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Neow is an NPC in Slay the Spire. She is a big, whale-like creature with light blue skin and three pairs of bright yellow eyes. Neow lies at the foot of The Spire and welcomes the player to every run.

Neow blesses adventurers with rewards based on their previous success, offering gold, relics, or cards, unless they failed to reach the Boss of the Exordium, in which case she offers only two options instead of the usual four, and one of them is the aptly named relic NeowsBlessing.png Neow's Lament. It weakens the monsters in the first few encounters in the Spire to 1 HP, sometimes even giving the adventurer a free shot at an elite monster.


If you failed to reach the Boss of the Exordium in your last run, the Blessings you can have are:

If you reached the Boss of the Exordium, Neow will offer you four Blessings, and you can choose one of them. The first two Blessings will be receiving a reward. Each the first two Blessings offered can be:

The third Blessing is a composite of one disadvantage and a better reward. It can be a combination of any disadvantages and rewards below, with exceptions noted:

  • Disadvantages:
    • Lose max health
    • Take damage
      • Damage is equal to (Current HP / 10, rounded down) * 3
        • The amount of damage is not static. It is affected by Ascension 6 (lose 10% of HP at the start of the run) and Ascension 14 (reduced max HP).
    • Obtain a Curse
    • Lose all gold
  • Rewards:
    • Remove 2 cards.
    • Transform 2 cards.
    • Gain 250 gold. (Does not pair with Lose all gold)
    • Choose a rare card to obtain.
    • Choose a rare colorless card to obtain.
    • Obtain a random rare relic.
    • Max HP +16/12/14/14 (Ironclad/Silent/Defect/Watcher) (Does not pair with losing max health)

The last Blessing offered will always be:


  • Little is known about Neow as she is not very talkative herself. However her actions suggest that she begrudges the Spire and wants to destroy it, and does so by sending resurrected adventurers up the Spire.
  • Neow is depicted as possessing powerful magical abilities, which go as far as resurrecting the dead, which she shows whenever an adventurer dies atop the Spire, so they can continue their duty.
  • The Cursed Tome event gives more insight on Neow's origins.
  • The Sensory Stone event references the Defect's first interaction with Neow.
  • After defeating the Corrupt Heart, an extra screen plays after the credits, depicting Neow saying "Has ... it ... been ... done?/The Spire sleeps ... and so shall I"
  • Her name may be an onomatopoeia of whale song.

Update History[]

  • Patch V2.0: The Watcher
    • Neow Colorless card choices now let the player choose 1 of 3 colorless cards.
  • Slay the Spire 1.0: Farewell Early Access
    • The post-credits Neow cutscene can now be sped up if you click 5 times during the cutscene.
  • Weekly Patch 53: Blizzard
    • Crash fix when looking at Deck, Map, or Settings after getting Pandora's Box at Neow.
  • Weekly Patch 47: Metamorphosis
    • Standard Runs with set seeds now always give you Neow's Blessing.
    • Fixed issue where Neow did not give anything to players who first encountered her.
  • Weekly Patch 46: Adrenaline
    • We created Neow with the intent to foster creative deckbuilding. However, many have felt that the game was considerably harder without a blessing from Neow and the threshold to receive her blessing was too high (especially in higher Ascensions).
    • To compensate, we've added a fixed set of choices for those who don't reach the Act 1 boss (Neow's Lament or HP bonus).
    • Additionally, two new Colorless Card-based blessings were added as these cards weren't seeing much play as they only appeared in shops and certain events.
    • Two new Neow starting bonuses involving Colorless cards.
    • Experimenting with how Neow reacts to the player not reaching the boss.
    • Fixed various save bugs when saving and loading at Neow.
  • Weekly Patch 45: Impatience
    • Neow max HP gain and take damage option no longer overlap (dealt lots of damage).
    • Neow's transform options now utilize seeds.
  • Weekly Patch 37: Darkness
    • Neow's Potion option now opens a reward screen with three potions.
    • Neows 50% downside is lowered to 30% and now displays the exact amount of damage dealt.
  • Weekly Patch 25: Building Blocks
    • Game now saves after receiving cards from Pandora's Box and Astrolabe via Neow so your cards don't vanish.
  • Weekly Patch 18: Paranormal
    • Neow can no longer remove Ascender's Bane.
  • Weekly Patch 17: Patched in the Face
    • Hotfix: Neow can no longer remove Ascender's Bane.
  • Weekly Patch 14: Bullet Time
    • Fixed issue where Neow's random rare card reward returned the source card rather than a copy.
  • Weekly Patch 13: Thinking Ahead
    • Egg relics (Toxic, Molten, Frozen) can now appear at Neow and some other scenarios.
  • Weekly Patch 10: Quality of Life
    • Fixed issue where save/load after Neow would make some cards disappear.
  • Weekly Patch 8: Ooh Shiny!
    • Fixed issue where Blood for Blood cost was permanently lowered if damaged at Neow.
  • Weekly Patch 7: Setting Up All the Things
    • You can no longer get both a curse and card removal in the same Neow Risk/Reward option.
    • Fixed issues where loading a save after receiving a relic from Neow wouldn't retain +Energy or +Card Draw effects.
  • Weekly Patch 6: We're Back!
    • Neow now offers a new risk/reward option rather than Skip -> Replace starter relic with a random Boss relic.
    • Neow now offers a new option: Neow's Lament.
    • Cleaning up some of the Neow reward language to be more consistent.
    • When abandoning a run from the Main Menu, fixed an issue where Neow wouldn't bless even if you reached the boss.
  • Weekly Patch 5: Happy Holidays!
    • Fix for markup language formatting appearing for Neow options (due to brackets).
  • Weekly Patch 4: Full speed ahead!
    • Neow now uses an RNG + save occurs when entering Neow's room.
    • Fixed odd crash in Neow room.
    • Fixing up some issues with loading into Neow room save.
  • Weekly Patch 3: Balance Balance Balance
    • Fixed issue where after choosing something at Neow, the game would crash.
    • New auto-save created after choosing an option at Neow.
    • Neow now gives you his blessing if you reach the first boss (rather than having to beat it)
  • Weekly Patch 1: The First of Many!
    • Bottle Flame and Bottled Lightning can no longer be given from Neow at the start of a run.
    • Fixed issue where multi-selecting cards for some events and Neow were not working.
    • We now disallow you to Skip/Cancel when choosing cards for Neow.
  • Day 1 Patch
    • Neow rewards can no longer conflict with their drawbacks.



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