Sorry, I'm just a bit confused on this. I'm making a half-elf wizard for my first campaign and though I really want to play a wizard, I'm a bit confused on the spellbook mechanic. I'm also a bit confused on how at-will powers work, in a way...

So basically, how many spells can I have and which ones can I use per day now, at level 1? How many will I have in the future as I level up? And how often can I use at-will powers? As much as I want?

EDIT: Despite the link leading me to the other question on how human wizards work, I still don't fully understand the system, though... From reading the handbook a bit more, what I've gathered so far is that I have access to all my at-will spells, all encounters, and 1 daily at the start plus 2 more per level where I learn a daily/utility power, though I can only prepare 1 one of those 2?

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    \$\begingroup\$ possible duplicate of How many spells can a level 1 human Wizard have in 4e? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 5:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is something of a 'rules dump' question. I'd suggest asking for an explanantion in chat, except you don't have the rep for it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 6:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman to be fair they are pretty confusing rules; I'll try an attempt at an answer sometime to either this question or the other, but for now I'm not feeling well \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 6:26

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Let's review the basic numbers first, before we get into how Wizards break them: at level 1, every character picks 2 at-wills, 1 encounter power, and 1 daily. At level 2, they pick up a utility power too.

At-will powers

So, you have to choose two at-wills, right?

But there's something else first. Some classes have feature powers, and the Wizard's are their four cantrips. You get these automatically. You already have four at-wills, just by being a Wizard.

These do not count toward the 2 you pick. So pick two more Wizard Attack 1 at-wills.

Notice that the Cantrips have no level mentioned. Neither do Racial powers. This is your hint that it's an automatic feature that you get in addition to however many at-wills/encounters/dailies/utilities you get at your level. (The Paladin also has four class feature powers, but two of those are encounter powers.)

Total level 1 at-wills: 6. And then some racial features might give you more.

Encounter powers

1 at first level. Gain encounter powers the same as any other class.

A lot of races also give you an encounter power, but like I mentioned about the at-wills: this comes in addition to whatever single encounter power you pick, and doesn't count toward your limit of 1.

The Spellbook: Dailies and Utilities

This is where Wizards have some novelty, and where they get a bit complicated.

Every class has a notion that they have X powers and they have them available every day. Wizards break this mold and do things very differently.

When the Wizard might learn a daily or utility power — including their first-level daily and second-level utility — instead, the Wizard picks two dailies, or two utilities. They write these two down in their spellbook. Then as the feature says...

After an extended rest, you can prepare a number of daily and utility spells according to what you can cast per day for your level. You can’t prepare the same spell twice.

You pick a bunch, and these are your daily and utility powers for the day. So you know twice as many daily powers and twice as many utility powers as any other class. But at the beginning of your adventuring day, you pick the same amount as anyone else, and those are your dailies and utilities for the day.

So at level 2, instead of the usual 1 daily and 1 utility, you'll have twice that many - 2 dailies and 2 utility powers - written in your spellbook. But after you rest, you'll pick 1 of those dailies and 1 of those utility powers, and you'll have those available to use for the day. So on any given day, you still have access to the same amount of daily and utility powers as any other character - but uniquely, Wizards can change the powers they have access to day-to-day between those in their spellbook.

At a level where you might be alotted 3 daily powers, you'll have 6 in your spellbook, and pick any 3 of those 6 at the beginning of an adventuring day. Etc.


You also get to start with some rituals written in your spellbook. This is separate to your powers entirely, and a different casting system every player character shares. You just get to start off knowing some rituals, where others will have to find them or buy them.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks a lot! This really helps, it's a lot easier to understand. \$\endgroup\$
    – Spark
    Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 7:49

Basically you get more options

Wizards basically get extra dailies compared to other classes, but they can only use the same amount of class daily powers in a day. Those extras give you a breadth, which is iconic to the wizard class. Half-elf and Human both have a racial feature letting them get 1 extra at-will power. For the human its from the same class, the half-elf however can poach an at-will power from any class.


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