Magical staff

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Magical staff (type varies)
Skill Staves
Damage 5
Accuracy +5
Base delay (%) 12 (120%)
Min delay 6 at skill 12
Hands 1H
Size Large
Ranged? No
A staff improved with arcane powers of unknown nature.

A magical staff is a device which increases the power of a certain school of spells. It can also be used as a melee weapon, with magical effects.

Useful Info

Magical staves are spell enhancers, increasing spell power of a given school by up to x150%. Due to a stepdown in calculations, you'll generally receive less than x150%, especially if power is already high. This stacks multiplicatively with other spell enhancers, up to 3.

Unlike normal weapons, magical staves cannot be enchanted or branded in any way. Instead, they can deal elemental damage, based on skill in Evocations and the corresponding magic school.

Damage Dealt: 0 to 1.25×(School+[Evocations/2])
Chance to Activate: (Evocations + School/2)×6.66% per hit

Randart staves can boost multiple different types of spells.

Unrandart staves are classified as weapons in the inventory screen rather than magical staves, whether or not they add any enhancers.

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Artefact Artefact magic staff 1.png Artefact magic staff 2.png Artefact magic staff 3.png Artefact magic staff 4.png Artefact magic staff 5.png
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Elemental Staff New elemental staff.png


  • Prior to 0.31, randart magical staves couldn't boost multiple spell schools.
  • Prior to 0.30, magical staves could not be randarts.
  • Prior to 0.27, magical staves could be cursed, like other weapons.
  • In 0.26, staves of summoning, wizardry, and energy were removed. Staves of conjuration got the melee effect of staves of earth (irresistible damage that's reduced by AC once); staves of earth got a higher base damage, but with the shrapnel effect of being affected 3 times by AC.
  • In 0.25, staves of power were removed.
  • Prior to 0.19, staves of fire, earth, air, and cold would act as negative spell enhancers for their opposing elemental school.
  • Prior to 0.18, staves of summoning granted the warding property.
  • Prior to 0.17, staves of summoning could abjure summoned creatures in melee.
  • In 0.13, the Staff of channeling was removed. Its ability to channel MP was given to staves of energy.
  • In 0.12, the Staff of enchantment, which enhanced the power of Hexes and Charms, was removed.
  • Prior to 0.8, the chance of a magical staff auto-identifying when wielded depended on the skill of the wielder in its corresponding school (or Spellcasting if none applied).

See Also

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMace (Hammer) • MorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberd (Scythe) • SpearTridentTrishula
Ranged Weapons ArbalestHand cannonLongbowOrcbowShortbowSlingTriple crossbow
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing BoomerangDartJavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing net