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Lower Resist

Class: Necromancer
Required Level: 30
Skill Tree: Curses
Requires: Amplify Damage, Weaken, Terror, Iron Maiden, Life Tap, Decrepify
Cost: 22 Mana

Elemental attacks do more damage to the cursed monster.

Damage Type: Magic
Other Stats: Only one Curse may be active on a target at a time

Lower Resist is a Necromancer skill in Diablo II.


  • Gives synergy to: None
  • Receives synergy from: None


Lower Resist will lower the enemies' resistance to Fire, Lightning, Cold, and Poison; unlike Decrepify, it will not lower Physical Resistance. However, because of its effects, Lower Resist is extremely helpful in multiplayer situations, especially in combination with elemental fighters such as Sorceresses that find themselves stumped by monsters in Hell mode immune to certain spells.

However, when breaking an immunity, Lower Resist will only work at 1/5 effectiveness.

It is possible for an exceptionally powerful Lower Resist to bring an opponent's resistances into negative values, meaning that corresponding elemental damage against them is increased by that percentage. Lower Resist does not affect magical damage.

Lower Resist is the only skill that can worsen a being's defenses against Poison. Should the Necromancer in question be a Daggermancer, and he faces someone very tough, if at all possible, to kill with Poison, it is only through this curse that he can exploit his best strength, or just make use of other skills like Amplify Damage or Corpse Explosion.


Simply put, this skill increases an enemy's susceptibility to the harsh effects of the elements and elemental magics. Skin burns like paper, chills cut to the bone, and lightning is drawn to the victim as if they were an iron bar in a rainstorm.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Mana Cost: 22

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Radius (yards) 4.6 5.3 6 6.6 7.3 8 8.6 9.3 10 10.6 11.3
Duration 20s 22s 24s 26s 28s 30s 32s 34s 36s 38s 40s
Resist All −% 31 37 41 44 47 49 51 52 54 55 56
Level 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Radius (yards) 12 12.6 13.3 14 14.6 15.3 16 16.6 17.3
Duration 42s 44s 46s 48s 50s 52s 54s 56s 58s
Resist All −% 57 58 59 60 61 61 61 62 62

Diablo IIIEdit

Lower Resist does return in Diablo III, as one of four possible curses from an Enslaved Nightmare. It has, for the most part, been kept the same, in that upon incanting the curse, the victim's resistances are debuffed. The only easily seen change is the name of the curse; it has been renamed to Curse of Resistance.

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