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For a list of all deep elves, see list of deep elves.

Dowan eDowan.png
HP 15-32
HD 3
XP 68
Speed 10
AC 2
EV 13
Will 20
Attack1 5 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type elf, elf
Flags Speaks
A beautiful but vain elf with an aptitude for magic and little else. His skills are the perfect complement of his twin sister Duvessa's fighting prowess. In search of more powerful spells, he journeys to the surface with his sister.

“Skill and grace, the twin brother and sister, are dancing playfully on your finger tips.”
-Rabindranath Tagore, _Chitra_, Act I, Scene iv. 1914.

Useful Info

Dowan, Brother of Duvessa is one of a pair of twin elf uniques that hunt through the Dungeon as a team, always encountered together. On their own, Dowan is a mediocre magician, while his sister is a somewhat competent fighter. Together, they are no joke, and killing one will buff the other.

When Duvessa is killed, Dowan improves his spell set and gains a permanent haste effect.



Spell set I
Slot1 Throw Frost (3d5) Wizard flag
Slot2 Corona Wizard flag
Slot3 Blink Wizard flag
Slot4 Throw Flame (3d5) Wizard flag
Slot5 Haste Other Wizard flag


Spell set I
Slot1 Stone Arrow (3d8) Wizard flag
Slot2 Blink Wizard flag
Slot3 Throw Icicle (3d11) Wizard flag
Slot4 Haste Other Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Neither Dowan nor Duvessa will follow you up or down stairs unless their sibling is adjacent to you too (in which case they both will) or their sibling is dead. However, you can drop one of them down a shaft without the other being able to follow.
  • Consider wearing them both down before killing either one. The survivor will still be near death even after they become more powerful.
  • Dowan's upgraded spell list is very dangerous, but he has much less staying power than a berserk Duvessa.
    • If you have the choice, it's nice to have cold resistance (to lower Throw Icicle's damage) if you want to kill Duvessa first.
    • Unlike berserk, Dowan's haste can be removed (permanently) by a wand of quicksilver.


  • Prior to 0.28, Dowan's haste was not permanent, but he had the Haste spell. An enraged Dowan would immediately be hasted on sight, but it could wear out (forcing the spell to be cast again).