Combat Frequency

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When adventuring in a location the second-to-last thing the game decides whether you will receive a combat or non-combat encounter (the final thing is which specific combat/noncombat you will receive). Each location has a preset percentage of yielding a combat encounter.

Choosing Combat or Noncombat

Every zone has some combat percentage, and this number is an integer (usually a multiple of 5). This number can be modified with +/- combat skills. The game rolls a 1D100, and if the rolled number is higher than the modified combat rate, you get a noncombat. If it's the same or lower, you get a combat.

Here's an example: in the haunted ballroom the combat rate is 80%. If you have -20% combats running then the rate is modified to 60%. The game rolls a 1D100 and it's 59. You get a combat. You adventure again and the roll is a 60, so you get a combat. You adventure one more time and the roll is 61, so you get a noncombat.

For how the game chooses which specific combat/noncombat you get, see Combat-Noncombat Selection

Modifiers

  • Modifiers stack with each other; the net modification is computed through simple addition.
    • If modifiers are used to adjust combat frequency more than 25% in either direction, additional modifiers contribute only +1% for every +5%. Six effects that provide -5% combat, for example, will provide a total of -26%, not -30%. Underwater only effects, however, are applied after these diminishing returns.
  • It is possible to use these modifiers to completely eliminate one type of encounter. For example, The Penultimate Fantasy Airship has an 80% combat rate. If you run +20% combat, you'll have a 100% combat rate, eliminating the Random Lack of an Encounter adventure and any Immateria that you don't have yet.
  • A location may have a 100% combat rate, but still have noncombats; to encounter these, you must use frequency modifiers.
  • Similarly, there are adventures which can only be encountered while increasing the rate of combat adventures; for example, Getting Clubbed in The Purple Light District and the ninja snowman assassin in the Lair of the Ninja Snowmen. The comedian combats in the all-combat zone The Laugh Floor appear more frequently with +combat.

Increases Combat Rate (+combat)

