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The Staves skill denotes how proficient your character is wielding all manner of staves. Most of these weapons can deal moderate damage when wielded with two hands, and are easy enough to use that even spriggans can wield them. Casters may find this skill especially appealing as it improves the usefulness of their magical staves. It crosstrains with the Polearms skill and the Maces & Flails skill.

Note that magical staves fight like +0 staves, though some offer extra damage or other effects.


Ba Ce DD DE Dg Ds Dr Fe Fo Gr Gh Ha HE HO Hu Ko Mf Mi Mu Na Op Og Sp Te Tr Vp VS
1 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 N/A 0 0 -1 -2 0 -1 0 -1 -2 2 -2 0 0 0 -3 1 -2 -2 -1

The average aptitude of all species, excluding coloured draconian, is -0.654.

List of Staves

Name Dam Hit Speed Hands Size Missile Throw Dam Type Prob
Magical staff 5 + Special 5 12 One Large None No Crushing 10
Quarterstaff 10 3 13 Two Large None No Crushing 10
Lajatang 16 -3 14 Two Large None No Slicing 2

See Also

Melee Short BladesLong BladesAxesMaces & FlailsPolearmsStavesUnarmed Combat
Ranged BowsCrossbowsThrowingSlings
Physical FightingArmourDodgingStealthShields
Magical SpellcastingInvocationsEvocations
Spell Schools AirCharmsConjurationsEarthFireHexesIceNecromancyPoisonSummoningTranslocationsTransmutations