Ballistomycete spore

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ballistomycete spore *Ballistomycete spore.png
HP 1-2
HD 1
XP 0
Speed 15
AC 0
EV 10
Will Immune
Attack1 1 (hit: plain)

Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Brainless
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Plant
Size Small
Type fungus, ballistomycete spore
Flags Flying
No experience gain
A fast, gas-filled floating spore released by a ballistomycete when it senses a threat. After seeking out its foe, the spore will explode, damaging anything caught in the blast and further confusing living creatures.

Useful Info

Ballistomycete spores are fast-moving, suicidal creatures which explode into a cloud of spores on contact with a target or when killed. The explosion has a diameter of about 5 squares and does 3d15 damage and confuses living targets. They have only 1 HP, so any successful attack will destroy them.

Tips & Tricks

  • A spore's explosion can easily kill low level characters. Blinking away if it manages to get too close is not a bad idea.
  • Followers of Fedhas can create friendly ballistomycetes by using Fedhas' Grow Ballistomycete ability. However, the spores won't follow your orders, so don't waste turns shouting.


  • Prior to 0.24, ballistomycetes could reproduce via spores. The spores left mold as they moved, and new ballistomycetes could grow on it.
  • Prior to 0.19, ballistomycete spores were known as giant spores.
  • Prior to 0.17, ballistomycete colonies could spawn naturally instead of being exclusively created by Fedhasites.