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Imprisoned Pets, simply known as Imps are a special sort of pet. They are known as Imps because of the form and name in which players find them, Imprisoned in a Crystal. There are currently three kinds of Imp Pets:
- Albino Squirrels
- Imprisoned Ferrets
- Imprisoned Dogs
All three imps have the same pack instinct: Canine. For people wanting to take advantage of this while still lacking a full pack of imp pets, they can supplement their pack with Hell Hounds, or another type of regular pet with a Canine Instinct.
Differences from Regular Pets
These pets differ in a few ways from tameable pets:
- Only dropped by Peerless Monsters in a Crystal, or bought - they cannot be found in the wild
- Do not lose Stats upon death
- Cannot breed or level up
- Pack a harder punch than one would think Think The Holy Grail, "It's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!"
- If they go wild, they poof. Keep em happy folks!
Albino Squirrels are by far the easiest Imprisoned Pet to get, and they are generally confused with an echee.
Damage Type: 100% Physical and 100% Poison Damage
How to get: Lady Melisande drops squirrels in crystal, Other players may sell imps out of crystal, or in crystal, and Slaarion's Portal Map will allow players to buy Albino Squirrels for 500 Elven Notes.
Imprisoned Ferrets are a bit harder to get than squirrels.
Damage Type: 100% Physical and 100% Poison Damage
How to get: Shimmering Effusion drops ferrets in crystal, Other players may sell imps out of crystal, or in crystal, and Slaarion's Portal Map will allow players to buy Imprisoned Ferrets for 500 Elven Notes.
Imprisoned Dogs are the hardest of the imp pets to get.
Damage Type: 100% Physical and 100% Fire Damage
How to get: Travesty drops dogs in crystal, Other players may sell imps out of crystal, or in crystal.
When your dog trots around with you, it will constantly morph into you. When in human form (not a vampire, wraith, angel) if your dog mimics you, it cannot be shrunk. It will simply give you a dirty look.
This isn't a problem for players who are using vampiric embrace or other spells that change them out of human form, imp dogs are shrinkable as long as they haven't mimicked you in human form.
Slaarion's Portal Map
Slaarion's Portal Map is a temporary item lasting about 30 minutes. This is a one time use item. Once you double click this map you will be teleported to a ledge with a table displaying the items you can buy, the stone to purchase the items from, and a Sparkle, which takes you out. When you leave the area, you will be teleported in front of the Labyrinth. You cannot recall or gate in the immediate area; run back to the orange gate to the east that you came in from to head back to Grimswind Ruins.
When you double click a Imprisoned Pet Crystal, it will release your new Imp Pet. They come bonded with around 190 Hit Points, 60 Dexterity, and 60 Stamina, and a variable amount of strength. Releasing an Imp from Crystal is always a gamble, because strength varies between 270 and 370, and you never know what you are going to get.
People prefer to have high strength imp pets; There are plenty of forum posts to read and make your own choice. Strength is the only stat on an imp that cannot be increased with ointments or through training.
There are a few reasons to consider strength. These pets cannot breed or be leveled up, so you have no ability points to apply. Meaning, you must apply ointments to raise their stats. Information on ointments is found here. Some people find it a waste to use ointments on an imp less than 300 str, some people have even higher standards. It's really up to you. Keep in mind, Ointments are fairly expensive to the average player, especially at the amounts needed to oint an imp.
However, more and more lately a lot of players have noticed that strength on an imp does not have much of a difference damage wise when fighting in packs. Also, do not forget when thinking of the strength that you may be killing something a few seconds to minutes earlier, it will not make a spawn respawn any faster. Spawn timers on mobs, unless it is a mob that can be summoned, restart when the mob spawns, not when it dies.
An Imprisoned Pet will naturally gain Intelligence and Dexterity while fighting up to 125. This will take a long time, as they might gain a stat point once every 15 minutes, similar to players; also, Intelligence seems to increase a lot faster than Dexterity. Having access to a personal trainer is useful when trying to train imp pets.
Imprisoned Pets do not use magic, so the key stats to oint are:
Hit Points, Dexterity, Stamina, Armor Rating
Suggested Stat Spread for Ointed Imps:
- Hit Points - 400-500
- Dexterity - 140 (Maxed)
- Stamina - 200
- Armor Rating - 70 (Maxed)
Many consider the above stats pretty standard to create a hardy Imp pet.
Training your Imp's Dexterity naturally to 125 will cut down ointments needed to 15 in order to max Dexterity at 140, but will take a while.
Stamina is key to keeping your imp continually hitting; no stamina, no attack. It's suggested to have this equal to or higher than Dexterity.
Armor Rating is nice and it will take 70 AR ointments to max, but it's not necessary if you are low on cash. 70 AR gives a pet an additional 10% damage reduction to physical damage. There is a debate if this is off the top or to the remainder (75 Resists = 75% dmg reduction. A pet with max phys resist of 75 takes 25% dmg. Max AR could give 10% off that 25% (22.5%), or an additional 10% (15%.) There is a forum topic here discussing this; once it is determined just exactly how AR works, this will be updated. AR on Pets
Note:There are plenty of opinions and information on the importance of Imp strength, what to oint and not to oint, as well as how much to oint. The forums are always a great source for info, as well as other players.