From the Pathfinder SRD's description of the third-party Wan oracle curse from Oracle’s Curse (emphasis mine):

You are pale, sickly, and languorous, with one foot in death’s door.


You have the fatigued condition, but are immune to the exhausted condition.

At 5th level, you learn the “inflict” spell of any level spell you can cast.

At 10th level, add ray of exhaustion to your spells known.

At 15th level, add waves of exhaustion to your spells known.

I was skimming through the oracle curses list on the Pathfinder SRD and found the curse quoted above. I'm confused by the wording.

Is there a spell called "inflict" that I'm not aware of, or is it a method of delivery? Maybe it's referring to inflict light wounds and inflict moderate wounds. That's my best guess, but I'm likely wrong on that.


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You're not wrong. "Inflict spells" implies any spell with the word "Inflict" in its name, generally refers to the following line of spells:

  1. Inflict Light Wounds
  2. Inflict Moderate Wounds
  3. Inflict Serious Wounds
  4. Inflict Critical Wounds
  5. Inflict Light Wounds, Mass
  6. Inflict Moderate Wounds, Mass
  7. Inflict Serious Wounds, Mass
  8. Inflict Critical Wounds, Mass

However, there are two others that also qualify:

  1. Inflict Pain
  2. Inflict Pain, Mass

If the author of the curse didn't intend for you to be able to take those, he should have specified. RAW, you can.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That sounds like a useless feature since you already get all inflict spells from the oracles spellcasting feature should you choose to go that route. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 14:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was thinking that, but that's not what the OP was asking about. It's a bit more useful than that if you choose to go Cure spells normally, but even then there's much stronger abilities than getting a single sub-par damage or healing spell. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 14:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm the op lol thanks for the clarification. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 14:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ ...well I derped there. XD Yeah, the curse is definitely on the weaker side. If it said "every" not "any", it would still be on the weaker side since the inflict spells are still below-par as damaging spells. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 14:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ I do think the intent is "every" level; 3pp content generally uses slightly more lax wording and that seems to be the intent (otherwise they would have said Inflict Light, Inflict Moderate, (and/or) Inflict Serious Wounds) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 8, 2019 at 2:28

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