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Disambiguous.png This article is about the Fable/TLC spell. For the Fable II spell, see Time Control. For the Fable III potion, see Slow Time Potion.
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Slow Time is a Surround spell from Fable, Fable: The Lost Chapters, and Fable Anniversary, which gives the caster greater speed and reaction by slowing down time for everything but the hero. A clock appears on the screen, and the surrounding areas are gray, except the hero.


Fighting In Slow Time

This Spell affects the very fabric of time itself; slowing everything around you to a crawl while leaving the user or caster immune. Higher levels allow the caster to maintain this state for longer, and bring the world nearly to a standstill.


Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Cost 2000 6580 18800 47500
Duration 10s 14s 18s 22s


  • Slow Time is very useful against large enemies like trolls. You can get in many hits with little fear of retaliation.
  • Summoned creatures do not slow down with the rest of the world. If a creature is under your control it will fight at your speed.
  • Slow Time can be a hindrance when you are fighting weaker enemies as a flourish will knock them down, causing you to have to wait until they (slowly) get back to their feet.
  • In Fable, Slow Time can be used to cheat at the timed tavern games (excluding Card Pairs in Bowerstone, where spell use is disabled). Casting the spell and then initiating the game will cause the effect to last for the duration of the game, allowing for easy wins. In Fable: The Lost Chapters (Xbox), this effect was removed, but in Fable Anniversary it has been restored.


  • In Fable II, Slow Time makes a return in the form of the spell Time Control. In Fable III, the same effect can be achieved with the Slow Time Potion.
  • Oddly, Slow Time does not actually seem to slow down the passage of time, as in the time of day. This becomes apparent when the spell is used next to the statue in Lookout Point, as the statue continues to tick at the same rate.

Fable Spells
Attack Spells Enflame Fireball Battle Charge Multi Strike Lightning Divine Fury Infernal Wrath
Surround Spells Force Push Turncoat Slow Time Drain Life Summon
Physical Spells Physical Shield Berserk Assassin Rush Heal Life Ghost Sword Multi Arrow