| Spriggans are small magical creatures distantly related to Elves. They love to frolic and cast mischievous spells.
They are poor fighters and have little physical resilience, though they are incredibly skilled at dodging attacks. They are terrible at destructive magic - conjurations, summonings, necromancy and elemental spells. On the other hand, they are excellent at other forms of magic, and are very good at moving silently and quickly. So great is their speed that a Spriggan can overtake a Centaur. Due to their tiny size, they need very little food. However, they are herbivorous and cannot eat meat. Their size also makes them unable to wear most armour. They cannot wield large weapons, and even most smaller weapons require both hands to be wielded by a Spriggan.
- Acute Vision: Spriggans can see invisible.
- Slow Metabolism 2: Spriggans need almost no food.
- Herbivore 3: Spriggans gain less nutrition from rations and cannot eat chunks from corpses.
- Fast 3: Spriggans cover ground extremely quickly during movement.
- Spriggans are little and are unable to use bardiches, battleaxes, dire flails, executioner's axes, glaives, great maces, great swords, halberds, longbows, scythes, triple swords, giant clubs, giant spiked clubs, and javelins. One-handed weapons like magical staves, broad axes, tridents, demon tridents, and double swords are two-handed weapons to them.
- Warriors: Assassin
- Zealots: Abyssal Knight
- Warrior-mages: Warper, Enchanter
- Mages: Conjurer, Earth Elementalist, Venom Mage
- Adventurers: Artificer
- +1 intelligence or dexterity (equal chance) every 5th level.
- 30% less HP than average.
- +7 magic resistance per level.
Starting Skills and Equipment
Spriggans start with the skills and equipment listed for their background, with the following exceptions.
- Incompatible body armour is replaced with an animal skin or robe.
- Javelins are replaced with boomerangs.
Difficulty of Play
|Simple • Intermediate • Advanced|
Spriggans are a fairly easy race to play, primarily due to their very fast movement speed. They are also the only race with a "tiny" body, giving them high Evasion and stealth bonuses, complemented by their excellent aptitudes for those skills. Spriggans also have tremendous, albeit uneven, aptitudes in magic skills.
Though their dietary restrictions are more stringent than any other species, Spriggans seldom have real problems with food. At most, when playing a Spriggan, one should train Spellcasting a bit higher and a bit earlier than usual, to offset any spell hunger issues. Spriggans have an excellent aptitude for Spellcasting, so this is of little concern.
Spriggans have very low HP; keep this in mind even when you have huge EV and feel that nothing can touch you. A few bad rolls — or a few evasion-ignoring attacks — can cut through your HP suddenly. Fortunately, Spriggans' speed makes it easy to remain in control and fight or flee from battles on your own terms.
The higher the value, the better the aptitude.
|Maces & Flails||-3||Summonings||-2|
Spriggans' innate abilities make them well-suited to a few particular classes:
- Enchanters: Spriggans' aptitudes heavily favour stabbing, as they are quite talented in Stealth, Short Blades, and Hexes. Moreover, their high speed works very well for a stabber: unlike normal speed races, a few bad rolls of the dice will not leave a Spriggan with an angry ogre sticking to them like glue.
- Venom Mages and Assassins: Both of these builds rely (early on, at least) upon inflicting high levels of poison on monsters from a distance. Spriggans' speed allows them to maintain that distance, allowing them deal with many threats without ever letting them into melee range.
- Necromancers: Since they have no other use for corpses, Spriggans can raise large armies of the dead without worrying about starving themselves.
- Conjurer and Summoner types in general: Being able to maintain distance while blasting is a great thing. Unfortunately, Spriggans' aptitudes for such magic are rather terrible. The best combos for such characters are the aforementioned SpVM, and also SpAE: their aptitude for Air is not terrible, and there are several useful defensive Air/Charms spells.
As for god choice, Spriggans work reasonably well with most gods. A few stand out as somewhat more useful. In no particular order:
- Kikubaaqudgha: Goes well with a necromancer build. The torment ability is a bit more useful for Spriggans than most races, since their speed provides a powerful escape option.
- Trog: A somewhat paradoxical choice, but actually pretty strong. Spriggans' intrinsic speed makes post-berserk slowing somewhat less dangerous, Trog's Hand helps out with their low HP, and Brothers in Arms is a powerful panic button in general. Watch the hunger cost on berserking, but there is generally a large amount of food in most games.
- Ashenzari: Complements a stabbing build very nicely. The detection and scrying can be good for avoiding danger, particularly around corners.
- Okawaru: Armour gifts can occasionally be useful for Spriggans, since they are guaranteed to be wearable for them.
Most other gods will work well, however. Elyvilon stands out as being slightly more difficult, since the abilities come with steep hunger costs that Spriggans will find a little harder to replace. Cheibriados is considerably more difficult, since they remove one of Spriggans' primary advantages, namely their speed.
- In 0.20, demon tridents became two handed for spriggans again.
- Prior to 0.19, spriggans could not use triple crossbows. Also, morningstars, eveningstars, long swords, scimitars, demon blades, war axes, spears, demon tridents, and greatslings were two handed for them.
- Prior to 0.16, spriggans began play with a potion of porridge in place of a bread ration.
|Simple||Hill Orc • Minotaur • Merfolk • Gargoyle • Draconian • Halfling • Troll • Ghoul|
|Intermediate||Human • Kobold • Demonspawn • Centaur • Spriggan • Tengu • Deep Elf • Ogre • Deep Dwarf • Gnoll|
|Advanced||Vine Stalker • Vampire • Demigod • Formicid • Naga • Octopode • Felid • Barachi • Mummy|