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Talents are special abilities that the PC can acquire throughout the game. The player chooses at least one of these for the PC at the start of the game, and a further one each time the PC's level reaches a multiple of 3.

A PC can get more than one starting talent, with a potential maximum of six. The number depends the PC's race, class, star sign, and initial attributes. These are applied as follows:

  • If the PC is a Hurthling or a Gnome, they get 1 additional talent.
  • If the PC is of the Bard, Merchant, or Farmer class, they get 1 additional talent.
  • If the PC has the Candle or Falcon star sign, they get 1 additional talent.
  • PCs with an initial Mana score of 18 or above will get 1 additional talent.
  • Furthermore, if the sum of a PC's initial attributes is divisible by 7, they will get 1 additional talent.

Each talent provides a desirable bonus such as increasing an attribute, increasing DV or PV, increasing melee damage and/or to-hit rating with particular weapons, increasing the effectiveness of spells and the ability to learn them, and many more.

The effects of talents are cumulative — e.g. if a PC gets the 'Tough Skin' talent which raises PV by 1, then gets the 'Iron Skin' talent which also raises PV by 1, and then gets the 'Steel Skin' talent which raises PV by 2, the overall effect on PV will be an increase of 4 (1+1+2).

The currently available talents (that is, the ones that you can choose next time you get one) can be found in-game by pressing :T (colon, then capital T - not both at once). Currently possessed talents can be viewed with Alt-t (Alt and lower-case t at the same time).

Talents can be split into 3 general categories. First, there are talents which are available at any time in the game (provided, of course, they haven't already been chosen). Secondly, there are talents which are only available at the beginning of the game — these are usually talents which affect the initial value of attributes, starting money and starting inventory. Thirdly, there are many talents which will only become available if certain conditions are met — these talents usually depend on one or more attribute scores, or are part of a hierarchy of talents in which one talent can only be made available when one or more related talents (of lesser effect) are acquired (e.g. the PC must have 'Hardy' to unlock 'Very Hardy'; and in turn, must have 'Very Hardy' to unlock 'Extremely Hardy').

Most talents from this third group can be obtained by a player of any level willing to develop the necessary attributes and invest in the prerequisite talents; however, a few require a talent that can only be chosen at level one: Treasure Hunter and Missile Weapon Master require an initial investment in Alert, while Melee Weapon Master and Saint require that Strong of Will is chosen at level one.

Talents that are always availableEdit

Talent Effect Notes
Affinity with Axes +2 to-hit when wielding axe(s) Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Boomerangs and Scurgari +4 to-hit with thrown boomerangs and scurgari Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Bows +2 to-hit when firing arrows (from a bow) Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Clubs and Hammers +2 to-hit when wielding club(s) and/or hammer(s) Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Crossbows +2 to-hit when firing quarrels (from a crossbow) Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Daggers and Knives +2 to-hit when wielding dagger(s) and/or a knife/knives Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Maces and Flails +2 to-hit when wielding mace(s) and/or flail(s) Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Polearms +2 to-hit when wielding polearm(s) Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Slings +2 to-hit when firing rocks or sling bullets (from a sling) Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Staves +2 to-hit when wielding a staff Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Swords +2 to-hit when wielding sword(s) Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Thrown Axes and Hammers +3 to-hit when throwing axes or hammers Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Thrown Daggers +3 to-hit when throwing daggers This talent also increases to-hit when throwing knives; Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Thrown Rocks and Clubs +3 to-hit when throwing rocks or clubs Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Thrown Spears +3 to-hit when throwing spears Prerequisite for Missile Weapon Master
Affinity with Twohanded Weapons +2 to-hit when wielding a two-handed weapon This talent only affects weapons in the 'Twohanded' category (e.g. two-handed swords), not staves, halberds, etc.; Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Affinity with Whips +4 to-hit when wielding whip(s) Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master
Aggressive +1 to-hit in melee combat [with any weapon] Prerequisite for Natural Berserker
Ambidextrous +2 to-hit when wielding two weapons
Basher +1 to-hit and +1 damage when wielding weapon(s) weighing over 100s Prerequisite for Powerful Strike
Careful +1 DV Prerequisite for Defensive Fighter, Good Book Caster, and Very Careful
Good Shot +1 to-hit and +1 damage with any missile weapon Prerequisite for Eagle-Eyed
Healthy Increases the natural HP regeneration rate of the PC by 20% The increase is not shown in the output from potion of insight
Long Stride Movement cost is reduced by 5%
Mechanically Inclined Checks to the Disarm Traps skill are 10% more likely to return successful
Miser Increased probability of finding gold. 20% chance to increase it's amount by 1d20% Prerequisite for Treasure Hunter
Quick +2 speed Prerequisite for Defensive Fighter, Quick Shot, and Very Quick
Shield Specialist +1 DV when equipped with shield(s) Prerequisite for Shield Expert
Stealthy Checks to Stealth skill are 10% easier

