Mage Armor

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Caster Level(s): Bard 1, Wizard / Sorcerer 1

Innate Level: 1

School: Conjuration

Descriptor(s): Force

Component(s): Verbal, Somatic

Range: Touch

Area of Effect / Target: Single

Duration: 1 Hour / Level

Additional Counter Spells:

Save: Harmless

Spell Resistance: No

Description: The selected target gains +1 Dodge, Deflection, Natural, and Armor AC. The dodge bonus stacks with other dodge bonuses to AC, but the other bonuses do not stack with bonuses of the same type. At caster level 21, the AC bonuses are doubled to +2 of each type, and at caster level 41, the AC bonuses are increased to +3 of each type. With spell focus feats in Abjuration, the Armor AC bonus increases to 4 AC per feat when the caster targets himself.

Notes

As a character acquires enchanted equipment, the effectiveness of this spell goes down, due to the non-stacking bonuses. At higher levels, typically only the dodge bonus has an effect, and even that is wasted if the +20 dodge bonus cap has been reached. Earlier mage armors (but not shadow variants) are removed from the target when this is cast.

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