I'm playing with a wildshape druid character build, theoretically for the Strength of Thousands campaign. That means the Druid is also getting Wizard as a free archtype, along with a bevy of wizard spells. I'm wondering how to aim this Wizard spellbook.
With D&D 5E I believe it just flat out states you can't cast spells in Wildshape, but P2E doesn't say that. However, it does say this about "battle form"s:
Unless otherwise noted, the battle form prevents you from casting spells, speaking, and using most manipulate actions that require hands. (If there's doubt about whether you can use an action, the GM decides.)
Because of comma placement in this large first sentence (oxford comma, or no?), its unclear to me if this means bf wildshape prohibits all casting, or just casting that requires hands. I'd of course like to assume the latter, but there's probably a ruling on this somewhere that I've been unable to find?
So the question here is what exactly can I do with all my spells while in a wildshaped battle form?
What I'm pretty sure about:
- Carry most buffs that have an effect at the next qualifying event that were cast on me before changing, as long as it doesn't affect my weapons or armor rather than me. eg: Guidance, Barkskin.
- Carry most 24 hour buffs. eg: Mind of Menace
- Sustain pre-cast spells. eg: Pack Attack
- Componentless reactions provided by pre-cast spells (eg: Life Block provided by Protect Companion spell cast just prior to going into wildshape)
What I'm pretty sure I can't do:
- Spells with "material", or "focus" components.
- Spells with the "manipulate" trait.
What I'm unsure about. Includes (but is not limited to):
- Touch spells with only the "somatic" component (based on the fact that these don't require a free hand, just the ability to touch the target).
- Verbal component spells that aren't otherwise prohibited (the polymorphed wolf is using a "Bark of Power", perhaps?)
- Verbal component spells that aren't otherwise prohibited, after taking the Silent Spell action.