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Slow.png Slow
Level 2
School1 Hexes
Source(s) Book of Debilitation
Book of Minor Magic
Casting noise 2
Spell noise 2
Power Cap 200
Targetting Target or direction
Range LOS
Flags MR check
Slows the actions of a creature.

Slow is a level 2 Hexes spell which attempts to slow down a target.


If the target fails a magic resistance check, its movement and actions will take 50% longer than normal. This can seriously reduce the damage output of monsters, and makes it much easier to escape pursuers. At higher spell power, the target is slowed for a longer period of time. Formicids are immune to the effect due to their stasis.

Other Sources

A wand of slowing, cloud of miasma, curare-tipped needle, Metabolic Englaciation or Leda's Liquefaction (on monsters) will all have the same "slow" effect, but some of them will check other parameters or resistances instead of magic resistance.

Monster Version

The monster version of this spell functions similarly to the player version.

The following enemies cast Slow:

The following enemies may be able to cast Slow, depending on their spell set:


Prior to 0.18, an amulet of stasis could protect you from Slow.

In 0.17 Slow was removed from the Book of Hinderance.

In 0.10 Slow received a small power boost.

Prior to 0.8 slowing made every action take twice as long.