Flaming Oil

Slimes assaulted with flaming oil

Flaming oil is typically a weapon of last resort, when everything else has failed.

Throwing these volatile flasks after setting the fuse ablaze will result in a fire field that either blocks the enemy's advance, or burns outright. However, the weapon is somewhat unreliable, and should not be used for regular combat.

Flaming oil came into use in Ultima IV. From then on, it stayed as a constant in Britannia until the time of Ultima VII. After that, it vanished without a trace.

The exact strength of flaming oil can't be measured, because of the fire-effect.

Lore Edit

The use of flasks of Flame Oil constitutes an innovation in Britannia. Any of the Eight Great Professions can use it. The wielder casts the ignited oil in a chosen direction, creating a corridor of flaming oil which lasts several minutes. Any enemy entering the field of flaming oil suffers burn damage for each turn passed in the inferno. A favorite weapon among those badly hurt and in need of rescue - a last ditch defense.

- from The History of Britannia (Ultima IV)

Popular throwing weapons include daggers, spears, axes, and flasks of flaming oil.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)

Lightweight, hand-held items such as daggers, spears, axes or flasks of flaming oil can be most effective in times of need.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)

Trivia Edit

  • In Ultima IV, enemies killed with flaming oil did not grant Experience Points.
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