In SR4 you had spell addiction rules: when you used the euphoria equivalent too often on the same target, or were too successful, the target could become addicted to the feeling of that spell. However I couldn't find anything like this in the rules for SR5.

Does this still exist in Shadowrun 5, or was it dropped? If it still exists, where do I find those rules?


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That rule is gone

The Street Grimoire (5ed source book for magic users) has a new version of the Euphoria spell, which includes the effects of Euphoria and Orgasm from 4ed, but there is no mention of the spell effect being addictive.

This set of spells provides the spellcaster with an unusual set of non-lethal tools to distract his enemies by forcing great pleasure upon them. Euphoria envelops the target in the stimulating throes of a great high comparable to an empathogenic drug high or sexual climax.

Many magicians utilize this spell in their private lives, granting willing targets a thrilling ecstasy. However, using this spell on unwilling subjects is considered a criminal act by law enforcement officers in many jurisdiction.

Spellcasters known to excessively cast this set of spells may gain an unsavory reputation. Each net hit scored by the spellcaster applies a –1 dice pool modifier to all of the targets’ actions as they are distracted by the sensation.

At the gamemaster’s discretion, a character who suffers a dice pool modifier higher than his Willpower is completely incapacitated and preoccupied. Euphoria affects a single target; Opium Den is an area spell.

Since it says it is similar to a sexual climax, there is no need for any addiction ruling anymore, since only those with nymphomania would feel addicted to sexual acts. Being already addicted to empathogenic drugs also would have a similar result when being affected by this spell i believe.

The spell isn't as strong as the real stuff, but should probably count as your weekly dosage.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Adding as a comment: it was not only the euphoria equivalent spell that had the rule (it was a general one, but euphoria I think was one of the most used spells where it came up). So no mentioning of it in the street grimoire at all. \$\endgroup\$
    – Thomas E.
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 13:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ I belive only foci are addictive now, unless you have some negative quality that applies specifically to spells, but that seems to be house-rule territory now with 5ed. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 13:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you still want to simulate it, the rules for Addiction in general starts on page 413 of the Core Book. Given the description, I'd rate it as being a psychological addiction on-par with the drug Bliss (rating 5, threshold 3). But that's just my take on it if you want to simulate the addiction to the spell. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 16:07

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