Maxwell's Capacitive Coupling

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Version 0.28: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Maxwell's capacitive coupling.png Maxwell's Capacitive Coupling
Level 8
School1 Air
Source(s) Book of Lightning
Book of the Sky
Casting noise 7
Spell noise 25
Power Cap 200
Range LOS
Flags No ghost
Gradually builds up electric charge in the caster, so long as they maintain focus (by waiting in place and not taking any other actions). When a threshold is reached, the charge couples with the nearest foe, vaporising them instantly. Higher spell power will allow the caster to accumulate charge more rapidly.

Maxwell's Capacitive Coupling is a Level 8 Air Magic spell that always kills the closest enemy, regardless of its current health, resistances, or defenses, after a few turns.

It takes 30 + (1d(200 - spellpower) - 1) / 50[1] aut for the spell to complete, or 3-7 normal speed turns. The spell will be interrupted if you do any action other than waiting or become silenced. If two or more creatures are equally close, the target is chosen at random. While charging, the status light Charge- cycles counterclockwise, but starts and ends at random positions.


  • Autofight will automatically wait for you, assuming you are charging this spell.
  • Summoning monsters are the bane of this spell, able to surround you with misleading targets. Fight important summoners in corridors or kill holes in order to reduce the amount of targets the spell may hit.
    • On the other hand, this spell goes straight through your own allies, allowing you to hide behind them while you charge up your attack against whatever is slicing through them.


Maxwell's Capacitive Coupling was added in 0.27, replacing Absolute Zero.