Does anyone know why Harm deals 10 damage per caster level (max 150) and Greater Harm "only" 1d12 per caster level (max 20d12) ?

Even at 20th level Harm (150 damage) is more efficient than Greater Harm (130 damage on average).

Is there an error in the books, like Harm should deal 1d10 per caster level ?

  • \$\begingroup\$ @Hey I Can Chan Heroes of Horror \$\endgroup\$ – Saryk Sep 14 '15 at 6:07

There's no typo. The difference is that harm is a touch spell and harm, greater has a range of Close. It's not “greater” in the amount of damage it does, but in the range at which you can do it. The average damage done by greater harm when a cleric gains access to it (level 13) is ~85 at a range of 55 feet, at which point harm does 130 damage at melee range. They're complementary rather than greater superseding the original.

(Whether greater harm is a good complementary spell to harm is an entirely different subject.)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the answer, hadn't noticed the range increment :/ \$\endgroup\$ – Saryk Sep 13 '15 at 23:03

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