Magical staff

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Name Magical staff (type varies)
Skill Staves
Damage 5
Accuracy +5
Base delay (%) 12 (120%)
Min delay 6 at skill 12
Hands 1H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A magical staff is a device which enhances your spells in one of a variety of different ways. It occupies your weapon slot and can be used as a +0 staff in combat if need be. Unlike normal weapons, they cannot be enchanted in any way. Instead, some magical staves deal additional elemental damage based on your skill in Evocations and the corresponding school of magic, or provide other effects such as resistances.

Magical staves can be cursed, like other weapons.

Enhancer Staves

The following staves all serve as spell power multipliers for spells of their respective spell school. Some may also add elemental damage or other effects when used in melee:

Damage Dealt: 0 to 1.25×(School+[Evocations/2])
Chance to Activate: (Evocations+School/2)×6.66% per hit

Other Staves

The following staves have effects independent of spell schools:

None of the above staves grant any melee bonuses.

There are also a number of artefact staves, but they are technically classified as weapons rather than magical staves. Click here for more details.


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in 0.19, staves no longer penalize casting the opposite elemental school of magic.

In 0.17, the Staff of summoning lost the ability to abjure targets, and in 0.18 warding was removed.

In 0.13, the Staff of channeling was removed and the staves of energy were changed to allow the player to channel energy.

In 0.12, the Staff of enchantment was removed.

Prior to 0.8, the chance of a magical staff auto-identifying when wielded depended on the skill of the wielder in its corresponding school (or Spellcasting if none applied).

See Also

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Bows Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)
Crossbows Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)
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Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberdScytheSpearTridentTrishula
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Slings Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
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