Lighten load was an alteration spell that reduced the weight of burdens by half.[1]


This spell could be cast on a pile of non-magical objects—organic, inorganic, alive, or dead—and it temporarily reduced the weight of those objects by half. Once the items were enchanted, they could be divvied up among separate carriers. Magic items were not affected by this spell. The pile of objects could be no bigger than a 10 ft (3 m) cube, and the spell lasted for a few hours. More experienced priests could stretch it out for hours longer.[1]

No other physical property (size, mass, strength, hardness, etc.) of the objects was modified by this spell—it was as if gravity were cut in half for the affected objects.[1]


Verbal and somatic components were required to cast this spell, as well as a feather and a piece of paper moistened by a soap bubble.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Cook, Findley, Herring, Kubasik, Sargent, Swan (1991). Tome of Magic 2nd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 59. ISBN 1-56076-107-5.
  2. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 188. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.