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Version 0.30: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.

This page refers to the type of equipment. For the object of your quest, see Orb of Zot. For the spell, see Orb of Destruction.

Name Orb
Size to wear Any
Armour Class 0
Encumbrance rating +0
Maximum Enchantment +0
Grants special
Time to Wear 5

A sphere of crystal, carried in place of a shield. Magic scintillates within its interior.

Orbs are a piece of equipment you can carry in your off-hand. Unlike shields, they provide no defensive value, but come with one of several unique egos:

Orbs will always spawn with one of the egos listed above. Randart orbs will always spawn with one of these egos.


  • Prior to 0.30, orbs could not appear as randarts. Also, three unrand orbs were introduced in this version (all formely staff unrands).
  • Equippable orbs were added in 0.28.
Regular Orb.png
Artefact Orb randart1.png Orb randart2.png Orb randart3.png Orb randart4.png
Unrandart Orbs
Sphere of Battle Sphere of battle.png
Orb of Dispater Orb of Dispater.png
crystal ball of Wucad Mu Crystal ball of wucad mu.png

Body Armour Leather armourRing mailScale mailChain mailPlate armourCrystal plate armour

RobeAnimal skinTroll leather armourSteam dragon scalesAcid dragon scales
Swamp dragon scalesQuicksilver dragon scalesFire dragon scalesIce dragon scales
Pearl dragon scalesShadow dragon scalesStorm dragon scalesGold dragon scales

Miscellaneous HatHelmetCloakScarfGlovesBootsBarding
Shields BucklerKite shieldTower shieldOrb