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What are some tactics to safely cross the Animated Forest in ADOM? I've got a level 9 troll barbarian with 44/26 DV/PV, and controlled teleportation but no way to teleport.

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Nevermind... I converted the altar in the Dwarftown, angered the priest, who attacked me. Killed the priest, then Waldenbrook came in and pwned me dead. Lol. – Elliot Bonneville Jun 24 '11 at 20:11
Don't use fire spells. You anger every tree that can see you. Of course, if you have enough spells and mana, then go wild and rake in the XP! – Paul Marshall May 26 '12 at 4:22

For a melee-focused non-caster, the easiest strategy is to set your defensive tactics to Coward and rest in place until you get a chance to move between the trees. It's very tedious and there's always the possibility that they'll gang up on you for no reason, but it's doable.

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Go through the Dwarven Halls instead. Go far, go fast, and don't slow down for any monster!

(I realize this doesn't answer your question, but whenever I try walking through the Animated Forest, I end up fighting some trees. Either some fraction of them are hostile, or I'm clumsy; could be either. And once you start fighting trees, you can't stop, because fighting the hostile trees angers the non-hostile trees - and it's hard to tell which ones are hostile, from the up-to-eight trees surrounding you. Plus, trees spawn with time, so the level will eventually end up either impassable or violently logged.)

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Mm, yeh. Since I asked this question I played a lot of ADOM. I've come to the conclusion that it's only worth doing the AF if you're invisible, double-shield-wearing, can teleport, and have teleport control. Of course, if you're that strong, there's not much of a risk in taking DH. :) – Elliot Bonneville Mar 14 '12 at 0:58

Equip two shields and just hold down in the direction you wish to go. The Dwarven Halls can generate some really scary monsters. The forest is much safer.

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You get an awful lot of angry trees this way, and you won't do much damage while double-shielding. Is there a minimum level or recommended class for this method? Do the trees eventually move out of the way? What makes this work? – Paul Marshall Apr 1 '15 at 14:45
you don't do any damage while equipping two shields, so you never make any trees angry... yes, trees eventually move out of the way, as trees move in a random pattern. If you are patient enough and have enough food you can do it. – Alex Apr 2 '15 at 1:27
Alex, edit your answer to include why your method works; it'll make for a much better answer. (Comments are transitory; they won't always stick around.) – Paul Marshall Apr 2 '15 at 16:56

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