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IVAN has ten different types of damage:
|Damage type||Common sources||Destroys limbs?||Resistance?||Notes|
|Physical damage||All weapons and normal attacks.||N||N||Reduced by armor.|
|Acid||Sulphuric Acid, dark frog blood||Y||Y|
|Drain||Neerc Se-ulb, vampires||N||N||Heals attacker by damage dealt to the defender.|
|Electricity||Wand of Lightning, Thunder hammers||Y||Y|
|Energy||Wand of Striking, Dark Mages||Y||Y|
|Fire||Explosions and fireballs||Y||Y||Can cause limbs and items to ignite.|
|Mustard gas damage||Dwarven Gas Grenades of Mustard Gas||N||N|
|Sound||Enner Beast, Banshee sickle||Y||Y|
- While physical damage technically has no associated resistance, AV serves to decrease physical damage taken. However, AV also somewhat decreases damage of other types, thus making armor very important indeed.
- If a limb had its last HP taken by a damage type that destroys limbs, it will not drop as a severed limb. Instead, several lumps of the monster's flesh are dropped.
- Note that there is a slight distinction between damage taken from magical fireballs (from Wand of Fireballs or Dark Mage spells) and explosions (from mines) - fireballs deal pure fire damage, while explosions deal half fire, half physical damage. The result is that even monsters nearly immune to fire will take damage from an exploding landmine.