In the Pathfinder tabletop role-playing game, there are many items that characters can use to help them in their adventures. Magic plays a large role in Pathfinder, and one of the ways that characters can tap into this power is through the use of scrolls and wands. However, there is another way for characters to access powerful spells, and that is through the use of a ring of spell knowledge.
A ring of spell knowledge pathfinder allows a character to cast a spell without having to prepare it ahead of time or meet any other requirements. For example, a character with a ring of spell knowledge could cast a fireball spell even if they didn’t have any levels in the wizard class. To do so, they would simply need to expend one of their charges from the ring. The number of charges that a ring of spell knowledge has depends on its type; lesser rings have 6 charges, while greater rings have 12.
How to Use a Ring of Spell Knowledge
Using a ring of spell knowledge is relatively simple; once you’ve located one, all you need to do is activate it and expend one of its charges. However, there are still some things you need to keep in mind when using one of these rings.
- First and foremost amongst these things is the fact that you need to be able to speak and gesture freely in order for the spell stored within the ring to be cast successfully. This means that if you’re currently silenced or restrained in some way, you won’t be able to use the ring. In addition, if you’re trying to cast a touch spell stored within the ring, you won’t be able to do so unless you have at least one hand free.
- Secondly, you still need to provide any material components or focus required by the stored spell when casting it from the ring. For example, if you’re trying to cast fireballs stored within the ring, you’ll still need access to bat guano and sulfur—the two material components needed for that particular spell—in order for it to go off without issue. The same principle applies for spells with expensive material components or those that require costly focus objects; if you don’t have them when trying to cast from the ring, then you’ll either need to make a successful Concentration check (DC 20 + 1-1/2 times spells level) or else forego casting entirely.
Rings of spell knowledge come in two varieties: Lesser and Greater. Lesser rings allow characters to store 3rd-level or lower spells, while Greater rings can store 6th-level or lower spells. In addition, there are also two types of rings of spell knowledge: Standard and Minor. Standard rings work just like described above, while Minor rings only allow characters to store 1st level or lower spells.
One final note
It is possible for a character to create their own ring of spell knowledge using the Craft Wondrous Item feat.