Dungeons of Doom potion

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There are nine potions that come from The Dungeons of Doom, frequently called bang potions. These are:

Obtained from

  • Blessed large box (one of each)
  • large box (4-6)
  • small box (2-4)
  • dead mimic (10-15) when an aluminum wand, ebony wand, hexagonal wand, marble wand, or pine wand is present in inventory or when the wand was blown up less than 3 days ago.

When Used

Each of these potions give one of nine possible results. No two potions give the same effects, and each player will get a different series of effects. The possible effects are:

Booze

Exclam.gif
You gain 1-3 Drunkenness.
You drink the <type> potion. It tastes like liquid fire!


Exclam.gif
This smells like liquid fire. You decide not to drink it.
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him, making him smell like a wino.

Healing

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
HPYou gain 14-16 hit points.
MPYou gain 14-16 Mana Points.
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He looks like he feels better.

Confusion

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Confused.gifYou acquire an effect: Confused
(duration: 20 Adventures)
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He looks confused.
Monster AttackMonster attack power reduced by 2-3
Monster DefenseMonster defense reduced by 2-3

Object Detection

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Exclam.gifYou acquire an effect: Object Detection
(duration: 10 Adventures)
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He blinks.

Sleep

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Sleepy.gifYou acquire an effect: Sleepy
(duration: 20 Adventures)
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He yawns.

Muscle

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Strboost.gifYou acquire an effect: Strength of Ten Ettins
(duration: 10 Adventures)
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He looks much stronger than before.

Mysticality

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Realbrain.gifYou acquire an effect: Strange Mental Acuity
(duration: 10 Adventures)
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He looks much smarter than before.

Moxie

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Light.gifYou acquire an effect: Izchak's Blessing
(duration: 10 Adventures)
  • In Combat:
Exclam.gif
You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He looks much more stylish than before.

Teleportation

  • From Inventory:
Exclam.gif
You drink the <type> potion.
Confused.gifYou acquire an effect: Teleportitis
(duration: 10 Adventures)

In Combat:

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You throw the <type> potion at your opponent. It shatters against him. He starts disappearing and reappearing in random spots around you.

Pre-NS13

When used in combat, all potions gave the following message:

Exclam.gif
Just kidding. These won't actually be combat-usable until NS13 rolls out.

Notes

  • Each potion's effect is randomly reassigned at the beginning of each new ascension. Prior to NS13, potion effect assignment was only partially random, allowing effects to be predicted without having to use one of each potion.
  • These are often called "bang potions" because "bang" is a common programmer term for the exclamation mark (!).
  • In combat:
    • Teleportitis increases your opponent's defense by 15-20 points. It does not affect Monster Attack.
    • Strange Mental Acuity increases your opponent's attack and defense by 10-15 points.
    • Izchak's Blessing potion increases your opponent's defense by 20-30 points. It does not affect Monster Attack.
    • Strength of Ten Ettins increase your opponent's attack by 20-30 points. It does not affect Monster Defense.
    • Healing increases your opponent's health by 14-16 points, but not above its starting HP.
    • Sleep decreases your opponent's defense by 2-3 points. It does not affect Monster Attack.
    • It is unclear if Object Detection has any effect, and if so, what.

References

  • These potions refer to the computer game NetHack. In NetHack and other roguelike games, you acquire various potions whose appearances change each time you start a new game. Most such games represent potions with the '!' character because it notionally resembles a potion bottle (albeit an upside-down one).
  • The drunkenness granting effect (and message that follows) is a reference to the "potion of booze" from NetHack, which makes you confused for a few turns, giving the message "Ooph! This tastes like liquid fire!"
  • NetHack players often wish to identify potions before drinking them, as some have harmful effects. One way to do so is to throw the potion at a monster and observe the effects.

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