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“This is an incredible supplement full of clever writing that made me think Ed Greenwood had contributed. Every spellcaster, from wizards to clerics to eldritch knights, needs a copy of this book. Sure, this book has hundreds of balanced, creative, fun, new spells to fill your arsenal and is brimming with magic items both sinister and hilarious, but it also is chock full of story bits. Names for towers, magic words to shout when casting spells, and more, this supplement is worth at least triple every penny you drop on it... I could not be more excited!” (James Intracaso, host of Tabletop Babble)

“A fantastic book filled with some of the greatest powers ever to shine in the lands of Faerun! This book is a a wonderful asset for players seeking more options for their arcane characters or dungeon masters seeking new ways to spice up their arcane villains!” (Mike Shea, author of The Lazy DM)

"Elminster’s backlog of Wizard Tower Names and the tomes within the Spellcaster’s Library are perfect for those players that love to explore the details absent from current modules and will fuel your own adventures with new possibilities. Magical Trinkets and Strange Elixir made the little artificer in me go wild! My favorite section by far pertains to exemplary options for DMs or fastidious PCs roleplaying magical dialects and phrases with Verbal Spell Components. Okay, you got me… I’m impressed. (Ruty Rutenberg, Co-Creator & Dungeon Master of Maze Arcana)

Become the ultimate spellcaster!

Join Elminster, the Sage of Shadowdale, as he takes you on an astounding journey through all things magical. This indispensible guide contains some of the most potent and fantastic magic ever created! Between these covers, you will find:

  • Over 350 new spells, covering all schools and spellcasting classes
  • Over 50 new magic items
  • A guide for young wizards
  • A history of the magical factions of the Forgotten Realms
  • 8 fantastic new faction-based archetypes
  • ...and even more!

This book contains nearly 180 pages of content, and every page is crammed with information, both wonderful and weird. Elminster's Guide to Magic is a must-have companion volume to the Player's Handbook, and will transform your character into the ultimate spellcaster!

Update: Thankyou for all your feedback! We have created an errata document and will add to it as we work through your observations and suggestions. Click here for errata.

 
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Brian S October 18, 2017 1:16 pm UTC
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Absolutely LOVE this product! Great addition to the rather dull and not terribly creative spell list in the 5e PHB. I had it printed and bound with plastic coil along with a black card stock backpage and a clear plastic front page so players can have access to it at the table. At this price point, this is a steal!
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Brian S October 18, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
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As a suggestion - expand on the idea of how to use your spells creatively. I like what you suggested for Minor Illusion. Compile a bunch of different and creative ways to use any/all of the spells in current PHB and the spells in this volume. Would make for another supplement that I would buy.
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M.T. B October 18, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
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Thanks Brian - this is a great idea
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M.T. B October 18, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
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And also - thanks for the great review!
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Christopher C October 18, 2017 3:46 am UTC
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I started with the 9th level spells looking at how powerful some of the magic was and found that one spell instant refuge was not in the descriptions I don't know if this is the first or the last spell that was left out but I wanted to let the creator know
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M.T. B October 18, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
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Thanks Christopher - please check the errata for that one
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Kelly R October 17, 2017 3:30 am UTC
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I've barely scratched the surface, but have a question that's likely beyond capability.

I really dislike the way the spells are indexed by class list, then level, then the descriptions are alphabetical in the PHB, and you've copied that format here. My suggestion(s) are as follows:
1. Anyway the errata can rearrange the spell lists alphabetically so that we can see which spells might be available on the class list as one reads through the descriptions?
2. Alternately, can the spell description include a line that lists which class lists it is on?
Here's a personal example why: I have created a specific character that will choose spells based on both utility to me and my party, but also to be consistent with my character concept. My abjurer, for example, is half-elven with faint traces of dwarven blood. He's a jeweler by training. Therefore, his first emphasis is going to be on protection, control and then element (earth to go with the jeweler/faint dwarven heritage from his background.)...See more
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M.T. B October 17, 2017 4:35 am UTC
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Hi Kelly, thanks for the purchase and the kind comments! We were thinking about including additional indexes and really just ran out of time. Adding a line to every spell description would be hard, but having an alphabetical list with class indications might be doable. We've actually got a spreadsheet with this information on it. Let me see what I can do, but please be patient as we have *so much* on at the moment!
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Jason H October 13, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
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How much current errata has been added to this document? I want to get it.
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M.T. B October 14, 2017 2:29 am UTC
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A link to the errata document can be found above, just above the page screenshots
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Leigh P October 13, 2017 9:56 am UTC
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Given that mystic and artificers have fairly revised playtests (with spell lists etc) are you likely to release spells for those classes before they're released (guessing that won't be for another year or something)

Really looking forward to the revision and potential print option (if DMs Guild ever lets you)!
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M.T. B October 13, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
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Yes, we've held off for just that reason
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Cody H October 12, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
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So far from what I've read I'm loving this purchase. I understand "Crawling Darkness" was a Cleric spell in 3rd edition, but based on that sweet flavor should it not also be available to Warlocks? Great Old Ones are all about those tentacles.
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M.T. B October 12, 2017 9:12 pm UTC
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Good suggestion - I think you are right
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John E October 08, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
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What is the intention of Sorcerous Scribe? I feel like I'm missing or overlooking something here.
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M.T. B October 09, 2017 5:25 am UTC
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It is one of a handful of "color" spells we included. Its the sort of thing that you can imagine wizards having, but not something with a lot of game-mechanical usefulness.
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Lee M October 04, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
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Will you be adding a spell list for the artificer if it comes out?
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M.T. B October 04, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
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Very likely.
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Hayden M September 28, 2017 10:46 am UTC
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Just a quick poke, but I noticed that "Fortifying Cry" is listed as a 1st level spell in the "Cleric" spell list. Not sure if that's a misprint or mistake. If it's already been fixed, though, I'll just double check.

*Also I think that Prophesied Strike would be better as "Divination School" over Enchantment.
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M.T. B September 28, 2017 10:48 am UTC
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Thanks, I'll check it out
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Hayden M September 28, 2017 10:52 am UTC
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No probs, I'm absolutely loving the spells though. It's looking great so far. :D 10/10 was worth the purchase
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M.T. B September 28, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
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Thanks so much Hayden! If you could hit the rating button as well, those five star ratings really help us a lot! And we are already working hard on the next books...
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Spenser B September 27, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
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Everything in here that isn't a spell is good. Many of the spells are also well-balanced and add options to the game that I think it was really missing. A really good portion, I would argue a fair majority, of the spells in this book however are far too good. They go over the "useful" line and cross directly into "too good." Many are close to strictly better than similar spells or are so ridiculously good they will completely trivialize most encounters with the casting of a single spell.

Example of a good spell: Whirling Blade - Fills a niche I've felt was missing and is super useful without being far too useful

Example of a spell that is close to strictly better: Fire Hawk - Does 1 less damage on average than fire-bolt and has half the range but otherwise operates the same... except for the secondary effect which imposes a lot of control as it threatens to double the damage from the spell. Would feel much more well balanced at 1d6 for each effect rather than 1d8....See more
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M.T. B September 27, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
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Hi Spenser, thanks for buying the book, and I'm glad you have enjoyed so much of it.

With regards to Freeze, you are right that it should require concentration, and I've amended that in the errata. Although the target doesn't get a saving throw, it can make an ability check to end the spell every round. And unlike a lot of spells, the spell effect can also be ended by an ally. I believe that these two factors balance the spell out.

You are correct that the wording around the target's action is poor. Rather than mentioning an action, it should say something like, "At the end of each of its turns, the target can make a Strength check..." The mechanical effect is identical, but the wording is more accurate. I believe a Strength check is more appropriate than an athletics check in this instance.

Your major concern, I think, is that you don't get an initial saving throw and are frozen for at least one turn. We'll review that when we go through the feedback, and consider...See more
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David B September 27, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
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Hey hey :) Just having a first glaze over of these awesome spells and noticed the 9th Level Spell, Instant Refuge is in a couple of the lists, but there is no actual description for the spell.
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M.T. B September 27, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
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Thanks David - I will chase that up!
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Leigh P September 26, 2017 9:39 am UTC
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Will errata be incorporated into the full PDF at all?
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M.T. B September 26, 2017 10:45 am UTC
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Yes, but we want to collect a few weeks worth of feedback first
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Finnian Q September 24, 2017 1:45 pm UTC
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I want this so much, I should be able to get this on Thursday it has all the favorite Pathfinder spells!
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M.T. B September 26, 2017 10:46 am UTC
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I hope you enjoy it!
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jason R September 22, 2017 2:49 pm UTC
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Who the artist that did elf with the dragon? i need to commission art pieces like her from that artist.
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M.T. B September 22, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
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David Revoy
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jason R September 23, 2017 11:46 am UTC
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i need contact info to try to buy some his art for a personal commission
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M.T. B September 23, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
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I don't have that info, sorry
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jason R September 22, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
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sorcer spells missing in spell description
Instant Refuge
cleric spells missing in spell description
Command Another's Pet
Mage Armor, Greater (missing from any the spells list)
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M.T. B September 22, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
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Please see the errata for Command Another's Pet. I will look into the others
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jason R September 22, 2017 11:52 am UTC
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your missing spell description for a couple of your spells.
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M.T. B September 22, 2017 12:36 pm UTC
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Which ones!
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