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Djinn are beings of smokeless fire. They enter the world spontaneously and without explanation, born with a tireless hunger for knowledge and adventure. Djinn have a unique relationship with magic: rather than learning spells from books, their spells come from within, welling up from their fiery core as they gain experience. They draw from that same fiery core to cast spells - for Djinn, magical power and health are one and the same.

As elemental beings, Djinn are immune to poison and highly resistant to fire, though cold damage is deeply inimical to them. Since they float through the air without need for legs or feet, they cannot wear boots.

Djinn are middlingly competent at most forms of physical combat, but have a particular aptitude for spellcasting. Their Spellcasting skill grants the same level of spell success and power that other species need multiple skills to reach.

Innate Abilities

  • Djinn are made of fire, not flesh:
  • Floating: Djinn's gaseous lower bodies allow them to fly permanently, but they are unable to wear boots.
  • Extra Vitality 1: Djinn have +4 maximum HP.
  • HP Casting: Djinn spend HP instead of MP for all purposes.
    • Djinn have zero MP, rendering any form of MP restoration and the spirit shield ego useless. However, this also renders them immune to the negative effects of the antimagic brand and any other MP-draining effects (such as ghost moths). Anything that is not an MP "cost" is ineffective.
  • Innate Casting: Djinn are unable to learn spells from spellbooks. Instead, they learn spells as they grow (though Djinn from spellcasting backgrounds still start with all the normal spells from their background).
  • Instead of individual spell schools, the Spellcasting skill is used to determine spellpower and success rates of any spell. For this purpose, a Djinni's Spellcasting counts as both Spellcasting itself and every other spell school.
    • As they do not train spell schools, Djinn cannot effectively use magical staves and weapons of pain as melee weapons. They still benefit from magical staves' spell-enhancing effects.

Djinn have a base Strength of 7, Intelligence of 9, and Dexterity of 8 (before Background modifiers).

Preferred Backgrounds

Level Bonuses

  • +1 Intelligence or Dexterity every 4th level.
  • 10% less HP than average.
  • +4 willpower per level.
  • Djinn receive random spells at every odd level starting at XL 3. Spell specifics are listed below.


XL 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27
Spell levels 1 2 2-3 3-4 4-5 5 6 6-7 6-7 7-8 7-8 8-9 9

Djinn can acquire any player spell, but there are several restrictions[1]:

  • Spells must be new, which excludes the spells your Background starts with and spells you have already received.
  • Spells must be castable, which excludes Sublimation of Blood and spells from sacrificed magic schools.

All eligible spells have the same chance to be gifted at a level up.

Starting Skills and Equipment

Djinn receive the skills, equipment, and spells listed for their background, save for the following restriction:

  • Djinn recieve their background's single highest magical skill as Spellcasting (which may be Spellcasting itself).

Difficulty of Play


Djinn, in many ways, are simpler spellcasters. Players don't have to worry about running out of MP, decide which spell schools to train, or even choose which spells to learn! However, magic-using Djinn have to be careful about their HP reserves, especially in dangerous situations where a few extra HP could make the difference between life and death. Also, they must adapt to whatever random spells they get, which may not synergize well with their current abilities or the player's preferred playstyle.

While a -3 aptitude in Spellcasting may seem bad on paper, keep in mind that Djinn effectively train multiple skills at once. For example, if you wanted to cast Fireball, a Djinni would need to train 1 skill (Spellcasting) for the equivalent of a Human's 3 (Spellcasting, Fire, Conjurations). Since Spellcasting is worth 25% for spell failure purposes, Djinn get 125% skill for single-school spells, and 225% for double-school ones. While Djinn don't get HP or MP out of Spellcasting skill, dedicated mages will not struggle with casting spells.

Other than that, poison immunity is helpful to survive the earlier portions of the game, and Djinn are passable in "pure" melee combat.

Skill aptitudes

The higher the value, the better the aptitude.

Skill Aptitude Skill Aptitude Skill Aptitude
Attack Miscellaneous Magic
Fighting 0 Armour 0 Spellcasting -3
Short Blades -1 Dodging 1 Conjurations N/A
Long Blades -1 Stealth -1 Hexes N/A
Maces & Flails -2 Shields 0 Summonings N/A
Axes -2 Necromancy N/A
Polearms -2 Invocations 0 Translocations N/A
Staves -1 Evocations 0 Transmutations N/A
Unarmed Combat 0
Experience 1 Fire Magic N/A
Throwing -2 Ice Magic N/A
Ranged Weapons -2 Air Magic N/A
Earth Magic N/A
Poison Magic N/A


  • Djinn that want to cast any significant amount of spells will want to invest not only in Spellcasting, but also Fighting, to give themselves plenty of fuel for their spells. A source of increased regeneration is also useful to have.
  • Djinn have more reason than most spellcasters to branch out into a hybrid playstyle. Even with a -3 aptitude to Spellcasting, you'll still have plenty of spare experience to put into defensive or weapon skills. Plus, Unarmed Combat recieves a boost if you get some Transmutation spells.

God Choice

Traditional, spell granting "magic" gods are unavailable for Djinn, but most other religions are reasonable to choose from. For spellcasters, gods that heal HP are a tempting choice, directly boosting both survivability and the amount of spells that you can cast.

  • Makhleb, who recovers HP on kill, is a particularly good god choice for spellcasting Djinn.
  • Elyvilon can be a good choice for the HP restoration, while The Shining One acts like Makhleb against undead and demonic creatures. Mind that worshipping a good god will not prevent you from randomly obtaining evil magic, which may restrict you from using powerful spells later on.
  • Ashenzari will never offer curses for skills that Djinn cannot train. Introspection (Fighting/Spellcasting) curses thus become fairly common and very powerful when stacked, letting Djinni casters achieve a very rapid spike in power. Those willing to forgo potential means of divine healing can opt for the massive skill boosts granted by this god.


  • The modern incarnation of Djinn, inspired by the Djinn of old and the Oni species found in some forks of Dungeon Crawl, was added in 0.27.
  • Djinn were considered for inclusion in both 0.13 and 0.14, but were ultimately cut before being included in any stable release. The old version had a more conventional approach to learning magic, but used 2 of their EP (HP and MP combined) for each MP spent. They were also subject to several special cases (complete immunity to all forms of fire including hellfire, spell hunger caused magical contamination, only certain methods of channeling worked).


  1. (0.27.1)
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