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Magic attack is a secondary spell type (primary is the spell school). It mainly consists of spells that remove spell protections and buffs (see also Category:Spell protection removers). In addition, many types of dragon breaths are of this type as well. Examples of Magic attacks include Breach, Spellstrike and Black Dragon Breath.


Magic attacks bypass most forms of spell protection such as Spell Immunity, (Minor) Spell Deflection, (Minor) Spell Turning, Spell Trap, Shield of the Archons and similar.

They can be blocked with spell level immunities such as (Minor) Globe of Invulnerability, Protection From Magic and Potion of Magic Blocking. However, level 0 effects bypass such immunities, and most Magic attacks cast against player characters are actually level 0 effects.

The only defense against level 0 Magic attacks is Spell Shield. It grants one level worth of immunity to all Magic attacks, meaning it can block level 0 Magic attacks without ever being consumed. The full list of non-zero Magic attacks can be found in Spell Shield's wiki article.

List of magic attacks[]

In Siege of Dragonspear and the original edition of Baldur's Gate II, the Wing Buffet of all dragons is of the Magic attack type. Wilful transformation into the Slayer also belongs to this type in the original BGII.

Mod gallery[]

Mods icon This section is about unofficial content that is only available via fan-made mods.

The Sword Coast Stratagems mod implements changes to Dragon Breath weapons - which should not be blocked by Spell Immunity or be classified as Magic attack type effects.

Breath weapon attacks are revised and not assigned to spell schools and are no longer Magic attack type either. For example, the Shadow Dragon Thaxll'ssillyia breath attack is no longer of the magic attack type.


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