Decastave was an evocation/conjuration spell that converted a small piece of wood into a force-staff that could be wielded as a magic weapon.[1]


The magical pole was of fixed length, 8'-10' (2.4 m - 3 m) long 2" (5 cm) in diameter, and rigidly inflexible. It could be wielded like a quarterstaff, possessed the thundering quality and could damage creatures immune to non-magical weapons. The decastave could be dissipated in a few ways:[3]

  • The wizard let go of it intentionally or accidentally.[3]
  • It was pulled from the wizard's grasp by one or more opponents exerting sufficient strength in a united effort.[3]
  • It was cleaved by metal.[2]
  • The spell's duration was exceeded.[2]

Once per casting of this spell, the wizard could elect to drain a small amount of health upon a successful hit. The health was transferred to the wizard similar to a vampiric touch but could not increase health beyond normal capacity.[1]


This spell required verbal and somatic components, and a small piece of wood that was consumed by the casting.[1] A later version of this spell specified a wand of duskwood as the material component.[3]


This spell was generally well-known around Faerûn once it had been published in the book, Volo's Guide to All Things Magical, in 1359 DR.[4]



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