The Bug Infested Temple is a dangerous area filled with killer bugs and greater claw bugs. In order to access it, 100 PC deaths must be recorded in the adom.cnt file in the ADOM directory. This file can be edited manually by opening it in a text editor. The check for access to the temple is made when the character is generated, so if a character is denied access to the temple, there is no way to gain access later.
The upper level, called BUGWL after its in-game handle, consists of an open area filled mostly with greater claw bugs. In the center of the map is a stairs heading downward, surrounded by killer bugs. Both types of bugs are very dangerous in melee — capable of attacking numerous times with high to-hit, as well as always ignoring PV. Killer bugs, in particular, can deal several hundred points of damage per turn if the PC becomes surrounded by them. Because of all of this, engaging these in melee is not recommended — and getting swarmed will pretty much kill anyone in very few turns, even level 50 characters.
Both types of bugs can see invisible and in darkness, have speeds of up to 160, and are immune to mindcraft. Bugs encountered on the top level can be dealt with somewhat safely using missiles; if the PC is powerful enough around the start of the game, they can try to take some bugs out for some early level boosts. Bolt spells may also be used to attack them from a distance, but are not fully reliable since both types of bugs have some degree of magic resistance. On the cave level they can be delayed using webs or blocked by doors.
|#||Secret passage||Searching will reveal the hidden passage.|
|i||Killer bug||Minion monster.|
|i||Greater claw bug||Minion monster.|
|]||Statue||Named statues that have loot when broken.|
In the lower level, the character will find himself/herself immediately surrounded by a huge mob of Greater claw bugs. Ball spells, multiple companions, or abuse of the stairs can be helpful to survive this. The remainder of the cave has many secret rooms filled with killer bugs. If the correct path is taken, the PC will arrive at a large hall filled with bugs, as well as statues of various heroes. Destroying these will stop additional bugs from being generated and yield a number of useful items, all of which start out cursed:
- 3 scrolls of corruption removal
- 8 scrolls of magic mapping
- 6 potions of ultra healing
- barbed trident of hunting
- wand of teleportation (6 charges)
- wand of fireballs (10 charges)
- wand of door creation (100 charges)
- padded elven chain mail of resilience
- 12 winged quarrels of slaying
- Lawful two-handed sword of devastation
- Lawful heavy club of devastation
- Vigiliant adamantium plate mail of travelling.
- 12 crystals of health
The cave level is diggable in most places, but undiggable walls are placed in such a way as to make digging practically useless.