Modifier Type Source Rate Avail. Duration Cost Prereq Notes
Song of Battle Effect Song of Battle (AoB skill) +20% Path 20 turns 10 MP Being an Avatar of Boris  
Taunt of Horus Effect Talisman of Horus +20% Path 10 turns 5 Ka coins Being Ed the Undying  
Waking the Dead Effect Summon Minion with Summon Horde (both ZM skills) +20% Path 10 turns 100 Meat Being a Zombie Master  
Coffeesphere Effect Coffeesphere (AoJ skill) +15% Path 20 turns 10 MP Being an Avatar of Jarlsberg  
Lion in Ambush Effect lion musk +15% HC/SC 20 turns Item loss    
Patent Aggression Effect patent aggression tonic +15% HC/SC 30 turns Item loss    
Unmuffled Effect Rev Engine with Extra-Loud Muffler +15% Path 10 turns 5 MP Being an Avatar of Sneaky Pete  
carpe Back Item Clan Floundry (Clan VIP Lounge) +10% HC/SC Always No other Clan Floundry item that day Access to Clan VIP Lounge
Driving Obnoxiously Effect Asdon Martin +10% HC/SC 30 turns 37 litres of fuel Asdon Martin in Your Workshed
Everything Must Go! Effect Violent pastilles (potion) +10% SC 10 turns Item loss    
tunac Shirt Clan Floundry (Clan VIP Lounge) +10% HC/SC Always No other Clan Floundry item that day Access to Clan VIP Lounge
Angry Effect Anger Glands (GN skill) +5% Path 20 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in a Gelatinous Noob run
Ass-Stompers of Violence Accessory Shub-Jigguwatt, Elder God of Violence as a Seal Clubber +5% SC Always   125 Mus Cannot equip more than one
Brogre bucket hat Hat Buff Jimmy's Souvenir Shop +5% HC/SC Always 200 Beach Bucks 25 Mox  
Carlweather's Cantata of Confrontation Effect Carlweather's Cantata of Confrontation (skill) (AT buff) +5% HC/SC 5-20 turns 20 MP    
Celestial Saltiness Effect celestial au jus +5% HC/SC² 10 turns Item loss    
cod cape Back Item Stench vampire +5% SC Always   200 Mox +25 Stench Damage
Color of the God Lobster Effect God Lobster +5% HC/SC 33 turns     Obtained by defeating the God Lobster with the God Lobster's Rod equipped.
Dungeon Fist gauntlet Off-Hand Item Ticket Redemption Counter +5% SC Always 1000 Game Grid tickets 35 Muscle, having defeated Dungeon Fist!
folder (Ex-Files) Accessory Grass Elemental +5% Path³, SC       Only usable with a Folder Holder
Frown Effect Frown Muscles (GN skill) +5% Path 10 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in a Gelatinous Noob run
giant turkey leg Weapon (3H) Renaissance Giant +5% HC/SC¹ Always   200 Mus  
High Colognic Effect musk turtle (potion) +5% HC/SC 15 turns Item loss    
Hippy Stench Effect reodorant or a handful of pine needles (both potions) +5% HC/SC 10 turns Item loss    
HOA zombie eyes Accessory Zombie Homeowners' Association (Hard Mode) +5% SC Always   100 Mys
Irritabili Tea Effect cuppa Irritabili tea +5% HC/SC 30 turns Item loss    
junkyard dog Food Hot Dog Stand (Clan VIP Lounge) +5% HC/SC 30 turns 3 fullness, the ability to eat any other fancy dog that day Access to Clan VIP Lounge
monster bait Accessory The Crackpot Mystic's Shed +5% HC/SC Always 20 red pixels, 15 white pixels   Cannot equip more than one
Musk of the Moose Effect Musk of the Moose (SC skill) +5% HC/SC 10 turns 10 MP    
pantogram pants Pants portable pantogram +5% HC/SC Always    
  • Obtained by choosing "some self-control" as Sacrifice (Middle)
  • Can be customized upon summoning via Pantagramming
portable cassette player Accessory Summon Confiscated Things +5% HC/SC Always    
  • +5 to Monster Level
  • Has An Obnoxious Mix Tape Stuck In It
  • Cannot equip more than one
Screaming! SCREAMING! AAAAAAAH! Effect Powerful Vocal Chords (GN skill) +5% Path 40 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in a Gelatinous Noob run
Simply Irresistible Effect Irresistibility potion (potion) +5% SC 20 turns Item loss    
Spelunker's khakis Pants Spelunker's Guild prize sack +5% SC     35 mox
Jumpsuited Hound Dog Familiar The Bounty Hunter Hunter's Shack +(weight/6)%, to a maximum of 5% HC/SC Always 100 filthy lucre  

¹ The giant turkey leg is easily obtainable in Hardcore, but will typically be unusable during the run.
² The celestial au jus is available in Hardcore only if the player is under an Avatar of Jarlsberg challenge path restriction.

Decreases Combat Rate (-combat)

