Pathfinder RPG, derived from Dungeons & Dragons v3.5, published in 2009.

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Why did the D&D devs design spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...