Potion of paralysis

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Name paralysis
Appearance random
Base price 300 zm
Weight 20
Monster use May be used offensively by monsters.

Quaffing a potion of paralysis paralyzes you for 25-34 turns; 13-22 turns if blessed, 37-46 if cursed. Like most methods of paralysis, having free action makes it harmless.

Potions of paralysis may be thrown at monsters for an effect of 1-25 turns. Monsters may also throw it at you for weakened effect (d5 turns[1]). The BUC status of the potion has no effect when using it against a monster. Using the potion on an already paralyzed monster has no effect.[2]

If you are wearing a ring of free action, you should preferably wield it so it will hit. For example, most quest nemeses will pick up the quest artifact as soon as they are awake and become magic resistant. Paralysis gives you some time to magic missile them.

This potion is the only harmful potion that costs 300 zm; the other two in its base price class are gain ability and gain level.

References

  1. potion.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1267
  2. potion.c in NetHack 3.4.3, line 1070

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