Some spells come in "sets" that have explicit benefits when you use them together.

For one example, the heart of element series in Complete Mage:

  • heart of air

  • heart of earth

  • heart of fire

  • heart of water

Or for another, the primal series in Dragon Magic:

  • primal hunter

  • primal instinct

  • primal senses

  • primal speed

Are there any more of these in D&D 3.5?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is there a purpose to this beyond curiosity? I like answering trivia questions like this, but this list could go way long depending on how definitive you need an answer to be. That is, has the DM said, like, Your sorcerer can take this homebrew feat to learn all spells referencing each other, but you must find the linked spells in published sources or something? \$\endgroup\$ Oct 21, 2015 at 22:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, I just think it's a neat concept and wanted to make a list for myself. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy
    Oct 22, 2015 at 6:28

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In addition to Complete Mage's elemental-themed heart of spells, that book contains the revenge-themed karmic aura, backlash, and retribution spells and the I-don't-have-to-tell-you-how-they're-themed unicorn blood, heart, and horn spells.

Complete Mage also includes at least one spell that works better when the target's affected by another, obviously similar spell: the 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell escalating enfeeblement [necro] (CM 103) works particularly well on creatures already affected by the 1st-level Sor/Wiz spell ray of enfeeblement [necro] (PH 269).

In addition to the aforementioned dragon-themed primal spells, Dragon Magic contains the alignment-themed soul of anarchy, light, order, and shadow spells; two complementary ones can combine for greater effect.

Complete Champion contains the woodsy-themed forest child, eyes, and voice with the first spell being better if the second and and third are already active.

Fiendish Codex II's investiture spells grant fire resistance that explicitly stacks with the fire resistance granted by other investiture spells. It ain't much, but it's a thing, I guess.

Undoubtedly, I've missed some, but you can probably find others by looking for repeated first words. Authors seem to like to arrange these pretty consistently by repeating the first word so that when alphabetized such spells are conveniently located near each other.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just be careful about repeated first words that are names: those don't follow this rule. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 22, 2015 at 3:12

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