Fire pillar

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Fire pillar is a monster spell that appears in NetHack, and is used by high-level clerical spellcasters.


Fire pillar can be used by any monster that can cast clerical spells and is at least level 13.[1][2] When cast, a pillar of fire strikes the player character's square - the pillar deals 8d6 fire damage and burns flammable armor, weapons and other items on that square, as well as in your inventory if you are hit, and additionally cures sliming.[3] Half spell damage cuts the damage to half, rounded up, while fire resistance nullifies the damage entirely.[4][5]

The following information pertains to an upcoming version (3.7.0). If this version is now released, please verify that it is still accurate, then update the page to incorporate this information.

As of commit 6b8079a1, the spell also melts ice on the target square.


A pillar of fire strikes all around you!
A monster caster the fire pillar spell at you.[6]



In dNetHack, various monsters besides clerical casters can use this spell.

The Stranger can cast fire pillar through another monster as part of the yellow smiting caused by his "intervention".


In EvilHack, monsters can use the flame pillar spell against other monsters.

Kathryn the Ice Queen and Asmodeus will never use this spell, casting lightning instead. Tame monsters, peaceful monsters and major demons will cast fire pillar in lieu of summon minion.