Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Detect Disease" Cantrip

hand with magic light This spell is a variant of Detect Poison, and functions much the same way.

Detect Disease
School divination; Level cleric 0, druid 0, bard 1, ranger 1, sorcerer/wizard 0
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range close (25 f. + 5 f./2 levels)
Target one creature, one object, or a 5-ft. cube
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw none; Spell resistance no
You determine whether a creature, object, or area has been infected with disease or is infectious. You can determine the exact type of disease with a DC 20 Wisdom check. A character with the Heal skill may try a DC 20 Heal check in stead. The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt blocks it.

Update Paizo has come out with a first level Diagnose Disease spell in Ultimate Magic. However, it is not available to sorcerers and wizards, and why it is not a cantrip like Detect Poison is unclear, since it seems to do almost the same.

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