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From what I've seen the spells sometimes do quite a lot of damage for their level but at other times they seem to adhere to some sort of rules.

Thus I'm wondering are there some guidelines for spell damage / level for ranged and touch attacks?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you asking about all spells, for all classes, under all circumstances? Could you clarify a bit? \$\endgroup\$ – B. S. Morganstein Aug 2 '17 at 16:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @B.S.Morganstein in essence yes for all classes as I had looked through all and saw the discrepances but also that some spells seemingly adhere to some rules in terms of power level. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas E. Aug 2 '17 at 17:15
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Yes

There's some fairly comprehensive guidelines for how to make spells in pathfinder here. Included are a table of guidelines for appropriate damage.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The interesting part is basically: "A typical damage spell deals 1 die of damage (typically a d6) per caster level for an arcane spell (for example, shocking grasp or fireball), or 1 die of damage (typically a d6, but sometimes a d8) per two caster levels for a divine spell (for example, searing light)." \$\endgroup\$ – Anne Aunyme Aug 3 '17 at 9:19

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