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The transmuter is one of the classes in Desktop Dungeons. It is unlocked by clearing the Snake Pit. Transmuters are strange magic users that do not heal naturally, but instead draw strength from the earth itself.
- Stone Worker - start with the ENDISWAL glyph
- Stone Armour - recover health from wall blasting (2 per level)
- Stone Heart - 1 mana cost for ENDISWAL, no natural health regeneration
Text on unlock
"Well done! As a reward for completing your first run through the Snake Pit, you've unlocked the TRANSMUTER class! Veteran players have to contend with a lack of natural health and regeneration, but are given the power to blast dungeons apart and get healed by the very walls themselves."
As a Transmuter, you cannot gain health by exploring, only by using ENDISWAL. However, due to the low mana cost (1 point) for ENDISWAL, it is easy to regain health cheaply. The basic strategy for taking down higher level monsters is to uncover a portion of the map with many walls, then to attack the higher level monster. Once you are about to die, go around using ENDISWAL on the walls revealed prior to attacking the monster. It is important not to reveal any new hidden spaces during this time as this will cause the monster you've attacked to regenerate health. Keep on attacking the monster and using ENDISWAL on existing tiles until the monster is dead. If needed, you can try to minimize the exploration of new tiles if you run out of mana for healing. In the end, it becomes a balancing act between revealing tiles and healing yourself, as the only regenerative effect you have is with mana for revealing tiles.
BLUDTUPOWA still boosts the Transmuter's mana regeneration, so you can take it, activate once and have a pleasure of quick mana regen.
Note that it's important to heal as much as possible before exploring. That is, if you're hurt and your mana is at 100%, you should definitely be healing yourself. Otherwise you are not regenerating any new mana by exploring and at the same time not healing yourself due to the class trait.
Getting poisoned is fine since you cannot regenerate health automatically by exploring.
Race and Deity Choices
Choosing Elf or Gnome for race is a good choice as it gives you both flexibility to cast spells other than ENDISWAL and at the same time have enough mana to take down higher level monsters. Gnome is preferable, because having more potions is better, than having bigger mana limit.
It should go without saying that the best deity to choose is Binlor, as the Transmuter's heavy use of ENDISWAL generates large amounts of piety. Note, that Heroics, a boon which takes you to 10 level instantly will mean, that you heal 20 HP by blasting a single wall. Thus, with 15 mana points you will regenerate 300 HP. Choosing The Earthmother or Taurog is absolute suicide as The Earthmother dislikes ENDISWAL and Taurog dislikes Glyph usage. Dracul can be helpful for a secondary source of health regeneration. Jehora Jeheyu should also be noted, due to giving piety for wall destruction as well. Aside from those, nearly any god is a decent choice.