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* HerdHittingAttack:
** The various "[element] ball" spells target the area around you, which is useful when in the middle of a group of enemies. (Be warned though that getting surrounded is in most cases a bad idea.)
** Likewise, the monk's circular kick attacks all those around you.
** Another type of spell useful for hitting multiple enemies are the bolts, which go in a straight line potentially damaging anybody in its path.


* BossInMookClothing / KingMook: ''All the time''. Essentially, most monsters whose name begins/ends with in 'greater', 'king', 'emperor', or, Andor Drakon help you, an ''[[NominalImportance actual]]'' name.

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* BossInMookClothing / KingMook: ''All the time''. Essentially, most monsters whose name begins/ends with in 'greater', 'king', 'emperor', or, Andor Drakon help you, an ''[[NominalImportance actual]]'' name.actual name]]''.



** Great Wyrms are ancient really powerful dragons. They can cast spells unlike lesser dragons, and are immune to their respective element (ice, acid, lighting or cold). Special mention goes to Great Karmic Wyrms, which are immune to ''all four'' elements, making most magic useless against them. Plus, they are karmic beings, meaning that hitting them in melee makes the player unluckier with each hit.

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** Great Wyrms are ancient really and extremely powerful dragons. They can cast spells unlike (unlike lesser dragons, dragons), and are immune to their respective element (ice, acid, lighting or cold). Special mention goes to Great Karmic Wyrms, which are immune to ''all four'' elements, making most magic useless against them. Plus, they are karmic beings, meaning that hitting them in melee makes the player unluckier with each hit.



** Finally, there's the Quickling Tree. It requires two specific corruptions to enter and puts an extremely harsh weight limit on your inventory. Very few people ever bother with it, as the main reward is the Boots of Great Speed, an artifact that gives you a massive speed boost, but also dooms, curses, and corrupts.

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** Finally, there's the Quickling Tree. It requires two specific corruptions to enter enter, and puts an extremely harsh weight limit on your inventory. Very few people ever bother with it, as the main reward is the Boots of Great Speed, an artifact that gives you a massive speed boost, but also dooms, curses, and corrupts.



* EnemyScan: Stethoscopes reveal a surprising lot.

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* EnemyScan: Stethoscopes reveal a surprising lot.amount.



* EnemySummoner: Quite a lot, with the summoned things sometimes being able to summon as well.

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* EnemySummoner: Quite a lot, few, with the summoned things sometimes being able to summon as well.



** "Suddenly a stone block falls on your head. You die."
*** Only an early-game killer. Even a mildly experienced PC usually has too many hitpoints (at full health) to be instantly killed by these traps - though they may leave you very low on hitpoints in the middle of a dungeon filled with monsters.

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** "Suddenly a stone block falls on your head. You die."
*** Only an early-game killer. Even a mildly experienced PC usually has too many hitpoints (at full health)
" Thankfully, this tends to only be instantly killed by these traps - though they may leave you very low on hitpoints lethal early in the middle of a dungeon filled with monsters.game.



*** In the same manner, doing alchemy wrong will kill you (and doing it right will still probably kill you), even with completely mundane ingredients, such as mixing as a potion of carrot juice with a potion of water (or ''two potions of water''), resulting in a [[MadeOfExplodium vast explosion]].

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*** In the same manner, doing alchemy wrong incorrectly will kill you (and doing it right correctly will still probably kill you), even with completely mundane ingredients, such as mixing as ingredients. Mixing a potion of carrot juice with a potion of water (or ''two potions of water''), resulting water'') can result in a [[MadeOfExplodium vast huge explosion]].



** There are also gremlins, which are not that dangerous but which spawn explosively when they (or their furballs) touch water (naturally, there is a cave of them filled with water traps). Even worse than the gremlins, though, are the [[KillerRabbit battle bunnies]]; they only appear on one level, but they reproduce faster than anything else in the game as long as Bugs the Bunny Master is alive. They're also immune to scrolls of vermin control.

