Ring of mental stability ( = )
Item Type Ring
Artifact? No
Weight 1s
Danger Level 3
Material Iron

Rings of mental stability increase Learning while worn, typically by +1 (although other values, even as high as +8, have been observed). They also grant resistance to confusion and modify the PC's DV and PV, typically by [+0, +1] (again, other values, including negative, are possible).


Quite useful when facing monsters with confusion attacks, both for increasing the chance to resist the attack and drastically shortening the duration of the effect. Many powerful wielders of magic (Nuurag-Vaarn, Ancient Chaos Wyrm, emperor liches, minotaur mages, etc.) can employ confusion from afar, and getting confused by an ultimate doppelganger can be a death sentence.

Besides that, rings of mental stability are among the few common non-artifact rings that increase both an attribute and DV/PV (although, sadly, these bonuses can't be modified by scrolls of defense, protection, or Smithing). As such, they basically amount to several early-game rings rolled into one. Rings with high Learning bonuses (+3 or higher) are useful for most characters, particularly spellcasters, and remain so throughout most of the game, making RoMS a great fallback option if one fails to obtain the ring of the master cat, ring of elemental mastery, or any of the non-guaranteed artifact rings. Attack-based characters not lacking for debuff resistances are better off switching to a ring of slaying, however.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

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

Greater Identify information[]

---------------- blessed ring of mental stability [+0, +1] {Le+1}--------------

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 1d4 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 +1.
It grants resistance to confusion attacks.