Talents that are only available at the start of the gameEdit

Talent Effect Additional requirements Notes
Alert +1 initial Perception Prerequisite for Treasure Hunter and Missile Weapon Master
Boon to the Family Starting money is doubled Prerequisite for Heir
Charming +1 initial Charisma Prerequisite for Heir
Dextrous +1 initial Dexterity
Extremely Skilled All initial skill values are increased by 5 15+ in Learning ;
Very Skilled talent acquired
This Talent is technically unobtainable in game versions prior to 1.2.0, in which versions the pre-requisite "Skilled" causes the game to crash[1]
Fey-Blooded +1 initial Mana
Filthy Rich Starting money is doubled Very Wealthy talent acquired This talent can only be acquired if PC receives 3 or more starting talents, as both Wealthy and Very Wealthy are required to unlock it. Likewise, due to cumulative effects of talents, this talent multiplies standard starting money by 12
Good Looks +1 initial Appearance
Heir A rare item is added to PC's starting inventory. Boon to the Family and Charming talents acquired The item usually depends entirely on the PC's class; with the exception of Archers class whose gifts also depend on race, and mist elves of certain classes who desire a gift not made of iron.
Learned +1 initial Learning
Long-Lived The PC's lifespan is extended, increasing the maximum age they can live to by 30%
Skilled All initial skill values are increased by 2 9+ in Learning Prior to version 1.2.0, selecting this talent crashes the game; Prerequisite for Very Skilled and Extremely Skilled
Strong +1 initial Strength
Strong Legs +2 damage when kicking, and kicking in doors is easier
Strong of Will +1 initial Willpower Prerequisite for Melee Weapon Master and Saint
Tough +1 initial Toughness
Very Skilled All initial skill values are increased by 3 12+ in Learning;
Skilled talent acquired
This talent is technically unobtainable in game versions prior to 1.2.0, in which versions the pre-requisite Skilled causes the game to crash; Prerequisite for Extremely Skilled
Very Wealthy Starting money is doubled Wealthy skill acquired Prerequisite for Filthy Rich
Wealthy Starting money is tripled Prerequisite for Very Wealthy

