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It says in the description that it makes a cudgel or quarterstaff "+1" what does this mean? Are there other ways to "level up" a weapon? How would it affect its use? I'm sorry for all the questions just nothing really explains it to me.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hint: go read the magic weapon section of the book. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 13:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you had a look at the full spell description? It is much more detailed than the short description you seem to be citing. \$\endgroup\$
    – MrLemon
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 13:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ Not a dupe because that Q is for 5e and this one for Pathfinder. The canonical question for this one is "read your game book." \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 13:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this can be answered by reading the spell section and magic weapon section of the book. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 17:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MadMAxJr I understand, but I'm voting to leave open (I'm in the review queue at the moment) because the meta consensus disagrees that close-votes are the right tool for this kind of question. (Can we have a RTFM equivalent in the Vote to Close options?) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 18:05

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It's just what it says. It takes a cudgel or quarterstaff in your possession and temporarily makes it a +1 magical weapon. That's the only effect and it lasts as long as the spell. There are a number of other spells such as Magic Weapon or Returning Weapon that can temporarily modify a weapon with various bonuses and abilities. The one thing all these spells have in common is they are temporary. Once the spell ends, so does the effect.

For permanent effect, a weapon must be crafted as magical. The rules and variety of weapons are too in depth to go into here.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you! I'm sorry it was such a "bad" question Im just new to this whole scene and didn't know what to look for.. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ocean
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A Weapon "+1" is a common magic weapon, many of those in tons of variants can be found in Pathfinder, and the Rule Book actually has the rules for those weapons in it and how they affect the weapons. (Take a look at the "magic weapons" part of the book which I can't quote, as I only own it in german).

I can't tell you much about other ways to "level up" a weapon, but they surely exist. (there are some spells that do so, and you can learn to create magic weapons)

This way, the "shillelagh" spell requires you to either wield a quarterstaff or a club, and enhances its damage (by changing it's effective size when rolling damage) as well as making it a magical weapon +1

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