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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

Evocations is the skill related to the use of evocable magical items, such as wands.


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Useful Info

Increasing Evocations skill results in the following:

For more details on how Evocations impacts an evocable, see that item's individual page.

Monster Evocations

When monsters wield weapons that are affected by Evocations, they are given skill equal to HD if they are intelligent, and have no skill otherwise. When monsters attempt to use evocable invisibility or blink, they succeed 100% of the time, regardless of their effective skill.


In general, Evocations is an "emergency" tool that you can use many times. For melee characters, it is a ranged option that isn't affected by encumbrance. For magical characters, it can damage enemies without using MP. Any character can make use of the various evocable effects, like summons and statuses. You won't have enough charges for every fight, but like most items in Crawl, use evocables early and often.

Wands generate much more frequently in Swamp than Shoals. If the former branch is in your game, you may want to favor Evocations a little more.

Many evocables are affected by the alternate items mechanic. For example, a single game can spawn either the wand of iceblast or the wand of roots, not both. This may change how much you want to use Evocations.

See Also


  • Prior to 0.26, Evocations increased maximum MP.
  • Prior to 0.19, Evocations improved Nemelex Xobeh's abilities
  • In 0.17, all races had their Evocations aptitude decreased by one.
  • Prior to 0.12, Evocations cost 80% as much XP to train; aptitudes were adjusted up by one to compensate.
  • Prior to 0.11, Evocations had no impact on your max MP.
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