Burning Hands/Baptism of Fire
School Arcane, Clerical
Type Damage
Range Touch
Base cost 8
Equivalent item N/A

Burning Hands is an offensive spell in ADOM. It allows the caster to project flames onto an opponent in his/her immediate vicinity.

While significant number of monsters in the game are immune to fire-based magic, Burning Hands is still a reasonable choice for various situations. It deals more damage than bolt spells and remains better than most ball spells, until the PC progresses to higher levels. Being a touch spell, it is restricted to only one target and is thus surpassed by bolt and ball spells against multiple opponents.

Unlike bolt spells, Burning Hands cannot be shrugged off by monsters. This can easily boost its effectiveness and desirability against opponents with high spell resistance rate.

As Burning Hands is a fire-based spell, it is effective against cold-based creatures and some undead.

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Burning Hands damage is dependent on the PC's level (L) and spell proficiency (P). The exact formula is the following:

min{15, L}d3 + L + P


Burning Hands can burn webs and herb bushes on the target tile, but will not affect items on the floor and ice bridges.

Casting Burning Hands in the Animated Forest is not recommended as it will enrage all animated trees on the level.

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