Sap Magic

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Taints a targeted creature's ability to cast spells. Casting a spell while afflicted with this condition may cause the target to lose control over their magic, progressively hindering their chances of success as more spells are cast.

Sap Magic is a monsters-only spell which gives the player Sap status. When you have this status, successfully casting any spell has a 50% chance to increase your spell success penalty[1]. The penalty has three levels:

  • -Wiz: spell failure rate increased by 12%;
  • -Wiz: spell failure rate increased by 24%;
  • -Wiz: spell failure rate increased by 36%[2].

You can cure both Sap Magic and -Wiz statuses with a potion of cancellation. Items with Wizardry ego help to partially negate the -Wiz penalty.

Monsters with wizardly spells can be affected by Sap Magic too. They receive an antimagic penalty, which could make them falter when they try to cast spells.

The following enemies cast Sap Magic: