Roxanne

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Version 0.25: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Roxanne 8Roxanne.png
HP 120-243
HD 14
XP 1959
Speed 10 (stationary)
AC 20
EV 0
MR Immune



Type of Meat None
Resistances rF++
rC++
rElec
rPois+++
rDrown
rRot++
rN+++
rTorm
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Non-living
Size Large
Type statue, statue
Flags Unbreathing
No wand
Speaks
Stationary
Unique
Female
Artificial
A strikingly realistic sapphire statue of a famous earth mage who disappeared after a catastrophic spell failure. She is clutching a book.

Useful Info

Roxanne, Geomancer Emeritus is a unique statue that can cast powerful Earth Magic and uses an irresistible blink spell to keep you within her attack range. If you can somehow keep your distance from her, she's harmless, but she can brutalize anything that gets too close.

While she resists all elements and has a fair amount of AC, she is unable to regenerate lost HP. Killing her is always rewarded with a (possibly randart) spell book filled with Earth Magic and Transmutations spells. The book is guaranteed to contain Statue Form.

Location

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Lehudib's Crystal Spear (3d32) Wizard flag
Slot2 Iron Shot (3d26) Wizard flag
Slot3 Blink Other Close Wizard flag
Slot4 Bolt of Magma (3d23) Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Spellcasters can wear her down with long-range, irresistible spells; Airstrike, Lee's Rapid Deconstruction, or Orb of Destruction will cut through her fairly quickly. Anyone else can accomplish the same through use of ranged weapons, though this will be a very slow process if you lack any weapon skill.
    • Roxanne's longest-range attack spells have a range of 4. As long as you're at least five spaces away, you're safe until she pulls you closer.
    • Formicids' natural stasis makes it impossible for Roxanne to blink them closer. If there are no other enemies around, formicids can take their time and destroy her without risk. Other species can temporarily root themselves in place by drinking a potion of lignification, but Roxanne is durable enough that you might need more than one if you're going to be grinding her down over an extended period.
  • If you do get affected by her Blink Other spell, don't panic. Attempting to flee on foot will almost always fail. To retreat safely, read a scroll of fog to block her LOS long enough for you to escape, or simply blink or teleport away if that's not an option.
  • Melee fighters should try to get into melee range as quickly as possible and are at extreme risk of taking a brutal amount of damage at any moment. Quaffing a potion of invisibility will seriously hamper her ability to blast you, while a scroll of silence will completely negate her ability to attack you.
  • One of the few things Roxanne doesn't resist is acid. If your attacks are having a hard time dealing damage, a wand of acid can reduce her AC enough for other methods to start working.
  • Blocking her spells with a shield of reflection is a hilarious way to deal with her, if you've got a respectable SH score. Just be aware that the occasional spell will get past your shield; nothing ruins your day like a sudden crystal spear to the face.
  • Swarming her with an army of summons is an excellent way to deal with her; throw enough targets at her and she'll be much less likely to attack you. Still, watch out for her Bolt of Magma, and make sure to keep the reinforcements coming as she harpoons them down one by one.
  • Last but not least, if you are having trouble with Roxanne, remember you don't have to kill everything when you first see it. This is true of any dangerous monster, but especially true of a stationary one. Don't be afraid to run away; she'll be there when you come back, if you even feel that killing her later is necessary.

History

  • Prior to 0.12, Roxanne's Blink Other Close spell could be blocked by your magic resistance.
  • Roxanne was added in 0.5.