Black Mark

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Black Mark is a demonspawn mutation and monster spell which inflicts one of three random status effects.

Player Mutation

Black Mark is a demonspawn mutation with 3 levels. The second level of this mutation has the eponymous 'Black Mark' effect.

If you have level 2 of this mutation, when attacking a monster in melee, there's a 20% chance that you inflict one status effect of:

If a status would be useless, it is rerolled.

Monster Spell

Empowers the caster and any nearby allies to debilitate their foes on a successful melee attack, allowing them to inflict draining, cause weakness, or deplete magical power.

The monster version of Black Mark is a spell that applies a black mark status effect to any ally in LOS of the caster. Whenever a monster with this enchantment damages a creature in melee, it applies antimagic, weak, or draining.

The following enemies cast Black Mark:


  • Prior to 0.28, Black Mark would not reroll if it got a useless effect.
  • Prior to 0.27, the player version was the third rank of the demonspawn mutation, not the second.
  • Gloorx Vloq had this spell in 0.18.
  • Since 0.17, black Mark no longer has vampiric effect (healing the player for 1d(damage done-1)); its other effects are now stronger. Also, the set of effects had slow instead of weak.
  • Black Mark was added in 0.14.