Nessos

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

Nessos cNessos.png
HP 47-96
HD 9
XP 1328
Speed 15
AC 8
EV 7
MR 20
Attack1 16 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Large
Type centaur, centaur
Flags Archer
Speaks
Warm-blooded
Unique
Male
A centaur warrior, skilled at warfare and deceit. He slew a mighty hydra, and now its deadly blood drips, still-fuming, from his arrows.

Useful Info

Nessos the Markscentaur is a unique centaur warrior generated with a longbow of flame, poisoned arrows and a centaur barding. He is also the only being in the game capable of firing arrows of poisoned flame; it's not a property of his longbow but his own special ability, so his longbow won't do the same for you if you get it.

Location

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Blink Range Wizard flag
Slot2 Haste Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • With fire and poison resistance, Nessos is an annoying foe to pin down, but not terribly dangerous, especially once he runs out of arrows. Without those resistances, however, he is an incredibly dangerous opponent, especially once he hastes himself. Consider quaffing a potion of resistance here if necessary, and Repel Missiles certainly doesn't hurt.
  • Going berserk is not recommended, as he'll just Blink away from you and fill you with arrows as your berserk runs out. Other buffs, such as a Haste of your own, still work fine.
  • His threat level shrinks dramatically if you force him into melee range. Hiding around a corner or, better yet, digging a 1-tile kill hole with a wand of disintegration will take away his entire movement advantage.
  • Nessos only has 9 HD and average magic resistance, so Mephitic Cloud and various Hexes work well.
  • Reflection can be very useful as well.

Trivia

Nessos is a reference to Nessus, an evil centaur that Heracles killed with a hydra-poisoned arrow after it attempted to rape his wife. It managed to kill Heracles in the process, however, by convincing his wife that Nessus' now-corrosive blood would make Heracles forever faithful to her if she would spread it on his clothing.