This article is about the unit ability called "Immolation". For the Chaos Unit Enchantment of the same name, see Immolation (Spell).
Ability Immolation.png

Immolation is one of the many Unit Abilities available in Master of Magic.

When a unit with Immolation performs any type of attack, its normal damage is accompanied by a Touch Attack delivering Immolation Damage. This type of damage is more dangerous the more  figures there are in the enemy unit.

The strength of the attack performed by the Immolation ability is always  4. As a result, neither the game nor this wiki bother to mention its strength after the ability's name.

Only a single unit possesses Immolation by default: the Doom Bat. However, it is possible to add Immolation to any unit by casting the Immolation Unit Enchantment on it.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Immolation ability is one of the best "active defenses" in the game. A unit possessing Immolation is essentially engulfed in flames: while the fire does not hurt the unit itself, it will hurt anyone trying to engage the unit in close combat. After all, you cannot hurt such a unit with hand-to-hand weapons without making contact with that unit, and thus, with the flames surrounding it.

Effect[edit | edit source]

See also: Immolation (Touch Attack), Area Damage

Immolation is automatically triggered whenever the unit possessing it makes any type of attack. When this occurs, the Immolation ability unleashes a strength  4 Touch Attack on the target that deals Immolation Damage.

This counts as an Area Damage attack, meaning that it is executed against every  figure of the target unit with the same Attack Strength. Similarly, each  figure defends against it individually, using the full  Defense value of its unit. Naturally, this attack becomes more devastating the more  figures the enemy unit has.

Immolation can be applied to Melee Attacks, Counter Attacks, Ranged Attacks, and even  Thrown,  Breath, and Gaze Attacks. In the last case, it will generally trigger multiple times during a single execution of the melee sequence (i.e. both with the short range attack and the actual melee damage). It can be triggered up to four times during a single sequence under some circumstances.

Immunities[edit | edit source]

Targets possessing Ability MagicImmunity.png Magic Immunity or UnitEnchantment Righteousness.png Righteousness are completely unaffected by Immolation, and will never suffer any damage from it. Targets with Ability FireImmunity.png Fire Immunity defend against it as if they had  50, and thus will almost certainly not suffer any damage either.

In addition, the conditional  Defense bonus granted by Bless, Resist Elements, and Elemental Armor; and even the Ability LargeShield.png Large Shield ability (all of which apply against Immolation), is significant compared to the Attack Strength of the ability, therefore, units with these effects will generally block most of this damage.

Units with Default Immolation[edit | edit source]

There is only one unit in the game that possesses Immolation by default:

Tactical DoomBat.png Doom Bat

As noted above, the strength of this ability is always a constant  4.

Acquiring Immolation[edit | edit source]

It is possible to add Immolation to any unit in the game. This is achieved by casting the Uncommon Unit Enchantment called intuitively Immolation on the unit.

When cast on the overland map, the Immolation spell has a basic Casting Cost of  150. In this case, the effect lingers, but requires an Upkeep Cost of  2 per turn to maintain. Alternatively, it is possible to cast the spell during combat as an impromptu reaction to an unfolding tactical situation. In this case, it has a reduced basic Casting Cost of  30, but will only last until the end of combat (or until dispelled by the enemy).

In both cases, the Immolation ability granted by the spell has the same strength as the innate ability:  4. It may appear as though the unit gains this ability twice (as there will be two Immolation icons appearing in the unit statistics window), but this is not actually the case, and even if it were, the attack would only be executed once whenever triggered.

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