Wand of fire

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Name fire
Appearance random
Abundance 4%
Base price 175 zm
Weight 7
Type ray
Maximum charges 8
Monster use May be used offensively by monsters.

The wand of fire is a wand that appears in NetHack.


Zapping the wand in a given direction emits a ray of fire that does 6d6 damage to non-fire resistant targets, and does an additional 7 damage if the monster is cold resistant; potions may boil, scrolls and spellbooks may burn, and organic armor may smoulder. monsters hit with a ray of fire may . The ray bounces when it hits walls or targets with reflection, and may melt any squares of ice it travels over.

Engraving with a wand of fire will auto-identify the wand.


The wand of fire is a useful offensive item against most monsters, although it can prove just as deadly to you, especially in the early game where you most likely have not found a means of reflection or fire resistance.

A wand of fire is a popular means of engraving Elbereth; in 3.6.1 and later releases, as well as 3.4.3 and variants based on it, such engravings are permanent and can only be removed by making it vanish (with a wand of cancellation or make invisible), teleporting it, polymorphing it, or overwriting it (with a wand of lightning or wand of fire).

In an emergency, the wand can also save you from sliming - though it may also damage your armor and inventory, it is much preferable to ending your game as a slime.


In SLASH'EM, the Flame Mage role conveniently starts with a wand of fire.

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