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Magic Immunity (Spell)
UnitEnchantment MagicImmunity
Realm Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery
Spell Rarity Rare
Spell Type Unit Enchantment
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 250
Combat Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 50
Upkeep Cost Icon Mana.png 5
Research Cost Icon Research.png 1,600
Effects
Grants the unit the Ability MagicImmunity Magic Immunity ability, protecting it from most spells, special abilities, and Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks.
This article is about the Unit Enchantment called "Magic Immunity". For information about the innate unit ability of the same name, see Magic Immunity. For the enchantable Item Power, see Magic Immunity (Item Power).

Magic Immunity is a Rare Unit Enchantment belonging to the Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery Magic realm. For Icon Mana.png 250 it may be cast on a unit on the overland map to protect it from nearly all forms of offensive magic. This includes direct-damage spells; Unit Curses; most negative effects from Combat and Global Enchantments; Icon Breath.png Breath Attacks and Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks; and finally most Gaze and Touch Attacks. Magic Immunity must then be maintained with an Upkeep Cost of Icon Mana.png 3 per turn.

Alternatively, a cheaper version of the same spell may be cast for Icon Mana.png 50 during combat, in which case it will temporarily bestow the same bonuses on a unit for the duration of the battle (with no permanent effects or upkeep costs).

Effects Edit

Main article: Magic Immunity

Magic Immunity protects a unit from nearly all magical damage and ill effects - making it one of the most valuable Unit Enchantments in the game.

Protection from Spells Edit

While affected by Magic Immunity, a unit will be unaffected by most spells, regardless of whether they are cast inside or outside of combat.

Spells blocked by Magic Immunity include Unit Curses, direct-damage Instant Spells, and Combat Instants. Most Global and Combat Enchantments cast by rival Wizards will also ignore the Magic Immune unit. There are some exceptions though, these are listed in the main article.

Spells cast by the Magic Immune unit's controller may target and affect it as normal.

Protection from Attacks Edit

Magic Immunity sets the unit's Defense score to Icon Defense.png 50 for the purposes of defending against Icon Breath.png Breath Attacks and Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks. It also increases Icon Resist.png Resistance by Icon Resist.png 30 against all Special Attacks except Ability PoisonTouch Poison Touch. This latter feature makes the unit essentially immune to all harmful effects apart from Poison Damage.

No Protection Edit

Ability DoomGaze Doom Gaze and ItemPower Chaos Chaos-powered weapons are not hindered by Magic Immunity in any way. Non-magical attacks (Icon Melee Normal.png Melee, Icon Ranged Bow.png Missile, Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulder, and Icon Thrown.png Thrown) will, of course, not trigger it either. This is true even if the attacks would otherwise be considered magical (e.g. via Alchemists' Guild or Flame Blade).

Usage Edit

Magic Immunity may be cast during combat for a base Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 50. In this case, the spell will only affect the targeted unit until the end of the battle - at which point it will dissipate.

Alternatively, Magic Immunity may be cast on the overland map for a lasting effect. In this case it costs Icon Mana.png 250 to cast, and requires an Upkeep Cost of Icon Mana.png 5 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 newfound ability.

Like all other Unit Enchantments, Magic Immunity must targeted at a friendly unit, whether in or out of combat. 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.

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

If you've placed Magic Immunity 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 Rare Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery spell, Magic Immunity may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least Icon Sorcery.png2 Spellbooks. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least Icon Sorcery.png10 Spellbooks.

Customized Wizards possessing Icon Sorcery.png11 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 Sorcery.png2 to Icon Sorcery.png9 Spellbooks have a random chance of being able to Research Magic Immunity during the game. The chance for this spell to appear for research increases with the number of Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With Icon Sorcery.png10 or Icon Sorcery.png11 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research at some point, if it is not already available for casting.

Magic Immunity has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 1,600.

With at least Icon Sorcery.png2 Spellbooks, the Magic Immunity 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

Magic Immunity is one of the most powerful Unit Enchantments available to any wizard, because it protects a unit against so many different sources of damage and ill effects. In fact, the only danger to such a unit will be from Melee Attacks, non-magical Ranged Attacks and the Icon Nature.pngNature spell Cracks Call. Therefore, Magic Immunity on an already physically-powerful unit can make it nigh invincible.

Magic Immunity is especially potent when attacking armies belonging to other wizards: those wizards will not be able to target any of their combat spells at the unit, and thus must resort to defeating it with brute force. A Magic Immune unit is also dreadfully powerful when fighting armies of Dark Elves, as they rely heavily on their Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks.

Known Bugs Edit

If Magic Immunity is dispelled in combat, the Magic Immunity given by it seems to stay for the remainder of that combat, despite the fact the unit no longer has that Enchantment.

Also note that the computer AI won't cast Magic Immunity in combat.

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