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** There are also gremlins, which are not that very dangerous but which spawn explosively when they (or their furballs) touch water (naturally, water. Naturally, there is a cave of them thatís also filled with water traps).traps. Even worse than the gremlins, though, are the [[KillerRabbit battle bunnies]]; they only appear on one level, but they reproduce faster than anything else in the game as long as Bugs the Bunny Master is alive. They're also immune to scrolls of vermin control.



* ExtremeOmnivore: By the end of the game, your PC will have munched his way through half of Ancardia's [[ImAHumanitarian human]], humanoid and animal population for the various [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity resistances]], the stat boosts, or just because they were hungry. Usually raw corpses, if they don't have the Cooking skill.

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* ExtremeOmnivore: By the end of the game, your PC will have munched his way through half of Ancardia's [[ImAHumanitarian human]], humanoid and animal population for the various [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity resistances]], the stat boosts, or just because they were hungry. Usually raw corpses, if they don't have the Cooking cooking skill.



* FragileSpeedster: Quicklings sport extreme Speed and DV, but pathetic defense makes them fall quickly once a strong attack (often magic) lands. Quickling Queens make matters much worse by [[StandardStatusEffects poisoning]] on successful melee hits. Stacking counts of poison, no less.

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* FragileSpeedster: Quicklings sport extreme Speed and DV, but pathetic defense makes them fall quickly once a strong attack (often magic) lands. Quickling Queens make matters much worse by [[StandardStatusEffects poisoning]] on successful melee hits. Stacking counts Stacks of poison, no less.



* GameFavoredGender: Arguably females have an advantage in ADOM for a few reasons such as having access to an extra SideQuest, receiving cheaper keys from a certain merchant and in general having an easier time with stores due to relying on Appearance instead of Charisma for shop prices; Gray Elves for example start with a Charisma score of 8 and Appearance of 18 and increasing Charisma is far more difficult overall. That said, males do have an extra option to deal with the very lethal Banshee and unlike females the massive Appearance penalties caused by most corruptions doesn't affect them.

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* GameFavoredGender: Arguably females have an advantage in ADOM advantage, for a few reasons such as having access to an extra SideQuest, receiving cheaper keys from a certain merchant and in general having an easier time with stores due to relying on Appearance instead of Charisma for shop prices; Gray Elves for example start with a Charisma score of 8 and Appearance of 18 and increasing Charisma is far more difficult overall. That said, males do have an extra option to deal with the very lethal Banshee and unlike females the massive Appearance penalties caused by most corruptions doesn't affect them.



* [[spoiler:AGodIsYou]]: If you dare, if you've solved all the (optional) puzzles to gain the right equipment, and if your character is sufficiently badass.

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* [[spoiler:AGodIsYou]]: *AGodIsYou: If you dare, if you've solved all the (optional) puzzles to gain the right equipment, and if your character is sufficiently badass.



* TheGoomba: The game tries to avert this by making enemies stronger the more of them you kill, but it's rather buggy in the most recent release.

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* TheGoomba: The game tries to avert this by making enemies stronger the more of them you kill, but it's rather buggy in at the most recent release.moment.


A major feature is TheCorruption, which grants the player various mutations that can be either [[CursedWithAwesome beneficial]] or downright harmful. Another feature setting it apart from other roguelikes is the KarmaMeter, which determines several NPCs' reactions and which of the MultipleEndings are available. Find it [[http://www.adom.de here]].

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A major feature is TheCorruption, which grants the player various mutations that can be either [[CursedWithAwesome beneficial]] or downright harmful. Another feature setting it apart from other roguelikes is the KarmaMeter, which determines several NPCs' [=NPCs=]' reactions and which of the MultipleEndings are available. Find it [[http://www.adom.de here]].


