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Version 0.28: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Slow.png Slow
Level 1
School1 Hexes
Source(s) Book of Debilitation
Casting noise 2
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 25
Range LOS
Flags Wl check, Dir or target, Needs tracer
Slows the actions of a creature.

Slow is a level 1 Hexes spell which attempts to slow down a target. The Arcane Marksman background starts with this spell memorized, and Hedge Wizards may learn it from turn one.


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 piece from Xom's chessboard, 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:


  • Prior to 0.28, the Slow spell was a level 2 Hexes spell, with a power cap of 200.
  • 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, the spell received a small power boost.
  • Prior to 0.8, slowing made every action take twice as long.