[skills]

Spellcraft (Int; Trained Only)

Table: Spellcraft DCs
TaskSpellcraft DC
Identify a spell as it is being cast
15 + spell level
Learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll
15 + spell level
Prepare a spell from a borrowed spellbook
15 + spell level
Identify the properties of a magic item using detect magic
15 + item's caster level
Decipher a scroll
20 + spell level
Craft a magic item
Varies by item

You are skilled at the art of casting spells, identifying magic items, crafting magic items, and identifying spells as they are being cast.

Check

Spellcraft is used whenever your knowledge and skill of the technical art of casting a spell or crafting a magic item comes into question. This skill is also used to identify the properties of magic items in your possession through the use of spells such as detect magic and identify. The DC of this check varies depending upon the task at hand.

Action

Identifying a spell as it is being cast requires no action, but you must be able to clearly see the spell as it is being cast, and this incurs the same penalties as a Perception skill check due to distance, poor conditions, and other factors. Learning a spell from a spellbook takes 1 hour per level of the spell (0-level spells take 30 minutes). Preparing a spell from a borrowed spellbook does not add any time to your spell preparation. Making a Spellcraft check to craft a magic item is made as part of the creation process. Attempting to ascertain the properties of a magic item takes 3 rounds per item to be identified and you must be able to thoroughly examine the object.

Retry

You cannot retry checks made to identify a spell. If you fail to learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll, you must wait at least 1 week before you can try again. If you fail to prepare a spell from a borrowed spellbook, you cannot try again until the next day. When using detect magic or identify to learn the properties of magic items, you can only attempt to ascertain the properties of an individual item once per day. Additional attempts reveal the same results.

Special

If you are a specialist wizard, you get a +2 bonus on Spellcraft checks made to identify, learn, and prepare spells from your chosen school. Similarly, you take a –5 penalty on similar checks made concerning spells from your opposition schools.

An elf gets a +2 racial bonus on Spellcraft checks to identify the properties of magic items.

If you have the Magical Aptitude feat, you gain a bonus on Spellcraft checks.

Spellcraft Skill Unlocks

Pathfinder Unchained
With the Signature Skill feat and sufficient ranks in Spellcraft, you earn the following.

5 Ranks: Identifying magic items takes 1 full round, and the time required to learn a spell from a spellbook is halved.

10 Ranks: You can identify magic items without using detect magic, though the DC is increased by 10.

15 Ranks: Identifying magic items is a standard action, and the time required to learn a new spell from a spellbook is reduced to 1 minute per spell level.

20 Ranks: Whenever you attempt a caster level check, attempt a Spellcraft check at a -20 penalty at the same DC. If the spellcraft check succeeds, you gain a +2 circumstance bonus on your caster level check.