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Necromutation.png Necromutation
Level 8
School1 Necromancy
School2 Transmutation
Source(s) Necronomicon
Casting noise 6
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 200
Hated By Elyvilon
The Shining One
Flags Chaotic, Helpful
Transforms the caster into a lich — a powerful skeletal figure. The caster becomes stronger-willed, more resistant to cold and completely immune to poison, miasma, negative energy, and torment for the duration of the spell. The caster's necromancy spells are increased in power, and they gain a draining melee attack. The caster also gains some of the more dubious benefits of having an undead body, such as a vulnerability to holy damage and Dispel Undead, and an inability to consume potions.

“Don’t sing if you want to live long
They have no use for your song
You’re dead, you’re dead, you’re dead
You’re dead and outta this world

You’ll never get a second chance
Plan all your moves in advance
Stay dead, stay dead, stay dead
Stay dead and outta this world”
-Norma Tanega, “You’re Dead”. 1966

Necromutation (lichform) is a level 8 Transmutations/Necromancy spell which transforms the caster into a lich.

Useful Info

Casting this spell gives you Lich Form for a spellpower-dependent duration. You'll gain the following:




Lichform does not meld any equipment.

Like all form changing spells, mummies, ghouls, and bloodless vampires cannot use this spell.


Having this spell is a game-changer in late-game areas rife with effects that do not affect the undead, such as torment, negative energy, and mutations. The Hells, Pandemonium, and the Tomb in particular are good places to be a lich, as any place with Malmutators. Unlike naturally undead species, you can also go back to the world of the living to deal with foes that use Dispel Undead or holy damage.

The Necromancy boost is useful, but unfortunately the most powerful Necromancy spells (Borgnjor's Revivification and Death's Door) are unusable while undead. The other boosts like AC are too minor to justify training this spell in an ordinary 3-rune game, and it's still quite the skill cost for the extended game.

Tips and Tricks

  • Remember to recast Necromutation before it expires, as the spell will take advantage of its own Necromancy enhancer and last longer.
  • Note that casting this spell while worshiping a good god will cause you to be immediately excommunicated.


Users of this spell may want to add this to their rcfile:

runrest_ignore_message -= transformation is almost over\.

This will stop autotravel if the spell is nearly over and allow you to recast it before it runs out.

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Lichform.png Lichform palentonga.png Lichform naga.png Lichform djinni.png Lichform octopode.png Lichform felid.png


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