Elemental wellspring

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elemental wellspring EElemental wellspring.png
HP 49-100
HD 15
XP 1395
Speed 10
AC 8
EV 8
Will Immune

Resistances rElec
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Water
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Non-living
Size Large
Type elemental, elemental wellspring
Flags Unbreathing
A swirling conflux of elemental water streaming from the elemental plane into this one. Floods and the spirits who dwell within them seem to issue from it, at the expense of the gateway's stability itself.

Useful Info

Elemental wellsprings are obnoxious aquatic monsters which batter you with Primal Waves, all the while breaking down into hostile water elementals. They can be found in Cocytus.


Spell set I
Slot1 Primal Wave (3d21) Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Primal Wave is a fairly powerful spell, dealing significant damage and pushing you around the battlefield. Resisting it is tricky: unless you're an aquatic character (octopodes and merfolk) or non-breathing (grey draconians and the undead), you'll take full damage. Flight will help you navigate the suddenly flooded battlefield. A side-effect of the primal flood is a 3x3 square of shallow water that renders useful terrain features (like stairways!) temporarily inaccessible. These water summons time out on their own; killing the spellcaster has no effect.
  • The water elementals an elemental wellspring summons function like any other summoned unit: if you kill the summoner, the summons die with it. However, ignoring them might be risky for spellcasters, as their attacks can effectively silence you. Moving away from the elemental will break its hold on you and end the silence... at least until it hits you again.
  • Wellsprings can't see invisible, and are much less likely to cast magic against an invisible character.
  • You probably shouldn't be spending very long in Cocytus anyway. If you see a wellspring and don't want to deal with it, consider just changing direction and exploring somewhere else. Those stairs can generate anywhere.


  • Prior to 0.28, elemental wellsprings had fast regeneration. Also, wellsprings took damage when summoning water elementals (5-19 HP).
  • Elemental wellsprings were originally used in Depths and Forest during 0.13 and 0.14 development, with an initial version directly and relentlessly casting an uncapped Summon Water Elementals alongside the Primal Waves. They were considered excessive for their depth in their spam, and removed before the stable releases. Though retired, they were brought back in 0.16 for use in post-game.