Modifier Type Source Rate Avail. Duration Cost Prereq Notes
Disquiet Riot Skill (Zombie Slayer) -20% Path 10 turns 5 "MP"   Path-specific: Only usable in a Zombie Slayer run
A Rose by Any Other Material Effect squeaky toy rose -20% Path/SC 1 turn Item Loss  
Shelter of Shed Skill (Actually Ed the Undying) -20% Path 10 turns 15 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in an Actually Ed the Undying run
Song of Solitude Skill (Avatar of Boris) -20% Path 20/40 turns 15 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in an Avatar of Boris run
Throwing Some Shade Effect shady shades -20% Path/SC 1 turn Item Loss  
Chocolatesphere Skill (Avatar of Jarlsberg) -15% Path 20 turns 10 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in an Avatar of Jarlsberg run
Muffled Skill (Avatar of Sneaky Pete) -15% Path 10 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in an Avatar of Sneaky Pete run
Patent Invisibility Effect patent invisibility tonic -15% Path/SC 30 turns Item Loss  
Team Sloth cap Hat The Pokémporium -15% Path 50 1,960 pokédollar bills  
  • Path-specific: Only obtainable in a Pocket Familiars run
  • Can be used in aftercore after the path is completed, but is lost upon ascension
Ashen Effect pile of ashes -10% Path 20 turns Potion   Path-specific: Only usable in an Avatar of Sneaky Pete run
bass clarinet Weapon (1H) Clan Floundry (Clan VIP Lounge) -10% HC/SC Always No other Clan Floundry item that day Access to Clan VIP Lounge
Brooding Skill (Avatar of Sneaky Pete) -10% Path 10 turns 20 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in an Avatar of Sneaky Pete run
codpiece Accessory Clan Floundry (Clan VIP Lounge) -10% HC/SC Always No other Clan Floundry item that day Access to Clan VIP Lounge
Driving Stealthily Effect Asdon Martin -10% HC/SC 30 turns 37 litres of fuel Asdon Martin in Your Workshed
Ministrations in the Dark Effect EMD holo-record -10% Path 10 turns Item Loss Must have a Wrist-Boy in your inventory

