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Infestation.png Infestation
Level 8
School1 Necromancy
Source(s) Book of Death
Casting noise 8
Spell noise 4
Power Cap 200
Range LOS
Hated By Elyvilon
The Shining One
Flags Target, Unclean
Calls forth a plague of scarabs, infesting affected creatures for a duration depending on power and causing death scarabs to grow and burst from them upon death.

Infestation is a level 8 Necromancy spell that applies the 'infested' status to monsters in a 5x5 smite-targeted area; a friendly death scarab erupts out of the victims when they die.


Infest the weaker monsters in a horde and kill them quickly to spawn a bunch of scarabs. Death scarabs are incredibly good allies; they are very fast, slow down enemies, are undead, and deal great damage. They also last for a fairly long time, letting you Infest new monsters you encounter to replenish your horde.


  • In 0.26, the duration of death scarabs was reduced.
  • This spell was added in 0.19.