Hat of the Alchemist

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A dirty hat. It bears signs of surviving many weird explosions, which suggests it may have means of protecting the head inside from the risks involved in alchemy experiments.

Hat of the alchemist.png the -2 hat of the Alchemist

-2 hat

+40 Will


The hat of the Alchemist[1] is a very desirable artefact for a character with solid AC, providing practically a full set of resistances. The decision is not so clear for low-AC characters, but they will likely want to at least keep it around for certain situations (such as areas with significant risk of harmful mutations).

Species with significant equipment restrictions like ogres, trolls, or spriggans can benefit greatly from the wide range of resistances placed in a single armour slot, but they are also the species most likely to have difficulties getting more AC. An octopode may wish to rely on its abundance of ring slots for resistances in lieu of taking this hat's AC penalty.


  • In 0.18, the amulet of resist mutation was removed, leaving this artifact as one of the few remaining sources of mutation resistance.
  • Prior to 0.16, it provided only rF+, rC+, rElec, and MR+, but had a +2 enchantment.