Staff of death

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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Type Magical staves
Name staff of death
Icon Staff of death.png
A staff that increases the power of necromantic spells cast by its wielder, and protects them from negative energy. If the wielder is skilled in Evocations and Necromancy, they can inflict great pain on those living souls they strike, dealing negative energy damage which bypasses armour.

A staff of death is a magical staff. It gives a spell enhancer to Necromancy, and gives the wielder one rank in negative energy resistance.

The staff can also be used in combat, functioning as a +0 staff that may deal additional negative energy damage.

Negative Energy Damage: 0 to 1.25×(Evocations/2 + Necromancy)
Chance to Activate on a Hit: (Evocations + Necromancy/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, a single rank of negative energy resistance (rN+) would prevent all additional negative energy damage from this staff.
  • Prior to 0.8, the chance of a staff of death auto-identifying when wielded depended on the Necromancy skill of the wielder.