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Your resistance is how well you can resist a certain type of attack. If you are hit by a damage type which you are resistant to, the damage will be dramatically reduced. It also helps in resisting status effects; for instance, resistance to darkness reduces your chance of being blinded. Resistance to nerve paralysis reduces your chance of being paralyzed, and so on. If you are highly resistant to magic, it will take a more powerful curse to curse you. Magic resistance also reduces damage from all other attribute-typed attacks, albeit at a lower rate than the appropriate resistance.

If you are highly resistant to fire, your items will be less frequently destroyed by fire (or less fire blanket charges used). At Superb level fire resistance, item destruction stemming from fire damage is essentially negated altogether. The same goes for ice resistance.

You can gain intrinsic resistance via eating certain corpses. Each activation of this effect increases your resistance to that element by 50, taking you up to Little with the first and to Normal with the second. Intrinsic resistance cannot exceed Normal (200) - to reach Superb resistance, you have to compensate for the rest with resistance modifiers gained from equipment, racial feats or mutations, which ignore the limit.

Your resistances can most fluidly and selectively be raised by equipment with appropriate equipment attributes.

Potions of resistance and the Elemental Shield spell can temporarily increase resistances to fire, ice, and lightning (but nothing else), while the Elona+ upgraded version, Attribution Shield, applies to all resistances except magic. Spells of Nightmare and Element Scar, and potions of weaken resistance, can drop resistances for specific elements.

Resistance chart Edit

For resistance values greater than 149, the damage dealt is modeled by the expression 2D / (RL + 1), where D is the base damage, and RL (resistance level) is determined by (resistance)/50. It is unclear if there is a single function describing all values of RL, but the chart below includes tested damage for resistance levels of less than 3, which do not adhere to the stated formula. The damage formula has a confirmed range of at least a resistance level of 2000, or 100,000 resistance.

Because RL is always truncated, the function is stepwise; all values in a particular range will return the same result. RL is capped at -1 on the lower end, but it is unknown if there is a cap on the upper end of resistance level. Also note that resistance has a diminishing effect on damage, similar to PV.

Description Value Damage
Superb #####+ ≥ 350 .25, .22...
Superb ##### 300 - 349 .285
Strong #### 250 - 299 .333
Normal ### 200 - 249 .4
Little ## 150 - 199 .5
No resist # 101 - 149 1
No resist 100 1
Weak # 51-99 1.5
Weak ## 50 1.5
Critically Weak ## 1 - 49 3
Critically Weak ### 0 - -49 3
Critically Weak #### -50 - -99 3.75
Critically Weak ##### -100 - -149 3.75
Critically Weak #####+ ≤ -150 3.75

Raw FormulaEdit

TargetResistLevel = Target.ResistVal(AtkElem) / 50;

if (TargetResistLevel < 3)
   CalculatedDamage = CalculatedDamage * 150 / limit(TargetResistLevel * 50 + 50, 40, 150);
   CalculatedDamage = CalculatedDamage * 100 / (TargetResistLevel * 50 + 50);

CalculatedDamage = CalculatedDamage * 100 / (Target.ResistVal(Magic) / 2 + 50);

(Note: Current as of Elona+ 1.43)
limit(a,b,c). a = formula, b = minimum, c = maximum.

Resistance gains/loss messages Edit

  • Fire
    Gain: Suddenly, you feel very hot
    Loss: You sweat
  • Cold
    Gain: Suddenly, you feel cool
    Loss: You shivers
  • Lightning
    Gain: You are struck by an electric shock
    Loss: You are shocked
  • Darkness
    Gain: No longer fear darkness
    Loss: Suddenly, fear darkness
  • Mind
    Gain: Suddenly, your mind becomes clear
    Loss: Mind becomes slippery
  • Poison
    Gain: You now have antibodies to poison
    Loss: Lose antibodies to poison
  • Nether
    Gain: No longer afraid of hell
    Loss: afraid of hell
  • Sound
    Gain: Your eardrums get thick
    Loss: become very sensitive to noises
  • Nerve
    Gain: Your nerve is sharpened
    Loss: Become dull
  • Chaos
    Gain: Suddenly, you understand chaos
    Loss: No longer understand chaos
  • Magic
    Gain: Your body is covered by a magical aura
    Loss: The magical aura disappears from your body

NPC level resistance bonusesEdit

NPCs in Elona gain a bonus to their resistance based on their level. These resistances are on top of whatever innate resistance the NPC has, so the same type of monster that is encountered as a unique "<(name>" or "{(name)} version, or one that has had it's level boosted in places like the Void, might have much higher resistance.

All elements resistances other than magic get the bonus in normal Elona.

Resistance on a NPC will not show up with "#" values unless it's base resistance is altered by a spell or item. So, a Yith-type NPC that might appear to have Superb resistance might in reality have much higher resistance than another NPC of the same level against Mind attacks, as they typically have a +400 resistance bonus.

There does not appear to be any middle ground in the level ranges. An NPC just below the cutoff point for Normal (200) resistance seems to still count as Little (150), rather than near to 149.

Any NPC that is recruited loses the resistances it gained for it's level, but retains any innate resistances or penalties it might have had.

The following chart reflects the level range that determines how much base resistance NPCs gain for a certain level, before any innate resistances are factored in. This chart takes No Resist as a bonus of 0, even though it counts as a base of 100 when calculating total resistance.


Base resistance level

(No magic resistance)

Total bonus
Less than 16 No Resist +0
17-25 Little +50
26-40 Normal +100
41-50 Strong +150
Greater than 51 Superb +200

In Elona+, due to the great variety of new NPCs that are much higher level than in normal Elona, the gap between the cutoff point for the final tier is uncertain, but is included in the chart. If the exact cutoff point can be determined, this will be changed.

Additionally, NPCs that reach the higher levels start to gain a slight amount of magic resistance in addition to their normal bonuses.

Level Base resistance level Total bonus Base magic resistance bonus Total bonus (magic only)
25 or less No Resist +0 No Resist +0
26-50 Little +50 No Resist +0
51-75 Normal +100 No Resist +0
76-100 Strong +150 No Resist +0
101-125 Superb +200 No Resist +0
126 or greater Superb +200 Little +50
350 or greater (?) Superb +200 Normal +100

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