Staff of Dispater

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Type Magical staves
Name staff of Dispater
Icon Staff of dispater.png
This legendary item can unleash the fires of Hell. All but Dispater will find the flames sear their own flesh as well - but since when have such details stopped anyone in their quest for power?

The staff of Dispater is a powerful artifact staff which contains dangerous demonic magic. It can only be acquired by slaying Dispater, the lord of Dis.

The staff may be used in combat, functioning as a +4 staff. You can improve your melee performance with this staff by training Fighting and Staves. Alternatively, the staff can be evoked to launch Hellfire at a monster, dealing a potentially massive amount of damage (max 3-171) that very few enemies are resistant to. However, it comes at a cost to HP as well as MP and food.

Spell Power: Evocations×8
Damage: 3d(8+Spell Power/5)
Cost: 5-23 HP (Average 14, but never fatal), 2-6 MP (Average 4), 100 food
Restrictions: You cannot evoke this item if you have less than 12 HP, 5 MP, or if you are under the effects of Death's Door


While this item does allow a character with high Evocations to deal tremendous damage quickly, be aware that many end-game monsters are completely immune to its effects. See the list here.