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If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, or do they all become either prepared or improvised? Do my spell lists stay separate for the different slots, or can they cross over between caster lists?

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If you want to play a spontaneous casting magus there is now an archetype for that in the Advanced Class Guide. – Lawton Oct 29 '14 at 21:37
Initially I just wanted that for flavor (Protean heritage + melee and casting synergy), but thanks for bringing that up anyway. – Cobalt Oct 29 '14 at 22:04
This question makes me think that they should have included a section in Unchained for multiclassed casters. Perhaps to make it more like 5e... – Jason_c_o May 27 '15 at 9:35
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You retain the casting mechanics of both classes separately.

If you were a multiclassed 4th-level character, for example, a Magus 2/Sorcerer 2, you would have all the class abilities of the level you reached in each class, for instance a 2nd-level Magus and a 2nd-level Sorcerer. Their spell lists do not mix; you will have to prepare your Magus spells as if a 2nd-level Magus, and your known Sorcerer spells, numbering as many as a 2nd-level Sorcerer would know, can only be cast from the slots that a 2nd-level Sorcerer would have, and would suffer arcane spell failure chance appropriate for the armor you wear.

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Also, you maintain separate caster levels for the two classes. And of course, this whole system heavily discourages playing a PC with multiple casting classes. – starwed Sep 28 '12 at 2:50

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