Playing in Ascension Mode will make elites more common, as the Ascension 1 modifier makes them more common. In addition, higher ascension levels will make elites stronger and tougher.
Relics that affect elite encounters:
- Sling of Courage: The player will start each elite combat with 2 Strength.
- Preserved Insect: All enemies found in elite rooms will start combat with 25% less HP.
- Black Star: Instead of dropping 1 random relic, defeated elites will instead drop 2 random relics.
- Neow's Lament: Similarly to normal monster encounters, if an elite encounter is reached with a charge of Neow's Lament left, the elite(s) begin combat with 1 hp, making the fight trivial.
After unlocking Act 4, until the Emerald Key is obtained, one of the elites in each Act will appear as a burning elite icon. This 'super elite' will receive one of the following buffs, and it will drop the Emerald Key when defeated.