Stone Skin

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School of Earth Magic
Symbol for School of Earth Magic
Level 1
 Magic Arrow *
 Stone Skin
 View Earth
Level 2
 Death Ripple
 Visions *
Level 3
 Animate Dead
 Force Field
 Protection from Earth
Level 4
 Meteor Shower
 Town Portal
Level 5
 Summon Earth Elemental
School of Air Magic
School of Fire Magic
School of Water Magic
Stone Skin
Stone Skin.png
School:  Earth Magic
Level:  1st
Cost:  5/4
Duration:  1 rnd/sp
 Basic effect
Increases the selected friendly unit's defense strength by 3.
 Advanced effect
Increases the selected friendly unit's defense strength by 6.
 Expert effect
Increases the defense strength of all friendly units by 6.
 Probability of occurrence (%):
Town portrait Castle small.gif Castle   32
Town portrait Rampart small.gif Rampart   32
Town portrait Tower small.gif Tower   63 (53*)
Town portrait Inferno small.gif Inferno   31
Town portrait Necropolis small.gif Necropolis   54
Town portrait Dungeon small.gif Dungeon   30
Town portrait Stronghold small.gif Stronghold   53
Town portrait Fortress small.gif Fortress   31
Town portrait Conflux small.gif Conflux   31
Town portrait Cove small.gif Cove Horn of the Abyss   31
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Stone Skin is a 1st level spell in the School of Earth Magic. It increases target, allied troop's defense.

Heroes with Stone Skin as a starting spell:

Heroes that specialize in Stone Skin:

Units immune to Stone Skin:

Units capable of casting this spell:

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Some may find the information in this section subjective or irrelevant.

Stone skin is often compared to shield, which has similar effects. They both reduce the amount of damage creature stacks receives. The main difference between these two spells are, that stone skin also works against ranged creatures while shield only reduces hand-to-hand damage. A rule of thumb whether to use shield or stone skin in hand-to-hand combat is, that if enemy's attack skill is greater than your defense skill, use stone skin. Of course, with both spells active, your troops will receive considerably less damage.

Advanced/Expert Stone Skin is only strictly better than equal-skill Shield if the difference between your unit's defense and the opponent's attack is exactly 21 or 22. That means Shield is almost always preferable, unless you expect ranged attacks.