RPG Design – Sunday Spell: Absorb Blast

Absorb Blast

School abjuration; Level cleric 2, sorcerer/wizard 2
Casting Time 1 immediate action
Range personal
Components V, S, F/DF (a gold talisman worth 100 gp)
Target self
Duration instantaneous
Saving throw: none; Spell Resistance: none

When you are targeted by a spell or spell-like ability that deals hit point damage and you have the proper talisman in hand, you can cast this spell to reduce some of the damage you would otherwise take, although you still suffer any other effects of the spell. Make a caster level check against the caster. For every point by which your check defeats your opponent’s, reduce the incoming damage by 3. If you absorb all the damage, you get a damage bonus on the next damaging spell you cast equal to the absorbed spell’s level if you cast such a spell within 1 round.

Created by the warmages of the north for their spell duels, this spell has become a signature of elite and erudite spellcasters. It is said that to venture into one of the northern warmage academies without this spell is tantamount to suicide…


I love abjuration spells in principle, but I think it’s very hard to get excited about them, especially the 2nd-level options. Making the school of abjuration as dramatic and cool as evocation is something I would like to do.

– Max Porter-Zasada


2 responses to “RPG Design – Sunday Spell: Absorb Blast

  1. I really like it, though typically, it would be your d20 vs 11+ enemy caster level. this way is more random – if that is your intent.

  2. In my opinion, rolling dice is fun. The most common tic that spellcaster players exhibit is picking up a d20 to roll it when they cast a spell, even when they don’t need to. I think abilities should give you a reason to roll as an attacker.


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