3 +4 EV, permanent Repel Missiles effect You are surrounded by a strong repulsion field.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Thin Skeletal Structure

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 DEX, +25 Stealth You have a somewhat thin skeletal structure.
2 +4 DEX, +50 Stealth You have a moderately thin skeletal structure.
3 +6 DEX, +75 Stealth You have an unnaturally thin skeletal structure.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation

In earlier versions of Crawl, this mutation also reduced strength by 1 per rank.


Sturdy Frame

Rank Effect Flavor
1 -2 Encumbrance from equipped armour. Your movements are slightly less encumbered by armour. (ER -2)
2 -4 Encumbrance from equipped armour. Your movements are less encumbered by armour. (ER -4)
3 -6 Encumbrance from equipped armour. Your movements are significantly less encumbered by armour. (ER -6)

This mutation allows the player to wear heavier Armour without the associated penalties to EV or Spell Success.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Sanguine Armour

Rank Effect Flavor
1 When you have 2/3 of your max health or less, gain +6 AC. When seriously injured, your bleeding wounds create armour. (AC +0).
2 The same as the previous level but +9 AC. When seriously injured, your bleeding wounds create thick armour. (AC +0).
3 The same as the previous level but +12 AC. When seriously injured, your bleeding wounds create very thick armour. (AC +0).

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Big Brain

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +2 INT You have an unusually large brain.
2 +4 INT You have an extremely huge brain.
3 +6 INT, permanent Wizardry effect You have an absolutely massive brain.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Sharp Scales

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +1 AC, +1 slaying bonus You are partially covered in razor-sharp scales.
2 +2 AC, +2 slaying bonus You are mostly covered in razor-sharp scales.
3 +3 AC, +3 slaying bonus You are completely covered in razor-sharp scales.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation

Tier 2 Facets

All demonspawn develop two tier 2 facets.

Ignite Blood

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Blood spilled in your LOS has a 33% chance to immediately burst into a cloud of flame. You are immune to clouds of flame. Your demonic aura sometimes causes spilled blood to erupt in flames.
2 Chance of igniting blood increased to 66%. Flame cloud duration improves. Your demonic aura often causes spilled blood to erupt in flames.
3 Chance of igniting blood increased to 100%. Flame cloud duration improves. Your demonic aura causes all spilled blood to erupt in flames.

Flame clouds appear where player or enemy blood is spilled and last from mutlevel + 2 to 3 * mutlevel + 1 turns.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Icemail

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Condensation Shield: frost condenses into an icy shield. Provides +4 SH, but melts in the heat. A meltable shield of frost defends you.
2 Icemail: frost condenses into icy armour. Provides +4 AC, but melts in the heat. A meltable icy envelope protects you from harm.
3 Icemail thickens, improving the AC bonus to +8. A thick, meltable icy envelope protects you from harm.

You generate a layer of ice around you, providing up to +4 SH and +8 AC. Melts each time you take fire damage but regenerates after 300 auts have passed.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Powered by Death

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Powered by death is triggered at a (100 - 10 * powered by death regen strength)% chance when you kill an enemy. If triggered you gain random2(mutation level + 1) powered by death regen strength, lasts for 1 + 1d4 turns per level of regen strength. Resets duration when triggered. Adds 100 * powered by death regen strength to your regeneration rate. You regenerate a little health from kills.
2 The same as the previous level but the mutation level is higher. You regenerate health from kills.
3 The same as the previous level but the mutation level is higher. You regenerate a lot of health from kills.

Every enemy you kill has a percentage chance to increase your regeneration rate by an amount, the chance decreases when the amount increases. The amount it can increase by per kill increases with the mutation level.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Mana Shield

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Doubles your natural MP regeneration. You regenerate magic rapidly.
2 Permanently grants the spirit shield intrinsic. When hurt, damage is shared between your health and your magic reserves.
3 At low MP, converts your HP regeneration to MP regeneration. When low on magic, you restore magic in place of health.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Demonic Guardian

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Chance to automatically summon a weak demonic ally when damaged. A weak demonic guardian rushes to your aid.
2 Summons average demons. A demonic guardian rushes to your aid.
3 Summons powerful demons. A powerful demonic guardian rushes to your aid.

