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The Book of Stabbing is an Elite encounter found only in the second act of the Spire. Its scaling stabbing damage and strong single-hit attacks make it a fearsome foe, though this may be mitigated by decreasing its damage via a Weak debuff or otherwise.

  • It is also important to note that, due to its "Painful Stabs" ability, each time it deals unblocked damage, it shuffles a Wound
    Wound
    into your discard pile.

Pattern Edit

  • The Book of Stabbing has a 15% chance to use Attack 2.
  • Attack 1 cannot be used 3 times in a row, and Attack 2 cannot be used twice in a row.
Name Intent Effect Ascension 3+ Ascension 18+
Attack 1 Intent - Aggressive - Sword Deals 6 x N* damage. Deals 7 x N* damage. Deals 7 x N* damage.
Attack 2
Attack intent 5
Deals 21 damage. Deals 24 damage. Deals 24 damage.

*N is equal to 2 plus the number of times Attack 1 has been previously used in the fight. On Ascension 18 and higher, N is equal to the Turn Number plus 1 instead.

Tips Edit

  • It is important to try and kill the Book as quickly as possible, because its attacks will only get worse and can become overwhelming.
  • Because of Attack 1, Strength reduction is incredibly valuable against the Book. Dark Shackles
    DarkShackles
    , Disarm
    Disarm
    , Piercing Wail
    PiercingWail
    , Malaise
    Malaise
    , etc. are all incredibly valuable in this fight.

Update HistoryEdit

  • Weekly Update 56: The Collector
    • Book of Stabbing enemy's multi-stab attack strikes 1 less time on Ascension 18.
  • Weekly Update 49: The Designer
    • Painful Stabs power will no longer give wounds if the damage was prevented by Buffer.
  • Weekly Patch 44: Chrysalis
    • Book of Stabbing enemy on Ascension 18+ now does a single stab sometimes, but still increases its multi-stab count.
  • Weekly Patch 42: Reboot
    • Adding SFX for Book of Stabbing attacks.
  • Weekly Patch 40: Forethought
    • Ascension 18 Book of Stabbing enemy now has modified AI. Now stabs you relentlessly.
  • Weekly Patch 10: Quality of Life
    • We updated the animations for several monsters! Affected monsters include: Book of Stabbing
  • Weekly Patch 6: We're Back!
    • Book of Stabbing elite nerf. Has 8 less HP and a new move that deals 21 damage. While doing this move, the multi-stab doesn't increase in stab count.
  • Weekly Patch 5: Happy Holidays!
    • Book of Stabbing is completely reworked. Lots more stabbing, and a lot less random.
    • Painful Stabs gets a power icon.
  • Weekly Patch 3: Balance Balance Balance
    • Book of Stabbing was appearing in normal enemy rooms and stabbing everyone to death, we are truly sorry for the suffering.
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