Wizard

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Wizard
Aloth-portrait.jpg
Aloth, an elven wizard
Information
Resource(s)
Arcane Spells
Roles
  • Crowd Control (Major)
  • Striker (Minor)
Rec. attributes
Class ID
Wizard
Icon
Wizard-icon.png

Wizards are one of the playable classes in Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Description[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
The masters of academic magic, wizards are students of arcane traditions that stretch back beyond the boundaries of recorded history. Wizards are a highly organized group, often forming academies or guilds devoted to research and development in magical studies, and tend to favor environments where inquiry, experimentation, debate, and the dissemination of knowledge are encouraged. Many accomplished wizards eventually become known for their eccentricity, their egos, and their unquenchable interest in all things arcane and occult.

Background[edit]

Widely respected in most societies, wizards of Pillars of Eternity are men and women of high education and extreme mental discipline, if not always outright intelligence. Wizards are sometimes called navigators of the mortal soul, charting out and practicing the precise ways in which "ordinary" people can unlock the power inside of themselves. Using their knowledge to truly spectacular ends, wizards rely not only on ancient practices but also their own research to propel them forward. Far from being occult or protected knowledge, most wizards' spells are just so incredibly complex and physically demanding that even practiced wizards cannot invoke them without the use of expensive, specially-enchanted tomes.

And what do the tomes contain? Instructions on ways to use one's soul to alter reality, to warp time around enemies, to make skin as tough as stone, to counter even the most powerful magic, to invoke balls of flame, bolts of lightning, gouts of acid, to conjure nightmares out of thin air. Truly, the possibilities open to wizards seem to exceed even those of what priests can call upon through their faith. And though any wizard may prepare several tomes, an inexperienced caster is not capable of channeling power through the log-thick, anvil-heavy, dog-eared grimoires of wizened archmagi. Such novices must alternate between more modest selections, relying on their less demanding spells and talents when they are unable to call upon their tomes.

Wizards are often assumed to be masters of occult lore. While this certainly applies to their knowledge of spells, many wizards are so narrowly-focused that they are ignorant of outside culture and history. It is also not uncommon for wizards to delight as much in mechanical curiosities as rogues. Because their powers make them targets in battle, a surprising number of wizards are quite fit, even if they aren't particularly strong.[1]

Wizards use grimoires, arcane books made with rare materials that can absorb and temporarily hold fragments of ambient soul energy that are in the world all around them and gather them into their grimoires, like a magical capacitor and then redirect that energy.[2][3] Unlike priests and druids, wizards do not personally shape the magic that is released. Instead, their grimoires' spell pages do most of the work. The wizard's specialty is in understanding how to help the magic flow in and out of the grimoire without going haywire. As wizards continue to research, more spells are created every year. Some spells remain in the private collections of individual wizards while others see widespread distribution and can be found in grimoires all over the known world.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Game Resources Endurance Health Accuracy Defenses Skill bonuses
DEF Deflection FOR Fortitude REF Reflex WIL Will
Pillars of Eternity - 36 + 12 per level 4x Endurance 20 10 20 20 20
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Arcane Spells - 38 + 8 per level 20 20 15 20 30

Abilities[edit]

Wizards have high flexibility and can cast single target damage spells, area of effect damage spells, personal buffs and single target buffs.[4] They have many damage spells, which target different defenses and damage types.

List of abilities[edit]

Spells and grimoires[edit]

In Pillars of Eternity[edit]

Grimoires are used to store and recall spells that the wizard has learned. Wizards can only cast the spells which are listed in the currently equipped grimoire, and a single grimoire can only hold four spells of each level[5] For any given spell level, wizards have potential access to more spells than any other caster class, but their access at any particular moment is always limited by their current grimoire.[6] You can change the grimoire during combat, but switching grimoires disables spellcasting for a short while.[7] You can rearrange your spells/grimoires whenever you like (outside of combat) and once you have learned a spell, it's available to use in as many grimoires as you'd like.[8]

If Wizards come across a spell in an enemy's grimoire, they can choose to learn that spell for the cost (in copper pieces) required to research it.[2] However spells learned this way cannot be used if they are beyond the wizards current ability level. [9] Wizards also learn one or two new spells when they gain a level, but they can't choose to learn unique spells on level up.[2]

Roughly one-quarter to one-third of spells are named after their creator. Among these named wizards, Concelhaut and Minoletta have notably invented the highest number of spells.[10]

Some unique spells are only found in grimoires, and cannot be learned by leveling up.

In Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire[edit]

Grimoires in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire are functionally very different to those in Pillars of Eternity, and are not as integral to spell casting as they were previously. Instead of being used to store and cast spells, grimoires only serve to add additional spells to those that the wizard can currently cast. Spells from grimoires are only available while the grimoire is equipped, and cannot be learned permanently. The wizard may only cast the spells of their current power level or lower. Grimoires are unique, non-editable, and contain a fixed set of predetermined spells, some of which can be unique to the grimoire. When a wizard learns a new spell via leveling up, it is permanently available to them without the use of a grimoire.

