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Does 'Resist Magic' affect offensive spells against the player only? Or does it also affect defensive spells, like Healing, Lesser Ward, etc.?

Also, does Skyrim's 'Resist Magic' act like Oblivion's 'Resist Magic', where it also affects poisons? What about potions?

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oblivion's resist magic affected poison? I never knew that :). I know that disease triggers absorb magick, but no idea about resist. –  Anon Dec 18 '11 at 19:26

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Thankfully, Skyrim does not suffer like Oblivion from all those unintuitive effects.

The one exception is magic ABSORB (not resist). It is available from the Breton's activated racial ability, the Atronach standing stone, and an Alteration perk. Even then, it only causes your conjurations to fail, and does not affect your healing magic, potions, etc. My Breton character simply doesn't conjure anything and enjoys full effect from everything while laughing off mage NPCs. If you want to conjure things and resist magic, simply avoid magic absorb and steer yourself towards hitting the 80% RESIST magic cap.

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Thanks for mentioning that Magic Absorb can cause conjurations to fail. I was wondering why my conjurations take a few tries to appear. It turns out that this is due to the Atronach standing stone. –  galacticninja Dec 24 '11 at 1:33
    
+1 for the answer. The OP has not picked one yet, both answers qualify as a good answer to the question. –  ヴァイシャリ Feb 7 '12 at 15:38

No. Resist magic does not affect healing spells or anything such as that. It only affects harmful spells. Second, not 100% sure, but I do not think that resist magic would resist poisons, unless said poison was from a spell. If it was from alchemy, or something else, then it would deal 100% of the poison damage.

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+1 for the answer. The OP has not picked one yet, both answers qualify as a good answer to the question. –  ヴァイシャリ Feb 7 '12 at 15:38
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Could anyone expound more on "Second, not 100% sure, but I do not think that resist magic would resist poisons, unless said poison was from a spell. If it was from alchemy, or something else, then it would deal 100% of the poison damage."? –  galacticninja Mar 25 '12 at 2:26

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