Bolt of Magma

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Bolt of magma.png Bolt of Magma
Level 5
School1 Conjuration
School2 Fire
School3 Earth
Source(s)
Casting noise 5
Spell noise 5
This spell hurls a sizzling bolt of molten rock, capable of dealing some physical damage even to highly fire-resistant enemies.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 4d(4+Power/6) fire
Max Damage 4d38
Max Power 200
Range 5
Targeting Bolt
To-hit 8+Power/25
Special Partially irresistible


Bolt of Magma is a level 5 Conjurations/Fire Magic/Earth Magic spell which deals respectable fire damage to any enemies it strikes. It has a shorter range than most Bolt spells, and loses one square of range each time it hits a monster, but only 55% of the damage it deals is affected by fire resistance.

Strategy

Bolt of Magma can deal heavy damage, on par with Bolt of Fire when at full spell power (max 152 vs max 150). Unfortunately, as a spell powered by three magic schools, it's significantly harder to get to full spell power. On top of that, its reduced range reduces its versatility. Still, characters who have been focusing almost entirely on Fire Magic and Conjurations may want a spell for taking out fire resistant opponents, and Bolt of Magma fits the bill nicely. Consider it if you have the spell levels available, but you may be better served complementing your Fireball and Bolt of Fire with non-elemental Conjurations.

Alternatively, characters focused on Earth Magic who wish to branch into Fire Magic may find this spell useful. It also helps Earth Elementalists that are in need of a bolt spell, as most Earth Magic spells are single-target.

History

Prior to 0.12, Bolt of Magma did less damage.