Potion of degeneration

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Type Potion
Name Potion of Degeneration
Icon Potion of degeneration.png
A noxious concotion which reduces strength, intelligence and dexterity.

Quaffing a potion of degeneration temporarily reduces each stat (strength, dexterity, and intelligence) by 1-3 points. This can be dangerous (although not directly fatal) for species with very low stats, since reaching zero or less in a stat will cause stat zero penalties. The lost stats will recover over time as experience is gained. Xom is somewhat amused if you quaff an unidentified potion of degeneration, but this is hard to do intentionally.

There was something very wrong with that liquid!


  • Prior to 0.18, the potion lowered a random stat by 1-4 instead of decreasing every stat by 1-3.
  • Prior to 0.13, having a stat reduced to 0 could cause stat death. This was replaced by the stat zero penalties.
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