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Continual darkness was an alteration spell that created an area of perpetual darkness impermeable to normal light.[1][2][6] The reverse of this spell, continual light, created a permanently sun-bright area.[1][2][7]


The effects of this spell were similar to darkness, creating an area of no light up to 120 ft (36.6 m) away surrounding a central point out to a 60 ft (18.3 m) radius.[1][2][7] It could be cast at a point in the air, onto an object, or possibly a creature. If successfully cast on the visual organs of a creature, it was effectively blinded.[1][2][6] The spell was permanent until dispelled by the caster, a dispel magic spell, or an equal or stronger light spell was cast on it.[1][2][6]

The illusionist version of this spell had half the range and half the radius of the divine version, and was not reversible (although they were able to cast a separate continual light spell).[8]

Continual darkness countered light spells of equal or lesser power, and vice versa.[1][2][6]

This spell eventually consumed the material it was cast upon, but dense, hard, or expensive materials (like gems) could last hundreds to thousands of years.[1][2]

Sinhala stones were known to prevent magical darkness.[9]


The divine version of this spell only required verbal and somatic components to cast. The material component was the substance it was cast upon: air, an object, a structure, or a creature.[1][2][7] For the illusionist version, a tuft of bat fur and either a drop of pitch or a small chunk of coal was needed in addition to verbal and somatic components.[8]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 140, 209. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), p. 266. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  3. Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 154. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.
  4. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), pp. 184, 187, 188. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  5. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 46, 96. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 46. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 96. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  9. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.

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