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'''Agony''' is a level 5 [[Necromancy]] spell which functions as a single-target [[torment]], cutting the [[HP]] of any one adjacent target in half. It cannot deal lethal damage, but it can very quickly soften up powerful, uninjured targets like [[hydra]]s or [[giant]]s to make them more manageable. Like torment, it is worthless against demons, plants, and the undead, and its damage can be reduced with [[negative energy resistance]] - being completely negated at rN+++. While it never misses, it can be resisted with high [[magic resistance]], although it ''does'' receive a [[spell power]] multiplier of 5.
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'''Agony''' is a level 5 [[Necromancy]] spell which functions as a single-target [[torment]], cutting the [[HP]] of any one adjacent target in half. It cannot deal lethal damage, but it can very quickly soften up powerful, uninjured targets like [[hydra]]s or [[giant]]s to make them more manageable. Like torment, it is worthless against demons, plants, and the undead, and its damage can be reduced with [[negative energy resistance]] - being completely negated at rN+++. While it never misses, it can be resisted with high [[magic resistance]], though its [[spell power]] multiplier of 5 makes successfully resisting it more difficult.
  
 
==Strategy==
 
==Strategy==
While the damage output of this spell is considerable, the caster must be able to survive a few turns at close range to take full advantage of it. Don't skimp on the evasion, and prepare a safe line of retreat if things go sour. If you haven't branched into other magic schools, [[Borgnjor's Vile Clutch]] is a good choice for an escape tool and a finishing blow.
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While the damage output of this spell is considerable, the caster must be able to survive a few turns at close range to take full advantage of it. Don't skimp on the evasion, and prepare a safe line of retreat if things go sour. If you haven't branched into other magic schools, [[Borgnjor's Vile Clutch]] is a good choice for either an escape tool or a finishing blow.
  
 
==Monster Version==
 
==Monster Version==
The monster version, [[Agony Range]], can affect any target within the caster's [[LOS]].
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Monsters have access to a ranged version of Agony (named, fittingly enough, [[Agony Range]]) that can affect any target within the caster's [[LOS]]. See that page for details.
 
 
{{monsters with spell|Agony Range}}
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
Prior to [[0.25]], this spell was identical to the monster version and had LOS range.
 
Prior to [[0.25]], this spell was identical to the monster version and had LOS range.

Latest revision as of 20:47, 8 August 2020

Version 0.25: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Agony.png Agony
Level 5
School1 Necromancy
Source(s) Book of Death
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 2
Power Cap 200
Targetting Target or direction (not self)
Range 1
Hated By Elyvilon
The Shining One
Zin
Flags MR check
Cuts the resilience of an adjacent creature in half. This damage is never directly lethal.

“Unbearable, isn't it? The suffering of strangers, the agony of friends. There is a secret song at the center of the world, Joey, and its sound is like razors through flesh.”
-Pinhead, _Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth_. 1992.

Agony is a level 5 Necromancy spell which functions as a single-target torment, cutting the HP of any one adjacent target in half. It cannot deal lethal damage, but it can very quickly soften up powerful, uninjured targets like hydras or giants to make them more manageable. Like torment, it is worthless against demons, plants, and the undead, and its damage can be reduced with negative energy resistance - being completely negated at rN+++. While it never misses, it can be resisted with high magic resistance, though its spell power multiplier of 5 makes successfully resisting it more difficult.

Strategy

While the damage output of this spell is considerable, the caster must be able to survive a few turns at close range to take full advantage of it. Don't skimp on the evasion, and prepare a safe line of retreat if things go sour. If you haven't branched into other magic schools, Borgnjor's Vile Clutch is a good choice for either an escape tool or a finishing blow.

Monster Version

Monsters have access to a ranged version of Agony (named, fittingly enough, Agony Range) that can affect any target within the caster's LOS. See that page for details.

History

Prior to 0.25, this spell was identical to the monster version and had LOS range.