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Mana is a resource required to cast spells. Every character class is capable of making use of mana, provided they have at least one glyph. Spent mana can be regenerated by exploring tiles, with 1 point of mana recovered for every tile explored. However, the Mana burn.png mana burn affliction will prevent you from recovering mana until it is cured.

By default a character has a maximum mana capacity of 10 and each dungeon contains three Booster-mp.png Mana Boosters, meaning that without other bonuses a character can expect to reach a maximum of 13 mana by the time the dungeon is completed.

Increasing Maximum Capacity

The following methods can be used to increase your maximum mana capacity.

  • Booster-mp.png Mana Booster: when picked up, your maximum mana is permanently increased by 1.
  • Elf.png Elf: conversion bonus can convert items to increase maximum mana.
  • Mystera Annur Icon.png Mystera Annur: can provide a small increase to maximum mana, but more importantly offers the unique ability to lower the mana cost of key glyphs.
  • Jehora Jeheyu Icon.png Jehora Jeheyu: can provide a large increase to maximum mana, but requires you to sacrifice a Mana Potion.png Mana Potion in trade for each +3
  • Glowing Guardian Icon.png Glowing Guardian: can provide a large increase in maximum mana at an extremely high piety cost
  • Human Sorcerer.png Sorcerer: begins with a significant +5 bonus to his maximum mana
  • Patches.png Patches the Teddy: provides random benefits when you level up; one possible bonus is a +1 increase to maximum mana.
  • Pendant of Mana.png Pendant of Mana: this item provides +2 to maximum mana, no strings attached.
  • Hero's Helm.png Hero's Helm: provides +1 to maximum mana in addition to some other benefits
  • Elven Boots.png Elven Boots: provides +3 to maximum mana and bonus File:Magic resistance.png magic resistance but is very expensive.
  • Orb of Zot.png Orb of Zot: provides +3 to maximum mana and +5 maximum health until used, but is very expensive.
  • Mage Plate.png Mage Plate: provides a bonus to maximum mana that increases for higher level characters, but also an increasing damage penalty.

Restoring Mana

In addition to exploration, there are a number of ways to restore your mana. Unless otherwise stated, all of these methods work even when under the influence of Mana burn.png mana burn.

Mana Thresholds

An important concept for spellcasters is the idea of mana thresholds. These are convenient maximum mana totals that allow you to cast specific glyph combinations. While most of the time you can do tricks like exploring a single tile mid-battle to afford a spell you're just shy of, being able to conveniently cast the spell with no strings attached can be very important in its own right. In addition, mana potions improve as your maximum mana increases and it's important to be aware when a +1 increase to your maximum mana will improve the value of all your potions (especially for Gnome.png gnomes, who can have a lot of potions)

For instance, 12 mana is a threshold that allows you to cast BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ twice in a row, and 13 mana is a threshold that allows you to cast HALPMEH.png HALPMEH twice in a row and then finish with GETINDARE.png GETINDARE. Additionally, and more subtly, 13 mana allows you to cast BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ three times in a row by expending one mana potion. Even unusual numbers like 14 mana can open up combos like BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ followed by WEYTWUT.png WEYTWUT. Effects that change the cost of spells, such as the Human Berserker.png Berserker or Human Wizard.png Wizard class features or the Mystic Balance boon of Mystera Annur Icon.png Mystera Annur can change these thresholds; for instance, a Human Warlord.png Warlord under the effect of Mystic Balance greatly appreciates the 16 mana threshold (a number that doesn't normally open up any relevant options) because it lets him cast CYDSTEPP.png CYDSTEPP twice in a row.

Other important thresholds:

  • 15 MP - mana potions restore 6 mana (exactly one fireball) per drink, and you can cast BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ twice and follow with GETINDARE.png GETINDARE
  • 18 MP - mana potions restore 7 mana per drink, and you can cast BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ three times in a row by default.
  • 20 MP - mana potions restore 8 mana per drink, and you can effectively alternate WEYTWUT.png WEYTWUT and BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ to defeat monsters with Retaliate- Fireball.png Retaliate: Fireball.
  • 24 MP - you can cast BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ four times in a row, and Warlords who worship Mystera can cast CYDSTEPP.png CYDSTEPP three times in a row
  • 25 MP - mana potions restore a whopping 10 mana per drink, which is very convenient for characters relying on HALPMEH.png HALPMEH or CYDSTEPP.png CYDSTEPP

Typically there are diminishing returns after the 25 MP and for most characters it will not be worth the effort to pursue further improvement even if it is possible. However, specialized builds can push for much higher numbers. Only Elves and worshipers of Jehora Jeheyu Icon.png Jehora Jeheyu can realistically reach the 30 mana threshold or beyond.

Thresholds are most significant when exploration is highly limited, or if you are about to activate a large number of mana potions to defeat a boss. They are less significant when you have ways to strategically restore a precise number of MP, such as the Blue Bead.png Blue Bead or BLUDTUPOWA.png BLUDTUPOWA. You should always be paying attention to what combos you want to use, and what thresholds you may be able to reach to improve the efficiency of those combos.