Opposition Schools


Rules Questions


Can a specialist Wizard take the universal school as one of his opposition schools?


No, because universal isn't a school.


Red Metal wrote:
No, because universal isn't a school.

Well... Prestidigitation thinks it is.

Other than that one example, though, no. Farther down in the Wizard class listing, it even lists the arcane schools - Universal(ist) is specifically called out as not having a school.


Prestidigitation and Arcane Mark are both listed as universal school, so it is a school.


shaventalz wrote:
Red Metal wrote:
No, because universal isn't a school.

Well... Prestidigitation thinks it is.

Other than that one example, though, no. Farther down in the Wizard class listing, it even lists the arcane schools - Universal(ist) is specifically called out as not having a school.

Actually permanency, wish, and limited wish are on the list too.


No.


thorin001 wrote:
Can a specialist Wizard take the universal school as one of his opposition schools?

No. because universal refers to spells that do not belong to any school. It is not a school in of itself.

Your suggestion would literally put Read Magic off your spell list if you were a Thassilonian Specialist.


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Magic wrote:
A small number of spells (arcane mark, limited wish, permanency, prestidigitation, and wish) are universal, belonging to no school.
Wizard wrote:
A wizard that does not select a school receives the universalist school instead.

While the Wizard entry does call "Universalist" a school, it was likely a poor choice of words. "Universal" is not a school of magic. It is a placeholder for a very limited number of spells that do not fall into a specific school of magic. If you do not choose a school, you default to a "Universalist". If a spell is "universal", it does not belong to a school. Ergo, "Universal" is not an actual school of magic that can be chosen as an opposition school.


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Pathfinder Core Rulebook p.209 wrote:
Almost every spell belongs to one of eight schools of magic. A school of magic is a group of related spells that work in similar ways. A small number of spells (arcane mark, limited wish, permanency, prestidigitation, and wish) are universal, belonging to no school.

Above rule linked at PRD.

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