Wand of acid

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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Type Wand
Name Wand of acid
Icon Wand of acid.png
A magical device which throws a bolt of corrosive acid.

A wand of acid shoots a Corrosive Bolt, a powerful, somewhat inaccurate bolt which inflicts corrosion on its targets.

Players will deal 4d(5.5 + 10.5 * Evocations/20) acid damage with this wand.[1] Players have a to-hit of 10.6 + (3.5 * Evocations)/25.[2]

Monsters will deal 3d(7 + (30 + HD)/12) damage with this wand.[3]

It is mutually exclusive with the wand of light and wand of quicksilver.


Wands of acid provide an easy-to-underestimate backup attack. A Corrosive Bolt is effectively a level 6 spell, and with a few points into Evocations, as strong as one. Few monsters resist acid.

These wands are also valuable for the corrosion status, which lowers monster AC significantly. This can provide a surprising boost to damage output, especially against tough enemies like orbs of fire. Note that monster corrosion does not stack, unlike player corrosion. If a monster is already corroded, you cannot corrode it further.

Beware of Ijyb, the goblin with a wand (of acid). This is easily the most dangerous wand she can wield, though it can only be fired at a range of 5. Other monsters require an HD of at least 5 to use this; by then, you should have more HP to tank the first hit.


  • Prior to 0.21, it could hold at most 15 charges.
  • Wands of acid were added in 0.18.


  1. zap-data.h:1391 (0.30.0)
    Specifically, you'll deal 4d(13/4 + 3 * pow/20) damage, for pow = 15 + 3.5 * Evocations (evoke.cc:177 (0.30.0)). If you have the MP-Powered Wands mutation, then your "pow" gains a +33% boost.
  2. zap-data.h:1392 (0.30.0)
  3. zap-data.h:1393 (0.30.0)
Acid / Light / QuicksilverIceblast / RootsCharming / Paralysis