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Levitate was a transmutation spell or supernatural ability that allowed the caster to move a creature or object vertically as desired.[1]

Some races native to Faerûn, such as the air genasi, had the innate ability to levitate.[4]

During the religious ceremony of the Dance of the Swirling Winds, the elven goddess Aerdrie Faenya would sometimes grant her worshipers who could not fly the power to levitate.[5]

Levitation played a key role in the drow game khaless.[6]


The caster could choose to levitate him- or herself or a creature or object within a close range. The weight of the creature or object lifted depended on the power of the caster but at a minimum, the spell could lift anything under 200 pounds. Only a willing creature could be lifted. Levitated persons or objects could be moved mentally at a speed of 200 feet per minute but only in the up or down direction.[1]

It was difficult to maintain one's balance if attempting to engage in combat while levitating.[1]

The effects of this spell lasted for several minutes, depending on the power of the caster.[1]


Proper casting of this spell required verbal and somatic components and the use of a spell focus. The focus could be either a piece of golden wire shaped into the form of a small cup with a shank or a small loop of leather.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 248. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 143. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  3. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  6. R.A. Salvatore (August 1995). Siege of Darkness. (TSR, Inc), p. 121. ISBN 1-7869-0164-0.

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