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Negative level

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Each negative level gives a creature a -2 penalty on attack rolls, saves, skill checks, ability checks. Also inflicts a -1 penalty to effective level (affects things like spells and abilities which rely on caster level or character level). Negative levels stack.

If the target has as many negative levels as its Hit Die or levels, it dies.

Negative levels also affect maximum hit points.

  • For monsters, each negative level reduces hit points by 10 %. (DDO Forums) Epic monsters regenerate negative levels at a very fast pace, however, the inflicted HP damage does not heal.
  • Players lose HP and SP, probably also 10 % per negative level. Healing negative levels does not restore HP nor SP.



Permanent / undispellable

Temporary / dispellable / with limited charges


  • Resting (at a shrine or after a quest completion) cures all negative levels.
  • Negative levels wear off naturally, at a rate of 1 every 2 minutes.

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