Player ghost

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player ghost pGhost.png
HP ~
HD 4
XP ~
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Speed ~
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AC ~
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EV ~
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MR ~
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Attack1 5 (hit: plain)


Type of Meat None
Resistances rConstr, rPois+, Varies
Vulnerabilities Holy, Varies
Habitat land
Intelligence High
Uses Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type player ghost, player ghost
Flags Fighter
Speaks
Spellcaster
Actual spells
Flying
Evil
Unique
Insubstantial
The apparition of an unfortunate adventurer.

Useful info

A player ghost is generated when your character dies, unless at Dungeon level 1 or 2, or in the Ecumenical Temple.

Undead characters don't leave ghosts (but may carry previously existing ghosts on this level). If you die on a level that already has (player's) ghosts that were not killed, they will be added to the same ghost file, making several ghosts appear on this level later on.

The maximum number of ghosts that are saved (including the one you just generated unless you were an Undead) depend on the level depth:

  • 1 for Dungeon levels 3-9, Orcish Mines level 1 or Lair level 1.
  • 2 for Dungeon levels 10-15 or any other levels in the Orcish Mines or the Lair.
  • 9 for any level in Pandemonium, the Abyss, the Crypt, the Tomb, the Realm of Zot or Dungeon levels 23-27.
  • 1, plus 5*(L+1)% chance of a second one, plus 2.5*(L+1)% chance of another one on any other level, where L is the level depth.

Each time a player on the same server (or computer if you're playing locally) enters a level for which a ghost was saved, there's a 33% chance that this ghost (and eventual other ones it is carrying with it) will be generated in that level. The ghost file is deleted in the process, which means that it won't be generated again later, unless you die on this level without having killed the ghost(s), in which case the ghost may appear again if the level has enough space for it. For levels with multiple ghosts, the oldest ones will be deleted first, meaning that even extremely overpowered ghosts will rarely have more than one or two victims.

Ghost properties

Ghost stats:

  • When your ghost is created, its stats are defined as follow:
    • Its max HP, AC and EV are equal to yours when you died.
    • Its number of hit dice is equal to your experience level.
    • Its cold, fire and electricity resistances are equal to yours when you died.
    • It gains poison and sticky flame resistance.
    • If you were able to see invisible, so does the ghost.
    • Its base speed is equal to 10, minus 3 for Nagas, +2 for Felids, +3 for Centaurs and Spriggans, +2 if you were wearing boots of running. The final base speed can never be less than 6 or greater than 13. Ghosts are levitating, so it will be able to cross water or lava.
    • If you were a Deep Dwarf, the ghost won't be able to regenerate,
    • Its damage is determined by the weapon you were wielding and your skill levels:
      • If you had a weapon in hand, the base damage is equal to the weapon's base damage, increased by 4% per skill level you had for this weapon. In addition, the attacks will have the eventual weapon brand.
      • If you had no weapon in hand, the base damage is 4 plus your Unarmed Combat skill, plus your experience level if you were a Troll.
      • This base damage is then increased by 3.3% per Fighting skill, then increased by 0.25 times your Strength. Total damage is capped at 50.
    • If you knew spells, the ghost may still be able to cast up to 6 of them:
      • The 1st and 2nd spells will be (different) conjuration spells.
      • The 3rd spell will be a summoning or a self-enchantment spell.
      • The 4th spell will be a hostile enchantment spell, or, if you had no hostile enchantment spell, a conjuration spell not in slots 1 or 2.
      • The 5th spell will be Dig if you had it, otherwise a hostile enchantment not in slot 4 if you have any, otherwise a conjuration spell not in slots 1, 2 or 4.
      • The 6th spell will be Teleport Self if you had it, or Blink if you had Blink or Controlled Blink.
    • The spell selected in each category will be the highest level possible among those you had. Several spells will be transformed into their "monster" version: Blink for Controlled Blink, Call Imp for Demonic Horde, Fireball for Delayed Fireball and Mephitic Cloud for Evaporate.
    • Ghosts of level 7+ Draconians also have a high chance of being able to breathe Bolts of Draining (30 accuracy, 3d(2*HD) damage where HD was your experience level).

The experience level of a ghost is indicated in their description with one of the following adjectives:

Ghost description Experience level
weakling 1 to 3
average 4 to 6
experienced 7 to 10
powerful 11 to 15
mighty 16 to 21
great 22 to 25
awesomely powerful 26
legendary 27

Tips and tricks

If you are a NetHack player new to Crawl, be aware of the differences; Crawl's ghosts have no graves to loot, and are normally more than capable of killing you!

If you examine the ghost (press x to look at things, move the cursor to the ghost, and press v to examine) it will tell you what species and class the ghost was when it was living, which may give you a clue as to how fast it is and what its stats will be like.

A ghost doesn't follow you outside its level (if you take stairs or otherwise leave the level). If it had less than half of its max HP when you leave the level, it will teleport away (and thus probably won't be near the exit you used when you come back on this level).

Dispel Undead is great against the undead. The damage is comparable to Iron Shot and dispel never misses its target.

If you are trying to fight a ghost in melee, but don't quite have the power to destroy it before it kills you, don't forget that a potion of might should easily be able to push the fight in your favour.