Potion of cancellation

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Version 0.29: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Type Potion
Name Potion of cancellation
Icon Potion of cancellation.png
A potion which ends most magical effects, good or bad, affecting one who drinks it. It also reduces magical contamination.

Quaffing a potion of cancellation immediately ends nearly all status effects you may be enjoying/suffering from. It also removes 1000-5000 points of magic contamination. The potion's description lists all your current status effects that can be removed by the potion.

Dispellable Effects

These are also the effects that can be ended from Quicksilver Bolt (including the wand of quicksilver) and Yara's Violent Unravelling. The list of all affected status effects is as follows:[1]

The Bad

The Good

Resistant Status Effects

Rather than being dispelled outright, these status effects will have their duration set to 1 turn.

Monster Status Effects

These statuses can be cancelled normally, but are either exclusive to monsters, or a player wouldn't be able to act while in the status (where a monster's Quicksilver Bolt can end it).

Unaffected Status Effects

The Bad

The Good


Potions of cancellation are rare, but quite useful. It can remove many dangerous status effects, such as Petrify. Mark, and bad forms. It can also remove contamination in a pinch.

Note that cancellation will also remove many useful statuses, such as Haste and Tele, so be careful. This makes monsters with Quicksilver Bolt some of the more dangerous foes in the game.

Potions of cancellation aren't common, so try to conserve them if you can afford to. The following statuses may be ended via other sources:


  • The list of the cancellable effects was added to the potion's description in 0.27.
  • Potions of cancellation were added in 0.15, partially taking the role of scrolls of vulnerability.


AmbrosiaAttractionBerserk rageBrillianceCancellationCuringDegenerationEnlightenmentExperienceHasteHeal woundsInvisibilityLignificationMagicMightMutationResistance