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Ice Ball/Freezing Fury
School Arcane
Type Damage
Range Ball
Base cost 25
Equivalent item N/A

Ice Ball is an arcane offensive spell in ADOM. It allows the caster summon an ice storm around himself/herself, damaging all beings in the area.

Ice Ball is the second least expensive (and powerful) ball spell in the game, thus sharing the following common features:

  • Effective range is approximately a circle (counting in tiles) with the radius based on PC's Willpower
  • Attacking monsters with Ice Ball while invisible will betray the PC's location to them
  • Ice Ball will damage everything in its effective area including monsters in walls and outside the PC's line of sight

Ice Ball is very effective against fire-based creatures, including fire beetles, fire lizards, fire drakes, red baby dragons, red dragons, ancient red dragons, great red wyrms, fire elementals and greater fire elementals. It is useless against cold-based creatures and a number of higher undead (various liches and mummies).

Stats[]

Damage

Ice Ball 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]}d7 + L + P

Radius

Ice Ball 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)
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Ball spell radius 4, 5 (32-47 points of Willpower)
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Ball spell radius 6, 7 (48-63 points of Willpower)
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Extra

Ice Ball will freeze water squares in its area of effect.

Ice Ball can only destroy scrolls, books and potions on the floor while all other items are safe.

Elementalists receive spell knowledge in Ice Ball on each level up starting with level 25.


Some information taken with permission from Andy Williams' Guidebook.

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