Hypnotic Pattern

School illusion (pattern) [mind-affecting]; Level bard 2, mesmerist 2, psychic 2, sorcerer/wizard 2; Subdomain stars 2; Mystery heavens 2


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V (bard only), S, M (a stick of incense or a crystal rod); see text


Range medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Effect colorful lights in a 10-ft.-radius spread
Duration Concentration + 2 rounds
Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes


A twisting pattern of subtle, shifting colors weaves through the air, fascinating creatures within it. Roll 2d4 and add your caster level (maximum 10) to determine the total number of HD of creatures affected. Creatures with the fewest HD are affected first; and, among creatures with equal HD, those who are closest to the spell’s point of origin are affected first. HD that are not sufficient to affect a creature are wasted. Affected creatures become fascinated by the pattern of colors. Sightless creatures are not affected.

A wizard or sorcerer need not utter a sound to cast this spell, but a bard must perform as a verbal component.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook. © 2009, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.

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