The Time Hound

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PowerWyrm
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The Time Hound

Post by PowerWyrm » Tue 28.02.2012, 12:29

Here's a description of the little bastard:
http://www.mangband.org/Main/Info?m=a Time hound

See how many high level players (and even veteran players) have already died to a little puppy!

Upon seeing a time hound... or more likely a pack of them... you should really plan what to do carefully. When in doubt... run away, teleport or even *des*. If you really want to fight them, be sure you can stay in LOS of only one of them at a time. Remember they have a speed of +20 and can breathe time to lower your stats. This means you can end up with low str/dex, and your warrior will fight less well, low int/wis, and your spellcaster will fail spells more often, and less con, and your character will be less likely to survive hits.

The worst scenario is probably getting those hounds summoned: since they will get the first turn, 10-12 breaths are probably enough to wipe even the toughest warrior. Be really careful with monsters than can summon animals (in particular, avoid the mystics -- they are not worth it), and even more carefully those that can summon hounds (Dwar, Draugluin...). If you want to kill such summoners, use an antisummon corridor, so that in the worst case only one summoned hound is in LOS. And be sure to have some means to *des*, and macro it.

And one last word: NEVER go up stairs below 2550ft without the finger on the *des* macro!!!

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Re: The Time Hound

Post by Warrior » Tue 28.02.2012, 13:45

This is good advice. I'd add "never stay in the open". The dungeon has so many corners and places to hide from monsters that attack from a distance that one should always try to use them :)
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Re: The Time Hound

Post by serina » Sat 03.03.2012, 08:46

I'd like to add one more thing, hehe.

Time hounds give ALOT of xp compared to their somewhat low HP, but don't be too greedy and hold off on hitting *destruction*. You're bound to encounter these buggers more than once :)

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Re: The Time Hound

Post by PowerWyrm » Wed 18.04.2012, 11:16

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Very appropriate...

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Re: The Time Hound

Post by Billsey » Fri 11.05.2012, 03:21

Taking my time, but getting them cleared.
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