Talents that are only available when other conditions are metEdit

Talent Effect Requirements Notes
Beast of Burden PC's carrying capacity is increased by 30% 12+ in Willpower and 12+ in Toughness;
Master Packager talent acquired
Brawler +2 to-hit in melee combat when unarmed 13+ in Strength
Charged PP regeneration rate is increased 16+ in Mana;
Potent Aura talent acquired
As of 1.2.0 Prerelease 20, the effect of this boost is nearly imperceptible.
Defensive Fighter +2 DV Careful and Quick talents acquired Prerequisite for Dodger and Melee Weapon Master
Dodger +2 DV Defensive Fighter talent acquired;
75+ in the Dodge skill
Durable Magic The duration of all the PC's learned spells are increased by (PC level)*3 16+ in Willpower;
Strong Aura talent acquired
Eagle-Eyed +3 to-hit and +3 damage with any missile weapon 18+ in Dexterity;
Good Shot talent acquired;
80+ in the Archery skill
Extended Magic +2 range to all spells 24+ in Mana;
Mighty Aura talent acquired
Extremely Hardy +9 HP 20+ in Toughness;
Very Hardy talent acquired
Far Shot The range for each missile weapon is increased by 20% 10+ in Strength;
Keen Shot talent acquired
Good Book Caster PP Cost for casting spells from books is reduced to double that of casting spells from memory 14+ in Dexterity;
Careful and Strong Aura talents acquired
Prerequisite for Great Book Caster
Good Book Learner PC is 10% more efficient at learning spells from books PC must know how to read;
Good Learner and Potent Aura talents acquired
Prerequisite for Great Book Learner
Good Learner Experience gained from monster kills is increased by 2% 10+ in Learning Due to a bug, in versions prior to 1.2.0 the actual increase in experience gained was 40%[2]; Prerequisite for Good Book Learner and Great Learner
Greased Lightning +4 Speed 15+ in Dexterity;
Very Quick talent acquired
Great Book Caster PP cost for casting spells from books is reduced to 1.5 times that of casting spells from memory 18+ in Dexterity; 15+ in Perception;
Good Book Caster and Mighty Aura talents acquired
Great Book Learner PC is 10% more efficient at learning spells from books Good Book Learner, Great Learner and Strong Aura talents acquired
Great Learner Experience gained from monster kills is increased by 3% 16+ in Learning;
Good Learner talent acquired
Due to a bug, in versions prior to 1.2.0 this replaced the bonus of Good Learner with an increase of 20% of original experience gain; Prerequisite of Great Book Learner
Hardy +3 HP 10+ in Toughness Prerequisite for Very Hardy and Tough Skin
Immune to Pain Any damage received by the PC is reduced by one point 15+ in Willpower;
Iron Skin talent acquired
This works e.g. in the Tower of Eternal Flames— meaning that if the PC has two counts of fire resistance and this talent, (s)he won't take any damage from the heat
Iron Skin +1 PV 15+ in Toughness;
Tough Skin talent acquired
Prerequisite for Immune to Pain and Steel Skin
Keen Shot +2 to-hit and +2 damage with any missile weapon 13+ in Dexterity;
Good Shot talent acquired
Prerequisite for Far Shot, Missile Weapon Master, and Quick Shot
Lightning Shot Energy cost of firing missile is reduced by 10% Quick Shot talent acquired;
60+ in the Archery skill
Master Packager PC's carrying capacity is increased by 20% 12+ in Learning and 12+ in Perception;
Porter talent acquired
Prerequisite for Beast of Burden
Melee Weapon Master +3 to-hit and +3 damage with any melee weapon Defensive Fighter and Strong of Will talents acquired, along with at least 3 talents called 'Affinity with..." which relate to melee weapons
Mighty Aura +9 PP 15+ in Mana;
Strong Aura talent acquired
Prerequisite for Extended Magic, Great Book Caster, and Great Book Learner
Mighty Strike +3 to-hit and +3 damage when wielding weapon(s) weighing more than 100s 18+ in Strength;
Powerful Strike talent acquired
Missile Weapon Master +3 to-hit and +3 damage with any missile weapon Alert and Keen Shot talents acquired, along with at least 3 talents called 'Affinity with..." which relate to missile weapons
Mithril Skin +3 PV PC is a Dwarf;
Steel Skin talent acquired
In versions prior to 1.2.0, this talent is available to PCs with Iron Skin without needing Steel Skin[3]
Natural Berserker +2 to-hit and +2 damage when using Berserk tactic Aggressive talent acquired
Natural Trader Shop prices are reduced by 20% 14+ in Charisma;
Silver Tongue talent acquired
Pious The effect of praying on the PC's relationship with their deity is reduced by 5% 15+ in Willpower Prerequisite for Very Pious
Porter PC's carrying capacity is increased by 10% 8+ in Strength and 10+ in Dexterity Prerequisite for Master Packer
Potent Aura +3 PP 10+ in Mana Prerequisite for Charged, Good Book Learner, Strong Aura, Strong Healer, and Strong Magic
Powerful Strike +2 to-hit and +2 damage when wielding weapon(s) weighing more than 100s 13+ in Strength;
Basher talent acquired
Prerequisite for Mighty Strike
Quick Shot Energy cost of firing missiles is reduced by 10% Keen Shot and Quick talents acquired Prerequisite for Lightning Shot
Saint The effect of praying on the PC's relationship with their deity is reduced by 5% 30+ in Willpower;
Strong of Will and Very Pious talents acquired
Scout Decreases probability of being ambushed in the wilderness, and increases probability of successfully escaping wilderness encounters 10+ in Dexterity and 13+ in Perception
Shield Expert +2 DV when equipped with shield(s) Shield Specialist talent acquired;
3+ skill level in Shields
Prerequisite for Shield Master
Shield Master +3 DV when equipped with shield(s) Shield Expert talent acquired;
6+ skill level in Shields
Silver Tongue Shop prices are reduced by 10% 10+ in Charisma Prerequisite for Natural Trader
Sixth Sense Allows PC to sometimes step on undiscovered traps without triggering them (or might increase the chance provided by Alertness skill if PC has it) 18+ in Perception
Steel Skin +2 PV 20+ in Toughness;
Iron Skin talent acquired
Prerequisite for Mithril Skin
Strong Aura +6 PP 12+ in Mana;
Potent Aura talent acquired
Prerequisite for Durable Magic, Good Book Caster, and Mighty Aura
Strong Healer +4 damage healed by healing spells 15+ in Willpower;
Potent Aura talent acquired
Strong Magic +2 damage when using attacking magic 15+ in Mana;
Potent Aura talent acquired
Strong Thrower +2 range to all thrown weapons 12+ in Strength
Tough Skin +1 PV 12+ in Toughness;
Hardy talent acquired
Prerequisite for Iron Skin
Treasure Hunter Increased probability of treasure being dropped by monsters Alert and Miser talents acquired The effect of the talent is considered controversial by ADOM players — which is discussed on the Treasure Hunter Debate page
Very Careful +3 DV when using Very Defensive or Coward tactic Careful talent acquired
Very Hardy +6 HP 15+ in Toughness;
Hardy talent acquired
Prerequisite for Extremely Hardy
Very Pious The effect of praying on the PC's relationship with their deity is reduced by 5% 20+ in Willpower;
Pious talent acquired
Prerequisite for Saint
Very Quick +3 Speed Quick talent acquired Prerequisite for Greased Lightning

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