Dispel Tables

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This section will hold some sample visual representations with respect to how dispel interacts with a target.

Mechanically when a character is the target of a dispel (Generally a Lesser Dispel, Dispel Magic, Greater Dispelling or Mordekainen's Disjunction), each magical effect on the character is tested and if it fails the dispel check it is removed. Alternatively these spells also offer area of effect targeting with a spell dependent limit on the number of spells per target that area tested and removed.

It is important to note that each magical effect is tested at the Creator's Effective Caster level which may differ from the Effective Caster level of the target, depending on the source of the magical effect.

Dispel Changes

  • Area of effect dispels will no longer try to dispel the highest spell level effect(s). Instead they will try to dispel all effects up until two have been removed.*
  • Each Spell Focus in Abjuration grants aa cumulative +1 to Dispel rolls with Epic granting an additional +1 for a total of +4. These are applied after the Level Cap imposed by individual spells.
  • Arcane Defense: Abjuration increases a characters effective Caster Level by +2 when trying to resist a Dispel.

Quick Summary

This table outlines a quick summary of common options and outcomes using Greater Dispelling/Mordenkainen's Disjunction (CL Max of 22).

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
No Feat Dispel Epic Abjuration Dispel
(3 feats)
Defending against dispelling 1d20 + 22 1d20 + 26 Roll
DC 42 46 Max
Level 30 Mundane 30 + 12 42 5% 25%
27/X Caster 27 + 12 39 20% 40%
21/X Caster 27 + 12 33 50% 70%
27/X Caster w/
Spell Defence: Abjuration
27 + 12 + 2 41 10% 30%
21/X Caster w/
Spell Defence: Abjuration
27 + 12 + 2 35 40% 60%

Caster level 27 Dispel Tables

This is a representation of a standard character with Caster level 22->27 (Caster) casting a dispel on a character with Caster level 27 (Target). Each Dispel spell has a cap (maximium applied) caster level value. There are a variety of modifiers that can be applied to adjust the Caster and Target effective Caster level.

NOTE: For each Caster Level below 27 that the Target is, the percentage chance of the target being dispelled is increased by 5%. (Where the Target Total exceeds the Caster Total)
Example: A Target with a Caster Level of 21 and no Arcane Defence: Abjuration will have a 65% chance (55% with Arcane Defence: Abjuration) of each magical effect being dispelled by a 27 Caster Level ESF: Abjuration caster using Greater Dispelling or Mordenkainen's Disjunction.

Caster: No modifiers, Target: No modifiers

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
Spell Caster Level or Max Cap Modifiers Total Offensive Range Creator Effective Level Modifiers Total Defense Dispel Chance
(per effect)
Lesser Dispel +5 (Max) +0 6 - 25 +27 +0 39 0%
Dispel Magic +10 (Max) +0 11 - 30 +27 +0 39 0%
Greater Dispelling +22 (Max) +0 23 - 42 +27 +0 39 20%
Mordenkainen's Disjunction +22 (Max) +0 23 - 42 +27 +0 39 20%

Caster: Epic Spell Focus - Abjuration (+4 CL), Target: No modifiers

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
Spell Caster Level or Max Cap Modifiers Total Offensive Range Creator Effective Level Modifiers Total Defense Dispel Chance
(per effect)
Lesser Dispel +5 (Max) +4 10 - 29 +27 +0 39 0%
Dispel Magic +10 (Max) +4 15 - 34 +27 +0 39 0%
Greater Dispelling +22 (Max) +4 27 - 46 +27 +0 39 40%
Mordenkainen's Disjunction +22 (Max) +4 27 - 46 +27 +0 39 40%

Caster: No modifiers, Target: Arcane Defence - Abjuration (+2 CL)

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
Spell Caster Level or Max Cap Modifiers Total Offensive Range Creator Effective Level Modifiers Total Defense Dispel Chance
(per effect)
Lesser Dispel +5 (Max) +0 6 - 25 +27 +2 41 0%
Dispel Magic +10 (Max) +0 11 - 30 +27 +2 41 0%
Greater Dispelling +22 (Max) +0 23 - 42 +27 +2 41 10%
Mordenkainen's Disjunction +22 (Max) +0 23 - 42 +27 +2 41 10%

Caster: Epic Spell Focus - Abjuration (+4 CL), Target: Arcane Defence - Abjuration (+2 CL)

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
Spell Caster Level or Max Cap Modifiers Total Offensive Range Creator Effective Level Modifiers Total Defense Dispel Chance
(per effect)
Lesser Dispel +5 (Max) +4 10 - 29 +27 +2 41 0%
Dispel Magic +10 (Max) +4 15 - 34 +27 +2 41 0%
Greater Dispelling +22 (Max) +4 27 - 46 +27 +2 41 30%
Mordenkainen's Disjunction +22 (Max) +4 27 - 46 +27 +2 41 30%

Greater Dispelling/Mordekainen's Disjunction Tables

These spells are the staple Dispels and share the same Max Caster Level Cap of 22. This means that any Character casting this spell using a class with 22 Caster Levels or higher will hit the Dispel Caster level cap of 22. Of course Mordenkainen's Disjunction also offers a breach mechanism which has an additional impact to the target.

These Tables show the impact of a 22+ Caster Level Dispel being cast against a Target of varying Creator's Effective Caster Level.

If you cross reference the Target's (Creator's) Effective Casting Level against the column with the Caster's Feat, you receive the percentage chance of each affected Magical Effect being removed.

Target - No Modifiers

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
Caster Modifier Creator Effective Casting Level
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
None 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5%
SF: Abjuration 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10%
GSF: Abjuration 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15%
ESF: Abjuration 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25%

Target - Arcane Spell Defence - Abjuration (+2 CL)

1d20 + dispel's caster level vs. 12 + creator's effective level.
Caster Modifier Creator Effective Casting Level
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
None 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 0%
SF: Abjuration 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%
GSF: Abjuration 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5%
ESF: Abjuration 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 95% 90% 85% 80% 75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15%

Additional information

Paladins

One of the other sources of additional effective caster levels is the Paladin level 21 bonus of +3 Caster Levels. As each Caster level is a 5% reduction in the ability of the target spell to be dispelled, this effectively means that spells cast by a 27 Paladin have a 15% change of being dispelled by an ESF: Abjuration dispeller with a Caster level of 22 or higher, which is the same as that of a 30 Caster Level character of any other class.