Lehudib's Crystal Spear

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For the obsolete artefact, see Lehudib's crystal spear (unrand).

Lehudib's crystal spear.png Lehudib's Crystal Spear
Level 8
School1 Conjuration
School2 Earth
Source(s) Book of Armaments
Book of the Moon
Casting noise 8
Spell noise 8
Power Cap 200
Range 3
Flags Dir or target, Needs tracer
Hurls a lethally sharp shard of crystal.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 10d(2.3+Power/10)
Max Damage 10d23
Max Power 200
Range 3
Targeting Beam
To-hit 10+Power/15
Special N/A

Lehudib's Crystal Spear (or LCS) is a level 8 Conjurations/Earth Magic spell that launches a powerful, irresistible projectile at a single target.


This spell is essentially an upgraded version of Iron Shot; LCS deals high damage that no monster has a resistance to. However, it has a high MP cost, very short range, can be blocked or evaded, and relatively low MP efficiency. When fighting a group of monsters, save it for taking out dangerous foes (orbs of fire, Pandemonium lords, fiends, hell sentinels, etc.) quickly, then switch to a lesser spell for the rest.

LCS might be powerful, but you may want to use Iron Shot instead. Iron Shot takes less XP to use, and is usually sufficient to clear a 3-rune game. Also, it has a 1 tile greater range. LCS is useful if you want to kill enemies faster, and/or if you have spare XP and spell levels to burn. In addition, you might want LCS if you are also using Spellforged Servitor, so that the servitor can have the stronger spell.

Tips & Tricks

  • Borgnjor's Vile Clutch combos well with Lehudib's Crystal Spear -- pinning enemies in place reduces their evasion, allowing you to set up a lethal one-two punch.

Monster Version

Certain fearsome monsters can also cast Lehudib's Crystal Spear, often with the ability to one- or two-shot unprepared or fragile adventurers. Even the weakest casters can inflict up to 69 damage with it, while the most powerful (ancient liches) can deal up to 144. It is entirely possible for a monster to cast this multiple times in a row, so make these enemies a very high priority in combat.

The monster version of this spell functions identically to the player version, except with a much more variable damage output:

monster_spell_damge = 3d(16 + power / 10)
  where power = 12 * monster_hit_dice

The following enemies cast Lehudib's Crystal Spear:

The following enemies may be able to cast Lehudib's Crystal Spear, depending on their spell set:

The following enemy "casts" crystal spear via Conjure Living Spells: