Resistance signifies a character's ability to withstand or reduce the effects of an opponent's attack. There is a type of resistance for each type of damage in the game: Mental, Physical, Spell, and Elemental. The last is further divided into five types: Fire, Cold, Electric, Nature, and Spirit. Each point of resistance reduces damage (of that type of attack) by 1%. In some cases, a target is given a chance to offset some of the effects of an attack if it passes an appropriate check for that type. There are also displacement/dodge and missile deflection ratings, which offer a percentile chance to completely ignore any physical attack and a percentile chance to ignore any missile of non-spell origin, respectively.

Some abilities, skills, or items allow combatants to enhance their resistances; they are also enhanced at higher levels and ranks.


Type Ability to withstand... Resistance Formula Resistance Limits Examples and notes
Mental Bard songs and mind-control spells.
Possible to completely resist or take a limited debuff.

rounded up

up to 100

(up to 150 in Awakening)

Captivating Song, Blood Control, Horror; not a percentage (score of 100 or more does not confer immunity)
Physical Direct attacks on the body.
Possible to completely resist or take a limited debuff.

rounded up

up to 100

(up to 150 in Awakening)

Knockdown, Earthquake, Paralyze; not a percentage (score of 100 or more does not confer immunity)
Spell Hostile magical spell attacks.
A percentage denotes a chance to completely resist a hostile spell. Friendly fire spell effects are applied normally.
up to 100% Spell resistance only works against spells that can be casted by controllable characters (e.g. although Aura of Weakness and Miasma are technically the same spell/talent, only the latter may be resisted).

Attacks based on each of the five elements.
This will reduce the damage by % you have.
Minimum elemental resistance is -100% (attainable with hexes).

up to 75%

(up to 85% in Awakening)

Fireball, Cone of Cold. There are distinct resistances for Fire, Cold, Electric, Nature, and Spirit effects.

Resistance checks

See also: Combat mechanics (Origins)#Resistance Checks

The following table includes a list of Talents and Spells and the relevant resistance check.

Tree Threat Type Resistance
Blood Mage Blood Wound Spell Physical
Creation Glyph of Paralysis Spell Physical
Creation Glyph of Repulsion Spell Physical
Creation Grease Spell Physical
Entropy Mass Paralysis Spell Physical
Entropy Miasma Spell Physical
Entropy Paralyze Spell Physical
Primal Blizzard Spell Physical
Primal Cone of Cold Spell Physical
Primal Earthquake Spell Physical
Primal Fireball Spell Physical
Primal Petrify Spell Physical
Archery Pinning Shot Talent Physical
Dual Weapon Cripple Talent Physical
Dual Weapon Riposte Talent Physical
Dual Weapon Punisher Talent Physical
Duelist Upset Balance Talent Physical
Rogue Below the Belt Talent Physical
Two-Handed Mighty Blow Talent Physical
Two-Handed Pommel Strike Talent Physical
Two-Handed Sunder Armor Talent Physical
Two-Handed Sunder Arms Talent Physical
Two-Handed Two-Handed Sweep Talent Physical
Two-Handed Sweeping Strike Talent Physical
Blood School Blood Fury Talent Physical
Weapon and Shield Overpower Talent Physical
Weapon and Shield Shield Bash Talent Physical
Weapon and Shield Shield Pummel Talent Physical
Blood Mage Blood Control Spell Mental
Entropy Horror Spell Mental
Entropy Sleep Spell Mental
Entropy Waking Nightmare Spell Mental
Bard Distraction Talent Mental
Bard Captivating Song Talent Mental
Reaver Frightening Appearance Talent Mental
Templar Holy Smite Talent Mental
Dog Growl Talent Mental
Dog Dread Howl Talent Mental
Shale Bellow (Origins) Talent Mental

Enemy resistances/weaknesses reference sheet

General types

Type Fire Frost Nature Spirit Electricity Base
Demon +50% 0% 0% +5% 0% 0%
Darkspawn -15% 0% +25% 0% 0% 0%
High Dragon and Flemeth +75% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Undead -25% +75% Immune 0% 0% 0%

Bosses and subtypes

Type Fire Frost Nature Spirit Electricity Base
Abomination 0% 0% Immune 0% +25% 0%
Arcane Horror 0% Immune Immune 0% 0% +20% spell
Archdemon +60% +75% +25% +75% +75% 0%
Broodmother 0% 0% +75% 0% 0% +75 mental
Genlock 0% 0% 0% +5% 0% +3 mental
Hurlock 0% +5% 0% +5% 0% +1% dodge
Ogre 0% +20% 0% +15% 0% +10% spell
Revenant 0% Immune Immune 0% 0% +75 mental
Steel Golem 0% +50% Immune 0% +50% +50% physical
Stone Golem +50% +50% Immune 0% 0% +50% physical
Wild Sylvan -50% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Shapeshifter forms

Type Fire Frost Nature Spirit Electricity Base

(monster and Shapeshifter form)

0% 0% +50% 0% 0% 0%
Flying Swarm

(Shapeshifter form)

-75% 0% 0% 0% 0% +100% missile deflection

+40% dodge


(monster and Shapeshifter form)

