NoOriginally Posted by Weena2
There are 2 types of resist... resists attributed to spell resistance and resists attributed to spells missing. While we use the same word they mean completely different things.
Resists due to spell resistence
These come in the form of partial resists and full resists. The amount of resistance determins the % chance of a partial resist or full resist. Full resists are only possible with vast amounts of spell resistence.
Resists due to spells missing
These occur when you don't have enough hit rating or perhaps caused by a debuff that reduces your % chance to hit. The word resist is a poor word, it simply means the spell missed.
Now, the reason the OP is seeing partial resists is that there is a formula which gives any mob that is superior to your level some resistance to all schools that cannot be reduced or countered in any ways, ie. spell pen or CoE. That small amount of resistance is equal to about 3% spell mitigation over the long term.