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As of Master of Magic v1.31, Magic Vortex is known to be malfunctioning in at least one way. Please read the Known Bugs section below.

Magic Vortex
SpellIcon MagicVortex
Realm Icon Chaos.pngChaos
Spell Rarity Rare
Spell Type Combat Instant
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 50
Research Cost Icon Research.png 1,200

Creates a wind funnel that moves semi-randomly across the battlefield, with the following effects:

  • Any unit the vortex moves over receives exactly 5 points of Doom Damage.
  • Any unit caught in an adjacent tile has a 25% chance of receiving an Icon Ranged Magic.png 5-strength Armor Piercing magical attack.
  • If the vortex moves through a town-proper tile, each Town Building has a 5% chance of being destroyed.

Magic Vortex is a Rare Combat Instant belonging to the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Magic realm. It may only be cast during combat, and may be targeted at any unoccupied battlefield tile. For Icon Mana.png 50 the spell will create a Vortex of winds and lightning. This Vortex moves across the battlefield on its own (with some intervention from the caster).

If the Vortex passes over any unit (including the caster's own), it will deliver 5 points of Doom Damage to that target (resulting in exactly Icon Damage.png 5 points of Damage, with no Icon Defense.png Defense or Icon Resist.png Resistance rolls allowed). When the Vortex passes adjacent to any unit it has a 25% chance to inflict an Icon Ranged Magic.png 5-strength Armor Piercing magical attack on that target. Finally, if the Vortex moves into any tile inside the 4x4 town-proper area during a town siege, each Town Building in the town has a 5% chance of being destroyed.

Effects Edit

Magic Vortex creates a magical swirl of wind and lightning which moves on its own. It will cause significant damage to any unit (friendly or enemy) caught in its path, and may cause serious damage to Town Buildings during a siege.

Random Movement Edit

The Magic Vortex itself will move semi-randomly across the battlefield. It does so at the end of its caster's turn (i.e. after all of the caster's units have ended their turn). The Magic Vortex first moves 3 tiles at random. It picks a direction, moves, picks another direction, moves again, then picks a final direction, and moves again.

While this movement is largely erratic, the Magic Vortex will never simply move back and forth. It can only change direction by a maximum of 90 degrees compared to the last movement it made. On the other hand, it may freely move into tiles containing units, City Walls, and most other obstacles.

After these three moves have been made, the Magic Vortex's caster may make one final movement of their own choice - moving the Vortex 1 tile in any direction. Only then does the opponent's turn begin. The restriction on direction change does not apply to this move, in fact, the caster can direct the Vortex right back to the square it just left. However, the direction of this move does limit the first random move that the Magic Vortex will take during its next turn.

Units may not elect to move into the tile currently occupied by a Magic Vortex (but other Vortices can). If the Magic Vortex moves on top of a unit, that unit may move away but cannot return to the same tile until the Vortex moves away.

Each time the Magic Vortex moves to another tile (whether randomly or by command), it may cause one of the effects listed below, depending on what assets are in the destination tile or in adjacent tiles.

Doom Damage Edit

If the Magic Vortex moves into a tile containing any unit (whether friendly or enemy), it will immediately deliver 5 points of Doom Damage to that unit.

Doom Damage does not require any Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls to determine inflicted hits, nor does it allow its target to make any Icon Defense.png Defense or Icon Resist.png Resistance rolls to reduce the damage. Thus, 5 points of Doom Damage equal exactly Icon Damage.png 5 points of Damage dealt to the target.

The only exceptions are units possessing Ability MagicImmunity Magic Immunity or UnitEnchantment Righteousness Icon Life.pngRighteousness, which do not suffer this damage at all.

Secondary Damage Edit

When the Magic Vortex moves into a tile that is adjacent to any unit (friendly or enemy, and diagonals are included), the game rolls a random number between 1 and 4. If the roll comes up 1 (a 25% chance), the Magic Vortex will strike the target with an Armor Piercing attack of strength Icon Ranged Magic.png 5.

Several units may be struck simultaneously by this effect. For example, if the Magic Vortex moves into a tile that's between two units, both units will have a separate 25% chance of being afflicted. They might both be hit, one might be hit, or neither might be hit - it's all random.

This attack does roll Icon ToHit.png To Hit (using the basic 30% success rate per point of attack strength), but the target may only use half of its Icon Defense.png Defense value to attempt to reduce this damage.

Units possessing Ability MagicImmunity Magic Immunity or UnitEnchantment Righteousness Icon Life.pngRighteousness will never take damage from this attack. The conditional effects of Icon Life.pngBless, Icon Nature.pngResist Elements, Icon Nature.pngElemental Armor, and Ability LargeShield Large Shield also apply, albeit their bonus will be halved along with the unit's Icon Defense.png Defense.

Town Building Destruction Edit

Finally, during town siege battles, whenever the Magic Vortex moves into any of the tiles inside the 4x4 "town proper" area (usually marked by buildings and roads for easy identification), the game will roll a random number between 1 and 100 for each Town Building in the town. Any building that rolls a 5 or less is immediately destroyed. It is possible (though unlikely) for more than one building to fail the roll simultaneously - in which case each one will be destroyed.

This effect can only happen once per turn. In other words, even if the Vortex moves through four different town proper tiles during the same turn, it will still only trigger the building destruction effect once.

However, Magic Vortex does not destroy City Wall sections when it moves through them.

Usage Edit

Magic Vortex may only be cast during combat, for a basic Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 50. It may be targeted at any tile that does not contain a unit (friendly or enemy) or other significant obstacle.

Upon casting, the Magic Vortex will appear in the target tile - a funnel of winds with lightning bolts lashing out from its center.

The Magic Vortex is maintained by magic, but is not considered a unit. It can be removed by either Icon Arcane.pngDispel Magic, Icon Arcane.pngDisenchant Area, or their Icon Sorcery.pngTrue versions, although this is not automatic in either case - the normal rules for dispelling attempts apply. The Magic Vortex will also disappear on its own immediately at the end of combat, and does not carry over to the campaign map. Therefore, it has no Upkeep Costs.

Acquisition Edit

As a Rare Icon Chaos.pngChaos spell, Magic Vortex 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 game creation may choose Magic Vortex 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 Magic Vortex 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.

Magic Vortex has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 1,120.

With at least Icon Chaos.png2 Spellbooks, the Magic Vortex 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

Magic Vortex is as powerful as it is risky. It can deliver massive amounts of damage if it moves through the enemy lines, but its semi-random movement means that it may end up attacking the caster's own units instead. Therefore, wizards casting Magic Vortex should be aware that their forces are also at risk from this spell.

Cast Magic Vortex close to a concentration of enemy troops, and, if at all possible, stay away from those troops. When it comes to deciding which way the Vortex should go, always move it away from friendly units.

Casting Magic Vortex during a town siege is dangerous, especially if it's the caster's own town being besieged! The last thing anyone would want is for the Vortex to rampage through their own town and destroy their own Buildings. Even if the siege is at an enemy town, if keeping that town after the battle is a priority, it may be better to forgo the use of this spell. If the intention is to Raze the town, however, the attacking Wizard may feel free to obliterate it with a Vortex (or two).

Known Bugs Edit

While it is possible to cast several Magic Vortices during the same battle, this may cause the game to become unstable, and it may end up crashing. Because of this, Insecticide reduces the original game's Vortex limit per combat from 10 to only 4.