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Sticky flame.png Sticky Flame
Level 4
School1 Conjuration
School2 Fire
Source(s) Everburning Encyclopedia
Book of Touch
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 1
Power Cap 100
Range 1
Flags Dir or target, Needs tracer
Conjures a glob of sticky flame, covering an adjacent creature with liquid fire for a short time.

“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm
for the rest of his life.”
-Terry Pratchett, “Jingo”. 1997.

Spell Details
Damage Formula 2d(1.5+Power/24) fire
Max Damage 2d(5.67)
Max Power 100
Range 1
Targeting Touch
To-hit Never miss
Special Sticky Flame status; avg. 5 damage/turn.

Sticky Flame is a level 4 Conjurations/Fire Magic spell which causes the target to burn for several rounds.

Useful Info

Sticky Flame deals direct fire damage, then inflicts the Fire status (covered in liquid flames). This status deals 2d4 fire damage per turn (avg. 5 dmg).[1] It also causes targets to become backlit, decreasing dodge chance and revealing invisible creatures.

The duration of the Fire status depends on "enchantment level", where each level gives 4-5 turns of duration. Enchantment level, in turn, is equal to 0.5 + 1d(impact_dmg)/2 (max. 4 levels).[2]

Therefore, the total amount of damage from the status, on average, can be calculated as follows:

damage = (avg dmg / turn) * (turns / level) * (avg levels)
= 5 damage/turn * 4.5 turns/level * (pow/96 + 1.37) levels
= (pow/4.26) + 30.93

Entering or being in water (even when flying) will immediately end the Fire status. Insubstantial creatures are immune to the Fire status, but still take impact damage from the spell.


A moderately strong damage spell. It's good for those who don't mind getting in melee range. You can open a fight with Sticky Flame, then use Flame Wave (or a melee attack). Against melee enemies, you can also cast Sticky Flame, retreat a few tiles, then re-apply the spell. While this leaves you open to attacks of opportunity, they happen less often (33%) than a usual melee attack.

The main downside is the 1-tile range, which isn't great for squishy casters. Many monsters, such as hydras, are too dangerous to engage in melee. For most species, having the Swiftness spell is helpful. Fast species (Spriggan and Felid) can kite monsters with this spell, but they can also kite enemies with just about anything else.

Tips & Tricks

Monster Version

Most monsters use Sticky Flame Range, which is identical apart from having a range of 4.

Player ghosts and spellforged servitors will cast the range-1 spell, however.



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