Grasping Roots

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Calls giant grasping roots from deep underground that hold and constrict their victim. The roots will retreat if the victim breaks free or if the caller moves out of view.

Grasping Roots is monster-only spell which inflicts constriction to a smite-targeted foe. Constriction deals damage every turn, prevents movement or use of stairs, and gives blinks a chance to fail. You can break out by attempting to move. Targets flying above or swimming in deep water or lava are immune.

The following enemies cast Grasping Roots:

Players and monsters can get an analogous effect with a wand of roots. The wand constricts in a 3x3 area, but is not smite-targeted.


  • Prior to 0.23, this spell prevented flight, reduced EV (by the same amount as constriction), and increased movement delay by 0.3 decaAuts.
  • Grasping Roots was added in 0.14.