Spell Immunity

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Spell immunity (formerly known as magic immunity) is a modifier which prevents most spells to target the affected unit. This includes single-targeted spells, area spells, passive and active abilities.

Spell immunity may be the main part of a spell, but it also is used as an extra layer of protection by some abilities (usually combined with invulnerability).

Mechanics[edit]

Visage under the effect of Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar

Spell immunity is a status effect (also known as modifier). Most spells in the game first check whether or not the unit has the spell immunity modifier on. If the modifier is present, single target spells cannot target the unit at all, while area of effect spells ignore the unit and already ongoing effects may stop affecting it. However, some spells (and most ultimates) pierce spell immunity and can fully target and affect spell immune units.

Usually, a spell either fully pierces spell immunity, or it is fully blocked. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Whether or not a spell pierces spell immunity is noted down in the description boxes of each ability, right below the ability name.

When a unit turns spell immune while a projectile from an ability is already flying towards it, the projectile has no effect upon impact if the spell it originates from does not pierce spell immunity. The same applies to most, but not all delayed effects.

Spell immunity does not prevent regular attacks of any units. However, some attack modifiers do get blocked, but not all of them. Generally, all critical strikes, cleaves and most bashes pierce spell immunity.

Damage interaction[edit]

All sources of spell immunity also set the affected unit's magic resistance to 100%. This leads to the affected unit taking no magical damage at all, not even from spells which pierce spell immunity. Their damage technically still hits the unit, but gets reduced to 0. This means they may still proc on-damage effects, since some of them do react on 0 damage instances as well. It also means that abilities which ignore damage reduction (e.g. Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail) still react on it as well and apply their full effect.

Since magic resistance only affects magical damage, the unit is still fully affected by physical and pure damage. If a piercing ability uses one of those damage types, it does damage the unit.

If an ability does not pierce spell immunity, it does not attempt to damage spell immune units either, regardless of the damage type. In order for a spell to damage spell immune units, it must be set to pierce spell immunity, or it must be already affecting it in case of buffs/debuffs.

Dispelling[edit]

Most sources of spell immunity also dispel the target upon getting applied, removing all buffs or debuffs a basic dispel can remove. The dispel applied by spell immunities is usually a basic dispel. However, not all of them apply a dispel, and some apply a strong dispel. A list of dispellable effects can be found here.

Since dispels only remove buffs from enemies and debuffs from allies, it is possible for units to turn spell immune without losing any buffs or debuffs, however, since spell immunity cannot be applied to enemies, it cannot be done in a regular match. In this case, most buffs/debuffs still apply their effects normally. Only a few of them are inactive while the unit is spell immune. This means that a damage-over time spell may still damage the unit. If it is magical damage, it gets reduced to 0, which is enough to proc some on-damage effects.[1]

Sources of spell immunity[edit]

These abilities grant spell immunity as a main part of the spell. They all apply a special form of dispel upon cast which removes a few more status effects than a regular dispel.

These abilities also apply spell immunity. However, they only grant spell immunity as an extra layer of protection on top of the invulnerability they grant. This means their spell immunity only matters for spells which can affect invulnerable units (e.g. Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade can target invulnerable units, but not spell immune units). These abilities do not apply the special spell immunity dispel like the above sources. However, some of them still do dispel, independent from the spell immunity.

  • Phantasm icon.png
    Duration: 0.5
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability during the split. Applies basic dispel at end of split.
  • Omnislash icon.png
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability for its entire duration. Applies no dispel.
  • Assimilate icon.png
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability for its entire duration. Applies strong dispel on target upon cast.
  • Infest icon.png
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability for its entire duration. Applies basic dispel on caster upon cast.
  • Manta Style icon.png
    Duration: 0.1
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability during the split. Applies basic dispel at end of split.
  • Mirror Image icon.png
    Duration: 0.3
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability during the split. Applies basic dispel at end of split.
  • Supernova icon.png
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability for its entire duration. Applies strong dispel on caster (and target) upon cast.
  • Snowball icon.png
    Grants spell immunity and invulnerability for its entire duration. Applies no dispel.

Some non-hero units gain permanent spell immunity by other means.

Spell immunity on allies[edit]

Every not-targeted spell, be it an area spell or a spell which affects self upon cast, pierces spell immunity for allies and self, with a very few exceptions listed below. All runes apply their effect on spell immune units.

Spell immunity on enemies[edit]

Spells interact very differently when facing spell immune enemies. Most of them cannot affect spell immune units, some of them can only affect them partially, and some fully pierce spell immunity.

References[edit]

  1. This was tested with Repel icon.png Repel before the 7.00 gameplay patch, when it was able to target enemies.