Holy Avenger
Item Power
ItemPower Sword White
Cost Icon Mana.png 500
Icon Book LifeIcon Book LifeIcon Book Life

Touch Attack: weapon-triggered attack versus units belonging to the Icon Death.pngDeath and Icon Chaos.pngChaos realms.

Bless: Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3 versus combat effects and attacks by units belonging to the Icon Death.pngDeath and Icon Chaos.pngChaos realms.

  ItemPower DispelEvil   ItemPower Bless  

"Holy Avenger" is an Item Power available through Icon Life.pngLife Magic. It may be added to Melee Weapons created for Heroes via Create Artifact. It simultaneously protects the wielder from and offers better offensive capabilities against the realms of Icon Death.pngDeath and Icon Chaos.pngChaos. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power, and these can be found mainly as Treasure during the campaign.

Effect Edit

A "Holy Avenger" weapon bears a magical contract prepared by a Wizard and his clerics. It puts divine energy at the disposal of any who wield the weapon to fulfill a mandate of the Icon Life.pngLife Realm: whether to set crimes aright, or punish the servants of evil and avenge those who have been irreversibly wronged.

"Holy Avenger" has two effects.

Dispel Evil Edit

Dispel Evil is automatically used whenever the Hero makes an attack affected by their weapon (Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack with a Sword or Mace; Icon Melee Normal.png Melee or Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack with an Axe).

When used, it forces the target unit to make one Icon Resist.png Resistance roll per Icon Figure.png figure in the source 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 -4 (-9 if Undead). If the rolled number is higher than the modified Resistance score, the target unit is struck for Icon Damage.png Irreversible 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.

Timing within the Melee Attack Edit

Dispel Evil takes effect at the same time the weapon's normal damage is resolved. For Axes, Maces, and Swords, it functions as a Melee Touch Attack. For Axes, if the Hero possesses a Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack, it is also added to this attack (allowing the Hero to effectively use the ability twice on each voluntary attack).

As a Melee Touch Attack, Dispel Evil is executed simultaneously with the unit's Melee Damage; thus, Icon Figure.png figures destroyed by a Icon Thrown.png Thrown, Icon Breath.png Breath, Ability StoningGaze.png Gaze Attacks or Ability FirstStrike First Strike will not deliver Dispel Evil, and figures destroyed by Dispel Evil will still deliver damage unless the unit is attacking and has Ability FirstStrike First Strike (or a Icon Thrown.png Thrown Attack, in case of Axes).

Immunity Edit

Units that are not Icon Chaos.pngChaos or Icon Death.pngDeath are totally immune to this power, as are units with Magic Immunity. 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 Dispel Evil by virtue of its resistance score.

Bless Edit

Main article: Bless (Item Power)

"Holy Avenger" also protects the wielder with the effect of a Bless spell. It grants Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3 versus combat effects and attacks by units belonging to the Icon Death.pngDeath and Icon Chaos.pngChaos realms.

Strategy Edit

This is one of the most situational Item Powers available. When not fighting the forces of Icon Death.pngDeath or Icon Chaos.pngChaos, the property is dead weight, but in Encounters or protracted wars against Wizards aligned with these realms, it is a lovely Power to have along.

The Dispel Evil Touch Attack's high Icon SpellSave.png Resist Penalty distinguishes it as the strongest weapon-triggered Touch Attack in cases where it applies. In a hard battle, it may prove more useful than other special attacks bestowed by Magical Items. With its protective, non-dispellable Bless effect, "Holy Avenger" does not appear as overpriced as other special weapon powers.

A Touch Attack made by a Hero is, nevertheless, not quite as good as the ingame descriptions advertise. Touch Attacks face three main obstacles:

  • Units targeted by a Touch Attack make 1 resist roll per attacking figure, and Heroes are Icon SingleFigureUnit.png Single-Figure.
  • Touch Attacks are designed to scale up with Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure Units, so individually their effects are paltry.
  • Particularly dangerous foes can usually succeed on their resistance rolls, meaning that the power diminishes in hard fights. "Holy Avenger" nevertheless presents the most difficult touch attack to resist, where it has any effect at all.

There are a number of Item Powers that inflict a resist or suffer effect on the Hero's target, and all of them are guilty of these shortcomings to some degree:

Icon Item Power Color Magnitude Effect
ItemPower Destruction Destruction Icon Chaos.png5 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png
Ability LifeSteal Vampiric Icon Death.png5 Suffer Icon Damage.png d10 − Icon Resist.png
ItemPower Death Death Icon Death.png3 Icon SpellSave.png -3 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png
ItemPower DispelEvil Holy Avenger Icon Life.png3 Icon SpellSave.png -4 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png
Ability StoningTouch Stoning Icon Nature.png2 Icon SpellSave.png -1 Resist or suffer Icon Damage.png × Icon Figure.png

Acquisition Edit

Create Artifact Edit

Main article: Item Crafting

With Icon Life.png3, "Holy Avenger" may be added to a Weapon of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Create Artifact. Making strong Items through this spell is an incredibly expensive and time-consuming process. Some recipes are more expensive than the Spell of Mastery. The proposition is made more reasonable by the Artificer and Runemaster Retorts.

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, ten possess the "Holy Avenger" power. 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 "Holy Avenger" items.

Premade Items with "Holy Avenger"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
1150 Item Sword 7 Right Hand 0f Justice Icon Melee Magic.png 2 Icon ToHit.png 1 Icon Defense.png 1 Holy Avenger

Icon Life.png3
1900 Item Axe 8 Inquisitor Icon Melee Magic.png 2 Icon ToHit.png 2 Icon Mana.png 10 Holy Avenger

Icon Life.png3
2200 Item Axe 4 Axe of the Apostles Icon Melee Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 2 Holy Avenger

Icon Chaos.png3
1350 Item Mace 2 Freyas Friend Icon Melee Magic.png 3 Icon Defense.png 1 Holy Avenger
Power Drain
Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png3
2950 Item Mace 4 Thors Hammer Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 3 Lightning
Holy Avenger
Icon Chaos.png5 Icon Life.png3
2900 Item Sword 4 Sword of Mephisto Icon Melee Magic.png 3 Icon Defense.png 2 Chaos
Holy Avenger
Icon Chaos.png6 Icon Life.png3
3700 Item Axe 7 Gabriels Axe Icon Melee Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 2 Holy Avenger
Icon Chaos.png3 Icon Life.png6
3050 Item Mace 5 Hand of God Icon Defense.png 1 Icon Mana.png 10 Haste
Holy Avenger
Icon Chaos.png3 Icon Life.png7
2000 Item Sword 6 Ultimate Defense Icon Defense.png 3 Elemental Armor
Holy Avenger
Magic Immunity
Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png5
2200 Item Axe 1 Axe of Light Icon Mana.png 10 Elemental Armor
Holy Avenger
Magic Immunity
Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png5

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