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Fireball.png Fireball
Level 5
School1 Conjuration
School2 Fire
Source(s) Book of Fire
Book of Flames
Casting noise 5
Spell noise 15
Power Cap 200
Targetting Target or direction
Range 5
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

calc_dice(3, 10 + power / 2)

damage, which is less than Starburst but still respectable, and at a slightly 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:

The following enemies may be able to cast Fireball, depending on their spell set:


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