A few setting specific backgrounds (such as the Izzet Engineer from Ravnica) and lineages (such as the Mark of Handling Human from Eberron) have spells that are "added to the spell list of your spellcasting class", and a couple of magic items might contain spells that "are wizard spells for you while you are attuned to it".

Given that for an Order of Scribes wizard:

"When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with a type that appears in another spell in your spellbook...The latter spell must be of the same level as the spell slot you expend."

How many spells can you add, in one character, from sources like these to the Wizard spell list that are useful for the Awakened Spellbook, as a source or target of a type of damage to be replaced?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you asking about the number of spells that are added to spell lists in the manner you describe, or are you asking about the maximum number of spells any one character could gain to their spell list like this? Is your question restricted to official material only (I guess yes, because otherwise the answer is: all of them). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 9, 2023 at 9:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Maybe change your question to not say "useful" this sounds very opinion-based. Just specify that you are interested in spells to replace damage types. \$\endgroup\$
    – Anagkai
    Commented Jul 9, 2023 at 21:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Slaves_of_the_Coast I'm interested in which options my character should pick to get both the most new damage types and spells to use alternative damage types with. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 16, 2023 at 22:26

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First let's see what wizards can get by default

Using some searches on D&D Beyond, we can see what damage type options are available for Order of Scribes wizards from just the wizard list.

It turns out, most damage types are available for most levels. Here are the ones that aren't, along with non-wizard spells and dunamancy spells (kept separate since they are setting specific) that would fill in the gaps if they could be added to the wizard spell list for our Order of Scribes wizard:

Level Damage Types Missing Non-Wizard Options Dunamancy Spells
1st necrotic, psychic, radiant, slashing arms of hadar, hex, inflict wounds for necrotic; dissonant whispers for psychic; divine favor, guiding bolt, wrathful smite for radiant;
2nd force, piercing, radiant spiritual weapon for force; cordon of arrows for piercing; branding smite, moonbeam for radiant
3rd force, piercing, poison, psychic, slashing pulse wave for force
4th force, poison, slashing gravity sinkhole for force
5th acid, lightning, piercing, slashing, thunder insect plague for piercing; wrath of nature for slashing; destructive wave for thunder
6th acid, piercing, poison, slashing, thunder wall of thorns for piercing; blade barrier for slashing
7th piercing, psychic, slashing, thunder
8th bludgeoning, force, piercing, slashing, thunder earthquake, tsunami for bludgeoning dark star, reality break for force
9th necrotic, piercing, radiant, slashing, thunder storm of vengeance for thunder time ravage for necrotic

Now let's see which of these are available

Unfortunately, there aren't too many of the above non-wizard options to fill in the gaps from other features that add them to the wizard spell list. Here are the ones available:

  • dissonant whispers from the Rakdos Cultist background
  • guiding bolt from the Boros Legionnaire background
  • inflict wounds from the Witherbloom Student background
  • insect plague from the Golgari Agent background
  • destructive wave from the Gruul Anarch background
  • \$\begingroup\$ this table is great. really useful for knowing what damage types to look out for. would the hallow spell from Halfling (Mark of Hospitality) add in some missing damage types at 5th level? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 17, 2023 at 13:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ and the Witherbloom Student background adds inflict wounds for necrotic I think? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 17, 2023 at 13:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @yeastgoblin Interesting that the Ravnica backgrounds worked when searching D&D beyond for the spells and selecting the Compendium filter, but Witherbloom didn't. I edited to include these. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 17, 2023 at 14:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ @yeastgoblin I'm not sure how hallow interacts with Order of Scribes. I'd probably ask this question separately. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 17, 2023 at 14:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ @yeastgoblin That's not really the best place to store that information. You can certainly leave your own answer on the question though. Something along the lines of "David's answer captures a number of options, but here are some others that I've found." This way, other users can more easily leverage the work you've done to find other options. You can also edit that answer as you find other options. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 21, 2023 at 15:38

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