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Flame Strike
SpellIcon FlameStrike
Realm Icon Chaos.pngChaos
Spell Rarity Rare
Spell Type Combat Instant
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 60
Research Cost Icon Research.png 1,600
Effects
Every enemy unit on the battlefield is hit with a Icon Ranged Magic.png 15-strength Immolation Damage attack.

Flame Strike is a Rare Combat Instant belonging to the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Magic realm. It may only be cast during combat. For Icon Mana.png 60 the spell will strike every enemy unit on the battlefield with a Icon Ranged Magic.png 15-strength Area Damage attack (dealing Immolation Damage).

Essentially, this means that every individual enemy Icon Figure.png figure suffers a Fire Damage attack of this strength - which makes this spell particularly strong against Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-figure units.

Effects Edit

Flame Strike is a mass-attack spell, which causes an eruption of flame beneath each and every enemy unit, engulfing them in a pillar of fire. The more Icon Figure.png Figures a unit contains, the more damage it will suffer on average.

Mass Immolation Damage Edit

Main article: Immolation Damage

When Flame Strike is cast, it will immediately make one attack with a strength of Icon Ranged Magic.png 15 against each enemy unit still alive on the battlefield. However, this attack further delivers Immolation Damage, a special kind of damage that will actually strike each Icon Figure.png Figure in the target unit separately from the others.

Each of these "figure-specific" attacks has the same strength as the base spell, thus every single enemy Icon Figure.png figure on the battlefield will be individually hit with a strength Icon Ranged Magic.png 15 attack. This results in a total damage output that can be quite severe to Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units. The more Icon Figure.png Figures there are in the enemy unit, the more "sub-attacks" it receives, and thus the more damage.

The process is explained more thoroughly in the Area Damage article.

Immunities Edit

Flame Strike delivers Immolation Damage, the Area version of Fire Damage. This makes targets possessing either the Ability MagicImmunity Magic Immunity or UnitEnchantment Righteousness Icon Life.pngRighteousness effects completely immune to it. They will never suffer any damage from this attack.

Units with Ability FireImmunity Fire Immunity are actually not completely immune. Instead, their Defense is temporarily raised to Icon Defense.png 50 for the purpose of blocking this damage. This, of course, applies to each Icon Figure.png figure in the unit. Flame Strike has exactly 0.1% chance of damaging such a figure.

The following conditional effects also offer extra protection against Flame Strike: the protective Unit Enchantments Icon Life.pngBless, Icon Nature.pngResist Elements, and Icon Nature.pngElemental Armor; and the Unit Ability Ability LargeShield Large Shield.

Usage Edit

Screenshot FlameStrike

An enemy army being hit by Flame Strike. Each and every unit is affected, if it is not immune.

Flame Strike may only be cast during combat, for the very high Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 60. There is no need to target the spell - it will strike each and every enemy unit automatically.

Flame Strike is shown on screen as a series of flaming pillars rising from beneath each enemy unit. The attacks are all processed simultaneously, immediately when the pillars reach their tallest.

Acquisition Edit

As a Rare Icon Chaos.pngChaos spell, Flame Strike 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 Flame Strike as one of their starting spells, in which case it will be 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 Flame Strike 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.

Flame Strike has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 1,600.

With at least Icon Chaos.png2 Spellbooks, the Flame Strike 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.

Flame Strike also appears in the spellbook of Malleus the Magician, one of the many Heroes with the Ability Caster Caster ability. Hiring him may provide the means to use this spell for wizards who do not otherwise have access to it. However, this way, only Malleus, and not the wizard, can cast Flame Strike on the battlefield. Furthermore, it requires multiple Experience Levels and/or Magical Items for Malleus to acquire enough Icon Mana.png Mana to actually cast the spell.

Strategy Edit

Flame Strike is a great way to start a battle - by immediately reducing the overall strength of the enemy army. Very few units possess a Icon Defense.png Defense score high enough to avoid taking at least some damage and possibly losing at least a few Icon Figure.png figures.

Naturally, because the spell does damage to each unit in the enemy army, it is more cost-efficient to cast this spell when the enemy army has plenty of units. It would make no sense, in terms of Icon Mana.png Mana usage, to cast this spell at an army of one or two units - there are far more efficient direct-damage Icon Chaos.pngChaos spells that could cause a lot more damage to one unit for the same Casting Cost.

Furthermore, Flame Strike is significantly more efficient than most combat spells, at least when used against Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units. Though a fully-powered Fireball can be even more powerful than Flame Strike, it also costs more and can only be directed at one enemy unit. Flame Strike can cause severe damage to all enemy units simultaneously, and thus is much more cost-effective.

Because Flame Strike picks its own targets, and automatically strikes every enemy unit on the battlefield, it is actually a good method for hurting Invisible enemy units (which cannot be targeted independently).

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