Merfolk aquamancer

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For a list of merfolk, see List of merfolk

merfolk aquamancer mMerfolk aquamancer.png
HP 41-84
HD 14
XP 909
Speed 10 (swim: 60%)
AC 2
EV 12
Will 80
Attack1 15 (hit: plain)

Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type merfolk, merfolk
Flags See invisible
A slender merfolk mystic with unusually webby hands. Its form shifts and glistens as if seen through ocean spray.

“Again at length my thought reviving came,
When I no longer found my self the same;
Then first this sea-green beard I felt to grow,
And these large honours on my spreading brow;
My long-descending locks the billows sweep,
And my broad shoulders cleave the yielding deep;
My fishy tail, my arms of azure hue,
And ev'ry part divinely chang'd, I view.”
-Ovid, _Metamorphoses_, XIII, 546-7. 8 A.D.
trans. Garth, Dryden, et al.

Useful Info

Merfolk aquamancers are aggressive casters that provide support for other merfolk opponents. They can deal steam, cold, or physical damage, and can temporarily turn perfectly safe terrain into shallow water or push you around the field. They can be found almost exclusively in the Shoals.


Spell set I
Slot1 Primal Wave (3d20) Wizard flag
Slot2 Steam Ball (3d18) Wizard flag
Slot3 Throw Icicle (3d23) Wizard flag
Slot4 Blink Emergency flag,
Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Aquamancers are around the level of merfolk javelineers in threat. Their spells hit very hard from a distance, and the ability to dump you in water is extremely dangerous when near water nymphs or other merfolk.
  • Their spells check three resistances: cold resistance, steam resistance, and drowning (resisted by being unbreathing or amphibious). It's unlikely for a character to have all three, so expect spikes of damage from time to time.
  • Flying is nice - you still take full damage from Primal Wave, but avoid being stuck in water.
  • Merfolk aquamancers often come with nice rapiers, so Short Blade specialists should make sure they kill them somewhere their loot is accessible.