* TheCorruption: The encroaching Chaos is warping and corrupting the creatures in the lower levels of the dungeons. As the Player Character dives into them, it starts to affect them too, manifesting as "Corruptions". Some of the corruptions make the game more difficult, some are useful, and having too many results in a [[BodyHorror rather nasty]] [[NonstandardGameOver death]].

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* TheCorruption: The encroaching Chaos is warping and corrupting the creatures in the lower levels of the dungeons. As the Player Character dives into them, it starts to affect them too, manifesting as "Corruptions". Some of the corruptions make the game more difficult, some are useful, and having too many results in a [[BodyHorror rather nasty]] [[NonstandardGameOver nasty death]].



* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Let's see: Swimming? Drowns you in four turns unless you have the right item or skill. Walking in the forest or mountains? RandomEncounters, plus starvation. Doors? Trapped. Any wild animal, including rodents? Will fight you to the death, [[GangUpOnTheHuman even while ignoring other human [=NPC=]s such as swordsmen.]] Merely walking around in dungeons? ''[[TheCorruption Gradually turns you into]] [[BodyHorror a twisted mockery of yourself]]''.

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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Let's see: Swimming? Drowns you in four turns unless you have the right item or skill. Walking in the forest or mountains? RandomEncounters, plus starvation. Doors? Trapped. Any wild animal, including rodents? Will fight you to the death, [[GangUpOnTheHuman even while ignoring other human [=NPC=]s such as swordsmen.]] Merely walking around in dungeons? ''[[TheCorruption Gradually turns you into]] [[BodyHorror into a twisted mockery of yourself]]''.



* MercyRewarded: Leading the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Brainwashed and]] AxCrazy village carpenter to a healer benefits you far more than killing him, including learning the essential Healing skill.

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* MercyRewarded: Leading the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Brainwashed and]] AxCrazy BrainwashedAndCrazy village carpenter to a healer benefits you far more than killing him, including learning the essential Healing skill.



** [[spoiler: Also, the [[GoddamnBats Goddamn Cats.]]]] [[invoked]]
** [[spoiler: And giving a (very rare) amulet of life saving to Khelavaster will grant you the [[InfinityPlusOneSword best weapon in the game.]] [[ChainOfDeals Eventually]].]]

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** %%** [[spoiler: Also, the [[GoddamnBats Goddamn Cats.]]]] [[invoked]]
** [[spoiler: And giving a (very rare) amulet of life saving to Khelavaster will grant you the [[InfinityPlusOneSword best weapon in the game.]] [[ChainOfDeals Eventually]].Eventually.]]



* SquareRaceRoundClass: All classes are open to characters of all races, which means there are exactly 264 possible combinations. Troll thieves are just the beginning. In fact, some of the stranger combinations (notably [[SuperToughness Troll]] [[HealingFactor healers]]) are so unexpectedly powerful that they are canonical pairings. Even combinations whose stats are directly at odds ([[DumbMuscle Troll]] wizards or [[{{Hobbits}} Hurthling]] barbarians) can be strategically sound choices, since versatility is hard to acquire while the lack of power will eventually be compensated by experience.

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* SquareRaceRoundClass: All classes are open to characters of all races, which means there are exactly 264 possible combinations. Troll thieves are just the beginning. In fact, some of the stranger combinations (notably [[SuperToughness Troll]] [[HealingFactor Troll healers]]) are so unexpectedly powerful that they are canonical pairings. Even combinations whose stats are directly at odds ([[DumbMuscle Troll]] wizards or [[{{Hobbits}} Hurthling]] barbarians) can be strategically sound choices, since versatility is hard to acquire while the lack of power will eventually be compensated by experience.


* SquareRaceRoundClass: All classes are open to characters of all races, which means there are exactly 264 possible combinations. Troll thieves are just the beginning...
** In fact, some of the stranger combinations (notably [[SuperToughness Troll]] [[HealingFactor healers]]) are so powerful that they are canonical pairings. Even combinations whose stats are directly at odds ([[DumbMuscle Troll]] wizards or [[{{Hobbits}} Hurthling]] barbarians) can be strategically sound choices, since versatility is hard to acquire while the lack of power will eventually be compensated by experience.

