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Spells

Spells are subdivided into two families, those for wizards and those for priests. The Spell Listings contain the spells of all levels for either the wizard or priest, as well as the school or sphere for each spell. It provides an easy way to discover which spells are available for the specialists or druids. Also available are separate pages, divided by level, describing the spells in detail.

To learn more about specialist mages, refer to the Schools page. Clerics and druids are limited in which spheres they can cast spells from. These are listed above the priest spell list.

There are around three hundred spells in BG2, one hundred and twenty of which were already available for players in BG1. New spells are available for the lower levels and characters will be allowed to pick all their spells on creation. They have added several multi-mode and reversible spells.

Priest Spell Casting

To cast a spell, the character must first have the spell memorized. If it is not memorized, the spell cannot be cast. Each night after eight hours of sleep, the spell caster can memorize the spells for the day. The number of spells is determined by the caster's level, class and ability scores.

Unlike the wizard, the priest needs no spell book and does not roll to see if he learns spells. Priest spells are obtained in an entirely different manner. To obtain his spells, a priest must be faithful to the cause of his deity. If the priest feels confident in this (and most do), he can pray for his spells. Through prayer, the priest humbly and politely requests those spells he wishes to memorize. Under normal circumstances, these spells are then granted. Like the wizard, the priest's level determines how many spells he retains. He must select these spells in advance, demonstrating his wisdom and far-sightedness by choosing those spells he thinks will be most useful in the trials that lurk ahead.

The spells of a priest, while sometimes having powers similar to those of the wizard, are quite different in their overall tone. The priest's role, more often than not, is as defender and guide for others. Thus, the majority of his spells work to aid others or provide some service to the community in which he lives. Few of his spells are truly offensive, but many can be used cleverly to protect or defend.

The priest spells are classified into spheres. Clerics can cast all spells except those from Animal, Plant or Weather spheres and have only minor access to the Elemental sphere, restricting them to spells of 3rd or lower level. Druids can only cast spells from the All, Animal, Elemental, Healing, Plant, and Weather spheres as well as minor access to the Divination sphere.

Casting a spell requires verbal (V), and/or somatic (S) components where somatic refers to hand and body gestures. The caster must be able to speak (not under the effects of a silence spell or gagged) for verbal spells and have both arms free for spells with somatic components. Once the casting has begun, the character must stand still. For spell durations, 1 turn is equal to 10 rounds where one round is 6 seconds in the game. Casting times are normally stated in segments, with one segment equal to one tenth of a round.





Wizard Spell Casting

To cast a spell, the character must first have the spell memorized. If it is not memorized, the spell cannot be cast. Each night after eight hours of sleep, the spell caster can memorize the spells for the day. The number of spells is determined by the caster's level, class and ability scores.

Casting a wizard spell is a very complicated ordeal. The process of learning the correct procedure to cast a spell is difficult and taxing to the mind. Thus, a wizard must check to see if he learns each new spell and is limited in the number of spells he can learn. wizard spells range from spells of simple utility to great and powerful magics. The wizard spell group has no single theme or purpose. The vast majority of wizard spells were created by ancient wizards for many different purposes. Some are to serve the common man in his everyday needs. Others provide adventurers with the might and firepower they need to survive. Some are relatively simple and safe to use (as safe as magic can be); others are complicated, filled with hazards and snares for the rash and unwary.

All of a wizard's spells must be transcribed into his spellbook which in the game is part of the character sheet. At creation, the mage gains a few first level spells. All subsequent spells must be copied from scrolls that have either been found or bought, a process that destroys the scroll. Within the spellbook are all the instructions for memorizing and casting all the spells the mage knows. As the wizard successfully learns a new spell, he carefully enters its formula into his spell books. A wizard can never have a spell in his books that he does not know, because if he doesn't understand it, he cannot write the formula. Likewise, he cannot enter a spell into his books that is higher in level than he can cast. If he finds an scroll with spells of higher power, he must simply wait until he advances to a level at which he can use them.

Casting a spell requires verbal (V), and/or somatic (S) components where somatic refers to hand and body gestures. Material components present in AD&D are not necessary to cast spells in Baldur's Gate. The caster must be able to speak (not under the effects of a silence spell or gagged) for verbal spells and have both arms free for spells with somatic components. Once the casting has begun, the character must stand still. For spell durations, 1 turn is equal to 10 rounds where one round is 6 seconds in the game. Casting times are normally stated in segments, with one segment equal to one tenth of a round.