Reduced to its essential form, the detonate spell is simply an activation of the psionic energies within an inanimate object. If these objects are close enough to the intended victim, they can cause great damage. For this reason, most psionicists choose the victim itself as the target, since there's bound to be SOMETHING dead on it, sooner or later. Put another way, this spell is not at all effective on living flesh; it requires a target who has some object equipped.
Prerequisite(s): Blast Bolt.