Spellbinder vs. Arcane Bond: looking for versatility / utility


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Scarab Sages

I’m about to start playing in a RotRL campaign with an Elven Wizard, Void school specialist. I’ll probably be taking a few feats to boost my blasting (Spell Focus:Evo & Varisian Tattoo: Evo). That said, I want to remain versatile, and I’m debating whether or not to also take the Spellbinder archetype or just stick with arcane bond on a ring (we’re a group of 6 and we’ve decided that no one is going to take ACs or familiars or focus on summoning to keep things moving). I also plan on taking Fast Study at 5th and leaving a few slots open across the levels for on the spot fixes outside of combat.

I really like the idea of being able to cast ANY spell just when it’s needed, so I’m leaning arcane bond, but I’ve seen quite a bit of praise for Spellbinder. Having never played a wizard before, I’m curious to hear how people make use of Spellbinder. Do you convert spells in combat, or during downtime as needed?

Any thoughts on the choice and why you’d go one way or the other would be appreciated!


linky to archetype?

Grand Lodge

Can't seem to get formatting right, but here it is: http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/advancedRaceGuide/coreRaces/elves.html#_ spellbinder-(wizard)


Spellbinder isn't any spell - it's one spell per spell level, basically, with some ability to swap out ones the Wizard bound himself to earlier in his career.

If I read it correctly, it isn't spontaneous swapping, it's full-round to swap, then you are able to cast normally on the following round.

Arcane bond (item) gives a 1/day cast any spell in your spellbook.

At the moment, I'm more inclined to go with the item arcane bond.


Cairn of Quantium wrote:

I’m about to start playing in a RotRL campaign with an Elven Wizard, Void school specialist. I’ll probably be taking a few feats to boost my blasting (Spell Focus:Evo & Varisian Tattoo: Evo). That said, I want to remain versatile, and I’m debating whether or not to also take the Spellbinder archetype or just stick with arcane bond on a ring (we’re a group of 6 and we’ve decided that no one is going to take ACs or familiars or focus on summoning to keep things moving). I also plan on taking Fast Study at 5th and leaving a few slots open across the levels for on the spot fixes outside of combat.

I really like the idea of being able to cast ANY spell just when it’s needed, so I’m leaning arcane bond, but I’ve seen quite a bit of praise for Spellbinder. Having never played a wizard before, I’m curious to hear how people make use of Spellbinder. Do you convert spells in combat, or during downtime as needed?

Any thoughts on the choice and why you’d go one way or the other would be appreciated!

I play a diviner spellbinder wizard who also took eldritch heritage to get his familiar back.

If you're going down the route of Spellbinder, you'll want to select spells that you'll use once per combat, and after combat is over, swap them out again, or spells that when you need them, you need to use a lot of them. For me, here's my current list:

1) Snapdragon Fireworks (usually added with dazing spell)
2) Mirror Image
3) Dispel Magic
3) Major Image
5) Teleport

I skipped the 4th level and picked up Major Image, for role-play reasons due to the fact that I have Preferred Spell:(Dragons Breath), but Haste would also be another good option there.

For Snapdragon Fireworks, Mirror Image, and Major Image, I generally only need them once per combat, but after I use them I want to be sure I have another one ready to go. So I'll always have at least one memorized, and will back-fill after combat is over.

For Dispel Magic and Teleport, those have very specific combat roles where a round of delay usually doesn't matter. Example: You need a quick getaway, so you yell, everyone to me, we're getting out of here. You swap a Teleport as the rest of the party gathers to you. Now you can touch everyone to Teleport away. Dispel magic is similar, usually when you need it, the round of delay is not as big a deal. If I know I'm going up against a magic user, I'll have it prepared, but normal dispels aren't usually as pressing a need.

Scarab Sages

Thanks Dr. Grecko and Turin. Any other thoughts out there?

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