Prismatic Sphere

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NamePrismatic Sphere
LevelArtifice 9, Family 9, Protection 9, Sor/Wiz 9, Sun 9, Wmg 9
Casting Time1 standard action
Recharge TimeGeneral
Range10 ft.
Effect10-ft.-radius sphere centered on you
Duration10 min./level (D)
Saving ThrowSee text
Spell ResistanceSee text
SourcesSystem Reference Document on page 264
Short Description

As prismatic wall, but surrounds on all sides.

Living GreyhawkOpen

Prismatic sphere creates a vertical, opaque globe of a shimmering, multicolored light that protects you from all forms of attack. The sphere flashes with seven colors, each of which has a distinct power and purpose. The sphere is immobile, and you can pass through and remain near the sphere without harm. However, any other creature with less than 8 HD that is within 20 feet of the sphere is blinded for 2d4x10 minutes by the colors if it looks at the sphere.

A Prismatic sphere spell cast to materialize in a space occupied by a creature is disrupted, and the spell is wasted.

Each color in the sphere has a special effect. The accompanying table shows the seven colors of the sphere, the order in which they appear, their effects on creatures trying to attack you or pass through the sphere, and the magic needed to negate each color.

The sphere can be destroyed, color by color, in consecutive order, by various magical effects; however, the first color must be brought down before the second can be affected, and so on. A rod of cancellation or a mage's disjunction spell destroys a Prismatic sphere, but an antimagic field fails to penetrate it. Dispel magic and dispel magic, greater cannot dispel the sphere or anything beyond it. Spell resistance is effective against a Prismatic sphere, but the caster level check must be repeated for each color present.

Prismatic sphere can be made permanent with a permanency spell.

ColorOrderEffect of ColorNegated By
Red1stStops nonmagical ranged weapons. Deals 20 points of fire damage (Reflex half).Cone of cold
Orange2ndStops magical ranged weapons. Deals 40 points of acid damage (Reflex half).Gust of wind
Yellow3rdStops poisons, gases, and petrification. Deals 80 points of electricity damage (Reflex half).Disintegrate
Green4thStops breath weapons. Poison (Kills; Fortitude partial for 1d6 points of Con damage instead).Passwall
Blue5thStops divination and mental attacks. Turned to stone (Fortitude negates).Magic missile
Indigo6thStops all spells. Will save or become insane (as insanity spell).Daylight
Violet7thEnergy field destroys all objects and effects.1 Creatures sent to another plane (Will negates).Dispel magic

1) The violet effect makes the special effects of the other six colors redundant, but these six effects are included here because certain magic items can create prismatic effects one color at a time, and spell resistance might render some colors ineffective (see above).

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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