Polymorph Any Object

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NamePolymorph Any Object
SchoolTransmutation (Polymorph)
LevelCommerce 9, Renewal 8, Sor/Wiz 8, Transformation 8, Trickery 8, Wuj 8
ComponentsV, S, M/DF
Casting Time1 standard action
Recharge Time12 hours
RangeClose (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
TargetOne creature, or one nonmagical object of up to 100 cu. ft./level
DurationSee text
Saving ThrowFortitude negates (object); see text
Spell ResistanceYes (object)
GroupsFungus Magic, Polymorph, Stat Reduction
SourcesSystem Reference Document on page 263, Tome and Blood on page 94
Short Description

Changes any subject into anything else.


A: Mercury, gum arabic, and smoke.

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This spell functions like polymorph, except that it changes one object or creature into another. The duration of the spell depends on how radical a change is made from the original state to its enchanted state. The duration is determined by using the following guidelines.

Changed Subject Is:Increase to Duration Factor (1)
Same kingdom (animal, vegetable, mineral)+5
Same class (mammals, fungi, metals, etc.)+2
Same size+2
Related (twig is to tree, wolf fur is to wolf, etc.)+2
Same or lower Intelligence+2

1 Add all that apply. Look up the total on the next table.

Duration FactorDurationExample
0 20 minutes Pebble to human
2 1 hour Marionette to human
4 3 hours Human to marionette
5 12 hours Lizard to manticore
6 2 days Sheep to wool coat
7 1 week Shrew to manticore
9+ Permanent Manticore to shrew

Unlike polymorph, polymorph any object does grant the creature the Intelligence score of its new form. If the original form didn't have a Wisdom or Charisma score, it gains those scores as appropriate for the new form.

Damage taken by the new form can result in the injury or death of the polymorphed creature. In general, damage occurs when the new form is changed through physical force.

A nonmagical object cannot be made into a magic item with this spell. Magic items aren't affected by this spell.

This spell cannot create material of great intrinsic value, such as copper, silver, gems, silk, gold, platinum, mithral, or adamantine. It also cannot reproduce the special properties of cold iron in order to overcome the damage reduction of certain creatures.

This spell can also be used to duplicate the effects of baleful polymorph, flesh to stone, stone to flesh, transmute mud to rock, transmute metal to wood, or transmute rock to mud.

Source Copyright: System Reference Document Copyright 2000-2003, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.; Authors Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Rich Baker, Andy Collins, David Noonan, Rich Redman, Bruce R. Cordell, John D. Rateliff, Thomas Reid, James Wyatt, based on original material by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

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