Dispel Undead

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Dispel undead.png Dispel Undead
Level 4
School1 Necromancy
Source(s) Book of Decay
Book of Touch
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 100
Range 1
Hated By Elyvilon
The Shining One
Flags Dir or target, Needs tracer
Harms an adjacent undead creature greatly by interfering with the forces binding it together.
Spell Details
Damage Formula 3d(6.66+Power/4)
Max Damage 3d(31.66)
Max Power 100
Range 1
Targeting Touch
Special Automatic Hit; Ignores AC

Dispel Undead is a level 4 Necromancy spell, and one of the most effective methods for fighting the undead. At max spell power, it deals up to 3d31 irresistible, AC ignoring, unavoidable damage to one adjacent undead target. Although it only affects one opponent, it is still tremendously useful for taking out single overwhelming undead foes.

Monster Version

Several monsters have access to a ranged version of this spell, Dispel Undead Range. While their spell power varies, it is always a significant threat to mummy, ghoul, vampire, or lichform players.

Tips & Tricks

  • Dispel Undead works on player ghosts too, so you can consider memorising it if you encounter an item in a ghost vault.


  • Prior to 0.25, Dispel Undead was a level 5 spell with range 5.
  • Prior to 0.10, Dispel Undead was a level 4 spell.