The definition of Incorporeal Pathfinder SRD declares

An incorporeal creature has no physical body. It can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons or creatures that strike as magic weapons, and spells, spell-like abilities, or supernatural abilities. It is immune to all nonmagical attack forms. Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, it takes only half damage from a corporeal source (except for channel energy). Although it is not a magical attack, holy water can affect incorporeal undead. Corporeal spells and effects that do not cause damage only have a 50% chance of affecting an incorporeal creature. Force spells and effects, such as from a magic missile, affect an incorporeal creature normally. Emphasis mine

What then is a corporeal spell? Is it any spell except for force effects?


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Pretty much - it's any spell coming from a corporeal source (you know, a dude).

Now, it can get more complicated than that with things that aren't just incorporeal but also ethereal. Only force spells affect them directly but there's a lot of spells (e.g. blink) that can be used to make someone ethereal/incorporeal and then it's fireball time.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Exactly. To put it simply; a corporeal spell has a large effect on the physical world, but not so much on the world of spirits and ghosts/other such primarily energy-based entities. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 6, 2012 at 5:55

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