Sceptre of Asmodeus

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A bright ruby sceptre, carrying some of the powers of the arch-fiend Asmodeus. It may call forth fiery demons from their infernal home to do the wielder's bidding.

Sceptre of asmodeus.png the +13 sceptre of Asmodeus

+13 eveningstar

10% chance to summon a fire-themed demon on hit


The sceptre of Asmodeus may summon the following demons:[1]

Note that the demon-summoning melee effect works only for the player. Neither Asmodeus nor your orc friends get the summons when attacking with this weapon.


The sceptre of Asmodeus[2] is a special eveningstar that can only be obtained by killing Asmodeus, lord of Gehenna. As an evil item, the good gods frown its use.

It's a moderately good weapon. But, by the time you kill Asmodeus, you'll usually have other options available. A +9 eveningstar of flaming / freezing will be more consistent against non-resistant enemies. An eveningstar of holy wrath (or sacred scourge) will almost certainly perform better, assuming you can wield holy wrath.

Hellions and Brimstone Fiends will generally avoid hurting you, e.g. they won't fire damnation at an enemy in melee range, and the fiends won't cast torment on you. However, there's no guarantee, so this item can be risky.


  • Prior to 0.30, the sceptre was a +7 staff that had an Ability to summon demons, with a chance to fail based on Evocations. The demons were durably summoned, and would eventually become hostile.
  • Prior to 0.28, the sceptre could be activated from the evoke menu instead of the abilities menu. Also, the player needed slightly more Evocations to pass a skill check when summoning demons.
  • Prior to 0.27, the sceptre could summon sun demons and efreets.
  • Prior to 0.10, this sceptre would fire random Conjurations and summoned hostile demons when it failed to evoke properly.