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This article is about the Item Power called "Wraithform". For the Death realm spell, see Wraith Form.
Wraithform
Item Power
ItemPower Shield Purple
Cost Icon Mana.png 1,200
Required
Spellbooks
Icon Book DeathIcon Book DeathIcon Book DeathIcon Book Death
Valid
Items
Jewelry
Shield
Chainmail
Platemail
Effect
Combat
Grants the Non-Corporeal ability with associated immunities.
Overland
Grants Move Swimming Water-Walking.
(Not Move PathfindingMove Swimming as Wraith Form)
Availability

"Wraithform" is a Icon Death.pngDeath Magic Item Power. It confers most of the benefits of the rare Unit Enchantment from this realm, Wraith Form. "Wraithform" may be added to Jewelry and Armor pieces created for Heroes via Create Artifact. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power and might turn up.

Effect Edit

"Wraithform" artifacts manipulate the dynamics between spirit and flesh with infernal magic. The enchantment causes the hero to manifest in the ghostly realm of perceptions bordering the realities of Arcanus and Myrror. He gains the Non-Corporeal aspect common among Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery and Icon Death.pngDeath creatures.

  Ability NonCorporeal   Non-Corporeal will appear in the hero's list of abilities.  

In combat, this power gives the hero the Non-Corporeal property, with implied Weapon Immunity, the ability to pass through City Walls, and protection from various spells and ill effects that rely on their targets being solid objects. This is all as per the Wraith Form spell.

Overland, the power operates at a reduced level. A Icon Movement GroundWalking hero with this Power receives the ability to traverse Ocean tiles, but otherwise pays his default terrain movement costs and makes use of roads as a Corporeal unit.

"Wraithform" is transient: its effects will cease immediately if the Hero ever removes or loses the item. While worn, however, it cannot be dispelled. This constitutes a serious advantage over the Unit Enchantment Spell and may well justify the additional Icon Mana.png Cost of imbuing the Item Power.

Strategy Edit

"Wraithform" is prized for being a fail-safe, non-dispellable defense against Icon Nature.pngNature combat snares like Web, Entangle, and Cracks Call. These spells can arbitrarily disable and kill heroes with an otherwise-extensive payload of defenses. They don't pose an ongoing threat in every game, but where they do exist, they can cause misery.

Probability dictates that as a hero wages more battles against an AI Wizard with Cracks Call, his chances of being affected (which is to say, irrevocably crushed) by repeated castings of the spell approach 100 percent. "Wraithform" halts this march to doom and opens such Wizards up to attack by your heroes.

Giant Spiders also bear mentioning as a niche for this power, as they are a common sight in Lairs and Nature Nodes. Their spell-like ability, Web Spell, can turn a winnable battle impossible, especially if multiple units of Spiders are present and able to chain the spell on one victim or ground your entire army. Worst of all is the dreaded combination of Giant Spiders and Great Wyrms. The spiders can ground any air-born Corporeal unit on the first turn of combat, and the wyrms will sweep in and maul it before your turn even begins.

Acquisition Edit

No hero is a non-corporeal ghost by default. "Wraithform" is therefore universally helpful.

Create Artifact Edit

With Icon Death.png4, "Wraithform" may be added to Armor and Accessories of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Create Artifact. Crafting is an expensive and time-consuming process. The investment is more reasonable through the Artificer and Runemaster Retorts.

Casting Cost Structure for "Wraithform"
Base Runemaster Artificer Both
Icon Mana.png 1,200 Icon Mana.png 900 Icon Mana.png 600 Icon Mana.png 300

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, eight grant "Wraithform". This power causes a premade Item to demand that the Wizard have particular Spellbooks in order to appear in a Treasure Hoard. The requirements begin with Icon Chaos.png4 for "Wraithform" and are made less regular by whatever else is on the item.

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 "Wraithform"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
1600 Item Shield 4 Shield of the Wraith Icon Defense.png 2 Icon Movement Ground2 Wraithform

Icon Chaos.png4
2300 Item Shield 4 Shield of the Undead Icon Movement Ground2 Icon Resist.png 6 Wraithform

Icon Chaos.png4
1850 Item Chain 1 Wraithe Shirt Icon Defense.png 4 Wraithform
Resist Magic
Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Chaos.png4
2150 Item Plate 4 Elemental Transformation Icon Defense.png 2 Icon Resist.png 1 Wraithform
Elemental Armor
Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png4
2050 Item Shield 8 Shield of Transformation Icon Defense.png 1 Wraithform
Magic Immunity
Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png4
4100 Item Shield 4 Supreme Shield of Death Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Movement Ground4 Wraithform
Invulnerability
Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png5
Merchant Only
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
4200 Item Plate 1 Plate of Omnipotence Icon Defense.png 6 Wraithform
Invulnerability
Magic Immunity
 
Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png5
3650 Item Misc 31 Magical Crystal of Power Wraithform
True Sight
Magic Immunity
Invulnerability
Icon Nature.png6 Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png5

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