Naga ritualist

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For a list of all nagas, see list of nagas.

naga ritualist NNaga ritualist oldpic.png
HP 39-80
HD 8
XP 685
Speed 10 (move: 140%)
AC 8
EV 10
MR 60
Attack1 14 (hit: plain)
Attack2 4 (constrict: crush)

Type of Meat Inedible
Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type naga, naga
Flags See invisible
An esoteric mystic draped in talismans. Their sect venerate poison as a sacred gift and means of spiritual purification, and their affinity for it is even stronger than the rest of their kin. By invoking secret rites they can render any venom more potent and spread its touch upon all those around them.

Useful Info

Naga ritualists are spellcasters who try to stack poison on your body. Travelling with a pack of black mambas, anacondas, and mana vipers, they are always armed with weapons of venom, regularly blast you with Olgreb's Toxic Radiance, and can rapidly magnify your poison level even further while stripping you of your poison resistance through Virulence.


Spell set I
Slot1 Spit Poison (d13) Natural flag,
Breath flag
Slot2 Force Lance (3d12) Wizard flag
Slot3 Olgreb's Toxic Radiance Wizard flag
Slot4 Virulence Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • The pack of snakes naga ritualists travel with would normally not be too threatening, but that can change quickly if you wind up with your poison resistance removed. Take advantage of the fact that a ritualist's snakes move much faster than it does and separate them to make the fight much easier.
  • High magic resistance will allow you to shrug off Virulence easily enough, but this isn't a necessity unless you're fighting several foes at once. A lone ritualist shouldn't put up too much of a fight, though you may need to rest after the battle until the toxins leave your system.
  • Remember that a single potion of curing will remove all poison from your system, no matter how massive the dose. Failing that, a few shots of Cure Poison will also suffice.


Naga ritualists were added in 0.14.