Inspired by this question; I was intrigued to know ways at any level that a Wizard could cast cure spells, without using Use Magic Device.

Solutions should not use multiclassing and only use official pazio pathfinder books (No third party)

Ideally this should be "Cure" spells, but I'll take any way of curing hits that doesn't involve base Wizard spells such as "Infernal healing" (Due to the "evil" component), sorry.

  • \$\begingroup\$ To speak in the spirit of the game: Wizards intentionally get no access to healing spells to set them apart from clerics. As a DM, I'd go to great lengths preventing you from gaining such spells. I'd even go against limited wish for that. So, as a wizard, you can't. If you really want that, multiclass. \$\endgroup\$ – Oliver Feb 19 '16 at 10:12

Summon Monster V can summon a bralani azata which can cast cure serious wounds 2x/day. I'm sure there are more examples of creatures you can summon to cast healing spells for you.

There's also limited wish and wish itself, which can duplicate cleric spells for you.

The Samasaran trait "Mystic Past Life" allows you to add spells to your spell list. The trait says: "The spells must be the same type (arcane or divine) as the spellcasting class you're adding them to", but I guess some people argue that (for example) cure light wounds can be an arcane spell since it's on the bard spell list.

You could use magic items such as a gloves of first aid or a ring of spell storing. Each of these say in their description that they allow you to cast the spell yourself.

If you were playing in 3.5e you could take the Arcane Disciple feat and add healing spells to your spell list. That doesn't work in Pathfinder, though.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Samsarans have an alternate racial trait called Mystic Past Life that can add cure spells from the witch list to their spell list. \$\endgroup\$ – IanJohnstone Feb 22 '16 at 16:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ That's discussed in the question linked from this one, but you're right that it deserves mention here. Am I right that, to get cure spells as a wizard, you have to convince your DM that cure is an arcane spell because it's on the bard spell list? \$\endgroup\$ – Dan B Feb 22 '16 at 18:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's rules-vague, but bards cast arcane spells and bards cast cure spells, so cure spells can be arcane spells. (If you are okay paraphrasing the 0th Law of Thermodynamics). Check with your GM, I guess. \$\endgroup\$ – IanJohnstone Feb 22 '16 at 18:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Think this will be the closest I'll get, thanks for the answers! \$\endgroup\$ – Rob Nov 2 '16 at 8:32

"Infernal Healing" does that. I'm not sure about the more peculiar requirements though. There is also a greater version available at level 4.

Both spells come from Paizo's Gods and Magic rulebook.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The question excludes infernal healing. \$\endgroup\$ – user17995 Feb 9 '16 at 6:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ It didn't when I answered. That said, I fail to understand the question now. Any level wizard healing w/o magic devices w/o basic wizard spells? My limited understanding of the subject could be the issue here. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex Agapov Feb 9 '16 at 8:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah it could use a bit of work. \$\endgroup\$ – user17995 Feb 9 '16 at 8:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ The objection to Infernal Healing is purely from a character point of view; they are "evil" spells. I'll clarify that :) \$\endgroup\$ – Rob Feb 9 '16 at 8:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ So you need cure spells for your non-evil wizard? That's more clear, thank you; but I'm still unable to help due to my lack of experience. Good luck in your search! \$\endgroup\$ – Alex Agapov Feb 9 '16 at 11:20

There are many many ways to heal in Pathfinder

Troll Styptic: Not a spell but an alchemical item though still very similar to infernal healing, the problem is that it is a painful cure that can nauseate. Very handy to have around for whenever magic (even potions) are not an option (see woundweal) http://www.archivesofnethys.com/EquipmentMiscDisplay.aspx?ItemName=Troll%20styptic

Vial of Efficacious Medicine: A wondrous item and not too pricey at 700gp, along with its main use of boosting alchemical items every time you use it you are healed for 1d8+5 and you can do that 3x per day. You could load it with the cheapest alchemical remedy (Alchemist's Kindness, 1gp) each time. Still a bit awkward to load and drink repeatedly in combat.

Godless Healing: this is a Feat that lets you heal 1d8 + your hit die as a move action. There is a Trait called Accelerated Drinker that will let you drink a potion as a move action and that may be better if you can get Potions.

Shawl of Life Keeping: This is 1k Shoulder-slot wondrous item has upsides and downsides. The upside is it heals 10hp without requiring any action from you. The downside is that it only applies it when you get to 0hp or lower, so it's a handy safety net mainly.

Heal Skill: everyone has this, with the Treat Deadly Wounds option it's possible to heal up to 1hp+ the wis bonus of the healer. That means if someone with 14 Wis heals a wounded lv 1 player they are healed 3hp, but healing a level 3 player they recover 9hp. This takes an hour, it's no quick fix in combat.

Cleric in town with Level 4 spells: If you can find a high enough cleric NPC, get them to cast Imbue With Spell Ability on you, there is a standardized pricing for getting NPCs to cast spells on you listed here:


This way you can get TWO casting of Cure Light Wounds (1d8+5) and ONE casting of Cure Moderate Wounds (2d8+7) and you cast them as if you were Cleric only much more forgiving mental stat requirements. No need to mess around with UMD. That means you can cast it on yourself or on an ally within touch. This is entirely dependent on your GM actually having such a character in your world, but can easily relieve the burden that you MUST have a cleric in the group.

Talisman of Healing Power: This thing is CRAZY expensive at 2400gp but when you lose only half your hit points you get healed by a massive amount for no action.

Note on Infernal Healing: Infernal Healing is really very good, it heals 10hp for a CL1 scroll compared to only an average of 5.5hp for a Cleric stockpiling CL1 scrolls of Cure-Light-Wounds. The text for Infernal Healing is absolutely unequivocal that it doesn't affect alignment

The target detects as an evil creature for the duration of the spell and can sense the evil of the magic, though this has no long-term effect on the target’s alignment.

It doesn't even make them appear evil, only that evil is about.

it is only nominally and superficially evil. No where does it say a good character cannot use this, no where does it say this is going against a character's alignment, alignment talks of actual effects and healing wounds can be an inherently good act regardless of contradictory auras.

Other things like Troll Oil, Fervour Juice and Wound Paste are related to taking large amounts of damage but don't actually heal you. You may do better doing more to avoid being hit, or taking down your foes quicker before they can hit you, but that's another question entirely. I'm just saying you should be careful trying to lean on healing too much.

  • \$\begingroup\$ This does not seem to answer how a caster could cast healing spells? Just lists a bunch of ways to heal, whether you are a caster or not. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik Feb 9 '16 at 12:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't remember seeing that originally but the text for spell Infernal Healing is unequivocal it has no effect on actual alignment. And logically, how can healing wounds actually be evil? Though it does add "I'll take any way of curing hits" which includes non-spells and things non-specific to wizard. \$\endgroup\$ – TREB Feb 9 '16 at 17:21

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