Fire resistance

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Fire resistance protects against most fire damage and the majority of hot objects, but it will not prevent potions from boiling or scrolls and spellbooks from burning, nor will it prevent non-fireproof armor from becoming burnt. It is a must-have before hitting Gehennom, as fire traps are prevalent there and capable of reducing your maximum hit points.

The most popular way to become fire resistant is to eat corpses. Especially foodless players will be interested in other ways, or at least in avoiding traps.

Monks get intrinsic fire resistance at XL 11, and priests at XL 20.[1] Crowning also brings fire resistance with it.

Extrinsic fire resistance is granted by

Sources

Intrinsic fire resistance can be obtained from eating the following corpses and globs:

Monster Conduct Difficulty Chance Notes
red mold vegan 2 3%
gray ooze vegatarian 4 7% acidic
gelatinous cube vegan 6 10% acidic
red naga hatchling meaty 4 10%
flesh golem meaty 10 12%
Chromatic Dragon meaty 23 17% poisonous, Caveman quest nemesis
fire ant meaty 6 20% abundant on the Valkyrie quest
pyrolisk meaty 8 20%
red naga meaty 8 20%
Wizard of Yendor meaty 34 25% cannibalism for humans
fire giant meaty 11 30% abundant on the Valkyrie quest
hell hound pup meaty 9 47%
Lord Surtur meaty 19 50% Valkyrie quest nemesis
salamander meaty 12 53% poisonous
hell hound meaty 14 80%
red dragon meaty 20 100%
Ixoth meaty 22 100% Knight quest nemesis

Messages

The following messages are associated with fire resistance:

"You feel a momentary chill."
You gained intrinsic fire resistance by eating a corpse or tin.
"You be chillin'."
You gained intrinsic fire resistance by eating a corpse or tin, while hallucinating.
"You feel cool!"
You gained intrinsic fire resistance by gaining a level.
"You feel warmer!"
You lost intrinsic fire resistance (level drain, gremlin attack).
"You feel mildly warm."
You were burnt, but suffered no damage due to fire resistance.

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