Deciphers magical writings on items and scrolls.

Original D&D[edit | edit source]

Premiered in Men & Magic, for the magic-user. Dragon Magazine #12 introduced this spell to the Illusionist spell list.

  • Spell Level 1

Reads magical incantations on items and scrolls -- such writings are otherwise indecipherable. The spell is short, allowing only one or two readings before it must be cast again.

AD&D[edit | edit source]

Read Magic[edit | edit source]

Debuted in the Player's Handbook as a magic-user spell.

Level: 1 School: Divination
Components: V, S, M (a clear crystal or prism; it is not expended)
Range: 0 Casting Time: 1 Round
Duration:2 rounds/level Saving Throw: None
Target: One magical writing

The caster can read new magical inscriptions. Once read with this spell, a magical inscription is always readable by the caster, without having to cast the spell again.

Reversed[edit | edit source]

Level: 1 School: Divination
Components: V, S, M (a pinch of dirt and a drop of water)
Range: 0 Casting Time: 1 Round
Duration:2 rounds/level Saving Throw: None
Target: One magical writing

The caster obscures one magical writing, which cannot be read, even with the aid of read magic, until the effect wears off, or is dispelled.

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