12.8

Chapter: The Attack by Fire 12.8
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Translation:

(3) When the force of the flames has reached its height, follow it up with an attack, if that is practicable; if not, stay where you are.

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Commentary

When the flames are at their height, the enemy’s disarray will also be at its height. If the flames are dying down, then they will be feeling calmer and be more ready to fight. Hence it is best to attack when there is most disarray.

Attack after creating fire is not always a good idea, especially if you will be going into an unknown situation. Fires create fear and exhaustion all by themselves and so gain you advantage without your attack.