Sceptre of Asmodeus

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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
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 - at least for those who can wield holy wrath.

Hellions and brimstone fiends have a great ranged attack via damnation, but they are summoned by melee strikes. Since they'll generally try to avoid hitting you with damnation bursts, they won't try and hit enemies in melee range, a clear anti-synergy. Also, brimstone fiends have some chance to torment you.


  • 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.