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Thunderball was an uncommon[2] evocation spell of the southern magic tradition.[1][note 1]


The spell created an explosive blast of lightning followed by a clap of thunder. It caused damage to all creatures within 20 feet (6 meters), the thunder causing hearing damage to some. A single creature could be targeted, and they were automatically deafened as well as taking twice the damage.[1][2]


In addition to verbal and somatic components, this spell required a material component, an amber rod.



  1. Spells of the southern magic tradition were created in the Old Empires region and written down with the help of Thoth mage-script, a secret magic language, and thus only usable by the initiated.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Scott Bennie (February 1990). Old Empires. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 72–73. ISBN 978-0880388214.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mark Middleton et al (September 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Four. (TSR, Inc), p. 937. ISBN 978-0786912094.