Staff of poison

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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 poison
Icon Staff of poison.png
A staff that increases the power of poisoning spells cast by its wielder, and protects them from the effects of poison. If the wielder is skilled in Evocations and Poison Magic, they can envenom those struck by it, dealing poison damage which bypasses armour.

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

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

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

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

Tips & Tricks

  • For casters, a staff of poison can be used as a source of rPois, even if you don't plan to use any poison magic.

See Also


  • Prior to 0.25, the activation effect of the staff of poison was a Poison Magic dependent chance to poison, without any extra damage.
  • Prior to 0.8, the chance of a staff of poison auto-identifying when wielded depended on the Poison Magic skill of the wielder.