Holy Avenger is an item property that, when used by paladin, acts like a +5 enhancement holy weapon that dispels magic on hit, delivers an additional +1d6 divine damage against evil aligned creatures, and grants the caster a spell resistance of 16.

Only a paladin can gain the benefit of this property on a weapon. If the character has no paladin levels, this counts as a +2 enhancement with the dispel ability.


  • A use magic device (UMD) score that is high enough to allow emulation of a specific alignment for a given weapon will allow a character to gain the full benefits of a holy avenger property on that item (as if she were a paladin). This requirement stands regardless of the actual alignment of the character (even those of a paladin's alignment, lawful good). The score required for the standard holy avenger item (a longsword with the holy avenger property and a +2 enhancement bonus) is 25, while the score required for a weapon with no properties other than holy avenger is 15.
  • Dispelling:
  • The fourth level paladin spell holy sword temporarily grants a weapon the holy avenger property.

Previous versions Edit

  • Prior to version 1.69, the wielder's character level was used in the dispel check. Since this is uncapped, this was the most powerful form of dispelling in the game, on par with Mordenkainen's disjunction.
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