Poison Magic

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The Poison Magic school concerns itself primarily with the poisoning of monsters, allowing skilled practitioners to deal massive amounts of damage to most natural monsters.

Although Poison Magic is very effective in many of the earlier portions of the game, you will inevitably come across a wide variety of monsters that are almost completely immune to its powers. As such, practitioners are advised to eventually branch out into some other school of magic.


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The average aptitude of all species, excluding coloured draconian, is 0.000.


Icon Name Schools Level Power
Range Noise Flags Books

Level 1

Sting.png Sting Conjuration/Poison 1 25 6 2 Dir or target, Needs tracer Young Poisoner's Handbook

Level 2

Poisonous vapours.png Poisonous Vapours Air/Poison 2 100 LOS 4 Not self, Target Book of Clouds
Young Poisoner's Handbook

Level 3

Ignite poison.png Ignite Poison Fire/Poison/Transmutation 3 100 4 Area Book of Alchemy
Book of Fire
Mephitic cloud.png Mephitic Cloud Air/Conjuration/Poison 3 50 4 15 Area, Cloud, Dir or target, Needs tracer Book of Clouds
Book of Minor Magic
Young Poisoner's Handbook
Spider form.png Spider Form Poison/Transmutation 3 200 2 Chaotic, Helpful, Utility Book of Changes

Level 4

Olgreb's toxic radiance.png Olgreb's Toxic Radiance Poison 4 100 2 Area Young Poisoner's Handbook

Level 5

Alistair's intoxication.png Alistair's Intoxication Poison/Transmutation 5 100 3 Book of Alchemy
Book of Party Tricks
Venom bolt.png Venom Bolt Conjuration/Poison 5 50 5 5 Dir or target, Needs tracer Book of Power
Young Poisoner's Handbook

Level 6

Poison arrow.png Poison Arrow Conjuration/Poison 6 50 6 6 Dir or target, Needs tracer Book of Annihilations


Main Texts
Young Poisoner's Handbook: Sting, Poisonous Vapours, Mephitic Cloud, Olgreb's Toxic Radiance, Venom Bolt
Book of Annihilations: Poison Arrow
Other Texts
Book of Alchemy: Ignite Poison, Alistair's Intoxication
Book of Changes: Spider Form
Book of Clouds: Poisonous Vapours, Mephitic Cloud
Book of Fire: Ignite Poison
Book of Minor Magic: Mephitic Cloud
Book of Party Tricks: Alistair's Intoxication
Book of Power: Venom Bolt

See Also

Melee Short BladesLong BladesAxesMaces & FlailsPolearmsStavesUnarmed Combat
Ranged BowsCrossbowsThrowingSlings
Physical FightingArmourDodgingStealthShields
Magical SpellcastingInvocationsEvocations
Spell Schools AirCharmsConjurationsEarthFireHexesIceNecromancyPoisonSummoningTranslocationsTransmutations