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Temperans wrote:By comparison, a PF2 character without the mandatory items is pretty much dead.In my Age of Ashes game the party are level nine. What "mandatory items" would the wizard in my group need to not be "pretty much dead?"
But that doesn't mean the criticism is unfounded.
It just means that there are no must-have items for casters the way there are for martials.
And to be clear: striking runes. It's only striking runes that is unquestionably mandatory.
Sure AC bonuses are more vital than just "nice to have" but the reality is that just one point doesn't qualify as mandatory.
If a level 19 character can't even find +1 AC runes, you might have a point, but that is just not what the hyperbole is about. (And I could argue that at level 19 you're fine even if you lack 3 AC; just use a more cautious approach)
In contrast (sharp sharp contrast) you MUST get a Striking rune, full stop