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
To-hit Never misses
Special Ignores AC

Dispel Undead is a level 4 Necromancy spell which deals AC-ignoring, unavoidable damage to a single undead target.


Although it only affects a select few opponents, and only at melee range, Dispel Undead is nice to have against them. Good targets in the late-game include liches, curse skulls and curse toes, as well as death cobs. If found early enough, Necromancers can use it to take out wights and other early-D enemies.

Tips & Tricks

  • Dispel Undead is very effective against player ghosts; player ghosts often have tremendous AC/EV, and Dispel Undead ignores all defenses.
  • Keep in mind that it only affects undead, not demons. Necromancers will need another way to kill foes immune to negative energy.

Monster Version

The following enemies cast Dispel Undead:

Player ghosts can cast this spell if they knew it in life.

Several monsters have access to a ranged version of this spell, Dispel Undead Range.


  • 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.