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Mana Required : 10 000
Shots : 4
Range : 6
Duration : N/A
Incantation : Ta-ka

Blast is probably one of the most widely-used spells in the game. The blast spell can usually kill a follower in one hit unless it is a warrior or Shaman.

You get this spell by worshipping the Vault of Knowledge in the tutorial, but even if you don't play the tutorial, it is available from the beginning in level 1: The Journey Begins.

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Blast is a very important spell, especially in Multiplayer mode, as you can avoid receiving fall damage (which causes the most damage the shaman receives when being blasted), by casting a spell, while the shaman is in the air. Due to the low mana costs of Blast, it is mostly used spell to perform the so called Blast Trick.

Blasts can be used in a number of different ways, some ways are better than others at different times.

First, there is straight on target. If you click on the follower it will do a homing blast on it and bounce forward. You can use this to kill a follower in one go or a group of followers that aren't near water. A blast always follows the icon that you clicked on, while casting. The videos below show that a blast follows the clicked icon, even if they are already out of range.

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Because a direct hit throws the enemy forward, it isn't a good idea to directly hit a Shaman walking to your village, as she will be thrown closer to it.

Then there is blasting next to the follower. This will blast it the opposite way of where you blast. This is good to knock a follower or a group of followers into the water. You should also use this to blast a Shaman off a cliff or into the water.

Last is blasting near it but not next to it. It is used on followers and maybe the Shaman from reaching you. If some Firewarriors are going up a hill then blast from a near range and it will stop them from coming up. Keep doing it to kill them.

Advanced Tactics

Blasts can also be used to speed up your followers. This can be very helpful, when the enemy Shaman has few life left - by blasting your Firewarriors they get in shooting range faster and can kill the shaman like that.

Furthermore you can blast your allies Shaman in order to faster reach your enemys base. Blasting your allies Shaman has the same effect, that Blast has on your own followers.

Allied vehicles, especially boats, can also be blasted. They get a huge boost of speed this way, if they are moving in a direction.

Spell Breakdown


Standard Spells: BurnBlastConvertSwarmInvisibilityMagical ShieldLandbridgeLightningHypnotiseTornadoSwampFlattenEarthquakeErodeFirestormAngel of DeathVolcano
Guest Spells: BloodlustTeleportArmageddon
Multiplayer Spells: Ghost Army
Forge World Spells: FlattenLandbridgeErodeHillValleyRaiseLowerWildmenTrees