|Source(s)||Book of Vapours|
Young Poisoner's Handbook
|Flags||Not self, Target|
|Turns the air around a targeted creature toxic, directly inflicting poison on the target before dispersing.|
Poisonous Vapours is a level 2 Poison/Air spell which causes smite-targeted poison on any vulnerable enemy within line of sight. Poisonous Vapours will fail to cast if the monster has poison resistance.
Venom Mages start with this spell.
Poisonous Vapours is an excellent spell for Venom Mages to pick up at XL 2, as a more reliable, higher damage, longer-ranged Sting. It costs 2 MP, making is slightly prohibitive at low levels, but MP concerns quickly fade away. The fact that it is level 2 and can't miss also makes it appealing for any character with a few free spell levels, especially if they want to learn Mephitic Cloud later on.
With Ignite Poison, it is a surprisingly strong damage spell, much stronger than being a level 2-3 spell would suggest. It is cheap on MP, smite-targeted, and never misses. It is capable of killing non-rPois enemies, even into Zot (e.g. moths of wrath, non-green draconians, and orb guardians). Though, since many enemies are resistant to poison, you'll need another way of killing things.