My group has recently changed DM's. The last one ran a hack-and-slash game without too much roleplaying or anything outside the adventure book (random encounters, exploration, etc).

Our new DM is wanting to step up the roleplaying aspect of the game and have us spend a few sessions without any combat at all. This got me thinking about rituals. So far they have seemed mostly unnecessary, but after getting into fourthcore I'm starting to realize rituals are a very powerful tool.

I'm looking for rituals that would allow us to do things like:

  • Prevent others from scrying
  • Travel quickly
  • Put up defenses around an area
  • Learn obscure information

These are just a few ideas. I don't know enough of what's out there to know what else to ask for.

From your experience, what are the must-have rituals for a high level (paragon) party?


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The more the merrier

From my experience as a heavy user of rituals in 4e, the more of them you have, the more likely you are to have one that will prove to be useful in a given situation. That said, the rituals I've gotten the most out of are as follows:


  • Make Whole - came across a damaged, unreadable inscription on a stone. One ritual later, and it was as clear as the day it was carved. As a generalised repair ritual, it sees a lot of use.
  • Tenser's Floating Disc - carries all your stuff, you can ride it yourself if you don't mind squeezing, also useful for transporting hazardous materials - e.g. we killed a failed lich, and took his acid-leaking corpse back to our employer as proof.
  • Amanuensis - copies a page of text. Easiest way to copy an inscription in a language you don't understand, and can also be used to make copies of secret documents etc.
  • Unseen Servant - fear that that box might explode when opened? Send in your servant instead!
  • Water Breathing - lets you breath underwater. Doesn't give you a swim-speed, so not useful for travel.
  • Knock - opens locks. Useful if nobody in the party is good at it.


  • Eye of Alarm - lets you know if someone is coming to disturb your slumber.
  • Banish Vermin - wards an area against nasty things of size tiny or smaller. This includes many types of swarm.
  • Create Campsite - gives you a nice place to stay, and conceals it based on your nature check.
  • Undead Ward/ Magic Circle - both do much the same thing, except magic circle keeps any type of creature you specify out.
  • Arcane Lock - locks a door, window, etc. for anyone except those you want to be able to open it.
  • Earthen Ramparts - gives you a vantage point and makes it difficult for others to approach.
  • Bolster Object - makes that door etc. extra-tough.


  • Summon Winds - makes your boat go faster. Can arguably also be used to blow away a storm.
  • Familiar Mount - if you had a familar, you now have a steed. And if your familar can fly....
  • Phantom Steed - now your whole party can ride... and with a high enough check, fly.
  • Linked Portal - you can teleport to another teleportation circle.
  • Tree Stride - step into one tree, step out of another within sight.
  • Shadow Bridge - walk across the canyon rather than climbing down and up it.


  • Last Sight Vision - see the last few rounds of what a creature saw before it died.

  • Object Reading - you can see pictures associated with an object's past. I used it to find out the combination of a puzzle-box that was too hard to open normally.

  • Speak with Dead - have a chat with a corpse. You can find out what they knew in life.

  • Gravesight - you can see the area around a pre-prepared undead creature. Use with Undead Servitor.

  • Inquisitive's Eyes - you can see back in time within a certain area.

  • Wizard's Sight - lets you summon a scrying-sensor within 20 squares, even on the other side of a door.

Other rituals that are just a bit of fun to use include:

  • Fastidiousness - when it needs to not just be clean, but Perma-clean!

  • Preservation - the text suggests using it to preserve food or perishable documents, but I used it to preserve a rare flower.

  • Undead Servitor - raise a humanoid corpse as your servant. More icky than Unseen Servant, so you won't get invited to parties, but it's permanent and it doesn't have to stay near you.

There are more at higher levels, and one of the more recent Dragon articles added a few more useful ones, but these are the ones I had available to me.
From what I have seen of the higher-level rituals, however, many are not necessarily 'better' than the ones found at lower levels, and some are very limited.
The lower-level ones continue to be useful even as your character-level rises, because they do unique things.


Here's a few that i found in the Wizard's compendium (lvl 1-8 rituals)

  • Prevent others from scrying

    • Silence?
  • Travel quickly

    • Easy Passage
    • Long-Distance Runner
    • Clear the Path
    • Find the Path
    • Ghost Walk
  • Put up defenses around an area

    • Undead Ward
    • Warded Campsite
    • Magic Circle
  • Learn obscure information

    • Speak With Dead
  • Other

    • Wizard's Escape is good for escaping imprisonment
    • Cure Disease

One of the ones that I'm going to get at level 5 that you should get is potion brewing it's great if you want to make a darn healing potion when you run out, but unfortunately I don't know its exact name, but I think it is called potion brewing.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ben, can you amplify your answer with your situation such that you feel that you need healing potions? The general consensus is that they are a waste of time and money, and I'd be delighted to see a case for where they're not. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 9:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Furthermore, how does brew potion advance any of the objectives of the querent? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 11:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the site! Please take a look at the tour and the help; they're a useful introduction to the site. And once you have 20+ rep, feel free to join the chat! \$\endgroup\$
    – Tridus
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 11:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, the brewing potion ritual has been errata'ed to be a level 1 ritual. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zachiel
    Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 11:44

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