Intrinsics are properties conferred on the player by worn item (and only stay in effect as long as the corresponding items are equipped) or received permanently from eaten corpse, pool or certain other means. Intrinsics generally provide resistance against certain forms of attack or confer other benefits. A few intrinsics, notably cursing and dooming, are undesirable and are generally removed as soon as possible. Note that the effects of most intrinsics stack — that is, two counts of fire resistance is better than one; two counts of dooming is worse than one.
Also note that items that provide elemental resistances or immunities cannot be destroyed by the corresponding element, even if an item's material usually makes it susceptible to that element (e.g., rings of fire resistances will never burn despite being made of wood).
List of intrinsics
|Fire resistance||Reduces fire-based damage||Fire beetle, fire lizard, fire drake, fire giant (king), red baby dragon, (ancient) red dragon, great red wyrm, Ancient Chaos Wyrm||Ring of fire resistance, bracers of resistance, ring of minor elemental mastery, tome of donors effect||You feel cool.|
|Cold resistance||Reduces ice-based damage||White baby dragon, (ancient) white dragon, great white wyrm, ice lizard, frost salamander, frost giant (berserker/jarl)||Ring of cold resistance, bracers of resistance, amulet of the cold heart, ring of minor elemental mastery, tome of donors effect||You feel hot-headed.|
|Acid resistance||Reduces acid-based damage||Black baby dragon, (ancient) black dragon, great black wyrm, giant ant worker/warrior/queen, ankheg||Ring of acid resistance, alchemistic gloves, tome of donors effect||You swallow hard.|
|Shock resistance||Reduces lightning-based damage||Blue baby dragon, (ancient) blue dragon, great blue wyrm, lightning lizard||Bracers of resistance, ring of minor elemental mastery||You hear a voice calling you 'Iceberg'.|
|Poison resistance||Reduces damage and duration of poison||Large spider, giant spider, cave fisher, tarantula, giant centipede, dark elven archer/warrior/wizard/priestess/lord/princess, large snake, water snake, (pit) viper, (king) cobra||Alchemistic gloves||Your digestion calms down.|
|Disease resistance||Increases damage and duration of sickness||N/A||Bracers of resilience, healer's robe, staff of toughness, amulet of health||N/A|
|Confusion resistance||Reduces duration of confusion, increases chance to completely resist confusion||N/A||Ring of mental stability, helm of mental stability, ring of the clear mind, staff of the swirling mind, tome of donors effect||N/A|
|Stun resistance||Reduces duration of stunning, increases chance to completely resist stunning||N/A||Ring of stun resistance||You feel very controlled.|
|Sleep resistance||Reduces duration of sleep, increases chance to completely resist sleep||N/A||Bracers of resistance||You feel totally awake.|
|Paralysis resistance||Allows PC to completely resist paralysis from all sources||Gelatinous cube (1/3 chance)||Amulet of free action, tome of donors effect||You are moved by the sheer pleasure of this sip of fluid.|
|Death ray resistance||Allows PC to take high damage from death ray instead of dying instantly, completely prevents damage from bounced death rays||N/A||Amulet of death ray resistance, bracers of resistance, tome of donors effect||You feel bold at the thought of danger.|
|Petrification resistance||Allows PC to completely resist petrification from all sources||N/A||Amulet of petrification resistance||You feel flexible.|
|See invisibility||Allows PC to see invisible creatures||Invisible stalker||Ring of see invisible.||Your eyes tingle for a second.|
|Invisibility||Makes PC invisible to monsters||Invisible stalker||Cloak of invisibility, ring of invisibility||You suddenly are gone.|
You feel dizzy for some seconds.
|Teleport control||Allows player to control where the PC teleports||Blink dog||Amulet of teleport control, ring of teleport control||You suddenly feel like jumping around.|
|Teleportitis||Causes the PC to teleport at random intervals||Pixie, pixie archer||Helm of teleportation||You feel jumpy.|
|Water breathing||Prevents drowning damage, lowers damage from water breath attacks||Blup, Shyssiryxius||Amulet of water breathing, helm of water breathing||N/A|
|Fate smiles||Increases PC's Luck||Karmic creatures||You feel very lucky.|
|Lucky||Increases PC's Luck||Karmic creatures||Amulet of luck, ring of luck||You feel lucky.|
|Cursed||Reduces PC's Luck, increases item destruction, can block prayers||Thrundarr, annis hag, green hag, cute dog, dwarven child, Ruun, quasit, white unicorn, Yrruir, royal guardian||You sense trouble.|
You start a trip on the road to nowhere.
