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Shock.png Shock
Level 1
School1 Air
School2 Conjuration
Source(s) Book of Air
Casting noise 1
Spell noise 1
Power Cap 25
Range LOS
Flags Dir or target, Needs tracer
Throws a bouncing bolt of electricity. It partially bypasses armour.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 1d(3+Power/4)
Max Damage 1d9 electricity
Max Power 25
Range 8
Targeting Bolt
To-hit 8+Power/7
  • Range unaffected by number of targets
  • Multizaps
  • (Elec ignores 1/2 AC)

Shock is a level 1 Conjurations/Air Magic spell which fires a bolt of electricity, piercing through any number of targets in its range. When it hits a wall, Shock will reflect off the wall, allowing you to potentially hit an opponent twice, or hit opponents at an angle. Each hit from this spell ignores 1/2 of the target's AC.

Shock can reflect off most solid features, including rock / stone / crystal / unbreakable walls, inanimate statues, and closed doors. Shock cannot reflect off metal walls, iron grates, or trees.

Air Elementalists begin with this spell memorized.


See also: Doublezap

At base, Shock is weaker and less accurate than the other level 1 spells. However, it can hit multiple targets in a row (e.g. a pack of foes lined up in a hallway). In addition, when bouncing off a wall, Shock can hit a target twice. See the doublezap article for how you can do this.

Note that you are NOT immune to your own reflected Shock spell. Be aware that it may be difficult to cast this against foes in cramped quarters (the game warns you if you are about to accidentally shoot yourself).