Summons may occur after taking damage. See Demonic Guardian page for exact mechanics and history.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Spiny

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Automatic retaliation to monster melee attacks. 50% chance, 1 to (2 * XL / 3) + 3 damage. You are partially covered in sharp spines.
2 Automatic retaliation to monster melee attacks. 50% chance, 2 to (2 * XL / 3) + 6 damage. You are mostly covered in sharp spines.
3 Automatic retaliation to monster melee attacks. 50% chance, 3 to (2 * XL / 3) + 9 damage. You are completely covered in sharp spines.

Blocked attacks don't cause retaliation. For more details, see spiny.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Powered by Pain

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Each time you are injured, gain a bonus if random2(damage suffered) > 4 + (XL/4) OR if damage suffered > 50% of your max HP. You sometimes gain a little power by taking damage.
2 Increased mana gain and longer durations for might and agility bonuses. You sometimes gain power by taking damage.
3 Even higher mana gain, and even longer durations for might and agility. You are powered by pain.

Possible Bonuses
50% chance: Regain 3d(2+3*Rank) MP
25% chance: Might for 35 + random2(20*Rank) turns
25% chance: Agility for 35 + random2(20*Rank) turns

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Foul Stench

Rank Effect Flavor
1 When damaged in melee, 10% chance to release a cloud of miasma. You are immune to miasma. You may rarely emit foul miasma when damaged in melee.
2 Chance of releasing miasma increased to 25%. You sometimes emit foul miasma when damaged in melee.
3 Chance of releasing miasma increased to 40%. You frequently emit foul miasma when damaged in melee.

Clouds of miasma are placed at the attacker's location and last for 5 to 10 turns.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Demonic Magic

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Your magic generates a menacing demonic aura. All spells cast have a chance to paralyse adjacent enemies. Spells you cast may paralyse adjacent enemies.
2 Paralysis effect increases in range. Spells you cast may paralyse nearby enemies.
3 Paralysis effect further increases in range, and also triggers when using Evocables. Spells you cast and wands you use may paralyse nearby enemies.

Range of effect is equal to the mutation rank. More powerful spells generate a more powerful effect, granting a higher chance to overcome enemy willpower. Paralysis lasts 2 to 5 turns.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Tier 3 Facets

All demonspawn gain one tier 3 facet.

Hurl Damnation

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Improved Willpower. Enemies take damage when you resist their enchantments. You punish those that try to bend your will.
2 Torment resistance. You are resistant to unholy torment.
3 Hurl Damnation for 15% of max HP. You can hurl damnation.

Damage from demonic will scales with the power of the spell resisted: 3 + 1d(spell_power / 10)

At XL 27, damnation damage is 3d42. Ignores AC and fire resistance, but not damnation resistance.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Robust

Rank Effect Flavor
1 +10% max HP You are robust.
2 +20% max HP You are very robust.
3 +30% max HP You are extremely robust.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Black Mark

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Enhances Hexes Your hexes are more powerful.
2 Black Mark Your melee attacks may debilitate your foes.
3 Silences all adjacent tiles You are surrounded by an aura of silence.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Augmentation

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Slaying bonus at high HP. Your magical and physical power is slightly enhanced at high health.
2 Improved slaying bonus at high HP. Your magical and physical power is enhanced at high health.
3 Superior slaying bonus at high HP. Your magical and physical power is greatly enhanced at high health.

Bonus of +3 slaying and +40% spell power per level of augmentation.
Plus one augmentation level for each mark you pass.
Mutation Level 1: 50%
Mutation Level 2: 50% and 75%
Mutation Level 3: 50%, 66.6%, and 83.3%

Prior to 0.20, the slaying bonus was 4 per rank.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


Corrupting Presence

Rank Effect Flavor
1 Chance to corrode enemies you damage Your presence sometimes corrodes those you injure.
2 Additional chance to malmutate enemies you damage Your presence sometimes corrodes or deforms those you injure.
3 Word of Chaos scatters and debilitates enemies for 6 MP and moderate draining You can speak a Word of Chaos.

Odds of corrosion and malmutation are both 1 in 12. Word of Chaos blinks all enemies in LOS away with a chance to ensnare, slow, or frighten them.

Good mutation, Demonspawn mutation


History