Fire Bolt
SpellIcon FireBolt
Realm Icon Chaos.pngChaos
Spell Rarity Common
Spell Type Combat Instant
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 5-25
Research Cost Icon Research.png 60
Strikes the target unit with a Icon Ranged Magic.png 5-25 Fire Damage attack.

Fire Bolt is a Common Combat Instant belonging to the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Magic realm. It may only be cast during combat, and must be targeted at an enemy unit. For Icon Mana.png 5 the spell will strike the target with a Magical Bolt delivering Icon Ranged Magic.png 5 points of Fire Damage. Up to Icon Mana.png 20 additional Mana points may be spent increasing the strength of this bolt, with each Icon Mana.png 1 adding Icon Ranged Magic.png +1.

Effects Edit

Fire Bolt launches a powerful bolt that delivers Fire Damage to its target. The spell may be cast with additional Icon Mana.png Mana input to increase damage proportionally.

The Bolt Edit

When Fire Bolt is cast at an enemy unit during combat, a magical flaming bolt will swiftly descend from the sky and strike that unit. The bolt delivers Fire Damage to the target based on the amount of Icon Mana.png Mana the casting Wizard invests in the spell.

The minimum strength of the bolt is Icon Ranged Magic.png 5. This value is used when the spell is cast at its base Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 5. Each additional Icon Mana.png 1 spent on the spell increases the strength of the bolt by Icon Ranged Magic.png +1, for a maximum possible potency of Icon Ranged Magic.png 25.

The Fire Bolt is considered to be a Ranged Attack originating from off-map (i.e. not from any of the units on the battlefield). It does not suffer any Icon ToHit.png To Hit penalties for range, so each Icon Ranged Magic.png 1 strength point has a Icon ToHit.png 30% chance of inflicting Icon Damage.png 1 Damage Point to the enemy unit. Therefore, a minimal Fire Bolt delivers about Icon Damage.png 1.5 on average, while a fully-powered Fire Bolt delivers about Icon Damage.png 7.5 on average.

The enemy unit may block this attack using its Icon Defense.png Defense score, as per the normal Ranged Combat rules.

This attack delivers Fire Damage. Therefore, targets possessing the Fire Immunity, Magic Immunity , and/or Righteousness suffer hardly any or no damage from the Fire Bolt. See Immolation Damage for an explanation how these immunities apply.

Usage Edit

Fire Bolt may only be cast during combat, for a basic Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 5. It must be targeted at an enemy unit. While you may target any enemy unit, units possessing the Fire Immunity ability are not affected by the spell - wasting valuable Icon Mana.png Mana.

The casting Wizard may add up to Icon Mana.png +20 to the spell's Casting Cost in order to increase its potency. Each Icon Mana.png 1 beyond the spell's base cost of Icon Mana.png 5 will add a Icon Ranged Magic.png +1 bonus to the strength of the attack. The casting Wizard may not spend more Icon Mana.png Mana than he has in his Mana pool, nor spend more Icon Mana.png Mana than his current remaining Spell Casting Skill allows.

Fire Bolt is shown on screen as a small ball of fire with a flaming tail, flying down from the sky and impacting with the targeted unit. Damage is dealt immediately on impact.

Acquisition Edit

As a Common Icon Chaos.pngChaos spell, Fire Bolt may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least one Icon Chaos.pngChaos Spellbook. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least Icon Chaos.png7 Spellbooks.

Customized Wizards possessing up to Icon Chaos.png10 Spellbooks at creation time may choose this spell as one of their default spells before starting the game, in which case the spell will already be researched and available for casting immediately on the first turn. Wizards with Icon Chaos.png11 Spellbooks are guaranteed to have this spell available for casting as soon as the game begins.

Wizards with Icon Chaos.png6 or fewer Spellbooks who have not chosen Fire Bolt as a guaranteed spell have a random chance of being able to Research it. The chance for this spell to appear increases with the number of Icon Chaos.pngChaos Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With Icon Chaos.png7-10 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research if it is not already available for casting.

Fire Bolt has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 20.

With at least Icon Chaos.png1 Spellbook, the Fire Bolt spell may be acquired as a reward for winning encounters in creature Lairs, Towers, et cetera, or when conquering the Fortress of a rival wizard who has already researched this spell.

Strategy Edit

Fire Bolt is the most basic direct-attack spell in the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Magic repertoire. It is useful for hurting units with a low Defense score, and is somewhat better when more Icon Mana.png Mana is invested into it.

Later on, Icon Chaos.pngChaos wizards may prefer switching to the more powerful direct-damage spells available to them, such as Fireball, Lightning Bolt or even Doom Bolt, as these tend to get better results. Fire Bolt, however, remains a cheaper option for emergencies.