Rituals are complex ceremonies that create magic effects. You don't memorize or prepare a ritual; a ritual is so long and complex that no one could ever commit the whole thing to memory. To perform a ritual, you need to read from a book or a scroll containing it.
A ritual book contains one or more rituals that you can use as often and as many times as you like, as long as you can spare the time and the components to perform the ritual.
A ritual scroll contains a single ritual, and you can perform the ritual from that scroll only once. After that, the magic contained in the scroll is expended, and the scroll turns to dust. Anyone can use a ritual scroll to perform the ritual it contains, as long as the appropriate components are expended.
How to Read a RitualEdit
Rituals are described in a consistent format, the elements of which are outlined below.
Name and Flavor TextEdit
Beneath a ritual's name is a short passage of flavor text that tells what a ritual accomplishes, sometimes expressing that information in terms of what the ritual looks like or sounds like as it's being performed.
Each ritual has a level. You have to be that level or higher to perform the ritual from a book or to copy it.
A ritual is classified in one or more categories, which describe the ritual's general nature and function. Each of the nine ritual categories is associated with one or more skills (given in parentheses in the following list).
These rituals seek to lure, ensnare, control, or protect you from other beings, sometimes from other planes.
These rituals are used to craft magic items and other special objects.
Deception rituals cloak reality behind various facades.
These rituals provide advice, information, or guidance.
A catch-all category, exploration rituals include a variety of effects useful in everyday adventuring.
These rituals remove ill effects from the living or bring back the dead.
Scrying rituals let the caster spy on locations, objects, or creatures.
Travel rituals transport characters from on place, or plane, to another.
These rituals provide various forms of protection.
Performing a ritual takes the specified amount of time. Using a scroll cuts that time in half.
This entry shows how long a ritual's effects last after the completion of the ritual. The effects of a ritual usually last longer than those of a power.
This is the value of the components that must be expended to perform a ritual. A ritual's key skill determines the kind of components required.
Typically these are small vials full of powdered metals, rare earths, acids, salts, or extracts from creatures such as dragons or basilisks.
Restoration rituals use mystic salves, dabbed or painted on the creatures to be healed. These salves come in small jars and include blessed oils and unguents made from rare spices.
Rare herbs are usually collected and preserved during certaint imes of year, such as when the moon is full.
Sanctified incense is prepared during certain religious rites and is burned as a powder or a stick.
The concentrated magical substance that results from performing the Disenchant Magic Item ritual, residuum can be used as a component for any ritual. You can't usually buy it on the open market; you acquire it by draining it out of magic items.
You can use the components associated with a key skill for any ritual that uses that skill. For example, if you stock up on alchemical reagents, you can use them when you perform any Arcana -based ritual. Ritual components are not interchangeable; you can't use alchemical reagents to perform a ritual requiring sanctified incense, for example. But you can use residuum for any ritual.
You can buy ritual components at some shops, your allies can provide them (sharing the cost of a ritual with you), or you might find them as treasure. However you acquire components, record their value on your character sheet. When you perform a ritual, mark off the ritual's cost from the appropriate components.
Some rituals' descriptions note other costs, including healing surges or a focus item (such as a mirror or a crystal ball for a scrying ritual). A focus item is not expended when you perform a ritual.
This entry is the cost to purchase a ritual book containing the ritual or to copy a ritual into an existing ritual book. A scroll containing a ritual costs the same amount.
A ritual's key skill determines the type of components required to perform the ritual, and if a ritual requires a skill check, the key skill is used for the check. If this entry ends with "(no check)," then the ritual does not require a skill check.
If a ritual has more than one key skill, you choose which skill to use. Your choice determines both the components you use and the skill you use for any checks required by the ritual.
Unless a ritual's description says otherwise, you make your skill check when you finish performing a ritual. You can't take 10 on one of these skill checks.
The text that follows the foregoing information describes what happens when you finish performing a ritual.
Acquiring and Mastering a RitualEdit
Main article: Acquiring and Mastering a Ritual
A ritual book must be acquired and studied in order to master the ritual it contains. Alternatively, a ritual scroll allows a ritual to be performed one time.
Performing a RitualEdit
Main article: Performing a Ritual
Performing a ritual may require a skill check, and may have time, material, and other requirements, depending on which ritual is being performed and whether a ritual scroll is being used.
List of RitualsEdit
Main article: List of Rituals
Rituals can be found in a number of rulebooks, including Arcane Power, the Eberron Player's Guide, the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, the Player's Handbook and Player's Handbook 2, and Primal Power.
- See also Category:Ritual feats
The following mastery feats are generally essential for those focusing on at least one set of rituals, as they allow casting them without an associated component cost. Some of these feats (such as those in the creation and restoration category) still require components.