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Spell Breach, Lesser
Spell Information
Spell level : Innate level: 4, Sorcerer/Wizard: 4
School : Abjuration
Components : Verbal and Somatic
Range : Medium
Target/Area : Single
Duration : Special
Save : None




DescriptionEdit

This spell strips an enemy mage of up to two magical defenses, including Spell Mantles, Globes of Invulnerability, Stoneskin, Premonition, Protection from Elements, Ghostly and Ethereal Visage, Mage Armor, Shadow Shield, and Elemental Shield. This spell will also reduce the target creature's Spell Resistance by 3 for 10 rounds.

The SR decrease cannot be dispelled but does not stack with other SR decreases. Only the largest SR decrease applies. Therefore Greater Spell Breach, Assay Resistance, and Mordenkainen's Disjunction are better spells to decrease SR.

The following is a list and the order in which protections are removed:

Bug notes Edit

This spell fails to remove several spell protections, despite them being similar/higher level versions (often new spells for NWN2) of those above:

Gameplay Notes Edit

Useful against mages with a lot of spell protections that will resist most damage and mind-affecting spells cast against them. Some spells easily get past the protections removed by this spell, however, and almost no Cleric or Druid protection spells are removed (such as Death Ward) which limits its general usefulness. It is really aimed at battling enemy sorcerers and wizards only.

It proves less useful than a targeted high-level dispel magic if your casting level is close to that of the opposition because dispel magic can remove more than 2 protections at once.

It is by far a great spell to have on a Wand, Scroll or Rod. It doesn't use caster level or the casters ability modifier for anything, and so even at its lowest casting level it has its full power and gets no better.

The other use, for lowering spell resistance, is secondary but proves useful against some high spell resistance monsters, and unlike Assay Resistance can lower resistance against all spells cast against the creature, not just those cast by the caster themselves. Combined with Greater Spell Penetration, it can prove an easy way to get past otherwise impossible spell resistance.

3.5E Notes Edit

No spell like this exists in the 3.5E regular source books. This spell is probably a holdover from similar spells in Baldurs Gate II which required stripping a mage of their spell protections to even touch them. It is odd how there were additional Dispel Magic spells (Lesser was added, Mordenkiens dispel is basically changed to a higher level Dispel Magic) in addition to these.

The Breach spells do seem powerful enough, but only against specific enemies, meaning unlike Dispel, which can remove buffing spells (Bull's Strength, Tenser's Transformation, Aid and suchlike), this cannot. However, this spell removes several layers of protection without any opposing roll (something no other spell does), meaning in certain circumstances the mage lacking this spell will be the loser.

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