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Fireball.png Fireball
Level 5
School1 Conjuration
School2 Fire
Source(s) Book of Fire
Book of the Spheres
Casting noise 5
Spell noise 15
Power Cap 200
Range 5
Flags Dir or target, Needs tracer
Hurls an explosive ball of fire.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 3d(3.33+Power/6) fire
Max Damage 3d37
Max Power 200
Range 6
Targeting Beam
Special Explosion

Fireball is a level 5 Conjurations/Fire Magic spell which launches an exploding gout of fire at the targeted tile, dealing unavoidable fire damage to everything caught in the ensuing 3×3 explosion. It is an excellent mid-game attack spell, allowing you to rapidly wipe out clusters of enemies.


Player-launched fireballs do less damage than Starburst, but fireballs always hit, can be fired at an angle, and have a lower spell level (thus, lower MP cost).

If you learn the quirks of monster movement, you can potentially hit 8 monsters at a time with a single fireball. If your defenses are up to scratch, you may even want to take a hit or two to maximize your damage output, or to avoid running out of MP midfight.

Fireball's unavoidable nature and burst radius make it especially good for taking out annoying, hard-to-hit foes, such as bands of spriggans or opponents hiding in the back row. Firing it at melee range can be dangerous, however; unless you can aim at a tile behind the foe you're engaged with, you're likely to get caught in your own blast.

Monster Version

The monster version functions similarly to the player version.

The following enemies cast Fireball:


  • Prior to 0.20, Delayed Fireball was a spell based on Fireball. It could be learned for only two spell levels if you had already learned regular Fireball. The spell had the same mechanics as regular Fireball, but could be stored for later use.