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Starburst.png Starburst
Level 6
School1 Conjuration
School2 Fire
Source(s) Book of Fire
Book of Spectacle
Casting noise 6
Spell noise 6
Power Cap 200
Range 5
Flags Area
Releases penetrating bolts of fire from the caster in every direction.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 6d(3+Power/9) fire
Max Damage 6d25
Max Power 200
Range 7
Targeting Bolt
To-hit 10+Power/25
Special N/A

Starburst is a Level 6 Conjurations/Fire Magic spell that launches penetrating bolts of fire in all 8 directions. It is powerful enough to set trees on fire.


Starburst is a strong AOE spell. It's valuable when surrounded, since it targets every space around you (and hits much further). Compared to Fireball, Starburst deals more damage at most reasonable power levels, but has a chance to miss.

If a monster isn't on a direct line of fire, try backing up. Since monsters try to take the shortest path to you, when you back up, they'll eventually line up with Starburst's attack pattern. See Gallery for a demonstration.

Tips & Tricks

  • Be careful around crystal walls when using Starburst. As the bolts always travel in straight lines in all 8 directions, it's easy to accidentally bounce multiple bolts back at yourself.



  • Starburst replaced the player version of the Bolt of Fire spell in 0.25, replacing the ability to target specific foes in favor of an 8-directional blast.