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There are many possible things you can wish for in ADOM. This page attempts to list the most important ones.

See also What not to wish for.

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All-game wishes Edit

Wishes in this section are viable options all game long.

Text to wish for Why choose this wish? Notes
Pairs of seven league boots Blessed seven league boots drastically increase your movement speed both in dungeons and the wilderness. They are widely considered to be the best boots in ADOM. Only wish for them if you don't already have a pair. As of version 1.2.0, it is only possible to get one pair per wish[1]
Spellbooks of Acid Ball Acid Ball is the most powerful offensive spell in the game, making it a popular wish. Only required if you are a spellcaster without good spells. Priests, Paladins, Druids and Chaos Knights should ask for "spellbooks of Rain of Sorrow", or else the wish will be wasted.
Concentration The Concentration skill is almost essential for spellcasting, and definitely worth a wish if you plan to use magic.
Find weakness The Find weakness skill massively increases your chance of critical hits, making it useful to all melee-oriented PCs without decent slaying weapons (Executor, Skullcrusher, Vanquisher etc.).
Ring of weakness (1.1.1 only) A ring of weakness is typically useless to the extreme. However, with proper planning, it is possible to raise all stats to 99 with one. See its page for details. Don't wish for this if you don't want to scum massively. In 1.2.0, the scummy features of this item no longer work, and it should not be wished for.
Archery The Archery skill increases missile damage, and can be quite useful to anyone attempting to use missile weapons Archery increases to-hit and to-damage boni by 4 and 2 respectively at skill level 100; more important advantages include access to the Lightning Shot (missile attacks have energy cost reduced by 10%, cumulative with other modifiers) and Eagle Eye (+3 to-hit and to-damage on missile attacks) talents.
Scrolls of education Can teach new skills to the PC. More importantly, allows the PC to write this scroll. Be sure to bless before reading. Wish for magical writing sets if you have already seen this scroll.
Magical writing sets Can be used to write useful scrolls, such as scrolls of education or scrolls of corruption removal. Scrolls of defense/protection are worth considering too to improve non-metallic items. See the item page for detailed considerations for scroll writing.
Bracers of resistance Easily smithable, provide useful intrinsics, immune to fire- and lightning-based attacks (thanks to granted intrinsics). There is no known way to wish for multiple pairs of bracers of any kind in 1.1.1. In 1.2.0, wish for "pairs of bracers of resistance".
Potions of toughness Increase Toughness score and Toughness potential. For PCs with low toughness such as any mist elf, wishing for these may result in an effective increase in To of 8: first potion increases To by 2 and sets To potential at +2 value; then To is trained for 2 points; then the same process is repeated for the second potion. Only two can be gained per wish. Blessing the potions before drinking is a must.
Better Marks Train some weapon marks of all weapon skills, the amount depends on Learning.
Insight Identify all items - same effect as reading a blessed scroll of identify.
Power Increase maximum PP.
Friend A tame animal pet or a companion.
Help The same results as "friend" unless you're surrounded; in that case, a random blessed weapon appears in your hand, or gets dropped in your backpack if your hands are full.

Early game wishesEdit

Text to wish for Why choose this wish? Notes
Girdles of giant strength Girdles of giant strength are quite useful due to their +12 Strength bonus. Can and should be improved with scrolls of defense/protection. This is the best non-scummy way to raise strength with a wish.  Limited to one.
Eternium tower shields Eternium tower shields are the best non-artifact shields in the game. They are very good defensive items, especially in the early-mid game. A single wish will grant 2-4 shields potentially allowing higher than base stats. Note that as of 1.2.0 you 1. can't cast spells, 2. receive a significant ranged to-hit penalty while dual-wielding shields[2].
Amulet of life saving Giving an AoLS to Khelevaster is the only way to save his life; which opens the option of an Ultra ending while also granting you many scrolls of corruption removal. Only one AoLS can be obtained per wish. You can also use an AoLS yourself, however they are prone to being destroyed by monsters.
Rings of regeneration, bracers of regeneration, crowns of regeneration Regeneration is a powerful intrinsic that allows the PC to recover 1 HP per turn per regenerating item. This is a significant enhancement over most conventional sources of healing available in the early game, and can go a long way toward keeping a weak PC alive (especially for mist elven PCs). Most of these items are fairly rare and have high danger levels and are thus difficult to acquire prior to the Casino. Among these items, rings are typically a better choice as two of them can be equipped simultaneously and are highly resistant to damage if protected by gauntlets.

Mid game wishesEdit

Text to wish for Why choose this wish? Notes
Red dragon scale mails Red dragon scale mail increases PV by +13, as well as granting fire immunity, making it a very powerful piece of armor. Most often wished for prior to the Tower of Eternal Flames.
Rings of ice Rings of ice protect worn equipment from fire damage, very important in the Tower of Eternal Flames. They are relatively less important in other areas of the game, and not worth a wish. Note that as of 1.2.0 neutral PCs may receive the ring from the dwarven mystic[3].
Fireproof blankets Fireproof blankets protect your inventory from fire damage, which is always useful. They can be useful when attempting the Tower of Eternal Flames, but their wish-worthiness is debatable.
Emperor moloch A wish for the emperor moloch will grant ~30 greater molochs, assuming the emperor has not already been slain. These can be killed for a LOT of XP, if the right tactic is used. This is a VERY dangerous wish to the unprepared.
Ancient karmic wyrm An ancient karmic wyrm will, if the right strategy is used, grant over ~8 million xp. This is a VERY dangerous wish to the unprepared. As of version 1.2.0, ancient karmic wyrms can see through invisibility[4], making the usual strategy obsolete.
Wands of paralyzation Paralysis is a very useful effect that can completely neutralize many powerful monsters, including the Ancient Chaos Wyrm and cat lord. As of version 1.2.0, paralysis no longer works on the ACW.
Banshee A banshee can clear the bug temple relatively safely, if the right precautions are taken (see here). The rewards include three scrolls of corruption removal, a pile of 12 quarrels of slaying, 6 potions of ultra healing and a padded elven chain mail of resilience (great for Monks), among others. This is a VERY dangerous wish to the unprepared.

Late game wishesEdit

Text to wish for Why choose this wish? Notes
Speed Speed is useful always, essential rarely. Use with discretion. VERY helpful when fighting Andor Drakon; this is typically the only time you will wish for speed. This boost is mostly temporary. Only a small permanent increase will remain.
Scrolls of corruption removal ("Scrolls of chaos resistance" in 1.1.1) Will clear significant amounts of corruption Bless before reading.
Giant boar skull Necessary for Ultra Endings Probably easier to find in the wilderness
Scrolls of danger Necessary for Ultra Endings Wish for magical writing sets if you have already seen this scroll.
Potions of cure corruption Necessary for Ultra Endings Available from Guth'Alak in exchange for orb guardians' corpses (for neutral and lawful PCs).
Wands of monster creation Necessary for Ultra Endings
Scrolls of familiar summoning If you need a companion to help clear D:50. Wish for magical writing sets if you have already seen this scroll.
Wands of destruction If the PC hasn't found one yet, this wand can simplify the battle on D:50 considerably. Has other tactical uses earlier in the game.

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