Constitution allows characters to have more hit points and regenerate hit points faster.
Higher Constitution bonuses are retroactive. That is, if The Nameless One's Constitution is increased, he will gain all the Bonus HPs as if he'd had that Constitution from the start of the game, though there is an inconsistency, you only get the bonus for 10-14 Con if you start the game with it, so if you want to maximise HP you need to start with 14 Con, though that isn't generally advised since you will lose out on some dialogue options in the first parts of the game by having lower mental stats.
Conversely, it does not help to increase Con before leveling up.
Constitution and Hit Points Edit
In a game where there was no healing (almost hypothetical, but say, resting only), or where damage is very large compared to the Hit Point pool, then the HP pool would become of great importance. The pool is also more important in games where damage output of enemies is fast in relation to the time it takes to heal, which can be true of Torment, unless the Autopause functions are engaged. Call it cheesy, but you can't call it ineffective: no character will ever die in Torment if Autopause is set to engage when characters are at low health, the characters are healed to an HP level that is higher than the enemy is capable of damaging in a single hit, and characters still have healing items in their inventory or the inventory of another character close by
If a player chooses to use this function, then the game becomes less about reaction time, and more about preparation; specifically how to maximize damage output, reduce damage received, and maximize the efficiency of healing and the Copper commons costs of all these things. Constitution becomes of no consequence compared with Damage bonuses, THAC0 values, Armor Class, Resistances, Kiting and other forms of Crowd Control, Overkill, Concentration of Fire, or even money supply.
Permanent Gains Edit
Aside from increasing Constitution with character points acquired at level up, The Nameless One has some opportunities throughout the game to increase his constitution permanently:
- +1 from the 12th level Fighter specialization
- +1 from the Tear of Salieru-Dei in the Drowned Nations Tomb. Only for Lawful Good characters.
- +1 from the Tear of Salieru-Dei at Vrischika's Curiosity Shoppe in the Clerk's Ward. Only for Lawful Good characters.
- +1 from the Paranoid Incarnation in the Fortress of Regrets
- +2 from the Ancient Scroll
That makes the maximum permanent gain to constitution possible +6, +5 without specializations and +3 without the Ancient Scroll.
Equipment Bonuses Edit
Some tattoos grant a bonus to constitution while equipped:
Some accessories also grant a bonus to constitution:
- +3, Aegis of Torment