Potion of raw chaos ( ! )
Item Type Potion
Artifact? No
Weight 2s
Danger Level 8
Material Glass

Potion of raw chaos is a type of potion in ADOM. When drunk, the PC's accumulated corruption points will increase according to the B/U/C status of the potion: 200 points if blessed, 400 points if uncursed, 1000 points if cursed. Note that (as of v. 1.2.0) the PC's Appearance affects how many points are gained from sources of corruption.

When thrown, potions of raw chaos corrupt monsters. With enough corruption, most monsters will be transformed into either writhing masses of primal chaos or chaos mutants. Rats, large spiders, and lizards are instead transformed into chaos rats, chaos spiders, and chaos lizards, respectively. Monsters with a corrupting melee attack are instead healed. Unique monsters (any monster for which "Nothing happens." when wished for) are not corrupted by potions of raw chaos. Fully corrupting a monster takes 1-6 cursed potions, 2-15 uncursed potions, or 4-27 blessed potions, with the exact number depending on the size of the monster.

When an item (or stack of items) is dipped in a potion of raw chaos, it can be transformed into another item (always single even if a stack is dipped) of the same type depending on the danger level of the current level. However, this poses a problem if the resulting product is the same as the item (stack) to be transformed... namely, the potion will explode dealing about 100 damage and corrupting heavily (about 5 effects).

Note that dipping a scroll of corruption removal in a potion of raw chaos is handled as a different case—both items will explode, creating a large fireball (which can be resisted with the appropriate intrinsic), but no corruption occurs. The message for being killed by this is "ripped apart when confronting Order and Chaos".


While not quite as effective or risk-free for exchanging items as a blessed potion of exchange, they still hold some use for transforming undesirable items like unaligned tracts, ratling pamphlets and useless brass items into more desirable ones. They can also be useful for dealing with monsters that have troublesome abilities, such as cats, lich kings, emperor liches, or the emperor moloch. They have the advantage of being able to be produced in much greater quantities than potions of exchange.

Potions of raw chaos can also be used for unequipping troublesome cursed items—such as autocursing amulets of hunger, rings of doom or rings of weakness—as even cursed items are removed from their slot when dipped. Though this can prove useful in an emergency situation, the PC should usually have safer means of uncursing by the time such potions are available.

Consult raw chaos polymorphing for advanced uses.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They can be obtained in the same manner as all generic loot. Also, a potion can be transformed into a potion of raw chaos by dipping Moon Sickle or any artifact that "carries the essence of Chaos and Corruption" into one.

Greater Identify information[]

--------------------------- blessed potion of raw chaos-------------------------

When used in melee combat it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d2
points of damage.

Some item DLs and/or stat modifier distribution taken from Anilatx's research.