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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Anguish.png Anguish
Level 4
School1 Hexes
School2 Necromancy
Source(s) Book of Dreams
Book of Hexes
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 200
Range LOS
Hated By Elyvilon
The Shining One
Flags Wl check, Area
Afflicts nearby foes with supernatural anguish, causing all damage they deal to rebound on them for the duration of the effect. Strong-willed foes can resist the necromantic visions of pain and suffering, and mindless creatures are unaffected.

Anguish is a Level 4 Hexes/Necromancy spell. Enemies within line of sight check willpower, and enemies that do not resist are inflicted with the Anguish status. Affected enemies take HP damage equal to whatever their attacks deal, which cannot be resisted. This spell will never affect mindless monsters.

Tips & Tricks

  • Anguished monsters don't have to hit you! They'll take damage, from, say, attacking your derived undead - while you remain safe and sound. Therefore, it works well with Necromancy allies, such as Death Channel. Enemies that strike allied spectral things will be killed by Anguish, turning into spectral things themselves and letting themselves be hit by more Anguished enemies, creating a snowball.
  • Anguish is useful for fragile characters threatened by low HP, high ranged damage enemies such as orc priests, steam dragons or centaur warriors. Turning the very high damage output of these threats against themselves will swiftly take them down.
  • Like many other Necromancy spells, the effectiveness of Anguish depends massively on which enemies it is used against. The legions of low-to-medium Willpower guards in the Vaults are extremely easy to hex, but the unthinking horrors of the Slime Pits won't be impressed.
  • Scrolls of vulnerability, or the willpower-draining strikes of Haunt's phantasmal warriors pair well with this spell, allowing the hexing of notoriously lethal threats such as Mennas.


  • Anguish was added in 0.28.