Bolt of Magma

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Bolt of magma.png Bolt of Magma
Level 5
School1 Conjuration
School2 Earth
School3 Fire
Source(s) Book of the Earth
Book of Power
Casting noise 5
Spell noise 2
Power Cap 200
Targetting Target or direction
Range 4
Fires a penetrating bolt of molten rock. A portion of its damage bypasses fire resistance. The range of the bolt is decreased by one for every creature it strikes.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 4d(4+Power/6) fire
Max Damage 4d38
Max Power 200
Range 4
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.