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* SquareRaceRoundClass: All classes are open to characters of all races, which means there are exactly 264 possible combinations. Troll thieves are just the beginning...
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beginning. In fact, some of the stranger combinations (notably [[SuperToughness Troll]] [[HealingFactor healers]]) are so unexpectedly powerful that they are canonical pairings. Even combinations whose stats are directly at odds ([[DumbMuscle Troll]] wizards or [[{{Hobbits}} Hurthling]] barbarians) can be strategically sound choices, since versatility is hard to acquire while the lack of power will eventually be compensated by experience.


* RealityBreakingParadox: [[spoiler: Reading a scroll of entropy next to Andor Drakon kills him and destroys the universe. It's a sort of victory...]]



* SavingTheWorld: The ultimate goal of the game. It can be accomplished several ways, though [[spoiler: make sure that the Chaos Gate can't be re-opened if you choose to close it.]]

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* SavingTheWorld: The ultimate goal of the game.game, assuming you don't have ideas of your own. It can be accomplished several ways, though [[spoiler: make sure that the Chaos Gate can't be re-opened if you choose to close it.]]

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* WishingForMoreWishes: This can't be done directly, but there are ways to get a perpetual-motion wish machine going. Generally, [[AwesomeButImpractical the effort required to do this is greater than just winning the game normally]].

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* MutagenicFood: Some monster corpses confer abilities, such as eating a fire beetle corpse for fire resistance.


* AwesomeButImpractical: Quite a few class powers sound powerful but are really nerfed by other costs. For instance, the monk's level 6 power is a [[HurricaneKick circular kick]], but kicking is one of the weaker attacks in the game and the power costs 2500 energy points to use. In other words, anything you don't manage to kill with the attack gets at least 2-3 free hits on you.
** The ''Wish'' spell also counts, due to it taking so long to learn and cast that the PC will often starve to death in the attempt. Said spell normally takes at least '''3000PP''' to cast -- even level 50 wizards can't cast it without [[LevelGrinding grinding stats]] and flat-out abusing the game mechanics. Oh, and casting it drains a random stat by 10. One SelfImposedChallenge is to [[http://ancardia.wikia.com/wiki/Archmage raise a character that can cast it at will]].

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Quite a few class powers sound powerful but are really nerfed by other costs. For instance, the monk's level 6 power is a [[HurricaneKick circular kick]], but kicking is one of the weaker attacks in the game and the power costs 2500 energy points to use. In other words, anything you don't manage to kill with the attack gets at least 2-3 free hits on you.
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The ''Wish'' spell also counts, due to it taking so long to learn and cast that the PC will often starve to death in the attempt. Said spell normally takes at least '''3000PP''' to cast -- even level 50 wizards can't cast it without [[LevelGrinding grinding stats]] and flat-out abusing the game mechanics. Oh, and casting it drains a random stat by 10. One SelfImposedChallenge is to [[http://ancardia.wikia.com/wiki/Archmage raise a character that can cast it at will]].


A major feature is TheCorruption, which grants the player various mutations that can be either [[CursedWithAwesome beneficial]] or downright harmful. Another feature setting it apart from other roguelikes is the KarmaMeter, which determines several NPC's reactions and which of the MultipleEndings are available.

Find it [[http://www.adom.de here]]. A sequel called ''ADOM II: Legends of Ancardia'' has been released, and can be found [[http://www.ancientdomainsofmystery.com/ here]], but it's still a work in progress. In addition, a crowd-funded campaign to give more updates to ADOM I was [[http://www.indiegogo.com/resurrect-adom-development very successful]] so has received updates in the near future, and a release on Steam. In early 2019, Biskup ran a kickstarter for a tabletop roleplaying adaptation which the fans backed in less than 24 hours. Its website can be found [[https://www.adom-rpg.com/ here.]]

