Antimagic

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It disrupts the flow of magical energy around spellcasters and certain magical creatures (including the wielder).

The antimagic brand causes weapons to interfere with the spellcasting of anything wounded by them. Monsters struck by these weapons gain a temporary spell failure rate (this rises as they take antimagic damage but falls over time), while players simply lose MP with each strike. This effect works on anything that uses magic, including silence-proof targets such as demons and orbs of fire.

Unfortunately, wielding this weapon reduces your max MP by 2/3, making it nearly useless for any caster character. However, a character who has already exhausted his MP pool is free to switch to it mid-combat.

The antimagic brand is Trog's special brand. His weapon gifts often (but not always) carry this brand. Vine stalkers also possess a unique antimagic bite attack which functions similarly.

Desirability

In spite of its inability to deal extra damage, antimagic weapons are extremely useful, at least in certain situations. A well-enchanted weapon in the hands of a capable fighter will be able to cause most of an enemy's spells to fail, which amounts to semi-paralysis. As such, antimagic weapons can reduce the threat posed by powerful end-game opponents such as the lords of Hell or orbs of fire dramatically; you just have to get into melee range with the enemy first.

Brands
Melee weapons AntimagicChaosDistortionDragon slayingDrainingElectrocutionFlamingFreezingHoly wrathPainProtectionReachingReapingReturningSpeedVampiricVenomVorpal
Launchers ElectrocutionEvasionFlameFrostPenetrationSpeedVenomVorpal
Ammunition ConfusionCurareDispersalExplodingFlameFrenzyFrostParalysisPenetrationPoisonedReturningSilverSleepSlowingSteel