On the chart in the wizard chapter, there is only spell slots, not spells known.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome, please reread the game rules rather than just asking questions that amount to 'read the rules for me'. That being said, I'll still answer it. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 10, 2016 at 0:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ @TiwazTyrsfist nobody ever accused D&D's wizard magic of being terribly easy to understand, nor WotC's expression of it terribly easy to interpret. The rules for which spells a wizard has in their spellbook, knows (prepares), has on their "list", &c. are spread across hundreds of pages and only really make sense to someone who already knows the deal. Answer or don't, but I don't think OP needs that ^^ kind of welcome. \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Jul 10, 2016 at 1:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Quaramil possible duplicate: how does a wizard or bard learn new spells, and then there are all these questions abut wizards and spells in 5e that might help you, also. \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Jul 10, 2016 at 2:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am also looking for a metric that describes spells KNOWN versus spells PREPARED. From my interpretation, a wizard could know every spell for the levels they are able to cast limited only by their ability to find spells over and above the ones they learn innately from leveling up. \$\endgroup\$
    – Digcoal
    Aug 5, 2020 at 1:12

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PHB p. 114, under the Preparing and Casting Spells heading. 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence

...To do so, choose a number of wizard spells from your spellbook equal to your Intelligence modifier + your wizard level (minimum of one spell)...

If you're asking about how many spells they should have in their spell book, also on p.114, Under the heading Spellbook at the top of the page,

...You have a spellbook containing 6 first level wizard spells...

and at the bottom of the page under Learning Spells of 1st level and Higher,

Each time you gain a wizard level, you can add two wizard spells of your choice to your spellbook.

So, assuming you have a 16 Int, a third level Wizard can prepare 6 spells (3 int mod + 3 level), and your spellbook should contain 10 spells, probably 8 1st level and 2 2nd level.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Seems like the OP wants to know how many spells they should have in their spellbook, not how many they can memorize (though I'll admit it's hard to tell). \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage
    Jul 10, 2016 at 0:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage You may be right, so I added that info too. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 10, 2016 at 1:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ Your answer is missing ways wizards can add more spells to their spellbooks, via found scrolls and spellbooks. Please (ahem) "reread the game rules." \$\endgroup\$
    – Tim Grant
    Jul 10, 2016 at 21:14

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