Ring of protection from shape changers

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Name protection from shape changers
Appearance random
Base price 100 zm
Weight 3
Probability out of rings 3.57%
Probability out of items in:
containers Rogue level Gehennom Elsewhere
0.179% 0.179% 0.286% 0.107%

The ring of protection from shape changers, cost 100, has a number of effects (in addition to the normal ring hunger):

  • Chameleons, mimics, doppelgangers, sandestins and vampires appear in their normal form.
    • Polymorphing them will be permanent. You need the ring to improve your pet shapeshifter at a polymorph trap.
  • Werecreatures appear in human form and thus cannot infect you with lycanthropy. They are also prevented from summoning help. However, if you have lycanthropy, wearing this ring will not prevent you from transforming.
  • Monsters with a digestion attack will not polymorph when swallowing a shapechanger whole. As a result, this ring is very useful to anyone who wants pet purple worms but cannot (or don't want to) genocide chameleons or doppelgangers. It will not, however, protect pets that eat the corpses of these monsters from polymorphing.

Dropping a ring of protection from shape changers into a sink produces the message "The sink looks nothing like a fountain."

A non-cursed 100 zorkmid ring can be identified as protection from shape changers by wearing it in a shop, on the top level of Sokoban, the rogue quest, or anywhere near known mimics. A ring of protection from shape changers will uncloak the mimics.

Wooden or metal rings of protection from shape changers can be eaten to acquire protection from shape changers intrinsically.


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