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As many know, magic missile does not have a hit section anymore, just an effect:

Effect: 2 + Intelligence modifier force damage.

Does that mean that a minion is auto-killed by magic missile?

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The glossary definition of a minion is:

  • A minion is destroyed when it takes any damage.
  • If a minion is missed by an attack that deals damage on a miss, the minion doesn’t take that damage.

In short, minions are immune from damage on the Miss line, but not from Hit, or Effect. (Magic Missile deals its damage via the Effect line)

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Are you sure about this? Isn't damage on the effect line "an attack that deals damage on a miss"? MM is not affected because it doesn't hit or miss, it just has an effect. – Snowbody Jun 26 '12 at 13:24
@Snowbody effect != miss, they are different. – Pat Ludwig Jun 26 '12 at 20:04

As long as the minion does not have sufficient force resistance to negate the damage, or any other mechanism by which they may interrupt or avoid it, the answer is yes.

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minion zombie vs mm.. joy! – GMNoob Jun 22 '11 at 15:43

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