Dealing with Malmutators


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Mines Malingerer

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Joined: Wednesday, 7th November 2012, 10:13

Post Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 08:07

Dealing with Malmutators

Regarding a current run with a Naga of Qazlal IE / hybrid.

Strongest direct damage spell I have found is starburst, but I have found more effective the combination of Freezing Cloud + Airstrike to prioritize malmutators. Still, this usually takes 3-5 turns to kill a problem malmutator. To be fair, I have barely experimented with Qazlal's invocation powers in terms of alpha striking priority targets. Since I'm a Naga, breaking LOS with movement is frequently not a good option.

At this point in Pand. I have about 7 runes, and a collection of extremely nasty mutations with no potions of mutations left. Examining my gear, and list of spells, I don't see anything that could have prevented my getting all of these mutations for during a 15 rune run, short of abandoning my hybridization and pumping Fire magic and hoping to get Firestrike somewhere, there doesn't seem to be a lot of spells that can kill malmutators before they mutate you.

What is the best strategy for avoiding mutation in current version, considering movement is limited?

Spider Stomper

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Location: Germany

Post Monday, 23rd August 2021, 23:15

Re: Dealing with Malmutators

http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Neqoxec

cannot sinv

hide behind summons/enemies and use bvc+javelins or smite-spells like airstrike.
Malmutaters need a clear path of free space towards your position.

Blades Runner

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Joined: Thursday, 25th October 2012, 03:19

Post Friday, 27th August 2021, 20:24

Re: Dealing with Malmutators

I concur with Nebukadnezar, but will also add that storm form's blinkbolt is also a very effective method if you're willing to take a little more risk. Weak malmutators can be instantly killed, but caco's might need an additional turn in smackdown, though not long since storm form hits really nicely.

Blades Runner

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Post Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 15:03

Re: Dealing with Malmutators

Constrain LoS, kill them ASAP, and hope not to get screwed.

Sometimes an orc or w/e summons a malmutator and you can't kill it in 1 turn or break LoS easily. Best you can do is limit the chances of it happening.

Have fun in the new hell I guess?

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