Ring of karmic absorption ( = )
Item Type Ring
Artifact? No
Weight 1s
Danger Level 9
Material Gold

Rings of karmic absorption are rare items that allow the PC to use melee attacks against karmic creatures without incurring the usual penalties, as well as increasing the PC's PV score by 1 point.

On each hit which would have triggered the "You feel as if this was not a good idea!" message, an equipped ring of karmic absorption will decline in its B/U/C status as the cost of preventing karmic backfire. The following message will be generated to inform the player of this event: "Your <ring> for a short moment glows in all colors of the rainbow and then loses some of its sparkle!" If it is already cursed and prevents karmic backfire, it will disappear completely ("It suddenly turns to ashes!" message will signify that). Rings can be uncursed or blessed with holy water which will restore their durability. Thus, rings of karmic absorption serve as a source of degrading but potentially renewable protection from karmic backfire.

If the PC wears two rings at once, the one on the right finger will be used first. There is no delay between karmic backfire protection in case the PC makes two hits on a karmic creature in one turn and the right finger ring disappears after the first hit — the left finger ring will activate on the second strike.


Rings of karmic absorption are one of the least useful items in the game. Resorting to ranged combat against karmic creatures is a standard practice, and situations in which the PC absolutely has to use melee attacks are very rare. Using the Remove Curse spell (the only relatively undemanding source of uncursing) to continuously uncurse rings before attacking is theoretically possible, but far from being a popular tactic. The ring might find some very specific uses, like a Barbarian using a tremendous blow to kill an Ancient karmic dragon quickly to avoid item destruction from its breath weapon.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They can be generated in the same manner as all generic loot.

Greater Identify information[]

----------------------- blessed ring of karmic absorption----------------------

When worn it modifies DV by +0 and PV by +1.
When used in melee combat it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d1 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d1
points of damage.