Wizard is a class in ADOM.

Wizards are the masters of arcane magic, and very powerful magic users overall. They are the most effective class at learning and casting arcane spells, and seem to get more PP and find more spellbooks than other classes. Due to their talents in magic — which can deal with most enemies relatively risk free (with enough persistence) — they seem to be considered by common consensus as one of the easiest classes to win the game with. They have good class powers that especially help them with their spellcasting, and start with good skills like Healing, Herbalism and Alchemy.

Whilst Wizards are potentially one of the most powerful classes in the game, they might be difficult for (new) players to keep alive during the early parts of the game. They are one of the physically weakest and most frail classes in the game (along with mindcrafters), and start with little armor to protect them early in the game. They are guaranteed to start with at least one offensive spellbook and a few magical items to compensate for this, though. They are weaker in melee than other classes — not only do they usually have poor strength scores compared to other classes, but they require twice as many marks as most other classes to advance in skill levels for all types of weapons (and shields). Of course, their problems with melee combat are irrelevant for those wishing to play Wizards that will only use spells and not physical force to win battles.

When considering race-class combinations, there are two general ways to play a Wizard — either as pure casters that are extremely powerful with magic, or as average melee fighters that can tap into the natural arcane abilities of Wizards to learn a bit of magic to survive some difficult fights. Elves have great magical talents and thus can make extremely powerful Wizards, though elven Wizards are considerably frail and at particular risk of traps etc. in the early game. Drakelings, dwarves and ratlings can be sturdy Wizards with a decent chance of learning spells, whilst trollish and orcish Wizards are decent fighters which at least have more hope of learning and using spells than other classes. Gnomes stand out as a 'happy medium' due to their great magical talents and decent Toughness, and in 1.2.0 are one of the race-class combinations suggested by the game for new players[1].

Basic Information Edit

Manual Description Edit

Wizards are masters of the 'art'. They wield great magical powers and are able to create fireballs, lightning strikes and magical protection spells. Their great magical powers are balanced by their mediocre fighting abilities. Most mages spend their lives studying books and conducting arcane experiments in hidden laboratories and thus have next to no time to practice their physical skills.

Base/Typical Stats Edit

The base stats for grown up male Wizards are tabulated below; female characters will have approximately -1 Strength and +1 Dex, and young characters have slightly less Strength, Learning and Willpower. These stats were generated using the method described on the Talk:Archer page; except with star sign factored in. Variations of +/- 5 to each stat will usually exist; or even more if the question system is not skipped.

As might be expected, Wizards have superior mental and magical stats over (most) other classes, whilst having generally mediocre Strength and Toughness scores.

Race St Le Wi Dx To Ch Ap Ma Pe
Human 11 18 15 13 12 13 11 16 12
Troll 20 8 12 10 22 8 6 10 8
High Elf 11 20 14 20 10 13 15 21 17
Gray Elf 11 20 15 18 8 10 20 24 17
Dark Elf 10 15 18 20 11 9 13 26 16
Dwarf 13 17 17 12 16 12 10 16 13
Gnome 10 17 14 16 13 16 11 22 13
Hurthling 7 15 15 20 14 16 11 13 12
Orc 15 12 15 13 16 10 8 10 10
Drakeling 14 15 18 12 16 13 9 16 11
Mist elf 9 23 15 18 8 10 24 29 19
Ratling 11 15 15 17 16 9 5 16 16

Starting Skills Edit

Skill Typical Value Typical Modifier Available Ingame?
Alchemy 36 (depends on Learning) 4d5 No
Concentration 42 (depends on Willpower) 4d5 No
Healing 18 (depends on Learning) 3d5 Yes
Herbalism 35 4d5 Yes
Literacy 100 2d4 Yes
Stealth 25 3d4 Yes
Ventriloquism 30 3d3 No

Crowning Gifts Edit

The ring or robes are both very desirable for Wizards, especially seeing as they tend to be more frail than most of the other classes. Wizards unfortunately have a 50% chance of receiving a staff instead when crowned, which often makes a poor substitute for wielding a shield for defence.

Special Abilities Edit

Class Abilities Edit

  • Wizards are more likely to find spellbooks as loot than (most) other classes.
  • The Library has particular benefits for Wizards: a Wizard may find a spellbook of every type there, including Wish.
  • Heir gift: A wand of fire with 30 charges.
  • On the negative side, Wizards require twice as many weapon marks to advance weapon skill levels as most other classes.

Class Powers Edit

  • Level 6: Costs of using spells are reduced to 90% of their base cost.
  • Level 12: Costs of spells are reduced to 80% of base cost
  • Level 18: Costs of spells are reduced to 60% of base cost
  • Level 25: Gradually increases spell knowledge of a randomly chosen spell. Each time the Wizard levels up again, a new spell will be chosen.
  • Level 32: Can recharge wands at a cost of 50 PP per charge. No wand can ever be recharged again using this power. Note that the player will be prompted for the amount of charges to invest into the wand (not to be mistaken with the amount of PP invested!!!) , and trying to invest too many charges can overcharge the wand which injures the PC and drains one Mana point from him/her permanently. Exercise caution; one can easily be killed in the ensuing explosion if one attempts to put too many charges in the wand (trying to invest 50 charges into a blessed wand, while having the mana battery corruption, resulted in a death with -1400 HP from 500HP).
  • Level 40: Can uncurse items at the cost of one Mana point
  • Level 50: Receives some knowledge of all existing spells (apart from Wish?)

Starting Gear Edit

All Wizards start the game with

Race specific gearEdit

Human Troll High Elf Grey Elf Dark Elf
Dwarf Gnome Hurthling Orc Drakeling
Mist Elf Ratling