Rogue Genius Games created a neat Pathfinder class called Witch Hunter (link). This class gains the following ability at 1st level:
At 5th level the witch hunter can attempt to use the spellbane power as a standard action. The witch hunter makes a melee touch attack. If it is successful, the target is affected by the spellbane and this counts as a successful use of the ability. Spellbane functions as the targeted dispel ability of the dispel magic spell. A witch hunter may have a number of successful uses of spellbane per day equal to 3 + his Wisdom modifier.
I want to understand this in detail. My question is essentially, "Is this correct? Are there any gaps in my understanding of it?"
As far as I understand it...
"The witch hunter makes a melee touch attack"
This attack must be directed at one of the following:
- If removing a spell (e.g. a buff or curse) that is active on a spellcaster, creature or object, the attack must target that spellcaster, creature or object.
- If removing a spell effect due to a magical item (e.g. Belt of Giant's Strength), the attack must target the magical item -- not just the creature wearing/using the item.
- If removing a summoned creature, the attack must target that creature.
- If removing somthing else (e.g. the vegetative matter controlled by Entangle), it must target that vegetative matter.
The melee touch attack can be made in any of the following ways:
- A part of the witch hunter's body (unarmed -- e.g. their hand)
- Via a melee weapon (e.g. a battle-axe)
- [Any others??]
If grappling, the melee touch attack automatically succeeds.
The spell effect must be active at the time of using Spellbane:
- For instantaneous spells (e.g. Fireball), the spell has already completed, so it cannot be targeted (barring some sort of out-of-turn interrupt ability, which isn't part of Pathfinder). ("What's done is done.")
- Instantaneous conjuration spells (e.g. Wall of Stone or Create Water) have already been completed, so their products are mundane: thus there is nothing to dispel.
"If it is successful...this counts as a successful use of the ability."
- If the melee touch attack succeeds, it counts as a successful use of the Spellbane ability, regardless of any subsequent rolls/results/effects.
"Spellbane functions as the targeted dispel ability of the dispel magic spell."
From the description of the Dispel Magic spell:
Targeted Dispel: One object, creature, or spell is the target of the dispel magic spell. You make one dispel check (1d20 + your caster level) and compare that to the spell with highest caster level (DC = 11 + the spell's caster level). If successful, that spell ends. If not, compare the same result to the spell with the next highest caster level. Repeat this process until you have dispelled one spell affecting the target, or you have failed to dispel every spell.
- The fact that it's being used via Spellbane doesn't guarantee success. As with all uses of Dispel Magic, the witch hunter would need to make a dispel check as described under that spell.
- If dispelling a spell cast by the witch hunter, that witch hunter automatically succeeds on the dispel check.
As with Dispel Magic, Spellbane dispels at most one spell, but might not dispel anything if the dispel check was not high enough.
In the case where multiple things are summoned:
- A successful use of Spellbane by touching an entangling root (for example; created by Entangle) and making the dispel check would dispel not just the one touched root, but all roots created by that casting of Entangle.
- If a spellcaster summons a group of creatures (e.g. two eagles via Summon Nature's Ally), and a witch hunter uses Spellbane on one of them, then the summoning spell is broken and all the creatures summoned by that spell are removed from play.
My question: is this correct?