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Gods are a central concept to Dungeon Crawl. The game's pantheon features 18 distinct deities, and they provide increasingly powerful abilities to their worshipers, but punish them for any violation of their individual commandments. Your character may only worship a single god at once, and most gods punish followers for abandoning them, so choose wisely.

The pantheon

Joining a god

You may become a follower of a god either by starting with a religious background (Berserker, Abyssal Knight, Chaos Knight, Death Knight, Priest, or Healer), or by praying at a god's altar. In the latter case, you will be shown a description of the god (and their commandments) before being asked if you want to worship them.

Some species have religious restrictions on which gods they may worship.

Changing or renouncing gods

You can abandon your god for another by praying at your new god's altar, or by renouncing your faith with the "Renounce Religion" ability. The latter can be done at any time as a special ability (command a). In addition, good gods will excommunicate you for casting the spell Necromutation.

Abandoning will always incur penance, and usually result in divine retribution. The only exceptions to this are the good gods: leaving them will incur penance, but they will not exhibit wrath upon you unless you are currently serving an evil god: Beogh, Yredelemnul, Lugonu, Kikubaaqugdgha, or Makhleb. Additionally, Zin will smite you for joining Jiyva. Bear in mind that the good gods do not forget you: even if you join an evil god 100000 turns later, they will still hit you with wrath.

In older versions, one did not incur penance by switching from one good god to another. This was removed in 0.9, since it allowed for Zin worshipers to safely switch to Jiyva by momentarily switching to TSO or Elyvilon. Switching between good gods is still safe, since no wrath will be exhibited, but if you leave for an evil god you will be facing the wrath of both (or all) your former gods.


Altars can be found in the Ecumenical Temple (which randomly contains 6-14 altars), as well as scattered around the Dungeon.

Since version 0.6.0, altars for every god (except Lugonu, Jiyva, and Beogh) are guaranteed to appear either in the Temple or in the main Dungeon between level 2 and level 9. You can find additional altars in various other locations. Since 0.8, you can also find altars in the main Dungeon at level 1.

Lugonu's altar may be found in the Abyss. Jiyva's altar may found at the entrance to or inside the Slime Pits, and, very rarely, early in the main dungeon. Finally, altars to Beogh can appear in the Orcish Mines, or more rarely in the main dungeon, most commonly near the Mines entrance.

See also