Wretched star

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wretched star *Wretched star.png
HP 46-94
HD 10
XP 789
Speed 10 (move: 80%)
AC 10
EV 10
Will Immune

Resistances rF+
Vulnerabilities Silver
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Non-living
Size Little
Type wretched star, wretched star
Flags See invisible
A conflux of unearthly light and energy, awash in unnatural colours and strange forms no normal being was meant to perceive. Merely being near it fills your body with the disorder of the Abyss.

Useful Info

Wretched stars are the chaos-spewing embodiments of Lugonu's realm, inflicting temporary (transient) bad mutations on everything nearby. These mutations will go away on their own after you have killed a few monsters. They also occasionally blast you with non-elemental Conjurations. In addition to the Abyss, they can be found in Lehudib's Moon Base.


Spell set I
Slot1 Force Lance (3d14) Magical flag
Slot2 Corrupting Pulse Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Unlike Malmutate, Corrupting Pulse doesn't require a line of fire. It affects all nearby opponents, so you cannot hide from the spell behind allies or other monsters.
  • Make sure to check your mutations. Melee characters should watch out for a sudden Berserkitis, while any character should beware of No Unsafe Scrolls and No Unsafe Potions.
  • The waves of bad mutations affect your allies too, reducing their speed, AC, and damage output.
  • Undead will suffer temporary stat drain instead of mutations, with a coinflip chance of nothing happening. They should hence be careful of stat zero.


  • In 0.28 only, wretched stars cast Corrupting Pulse less often, and it only gave 1 transient mutation. These changes were made as the Abyss no longer gave XP. These changes were reverted in 0.29, as the Abyss gave XP again.
  • Prior to 0.25, wretched stars had Iskenderun's Mystic Blast instead of Force Lance.
  • Prior to 0.19, wretched stars' Corrupting Pulse mutated everyone in LOS, even their allies.
  • Wretched stars were added in 0.12.