Ick Swamp

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The villagers of Ick are peace-loving people who exist in not-so-peace-loving times. They live in terror of the nearby swamp--a source of mysterious lights, botanical experiments, and serpentine horrors.
Ick Swamp
Region South
Difficulty Hard
Monster Stats 120%
Population Monster: Vampire Vampire, Monster: Gorgon Gorgon, Monster: Naga Naga, Monster: Meat Man Meat Man, Monster: Warlock Warlock, Monster: Wraith Wraith
Bosses Boss: Itsssamna Itsssamna, Boss: Random boss Random boss
Suggested Classes Class: Rogue Rogue, Class: Berserker Berserker, Class: Bloodmage Bloodmage
Quests Quest: Challenge Accepted Challenge Accepted
Unlock Complete Quest: Stone Cold Crazy Stone Cold Crazy
Ick Swamp Map

The villagers of Ick are peace-loving people who exist in not-so-peace-loving times. They live in terror of the nearby swamp--a source of mysterious lights, botanical experiments, and serpentine horrors.

Special Rules

All Warlocks drop Item: Wisp Gem Wisp Gem. Mana burn, poisonous and corrosive plants have a small chance to drop a Item: Spoon Spoon.

Quests

Quest: Challenge Accepted Challenge Accepted

Defeat Dungeon: Ick Swamp Ick Swamp with Class: Thief Thief, Class: Rogue Rogue, and Class: Assassin Assassin

Reward: 500 Gold Pile Icon 18.png  Unlocks: Dungeon: Naga City Naga City

Bosses

Boss: Itsssamna
Hard Difficulty with Vicious Token
Attack 45 60
Health Points 380 636
Traits
Trophy
Found
Dungeon: Ick Swamp Ick Swamp

The boss, Itsssama, has very high resistances and weakens you, so a low damage character is not recommended. Additionally, you should decide in advance which boss to deal with first; if you rely mostly on physical damage and go after Itsssamna first, you will want to pick up a Item: Fortitude Tonic Fortitude Tonic for after the fight. If you decide to go the spell casting route, it is highly recommended you bring the Item: Piercing Wand Piercing Wand to counteract his high resistances. Itsssamna's weakness is his damage - even a L6 rogue can take a hit without dying, so this makes Glyph: HALPMEH HALPMEH an incredibly valuable glyph. Class: Berserker Berserker and Class: Rogue Rogue are very good class choices. If you choose a Class: Rogue Rogue, you must either find Glyph: HALPMEH HALPMEH, Glyph: CYDSTEPP CYDSTEPP, or an altar to God: Taurog Taurog, because health potions will not last you long enough. If you find a Glyph: CYDSTEPP CYDSTEPP glyph, start killing sorcerers, gorgons, and vampires 2-3 levels above you. If you find Glyph: HALPMEH HALPMEH, it will be monsters 1-2 levels above you. If you find God: Taurog Taurog, only pick up the sword, armor, and possibly shield, as you need the rest of the space for wisp gems. If you go the Class: Berserker Berserker route it's Taurog time! Grab the sword, armor, and helmet first converting all glyphs and killing high level sorcerers with your new 65% magic resistance. The boss should be easily outlast-able with any of the 4 tactics.

Strategy

You want to level up using gorgons, vampires, and warlocks because they all have relatively low hp. Nagas are to be avoided unless they can be killed without incurring any weakening. The plants are very dangerous and hinder your movement, but avoid killing the poison and mana burn plants unless you're about to level up. If possible, before you level up, clear out all the poison and mana burn plants. Corrosion can not be removed easily, so it is recommended you avoid getting any. Before you begin the boss fight, make sure you have killed all sorcerers and pick up all wisp gems.

Special interactions with plants

The harmful plants of the Dungeon: Ick Swamp Ick Swamp can be exploited as a resource under limited conditions. A worshiper of God: Glowing Guardian Glowing Guardian equipped with Glyph: HALPMEH HALPMEH can and should poison himself whenever he is at full mana and about to explore, and at any point in time during a battle where he intends to cast Glyph: HALPMEH HALPMEH. Whenever practical, you should also try to get poisoned and manaburned just before leveling up. A character following this strategy will actually want to conserve the plants rather than just cut them down.

It may not look like it, but the harmful plants apply their effects by making a zero-damage attack. This attack can be dodged like any other attack. Rogues following God: Tikki Tooki Tikki Tooki can gain very large amounts of piety by harvesting the plants right before level up. Taking the God boon: Dodging Dodging makes this even better.

Killing a plant, even the harmless green ones, still counts as a kill and still discharges Glyph: IMAWAL IMAWAL. Be cautious that you don't waste your Trait: Experience Boost Experience Boost on a 0 xp kill!

Deities

God: Jehora Jeheyu Jehora Jeheyu is prep-worthy, even if the loss of an inventory slot hurts badly with all those Spoons and Wisp Gems. God boon: Chaos Avatar Chaos Avatar can be used to either wipe Weakness stacks or lower resistances before/after the fight with Itsssamna, or mid-fight as a compromise with a nice level-up heal thrown in. However you choose to do it, you may as well kill all those nasty corrosive plants first and pick through the remains for any extra trinkets, if you have room for them.

God: Mystera Annur Mystera Annur can also lower MR, and she can do the full 50% unlike Jehora given enough piety. One of the two gods or a Item: Piercing Wand Piercing Wand is almost mandatory for using caster strategies on Boss: Itsssamna Itsssamna.

God: Glowing Guardian Glowing Guardian has already been mentioned because of the extra piety available from poison/mana burn plants. This god also burdens your inventory, though. God: Tikki Tooki Tikki Tooki has a novel interaction with plants to farm piety, discussed above.

God: The Earthmother The Earthmother is probably not worth it, all things considered, at best usable for a risky end-game spike. The last place God boon: Vine Form Vine Form is going to be of much help is against a tanky boss like Itsssamna who applies Trait: Weakening Weakening. God boon: Clearance Clearance, God boon: Greenblood Greenblood, and God boon: Entanglement Entanglement are somewhat better, but you will want to clear a large number of plants before converting in so that your God boon: Clearance Clearance will have a higher chance of removing the plants which are in your way. All things considered, God boon: Plantation Plantation is a risky move even then, except for maybe a Class: Crusader Crusader, who will have the fewest plants remaining thanks to his three immunities.

The others don't necessarily merit a special mention either way, though some specific strategies for God: Taurog Taurog are discussed above.