Unctuous Contamination

Conjuration (Creation)
Brd 5, Sor/Wiz 5
V, S, M
Casting Time:
1 standard action
Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target or Area:
One object or a 10-ft. square
1 round/level
Saving Throw:
See text
Spell Resistance:
Yes (see text)

Unctuous contamination
covers a solid surface with a layer of slippery poison. Any creature in the area when the spell is cast must make a successful Reflex save or fall. This save is repeated on your turn each round that the creature remains within the area. A creature can walk within or through the area of grease at half normal speed with a DC 10 Balance check. Failure means it can't move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Balance skill for details).

The spell can also be used to create a greasy coating on an item. Material objects not in use are always affected by the spell, while an object wielded or employed by a creature receives a Reflex saving throw to avoid the effect. If the initial saving throw fails, the creature immediately drops the item. A saving throw must be made in each round that the creature attempts to pick up or use the greased item. A creature wearing greased armor or clothing gains a +10 circumstance bonus on Escape Artist checks and on grapple checks made to resist or escape a grapple or to escape a pin.

Any creature which falls while within the spell's area or which touches a coated item (including any greased armor or clothing worn by the creature) must succeed on a Fortitude save using the spell's saving throw DC or suffer 1d6 points of ability damage of a type chosen by the caster at the time of casting. A creature can only be affected by the poison once, regardless of how many times it falls or how often it touches a coated item.

Spell resistance applies against the poisoning effect of this spell, but not against the grease itself.

Material Component: A bit of pork rind or butter, plus a dose of poison (the type of poison determines the type of ability damage dealt by the spell):


Poison Name

Ability Damaged


Medium spider venom


150 gp

Small centipede poison


90 gp

Greenblood oil


100 gp

Id moss


125 gp

Striped toadstool


180 gp


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