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Doom Bolt
SpellIcon DoomBolt
Realm Icon Chaos.pngChaos
Spell Rarity Rare
Spell Type Combat Instant
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 40
Research Cost Icon Research.png 1,120
Effects
Target unit receives exactly Icon Damage.png 10 points of damage regardless of its defensive properties. Only Righteousness and Magic Immunity protects from this spell.

Doom Bolt is a Rare 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 40 the spell will deliver 10 points of Doom Damage at the target - normally causing it exactly Icon Damage.png 10 points of Damage. No Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls are made, and the target may not make any Icon Defense.png Defense or Icon Resist.png Resistance rolls to block this damage. The only way to avoid damage from Doom Bolt is through the Righteousness spell and the Magic Immunity ability.

Effects Edit

Doom Bolt strikes the target with a destructive magical bolt that will bypass any defense and deliver a specific amount of damage.

The Bolt Edit

When Doom Bolt is cast at an enemy unit during combat, an arrow-shaped blast of Icon Chaos.pngChaos energy will shoot down from the sky and strike that unit.

The bolt delivers 10 points of Doom Damage at the target. This causes the target exactly Icon Damage.png 10 points of Damage - completely unaffected by the caster's Icon ToHit.png To Hit score, nor by the target's Icon Defense.png Defense and Icon Resist.png Resistance scores.

Only units with Righteousness or the Magic Immunity ability (or protected by the spell of the same name) are able to avoid this damage. They can still be targeted by the spell, but would take no damage at all, thus wasting the spell's Casting Cost. In all other cases the Doom Bolt spell is one of the most reliable ways to do damage to a any target.

Usage Edit

Doom Bolt may only be cast during combat, for a basic Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 40. It must be targeted at an enemy unit.

Doom Bolt is shown on screen as a red V-shaped bolt of energy, flying straight down from the sky and striking the target unit. Damage is dealt immediately on impact.

Note that although units with Righteousness or Magic Immunity will shrug off its effect, they may still be targeted by the Doom Bolt spell. This leads to a waste of Icon Mana.png Mana, so make sure to check your targets before casting.

Acquisition Edit

As a Rare Icon Chaos.pngChaos spell, Doom Bolt may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least Icon Chaos.png2 Spellbooks. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least Icon Chaos.png10 Spellbooks.

Customized Wizards possessing Icon Chaos.png11 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.png2 to Icon Chaos.png9 Spellbooks have a random chance of being able to Research Doom Bolt during the game. The chance for this spell to appear for research increases with the number of Icon Chaos.pngChaos Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With Icon Chaos.png10 or Icon Chaos.png11 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research at some point, if it is not already available for casting.

Doom Bolt has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 1,120.

With at least Icon Chaos.png2 Spellbooks, the Doom 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.

Warlocks, a unit unique to the Dark Elf race, possess the Doom Bolt spell by default. Each unit may use the spell at zero cost once per battle.

Strategy Edit

Doom Bolt is by far the most reliable way to inflict damage upon any unit in the game. It doesn't care about the target's Icon Defense.png Defense score, it doesn't care about the target's Icon Resist.png Resistance score, and it does not roll to see how much damage is inflicted at all. It will always cause exactly Icon Damage.png 10 points of Damage.

Therefore, this should be your choice of direct-damage spell when the target is likely to suffer little or no damage from the other Icon Chaos.pngChaos direct-damage spells like Fireball or Lightning Bolt.

Remember of course that targets possessing Magic Immunity are immune to Doom Bolt. Thankfully there are very few such units in the game at all (only Sky Drakes and Paladins have this ability by default, others may only receive it from the Magic Immunity spell).

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