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The Magus Class

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Combining martial prowess and magical power, the magi are spell swords, arcane archers, mystic marauders, and sorcerous sentinels. Every magus pledges themself to an eldritch society that inducts them into the magic arts and trains them in war. This versatile training means that magi are versatile adventurers and unpredictable foes.

Every magus is a member of an eldritch society. Eldritch Societies included in the full version of the Magus class include: the Arcane Order, Knights Stygian, Primordial Seal, and Sideral Cabal, Shadow Court, Sylvan Circle.

What's New in the 2nd Anniversary Update?

December 2018 marks the Magus class' 2nd anniversary on the DM's Guild. We celebrated the occasion by making the following changes and additions to the Magus:

  • Minor quality of life changes to class features.
  • Major improvements and revisions to the Shadow Court and many of the existing spells.
  • The addition of a new eldritch society, the Sidereal Cabal.
  • 20 new magical items.

You can also pick up a Magus class specific character sheet made by our very own Nathanaël Roux.

You can find the free trial version of the class here.

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Bálint K September 29, 2019 11:46 am UTC
question:
If it is a half-caster, why does in know more spells than the sorcerer? Why not use number of spells known from the UA ranger instead?
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Alexander B June 21, 2019 1:37 am UTC
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This may be a weird question. But I was curious what you would use the embalmers tools for? I know you would use it to preserve a dead body, but I was wondering what practical uses that has. For example, does using an embalmers kit give you extra time to use spells like revivify? Thanks.
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Benjamin H June 22, 2019 4:28 am UTC
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There really wouldn't be any adventuring applications for embalming tools...except maybe learning whether or not mummies are filled with flammable liquids. It's more for flavor or for a side gig, like many other tool proficiencies.
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Alexander B June 23, 2019 6:43 pm UTC
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That makes sense. Thanks for responding.
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Roberto B May 13, 2019 9:47 am UTC
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Hi! I like the class a lot, but I have a design question: why is the hit dice a d8 and not a d10? After all the magus is an half caster pretty much like pally and ranger(Admittedly with cantrips, but that is balanced out by not having extra attacks)
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William B May 03, 2019 3:45 am UTC
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Hey there! I adore this class. It's basically the kind of spellsword class I've been dying for. Just one small thing: I've noticed that the Primordial Seal is missing its Spellcasting Focus section. I'm assuming its an arcane focus, but I just thought it stood out.
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Benjamin H May 03, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
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Primordial Seal doesn't get one - they rely on component pouches and enspelled weapons.
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Símun M February 16, 2019 11:46 pm UTC
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How is spell surge different from an extra spell slot?
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Benjamin H February 19, 2019 6:08 pm UTC
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You can't use Spell Surge to activate your Eldritch Armament ability.
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Símun M June 17, 2019 10:29 pm UTC
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Alright thank you!
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Kenneth T February 05, 2019 5:25 pm UTC
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Bit of an odd question but are you able to use the aegis on yourself? Granting you an ac buff
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Benjamin H February 06, 2019 11:11 pm UTC
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Yes, you can put an aegis on yourself!
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Adam J September 21, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
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I have a question regarding 'Spells Known' and 'Esoteric Eye'... Esoteric Eye seems to suggest that when I use it with a group of spellcasters I can 'learn each of those creature’s spellcasting ability'... how does that work with Spells Known? Say at level 2, I know three magus spells and I used Esoteric Eye - would I be able to learn their spells in addition to my current spells, would it be replacing spells I know already, or am I completely missing how this actually works?

