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A necromancer wields a magic staff.
(Magic item)
Caster Level Varies
Type Staff
Slot Hands
Images of staves

Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 491
For other meanings of "Staff", please see Staff (disambiguation).

A magical staff is a shaft or pole capable of storing spells. Staves can hold many types of spells, which makes them distinct from wands, and might also bestow passive effects or abilities.[1][2]


With most staves, spells are activated by holding them in at least one hand or appendage and invoking their power. Staves can be used by most people with experience wielding magical items, but a trained spellcaster coaxes more potent effects from them.[1]

Spells can be prepared for a staff daily.[1]

As a weapon

Staves can be wielded in a similar manner as a quarterstaff or club, with either one or two hands.[2]


Staves typically measure 4 to 7 feet in length, 2 to 3 inches in thickness, and 5 pounds in weight. Most are wooden with a gem, device, or metal caps on one or both ends and carved or runic embellishments, but can be made of bone, metal, glass, or other materials.[1]

Known staves

See also: Category:Staves

Known staves include: