|A powerful wizard who has learned to cheat death itself, a lich is a skeletal, desiccated corpse kept intact by a mighty exercise of dark magic. This undead creature is quite powerful and is best avoided by all but the most skilled.|
Liches are extremely powerful casters, some of the nastiest creatures in the game. Their spell sets include extremely lethal Conjurations and Summonings spells that make them always a concern. If the RNG is on their side, they're capable of one-shotting wounded or recklessly low level characters, though this is rare. They can be found throughout the Depths, the Vaults, the Abyss, the Crypt, the Tomb, and the Realm of Zot.
Tips & Tricks
- Melee fighters should use corners to lure them next to you, or a scroll of blinking to get into range immediately.
- Their HP and defenses are low enough that a strong offense can defeat one in two or three hits. Weapons of Holy wrath, and Dispel Undead can speed this up even more, particularly while buffed.
- Silence limits the lich to using its melee attack. While this does have a draining effect, it is still preferable to a lich that can cast spells.
- Throwing nets are very useful against liches. Hitting one at the edge of your line of sight with one guarantees it won't be able to follow you for several turns, allowing a fairly safe escape. Hitting one in melee range will make it vulnerable to stabbing attempts, allowing Short Blades specialists to make very short work of them.
Prior to 0.18, liches had random spell sets.
Prior to 0.16, liches would generate with one of four predetermined spell sets.