An element is one of four classes of natural phenomena.
Crawl's documentation suggests that Ice may be a specific form of the Water element; however, in the game, water magic is a lost and unknown magic.
Each of the elements has a spell school associated with it, and a person who specializes in elemental magic is called an Elementalist. There are four playable Elementalist classes, one for each element:
Elemental schools have specific oppositions:
- Fire opposes Ice, and vice versa
- Air opposes Earth, and vice versa
Besides affecting spell power and success, elemental magic skills also help with controlling summoned elementals summoning items), and increase the bonus melee damage from the corresponding magical staff. Wielding a magical staff in an elemental skill also boosts the power of that school's spells.
These are monsters whose existence is associated with an element. Some may be summoned by its associated summoning item or Qazlal's Elemental Force ability:
In earlier versions, a player specializing in one element would also have difficulty with the other three elemental schools.