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This page is about the player background. For the monster, see Wizard (monster). For the playing mode, see Wizard mode.

A Wizard is a magician who does not specialise in any area of magic. Wizards start with a variety of magical skills and with Magic Dart memorised. Their book allows them to progress in many different branches of the arcane arts.

Wizards are magicians who do not specialize in any area of magic, making them a jack of all trades, master of none when compared to more focused spellcasters. Wizards enter the Dungeon with the Magic Dart spell in memory.

Preferred Races

Human, High Elf, Deep Elf, Naga, Draconian, Mummy and Octopode are the recommended races if you pick a Wizard Background.

Starting Equipment

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

Starting Skills and Stats

These are adjusted by your species' aptitudes.

Choosing Wizard adds 10 to your starting Intelligence and 3 to your starting Dexterity, but reduces your starting Strength by 1.


The Wizard is one of the best spellcaster backgrounds. What they lack in initial firepower, they more than make up for with high Spellcasting and access to some of the best utility spells (Blink, Mephitic Cloud, Conjure Flame, Repel Missiles). On the downside, Wizards are forced to invest heavily in Conjurations and elemental magic to boost their offensive repertoire.


Prior to 0.14, wizards started with 20 gold.

External Links

Video Tutorial (Part 1) (Part 2)

Video Tutorial With Actual Speech (Part 1) (Part 2)

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