Dispel Undead

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Dispel undead.png Dispel Undead
Level 5
School1 Necromancy
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 0
Spell Details
Damage Formula 3d(6.66+Power/4)
Max Damage 3d(31.66)
Max Power 100
Range 5
Targeting Beam
Special Automatic Hit; Ignores AC

Harms an undead creature greatly by interfering with the forces binding it together.

Dispel Undead is a level 5 Necromancy spell, and one of the most effective methods for fighting the undead. At max spell power, it deals up to 3d31 irresistible, unavoidable damage to an undead target within 5 tiles of you. Although it lacks smite-targeting and only affects one opponent, it is still tremendously useful for taking out single overwhelming undead foes.

Monster Version

Several monsters are able to cast this spell. While their spell power varies, it is always a significant threat to mummy, ghoul, vampire, or lichform players.

The following enemies cast Dispel Undead:

The following enemies may be able to cast Dispel Undead, depending on their spell set:

Tips & Tricks

  • Dispel Undead works on player ghost, so you can consider memorising it if you encounter an overwhelming ghost.


  • In 0.25, Dispel Undead's range will be reduced to 1, but it will also become a Level 4 spell. Monsters will instead use Dispel Undead Range, which retains the ability to attack from a distance.
  • Prior to 0.10, Dispel Undead was a level 4 spell.