Dispel magic

Spell level: bard 3; cleric 3; druid 4; paladin 3; sorcerer/wizard 3

Innate level: 3
School: abjuration
Components: verbal, somatic
Range: medium (20 meters)
Area of effect: colossal (10 meter radius), or single creature
Duration: instant
Save: none
Spell resistance: yes no

Description: This spell attempts to strip all magical effects from a single target. It can also target a group of creatures, attempting to remove the most powerful spell effect from each creature. To remove an effect, the caster makes a dispel check of 1d20 +1 per caster level (to a maximum of +10) against a DC of 11 + the spell effect's caster level.


  • The area of effect is large; the spell description incorrectly lists it as colossal.
  • The in-game description of this spell erroneously reports that it is affected by spell resistance; dispel magic does not check spell resistance.
  • If used as an area of effect, this spell will also attempt to dispel any area of effect spells centered in affected area.
  • Most of the spells of a level 20 caster are immune to dispel magic, as the dispeller's best possible roll is 30 (20+10), while the DC is 31 (11+20). The exceptions involve vagaries in determining the effective caster level; see dispel for details.

Previous versions[]

  • Prior to NWN EE 1.74, an effect's caster's level had been added to 12, not 11, to get the dispel DC, even though the in-game text has always claimed "11". This meant that the spells of a caster with a level as low as 19 were immune to this spell.

Custom content notes[]

  • script: NW_S0_DisMagic

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