B/X Essentials: Illusionist Spell List

I'm happy to report that I've almost finished the write-ups of the illusionist spells for B/X Essentials! Since my last post with the projected spell lists, I've tweaked things a bit in order to round out the spell selection.

The updated list is below. Eagle-eyed illusionist fans may spot a few spells that aren't drawn from the original AD&D illusionist list. There are two types of these:

  1. Spells from AD&D 2nd edition. The 5th level shadowcast and shadowy transformation, for example.
  2. New spells of my own creation. Blacklight, visitation, dream quest, and through the looking glass, for example.

I've also renamed a few spells, either to better indicate their function or to tie them in with similar spells:

  • Glamour is the renamed change self. It's just a more evocative name.
  • Quasimorph is the renamed alter self. It indicates its function better (referring to the magic-user polymorph spells) and (I think) just sounds cooler.
  • Veil of abandonment is the renamed vacancy. Sounds less like a job ad.
  • Illusion is the renamed advanced illusion. I think removing the "advanced" helps to tie it in better with the 6th level permanent illusion and triggered illusion.
  • Looking glass is the renamed magic mirror. I like both names, but the rename ties it in with the 6th level through the looking glass.
  • Triggered illusion is the renamed programmed illusion. Just indicates its function a bit better.

1st Level

  1. Auditory Illusion
  2. Chromatic Orb
  3. Colour Spray
  4. Dancing Lights
  5. Detect Illusion
  6. Glamour
  7. Hypnotism
  8. Light (Darkness)
  9. Phantasmal Force
  10. Read Magic
  11. Spook
  12. Wall Of Fog

2nd Level

  1. Blindness / Deafness
  2. Detect Magic
  3. Fascinate
  4. Fog Cloud
  5. Hypnotic Pattern
  6. Improved Phantasmal Force
  7. Invisibility
  8. Magic Mouth
  9. Mirror Image
  10. Quasimorph
  11. Ventriloquism
  12. Whispering Wind

3rd Level

  1. Blacklight
  2. Dispel Illusion
  3. Fear
  4. Hallucinatory Terrain
  5. Invisibility 10' Radius
  6. Nondetection
  7. Paralyzation
  8. Phantom Steed
  9. Rope Trick
  10. Spectral Force
  11. Suggestion
  12. Wraithform

4th Level

  1. Confusion
  2. Dispel Magic
  3. Emotion
  4. Illusory Stamina
  5. Improved Invisibility
  6. Massmorph
  7. Minor Creation
  8. Phantasmal Killer
  9. Rainbow Pattern
  10. Shadow Monsters
  11. Solid Fog
  12. Veil of Abandonment

5th Level

  1. Demi-Shadow Monsters
  2. Illusion
  3. Looking Glass
  4. Major Creation
  5. Manifest Dream
  6. Phantasmal Door
  7. Projected Image
  8. Seeming
  9. Shadowcast
  10. Shadowy Transformation
  11. Time Slow (Time Flow)
  12. Visitation

6th Level

  1. Acid Fog
  2. Alter Reality
  3. Dream Quest
  4. Impersonation
  5. Mass Suggestion
  6. Mislead
  7. Permanent Illusion
  8. Shades
  9. Through The Looking Glass
  10. Triggered Illusion
  11. True Seeing
  12. Vision


  1. I'm thinking about using this spell list instead of the magic-user one for the Elf class, creating a real Fey Knight feeling. Anyway : i'm sold ! Good job as usual.

    1. Yeah, switching out the MU spells for illusionist (or druid) spells is a classic way of making a more fairy-influenced elf class. I think this spell list would work great for that!

  2. Any plans on including high level Illusionist/Druid spells in a similar manner to your proposed system for high level Wizard/Cleric spells?

    1. Not in this book, but definitely in another book. Well spotted that the ideas in that post were building up to that ;)

  3. I know you can't, but I wish you could add in those high level illusionist spells from the original version of T&T. Possibly as an appendix?

    1. For this book, definitely not. I intend to finish the Complete Illusionist book that I was working on before, though.