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Ability DeathGaze
Death Gaze is one of the many Unit Abilities available in Master of Magic. With this ability, a unit can make a powerful Special Attack that forces each individual Icon Figure.png figure in the target unit to Icon Resist.png Resist or die instantly.

The strength of a Death Gaze ability is noted after its name (e.g. "Death Gaze -2"). This indicates a temporary penalty applied to the target's Icon Resist.png Resistance score while the attack is taking place. The higher the penalty, the harder it is for the target to survive the attack.

Two units in the game possess Death Gaze by default, and both are Fantastic Creatures. It is not possible to add Death Gaze to any unit that does not possess it, though it is possible to add Stoning Damage or Death Damage to a Magical Item. Both are similar to Death Gaze, but slightly less powerful.

Note also that Death Gaze is almost identical to another ability, Stoning Gaze. Both act almost identically, with the difference that the former can be averted with Death Immunity, while the latter can be averted with Stoning Immunity.

Description Edit

In Master of Magic, some creatures possess the ability to attack their target by gaze alone. All the creature needs to do is train its eyes on the opponent, and unleash a powerful stream of energy at that opponent. The target can only rely on its own willpower and skills to try and Resist this outburst of power, otherwise it may be destroyed on the spot.

For the purposes of Death Gaze, the unit's eye(s) releases a huge quantity of Icon Death.pngDeath energy. This essentially attacks the very life force of the target.

Effect Edit

Death Gaze is automatically used whenever the unit engages in close combat - whether voluntarily making a Melee Attack against a target or Counter Attacking to an enemy assault.

When used, it forces the target unit to make one Icon Resist.png Resistance roll per Icon Figure.png figure in the target unit. To resolve this effect, the game rolls a random number between 1 and 10. This is then compared to the target's current Icon Resist.png Resistance , minus the resistance modifier of the Death Gaze, if any. If the rolled number is higher than the modified Resistance score, the target unit is struck for Icon Damage.png Damage Points equal to the full Icon Hits.png Hit Points of one of its Icon Figure.png Figures, slaying one figure instantly and possibly inflicting further Icon Damage.png Damage to the next figure in line.

The modifier to the target's Icon Resist.png Resistance score is equal to the strength of the Death Gaze attack, as noted after the name of the ability. Thus, Death Gaze -3 gives a Icon Resist.png -3 Resistance penalty to the target. This penalty applies only for the purpose of this specific attack, and is removed once the attack is over.

Timing within the Melee Attack Edit

As a Gaze Attack, Death Gaze is executed prior to Melee Damage, but if used when defending, after the attacker's Icon Thrown.png Thrown, Icon Breath.png Breath, and Ability StoningGaze.png Gaze Attacks. Thus, any Icon Figure.png figures destroyed by Death Gaze will not deliver Melee Damage, and a unit completely destroyed by the attacker's Icon Thrown.png Thrown, Icon Breath.png Breath, or Ability StoningGaze.png Gaze Attacks will not deliver a Gaze Attack.

Immunity Edit

Units with Death Immunity and/or Magic Immunity are impervious to Death Gaze. They do not need to make any Icon Resist.png Resistance rolls, instead completely ignoring the attack.
Also, any unit with Icon Resist.png 10 remaining after all factors have been computed, as well as any Charmed hero, is rendered effectively invulnerable to Death Gaze by virtue of its resistance score.

Units with Default Death Gaze Edit

There are only two units that possesses Death Gaze by default. Both are Fantastic Units.

Tactical ChaosSpawn Chaos Spawn - Death Gaze -4
Tactical NightStalker Night Stalker - Death Gaze -2

Both units are quite dangerous to opponents with low Resistance scores, though the Chaos Spawn is significantly more dangerous. Both units are very dangerous to attack in Melee combat as a result, except with units possessing very high Resistance.

Note also that several creatures possess a similar ability called Stoning Gaze. There is very little difference between Stoning Gaze and Death Gaze. In fact, the Chaos Spawn possesses both attacks simultaneously - with very deadly results.

Acquiring Death Gaze Edit

There is no known method of adding a Death Gaze ability to any unit that does not already possess it, nor to increase a unit's Death Gaze strength beyond its default.

Note however that it is possible to add Death Damage to a Hero's attack by imbuing a Magical Item with the "Death" Item Power. This is slightly weaker than Death Gaze, but can be almost as dangerous, particularly to enemy Icon SingleFigureUnit.png Single-Figure units.

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