Sticks to Snakes

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Sticks to snakes.png Sticks to Snakes
Level 2
School1 Transmutation
Source(s) Book of Changes
Casting noise 2
Spell noise 0
Transforms a number of arrows in inventory into short-lived snakes, creating more dangerous snakes with higher power.

Sticks to Snakes is a level 2 Transmutation spell which turns arrows from inventory into snakes.

Useful Info

Turns arrows into allied snakes. Higher spell power may increase the number of creatures created, create stronger snakes and increase their duration. One arrow from inventory is consumed for each snake created.

Possible monsters are:

S Ball python.png Ball python
S Adder.png Adder
S Water moccasin.png Water moccasin

These snakes are not real summons, and can not be abjured. They will wither away after a while though.

Number of snakes created per cast is 1 + (1d<power> - 1) / 15, capped at 7.[1] Assuming you have enough arrows, of course.

Duration class ranges from 3 (around 27 turns) to 5 (around 81 turns). The formula is 3 + (1d<power> - 1) / 20, capped at 5.[2]


Sticks to Snakes allows you to create summons (for all intents) with no cap. They can block line of fire or distract enemies. If you have enough arrows, you can swarm enemies with snakes, which will let you win most early game fights. Very powerful for Transmuter starts, and useful for other characters (even past the early game).

Snakes can be combined with a scroll of immolation or Inner Flame to "snakebomb" enemies - even ball pythons create a high damage explosion. As all summons can be affected by Inner Flame as of 0.25, this isn't exclusive to Sticks to Snakes anymore, but this spell has no summon cap (so you can have more explosions at once). With enough immolated snakes, you can even kill TRJ.


  • In 0.32, Sticks to Snakes will return as a monster-only spell available to Beogh's apostles.
  • Sticks to Snakes was removed in 0.26.
  • Prior to 0.17, Sticks to Snakes required arrows to be wielded.
  • Prior to 0.15, Transmutations skill was used instead of spell power for some formulas.
  • Prior to 0.14, this spell worked on melee weapons, like clubs and polearms. It could also create black mambas or even anacondas.