Bolt of Draining

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Fires a penetrating bolt of negative energy which drains any living creature it strikes.

Bolt of Draining is a monster-only spell which fires a bolt of negative energy, dealing damage and draining any creatures in its path. For players, energy resistance reduces the damage and draining dealt by this spell by 50% (rN+), 75% (rN++), or 100% (rN+++). Draining can be quite irritating, since it lowers your max HP (until you gain sufficient XP).

The following enemies cast Bolt of Draining:

The following enemies may be able to cast Bolt of Draining, depending on their spell set:


Bolt of draining.png Bolt of Draining
Level 5
School1 Conjuration
School2 Necromancy
Casting noise 2
Spell noise 0
Spell Details
Damage Formula 4d(3.75+Power*3/20)
Max Damage 4d33 negative energy
Max Power 200
Range 6
Targeting Bolt
To-hit 8+Power/20
Special Draining
  • Prior to 0.26, draining reduced skill XP instead of max HP. Also, bolt spells had their range reduced by 1 for each target they hit.
  • Prior to 0.25, Bolt of Draining was a level 5 Conjurations/Necromancy spell available to players.
  • Prior to 0.14, Bolt of Draining was a level 6 spell.