The Skull of Impending Doom is an off-hand item that looks like a skull with horns on a stick. You can utilization this item in some very useful ways.
The Skull of Impending Doom is a reward for the Forbidden Knowledge quest (this is a series quest), you can get it as low as level 30. The item, when held In off-hand, will give a plus 7 Intellect increase, but when used (have a 5 minute cool down) will increase your run speed by 60% for 10 sec, and will deals damage equal to 60% of your maximum health and drains 60% of your maximum mana over 10 seconds (You gain speed, but at a cost). When you use the Skull of Impending Doom you will make a chicken noises, so you can see how Blizzard plan you will use it, running away from a fight. This can be a very good thing if you don’t have a chance of winning the fight. One more plus to this, when you use it to flee, is that it can kill you (you will die anyway if you don’t) but as you die from an item and not from the damage of a fight, your equipment will not be harm, so you save the fixing fee (no durability damage). Of course you can use it for many, more cool, ways:
- If you use it, it will make damage on you every second, so you will be “immune” to traps, polymorph, seduction, sap and so on.
- You can use it as a suicide item, if you need to die more quickly. Why do you need to die?
Get to graveyard and pay the fee, equal a quick reaching to the nearby inn or town in most cases. Need to end the game, entering a new zone – endless reason on this one.
- Run as fast as a mount, with no mount (less powerful now, when you get your mount at level 30 instead of 40). Can be use to catch some fleeing or mounted opponent.
- Use while carrying the flag or to catch the one that have it.
When use in this situation you have to get in consideration that you can use it indoors, and that you can attack or cast instant cast spells while running.
And don’t forget that you can use it to catch that boat or elevator, how many times did you run to it just to miss it by a second.
You can disable the “buff” it puts on you as well, this will cancel the good and bad effects.