Dark Catalyst (719)
Dark Catalyst converts the mana of the target into elemental energy, causing mana loss and massive critical damage. A successful cast can yield mana return between 1 and 14 to the caster (heavily weighted towards lower amounts). The spell's offensive impact is determined by the target's current amount of magical power, the amount by which their spiritual warding fails, as well as one's training in the Elemental Lores.
On a successful cast, five individual strikes are unleashed upon the target. In order: essence (health only, no critical), fire, ice, lightning, and impact. Magical and semi-magical creatures have a high chance of being killed with a single cast. If the target dies before receiving all of the strikes, the spell will end immediately. This may also cut off any mana return.
Because Dark Catalyst turns mana into elemental energy, it is most effective against spell-casting creatures that have a lot of mana, and creatures that are most vulnerable to the applicable elements. There are two individual considerations to take into account considering the efficiency of this spell.
- Magical ability of the target - Magical (pure) targets that are primarily spell casters have plenty of mana and will suffer the most damage from the spell, including subsequent casts. Semi-magical creatures with some mana which are not primarily spell casters. Casts beyond the first are less effective and generally not worthwhile. Square targets with little or no mana will take very little damage from this spell, making poor targets.
- Elemental makeup of the target - Regardless of the target type in terms of its magical categorization, the fact that a successful cast of Dark Catalyst subjects the target to a variety of elemental criticals is important in its own right. For example, creatures made of stone will receive up to 2 additional critical strikes shortly after the spell has resolved. This is due to stone's weakness against the combination of heat and cold attacks. Also, most trolls take double damage from fire and are unable to regenerate for a period of time. Conversely, Dark Catalyst might not be the best choice for creatures highly resistant to any of the four elements.
Dark Catalyst can be made effective versus non-corporeal creatures, which are not susceptible to critical damage, by casting Phase (704) on them to make them corporeal, and thus increasing their susceptibility.
Mana Control Benefit
Training the applicable Elemental Lores will increase the damage and severity of the critical strike for the corresponding element.
|Elemental Lore, Air||Electricity|
|Elemental Lore, Earth||Impact|
|Elemental Lore, Fire||Heat|
|Elemental Lore, Water||Cold|
At twelve ranks of a given lore, the critical rank of the relevant damage cycle is increased by one level; at fifty lore ranks, it is increased by 2 levels; and at one hundred lore ranks, it is increased by 3 levels. This flat modifier is unaffected by the warding margin.
|Applicable Elemental Lore ranks||12||50||100|
|Relevant damage cycle critical rank increase||1||2||3|
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