Water elemental

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water elemental EWater elemental.png
HP 33-53
HD 6
XP 212
Speed 10 (swim: 60%)
AC 4
EV 7
MR Immune
Attack1 22 (hit: engulf)


Max Chunks 0
Type of Meat None
Resistances rElec, rPois+,
rN+++, rTorm,
rRot+++, rDrown,
rWater
Vulnerabilities Fire
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Plant
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Non-living
Size Big
Type elemental, water elemental
Flags
A spirit drawn from the elemental plane of water. It exists on this world as part of a body of water and can engulf other beings in its form, depriving them of breath and voice.


Useful Info

Water elementals are vaguely humanoid blobs of water, surging toward their foes and drowning the unwary. They are immune to electricity and poison, and their melee attacks occasionally engulf their victims, dealing moderate asphyxiation damage each turn until their prey escapes.

The process of drowning has the same effect as silence on the player: it prevents them from casting spells, reading scrolls, and using most god-gifted (invoked) abilities.

They can be found in the company of the merfolk witch Ilsuiw and her merfolk aquamancers, occur naturally throughout Cocytus, and can be summoned by monsters through the Summon Water Elementals spell.

You can also summon them yourself by evoking the phial of floods, or invoking Qazlal's Elemental Force when clouds of cold or rain are visible.

Tips & Tricks

  • Avoid simply tabbing your way through combat with water elementals. Once they've engulfed you, you'll start taking irresistible damage each turn, but moving away from them breaks this effect. If possible, retreat each time they start the process.
    • Players of unbreathing races are immune to the engulf damage and can still cast spells normally, making water elementals much less dangerous.
  • Their electricity resistance makes it difficult for Air Magic-users to take them out, though Airstrike is a perfectly acceptable method for defeating them.
  • Keep in mind that they move much faster when in water.
  • If using Qazlal's Elemental Force, the friendliness of the elemental will depend on the source of the cloud: Your clouds are friendly, ambient clouds are neutral, enemy clouds are hostile.

History

Prior to 0.13, water elementals had normal melee attacks.