Thanks!
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Adam J September 21, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
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Never mind, I realised my mistake! I understand - I don't learn spells from them, I learn what their spellcasting ability is - the number modifier - not their spells. Whoops!
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Benjamin H September 21, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
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Almost right, you learn whether they use Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma as their spellcasting ability. I suppose I might need to clean up the language of the feature to avoid confusion!
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Patrick M September 16, 2018 1:10 am UTC
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Ok, quick question: Your list of spells you can cast include up to 6th (sixth) level spells, but the magus table only shows up to the 5th level for spells you can cast. Is this class not supposed to have 6th level spells or is the table not complete? Thnx!
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Benjamin H September 21, 2018 9:36 pm UTC
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The Magus, like the Warlock class, gets access to 6th level spells via a feature rather than through their Spellcasting.
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anthony R May 23, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
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Hi i noticed that the knight styagin in there spell list known Cantrips it states that they can use death shroud but in the description of the spell it does not list them. Is this a typo in the description or the spell list known for the knights?
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Benjamin H May 24, 2018 2:42 am UTC
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The spell description contains the error, Stygian Knights CAN take the Death Shroud cantrip.
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Garrett P April 27, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
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Hey there, I was just looking through the Magus again and I can't find any inclusion of an additional attack. Most martial classes get it at 5th level, and despite the spell slots and focuses I would consider this a martial class. Why not include this at 5th level or 6th level like the Bard's College of Swords does to subvert the power surge of level 5. I wouldn't mind play testing one of the options here as I intend on playing a Magus when I get the chance to.
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Michael S May 03, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
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The author said that the reasoning for that was you are supposed to use the cantrip attack spells which get a boost at 5th level and should supplement the damage of the extra attack from other half caster classes. Beyond that they receive War Magic at 7th level letting them use their bonus action to make an attack after using a cantrip.
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Rafael X January 09, 2019 12:30 pm UTC
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I think it would balance if at 5th level the Magus gain a improvement at his Cantrips, adding his spellcasting ability modifier or something.
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Michael S April 27, 2018 9:08 am UTC
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The Primordial Seal Eldritch Society doesn't have the ability to use spellcasting foci listed in their spellcasting feature like the other societies. Is this on purpose and if so mind if I ask why?
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Benjamin H May 24, 2018 2:43 am UTC
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It is intentional and the reasoning is purely fiction based. Primordial Seal practice a very primal and fundamental form of magic - they don't use abstract foci, they use components from a component pouch.
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Michael S June 10, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
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No worries thanks for the response, it just affects how i build one. Without foci I just gotta be aware I cant use a spell with a material component and my weapon in the same turn unless I use a 1 hander of course ^.^
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Joel T March 09, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
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With the new spells from Xanathar's, what orders will they fall into?
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Benjamin H March 25, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
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I will most likely do an update to the class sometime in the next 6 months which will include adding in the spells from XGE, some new magic items, and (if I'm feeling ambitious) a new Eldritch Society.
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Matthew M February 08, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
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You assign classes to your spells along with the relevant Magus subclasses which I much appreciate. However, I just noticed, you give the spell give life to the shaman and from my recollection, you haven't made a shaman class and I am certain I haven't missed an official or U.A. release. So I was wondering was that a mistake or is there a shaman class you use in your games and which/who's Shaman class is it?
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Benjamin H March 25, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
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Shaman is a class I hope to make at some point. Consider it a teaser. :P
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Vaughan C January 31, 2018 11:37 am UTC
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Possibly a small and pedantic point - Esoteric Eye detects the Spellcasting and Innate Spellcasting feature or trait. Warlocks do not have either feature or trait, they have the Pact Magic feature. This would mean Esoteric Eye cannot detect Warlocks. I imagine you did not intend this, so unless you did, perhaps a small update would be wise?
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Benjamin H March 25, 2018 11:37 pm UTC
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Actually, Esoteric Eye does not detect warlocks. Warlock magic works weird and can't be easily detected by Magi. I imagine Magi find this *very* unnerving.
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Alexander C December 18, 2017 12:52 pm UTC
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Hi, I have a quick question about Sorcerous Sentinel:

How long does the bonus to AC last? Is it just against the attack to which you are reacting, or for the whole turn, or for some other length of time?

On a separate note I'm loving the look of this class and greatly looking forward to playing one in an upcoming campaign. Thank you!
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Benjamin H March 25, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
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The bonus to AC applies only to the triggering attack. The temporary hit points last until you complete a long rest or you gain a greater number of temporary hit points from another source (which is the normal rules for temporary hit points). Hope you got to play a Magus!
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Jeremy G November 19, 2017 6:27 am UTC
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Hi! I've got a friend about to roll this in a game I'm putting together, and I was wondering with the release of Xanathar's and the new spells, what RaW class spell list should I use as a reference to provide my friend the use of the new spells from that collection?
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Benjamin H March 25, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
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I will most likely do an update to the class sometime in the next 6 months which will include adding in the spells from XGE, some new magic items, and (if I'm feeling ambitious) a new Eldritch Society.
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