Static Discharge

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Static discharge.png Static Discharge
Level 2
School1 Conjuration
School2 Air
Casting noise 3
Spell noise 0
Releases electrical charges against those next to the caster. These may arc to other adjacent creatures, or back to the caster, before eventually grounding out. It deals reduced damage when arcing to the caster, and bypasses any armour the target may have.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 2 + 1d(5 + Power/10 + (1d(Power)-1)/10)
Max Damage 2 + 1d(15 + (1d100-1)/10)
Max Power 100
Range 1 (but can jump to monsters adjacent to the victim)
Targeting Self
Special Ignores AC

Static Discharge is a level 2 Conjurations/Air Magic spell which releases charges of electricity at one or more targets adjacent to the caster. It then has a chance based on spellpower to arc to another target adjacent to the victim, losing power as it does so. This can result in it arcing back to the caster, dealing low self-damage. The Arc Blade uses a particularly high-powered version of this spell for its special effect.

It does not affect electricity-resistant targets.


  • Prior to 0.27, this spell was a level 3 spell.
  • Prior to 0.26, insubstantial wisps could cast this spell.
  • Prior to 0.13, this spell would deal less damage to levitating or flying targets.
  • Prior to 0.9, Static Discharge was a level 4 spell.