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Fly is a status effect that sends you soaring above the ground. It makes traversing terrain with water and lava much easier. The only major downside to flying is that it greatly increases the damage you take from the Airstrike spell; consider landing before facing foes who know it.



Most sources of flight are temporary and will eventually expire. If your flight expires over deadly terrain (such as deep water or lava), you remain in the air but take significant draining every turn until you reach safety.

These sources of flight are permanent, allowing you to continue flying until you decide to stop:


  • Prior to 0.19, you would die instantly if your flight ran out over deadly terrain.
  • Prior to 0.17, flight could be achieved using the Flight spell.
  • Prior to 0.16, flight protected you from mechanical traps. There was also a Flight card.
  • Prior to 0.15, flying creatures had a 2/3rds chance of dodging thrown nets.
  • Prior to 0.13, flight could protect you from electrical attacks.
  • Prior to 0.12, flight increased the caster's carrying capacity.