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In Pathfinder (and is D&D 5 the same?), do Wizards and other casters using spellbooks need to have their medium of preparation out to cast a spell, or are their prepared spells selected from the spellbook so they don't need it at-hand that day?

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Clerics pray at the start of the day, Wizards memorize. In Pathfinder, as well as most D&D versions and expies--the Wizard needs the spell book for the memorization, not for the actual casting. Clerics need their holy symbol as a matter of faith after the praying, Wizards won't need their spellbook until they have to memorize again the next day.

Everyone is going to answer the same, because it's in the text over several different versions including specifically Pathfinder, but, I thought I would also provide an example of how it can inform gameplay. In one campaign I ran, the person that hired them took the spellbook as collateral--so the party had to get it done in one day if they wanted the Wizard's spells, which they absolutely needed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ They would only need it if the wizard needed to re-prepare spells. Wizards don't lose prepared spells unless they're cast or the wizard prepares spells again. \$\endgroup\$ – Delioth Jun 20 '17 at 21:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Delioth Correct! \$\endgroup\$ – Erin Thursby Jun 20 '17 at 21:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Only a few D&D editions use the "memorize" terminology for spell preparation; Pathfinder is not one of them. \$\endgroup\$ – GMJoe Jun 22 '17 at 12:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @GMJoe Prepare or study I believe is used (don't have it in front of me), but mechanically it amounts to the same thing. \$\endgroup\$ – Erin Thursby Jun 22 '17 at 14:49
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Wizards need their spellbook to prepare spells - they don't need it to cast them. From the wiki:

... he is required to study it every day in order to prepare his spells.

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NO they don't have to hold their spellbooks out to cast spells.

However, they need to read up their spells when preparing the spells, which takes an hour to do so.

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