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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
MinorMediumMajorSpell LevelCaster Level

Table: Potion Costs

Spell LevelCleric, Druid, WizardSorcererBardPaladin, Ranger
025 gp25 gp25 gp
1st50 gp50 gp50 gp50 gp
2nd300 gp400 gp400 gp400 gp
3rd750 gp900 gp1,050 gp1,050 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.)

MinorMediumMajorPotion or OilMarket Price
01-10Cure light wounds50 gp
11-13Endure elements50 gp
14-15Hide from animals50 gp
16-17Hide from undead50 gp
18-19Jump50 gp
20-22Mage armor50 gp
23-25Magic fang50 gp
26Magic stone50 gp
27-29Magic weapon50 gp
30Pass without trace50 gp
31-32Protection from (alignment)50 gp
33-34Remove fear50 gp
35Sanctuary50 gp
36-38Shield of faith +250 gp
39Shillelagh50 gp
40-4101-02Bless weapon50 gp*
42-4403-04Enlarge person50 gp*
4505Reduce person50 gp*
46-4706Aid300 gp
48-5007Barkskin +2300 gp
51-5308-10Bear’s endurance300 gp
54-5611-1301-02Blur300 gp
57-5914-16Bull’s strength300 gp
60-6217-19Cat’s grace300 gp
63-6720-2703-07Cure moderate wounds300 gp
6828Darkness300 gp
69-7129-3008-09Darkvision300 gp
72-7431Delay poison300 gp
75-7632-33Eagle’s splendor300 gp
77-7834-35Fox’s cunning300 gp
79-8136-3710-11Invisibility (potion or oil)300 gp
82-843812Lesser restoration300 gp
85-8639Levitate (potion or oil)300 gp
8740Misdirection300 gp
88-8941-42Owl’s wisdom300 gp
90-9143Protection from arrows 30 points**300 gp
92-934413Remove paralysis300 gp
94-9645-46Resist energy (type) 10300 gp
9747-4814Shield of faith +3350 gp*
98-9949Spider climb300 gp
1005015Undetectable alignment300 gp
5116Barkskin +3600 gp*
5217-18Shield of faith +4600 gp
53-5519-20Resist energy (type) 20700 gp
56-6021-28Cure serious wounds750 gp
6129Daylight750 gp
62-6430-32Displacement750 gp
6533Flame arrow750 gp
66-6834-38Fly750 gp
6939Gaseous form750 gp
70-71Greater magic fang +1750 gp
72-73Greater magic weapon +1750 gp
74-7540-41Haste750 gp
76-7842-44Heroism750 gp
79-8045-46Keen edge750 gp
8147Magic circle against (alignment)750 gp
82-83Magic vestment +1750 gp
84-8648-50Neutralize poison750 gp
87-8851-52Nondetection750 gp
89-9153-54Protection from energy (type)750 gp
92-9355Rage750 gp
9456Remove blindness/deafness750 gp
9557Remove curse750 gp
9658Remove disease750 gp
9759Tongues750 gp
98-9960Water breathing750 gp
10061Water walk750 gp
62-63Barkskin +4900 gp
64Shield of faith +5900 gp
65Protection from arrows 100 points **1,000 gp*
66-68Good hope1,050 gp
69Resist energy (type) 301,100 gp
70-73Barkskin +51,200 gp
74-77Greater magic fang +21,200 gp
78-81Greater magic weapon +21,200 gp
82Magic vestment +21,200 gp
83-85Greater magic fang +31,800 gp
86-88Greater magic weapon +31,800 gp
89-91Magic vestment +31,800 gp
92-93Greater magic fang +42,400 gp
94-95Greater magic weapon +42,400 gp
96-97Magic vestment +42,400 gp
98Greater magic fang +53,000 gp
99Greater magic weapon +53,000 gp
100Magic vestment +53,000 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