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Old December 24, 2013, 11:04   #1
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I was one shotted by Kavlax. What just happened?

I had full HP and went straight to -93HP in one attack.

I hate not knowing what happened.

What just happened?
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Old December 24, 2013, 11:31   #2
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I had full HP and went straight to -93HP in one attack.

I hate not knowing what happened.

What just happened?
Show us your dump - how much was full hp, and what resists did you have covered? Kavlax has a large number of different breaths, some of which can do several hundred hp unresisted, and others do a few hundred hp unresistable. So if you had <300hp you were toast in most cases; if you had more than that he probably hit a resistance hole.
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Old December 24, 2013, 11:53   #3
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How can I get the character dump?
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Old December 24, 2013, 12:38   #4
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How can I get the character dump?
shift-c, f, then click on the Ladder tab on this site and upload it.

EDIT: having said that, if you exited the game after dying, I don't think you can get a dump of that dead character now. Sorry.
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Old December 24, 2013, 12:41   #5
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So how do I know what monsters ditch these insane amounts of damage? Or should I back off from uniques around DL30 until I have a lot of resists?
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Old December 24, 2013, 12:54   #6
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So how do I know what monsters ditch these insane amounts of damage?
Well, now you know Kavlax does

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Or should I back off from uniques around DL30 until I have a lot of resists?
Anything new should be suspect. Breathing uniques can be expected to be deadly, especially if it's not clear from their description what they breathe. And remember, every new method of death gives you information and probably a good story.
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Old December 24, 2013, 14:20   #7
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Kavlax is one of Angband's gotcha monsters. I'm not a big fan of gotcha monsters, but he's a big one. Other gotcha monsters are Ancient multi-hued dragons, drolems, Osse (although he's a lot tamer than Azriel), the Tarrasque and probably some more.
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If you don't object to spoilers, check out the full monster list at http://mangband.org/Main/Info.

This is, of course, not entirely applicable to other variants, but it still holds mostly true for close variants.

To be absolutely sure, peek into r_info.txt in your edit folder. It's pseudo-code that the game uses to generate the monsters, but it's quite legible, at least enough to get a sense of how dangerous a monster will be to you.
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More or less any notable monster can one shot up to 600 hp resised and 1600 unresisted, so be carefull. So if you have less then 600 assume that any unfamiliar monster can one shot you. To avoid dumb reading of the monster list I would recommend looking at ladder dumps for dead characters, It is much more fun. E.g. if look thru 100 dumps of dead level < 30 character you will more or less figure all of possible deaths and some way to avoid these deaths form comments.
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Another possibility if you don't mind the game calling you a "cheater" (the rest of us don't care, at least not about this particular option) is to turn on the cheat option that gives you full monster knowledge. Then whenever you see a new monster, you can call up the monster memory for them and see their full spell list including average damage (which, for breath attacks, is also max damage since there's no variance).

So you'd see Kavlax, bring up his monster memory, and it'd say he can breathe gravity for 250 damage or whatever. And you'd look at your HP total and think "Hm, I'm playing a gnome mage with 93 HP, I should avoid this guy."
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