| Felids are a breed of cats that have been granted sentience. Originally they were witches' familiars that were magically augmented to provide help for their masters' rituals, yet many have abandoned, outlived, or, in at least one case, eviscerated their former masters and gone out into the world.
While fully capable of using speech and most forms of magic, Felids are at a serious disadvantage due to their inability to use armour or weapons. Like all cats, Felids are incapable of thriving on vegetable food, and need meat to survive.
Their agility and stealth are legendary, as is their ability to get to hard to reach places. They move faster than most races, but don't run as fast as Centaurs or Spriggans. Felids advance in levels very slowly. They are skilled with many forms of magic, though less so with raw elemental magic.
Felids gain extra lives as they increase in levels. Upon death, they will be resurrected in a safe place, losing an experience level in the process.
- Felids cannot wear any form of armour (though they may still wear jewellery).
- Felids lack opposable thumbs and are incapable of any form of advanced item manipulation. They cannot wield weapons, throw items, or evoke magical staves
- Felids have paw-claws, which is equivalent to Claws 1.
- Fangs 3: Felids have an auxiliary bite attack in melee.
- Acute Vision: Felids can see invisible.
- Carnivorous 3: Felids can eat meat at any time and gain more nutrition from doing so, but cannot eat any form of plant.
- Fast 1: Felids move quickly.
- Shaggy Fur 1: Felids have AC +1.
- Slow Metabolism 1: Felids require less food than usual.
- Felids cannot memorize any spells that require wielding a weapon: Excruciating Wounds or Portal Projectile.
- Zealots: Berserker
- Warrior-mages: Enchanter, Transmuter
- Mages: Conjurer, Summoner, Ice Elementalist, Air Elementalist, Venom Mage.
Due to their inability to use most items, Felids are prohibited from becoming Gladiators, Hunters, Assassins, and Arcane Marksmen. (Without weapons or armour, most of those are indistinguishable from Monks, so use that instead.)
- +1 intelligence or dexterity (equal chance) every 5th level.
- 40% less HP than average.
- +6 magic resistance per level.
- Your fur grows thicker at level 6 (+2 AC) and thicker still at level 12 (+3 AC, rC+).
- Every three levels you gain an extra life:
- When you lose a life, your stats, HP, and MP are completely restored. Any disease, rot, or magic contamination is removed. Your hunger clock is reset to just short of Full. You are randomly teleported away from the location of your death (usually to a safe area) and you retain all of your previous inventory items. You lose an entire experience level, but retain your skills progress.
- You may have at most two extra lives at a time. If you miss gaining an extra life because you already had two, you will gain that life the next time you gain a level with fewer than 2 lives (but you may gain at most one life per level).
- You may check how many extra lives you have, and how many times you have died, on the % screen, just below "Spells".
- You continue gaining extra lives past level 27, at XP totals following the same quadratic progression as levels 14 through 27.
Starting Skills and Equipment
Felids receive the skills and equipment listed for their background, with these exceptions:
- Felids receive no armour or weapons
- Any background that starts with a weapon skill gives them Unarmed Combat instead
- Any Armour skill is replaced with Dodging
Difficulty of Play
|Simple • Intermediate • Advanced|
Though the Felid inability to use weapons and armour does mean that the game becomes simpler and more straightforward, which newer players may find attractive, in effect this simplicity is achieved by the removal of many options and useful tools. Felids' greater speed and multiple lives may appear to be strong defensive characteristics; however, in practice their -40% health penalty makes them very prone to death in the first place, and the loss of a character level upon re-spawning means they will have even fewer max hitpoints than before they died.
The higher the value, the better the aptitude.
|Maces & Flails||N/A||Summonings||0|
After a death, should you venture to the location of your demise, you will find a felid corpse labeled "felid corpse of (player name)." If you were under the effects of Spider Form or the like when you died, your corpse will even reflect this. This gives felids the dubious distinction of being the only species in Dungeon Crawl capable of self-cannibalism.
- Felid jump attacks were removed in 0.16.
- Prior to 0.14 Felids could not jump or evoke wands.
- Felids were added in 0.8.
|Simple||Hill Orc • Minotaur • Merfolk • Gargoyle • Draconian • Halfling • Troll • Ghoul|
|Intermediate||Human • Kobold • Demonspawn • Centaur • Spriggan • Tengu • Deep Elf • Ogre • Deep Dwarf • Gnoll|
|Advanced||Vine Stalker • Vampire • Demigod • Formicid • Naga • Octopode • Felid • Barachi • Mummy|