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{{flavour|Induces a state of bewilderment and confusion in a creature's mind.}}
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:''This article is about the monster spell. For the status condition, see [[Confusion]].''
  
'''Confuse''' is a level 3 [[Hexes]] spell that attempts to induce [[confusion]] on a single target. It must overcome [[magic resistance]], and you must have a clear line of effect to the target, but it works on anything that isn't immune to magic.
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'''Confuse''' is a monster-only spell that attempts to induce [[confusion]] in a single target from a distance. It requires a clear line of effect and must overcome the target's [[magic resistance]], but it works on anything that isn't immune to magic.
  
==Strategy==
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Confusion is a dangerous status condition; what few actions it doesn't outright disable are rendered unreliable at best. Confused characters cannot use magic, spells, wands, or shields, and any attempt to move or attack may instead result in stumbling in a random direction. Fortunately, quaffing a [[potion of curing]] will instantly cure confusion, but there's nothing stopping a monster from simply confusing you again, and [[mummy|mummies]] and characters in [[lichform]] don't even have that option. If you encounter any monster capable of confusing you, do what you can to increase your magic resistance. Failing that, prioritize taking them out quickly.
Successfully confusing an opponent takes it almost entirely out of a fight for a significant amount of time. Considering that most animals and mindless undead, as well as several intelligent opponents, are susceptible to it, this makes Confuse a very helpful low-level spell throughout much of the game. If you happen to find a [[spell book]] with it, have decent [[intelligence]], and aren't abysmal at [[Hexes]], it's often worth training that one school in order to get Confuse available. This is especially true for [[stab]]bers, who can take advantage of the ensuing confusion to inflict powerful stabs, but almost any character can benefit from converting deadly foes to blundering, self-destructive idiots.
 
  
[[Enchanter]]s may be tempted to stick to only using the spell [[Ensorcelled Hibernation]], as it allows for much more reliable and devastating stab damage. However, Confuse affects a wide variety of opponents that Ensorcelled Hibernation is useless against, and thus should be learned and used as well.
 
 
A sleeping monster that is also confused will start to sleepwalk, essentially moving as though confused without being able to attack at all until it awakens.
 
 
==Monster Version==
 
 
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* {{monsterlink|Chaos champion}} may also cast Confuse through [[Chaotic Mirror]]
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Be aware that some monsters are instead capable of inducing confusion with their melee attacks. Click [[:Category:Confuse flavour|here]] for a complete list.
 
 
Some monsters are instead capable of inducing confusion with their melee attacks. Click [[:Category:Confuse flavour|here]] for a complete list.
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
In [[0.25]], Confusion will be removed from the list of spells available to players.
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Prior to [[0.25]], Confusion was available to players.
  
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[[Category:Monster spells]]

Revision as of 06:26, 1 July 2020

Version 0.25: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Induces a state of bewilderment and confusion in a creature's mind.
This article is about the monster spell. For the status condition, see Confusion.

Confuse is a monster-only spell that attempts to induce confusion in a single target from a distance. It requires a clear line of effect and must overcome the target's magic resistance, but it works on anything that isn't immune to magic.

Confusion is a dangerous status condition; what few actions it doesn't outright disable are rendered unreliable at best. Confused characters cannot use magic, spells, wands, or shields, and any attempt to move or attack may instead result in stumbling in a random direction. Fortunately, quaffing a potion of curing will instantly cure confusion, but there's nothing stopping a monster from simply confusing you again, and mummies and characters in lichform don't even have that option. If you encounter any monster capable of confusing you, do what you can to increase your magic resistance. Failing that, prioritize taking them out quickly.

The following enemies cast Confuse:

The following enemies may be able to cast Confuse, depending on their spell set:

Be aware that some monsters are instead capable of inducing confusion with their melee attacks. Click here for a complete list.

History

Confuse.png Confuse
Level 3
School1 Hexes
Source(s)
Casting noise 3
Spell noise 2
Targetting Target or direction
Range LOS
Flags MR check

Prior to 0.25, Confusion was available to players.