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The Enchanter specialises in the subtle art of hexes. Instead of directly damaging foes, hexes disable and debilitate them, allowing the Enchanter to finish the helpless creatures in combat. The Enchanter begins with a lightly enchanted dagger, a robe, a potion of invisibility, and a selection of hexes.

Enchanters are mages who have specialised in the subtle art of Hexes. Although not as directly damaging as Conjurations or the elements, high-level Hexes offer a wide array of very handy effects.

Preferred Species

Deep Elf, Felid, Kobold, Spriggan, Naga, and Vampire are the recommended species if you pick an Enchanter Background.

Starting Equipment

Some species may receive different items based on their unique restrictions.

Available Spells:

Starting Skills and Stats

These are adjusted by your species' aptitudes.

Choosing Enchanter adds 7 to your starting Intelligence and 5 to your starting Dexterity.


Enchanters are one of the few magic starts not to get an XL 1 spell, but have 2 potions of invisibility to make up for it. They soon get access to debilitating hexes - Ensorcelled Hibernation and Confusing Touch - becoming effective stabbers in the process.

While there are some devastating Hexes spells available to late-game characters, be prepared to branch out at least a little. Many enemies have high willpower, which can cause serious problems over time. An orb of guile or scroll of vulnerability can help you affect enemies with high willpower, though such items will also reduce your own willpower.

Spell Info

Ensorcelled Hibernation is your classic sleep n' stab spell. Succeed against your opponent's willpower, and they'll be vulnerable to a single extremely deadly stab attack, preferably from your dagger. Monsters who've already been entranced can't be put to sleep for some time, nor can monsters resistant to cold. You may want to get a few levels into Ice Magic (1-3, perhaps) to boost this spell's power.

Confusing Touch is your answer to that, with the highest duration of the starting spells. It has the MP advantage too - you get multiple swings, each swing having a chance to confuse, for only 3 MP. Against enemies with low success chance (<30% or so), Confusing Touch is more MP-efficient.

Dazzling Flash is another debilitation spell. Because it checks HD (not willpower), pesky monsters resistant to your other hexes can be hit by the flash. To monsters not immune to blinding, dazzle is effectively a localized invisible. The blindless only lasts a few turns... but a few turns can be all the time you need to set up something else (or run away). In addition, it has a wide area-of-effect - all your other spells are single target.

While not as flashy as an Enchanter's other spells, Tukima's Dance allows you to take advantage of otherwise tough, weapon-wielding enemies like ogres and orc warlords. For many monsters, their weapon comprises over half their damage output. Now it's a summoned monster on your side. Tukima's will also work on ranged weapons; a centaur can't shoot you without its bow.


  • In 0.29, most backgrounds were buffed; Enchanters gained a second potion of invisibility.
  • Prior to 0.28, Enchanters had the Corona spell, but did not start with a potion of invisibility.
  • Prior to 0.27, Enchanters started with the Book of Maledictions, which had the same spells as Enchanters do now.
  • Prior to 0.15, Enchanters started with some darts and 1 level of Throwing, but only 2 levels of Stealth.
  • Prior to 0.14, Enchanters started with only 1 level of Spellcasting.
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