Fireball/Major Punishment
School Arcane
Type Damage
Range Ball
Base cost 20
Equivalent item wand of fireballs
crystal of fire

Fireball is an offensive spell which creates a cloud of flame around the caster, damaging all beings in its radius. It is the weakest ball spell in terms of raw damage, and the cheapest to cast.

It shares the following features with other ball spells:

  • Area-of-effect is based solely upon the PC's Willpower.
  • Attacking monsters with Fireball while invisible will betray the PC's location to them.
  • Damages everything in its radius, including monsters in walls and outside the PC's line of sight.

A large number of monsters are immune to fire damage and thereby invulnerable to Fireball. Conversely, the spell is highly effective against monsters who are vulnerable to fire damage, such as those living in the Frost Giant Jarl Caves.

As with other fire spells, Fireball is entirely suppressed in the Ice Queen Domain and has no effect there, other than consuming the normal amount of PP when cast.



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

max{3, [2 + L / 4]}d6 + L + P


Fireball radius is solely dependent on PC's Willpower (W). The exact formula is the following:

max{2, [W / 8]}

Only every even value signifies a different blast size. Radius value should be divided by 2 and rounded down — the resulting number corresponds to actual circle radius counting in level tiles. In practice, the observable increase in spell radius will first occur when the PC reaches Willpower score of 32. Every 16 more points of Willpower (48, 64, etc.) will trigger another increase.

Ball spell radius 2, 3 (1-31 points of Willpower)
Ball spell radius 4, 5 (32-47 points of Willpower)
Ball spell radius 6, 7 (48-63 points of Willpower)


Fireball will destroy items on the floor, herbs, webs, and ice bridges.

Using Fireball in the Animated Forest is not recommended, as this will enrage all animated trees on the level.

Cookable food items (corpses, raw meat or fish meat) on floor tiles within Fireball's radius may become cooked, while iron items may be melted into ingots. As with other fire-based spells, Fireball can be useful for such purposes, though several castings may be required.

Some information taken with permission from Andy Williams' Guidebook.