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The magic of true names rests on the principle that if you know someone's name, you have power over them. After all, to name a thing is to describe that thing—but to accurately describe a thing, you have to understand it, and if you understand it, you can control it.
  — Pathfinder Secrets of Magic, page 238

A true name is an kind of hidden magic word inscribed upon each soul, though it is very hard to find a mortal's true name.[1] The spell compel true name[2] can assist in identifying a creature's true name.[3]

Sometimes, an aberration, celestial, fiend, monitor, spirit, or other creature enters the Material Plane from another plane or another universe altogether—one where the laws of magic are different.[4] For such different creatures, the nature of true names may vary. For example,

  • a devil's true name is mutable as they gain in stature;[5]
  • elementals suffer no penalties when their true name is used during a binding ritual, though they often start with a more positive attitude towards a binder who knows their true name;[5]
  • Proteans and qlippoths lack true names as they are too fundamentally chaotic.[5]


  1. Jason Bulmahn, et al. (2011). Ultimate Magic, p. 101. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-299-9
  2. This spell is only available in the Second Edition of the game.
  3. Logan Bonner, Mark Seifter, et al. (2021). Secrets of Magic, p. 247. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-345-4
  4. Logan Bonner, Mark Seifter, et al. (2021). Secrets of Magic, p. 238. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-345-4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jason Bulmahn, et al. (2011). Ultimate Magic, p. 102. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-299-9

Comment re Point of View

Please have a look at PathfinderWiki:Point of view to help with writing articles. In summary, we write in-world pages as though we were a scholar on Golarion: anything that relates to our world or Paizo should never appear above the References section. Please feel free to make footnotes of interest for real-world material. So, in this case, I deleted a reference to 2nd edition - no scholar in Absalom would know what that is. If the point about the spell being only available in 2e needed to be mentioned then a footnote would be the way to so that. I have put one above as an example but, really, I think it unnecessary as the link would take you to the spell's page where that fact would be made clear.Otherwise, we risk the same game point being mentioned on every page a topic is discussed. Hope this helps and if something is unclear or I got something wrong, drop me a note on my talk page please or here. -Fleanetha (talk) 16:49, 1 September 2021 (UTC)