Staff of Dispater

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A legendary staff, granting power to unleash damnation -- although not without draining the wielder's vitality in the process.

Staff of dispater.png the +4 staff of Dispater

+4 staff

Can be evoked to launch damnation
Evil

Mechanics

The staff can be eVoked to cast Hurl Damnation. However, it comes at a cost to HP and MP:

Spell Power: Evocations×8
Damage: 3d(8+Spell Power/5)
Cost: 14 HP, 4 MP
Restrictions: You cannot evoke this item if you are under the effects of Death's Door, even if you have more than 14 HP.

Desirability

The staff of Dispater[1] is a powerful artefact staff which contains dangerous demonic magic. It can only be acquired by slaying Dispater, the lord of the Iron City of Dis. It is considered an evil item, so the good gods frown on its use.

Very few things can resist damnation damage (it's mainly just the demons that use damnation themselves), making the staff of Dispater a useful weapon against all manner of end-game monsters. Damnation is particularly helpful against monsters with high defenses (whether high AC, EV, resistance/immunity to multiple elements, or a combination of the above). Of course, if you have this staff, you've managed to successfully kill one of the lords of Hell; chances are you have other ways of fighting highly durable creatures that don't cost you HP every time you use them.

You can improve your melee performance with this staff by training Fighting and Staves, though by the time you're capable of killing Dispater, you'll have found any number of weapons that are far more effective than an unbranded +4 staff.

See Also

Damnation
Category:Damnation resistance

References