Resist Magic
UnitEnchantment ResistMagic
Realm Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery
Spell Rarity Common
Spell Type Unit Enchantment
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 25
Combat Cost Icon Mana.png 5
Upkeep Cost Icon Mana.png 1
Research Cost Icon Research.png 20
Grants the enchanted unit a Icon Resist.png +5 bonus when attempting to resist harmful effects associated with any magical Realm.

Resist Magic is a Common Unit Enchantment of the Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery Realm. For Icon Mana.png 25 it may be cast on a unit on the overland map to give it a conditional Icon Resist.png +5 bonus, which applies whenever the unit is attempting to resist any magical effects. The spell must then be maintained with an Upkeep Cost of Icon Mana.png 1 per turn.

Alternatively, a cheaper version of the same spell may be cast for Icon Mana.png 5 during combat, in which case it will temporarily bestow the same bonus on a unit for the duration of the battle (with no permanent effects or Upkeep Costs).

Effects Edit

Resist Magic protects a unit against malicious spells and effects.

Resistance Bonus Edit

Whenever the enchanted unit is required to make a Resistance roll in order to avoid an ill-effect originating from any spell or Special Attack, it may do so with a bonus of Icon Resist.png +5. This makes the unit much harder to affect with such spells, as it increases the chance of succeeding the Resistance roll. The only condition is that the effect must be associated with one of the magical Realms. This includes practically everything that can be Icon Resist.png Resisted, with one single exception: Poison Damage.

Any unit brought up to Icon Resist.png 10 thanks to this bonus is immune to any spell effect that does not inflict its own penalties on Resistance scores. Units already possessing Icon Resist.png 10 or higher can be rendered totally immune to even the most powerful spell effects.

Because the bonus is conditional, the unit's Icon Resist.png Resistance score is not visibly altered in the unit statistics window. As such, it may be important to check enemy units for the Resist Magic effect before deciding whether it would be a good idea to use ill effects against it.

Usage Edit

Resist Magic may be cast both overland and in combat, for the basic Casting Costs of Icon Mana.png 25 and Icon Mana.png 5 respectively. If the casting is successful, the game will prompt for a friendly unit to be selected as the spell's target. On the overland map, this typically requires clicking on the army stack that contains the unit which, in turn, brings up a list view of all units in that stack, allowing for the target to be picked individually. Only units not already under the effect of Resist Magic may be chosen. Once the spell is cast, a glowing Icon Sorcery.pngblue outline appears around the unit (unless it is overridden by a stronger enchantment); and Resist Magic, along with its icon, will be displayed in the unit statistics window when inspecting this unit.

The overland version of Resist Magic has an Upkeep Cost of Icon Mana.png 1 that must be paid at the beginning of every turn to keep the spell in effect. This is automatically deducted by the game from the owner's Icon Mana.png Mana pool as long as the enchantment remains in existence. If there is insufficient Icon Mana.png Mana in the pool to pay for the spell, then it will dissipate, ceasing its effect immediately. It may also be cancelled manually by left-clicking its name in the unit statistics window of its target unit. However, this action can only be performed outside of combat, during the caster's own turn.

The combat version of Resist Magic does not carry over to the overland map: it will disappear automatically as soon as the battle is over. As such, it has no Upkeep Cost; but at the same time may not be manually removed by its caster either (as enchantments can not be cancelled during a battle).

Acquisition Edit

As a Common Spell of the Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery Realm, Resist Magic may become available to any Wizard who acquires at least Icon Sorcery.png1 Spellbook. With none, the spell can naturally not be learned during the campaign. This is the minimum requirement for it to be traded for, appear in Treasure, or be found in the spoils of victory when conquering the Fortress of a rival Wizard who already knows it.

The base chance for Resist Magic to be researchable (at some point) in the campaign is roughly 30% (with Icon Sorcery.png1 book), which gradually increases with the amount of Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery Spellbooks possessed or found during gameplay. With Icon Sorcery.png7 or more, the spell is certain to show up sooner or later, unless acquired from another source. It has a Research Cost of Icon Research.png 20, although its research is quicker for Wizards possessing the Sage Master, and/or Sorcery Mastery Retorts; or a bookshelf containing Icon Sorcery.png8 or more.

Resist Magic may also be selected as a starting spell by any Wizard with at least Icon Sorcery.png2 books. In this case, it will be available for casting as soon as the game begins.

In addition, Resist Magic is available as a Hero spell. It is known by Alorra the Elven Archer, who can cast it at least once per battle even at her initial Experience Level.

Item Power Edit

Resist Magic can also be duplicated as an Item Power and imbued onto a Magical Item. This requires either the Icon Arcane.pngEnchant Item or the Icon Arcane.pngCreate Artifact spells, and has the advantages of being non-dispellable, and requiring no Upkeep Cost. While enchanting Icon Sorcery.pngResist Magic onto an item can't be done unless the Wizard possesses at least Icon Sorcery.png2 Spellbooks, knowledge of the actual spell is not necessary. Selecting this Power increases the item's total value by Icon Mana.png 200.

Icon Sorcery.pngResist Magic can be enchanted onto any type of Magical Item. Naturally, this means that it is available to any Hero, as all of them possess at least one ItemSlot Misc miscellaneous Equipment Slot. If an item with this Power is created and given to a Hero, then they will benefit from the effect described above for as long as they keep the item equipped. Since Icon Sorcery.pngResist Magic is present on 12 pre-fabricated Magical Items, it is also possible to occasionally find an item already imbued with this Power in Treasure, or be offered one for purchase by a wandering Merchant.

Strategy Edit

Resist Magic is useful when combating wizards who possess and often use Unit Curses or other negative spells that require their targets to make a Resistance roll. It may also save a unit when fighting against monsters that inflict Special Damage.

Known Bugs Edit

The in-game tooltip for Resist Magic indicates that it gives the unit Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance. This is incorrect: the actual bonus is Icon Resist.png +5 Resistance, as indicated in the game's Official Strategy Guide.