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Spellcraft (Intelligence; Trained Only)

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Use this skill to identify spells as they are cast or spells already in place.

Spellcraft DCTask
13When using read magic, identify a glyph of warding. No action required.
15 + spell
level
Identify a spell being cast. (You must see or hear the spell’s verbal or somatic components.) No action required. No retry.
15 + spell
level
Learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll (wizard only). No retry for that spell until you gain at least 1 rank in Spellcraft (even if you find another source to try to learn the spell from). Requires 8 hours.
15 + spell
level
Prepare a spell from a borrowed spellbook (wizard only). One try per day. No extra time required.
15 + spell
level
When casting Detect Magic, determine the school of magic involved in the aura of a single item or creature you can see. (If the aura is not a spell effect, the DC is 15 + one-half caster level.) No action required.
19When using read magic, identify a symbol. No action required.
20 + spell
level
Identify a spell that’s already in place and in effect. You must be able to see or detect the effects of the spell. No action required. No retry.
20 + spell
level
Identify materials created or shaped by magic, such as noting that an iron wall is the result of a wall of iron spell. No action required. No retry.
20 + spell
level
Decipher a written spell (such as a scroll) without using read magic. One try per day. Requires a full-round action.
25 + spell
level
After rolling a saving throw against a spell targeted on you, determine what that spell was. No action required. No retry.
25Identify a potion. Requires 1 minute. No retry.
20Draw a diagram to allow dimensional anchor to be cast on a magic circle spell. Requires 10 minutes. No retry. This check is made secretly so you do not know the result.
30 or
higher
Understand a strange or unique magical effect, such as the effects of a magic stream. Time required varies. No retry.

Check

You can identify spells and magic effects. The DCs for Spellcraft checks relating to various tasks are summarized on the table above.

Action

Varies, as noted above.

Try Again

See above.

Special

If you are a specialist wizard, you get a +2 bonus on Spellcraft checks when dealing with a spell or effect from your specialty school. You take a -5 penalty when dealing with a spell or effect from a prohibited school (and some tasks, such as learning a prohibited spell, are just impossible).

If you have the Magical Aptitude feat, you get a +2 bonus on Spellcraft checks.

Synergy

If you have 5 or more ranks in Knowledge (Arcana),you get a +2 bonus on Spellcraft checks.

If you have 5 or more ranks in Use Magic Device, you get a +2 bonus on Spellcraft checks to decipher spells on scrolls.

If you have 5 or more ranks in Spellcraft, you get a +2 bonus on Use Magic Device checks related to scrolls.

Additionally, certain spells allow you to gain information about magic, provided that you make a successful Spellcraft check as detailed in the spell description.

Liber Mysterium

The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks

By Timothy S. Brannan and The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks Team

Normally used to identify spells or magical effects in place this skill can also be used to identify naturally occurring magically charged areas, such as ley lines. This is useful for the placement of covensteads.

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