Staff of summoning

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Type Magical staves
Name staff of summoning
Icon Staff of summoning.png
A staff that increases the power of summonings cast by its wielder.

A staff of summoning is a magical staff which aids in the casting of Summonings. Equipping it will cause it to auto-identify. Any Summonings spells cast while wielding a staff of summoning will gain a boost to spell power, usually causing it to summon more monsters/last longer (the specific impact of this, if any, depends on the spell).

The staff can also be used in combat, functioning as a +0, +0 staff. Physical damage bonuses can be gained through training Fighting and Staves. The Staves skill also increases your accuracy and the speed at which you can attack, which is useful if you have a staff that is effective in melee. This isn't worthwhile if you are only using a staff of summoning however, as it is a terrible melee weapon.


  • Prior to 0.18, the wielder also gained warding intrinsic.
  • Prior to 0.17, the staff could cast abjuration when hitting an enemy, making it somewhat useful against summons, although anyone with summoning skill has access to the arguably much better Aura of Abjuration spell.
  • Prior to 0.8, the chance of a staff of summoning auto-identifying when wielded depended on the Summonings skill of the wielder.