-10% 0% +75% 0% 0% 0%

Enemy resistances and immunities analysis

An obvious conclusion one can draw from this reference sheet and the Immunities list is electricity and spirit are most rarely resisted types of elemental damage, with no enemies immune to them, while nature is (a) most commonly resisted, (b) an unparalleled number of creatures are immune to it, and (c) not a single enemy in the game has a nature damage weakness**. Consider also the stamina draining effect from electrical damage and the fact the most damaging spells and spell combinations in the game are spirit-based (Mana Drain, Entropic Death, Virulent Walking Bomb, Blood Control). Fire damage is quite frequently resisted, but this is offset by the fact both Darkspawn and Undead type enemies have weakness to fire. Cold damage is also commonly resisted, but since cold-based spells also have the ability to Freeze and Slow targets, this is less of a problem (see Cone of Cold for more information). It is also noteworthy spell resistance is extremely rare, and even when present, its value is quite low, so certain spells/spell combinations (Paralysis Explosion, for example) are almost guaranteed to work under any conditions.

Note that on Casual Difficulty, spell resistance is reduced by 10% (to a minimum of 0%) and on Nightmare it is increased by 5%. Additionally, on Hard and Nightmare difficulties all enemies gain 5% elemental resistance.

Note: The Archdemon at the end of Origins is a notable exception to the general rule. While it does not have a "weakness" to nature damage, as such, its resistances to all other forms of elemental damage are much higher (60 to fire and 75 to the others) than its nature resistance, which is only 25. However this does not in itself justify altering character build strategies, as there are other ways to inflict nature damage that can be used for this one major fight

Global and specific resistances

Global resistances apply to their subtypes; however, bosses do not inherit resistances. An example is a genlock inheriting darkspawn global resistances, yet neither Archdemon nor Broodmother inherit darkspawn global resistances. The Archdemon does not inherit High Dragon resistances either.

Items providing spell resistance

Name Enhancements Acquisition
Templar Armor
Requires: 27 strength
+3 willpower
+20% spell resistance
+5 mental resistance
Restriction: Templar
Knight Commander's Plate
Requires: 39 strength
+5 willpower
+40% spell resistance
+10 mental resistance
Sold by Faryn in Frostback Mountain Pass for 27DAO goldpiece trans 42DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans.

Restriction: Templar
Armor of the Divine Will
Requires: 38 strength
+20% spell resistance
-5 magic
Sold by Ruck in Ortan Thaig.

Restriction: Templar
The Spellward +5 willpower
+8 health regeneration while exploring
+30% spell resistance
+10% chance to dodge attacks
+6 defense against missiles
Origins: Sold by Bodahn Feddic at the Party Camp
Leliana's Song: Dropped by Weapon Master in the Noble's Estate (2nd time)
Witch Hunt: Sold by Sandal in the Apprentice Quarters
Key to the City +2 to all attributes
+4% spell resistance
+10% to healing effects received
Found in the Assembly Cache in the Chamber of the Assembly, Orzammar Diamond Quarter after completing The Key to the City side quest.
Athras's Pendant 4% spell resistance Obtained from Athras in the Dalish Camp as a reward for completing the Lost to the Curse side quest
Mark of Vigilance +6 defense
+2% spell resistance
+5 mental resistance
Requires the Mark of Vigilance DLC
Requires: 27 strength/magic
+5 magic
+1 or +2 mana regeneration in combat
+10% spell resistance
+3 electricity damage
Dropped by the Arcane Warrior Cultist Overseer in the Mountainside Caverns, during The Urn of Sacred Ashes main quest.

Restriction: Arcane Warrior
Antivan Leather Boots
Requires: 18 strength
+4% spell resistance They come from Antivan Leather Boots (gift) in Origins, and purchased from the Bartender and looted from the Smuggler Leader and Crow Assassin in Awakening.
Blackblade Boots
Requires: 24 strength
+4 dexterity
+4 willpower
+4 cunning
+8% spell resistance
Cannot be acquired via normal means.

Restriction: Rogue
Havard's Aegis
Requires: 22 strength
+4 spell resistance
Chance to avoid missile attacks
Looted from the Ogre at the top of the Tower of Ishal.
Reaper's Vestments +6 constitution
+20% fire resistance
+16% spell resistance
+10% chance to dodge attacks
+12 armor
Sold by the Tranquil Proprietor at the Wonders of Thedas

Restriction: Mage
Ancient Elven Gloves
Requires: 22 strength
+2 armor
+4% spell resistance
Found in the Ruined Temple.
Cinch of Skillful Maneuvering +1 to all attributes
+10% spell resistance
+10% chance to dodge attacks
Reward for the A Time of Wood and Stone achievement during Witch Hunt



  • Dwarves have in-game an extra 10% spell resistance, because they have developed a natural resistance to magic due to living close to lyrium.
  • Note that some abilities (e.g. Dirty Fighting) are absent from the above list and are not subject to a physical resistance check. They are subject to immunities (i.e. stun, knockdown, etc.) however. This can be misleading because even if a creature/player is immune to a given effect, "Resisted" will still appear above the character when an immunity protects that player from a physical effect such as stun and knockdown.
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