Crown of science ( [ )
Item Type Helmet 
Artifact? Yes
Weight 65s
Danger Level N/A
Material Iron

The crown of science is a guaranteed artifact in ADOM, found in Darkforge. It grants a huge Learning boost to the PC as well as immunity to fire whilst worn; but it also curses and dooms the PC and is autocursing.

In its unidentified form, the crown of science is a steel crown.


The crown of science can be highly useful when worn for limited periods of time on a situational basis. As the crown is autocursing, the PC should have some uncursing method available for each time they are finished using it. Since being doomed and cursed is very dangerous even for very tough PCs, it is unadvisable to wear the crown when its benefits are not required.

The learning boost provided by the crown has a number of strong benefits:

  • It can help the PC to learn spells successfully. Classes with a high emphasis on spellcasting (e.g. wizards) will have less need of help in this regard; but for PCs of other classes, the crown can greatly increase the odds of learning spells successfully.
  • It can increase the amount of spell knowledge that is gleaned from each reading of a spellbook.
  • It can enable the PC to obtain extra skill proficiency when they are being trained by characters such as the grizzled gladiator.
  • It can enable the PC to advance their skills more effectively when they gain an experience level. (If the crown is used for this purpose, it may be advisable to keep an eye on XP and only wear the crown when the PC is very close to levelling up.)

The crown also has some more esoteric uses. For example, since a doomed PC will have much more frequent wilderness encounters, it may be useful to wear the crown when trying to find certain monsters in the wilderness.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

It is found in a hidden room in the southwest part of Darkforge, guarded by a steel golem. The PC must 's'earch the area where (s)he finds a gang of steel golems before reaching the staircase to D:32.

Greater Identify information[]

-------------------------------- steel crown------------------------------

The steel crown is actually a cursed crown of science [+4, +8] {Le +9}. 
It is an artifact.

When worn it modifies DV by +4 and PV by +8.
When used in melee combat it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d3 
points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit 
and causes 1d3 points of damage.

It modifies your learning attribute by +9.
It is a permanently cursed item.
It grants bad luck.
Wearing it makes you doomed.
It grants immunity to fire.