This article is about the Item Power called "Resist Elements". For the spell that this Power emulates, see Resist Elements.
Resist Elements
Item Power
ItemPower Chainmail Green
Cost Icon Mana.png 100
Icon Book NatureIcon Book Nature
All Resist Elements
    ItemPower ResistElements    

"Resist Elements" is an Item Power of the Icon Nature.pngNature Realm, and functions exactly like the Icon Nature.png Resist Elements spell. It may be added to any type of Magical Item created for Heroes, via either Enchant Item or Create Artifact. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power, and these can be found mainly as Treasure in the campaign.

Effect Edit

Any piece of gear may be enchanted to ward off the elemental magics of Icon Nature.pngNature and Icon Chaos.pngChaos. "Resist Elements" is quite easy for Green Wizards to imbue and offers basic protection, while "Elemental Armor" represents a more serious commitment.

This Item Power functions as per the Unit Enchantment Spell of this name. You do not need to research or be able to cast Resist Elements. In brief, "Resist Elements" gives the Hero Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3 when the following conditions are met:

  • An enemy spell, Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack, or Special Attack attempts to affect the Hero.
  • The effect belongs to the Icon Nature.pngNature or Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realms.
  • The threat triggers a Resistance roll and/or allows the unit to make Icon Defense.png Defense rolls.

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 might well justify the additional Icon Mana.png Cost of enchantment.

Strategy Edit

"Resist Elements" is part of a cluster of Item Powers, all derived from Unit Enchantment Spells, that are entirely defensive and trigger against specific threats. The table at the end of this section gives a list of these.

The more exposure you expect your Heroes to get to whatever a spell is designed to handle, the more efficient it becomes as an Item Power on Magical Items. The fact is, Item Powers warrant this kind of consideration because they are a much bigger investment than spells.

In the case of "Resist Elements", if you don't expect to have trouble dealing with Icon Nature.pngNature or Icon Chaos.pngChaos, then perhaps the Item Power should be foregone, and Resist Elements is better-off cast as a cheap, ad hoc spell in combat, as needed. Still, bear in mind that nearly every Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magic Attack in the game belongs to one of these realms— even the ones fired by Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery and Icon Death.pngDeath creatures!

"Resist Elements" is therefore a wise choice on backline, mage-type heroes. They will generally get picked-on by spells and ranged magic during combat on account of their high threat level and low health. To this end, the Item Power is more suitable than the Unit Enchantment for prolonged warfare against AI Wizards, who strip Unit Enchantments at every opportunity in order to hammer these fragile targets. Recasting enchantments gets tedious.

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

Acquisition Edit

Enchant Item & Create Artifact Edit

With Icon Nature.png2, "Resist Elements" may be added to a Magical Item of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Enchant Item or Create Artifact. Making strong Items through these spells 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.

Casting Cost Structure for "Resist Elements"
Base Runemaster Artificer Both
Icon Mana.png 100 Icon Mana.png 75 Icon Mana.png 50 Icon Mana.png 25

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, eleven possess "Resist Elements". 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 "Resist Elements"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
800 Item Plate 2 Lor Goth Icon Defense.png 2 Icon Movement Ground1 Icon Resist.png 3 Resist Elements

Icon Life.png2
950 Item Misc 1 Amulet of Resistance Icon Melee Magic.png 3 Icon Defense.png 1 Icon Resist.png 5 Resist Elements

Icon Life.png2
1200 Item Plate 6 Plate of the Elements Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Movement Ground1 Icon Resist.png 4 Resist Elements

Icon Life.png2
1300 Item Sword 9 Raindancer Icon Melee Magic.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 2 Icon Defense.png 2 Resist Elements

Icon Life.png2
1400 Item Axe 3 Edge of the Elements Icon Melee Magic.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 2 Icon Mana.png 5 Resist Elements

Icon Life.png2
1950 Item Chain 1 Chainmail of the Elements Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Movement Ground3 Icon Resist.png 6 Resist Elements

Icon Life.png2
250 Item Sword 1 Black Asp Icon Melee Magic.png 1 Resist Elements

Icon Sorcery.png2
950 Item Axe 9 The Resistor Icon Melee Magic.png 5 Resist Elements
Resist Magic
Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Chaos.png2
2000 Item Chain 4 Chain of Super Resistance Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 6 Resist Elements
Resist Magic
Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png2
2000 Item Shield 1 Shield of Ultimate Defense Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 6 Resist Elements
Resist Magic
Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png2
Merchant Only
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
3100 Item Staff 1 Zlotakian Staff of Magic Invisibility x3
Power Drain
Resist Elements
Resist Magic
Icon Nature.png6 Icon Sorcery.png4 Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png2

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