I just got a scroll of genocide monster. My initial reaction is to kill off vampires, because I hate losing levels to them. However, I'm not sure that this is the best monster to genocide. There are still mindflayers and wights, and loads of other nasties.

What are some of the top creatures that I should consider genociding?

  • Blessed-Genocide elves. (Don't actually do this)
    – Anon.
    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:08
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    If you're frequently losing levels to vampires, your problem is most likely that you're neglecting to wear an MC3 cloak (or mithril).
    – Wooble
    Feb 22, 2011 at 14:46
  • Oh, good point Wooble.
    – Arkive
    Feb 22, 2011 at 23:08

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Some of the most popular genocides are:

  • Liches (due to powerful magic like destroy armor and touch of death)
  • Mind Flayers (due to their brain-eating attacks)
  • Sea Monsters (due to their ability to drown - a 1-turn kill)
  • Rust Monsters & Disenchanters (due to them weakening weapons and armor)

When you have a scroll of genocide, you should consider waiting to bless it before you use it. A blessed scroll wipes out an entire class of monster, while an uncursed one only wipes out a single species.

You may also consider cursing your scroll of genocide. This will create 4-6 monsters of the chosen species (commonly referred to as reverse-genociding). This can be useful. For example, some people prefer to reverse genocide silver or grey dragons to get scales for DSM, rather than having to use a wish. Others pick wraiths to eat for levels, or giants to eat for strength.

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    Note that if you're a dwarf, you should absolutely not bless your scrolls before trying to get rid of mind flayers and master mind flayers; do them with an uncursed scroll individually, since genociding h will kill you too.
    – Wooble
    Feb 22, 2011 at 14:44
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    Another popular race to reverse-genocide are nurses. Summoning a couple of nurses in sokoban or another no-teleport level is an easy way to gain some HP.
    – sepp2k
    Feb 22, 2011 at 17:17
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    @Wooble - That an also be a good use for genocides from sitting on a throne.
    – sjohnston
    Feb 22, 2011 at 22:19

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