|Spell Type||Combat Instant|
Each figure in the target unit must Resist or be destroyed.Units with Stoning Immunity completely ignore this spell.
Petrify is a Rare Combat Instant belonging to the Nature Magic realm. For 35 it may be cast on an enemy unit during combat. Each figure in the targeted unit makes a Resistance roll, with failure meaning the instant death of that figure. Petrify is a Stoning Damage attack, so enemy units with Stoning Immunity will never fail their Resistance rolls against this spell.
Petrify delivers a single attack against a targeted enemy unit during combat, delivering Stoning Damage.
When the spell is cast on a unit, each figure in that unit gets to make its own Resistance roll. If a figure fails its roll, it is destroyed immediately. If all figures in the target unit have failed their Resistance rolls, the unit is completely destroyed.
This Stoning Damage attack does not modify the unit's Resistance score, so units with 10 or higher are completely immune to it.
The same goes for units with Stoning Immunity: they may not be affected by this spell.
Petrify may only be cast during combat, for the Casting Cost of 35. It must be targeted at an enemy unit. Although it is possible to target an enemy unit possessing 10 (or higher) or the Stoning Immunity ability, such units will not be affected by the spell and thus casting it upon them is simply a waste of Mana.
The visual effect showing Petrify in action is a puff of green-colored smoke covering the targeted unit. Each figure in the unit which fails its Resistance roll will simply disappear (killed off).
As a Rare Nature spell, Petrify may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least 2 Spellbooks. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least 10 Spellbooks.
Customized Wizards possessing 11 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 2 to 9 Spellbooks have a random chance of being able to Research Petrify during the game. The chance for this spell to appear for research increases with the number of Nature Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With 10 or 11 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research at some point, if it is not already available for casting.
Petrify has a base Research Cost of 880.
With at least 2 Spellbooks, the Petrify 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.
Petrify can be an extremely dangerous spell to use against low-tier Normal Units or any other unit that has a low Resistance score. It stands a good chance of utterly destroying such units, or at least killing off most of their figures.
Unfortunately, the spell is far less effective against highly Resistant units, but still has some chance of killing powerful creatures instantly if they possess 9 or less. The chance of this, however, is much lower.