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|name=Spider Form
 
|level=3
 
|school1={{Transmutations}}
 
|school2={{Poison Magic}}
 
|school3=
 
|sources=<div>
 
*[[Book of Changes]]
 
*[[Book of Envenomations]]
 
</div>
 
|castingnoise=3
 
|spellnoise=0
 
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{{flavour|This spell temporarily transforms the caster into a venomous, spider-like creature. Spellcasting is slightly more difficult in this form.}}
 
  
'''Spider Form''' transforms the user into a giant spider. This transformation grants the following:
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'''Spider Form''' is level 3 [[Transmutations|Transmutation]] spell that transforms the user into a spider-like creature.
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==Transformation==
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This transformation grants the following:
  
 
'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
*A [[venom]]-branded [[Unarmed Combat|unarmed]] attack with base damage 5
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*A [[venom]]-branded [[Unarmed Combat|unarmed]] attack with base damage 5 and a [[to hit]] bonus
 
*A +5 bonus to [[dexterity]]
 
*A +5 bonus to [[dexterity]]
 
*Tiny [[size]] (improves [[EV]])
 
*Tiny [[size]] (improves [[EV]])
*A large bonus to [[stealth]]: the racial modifier is set to 21 (15 is average)
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*Immunity to [[web]]s
*A [[to hit]] bonus
 
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
*Merges all equipment except jewellery
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*Melds all equipment except jewellery
 
*Cannot throw weapons or use wands
 
*Cannot throw weapons or use wands
 
*Natural [[AC]] is 2
 
*Natural [[AC]] is 2
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*Vulnerability to [[poison]]. Can be negated with a source of [[poison resistance]], but sources do not stack.
 
*Vulnerability to [[poison]]. Can be negated with a source of [[poison resistance]], but sources do not stack.
  
The duration of the transformation is 10 + random2(power) + random2(power), capped at 60 turns.
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The duration of the transformation is ''8 + 2d<power>'' turns, capped at 60.
  
 
[[Mummies]] and [[ghouls]] cannot memorize this spell. [[Vampires]] can memorize this spell, but cannot cast it if they are satiated or less.
 
[[Mummies]] and [[ghouls]] cannot memorize this spell. [[Vampires]] can memorize this spell, but cannot cast it if they are satiated or less.
  
As with all transformations, you lose all effects from melded armour and weapons, including any helpful resistances they may have granted you. [[Octopode]]s keep their 8 ring slots.
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[[The Shining One]] doesn't mind if you cast this spell, but you will incur penance if you poison a sentient, non-evil monster. Using it against animals, undead, or demons works just fine (though the latter two are immune to poison).
 
 
[[The Shining One]] doesn't seem to mind if you cast this spell, but you will incur penance if you poison a sentient, non-evil monster. Using it against animals, undead, or demons works just fine (though the latter two are immune to poison).
 
  
 
==Strategy==
 
==Strategy==
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==History==
 
==History==
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Prior to [[0.19]], Spider Form gave a large stealth bonus.
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Prior to [[0.15]], Spider Form provided above-average speed and the ability to cling to walls.
 
Prior to [[0.15]], Spider Form provided above-average speed and the ability to cling to walls.
  
 
[[Category:Status effects]]
 
[[Category:Status effects]]
 
[[Category:Transformation]]
 
[[Category:Transformation]]

Revision as of 17:44, 28 November 2016

Version 0.19: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Spider form.png Spider Form
Level 3
School1 Poison
School2 Transmutation
Source(s) Book of Changes
Casting noise 2
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 200
Hated By Zin
Flags Helpful, Utility
Transforms the caster into a venomous, spider-like creature. The caster becomes highly evasive and gains a poisonous bite, but gains vulnerability to poison.

While transformed, any equipped weapons and armour are melded, and casting spells becomes slightly more difficult.

Spider Form is level 3 Transmutation spell that transforms the user into a spider-like creature.

Transformation

This transformation grants the following:

Pros:

Cons:

  • Melds all equipment except jewellery
  • Cannot throw weapons or use wands
  • Natural AC is 2
  • -10% to spell success
  • Vulnerability to poison. Can be negated with a source of poison resistance, but sources do not stack.

The duration of the transformation is 8 + 2d<power> turns, capped at 60.

Mummies and ghouls cannot memorize this spell. Vampires can memorize this spell, but cannot cast it if they are satiated or less.

The Shining One doesn't mind if you cast this spell, but you will incur penance if you poison a sentient, non-evil monster. Using it against animals, undead, or demons works just fine (though the latter two are immune to poison).

Strategy

This spell is quite useful for low-level Transmuters, as it is fairly easy to cast and can be made reliably castable with only 1 or 2 levels in Poison Magic (which can be used for other low-level spells like Sting or Cure Poison). Although the base damage is low, most monsters you encounter early in the dungeon are not poison resistant. Monsters will also have a harder time hitting you because of the evasion bonuses, but be aware that when they do manage to land a hit, you'll have very low AC to reduce it. Octopode and felid transmuters won't have to worry about the AC reduction, as their natural AC is already extremely low.

Be careful about using this spell around enemies with poisonous attacks, as it is impossible to have poison resistance while in Spider Form (and you'll be vulnerable to poison unless you've found a source of rPois). For poisonous enemies, consider upgrading to Ice Form later, if your skill progression makes it worthwhile. Other hazards to watch out for are high-accuracy effects that target AC, such as Fireball or Airstrike.

Spider Form
Spider transform.png

History

Prior to 0.19, Spider Form gave a large stealth bonus.

Prior to 0.15, Spider Form provided above-average speed and the ability to cling to walls.