Cantrip

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Cantrip is a monster-only spell which does nothing. It is equivalent to passing a turn, but provides intimidating flavor text. It is often used to water down particularly dangerous early-game spellcasters and many early uniques.

The following enemies cast Cantrip:

The following enemies may be able to cast Cantrip, depending on their spell set:

The following quotes are possible:

The [monster] glows brightly for a moment.
The [monster] looks stronger.
The [monster] becomes somewhat translucent.
The [monster]'s eyes start to glow.
You feel troubled.
You feel a wave of unholy energy pass over you.
You resist.
You resist [whatever that was supposed to do].
The monster shimmers for a moment.

The final one replaces the last four if the monster is friendly.