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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 Will 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 willpower check, its movement and actions will take 50% longer than normal. This can seriously reduce the damage output of affected monsters, and makes it much easier for you 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 random effects, clouds of miasma, curare-tipped darts, 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 willpower.

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: