Venom Bolt

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Venom bolt.png Venom Bolt
Level 5
School1 Conjuration
School2 Poison
Casting noise 5
Spell noise 5
Fires a penetrating bolt of poison.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 4d(4+0.15*Power)
Max Damage 4d34
Max Power 200
Range 6
Targeting Bolt
To-hit 8+Power/20
Special Poison

Venom Bolt is a level 5 Conjuration/Poison bolt spell which causes poison damage to all enemies that it strikes along its path, both immediately and over time by poisoning them. Poison resistant targets take significantly less damage. Each time it hits a monster it loses one square of range.

Tips & Tricks

For its level, Venom Bolt deals significant amounts of damage, making it useful in clearing those mid-game branches that have few poison resistant monsters such as the Lair, the Orcish Mines, the Elven Halls, the Spider's Nest, and the Shoals. If you can line up several enemies along a narrow hallway, you can devastate them with only one or two castings.

Just be mindful of the spell's limited effect against resistant foes. All undead, demonic, plant, and non-living opponents are resistant or immune to poison damage, as are a number of perfectly ordinary living foes.


Prior to 0.12, Venom Bolt did less damage.