Symbol of Torment

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Calls on the powers of darkness to cause agonising injury to any living thing in the caster's vicinity, cutting their resilience in half. This damage is never directly lethal.

Symbol of Torment is a monster-only spell which inflicts torment to everything in sight, halving their HP. The damage can be reduced by negative energy resistance and torment resistance, but unlike Agony, willpower has no effect.

While it technically affects everything in sight, including the caster, all users of this spell are immune to torment. In addition, this spell is most commonly seen in areas such as the Tomb and Hell, where most monsters are immune to torment.

The following enemies cast Symbol of Torment:

The following enemies may be able to cast Symbol of Torment, depending on their spell set:

Players can invoke torment using a scroll of torment, Kikubaaqudgha's Torment ability, and a few other methods.

See Also

  • Torment - details & strategies on how to deal with torment.


  • Prior to 0.8, players could cast a version of Symbol of Torment as a level 6 Necromancy spell. Unlike the monster version, this spell would not function if the caster had torment immunity.