Wand of create horde

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Name create horde
Appearance random
Base price 300 zm
Weight 7
Type non-directional
Maximum charges 19
Monster use Will not be used by monsters.

This is one of the new wands introduced in Slash'EM.[1] When zapped, it creates 6-12 monsters. When a monster zaps it, creates 11-14 monsters.

Be careful trying to identify wands as engraving with the wand of create horde has the same effect as zapping it. You identify the wand if any of the new monsters are seen. Try as hard as you can to keep these wands out of the hands of intelligent monsters; it is quite feasible for such a monster to fill most of the level with monsters that way, creating upwards of 200 monsters or so. In addition, they are worth keeping as they, combined with a burned Elbereth square, can be quite useful for sacrificing.

Breaking the wand creates an explosion dealing 1d(8*charges) damage and creates monsters around you.

SpliceHack & Hack'EM

In these variants the wand of create horde has been toned down a little bit to avoid overzealous summon swarms.

  • Players zapping this create 7-11 monsters instead of 7-13.
  • Monsters zapping this create 6-10 monsters instead of 10-14.

In both variants it can be the random effect of a zapped wand of wonder.

In Hack'EM these wands only generate with 1-3 charges.