Magic: Minor Spells

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Minor Spells

A minor spell, called a cantrip for wizards and an orison for clerics, is a simple spell usually learned during a spellcaster's initial training. Repeated castings have fixed the spell in the caste's mind and infused him or her with the magical power needed to produce the magical effect whenever and as often as wished.

Your class determines how many minor spells you know. Certain races, backgrounds, and themes also confer minor spells.


Certain spells have a special tag: ritual. Such a spell can be cast following the normal rules for spellcasting, or the spell can be cast as a ritual. The ritual version of a spell takes 10 minutes longer to cast than normal. It also doesn’t expend a spell slot, which means the ritual version of a spell can’t be cast at a higher level.

To cast a spell as a ritual, a spellcaster must have a feature that grants the ability to do so. The cleric and the druid, for example, have such a feature. The caster must also have the spell prepared or on his or her list of spells known, unless the character’s ritual feature specifies otherwise, as the Wizard’s does.

Prerequisite: You cannot use a spell as a ritual unless you have a special ability or a class feature that lets you do so.

Time: Performing a ritual takes more time than simply casting a spell. Each ritual specifies the time needed to complete it. During this time, you can do nothing but work on the ritual. As with casting a spell, you need to be able to speak and move your hands in order to perform a ritual.

Material Components: To complete a ritual, you must expend material components as fuel for the magic you have gathered and shaped. A ritual has a gold piece cost associated with it, whichrepresents a set of generic magical components, such as silver dust or rare alchemical ingredients. A ritual component pouch provides you with the materials you need.

When you complete the ritual and its effects begin, the material components needed for it are consumed.

In some cases, a ritual requires a specific item to complete it. Such items are specified in the spell's description.

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