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This page is about the monster-only spell. For the targeting mode, see List of spells by flag (smiting).
Level 4
Casting noise 0
Spell noise 0
This spell smites your foe with divine wrath.

Smiting is a monster-only spell which instantly and unavoidably deals 7-17 damage to a single target. This spell can affect any target within the caster's line of sight regardless of obstacles in the way (except for transparent walls), ignores AC, and cannot miss its target. Its unique targeting method has led to the term "smite-targeted" to refer to any unavoidable LOS-targetable effect.

It is a notorious killer of early game characters, since orc priests can be found as early as D:2, where 7-17 damage is quite a big deal. Mid- and late-game characters can better survive the spell, but it is still capable of wearing them down or finishing them off if already wounded, and smiters often come in great numbers, accompanied by high HP frontline fighters. No matter how skilled or well-equipped you are, there are only two things in the game capable of reducing the damage from Smiting:

As such, most players consider smite-capable enemies to be high priorities, killing them quickly or fleeing behind a corner to lure them into a more manageable range.

The following enemies cast Smiting:

Divine Smiting

Certain gods may smite those who have angered them. When this occurs, it deals 4 + 1d10 + 4d(your experience level) damage, which can potentially be quite devastating. However, there is a Piety/400 chance that your current god will shield you from this, negating it entirely. Whether the smite hits you or not, this event still decreases your penance counter.

Player Version

Although you cannot learn the spell Smiting, worshipers of Beogh are given a Smite power. This functions identically, except that its damage is determined by your Invocations skill:

Damage = 7 + 33 * (1d(30 + 6 * Invocations) - 1)/191

At 27 Invocations, this allows for a maximum of roughly 40 damage, though low to mid 20's are much more common. Also, each use of this ability consumes some piety as well as MP, making it impossible to spam for long.

Worshipers of Zin may also occasionally call down Smiting upon their foes by using his Recite ability (Abominations, Ablutions, or Apostates).

Smite Targeting

These player-usable spells have the same targeting rules as Smiting, despite not being smiting attacks.

These spells have similar targeting rules, but can target any grid square, not just those that contain a creature.

Note that smite targeting cannot fire from behind a transparent wall, but can fire from behind an iron grate.


Prior to 0.11, players could gain access to smiting through a rod of smiting.