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Beams are directional effects produced by certain wands and spells.

Beams are similar to rays in that they affect a series of tiles in a specified direction over a limited range (or can be aimed at yourself). However, beams do not bounce, are not animated on screen, and in many cases will not auto-identify. Beams are halted by doors, with the exception of force bolts and wands of striking, which will destroy the door and affect the tiles behind it.

The range of a beam wand is 6 to 13 squares.[1] For each monster hit, range decreases by 3.[2] For each square objects are affected, range decreases by 1.[3] Beams don't bounce and can't be reflected.

An angry god who fails to destroy you with lighting will try again with a wide-angle disintegration beam directed at you.

The following items allow you to use beams.



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