Classes wizard

© 2013, Dynamite Entertainment
Artist credit
Matteo Scalera
Print source
Jim Zub. (2013). “Dark Waters Rising” Chapter 6. Pathfinder, Volume 1 #6Dynamite Entertainment.

Beyond the veil of the mundane hide the secrets of absolute power. The works of beings beyond mortals, the legends of realms where gods and spirits tread, the lore of creations both wondrous and terrible—such mysteries call to those with the ambition and the intellect to rise above the common folk to grasp true might. Such is the path of the wizard. These shrewd magic-users seek, collect, and covet esoteric knowledge, drawing on cultic arts to work wonders beyond the abilities of mere mortals. While some might choose a particular field of magical study and become masters of such powers, others embrace versatility, reveling in the unbounded wonders of all magic. In either case, wizards prove a cunning and potent lot, capable of smiting their foes, empowering their allies, and shaping the world to their every desire.

Role: While universalist wizards might study to prepare themselves for any manner of danger, specialist wizards research schools of magic that make them exceptionally skilled within a specific focus. Yet no matter their specialty, all wizards are masters of the impossible and can aid their allies in overcoming any danger.

Alignment: Any

Hit Die: d6

Starting Wealth: 2d6 × 10 gp (average 70 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Class Skills

The wizard’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Constitution), Craft (Intelligence), Decipher Script (Intelligence), Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Intelligence), Profession (Wisdom),
and Spellcraft (Intelligence).

Skill Points at 1st Level: (2 + Intelligence modifier) x4.

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 2 + Intelligence modifier.

The Wizard
  ———- Spells per Day ———
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Summon familiar, Scribe Scroll 3 1
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3   4 2
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3   4 2 1
4th +2 +1 +1 +4   4 3 2
5th +2 +1 +1 +4 Bonus feat 4 3 2 1
6th +3 +2 +2 +5   4 3 3 2
7th +3 +2 +2 +5   4 4 3 2 1
8th +4 +2 +2 +6   4 4 3 3 2
9th +4 +3 +3 +6   4 4 4 3 2 1
10th +5 +3 +3 +7 Bonus feat 4 4 4 3 3 2
11th +5 +3 +3 +7   4 4 4 4 3 2 1
12th +6/+1 +4 +4 +8   4 4 4 4 3 3 2
13th +6/+1 +4 +4 +8   4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
14th +7/+2 +4 +4 +9   4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
15th +7/+2 +5 +5 +9 Bonus feat 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
16th +8/+3 +5 +5 +10   4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
17th +8/+3 +5 +5 +10   4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
18th +9/+4 +6 +6 +11   4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
19th +9/+4 +6 +6 +11   4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
20th +10/+5 +6 +6 +12 Bonus feat 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the wizard.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Wizards are proficient with the club, dagger, heavy crossbow, light crossbow, and quarterstaff, but not with any type of armor or shield. Armor of any type interferes with a wizard’s movements, which can cause her spells with somatic components to fail.

Spells

 The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman: a magician makes his garden bear fruit and flowers in winter.
The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman: a magician makes his garden bear fruit and flowers in winter.

A wizard casts arcane spells which are drawn from the sorcerer/ wizard spell list. A wizard must choose and prepare her spells ahead of time (see below).

To learn, prepare, or cast a spell, the wizard must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a wizard’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the wizard’s Intelligence modifier.

Like other spellcasters, a wizard can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on Table: The Wizard. In addition, she receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Intelligence score.

Unlike a bard or sorcerer, a wizard may know any number of spells. She must choose and prepare her spells ahead of time by getting a good night’s sleep and spending 1 hour studying her spellbook. While studying, the wizard decides which spells to prepare.

Bonus Languages

A wizard may substitute Draconic for one of the bonus languages available to the character because of her race.

Familiar

A wizard can obtain a familiar in exactly the same manner as a sorcerer can. See the sorcerer description and the information on Familiars below for details.

Scribe Scroll

At 1st level, a wizard gains Scribe Scroll as a bonus feat.

Bonus Feats

At 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th level, a wizard gains a bonus feat. At each such opportunity, she can choose a metamagic feat, an item creation feat, or Spell Mastery. The wizard must still meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat, including caster level minimums.

These bonus feats are in addition to the feat that a character of any class gets from advancing levels. The wizard is not limited to the categories of item creation feats, metamagic feats, or Spell Mastery when choosing these feats.

Spellbooks

A wizard must study her spellbook each day to prepare her spells. She cannot prepare any spell not recorded in her spellbook, except for read magic, which all wizards can prepare from memory.

A wizard begins play with a spellbook containing all 0-level wizard spells (except those from her prohibited school or schools, if any; see School Specialization, below) plus three 1st-level spells of your choice. For each point of Intelligence bonus the wizard has, the spellbook holds one additional 1st-level spell of your choice. At each new wizard level, she gains two new spells of any spell level or levels that she can cast (based on her new wizard level) for her spellbook. At any time, a wizard can also add spells found in other wizards’ spellbooks to her own.

School Specialization

 

A school is one of eight groupings of spells, each defined by a common theme. If desired, a wizard may specialize in one school of magic (see below). Specialization allows a wizard to cast extra spells from her chosen school, but she then never learns to cast spells from some other schools.

A specialist wizard can prepare one additional spell of her specialty school per spell level each day. She also gains a +2 bonus on Spellcraft checks to learn the spells of her chosen school.

The wizard must choose whether to specialize and, if she does so, choose her specialty at 1st level. At this time, she must also give up two other schools of magic (unless she chooses to specialize in divination; see below), which become her prohibited schools.

A wizard can never give up divination to fulfill this requirement.

Spells of the prohibited school or schools are not available to the wizard, and she can’t even cast such spells from scrolls or fire them from wands. She may not change either her specialization or her prohibited schools later.

The eight schools of arcane magic are abjuration, conjuration, divination, enchantment, evocation, illusion, necromancy, and transmutation.

Spells that do not fall into any of these schools are called universal spells.

  • Abjuration: Spells that protect, block, or banish. An abjuration specialist is called an abjurer.
  • Conjuration: Spells that bring creatures or materials to the caster. A conjuration specialist is called a conjurer.
  • Divination: Spells that reveal information. A divination specialist is called a diviner. Unlike the other specialists, a diviner must give up only one other school.
  • Enchantment: Spells that imbue the recipient with some property or grant the caster power over another being. An enchantment specialist is called an enchanter.
  • Evocation: Spells that manipulate energy or create something from nothing. An evocation specialist is called an evoker.
  • Illusion : Spells that alter perception or create false images. An illusion specialist is called an illusionist.
  • Necromancy : Spells that manipulate, create, or destroy life or life force. A necromancy specialist is called a necromancer.
  • Transmutation: Spells that transform the recipient physically or change its properties in a more subtle way. A transmutation specialist is called a transmuter.

  • Universal: Not a school, but a category for spells that all wizards can learn. A wizard cannot select universal as a specialty school or as a prohibited school. Only a limited number of spells fall into this category.

Transmutation: Spells that transform the recipient physically or change its properties in a more subtle way. A transmutation specialist is called a transmuter.

Universal: Not a school, but a category for spells that all wizards can learn. A wizard cannot select universal as a specialty school or as a prohibited school. Only a limited number of spells fall into this category.

Wizard Character Concepts

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