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Potions







A potion is a magic liquid that produces its effect when imbibed. Potions vary incredibly in appearance. Magic oils are similar to potions, except that oils are applied externally rather than imbibed. A potion or oil can be used only once. It can duplicate the effect of a spell of up to 3rd level that has a casting time of less than 1 minute and targets one or more creatures or objects.

Table: Potions
Minor Medium Major Spell Level Caster Level
01–20 0 1st
21–60 01–20 1st 1st
61–100 21–60 01–20 2nd 3rd
61–100 21–100 3rd 5th

Table: Potion Costs

Spell Level Cleric, Druid, Wizard Sorcerer Bard Paladin, Ranger
0 25 gp 25 gp 25 gp
1st 50 gp 50 gp 50 gp 50 gp
2nd 300 gp 400 gp 400 gp 400 gp
3rd 750 gp 900 gp 1,050 gp 1,050 gp

Price of Potions

The price of a potion is equal to the level of the spell × the creator’s caster level × 50 gp. If the potion has a material component cost, it is added to the base price and cost to create. Table: Potions gives sample prices for potions created at the lowest possible caster level for each spellcasting class. Note that some spells appear at different levels for different casters. The level of such spells depends on the caster brewing the potion.

Potions are like spells cast upon the imbiber. The character taking the potion doesn’t get to make any decisions about the effect—the caster who brewed the potion has already done so. The drinker of a potion is both the effective target and the caster of the effect (though the potion indicates the caster level, the drinker still controls the effect).

The person applying an oil is the effective caster, but the object is the target.

Physical Description: A typical potion or oil consists of 1 ounce of liquid held in a ceramic or glass vial fitted with a tight stopper. The stoppered container is usually no more than 1 inch wide and 2 inches high. The vial has Armor Class 13, 1 hit point, hardness 1, and a break DC of 12.

Identifying Potions: In addition to the standard methods of identification, PCs can sample from each container they find to attempt to determine the nature of the liquid inside with a Perception check. The DC of this check is equal to 15 + the spell level of the potion (although this DC might be higher for rare or unusual potions).

Activation: Drinking a potion or applying an oil requires no special skill. The user merely removes the stopper and swallows the potion or smears on the oil. The following rules govern potion and oil use.

Drinking a potion or using an oil is a standard action. The potion or oil takes effect immediately. Using a potion or oil provokes attacks of opportunity. An enemy may direct an attack of opportunity against the potion or oil container rather than against the character. A successful attack of this sort can destroy the container, preventing the character from drinking the potion or applying the oil.

A creature must be able to swallow a potion or smear on an oil. Because of this, incorporeal creatures cannot use potions or oils. Any corporeal creature can imbibe a potion or use an oil.

A character can carefully administer a potion to an unconscious creature as a full-round action, trickling the liquid down the creature’s throat. Likewise, it takes a full-round action to apply an oil to an unconscious creature.

Table: Specific Potions and Oils

The following table is taken from d20srd.org, the definitive 3.5 SRD resource (it was not created or provided by Paizo.) 

Minor Medium Major Potion or Oil Market Price
01-10 Cure light wounds 50 gp
11-13 Endure elements 50 gp
14-15 Hide from animals 50 gp
16-17 Hide from undead 50 gp
18-19 Jump 50 gp
20-22 Mage armor 50 gp
23-25 Magic fang 50 gp
26 Magic stone 50 gp
27-29 Magic weapon 50 gp
30 Pass without trace 50 gp
31-32 Protection from (alignment) 50 gp
33-34 Remove fear 50 gp
35 Sanctuary 50 gp
36-38 Shield of faith +2 50 gp
39 Shillelagh 50 gp
40-41 01-02 Bless weapon 50 gp*
42-44 03-04 Enlarge person 50 gp*
45 05 Reduce person 50 gp*
46-47 06 Aid 300 gp
48-50 07 Barkskin +2 300 gp
51-53 08-10 Bear’s endurance 300 gp
54-56 11-13 01-02 Blur 300 gp
57-59 14-16 Bull’s strength 300 gp
60-62 17-19 Cat’s grace 300 gp
63-67 20-27 03-07 Cure moderate wounds 300 gp
68 28 Darkness 300 gp
69-71 29-30 08-09 Darkvision 300 gp
72-74 31 Delay poison 300 gp
75-76 32-33 Eagle’s splendor 300 gp
77-78 34-35 Fox’s cunning 300 gp
79-81 36-37 10-11 Invisibility (potion or oil) 300 gp
82-84 38 12 Lesser restoration 300 gp
85-86 39 Levitate (potion or oil) 300 gp
87 40 Misdirection 300 gp
88-89 41-42 Owl’s wisdom 300 gp
90-91 43 Protection from arrows 30 points** 300 gp
92-93 44 13 Remove paralysis 300 gp
94-96 45-46 Resist energy (type) 10 300 gp
97 47-48 14 Shield of faith +3 350 gp*
98-99 49 Spider climb 300 gp
100 50 15 Undetectable alignment 300 gp
51 16 Barkskin +3 600 gp*
52 17-18 Shield of faith +4 600 gp
53-55 19-20 Resist energy (type) 20 700 gp
56-60 21-28 Cure serious wounds 750 gp
61 29 Daylight 750 gp
62-64 30-32 Displacement 750 gp
65 33 Flame arrow 750 gp
66-68 34-38 Fly 750 gp
69 39 Gaseous form 750 gp
70-71 Greater magic fang +1 750 gp
72-73 Greater magic weapon +1 750 gp
74-75 40-41 Haste 750 gp
76-78 42-44 Heroism 750 gp
79-80 45-46 Keen edge 750 gp
81 47 Magic circle against (alignment) 750 gp
82-83 Magic vestment +1 750 gp
84-86 48-50 Neutralize poison 750 gp
87-88 51-52 Nondetection 750 gp
89-91 53-54 Protection from energy (type) 750 gp
92-93 55 Rage 750 gp
94 56 Remove blindness/deafness 750 gp
95 57 Remove curse 750 gp
96 58 Remove disease 750 gp
97 59 Tongues 750 gp
98-99 60 Water breathing 750 gp
100 61 Water walk 750 gp
62-63 Barkskin +4 900 gp
64 Shield of faith +5 900 gp
65 Protection from arrows 100 points ** 1,000 gp*
66-68 Good hope 1,050 gp
69 Resist energy (type) 30 1,100 gp
70-73 Barkskin +5 1,200 gp
74-77 Greater magic fang +2 1,200 gp
78-81 Greater magic weapon +2 1,200 gp
82 Magic vestment +2 1,200 gp
83-85 Greater magic fang +3 1,800 gp
86-88 Greater magic weapon +3 1,800 gp
89-91 Magic vestment +3 1,800 gp
92-93 Greater magic fang +4 2,400 gp
94-95 Greater magic weapon +4 2,400 gp
96-97 Magic vestment +4 2,400 gp
98 Greater magic fang +5 3,000 gp
99 Greater magic weapon +5 3,000 gp
100 Magic vestment +5 3,000 gp

*Some prices have been updated from the 3.5 chart to fit Piazo’s formulas from the CRB. **Protection from arrows works differently in Pathfinder than it did in 3.5, chart adjusted to fit pathfinder rules.

All Paizo Potions

The list below includes potions from many various Paizo sources.

3rd Party Publisher Potions & Oils

Potions & Oils d20pfsrd.com has added from various 3rd Party Publisher sources can be found at the link below.

3rd Party Potions & Oils