|A violent and wrathful demon, Cerebov appears as a giant human covered in shining golden armour and wielding a huge twisted sword.|
Cerebov is a mighty demon lord of Pandemonium who guards the fiery rune and wields the Sword of Cerebov. He has the second highest HP in the game, behind Antaeus, and his powerful Fire Magic can cut through even full fire resistance. All of this combines to make him arguably the most dangerous foe in the game. He is found on a unique Pandemonium floor crawling with balrugs, efreets, orange demons, and the occasional brimstone fiend.
Tips & Tricks
- His Fire Storm is quite painful and his sword lets him treat your fire resistance as being one rank lower. Maxing out your experience level and Fighting skill, rF+++, Abjuration, and Haste/berserk are all highly recommended. Frail characters may need to avoid this fight entirely, as a hasted Cerebov can easily kill you in a single turn if you're unprepared.
- If possible, clear out the balrugs and brimstone fiends before engaging him. Getting hit by multiple smites in a single turn can make an already dangerous fight suicidal.
- Surprisingly, Cerebov does not fly. You can use this to your advantage when you encounter him behind a pool of lava (which happens quite often), across which he can only engage you with his ranged magic. It is possible to whittle him down with Orb of Destruction, run away for a recharge, and continue. He will not follow you across this lava. A somewhat risky way of killing him is to lift him up with a Tornado. If you are lucky, the storm will end with Cerebov over a lava tile, when you will get the message "Cerebov falls into the lava. Cerebov drowns." The risk is that he may also end the storm right next to you in melee range. And even if it works, the downside is that his artifact sword is destroyed in the lava, if you are inclined to keep it. If you fly yourself, you can keep Cerebov out of melee range by hovering over a lava pool, if one is available.