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Fast Study + Extend Spell


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Fast Study lets a wizard refill a single slot in just one minute of study. So, 5th level wizard casts Extended Mage Armor on himself in the morning, takes a minute of study to refill the slot. Boom, he has free Mage Armor for the next ten hours minus one minute. This also works on Alarm (2 hours/level) and several other hours/level or 10 minutes/level spells like Fly, Secure Shelter, Mount and Phantom Steed.

Okay that seems reasonable enough. But at higher levels, minute/level buffs become an issue too. Like, 8th level wizard throws Extended Fox's Cunning; boom, 15 minutes of free +4 Int. Enlarge/Reduce Person, same-same. Invisibility, Earthskin, the Protection/Magic Circle against good/evil whatever... Wizards don't have a huge number of minutes/level buffs, but they do have some.

(Of course you don't actually need Extend Spell to unlock this exploit, but it does provide a nice synergy.)

Am I reading this correctly?

Doug M.


Unless you are looking at a different Fast Study than I am, all fast study does is allow you to fill your empty spell slots faster. If you leave one open in the morning you could later fill it with a Fly spell to get over a ravine (assuming your open spell slot was 3rd level or higher).

It doesn't allow you to reuse spent slot slots.


Core Rulebook, p. 218 wrote:
If a wizard has cast spells recently, the drain on his resources reduces his capacity to prepare new spells. When he prepares spells for the coming day, all the spells he has cast within the last 8 hours count against his daily limit.

You cannot prepare a spell in a slot you have just used.


Okay, so -- all it does is let you quickly fill EMPTY slots, not refill used ones?

Doug M.


Douglas Muir 406 wrote:

Okay, so -- all it does is let you quickly fill EMPTY slots, not refill used ones?

Doug M.

Yep. It just reduces the time it takes to fill an empty slot, nothing more.


Douglas Muir 406 wrote:

Okay, so -- all it does is let you quickly fill EMPTY slots, not refill used ones?

Doug M.

Exactly. It's an amazingly good feat even at that. Effectively gives you spontaneous casting of your entire spell list for out-of-combat spells, provided you leave a few slots empty for that purpose.


But honestly - usually when you have one minute of time to prepare a new spell then you may as well take 15. its rare to be in a rush that differentiates between spending one and 15 minutes.


Wasum wrote:
But honestly - usually when you have one minute of time to prepare a new spell then you may as well take 15. its rare to be in a rush that differentiates between spending one and 15 minutes.

The main push is from buffs wearing off in the meantime. If you have a minutes per level buff on you, then the quick study can prep his spell and only lose one minute of his buff.


Douglas Muir 406 wrote:

Okay, so -- all it does is let you quickly fill EMPTY slots, not refill used ones?

Doug M.

Correct.

There are other classes that get what you were looking for, a Magus gets SPELL RECALL at 4th level, for example.

Also there are PEARL'S OF POWER for wizards, they're great for low level buffs that you like casting, but they do get expensive quickly.

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