Talents[edit]

Progression[edit]

In Pillars of Eternity[edit]

  • At character creation, wizards select 4x 1st level spells, and automatically learn the spell Arcane Assault.
  • Wizards are spellcasters, but unlike priests and druids, they do not learn all spells at each tier. Instead, they pick 1 spell at every even level (2, 4, 6, etc), and 2 spells at every odd level (excluding the first - 3, 5, 7, etc.).
  • As spellcasters, wizards limited to the amount of casts that can be made per rest at each tier (see the table below).
  • At every odd level (1, 3, 5, etc.), the next tier of spells are unlocked.
  • Spell Mastery allows the spellcaster to pick a single spell to switch to "per encounter" restoration. This occurs at level 9, 11, 13, and 15, for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th level (or lower) and spells respectively.
  • As with other classes, wizards learn one talent at every even level (2, 4, 6, etc.).
Character
level
Spell level
learned
Spells
learned
Maximum casts by ability level / tier Spell
mastery
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
1 1st 4 2
2 1 3
3 2nd 2 4 2
4 1 4 3
5 3rd 2 4 4 2
6 1 4 4 3
7 4th 2 4 4 4 2
8 1 4 4 4 3
9 5th 2 4 4 4 4 2 1st
10 1 4 4 4 4 3
11 6th 2 4 4 4 4 4 2 2nd
12 1 4 4 4 4 4 3
13 7th 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 3rd
14 1 4 4 4 4 4 4 3
15 8th 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 4th
16 1 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3

In Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire[edit]

  • At character creation, wizards select one 1st level spell (active only). This does not change for multiclass characters.
  • As with other classes, wizards pick 1 spell/ability (active or passive, and from any unlocked power level) at every even level (2, 4, 6, etc), and 2 spells/abilities at every odd level (excluding the first - 3, 5, 7, etc.).
    • Multiclass characters pick 1 spell/ability from either the wizard ability tree or the other class tree at all levels where a new power level isn't unlocked, and 1 spell/ability for both classes at all levels where a new power level is unlocked (1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19).
  • As spellcasters, wizards are limited to the amount of spell casts that can be made per encounter at each tier, though this scales with their level (see the table below).
  • As with other classes, new ability power levels are learned every second level from level 1 (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13), then every third level from level 13 (16, 19).
    • Multiclass characters may only learn up to (and including) power level 7 spells, and unlock a new power level every third level from level 1 (1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19).
Ability points at each level
Level Power level
learned
Points available
Single Multi Single Multi
1 1st 1st 1 1+1
2 1 1
3 2nd 2 1
4 2nd 1 1+1
5 3rd 2 1
6 1 1
7 4th 3rd 2 1+1
8 1 1
9 5th 2 1
10 4th 1 1+1
11 6th 2 1
12 1 1
13 7th 5th 2 1+1
14 1 1
15 2 1
16 8th 6th 1 1+1
17 2 1
18 1 1
19 9th 7th 2 1+1
20 1 1
Max spell casts at this power level
Power
level
Character level Ability power level
Single Multi 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 (I) 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 (II) 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 (III) 5 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 (IV) 7 10 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 (V) 9 13 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
6 (VI) 11 16 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0
7 (VII) 13 19 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 0
8 (VIII) 16 22 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
9 (IX) 19 25 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1

Subclasses[edit]

Wizards in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire are able to choose between six subclasses (or no subclass): Conjurer, Enchanter, Evoker, Illusionist, Transmuter, and Blood Mage.

Conjurer[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
Conjurers specialize in spells that summon weapons and physical objects, but are unable to cast Evocation or Illusion spells.
Bonus Penalty
  • Gain increased Power Level with Conjuration Spells.
  • Gain "Conjure Familiar" spell: Summons a helpful creature to aid the wizard. Familiars are poor at combat, but provide passive bonuses to their master.
  • Lose access to spells from Evocation and Illusion schools.
  • Increased Recovery Time for Wizard Spells not of the Conjuration School.

Enchanter[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
Enchanters focus on magic that bedazzles or confuses foes, but are unable to cast Illusion or Transmutation spells.
Bonus Penalty
  • Gain "Free Action" passive: Once per encounter, when the wizard is affected by a Dexterity Affliction, they will clear that effect and become temporarily immune to Dexterity Afflictions.
  • Lose access to spells from Illusion and Transmutation schools.
  • Increased Recovery Time for Wizard Spells not of the Enchanting School.

Evoker[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
Evokers devote all of their energy toward destructive energy magic, but are unable to cast Transmutation or Conjuration spells.
Bonus Penalty
  • Gain increased Power Level with Evocation Spells.
  • Your evocation spells have a small chance to "Doublecast", reapplying their damage and effects to their targets again, instantly.
  • Lose access to spells from Transmutation and Conjuration schools.
  • Increased Recovery Time for Wizard Spells not of the Evocation School.

