Dark and Darker: Best Wizard Spells, Ranked

Jul-03-2024

Dark and Darker is an engaging dungeon crawler RPG that emphasizes thrilling sword and sorcery hack-and-slash action. Players navigate through dungeons, either solo or with a team, facing various challenges along the way. The game boasts nine distinct classes, has a limited free-to-play option, and features both PvP and PvE combat.

 

The Wizard class in Dark and Darker is reminiscent of the Wizard class in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in many ways. This class is the typical direct damage nuker, hard-hitting but with limited defenses. A glass cannon, one might call it. Some players enjoy this combination of devastating damage output but limited survivability. For these players, the Wizard in Dark and Darker will not disappoint.

 

7. Magic Missile

 

Tier: 3

Affinity: Arcane

Scaling: 75% per missile

Casting Time: 1.25 seconds

Limit: 5 Casts

 

Magic Missile, or some variant of it, is a common Wizard spell in many fantasy games. In Dark and Darker, this is a channeled spell, meaning the player cannot move while casting it, or the spell will drop. While channeling Magic Missile, up to 10 homing missiles will be fired. Each of them will do 10 arcane damage.

 

The interval between each of these missiles is driven by the player's spell casting speed. The higher this stat, the lower the delay between each missile being fired. This is a bread-and-butter direct damage spell for Wizards in Dark and Darker and can be cast 5 times per dungeon run.

 

6. Haste

 

Tier: 3

Affinity: Light

Casting Time: 0.75 seconds

Limit: 4 Casts

 

The Haste spell is used to grant a speed buff to a target. If no target is specified, the Wizard will cast Haste on themselves. The target of this spell gains 10% extra action speed (meaning they can perform actions faster) and a 5% movement speed buff, both of which last for 8 seconds.

 

This can be a powerful spell when used correctly. It can be cast on party members to improve DPS for a short time. It also has PvP applications and can help a Wizard escape a tricky situation by speeding up movement for a short time.

 

5. Lightning Strike

 

Tier: 4

Affinity: Lightning

Scaling: 100%

Casting Time: 2 seconds

Limit: 5 Casts

 

Lightning Strike is a hard-hitting Wizard spell in Dark and Darker and can become truly devastating depending on the class build the player goes for. The spell does 30 lightning damage to the target.

 

Furthermore, there is a shock wave that covers 0.8 meters around the point of impact of this spell. Any enemy caught within that radius will suffer a -20% movement debuff, giving Lightning Strike some limited crowd control utility if used well.

 

4. Invisibility

 

Tier: 4

Affinity: Arcane

Casting Time: 0.75 seconds

Limit: 4 Casts

 

Invisibility is something of a signature move for Wizards in many games, and Dark and Darker is no exception. However, in this game, Invisibility is a targeted spell, not simply a self-cast ability.

 

When the spell is cast on a target, they become invisible for 4 seconds, during which time they also gain a 5% movement speed buff. Performing any action apart from moving whilst invisible will break the spell. If no target is set, the spell will become self-targeted and make the caster invisible.

 

3. Fireball

 

Tier: 5

Affinity: Fire

Scaling: 100% (direct) 50% (DoT)

Casting Time: 2 seconds

Limit: 4 Casts

 

Mention a Wizard to any gamer, and they will likely visualize a player casting fireballs at their enemies. This is exactly what the Fireball spell does in Dark and Darker, although this version of a Fireball spell does both direct damage and damage over time.

 

The target of the spell is hit for 25 for damage initially, an additional 10 splash damage if they are stationary, and a fire DoT that deals 3 damage over 3 seconds. There is also some crowd control utility with this spell, as all enemies close to the impact site will be knocked back.

 

2. Explosion

 

Tier: 6

Affinity: Fire

Scaling: 100% (direct) 50% (DoT)

Casting Time: 1.75 seconds

Limit: 4 Casts

 

Explosion is such a fun spell to use in Dark and Darker. It's worth trying a Wizard as a new player, just for this spell. It is a complicated spell though. A sticky bomb is cast at the target, which explodes after a 3-second timer runs out. This is an area of effect (AoE) spell, and the bomb does 25 fire damage to all enemies in a 1-meter radius.

 

Any target caught in the blast also receives 2 fire damage per second, over 3 seconds. The Fire Mastery skill increases this timer to 5 seconds. The effect is applied as a debuff, and if the Wizard dies while the effect is active, it is removed right away.

 

1. Chain Lightning

 

Tier: 6

Affinity: Lightning

Scaling: 100%

Casting Time: 2.5 seconds

Limit: 2 Casts

 

Chain Lightning is the most devastating spell that a Wizard in Dark and Darker has access to. The initial target of this spell receives 35 lightning damage, and the bolt then jumps to the next enemy within 8 meters, doing damage. This happens a total of 3 times, for 4 attacks in total. However, the damage inflicted was reduced by 5 on each jump.

 

Be warned though, if there is no viable target close by, the lightning bolt jumps to the caster instead and does damage to them. This is a great spell for crowd control as well, as each target hit is given a -20% movement speed debuff for one second.

 

In Dark and Darker, Wizards not only bring unparalleled firepower to the table but also require strategic play to maximize their effectiveness. Acquiring Dark And Darker Gold can significantly enhance a Wizard's capabilities, allowing them to purchase valuable Dark and Darker Items to augment their spellcasting potential. Mastering these spells and optimizing your equipment can make your Wizard an unstoppable force in any dungeon delve.