Appearance is one of the main attributes in ADOM, the seventh value displayed to the right of your character's name. Its abbreviation is Ap.
- Corruption tolerance: Appearance determines the amount of corruption points after which the PC gains another corruption effect. In version 1.1.1 and earlier, Appearance has no effect on corruptions.
- Shop prices: For females, Appearance is the main stat used to determine prices in shops. The attitude of the shopkeeper also heavily depends on his and the character's race. Males use Charisma instead.
Note that scores below 10 will actually reduce the number of corruption points the PC needs for a new corruption below the threshold of 1000 points that was standard in versions prior to 1.2.0, making unattractive PCs pick up corruptions more quickly.
The manual hints at Appearance drawing positive and negative attention, which may control how many monsters are generated peaceful. Appearance may also have some effect on taming or giving orders to companions, but Charisma is likely to be of far greater relevance in this regard.
Another, very minor benefit of a high Appearance stat is the PC's imperviousness to Perception loss from a room filled with shattering mirrors; a character with 18+ Appearance will "look great in all of them" and gain a Charisma point from the ego boost.
A potion of exchange, when drunk, seems to often swap the highest attribute with Appearance.
How to train it Edit
There is no known ways to train this stat.
Garth will not train Appearance.
How to raise itEdit
Stat potions Edit
As with all of the attributes, potions of beauty and potions of gain attributes can be used to increase Appearance. There is no soft or hard cap for using these; blessed potions of gain attributes give +1 (to all other stats also), uncursed potions of beauty give +1, blessed potions +2. For this reason, these potions should be blessed, and drunk once all other methods have stopped working.
The PC may be hit in the face and blinded by a glob of mud. This causes a temporary loss of 1 Appearance - however, once the player wipes his face with the 'F' command, he will gain 2 Appearance for a net gain of 1.
Eating Corpses Edit
No known monster corpses positively affect Appearance.
Class powers Edit
- Bards receive +6 Appearance as part of their level 50 class power.
There are no corruptions that give bonuses to Appearance.
The "Good Looks" talent that is only available at the start of the game increases initial Appearance by 1.
The athletics skill automatically provides some training for Appearance. The training seems to be less than the amount it provides for Strength and Dexterity, though still significant for PCs which start out with low Appearance scores such as Trolls and Ratlings.
How to Abuse It Edit
Many corruptions negatively affect Appearance:
- Tentacle mouth: -15
- Very light, extra eyes, bulging cranium, babbling mouth, stilt legs corruptions: -6
- Decaying tissue: -5
- Skin turning into scales, antennae, horns, maggot sprouting, bloody sweat corruptions: -4
- Thorns, apish look, gills corruptions: -3
- Single eye: -2
- Cold blooded: -1
Generally speaking, it's not very easy to train or abuse Appearance.
Several items in the game will grant an Appearance bonus if worn (standard bonus in brackets). These include:
- the cloak of adornment (+4), diadem of beauty (+4), pendant of beauty (+4), helm of beauty (+1), clean robe (+2), and fancy clothes (+1), as well as body armor with the prefix "shining" (+1), "beautiful" (+4), and "gorgeous" (+8), while "vile" reduces Appearance to 1
- the artifact Medal of Chaos (+12)
Appearance is not a requirement for any talents.