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This article is about the Item Power called "Guardian Wind". For the spell that this Power emulates, see Guardian Wind.
Guardian Wind
Item Power
ItemPower Shield Blue
Cost Icon Mana.png 400
Required
Spellbooks
Icon Book SorceryIcon Book SorceryIcon Book Sorcery
Valid
Items
Effect
Availability
  ItemPower GuardianWind  

"Guardian Wind" is an Item Power derived from Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery, and functions exactly as per the Guardian Wind spell. It may be added to jewelry, armor, and magic rods created for Heroes via Create Artifact. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power, and these can be found mainly as Treasure during the campaign.

Effect Edit

A "Guardian Wind" artifact harnesses Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery's link with the realm of air. It surrounds its bearer with dense wind convection walls that deflect incoming arrows and sling attacks.

Main article: Guardian Wind
Ability MissileImmunity
In brief, "Guardian Wind" confers Missile Immunity. The Hero faces Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks with defense of Icon Defense.png 50, insulating him against all but the most lethal ammunition.

Note:

The Item Power functions exactly as the Unit Enchantment Spell, but you do not need to research or be able to cast Guardian Wind.

The Item Power is transient: it will dissipate immediately if the Hero ever removes or loses the item. While worn, however, it cannot be dispelled. This constitutes a serious advantage over the spell and may sometimes justify the additional Icon Mana.png Cost of enchantment.

Strategy Edit

Because it only protects the Hero from Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks, the usefulness of "Guardian Wind" is limited. Rear-line mage heroes, who stand to gain the most from Missile Immunity, are often able to conjure their own protections and have this trait by default.

Early on, missile attackers are prevalent. The Guardian Wind Spell is probably a superior option if you have it, since it is far more affordable and unlikely to be dispelled easily. A pre-defined "Guardian Wind" item is an excellent find at this stage, however. In general the increased Icon Mana.png Cost of an Item Power is serious for custom creations, and you probably won't even have access to the "Guardian Wind" power unless you are an Artificer.

Later on, the prevalence of missile units will diminish, and your heroes' base Icon Defense.png Defense scores will be on the rise, rendering the Power somewhat obsolete. If Missile Immunity deflected the huge boulder attacks of, say, Stone Giants and Colossi, then it would play a frequent role in Node and Lair combat. As things stand, though, there will seldom be enough deadly Icon Ranged Bow.png Missile Attacks coming from AI Wizards to justify enchanting "Guardian Wind" in place of Icon Mana.png 400 worth of attribute boosts.

The chart below lists the defensive Item Powers that, like "Guardian Wind", deal with specific threats.

Icon Item Power Color Cost Triggers against:
ItemPower ResistElements Resist Elements Icon Nature.png2 Icon Mana.png 100 Icon Nature.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower ElementalArmor Elemental Armor Icon Nature.png4 Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Nature.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower GuardianWind Guardian Wind Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Mana.png 400 Icon Ranged Bow.png Missiles
ItemPower ResistMagic Resist Magic Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Mana.png 200 Any Icon Resist.png Resist roll
ItemPower MagicImmunity Magic Immunity Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Mana.png 700 Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower Bless Bless Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png 200 Icon Death.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell or Attack
ItemPower Righteousness Righteousness Icon Life.png4 Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Death.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower Invulnerability Invulnerability Icon Life.png5 Icon Mana.png 1,200 Icon Damage.png Damage

These seven Heroes are innately Missile Immune and have no use for "Guardian Wind":

    Tactical Hero Aerie     Tactical Hero Jaer     Tactical Hero Malleus
    Tactical Hero Morgana     Tactical Hero Ravashack     Tactical Hero Yramrag
Tactical Hero Torin   Torin the Chosen

Acquisition Edit

Create Artifact Edit

Main article: Item Crafting

With Icon Sorcery.png3, "Guardian Wind" may be added to jewelry, armor, and magic rods of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Create Artifact. Crafting is an expensive and time-consuming process. The investment is more reasonable with the Artificer and Runemaster Retorts.

Casting Cost Structure for "Guardian Wind"
Base Runemaster Artificer Both
Icon Mana.png 400 Icon Mana.png 300 Icon Mana.png 200 Icon Mana.png 100

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, five possess "Guardian Wind". This power causes a premade Item to demand that the Wizard have particular Spellbooks in order to appear in Treasure, and the requirements are irregular.

There are three different ways by which you can acquire one of these pre-defined Items:

It is often better to acquire items in this way, as it means you do not need to spend any time or Icon Mana.png Mana to create them. Still, Items found through these means are in no way guaranteed to exactly suit your needs.

The table below lists the pre-defined Items with this power.

Premade Items with "Guardian Wind"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
800 Item Staff 1 Guardian Staff Icon Defense.png 2 Guardian Wind

Icon Sorcery.png3
1400 Item Plate 1 Silvermail Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Movement Ground3 Icon Resist.png 2 Guardian Wind

Icon Life.png3
1450 Item Shield 2 Shield of Guardian Defense Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Movement Ground1 Icon Resist.png 1 Guardian Wind

Icon Life.png3
1450 Item Wand 1 The Wand of Glenda Icon Melee Magic.png 1 Icon ToHit.png 1 Icon Mana.png 10 Guardian Wind

Icon Life.png3
2200 Item Shield 8 The Wind Shield Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Movement Ground1 Icon Resist.png 6 Guardian Wind

Icon Life.png3
1800 Item Misc 1 Gem of the Aerie Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Icon Mana.png 15 Guardian Wind
Cloak of Fear
Icon Chaos.png3 Icon Life.png2
1750 Item Staff 6 The Protector Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Icon Mana.png 5 Guardian Wind
Elemental Armor
Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png3
2450 Item Plate 1 Plate of Divine Protection Icon Defense.png 5 Guardian Wind
Invulnerability
Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Chaos.png5
1800 Item Wand 1 Wand of the Guardian Icon Melee Magic.png 1 Guardian Wind
Stoning
Destruction
 
Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png3

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