Understanding Heightening (+x) (Focus Spell Example)


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As I read it (and also as a question to confirm my understanding), Focus Spells are automatically heightened to half your level (rounded up) per p300.

Lets use the entry for Ki Strike as an example. It is a Focus1 spell, meaning it is a level 1 Focus Spell. It's entry has a Heightened (+4) entry which adds 1d6 damage.

Does Heightened (+4) mean (spell level + 4) or (at spell level 4)?
Per p299, looks to indicate "each increment above lowest spell level"

Heightened value at level 7 = (7/2 = 3.5 rounded up) = 4. This is not yet at (<lowest spell level> = 1 + 4) = 5.

So this sounds like:
- Character Level 1-8 (not heightened yet)
- Character Level 9-16 (additional 1d6)
- Character Level 17-20 (additional 2d6)

Does that sound about right?


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Rhyst wrote:

As I read it (and also as a question to confirm my understanding), Focus Spells are automatically heightened to half your level (rounded up) per p300.

Lets use the entry for Ki Strike as an example. It is a Focus1 spell, meaning it is a level 1 Focus Spell. It's entry has a Heightened (+4) entry which adds 1d6 damage.

Does Heightened (+4) mean (spell level + 4) or (at spell level 4)?
Per p299, looks to indicate "each increment above lowest spell level"

Heightened value at level 7 = (7/2 = 3.5 rounded up) = 4. This is not yet at (<lowest spell level> = 1 + 4) = 5.

So this sounds like:
- Character Level 1-8 (not heightened yet)
- Character Level 9-16 (additional 1d6)
- Character Level 17-20 (additional 2d6)

Does that sound about right?

Yes, it does. It seems you've got it!


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Ki Strike is a level 1 spell. Heightened +4 means spell level 5. You have that at character level 9.
There are actually two ways heightened effects are noted, "+X" and "Xth". "+X" gives the relative difference to the starting level, "Xth" is the absolute spell level.

As a hint, just look at which character level a wizard gets which spell level. :)

So your bullet points seem correct.

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