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Boris LBoris.png
HP 154
HD 22
XP 7917
Speed 10
AC 12
EV 10
Will 322
Attack1 25 (hit: plain)
Attack2 15 (touch: drain experience)

Type of Meat None
Resistances rPois+, rC+, rElec
Vulnerabilities none
Habitat land
Intelligence High
Uses Starting equipment
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type lich, lich
Flags Unique
Actual spells
See invisible
An ancient and powerful lich. Like all true liches, Boris is immortal, and will regenerate his skeletal remains even if completely disintegrated. However, while this complicated process would usually take months or even years, Boris has mastered it to the point of being able to reintegrate himself in a matter of minutes.

Useful Info

Boris is a unique lich that revives after being defeated, reappearing in a random different part of the Dungeon at full strength. He is weaker than an ancient lich, but packs enough powerful magic to constitute a threat even to high-level characters.



Spell set
Slot1 Iron Shot (3d37)
Slot2 Bolt of Cold (3d32)
Slot3 Invisibility
Slot4 Animate Dead
Slot5 Orb of Destruction (8d18)
Slot6 Invisibility

Tips & Tricks

  • Boris tends to one- or two-shot careless characters. If you aren't confident you can handle him, run.
  • Spellcasters should keep their distance (at least 6 squares to avoid Iron Shot, 7 to avoid Bolt of Draining, and 8 to avoid Bolt of Cold), Haste themselves, and use their longest range spells. He can't Haste himself, thankfully, and a concentrated heavy attack can take him down quickly.
  • Blink in a different direction or summon some meat shields if Boris uses Orb of Destruction. If an Orb of Destruction hits another orb, it will create a small explosion; this means you can "cancel" Boris' orb with your own, but make sure to do this from a distance or you'll just catch yourself in the explosion. Be warned that this will make a lot of noise.
  • Melee fighters should get into melee range with him as quickly as possible. His melee skills, even with a draining brand, are not that dangerous, and being at point blank range with him reduces the power of his Orb of Destruction immensely. Use a scroll of blinking or lure him around a corner to avoid making a very painful charge.
  • Boris will not reappear on another level until he is killed. Thus, if you want to avoid encountering him a second time, just leave him where he is and he won't bother you again unless you come back. That being said, you'll be missing out on nearly 16k XP...