A lot of weapons in the game have a slow-down effect, which is expressed as a percentage. With each hit monsters' speed will be descreased forever and they won't be able to reach you easylly. The slow effect has a negative side too, as slow monsters will be behind the healthy ones and live longer, thus not giving you experience and contributing to overwhelming until you kill them. Arachnids and some other monsters are immune to this effect.
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