|Spell Type||Unit Enchantment|
|Magical Melee Attack if it does not already have a better one.|
Eldritch Weapon is a Common Unit Enchantment belonging to the Chaos Magic realm. For 75 it may be cast on a Normal Unit or Hero on the overland map to imbue its weapons with energy, turning its Melee Attack into a Magical Melee Attack (if not already better). In addition, when any enemy unit attempts to block damage from this attack, it receives a temporary -10% To Block penalty, increasing the chance of damage to get through its defenses.
Alternatively, a cheaper version of the same spell may be cast for 15 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).
Magical Attack Edit
The first bonus bestowed by Eldritch Weapon is to turn the enchanted unit's Melee Attack into a Magical Melee Attack.
This bonus applies only if the unit had Normal Melee Weapons before this spell was cast upon it. Units already possessing Mithril Weapons or Adamantium Weapons will not "downgrade" to Magical Weapons as a result of this spell.
Target To Block Penalties Edit
When a unit with Eldritch Weapon attacks an enemy target, the target's defensive ability is reduced in a special way that alters the normal combat rules.
In normal Melee Combat, each Shield possessed by the target has a 30% chance of blocking 1 point of incoming damage. This is called its " To Block" chance. As a result, a unit with 10 will block only 3 on average from any attack.
However, when the Eldritch Weapon unit attacks a target, that target's To Block chance is reduced by -10%. Normally this would put the target's To Block chance at 20%. As a result, a target with 10 will now only block 2 on average! Note that the penalty is completely temporary, and disappears once the Enchanted unit's attack is concluded.
Eldritch Weapon may be cast during combat for the rather low Casting Cost of 15. In this case, the spell will only affect the targeted unit until the end of the battle - at which point it will dissipate.
Alternatively, Eldritch Weapon may be cast on the overland map for a lasting effect. In this case it has a base Casting Cost of 75, and requires an Upkeep Cost of 1 per turn to maintain. Failure to pay this Upkeep Cost due to lack of Mana will cause the spell to dissipate. However, as long as the spell is paid for (and not dispelled by any rival Wizard), the unit continues to enjoy its bonus.
Eldritch Weapon may only be cast on friendly Normal Units and Heroes. It cannot target Fantastic Creatures. If the desired target is in an overland army stack, click on that stack to get a list of units inside it, and then select your desired unit.
Note that during battle, Eldritch Weapon may not be cast on any units mutated by the Chaos Channels spell. Nonetheless you may target these units freely on the overland map, and the effects will carry into combat. The Undead are not valid targets in either case.
If you've placed Eldritch Weapon on a unit, you may remove it by examining the unit's details and clicking the Enchantment's icon. The primary reason to do this would be in order to remove the spell's Upkeep Cost, thus conserving Mana for other spells.
As a Common Chaos spell, Eldritch Weapon may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least one Chaos Spellbook. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least 7 Spellbooks.
Customized Wizards possessing up to 10 Spellbooks at creation time may choose this spell as one of their default spells before starting the game, in which case the spell will already be researched and available for casting immediately on the first turn. Wizards with 11 Spellbooks are guaranteed to have this spell available for casting as soon as the game begins.
Wizards with 6 or fewer Spellbooks who have not chosen Eldritch Weapon as a guaranteed spell have a random chance of being able to Research it. The chance for this spell to appear increases with the number of Chaos Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With 7-10 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research if it is not already available for casting.
Eldritch Weapon has a base Research Cost of 130.
With at least 1 Spellbook, the Eldritch Weapon spell may be acquired as a reward for winning encounters in creature Lairs, Towers, et cetera, or when conquering the Fortress of a rival wizard who has already researched this spell.
Eldritch Weapon is a good early-game Unit Enchantment that can make Normal Units and Heroes somewhat more powerful - especially against heavily armored targets. Because it plays with probabilities, it only increases the average damage the unit causes, rather than its maximum potential or likelihood of inflicting any damage at all, but the unit will be overall more effective in combat.