Phial of floods

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Version 0.28: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Type Miscellaneous item
Name phial of floods
Icon Phial of floods.png
An enchanted vessel brimming over with elemental water. Removing the stopper unleashes a torrent of water from the phial, dealing damage to the target and flooding the nearby area. Any creatures hit by the wave are also engulfed in water, silencing them temporarily. The strength of the torrent and the duration of the flooding are increased with Evocations skill.

A phial of floods is an evocable item which releases a torrent of water with an effect similar to Primal Wave: an aimed beam of water will damage and potentially knock back your target, and the endpoint of the spell will be covered in a temporary pool of shallow water. Your Evocations skill will increase the damage and the duration of this water.

All creatures, both hostile and friendly, covered in water become waterlogged, which silences them for a short duration. Note that unbreathing creatures are immune to this effect.

The phial of floods expends itself after one use and can be recharged only by gaining experience while it is in the player's possession. Carrying multiple phials is no more useful than carrying one, since evoking one causes all phials, both carried and stashed, to become temporarily inert.


This is generally considered a decent evocable item. The shallow water gets in the way of enemies, the beam deals damage, and the waterlogged effect can silence dangerous spellcasters.

Phials of floods can be useful for preventing Sticky Flame from affecting you. Fire at the floor one space in front of you (select the tile with .) to immediately drop yourself in shallow water, rendering you immune to the fire damage over time portion of the spell. (Note that this can be counter-productive if you are casting Sticky Flame: your target will cease to take fire damage the first time your water elemental successfully attacks.)


  • Prior to 0.25, the phial summoned friendly water elementals instead of waterlogging monsters. Also, the player could use the phial while confused.
  • In 0.19, the impact damage was significantly reduced.
  • Prior to 0.14, all elemental evokers recharged simultaneously.
  • This item was added in 0.13.
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