Guarding Knowledge

School abjuration; Level alchemist 3, arcanist 3, bard 3, cleric/oracle 3, inquisitor 2, investigator 3, occultist 3, psychic 3, skald 3, sorcerer/wizard 3, warpriest 3


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M/DF (see text)


Range personal
Target you
Duration 1 minute/level (D)


Upon casting this spell, choose a specific variety of monster (red dragon rather than dragon) and one of its special attacks that you have successfully identified with a Knowledge check or otherwise researched, such as a cockatrice’s petrification ability or a spider swarm’s poison.

You gain a +4 insight bonus on saving throws against the selected special attack. The bonus does not apply to saves against other monsters’ abilities of the same name, spell-like abilities, or special attacks derived from class levels or equipment. If you use a trophy from a monster of the exact same variety as an optional material component, the bonus increases to +6.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Player Companion: Monster Hunter’s Handbook © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Eric Hindley, Mikko Kallio, Luis Loza, and Christopher Wasko.

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