Path-specific: Only usable in a Nuclear Autumn run

fish hatchet Weapon (1H) Clan Floundry (Clan VIP Lounge) -10% HC/SC Always No other Clan Floundry item that day Access to Clan VIP Lounge
li'l eyeball costume Familiar equipment Fallout Shelter Medical Supply -10% Path Always 1000 meat Must have a Trick-or-Treating Tot in your Terranium
Predjudicetidigitation Effect worst candy -10% SC 10 turns Potion    
Ballroom song ("Sono Un...") Special (The Haunted Ballroom) Choosing Sono un Amenten Non Un Combattente in Strung-Up Quartet -5% HC/SC   1 turn    
Become Superficially interested Effect Daily Affirmation: Be Superficially interested -5% SC 100 turns Potion    
Bent Knees Effect Bendable Knees (GN skill) -5% Path 10 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in a Gelatinous Noob run
Bram's choker Accessory Bram the Stoker -5% HC/SC     50 Mys
camouflage T-shirt Shirt Mercenary of Fortune -5% SC/HC     25 Mus
Celestial Camouflage Effect celestial squid ink -5% Path⁴, SC 10 turns Potion    
Colorfully Concealed Effect Mer-kin hidepaint -5% The Sea 10 turns Potion   Underwater only
Crown of Thrones or Buddy Bjorn, holding Grimstone Golem Hat or Back Item -5% SC       (Your Golem can only be in one place at a time.)
dark horse Horse A Horsery -5% HC/SC Rollover 0 or 500 meat   First horse is free; switching costs 500 meat
duonoculars Accessory biclops -5% HC/SC     17 Mys
Extended Toes Effect Retractable Toes (GN skill) -5% Path 20 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in a Gelatinous Noob run
folder (skull and crossbones) Accessory scary pirate -5% Path³, SC       Only usable with a Folder Holder
Fresh Scent Effect -5% HC/SC 10 turns Potion    
Fuzzy Slippers of Hatred Accessory Yog-Urt (as a DB) -5% SC     125 Mox
  • Cannot equip more than one
  • Reduce enemy defense by 10%
  • Spell Damage +60%
  • Makes running more comfortable
Gummed Shoes Effect shoe gum -5% HC/SC 50 turns Item loss    
iFlail Weapon (1H) The Applecalypse Store -5% SC   35 Mox
Ink Cloud Effect Ink Gland (GN skill) -5% Path 40 turns 5 MP   Path-specific: Only usable in a Gelatinous Noob run
Inky Camouflage Effect vial of squid ink -5% HC/SC¹ 20 turns Potion    
Mer-kin sneakmask Hat -5% The Sea     85 Mox
Obscuri Tea Effect cuppa Obscuri tea -5% HC/SC 30 turns Item loss    
pantogram pants Pants portable pantogram -5% HC/SC Always    
  • Obtained by choosing "some self-respect" as Sacrifice (Middle)
  • Can be customized upon summoning via Pantagramming
protonic accelerator pack Back Item -5% SC/HC      
Quiets-Your-Steps Accessory -5% SC     100 Mox
red shoe Accessory red box -5% HC/SC     40 Mys
ring of conflict Accessory dead mimic -5% HC/SC²     25 Mys Cannot equip more than one
rusted-out shootin' iron Weapon (1H) Cowskeleton -5% SC/HC (during twitch events)   35 Mus
Scaredy Dog Food (Clan VIP Lounge) ghost dog -5% HC/SC 30 turns 3 fullness, the ability to eat any other fancy dog that day  
Silence of the God Lobster Effect God Lobster -5% HC/SC 33 turns     Obtained by defeating the God Lobster with the God Lobster's Ring equipped.
silent beret Hat A Silent Mime -5% SC      
Silent Running Effect Doing submarine sprints in An Olympic-Sized Swimming Pool (once a day) -5% HC/SC 50 turns      
Simply Invisible Effect invisibility potion -5% SC 20 turns Potion    
Smooth Movements Effect Smooth Movement (DB skill) -5% HC/SC 10 turns 10 MP    
Snow Shoes Effect snow cleats -5% HC/SC 30 turns Item loss    
The Sonata of Sneakiness Effect The Sonata of Sneakiness (AT buff) -5% HC/SC 5-20 turns 20 MP    
Space Trip safety headphones Accessory Ticket Redemption Counter -5% SC   1,000 Game Grid tickets 35 Mys
very pointy crown Hat Witchess Queen -5% SC/HC (with Witchess set)      
Xiblaxian stealth cowl Hat Xiblaxian 5D printer -5% SC/HC (with Xi Receiver Unit)   4 Xiblaxian circuitry
9 Xiblaxian polymer
5 Xiblaxian alloy
  Mysticality +20%
Xiblaxian stealth trousers Pants Xiblaxian 5D printer -5% SC/HC (with Xi Receiver Unit)   9 Xiblaxian circuitry
4 Xiblaxian polymer
5 Xiblaxian alloy
  Moxie +20%
Xiblaxian stealth vest Shirt Xiblaxian 5D printer -5% SC/HC (with Xi Receiver Unit)   5 Xiblaxian circuitry
4 Xiblaxian polymer
9 Xiblaxian alloy
  Muscle +20%
Disgeist Familiar Tall Grass, Very Tall Grass -(weight/6)%, to a maximum of -5% HC/SC Always      

¹ The vial of squid ink is a quest item only available to Accordion Thieves who pursue their Nemesis.
² The ring of conflict is technically available in a Hardcore run, but the chances of acquiring one are slim.
³ The Folder Holder is only available in Hardcore during a KOLHS run.
⁴ The celestial squid ink is only available in Hardcore to Avatars of Jarlsberg.

Notes

  • Jick had said that combat modifiers will not go higher than 25% either way. However, he has since added more modifiers and stated that there are diminishing returns beyond 25%.
    • For noncombats and combats, a +30% modifier is reduced to +26%. It should probably be assumed that any 5% modifier over a net 25% is scaled to 1%.[1]
  • Determining (spading) your combat frequency modifier can be done several ways:
    • The message displayed by the Head down to the galley choice in the Random Lack of an Encounter adventure in the Airship is determined by your noncombat frequency.
    • In some PvP seasons, the Information Booth will display your combat frequency modifier directly.
    • You can adventure in a zone with known combat frequency and collect enough data to determine your modifier.
  • For more information on how encounters are chosen, see Encounters.


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