Staff of cold

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Type Magical staves
Name staff of cold
Icon Staff of cold.png
A staff that increases the power of ice spells cast by its wielder, and protects them from the effects of cold. If the wielder is skilled in Evocations and Ice Magic, they can freeze those struck by it, dealing cold damage which bypasses armour.

A staff of cold is a magical staff. It gives a spell enhancer to Ice Magic, and gives the wielder a rank in cold resistance.

The staff can also be used in combat, functioning as a +0 staff that deals additional cold damage:

Cold Damage: A random amount ranging from 0 to 1.25×(Evocations/2 + Ice Magic)
Chance to Activate on a Hit: (Evocations + Ice Magic/2)×6.66% per hit

In addition, the Staves and Fighting skills will increase the damage done by the staff itself.


  • Prior to 0.19, enhancer staves would penalize casting spells of the opposite school.
  • Prior to 0.8, the chance of a staff of cold auto-identifying when wielded depended on the Ice Magic skill of the wielder.