Fire Elementalist

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Version 0.21: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Fire Elementalists start with the book of Flames and know the Flame Tongue spell. The other spells in their book focus on destruction as well.

Fire Elementalists are mages who have specialized in Fire Magic. This sets them up for greater destructive power than most spellcasters, particularly in the realm of Conjurations, but leaves them without any sort of support or defensive magic in the early game.

Preferred Races

Hill Orc, Gargoyle, Tengu, Deep Elf, Demigod, and Naga are the recommended races if you pick a Fire Elementalist Background.

Starting Equipment

Some species may receive different items based on their unique restrictions.

Fire elementalists start with the Flame Tongue spell memorised.

Starting Skills and Stats

These are adjusted by your species' aptitudes.

Choosing Fire Elementalist adds 7 to your starting Intelligence and 5 to your starting Dexterity.

Strategy

This start struggles slightly before XL 3, when it can learn Conjure Flame, which should be used to stop enemies from getting in melee by placing it between you and them. The strong spells Sticky Flame and Fireball then carry this start for a long time - FE starts with the offensive spells to pretty much get 2 runes on its own.

Character guides:

History

Prior to 0.14, Fire Elementalists only started with 1 level of Spellcasting.

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