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Symbol of pain was a necromancy spell that created a powerful rune that tortured one or more creatures when triggered.[1]


This spell functioned similar to symbol of death except all creatures in the area of effect were wracked with pain that made performing any skill, using any ability, or engaging in combat very difficult. There was no practical limit on the number, size, or toughness of the creatures affected, and unless a creature had the fortitude to overcome the magic of this spell, the pain lasted for a full hour after a creature left the area of effect (a 60 ft/18.3 m radius from the symbol).

This symbol remained potent for 10 minutes per caster level. Any creature reentering the area of effect was again assaulted by pain unless they could muster the fortitude to resist it.

Symbols were difficult but not impossible to detect and disable before they were triggered. A brave and/or skilled rogue was required to get by this trap.


In addition to the verbal and somatic components, this spell required a drop of mercury, a bit of phosphorus, and a mixture of opal and diamond dust worth at least 1,000 gp.


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  1. Page 65 of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition puts this as the 8th level Suffering domain spell, but the Player's Guide to Faerûn corrects this to 5th level on page 91.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 290. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 91. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.

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