Infusion

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Infusion.png Infusion
Level 1
School1 Charms
Source(s) Book of Battle
Casting noise 1
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 25
Flags Utility
Infuses the caster's melee attacks with magic, drawing from their reserves of magical energy to deal additional damage whenever an enemy is hit. It has no effect when the caster's magic is depleted.

Infusion is a level 1 Charms spell which grants additional melee damage costing MP with each strike. Skalds start with the Infusion spell memorised.

Effect

While Infusion status is active melee attacks deal 2 + <power> / 12 more damage at a cost of 1 MP per hit. This additional damage is reduced by AC separately from your normal attack.

Infusion will not activate as long as you have 0 MP remaining, but will resume its effect once you've regenerated at least 1 MP.

Status lasts for 8 + 2d<power> turns, and can be extended by casting the spell again.

The effect triggers on any successful melee attack, including attacks not explicitly controlled by the player (riposte and cleaving).

Strategy

While it's nice to have a level 1 spell that gives you a pseudo-slaying bonus, be aware that it can chew through your MP reserves quickly, and that the additional damage will have little impact against enemies with even modest AC. It can help you deal quick damage to threats in the early game, but don't expect it to help much against orc warriors and the like.

History

In 0.18, the power cap was lowered allowing scaling more quickly to the same damage bonus as before.

Infusion was added in 0.13.