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Darkness.png Darkness
Level 6
School1 Hexes
Source(s) Book of Burglary
Book of Dreams
Casting noise 3
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 200
Dims the light of the dungeon, reducing the range of vision.

“If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride,
And hug it in my arms.”
-William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”

Darkness is a level 6 Hexes spell which reduces the LOS that creatures can see you (and that you can see other creatures) by 25%. Under normal circumstances, this reduces LOS by two tiles. The effect stacks with the Robe of Night and the demonspawn nightstalker mutation. Higher spell power increases the effect's duration.


  • Darkness is an excellent spell for situations where you don't want to be seen, obviously. It makes it easier to move into range for stabbing, helps when fleeing from monsters at the edge of your LOS, forces ranged enemies to move closer to you, and generally reduces the amount of attention you attract simply by keeping you out of sight.


Prior to 0.17, Darkness was a level 7 spell.