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0009279 [DCSS] Bug Report minor sometimes 2014-11-29 21:14 2014-12-20 17:55
Reporter Berder View Status public  
Assigned To MarvinPA
Priority normal Resolution done  
Status resolved   Product Branch 0.16 ancient branch
Summary 0009279: Please nerf chain lightning on ancient liches
Description This is a balance request. An ancient lich's chain lightning spell, which he can cast due to a recent patch, is so dangerous to high-ev low-ac melee characters that it should be nerfed. It can easily cut away 70% of an extended endgame character's HP in one turn, and unlike LCS it's undodgeable/unblockable. And there is no way to predict whether or not the ancient lich can cast it, so you don't know if you must use a potion of resistance or swappable jewellery to get rElec until it's too late.

!lg Berder OpFi xl=27 abyss -tv

This character (a melee octopode) had 9 runes and had just killed cerebov in melee, and was going back through the abyss to get some things from the dungeon. An ancient lich two-shotted him with chain lightning, the first shot dealing Note: 0000120 undodgeable unblockable damage, leaving him with no way to survive the next turn. I think a character capable of meleeing Cerebov should not be two-shotted by any non-unique.

Frankly, with paralysis, there were already enough ways for high-EV low-AC characters (felids, octopodes, sometimes tengu) to unavoidably die. Let's not add more and make the build unviable.
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Berder (reporter)
2014-11-29 21:17

Disregard the link to "note 0000120"; that was meant to be "about 120 damage" (tilde 120) and got formatted wrong.
PleasingFungus (administrator)
2014-11-29 22:30
edited on: 2014-11-29 22:31

Removed it from randliches for now; keeping this open for someone to figure out how to tweak the damage appropriately (without ruining Nikola's fun!)

MarvinPA (developer)
2014-12-20 17:55

Monster chain lightning scaling was changed recently.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2014-11-29 21:14 Berder New Issue
2014-11-29 21:17 Berder Note Added: 0027938
2014-11-29 22:30 PleasingFungus Note Added: 0027941
2014-11-29 22:31 PleasingFungus Note Edited: 0027941
2014-12-20 17:55 MarvinPA Note Added: 0028100
2014-12-20 17:55 MarvinPA Status new => resolved
2014-12-20 17:55 MarvinPA Fixed in Branch => 0.16 development branch
2014-12-20 17:55 MarvinPA Resolution open => done
2014-12-20 17:55 MarvinPA Assigned To => MarvinPA

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