For my first D&D character I chose to be a wizard because I love wizards and spellcasters in general, and I heard that wizards can learn certain spells before sorcerors can. Is this true? If so and the list isn't huge, which spells do wizards get first?

  • \$\begingroup\$ While the answers cover it nicely, there are a few class-exclusive spells to both - Sorcerer gets more of those than Wizard does. \$\endgroup\$
    – Weckar E.
    May 23, 2017 at 7:33

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Yes, this is true. Wizards get every spell a level sooner, except for level 0 and level 1 spells.

See the spells per day tables on the Sorcerers & Wizards page. Wizards and sorcerers learn from the same spell list, but wizards learn each new spell level 1 class level earlier. So except for first level spells (which both classes gain at level 1), a wizard gains access to a spell level when their class level = (2 × that spell level) − 1, whereas a sorcerer gains access to a spell level when their class level = 2 × that spell level.

For example, a wizard gains access to 3rd level spells when their wizard level is 5, while a sorcerer learns 3rd level spells when their sorcerer level is 6.

  • \$\begingroup\$ oh that's how it's done I was wondering just like wtf and have been scratching my head over it for a few days now \$\endgroup\$
    – Jayjay
    Aug 16, 2014 at 0:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie Thanks, I guess I shouldn't try to answer questions on a Saturday morning.... \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Aug 16, 2014 at 0:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ No problem! Mixed math and English is hard to get right; I had to check my fix several times to make sure it was right. Besides, it gave me the excuse to use proper multiplication and minus signs instead of x and hyphen. :) \$\endgroup\$ Aug 16, 2014 at 0:53

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