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Holy Weapon
UnitEnchantment HolyWeapon
Realm Icon Life.pngLife
Spell Rarity Common
Spell Type Unit Enchantment
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 50
Combat Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 10
Upkeep Cost Icon Mana.png 1
Research Cost Icon Research.png 80
Effects
Target Normal Unit or Hero receives Icon ToHit.png +10% To Hit to Melee Attacks and non-magical Ranged Attacks, and may now attack Weapon Immune units without triggering their special Defense bonuses.

Holy Weapon is a Common Unit Enchantment belonging to the Icon Life.pngLife Magic realm. For Icon Mana.png 50 it may be cast on a friendly Normal Unit or Hero on the overland map to empower its weapons with divine energy. As a result, the unit receives a Icon ToHit.png +10% To Hit bonus, which allows it to inflict more damage on average with each attack. Furthermore, when fighting enemy units possessing Weapon Immunity, the enchanted unit no longer allows the enemy its Icon Defense.png 10 from this immunity.

Alternatively, a cheaper version of the same spell may be cast for Icon Mana.png 10 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

Holy Weapon imbues the weapons of a Normal Unit or Hero with divine energy. This allows the unit to more often strike true with its attacks, thus increasing its average damage output. Furthermore, these weapons are now considered magical, and can be used against Weapon-Immune effectively.

Magical Attack Edit

The first bonus bestowed by Holy Weapon is to turn the enchanted unit's Melee Attack into a Icon Melee Magic.png Magical Melee Attack.

With its Magical Weapons, the enchanted unit can now attack targets possessing Weapon Immunity without increasing those targets' Defense score. Note, that Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks will profit from this, too.

This bonus applies only if the unit had Icon Melee Normal.png Normal Melee Weapons before this spell was cast upon it. Units already possessing Icon Melee Mithril.png Mithril Weapons or Icon Melee Adamantium.png Adamantium Weapons will not "downgrade" to Magical Weapons as a result of this spell.

To Hit Bonus Edit

Holy Weapon is often prized for the Icon ToHit.png +10% To Hit bonus it bestows on the unit.

This bonus will not increase the unit's maximum damage output during combat, but will increase its average damage output. In other words, the unit will be more likely to inflict Icon Damage.png Damage on its enemies with each attack it makes.

This bonus applies to the unit's Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack, Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks and Icon Ranged Boulder.png Ranged Boulder Attacks (if it has any). On the other hand, any damage-delivering Special Attacks like Icon Thrown.png Thrown or Icon Breath.png Fire Breath won't be affected.

Note, that this +1 to Hit bonus works exactly the same way as the +1 to Hit bonus of Icon Melee Magic.png Magical Weapons, and is cumulative. This means, if a unit was build in a town possessing an Alchemists' Guild, and if it is additionally enchanted with Holy Weapon, then this unit receives a Icon ToHit.png +20% To Hit bonus to its melee and non-magical ranged attacks.

Example Edit

A unit of Nomad Swordsmen contains Icon Figure.png 6 Figures, with each figure possessing a Melee Attack of strength Icon Melee Normal.png 3.
When attacking or Counter Attacking, each Swordsman makes a Icon Melee Normal.png 3 strength attack. However the unit has a To Hit score of only 30% (the default for most units), meaning that on average each swordsman will only deliver Icon Melee Normal.png 3 * Icon ToHit.png 30% = Icon Damage.png 0.9 points of Damage on average with each attack. The total damage output of the unit is therefore approximately Icon Damage.png 0.9 * Icon Figure.png 6 = Icon Damage.png 5.4 on average.
If Holy Weapon is cast on the unit, its To Hit score is raised by Icon ToHit.png +10% for a total of Icon ToHit.png 40%. Now, each swordsman's attack delivers Icon Melee Normal.png 3 * Icon ToHit.png 40% = Icon Damage.png 1.2 points of Damage. The unit as a whole can now be said to deliver Icon Damage.png 7.2 on average with each attack!
Throughout the above example, the unit's maximum damage potential remains constant, at Icon Melee Normal.png 3 * Icon Figure.png 6 = Icon Damage.png 18. However it is unlikely to deliver that much damage. The To Hit bonus skews only the statistically common amount of damage the unit delivers, bringing it closer to the unit's potential damage output of Icon Damage.png 18.

Usage Edit

Holy Weapon may be cast during combat for the rather low Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 10. In this case, the spell will only affect the targeted unit until the end of the battle - at which point it will dissipate.

Alternatively, Holy Weapon may be cast on the overland map for a lasting effect. In this case it has a base Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 50, and requires an Upkeep Cost of Icon Mana.png 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.

Holy Weapon may only be cast on friendly Normal Units and Heroes. It may not be targeted at 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, Holy 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.

Once the spell is in effect, the unit will glow with a Icon Life.pngwhite aura, unless there is a more powerful spell also affecting it.

If you've placed Holy 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 Icon Mana.png Mana for other spells.

Acquisition Edit

As a Common Icon Life.pngLife spell, Holy Weapon may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least one Icon Life.pngLife Spellbook. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least Icon Life.png7 Spellbooks.

Customized Wizards possessing up to Icon Life.png10 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 Icon Life.png11 Spellbooks are guaranteed to have this spell available for casting as soon as the game begins.

Wizards with Icon Life.png6 or fewer Spellbooks who have not chosen Holy 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 Icon Life.pngLife Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With Icon Life.png7-10 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research if it is not already available for casting.

Holy Weapon has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 80.

With at least Icon Life.png1 Spellbook, the Holy 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.

Strategy Edit

Despite sounding like a pretty basic spell, Holy Weapon is in fact quite dangerous - especially when cast on high-tier Normal Units and Heroes. To Hit bonuses are exceptionally potent, can help weaker units take on enemies with high Defense scores, and overall increase the combat usefulness of Melee Attackers and Ranged Attackers alike.

Holy Weapon can also be used when fighting units with Weapon Immunity, so keep this in mind if the enemy creates many Werewolves or similar weapon-immune units.

Known Bugs Edit

Holy Weapon has no effect at all, if cast in battle. On the other hand, Holy Weapon (as well as Holy Arms) works as intended, if cast on overland map: The corresponding unit receives a Icon ToHit.png +10% To Hit bonus and can hit weapon-immune units effectively with its Icon Melee Normal.png Melee and Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile attacks.

Also note, that Holy Weapon is sometimes dispelled twice by Dispel Magic and similar spells.

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