|A lich who has made terrible pacts with demonic forces to augment its dark magic|
Dread liches are powerful undead summoners with a wide array of resistances.
While not as immediately threatening as an ancient lich, dread liches are scary in their own way:
- They can summon multiple greater demons, which can quickly spiral out of control. Fiends can freely torment you without affecting the summoner.
- They also can inflict paralysis, which is a very dangerous effect. Being next to a fiend for 2-5 turns can outright kill you.
- It takes 168 willpower in order for Paralyse to reach 0% success. A human needs 3 external stacks of Will+ (that's Will+++++ at XL27, Will++++ below that) to fully resist paralysis.
Dread liches resist most elements and have infinite will themselves. Blaster casters should use pure Conjurations or Earth Magic, Necromancy specialists can use Dispel Undead, and hexers can try disabling it with Enfeeble. Melee fighters should lure them around corners, or use scrolls of fog, to limit the amount of summons. Holy wrath and antimagic work well as brands.
Tips & Tricks
- Dread liches can be silenced, preventing them from casting any spells. However, silence does nothing to any existing demons. If you need to silence, do so early in the fight.
- As always, remember that killing a summoner destroys all its summons. If you are confident you can finish off a dread lich before its summoned fiends can tear you to pieces, go for it. If you aren't confident of that, consider what safe escape routes you have available.
- Like most enemies in Crawl, liches are vulnerable to throwing nets. Throwing a net at the edge of LOS guarantees that you can run away. Nets also allow for stab attempts.
- Absurdly dangerous in Tartarus, a realm which halves willpower. Even at max will, it has a 27% chance to paralyse you.