Disrupting Ray

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School of Air Magic
Symbol for the School of Air Magic
Level 1
 Haste
 Magic Arrow *
 View Air
Level 2
 Disguise
 Disrupting Ray
 Fortune
 Lightning Bolt
 Precision
 Protection from Air
 Visions *
Level 3
 Air Shield
 Destroy Undead
 Hypnotize
Level 4
 Chain Lightning
 Counterstrike
Level 5
 Dimension Door
 Fly
 Magic Mirror
 Summon Air Elemental
 Titan's Lightning Bolt
School of Earth Magic
School of Fire Magic
School of Water Magic
Disrupting Ray
Disrupting Ray.png
School:  Air Magic
Level:  2nd
Cost:  10/8
Duration:  until end of combat
 Basic effect
Reduces the selected enemy unit's defense strength by 3. A single enemy may be targeted multiple times by this spell.
 Advanced effect
Reduces the selected enemy unit's defense strength by 4. A single enemy may be targeted multiple times by this spell.
 Expert effect
Reduces the selected enemy unit's defense strength by 5. A single enemy may be targeted multiple times by this spell.
 Probability of occurrence (%):
Town portrait Castle small.gif Castle   35
Town portrait Rampart small.gif Rampart   25
Town portrait Tower small.gif Tower   46 (35*)
Town portrait Inferno small.gif Inferno   47
Town portrait Necropolis small.gif Necropolis   24
Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon   35
Town portrait Stronghold small.gif Stronghold   35
Town portrait Fortress small.gif Fortress   35
Town portrait Conflux small.gif Conflux   37
Town portrait Cove small.gif Cove Horn of the Abyss   25
* Without Library

Disrupting Ray is a 2nd level spell in the School of Air Magic. It reduces target, enemy creature stack's defense. Disrupting Ray may be cast on same stack repeatedly, making it the only cumulative spell in Heroes of Might and Magic III. The effect of each cast stays until combat ends. It is prone to dispel/cure, and even if the target was killed and resurrected the disrupting ray effect still remains. Usually, the overall effect is limited by zero defense level, but if the target's defense was buffed by spells or a defensive stance, it will go negative after the buffs expire.

Heroes starting with Disrupting Ray:

Heroes specialising in Disrupting Ray:

Creatures immune to Disrupting Ray:

Creatures capable of casting Disrupting Ray:

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The advantage of this spell is that effects are cumulative over the duration of the first casting, for as many times as you can cast it. The most typical use is on a Blinded stack, dropping defense down to zero before all friendly troops attack, making for an easy and quick kill of an otherwise tough opponent.