Illusionist[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
Illusionists master spells that disguise and conceal, but are unable to cast Conjuration or Enchanting spells.
Bonus Penalty
  • Gain increased Power Level with Illusion Spells.
  • Gain "Reflexive Mirror" passive: Once per encounter, when first attacked, automatically gain the effects of the spell "Mirrored Images".
  • Lose access to spells from Conjuration and Enchanting schools.
  • Increased Recovery Time for Wizard Spells not of the Illusion School.

Transmuter[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
Transmuters excel at all magic that alters the wizard or their enemies, but are unable to cast Enchantment or Evocation spells.
Bonus Penalty
  • Gain increased Power Level with Transmutation Spells.
  • Gain "Form of the Fearsome Brute" spell: Transforms the wizard into an Ogre. While in this form, spells are disabled, but physical attributes are increased.
  • Lose access to spells from Enchanting and Evocation schools.
  • Increased Recovery Time for Wizard Spells not of the Transmutation School.

Blood Mage[edit]

Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.
Devoted to the belief that blood fuels the power of the soul, Blood Mages walk a painful and self-destructive path to arcane mastery. Though reputable animancers have discredited their beliefs, those few that have witnessed blood magic cannot deny that gratuitous self-harm can indeed preface unbelievable - often terrible - magical events.
Bonus Penalty
  • Unable to use Empower
  • All defenses against bloodied attackers are reduced.

Suggestions[edit]

Wizards make for an awesome combination of supportive artillery damage with the best self enhancing spell buffs. While a Wizard's Accuracy may not seem particularly high, keep in mind that you are not always aiming for Deflection. In your spell descriptions, it will also mention if they target Reflex, Will, or Fortitude. However, all the rules that apply to Deflection will also affect your act of targeting these other defense. If some item or spell buff enhances your Accuracy, then it will help you in all cases with every thing. You should keep in mind though that Weapon Accuracy often receives a significantly higher boost than your Spell Accuracy. This very much proves true if you pick up One-Handed Style with a weapon. It's typically better for a wizard to focus on either a Pike or a Quarterstaff for melee combat if you prefer staying closely near the front line of combat. Weapon Spells force this upon you.

Defensively speaking, a Wizard can in a matter of 3 seconds or less apply almost all of their protective Spell buffs. Other classes typically either pull from or mimic the Wizard set of spells if picking some thing to reduce damage. These Spell buffs may last a bit longer than half of a minute, but that's usually all you need to survive the most dangerous incoming part of hazardous combat. It usually takes 30 seconds to deal with your absolutely worst threats. Otherwise, you may find your self facing a monstrous creature. No other class has the level of self protection that a Wizard offers, but it's usually designed for you to handle things while your enemies focus on some one else. Some other classes provide immensely greater class resources to them selves than Wizard if your fights last too long, but a Wizard's abilities make battles so much shorter.

If you want access to the weapon spells and defensive options available to Wizard for another class you favor, then choosing to Multi Class may help you. However, Wizard is one of those few classes where staying as a single class brings maximum power to your planning table, but it means your character stays reliant on at least one other member of your five member group at any one given time. Often this means you must initiate around the tanky type at your front line of combat. Your tactics should always revolve around assisting some one else first before your self as a solo class. The greatest benefit for choosing to Multi Class comes at empowering your self with tactics more than just helping your fellow allies. For this reason, Wizard + Monk presents the best option in that regard. You still can use the full power of Wizard as you see fit and able, and Monk gives both massive survivability and good damage. It really matters if you see your character as the support type or the authoritative influence. A solo class Wizard should never wander into the front line of combat before every one, but a properly built Wizard + Monk cures very much of that. A Wizard + Fighter (Unbroken) makes for an awesome tank as well if you both consistently prefer taking the first step into combat before your other chosen allies and WANT to use a Medium or Large Shield.

Related Items[edit]

Icon Name Item type Enchantments
Ring of the selonan icon.png Ring of the Selonan Ring
Ring telda icon.png Telda's Ring Ring
The ironclasped icon.png The Ironclasped [WM1] Grimoire
Quarterstaff greenstone staff icon.png Greenstone Staff [WM1]
(Soulbound)
Quarterstaff
Scepter gyrd haewanes stenes icon.png Gyrd Háewanes Sténes
(Soulbound)
Scepter
Arbalest one-eyed molinas gold-fingered spike-flinger icon.png One-Eyed Molina's Gold-Fingered Spike-Flinger [DP]
(Soulbound)
Arbalest

Notable characters[edit]

Pillars of Eternity
The White March - Part I
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Trivia[edit]

  • Earlier in Developement Wizards had Familiars, but the ability was later removed from the game.[13]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]