I am playing a character in the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path and I want to specialize on the enervation spell in particular. Therefore I took Mythic Enervation and Spell Perfection: Enervation.

What spells that protect targets from the spell effect (the level drain) are out there that I may have to cope with? I am aware of death ward, but is there anything else?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are yourself, an undead? Or plan to become one? \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Jan 13, 2017 at 19:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ no, why are you asking? \$\endgroup\$
    – ruedi
    Jan 13, 2017 at 19:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ There are quite a few effects that make you resist or become immune to abilities used by undead creatures. If you became one, the list of things that could be used against enervation would go up. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Jan 13, 2017 at 19:45

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On top of Death Ward, Spell Immunity (and it's variations) can make a target completely immune to the effects of Enervation. Note that it only affects 4th level spells and lower only (8th and lower for the greater version). So it should be available as soon as Enervation, but it's not available for arcane casters.

A Black Soul Shard can absorb a single negative level.

And a creature with Negative Energy Affinity will be healed by Enervation as if it were an undead creature. An Umbral Dragon is completely immune to Enervation. Vemleks are a low CR (3) demons that is also immune to it's effects. A 4th level Agent of the Grave can obtain *Negative Level Affinity aswell.

A Damphir character will also behave differently against Enervation. They will suffer no penalties from it, and will only die if they have enough negative levels as their HD, after the spell's duration is over, all negative levels are lost.

However, remember that the Thanatopic Spell Metamagic could allow you to cast Enervation on targets that are resistant/immune to it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ “Also, don't forget that Enervation can also be targeted by Dispel Magic and have it's effects cancelled/removed,” is false. Enervation is an instantaneous effect and cannot be dispelled (there is no effect to dispel). The negative levels it imposes persist after the spell effect has ended, and they are harder to remove than just dispel magic. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Jan 13, 2017 at 19:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan you are correct, i knew it had a duration, instead of being permanent levels, but the spell itself has no duration on it's effect block. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Jan 13, 2017 at 19:43

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