Staff of Unholy Sacrifice

Staff of Unholy Sacrifice Cultist Fire Shot A commanding staff used by vile cult leaders. It has a strange force inside it that prevents it from facing forward of the user.

Tier UT
Shots 4 (arc gap: 345°)
Damage 130–155 (average: 142.5 / total: 570)
Projectile Speed 11.5 tiles/second
Lifetime 0.7 seconds
Range 8.05 tiles
Effect(s) Shoots backwards
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Rate of Fire 55%
XP Bonus 7%
Soulbound Soulbound
Feed Power 1,200
Forging Cost 45 Legendary Material / 120 Rare Material / 135 Common Material / 1560 Forgefire / 1 Mark of Malus / 2 Lost Halls UTs/Cultist Hideout UTs/The Void UTs UT(s)
Dismantling Value 15 Legendary Material / 40 Rare Material / 45 Common Material

Loot Bag Assigned to White Bag
Drops From Malus
Cultish Epic Quest Chest

Blueprint Unholy Sacrifice Blueprint
Drops From Malus
Obtained Through The Tinkerer (50x Schematic)

Upon first glance, this staff appears to be blatantly overpowered. It shoots 4 fireballs in a cone which inflict enormous damage and pierce through targets at a large range.

Unholy Sacrifice's shot pattern

However, the catch is that all the shots fire backwards, meaning you have to aim behind you in order to fire at enemies. This creates a dilemma where you have to choose between aiming your ability or blasting enemies with the staff. Of course, you could just use it like an Extreme Prejudice, but it has much less overall damage.

Despite its drawback, it is still undoubtedly powerful, boasting extraordinarily high DPS and crowd-control abilities. Hitting all its shots will give the user damage output that far surpasses that of just about every other staff in the game - the aformentioned EP is the only one better, and even then, the Staff of Unholy Sacrifice will surpass it at mid-to-high DEF.

Abilities that create lasting, stationary effects are the most effective. The Genesis Spell, Orb of Conquest and Sporous Spray Spell do their work whenever firing backwards or not. Regardless of ability, Mystics are good users if Stasis is unecessary. Once a boss gets cursed, you can continue firing backwards. The same applies to Necromancers with a debuff skull, like the Skull of Corrupted Souls.

Necromancers have a harder time. But while in true range, a cursor located slightly backwards might still have enough range to drain the target, while healing so that you can stay close up. A Wizard without the aformentioned spells has it the hardest, truly unable to use both the staff and spell. This most often leads to a lack of DPS compared to plain old options. However, all three classes can still find value with clearing / rushing.