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Randomly alters the form of a creature. It is especially effective against shape-changing creatures.

Polymorph is a monster-only spell that inflicts different effects depending on whether its target is a player or a monster. Players are temporarily transformed into a bad form, while monsters are transformed into another monster of the same holiness with similar HD. Mutation resistance provides no protection from polymorph, but willpower and worshiping Zin may protect you.

The following enemies cast Polymorph:

The following enemies may be able to cast Polymorph, depending on their spell set:

Players (and other monsters) may use a similar effect by zapping a wand of polymorph.


Polymorph.png Polymorph
Level 4
School1 Transmutation
School2 Hexes
Source(s) Book of Transfigurations
Casting noise 3
Spell noise 0
  • Prior to 0.14, the Polymorph spell was available to players.
  • Prior to 0.12, this spell was called Polymorph Other. When used on the player by a monster, it had the same effects as Malmutate.