|Doomed||Reduces PC's Luck, increases item destruction, can block prayers, increases PC's corruption rate||Least daemon, lesser daemon, greater daemon, Ruun, cat lord, Yrruir, dwarven child, royal guardian||Ring of doom, javelin of doom||You feel very very bad.|
You become depressive.
You continue a trip on the road to nowhere.
|Fire Immunity||Nullifies fire-based damage||N/A||Crown of fire, red dragon scale mail, moloch armor, ring of elemental mastery, staff of minor volcano summoning||N/A|
|Cold immunity||Nullifies cold-based damage||Frost salamander (low chance)||Crown of ice, white dragon scale mail, ring of elemental mastery||N/A|
|Acid immunity||Nullifies acid-based damage||Giant slug (guaranteed)||Black dragon scale mail||N/A|
|Shock immunity||Nullifies lightning-based damage||Lightning lizard (low chance only if blessed), Srraxxarrakex||Crown of lightning, blue dragon scale mail, ring of elemental mastery||N/A|
|Disease immunity||Prevents gaining the Sick status condition||N/A||N/A|
All penetrated damage of respective element is divided by (3*r + R + 1), where r is the amount of resistant items that PC have on and R = 6 if intrinsic is received.
Despite the name, elemental immunity internally divides the damage by ten thousand and presumably rounds down. Under most normal circumstances this reduces incoming damage to zero.
Intrinsics received as class powers cannot be removed by pools.
- Beastfighters receive poison resistance upon reaching level 6, stun resistance at level 12.
- Mindcrafters start with teleport control.
- Elementalists receive fire resistance upon reaching level 6, shock resistance at level 12 and water breathing at level 25.
- Druids receive shock immunity upon reaching level 40.
- Weaponsmiths receive fire immunity upon reaching level 32.
- Gills grants water breathing
- Black eyes and Mists of ChAoS grants see invisible
- Acid blood grants acid immunity
Hitting a karmic creature in melee downgrades luck-related intrinsics:
- If fate smiles on the PC, it is removed and replaced with lucky intrinsic.
- If fate smiles is not present, but the PC is lucky, lucky intrinsic is removed.
- If the PC doesn't have fate smiles and lucky intrinsics, (s)he receives cursed intrinsic.
- If the PC is cursed and doesn't have any positive luck-related intrinsics, (s)he is doomed.
Note that this effect will only occur on successful hits and not guaranteed to happen 100% of the time. In practice, a special message (Suddenly you think this was a bad idea!) is displayed to indicate that luck intrinsics were downgraded. It is also possible to block this effect from happening using a ring of karmic absorption. The ring will, however, degrade from each effect blocking, getting uncursed from blessed, cursed from uncursed. Finally, cursed rings will disappear if they are activated to block karmic effect.
Reading a scroll of luck or eating a corpse of karmic creature will upgrade luck-related intrinsic. The effect is completely opposite to the described above. Note, however, that scrolls of luck will not remove dooming, but can be used to remove curse and acquire both positive luck intrinsics.
Reading a scroll of ill fate grants cursed intrinsic.
Offering a sacrifice at the altar may affect luck intrinsics in either positive or negative way based on piety level.
- (positive) If the PC reaches the level of piety when You feel inner peace. (You burn with the anticipation of power. for chaotics) message is displayed, he will be granted lucky intrinsic.
- (positive) If the PC reaches the level of piety when You feel very close to -deity- message is displayed, he will be granted lucky and fate smiles intrinsics, as well as have cursed and/or doomed intrinsics removed.
- (negative) If the PC reaches the level of piety when deity is angered enough to destroy all worn equipment, but the PC has no items except possible in backpack, (s)he will receive doomed intrinsic.
It is possible to pray to remove cursed and doomed intrinsics, but this requires significant amounts of piety.