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Tarring is a debilitation in Dragon's Dogma when a character is covered in oil.


Tarring makes catching fire instantaneous and also doubles the damage of any Fire-based attack. It is also dispelled by the infliction of burning.

Goblins may throw oil flasks to cause tarring, also an Evil Eye's beam attack and the spit of both Geo Saurians and Gorechimera snake heads are able to inflict it.

Oil Arrows, Flasks of Oil and any Aneled weapon can be used to inflict Tarring on enemies. These items and weapons work well when combined with a Fire enchanted weapon or spell.

For most humans and creatures, being tarred causes their clothes or skins to be covered in a dark or blackish oil like substance. This effect is most noticeable on a tarred Cyclops, as only the body part that got hit will change color.

Tarring lasts approximately 90 seconds and can be removed with an Absorbent Rag or by any spell or item that grants Impervious. As well as catching fire, being Frozen or Drenched in water also remove the tarring debilitation.


  • The higher the enhancement of an Aneled weapon, the higher the chance it will inflict the debilitation.
  • As with most debilitations, Tarring has a timer that starts once the target is afflicted. For bow wielders, using Oil Arrows can keep an enemy continually tarred until they get hit with Fire.
  • Aneled Weapons are effective against Wolf species including Garm and Hellhounds as they will attempt to shake off the oil from their hides, during which time they are vulnerable to attacks.
  • Burning foes cannot be tarred, and, there is no increase in damage on hitting burning foes with tarring weapons or items, such as a Flask of Oil.


For armor and clothing, see List of Equipment with Tarring Resistance.
For creature resistances, see List of Creature Debilitation Resistances.

In general tarring resistance is a hidden stat - for example the Shed Cape is stated to mitigate tarring (and drenching), but this is not reflected in stats.

Additionally, all leg armor in the "Over-Knee Boots" style mitigate tarring, though this is not referenced either in the item's stats or their descriptions.


  • Equipping a lit Lantern while being covered in oil also causes Burning.
  • Pawns will automatically notice enemies covered in oil and will pursue to light them on fire using any means available to them.