| Lowers its target's metabolic rate, inducing hibernation. After awakening, the target will be unable to be put to sleep again for some time.
“Sweet dreams are made of this; who am I to disagree?”
When Ensorcelled Hibernation is cast and passes a willpower check, the targeted monster goes to sleep. They may still awaken as normal if you spend time in their LOS or make noise, and will awaken if injured like any other sleeping monster. They are guaranteed to sleep for at least one turn (i.e, you'll get a minimum of 1 action with the monster asleep).
Ensorcelled Hibernation can't affect cold-resistant creatures, and it also won't work on the undead, nonliving, plants, or berserk creatures. Monsters that awaken from this spell cannot be placed in hibernation again for up to 20 turns.
Decent spell for XL 2 or so Enchanters. Sleep allows for a single, powerful stab on an opponent. However, your opponent, if it survives, will be awake and immune to this spell for some time. And, due to its low power cap, Ensorcelled Hibernation has trouble hexing mid-game / late-game opponents.
It's often best to cast Ensorcelled Hibernation when you're in melee range of an opponent. This prevents the enemy from waking up before you get a chance to stab them.
Compared to Confusing Touch
Confusing Touch tends to perform better as an overall Hexes spell, since it lets you get multiple hex "attempts" per cast. If you have a low success rate, this saves on MP. For example, when trying to hex with a 20% success rate, Confusing Touch will cost 3 MP, and Ensorcelled costs an average of 10 MP.
In turn, Ensorcelled Hibernation has an advantage against enemies with low/no willpower. It takes a turn to "ready" Confusing Touch, and confusing attacks can miss (wasting turns).
In any case, Enchanters should learn Confusing Touch, at least for situations where an enemy survives a sleep stab.
Tips & Tricks
- Ensorcelled Hibernation's sleep lasts indefinitely. If you leave LOS, monsters will stay sleeping until they hear a noise, or until another monster bumps into them.
- mon-ench.cc:2337 (0.30.0)