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A major feature is TheCorruption, which grants the player various mutations that can be either [[CursedWithAwesome beneficial]] or downright harmful. Another feature setting it apart from other roguelikes is the KarmaMeter, which determines several NPC's NPCs' reactions and which of the MultipleEndings are available.

available. Find it [[http://www.adom.de here]].

A sequel called ''ADOM II: Legends of Ancardia'' has been released, and can be found [[http://www.ancientdomainsofmystery.com/ here]], but it's still a work in progress. In addition, a crowd-funded campaign to give more updates to ADOM I was [[http://www.indiegogo.com/resurrect-adom-development very successful]] so has received updates in the near future, and a release on Steam. In early 2019, Biskup ran a kickstarter for a tabletop roleplaying adaptation which the fans backed in less than 24 hours. Its website can be found [[https://www.adom-rpg.com/ here.]]


** In fact, some of the stranger combinations (notably [[SuperTough Troll]] [[HealingFactor healers]]) are so powerful that they are canonical pairings. Even combinations whose stats are directly at odds ([[DumbMuscle Troll]] wizards or [[{{Hobbits}} Hurthling]] barbarians) can be strategically sound choices, since versatility is hard to acquire while the lack of power will eventually be compensated by experience.

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** In fact, some of the stranger combinations (notably [[SuperTough [[SuperToughness Troll]] [[HealingFactor healers]]) are so powerful that they are canonical pairings. Even combinations whose stats are directly at odds ([[DumbMuscle Troll]] wizards or [[{{Hobbits}} Hurthling]] barbarians) can be strategically sound choices, since versatility is hard to acquire while the lack of power will eventually be compensated by experience.

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** {{Parodied}} in [[http://web.archive.org/web/20130905221139/http://poro.tontut.fi/~adom/mkoddd/masterk.html this page]], which describes a NinjaPirateZombieRobot monster with an OverlyLongName and all of the [[ThatOneAttack most notorious abilities]] of various monsters.


** {{Parodied}} in [[http://poro.tontut.fi/~adom/mkoddd/masterk.html this page]], which describes a NinjaPirateZombieRobot monster with an OverlyLongName and all of the [[ThatOneAttack most notorious abilities]] of various monsters.
** Doppleganger kings have identical speed and defense power to your character, making them hard to hit and run away from, and do about ten times as much damage as you.

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** {{Parodied}} in [[http://poro.tontut.fi/~adom/mkoddd/masterk.html this page]], which describes a NinjaPirateZombieRobot monster with an OverlyLongName and all of the [[ThatOneAttack most notorious abilities]] of various monsters.
** Doppleganger kings have identical speed and defense power to your character, making them hard to hit and run away from, and they do about ten times as much damage as you.


Find it [[http://www.adom.de here]]. A sequel called ''ADOM II: Legends of Ancardia'' has been released, and can be found [[http://www.ancientdomainsofmystery.com/ here]], but it's still a work in progress. In addition, a crowd-funded campaign to give more updates to ADOM I was [[http://www.indiegogo.com/resurrect-adom-development very successful]] so has received updates in the near future, and a release on Steam.

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Find it [[http://www.adom.de here]]. A sequel called ''ADOM II: Legends of Ancardia'' has been released, and can be found [[http://www.ancientdomainsofmystery.com/ here]], but it's still a work in progress. In addition, a crowd-funded campaign to give more updates to ADOM I was [[http://www.indiegogo.com/resurrect-adom-development very successful]] so has received updates in the near future, and a release on Steam.
Steam. In early 2019, Biskup ran a kickstarter for a tabletop roleplaying adaptation which the fans backed in less than 24 hours. Its website can be found [[https://www.adom-rpg.com/ here.]]


* AltumVidetur: [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] by a fortune cookie message that states "Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur"


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* GratuitousLatin: A fortune cookie message states "Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur."

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