A pool.

Pools are a randomly generated dungeon feature that the player can drink from. Doing so can cause many different effects, both desirable and undesirable. Some of the latter include the summoning of poisonous snakes and dangerous water elementals; the most notable desirable outcome is that of receiving a wish, although this cannot occur if the PC is doomed.

There are many different colored pools, but the difference between them is uncertain. It has been rumored that drinking from pools whose color aligns with the color of the PC's eyes will yield more positive effects, but no evidence has been found to support this.

Below is a list of possible messages generated by pools, and what they mean, credited to the online ADoM Guidebook.

Pool Messages[]


Intrinsic Gain Message Lose Message
Acid resistance You swallow hard You taste bitter bile in your mouth
Cold resistance You feel hot-headed You shiver
Cursed You sense trouble

or You start a trip on the road to nowhere

You feel relieved
Death ray resistance You feel bold at the thought of danger You feel like an endangered species
Doomed You become depressive

or You feel very very bad
or You continue the trip on the road to nowhere

You feel elated
Fate smiles You feel very lucky You feel very bad off
Fire resistance You feel cool You sweat
Permanent invisibility You feel dizzy for some seconds

or You suddenly are gone

Your outfit suddenly looks much cleaner

or You suddenly are visible again
or No effect, as far as you notice (with See Invisible intrinsic or temporary invisibility)

Temporary invisibility Suddenly you are gone

or You feel translucent
or You feel on air

You suddenly can see yourself

or You suddenly are visible again

Lucky You feel lucky You feel cheated
Paralyzation resistance You are moved by the sheer pleasure of this sip of fluid You feel inflexible
Petrification resistance You feel flexible You feel inflexible

or You feel gnarly

Poison resistance Your digestion calms down Your stomach stings painfully
See invisible Your eyes tingle for a second Your eyes sting for a second
Shock resistance You hear a voice calling you 'Iceberg'.. You feel shocked
Sleep resistance You feel totally awake You feel tired
Stun resistance You feel very controlled You feel shaken
Teleport control You suddenly feel like jumping around You suddenly hate the thought of jumping around
Teleportitis You feel jumpy You feel steady

Stat Changes[]

Stat Increase Message Decrease Message
Appearance Your looks improve You are growing a wart
Charisma You feel very self-confident You feel reserved
Dexterity Your movements are getting swifter You are getting shaky
Learning You feel studious Thinking seems to get tougher
Mana You feel more in touch with the world You are getting out of touch with everything
Perception Your senses sharpen You seem to get less perceptive
Strength Your muscles feel stronger Your muscles soften
Toughness Your health increases It seems that you are getting a cold
Willpower Your will seems inflexible You feel soft-hearted
Stat potential You feel great about your <STAT> potential You feel bad about your <STAT> potential

Status conditions and other Magical Effects[]

Message Effect
A gush of water hits you! Water damage
Lots of vipers burst out of the pool Vipers + chance of water damage
You are hit by lots of water. Same as monster water breath attack
You slip and fall in! Water effects on PC and equipment
A small frog pops up... The frog gives the frog quest to female PCs (if PC is male, the frog retorts that he is "of the boring kind"). Note that frog may explode (!) if the PC is male and deaf
Bah! This liquid is extremely filthy! Sickness
Great! Pure dwarven ale!

or Wow! Pure beer!

Like drinking a potion of booze
Nothing happens The PC would have been healed, but was at full HP. This message has also been noted to appear even when the PC was not at full health (without healing the PC) as of v.1.2.0.
You feel much better HP restoration and may add a point of HP
Suddenly a water elemental rises from the pool! Water elemental summoned, also possible water damage
Suddenly your ears start to bleed! Bleeding for very few turns
The pool bubbles Pool tries to summon water snakes but there's no more room for any
The pool suddenly dries up. Pool disappears
The water is suddenly writhing with snakes! Water snakes are summoned
The liquid tastes bitter. Poison, but PC is poison resistant
Urgh! Poison! Poisoned for 2d10 poison effects.
What do you wish for? Get a wish! It's important to ask for plurals — i.e. "spellbooks" instead of "spellbook". The chance of getting a wish from pool is currently 1/54
While you drink small waves seem to ripple the otherwise calm surface of the pool. Unknown (may no longer exist)
You age! Unnaturally ages
You feel younger! Removes some years of unnatural aging
You suddenly remember your early youth Would've removed some unnatural aging, but PC doesn't have any
You feel altered in an eerie way Causes 2 corruptions. Only happens with the pool in the Ancient Stone Circle.
You feel corrupted! Adds some corruption
You feel exhausted Abuses Strength
You feel slightly strengthened Trains Strength
You hear hissing sounds Water snakes summoned (but PC is blind)
You suddenly hear many hissing sounds! Snakes or vipers, but PC is blind
You suddenly hear roaring waves! Water elemental summoned, but PC is blind
Your wounds no longer bleed Stops bleeding
Your blood seems to cool down Would have stopped bleeding, but the PC wasn't losing blood