Cost: 3.
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Uses (4 charges).

Spend 1 charge: Fight. This attack uses instead of and deals +1 damage. If a , , , , or symbol is revealed during this check, take 1 horror.

Brian Valenzuela
Core Set #60.
FAQs (taken from the official FAQ or FFG's responses to the official rules question form)
  • The "If a symbol is revealed..." effect triggers during Step 3 of the Skill Test Timing.
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Shrivelling (the "Mystic Gun") is a staple level 0 card for almost any Mystic that wants to fight at all.

For those starting with the game, this is a good (but not exceptional) card. It allows Mystics to fight decently. Compared to the .45 Automatic...

  • Equal or -1 skill value for each fight. Most mystics have 4 or 5 willpower. A Guardian usually has 4 combat, which means they beat out Mateo or Jim when you factor in the .45's +1, but go even with Akachi or Agnes. Note however that Mystics typically have an easier time boosting their key stat, with cards like Holy Rosary.
  • One resource cheaper. Mystics are usually resource starved.
  • You take 1 horror if you reveal a bad symbol. Mystics usually have high sanity pools, so this is not a huge issue, but it can add up if you get unlucky.
  • Takes up an arcane slot, which is a competitive slot (equivalent to hand slots for Guardians).

Shrivelling comes off about even with the .45.

As time has gone on, we have received few other level 0 arcane assets that allow you to fight with willpower - Azure Flame is very similar, while Wither doesn't give you that coveted +1 damage. Shrivelling remains competitive as a result. Consider Azure Flame if you would prefer to take damage than horror. Or even run both!

Crash · 7078
It's also 1 resource cheaper than the .45, with the same amount of "bullets." — SGPrometheus · 713
Oh wait you do mention it. How'd I miss that? — SGPrometheus · 713
Its also pretty sweet with Seekers. Uses an unused slot and is boosted by Higher Education. — shenaniganz11 · 28
Grats on 975 upvotes! — MrGoldbee · 1360
Lol thanks - it's bizarre - i don't understand how almost 1000 people dropped a like on this review. — Crash · 7078

How come no one is wondering about that rose? A person in a suit getting shrivelled to nothingness with a rose in their hands? Is it a Mafia threat thing getting an emphatic answer? Some weird burial? WHAT IS GOING ON? Well, at least the flower is not affected.

RFreitas · 5
the rose could be the cause of the spell, all this time we have been handing out roses ...of DEATH. — Zerogrim · 281
But the flower isaffected, isn't it? It's dropping petals. — Susumu · 312