Primal Wave

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Conjures a torrent of water that may knock back the target, and creates a pool of shallow water for a short duration.

Primal Wave is a monster-only spell that causes massive amounts of water to surge into you, dealing significant damage, pushing you around, and turning the terrain beneath and near you to shallow water (if it isn't already). Fortunately, it cannot knock you into deep water.

This spell deals 50% physical and 50% drowning damage. Amphibious (Barachim, Merfolk, Octopode, grey Draconian), unbreathing (undead species, Gargoyle, Djinni, Death Form, Statue Form), and aquatic creatures are immune to drowning, and will take a total of 50% damage from the spell.

The following enemies cast Primal Wave:

Players can produce a primal wave by evoking a phial of floods. This will also waterlog monsters caught in the wave, acting like Silence for those that need to breathe.


  • Prior to 0.30, Primal Wave did a total of 60% damage to creatures that resisted it.
  • Prior to 0.26, the water generation was different.