User:Alanpost/Deep Elf Fire Elementalist guide
| NOTE #1: This guide is being written by someone who has ascended twice with the Orb of Zot. Consider the advice beta quality.|
NOTE #2: This guide is a reference to my personal play style. You might enjoy the [Deep Elf Fire Elementalist guide] for more general advice.
- 1 Goals
- 1.1 Set Skills
- 1.2 Find [Any] Armour
- 1.3 Identify Scroll of Detect, Remove Curse
- 1.4 Early Scroll Identification
- 1.5 Later Scroll Identification
- 1.6 Cast Zero-Hunger, Low-Failure Fireball
- 1.7 Worship a God
- 1.8 Gets Traps & Doors Skill to 10
- 1.9 Train Fighting
- 1.10 See Invisible
- 1.11 Poison Resistance
- 1.12 Find a non-Fire Conjuration Spell
- 1.13 Determine which Secondary School to specialize
- 1.14 Locate a Book of Annihilations
- 1.15 Cast Fire Storm
- 2 Hazards
- 2.1 Running out of Mana
- 2.2 Nausea
- 2.3 Making Noise
- 2.4 Contamination
- 2.5 Poison
- 2.6 Starvation
- 2.7 Miscast effect
- 2.8 Cursed weapons and armor
- 2.9 Quaffing unidentified potions
- 2.10 Reading unidentified scrolls
- 2.11 Putting on unidentified items
- 2.12 Ranged Attacks
- 2.13 Fire resistant Monsters
- 2.14 Mummy
- 2.15 Invisible Monsters
- 2.16 Descending Stairs
- 2.17 Shafts
- 2.18 Silence
- 3 Strategy
- 4 Emotional Reaction
- 5 God
- 6 Branch Progression
- 7 Skill Progression
- 8 Spell Progression
- 9 Level Progression
Retrieve the Orb of Zot.
Death is the only condition which makes retrieving the Orb of Zot impossible. We can thus restate our goal: Do Not Die. How do you die?
- Turn off everything but Spellcasting until it is level 14.
- Then turn on Conjurations and Fire Magic
Find [Any] Armour
I think this advice is obsolete given changes to the scroll identification system.
Not to wear, for scroll identification. This may later change to finding wearable armour that's worth burning a scroll of enchant armour on.
Identify Scroll of Detect, Remove Curse
Before you can effectively try on unidentified items, you should have these scrolls identified. This allows you to remove those with negative effects.
Early Scroll Identification
- Scroll of detect curse
- Scroll of remove curse
- Scroll of identify
- Scroll of teleportation
- Scroll of enchant armour: so rare that it's worth burning scrolls of enchant weapon, recharging, and identify to properly identify them.
Later Scroll Identification
Cast Zero-Hunger, Low-Failure Fireball
Intelligence: 25, Spellcasting: 14 Fire Magic: 10 Conjurations: 10
Modified down by god choice, rings of wizardry, rings of intelligence.
Worship a God
Gets Traps & Doors Skill to 10
There is no particular rush, this can be done when no other obvious skill needs to be trained: all of your spells can be cast without hunger and a 1% chance of failure.
There is some urgency, as training fighting gets you hit points. Should only be done when spells are zero hunger and low failure.
Scrolls of Fog and in some cases Fireball will help, but the main dungeon eventually becomes impassible without this because of Unseen horrors.
Helpful, but not strictly necessary for the middle game. Helpful for extending the corpses available for eating and reducing damage.
Find a non-Fire Conjuration Spell
Determine which Secondary School to specialize
This will be determined based on how the game progresses. In particular, early spellbooks will determine which schools to focus on.
The best option by far.
- Bolt of Magma: useful until Iskenderun's Mystic Blast or Orb of Destruction for fire resistant monsters.
No experience here, but potentially useful.
Locate a Book of Annihilations
Cast Fire Storm
Finding a Book of Annihilations.
A Hazard is any situation that could result in death. Some hazards are extremely basic, others result from the confluence of several events.
Running out of Mana
Being out of Mana severely reduces your tactical options.
Main Article: Sickness
Main Article: Noise
Opening a door will sometimes cause it to creak.
Some spells are noisy when cast.
You cannot stay continually Hasted without enduring significant contamination.
Main Article: Curing Poison
Can be an issue due to spell hunger.
You can kill yourself miscasting a spell. Trying to cast Fireball too early can kill you.
Cursed weapons and armor
Quaffing unidentified potions
- potion of poison
- potion of strong poison
- potion of confusion
- potion of degeneration
- potion of paralysis
- potion of mutation
- potion of slowing
Reading unidentified scrolls
- scroll of curse armour
- scroll of curse weapon
- scroll of curse jewellery
- scroll of immolation
- scroll of torment
Putting on unidentified items
It is extremely dangerous to run away from Centaurs and other creatures with ranged attacks.
Fire resistant Monsters
With patience, an unarmed Crimson imp can be fought in melee.
Secondary Specialty spells.
Because of their death curse, often not worth engaging. Stair dance, they're slow.
Area of effect spells, like Fireball, will hit invisible creatures when you don't know exactly where they are. Unfortunately, you might be caught in the area of effect if they are closer than you thought.
As this character is a glass cannon, descending staircases can be extremely risky: you might find yourself surrounded with very few tactical options.
Ensuring you are not Burdened will make traveling staircases as fast as possible. Deflect Missiles helps to avoid damage from monsters not adjacent to you. Swiftness or Haste can help escape a hoard that follows you up the stairs. A Potion of invisibility can supplement good Dodging to avoid damage while retreating. A Scroll of blinking can cover more ground than running.
This is one of the few instances where something like a Potion of agility helps, as you won't normally need to deal with monsters adjacent to you.
A scroll of magic mapping can be used to find staircases on levels too dangerous to explore.
This will prevent casting of all magic and reading of scrolls, substantially limiting your tactical options. Keep some potion or wand-based capabilities on hand.
You can risk quaff-iding potions earlier if you identify an amulet of resist mutation.
Does amulet identification precede potion identification? It requires scroll identification.
Under what conditions do you want more Mana vs. Intelligence, &c? How best to choose between Intelligence, Power, Wizardry, Fire, Conjuration?
- Anxiety: practice tq: go slow: practice each step mindfully even if you know it's a NOP.
- Stress: The game is getting harder, shift to stress identification and circumvention techniques
- Focus: You're less able to focus on basic hazards, don't get caught off-guard.
In a typical game, worship Vehumet: he will aide you in casting all of your primary spells.
In some circumstances, worshipping Sif Muna is the better option: If you find an early Sif Muna altar, or Vehumet is not in the Ecumenical Temple, starting to gain piety early can help make spells available in the challenging mid-game.
My current recommended end-game spell complement. Still tweaking.
|Sublimation of Blood||Necr||2|
|Orb of Destruction||Conj||7|
You can have this memorized at Lvl6, though it likely is not safe to cast.
This is the basic ladder for level progression. Some of these events also require Skill Progression to have reached a suitable point.
Memorize Conjure Flame.
Memorize Sticky Flame. (This may have to wait until Level 5, depending on Spellcasting)
Level 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27
Some of these levels may go to increasing Strength, depending on the items found in the dungeon.