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Summon Talents

As a summoner gains experience, he learns a number of talents that assist him in manipulating spells and other forms of magic. At 2nd level and every two summoner levels thereafter, a summoner gains one summon talent. A summoner cannot select an individual talent more than once. Talents marked with an asterisk add effects to a summoner’s spellcasting ability. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual spell and the decision must be made before the spell is cast.

Table: Summon Talents

Mage TalentBenefits
Additional Monster (Su)Prerequisite(s): Summon Monster class feature or spell
The summoner summons an additional monster from his summon monster class feature or from spell. This talent stacks with Superior Summoning.
Arcane Fighter (Ex)The summoner's levels stack with any fighter levels he possesses for the purposes of meeting the prerequisites for feats that specifically select his spells, such as Weapon Specialization (ray). The summoner treats his spells as weapons for the purposes of taking feats like Improved Critical, or using feats like Arcane Strike.
Arcane Pool (Su)Prerequisite(s): Must not have an Arcane Pool
The summoner gains an arcane pool, as if he was a red mage of the same level as his summoner level. The summoner does not naturally gain any ruby arcana, but may select extra ruby arcana feat. The summoner treats his summoner level as his red mage level for all ruby arcana, and must meet their prerequisites. The summoner does not gain any other red mage class feature (such as spell combat, spellstrike, or spell recall), and cannot select ruby arcana that affect or depend on these abilities.
Augment Avatar (Su)Prerequisite(s): Augment Summoning feat
The summoner’s avatar gains the benefit of the Augment Summoning feat.
Avatar Magic (Su)The summoner gains a pool of extra MP equal to what he gains from having high Charisma. This extra MP can only be used by the avatar for using its abilities. This pool fully refreshes when the summoner regains his MP. If the summoner has the Yojimbo avatar, this MP can be used as gil at a rate of 1 MP per 50 gil needed.
Concentrate (Ex)The summoner can reroll any concentration check he has just made with a +4 bonus. He must use this ability after the roll is made, but before the roll’s outcome is determined. The summoner must take the second roll, even if it is worse. The summoner can use this ability once per day.
Creative Destruction (Su)*The summoner has learned how to use destructive energy to empower himself. When he casts an elemental spell that deals damage, he gains a number of temporary hit points equal to the total number of dice used to determine the damage caused by the spell. Temporary hit points gained from this talent do not stack and disappear after 1 hour.
Dazzling Spell (Su)*As a free action, the summoner adds an element of bright energy to a spell he is casting. Any target that fails its save against the spell is dazzled for 1 round per level of the spell. The summoner may use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier.
Defensive Feedback (Su)*Rather than dissipate damaging energy, the summoner can redirect some of it back to its source. When an enhancing spell the summoner casts prevents damage (with damage reduction or energy resistance), if the attacking creature is within 30 feet of the protected creature, the foe takes 1d6 points of damage for every 10 points of damage prevented.
Empowered Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Empower Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Extended Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Extended Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Familiar (Ex)The summoner forms a powerful bond with a familiar. A familiar is a magical pet that enhances the summoner's skills and senses and can aid him in magic. See this link for more information on familiars: Familiars
Flexible Augmentation (Su)Prerequisite(s): Augment Summoning feat
When casting any Summon Monster spell, the summoner can choose any two ability scores to receive the bonus granted by Augment Summoning. This choice applies to all creatures summoned by the spell. A summoner with the augment avatar summon talent may apply the effects of this summon talent to his avatar upon performing the summoning ritual.
Improved Shield Ally (Ex)Prerequisite(s): Shield Ally class feature
The summoner’s shield ally ability now extends out to 15 feet from the avatar.
Increased Avatar Range (Su)The summoner’s avatar can go further than normal before its health decreases. The avatar can move 100 additional feet further away from the summoner. This talent can be selected more than once.
Reach Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Reach Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Silent Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Silent Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Spell Lore (Ex)The summoner adds his level to all Spellcraft checks made to identify a spell being cast. (This is most often useful when attempting to counterspell.)
Spell Restraint (Ex)*Whenever the summoner cast a spell with an area described as a radius, he may decide to make the radius smaller. He may reduce the radius down by any number of 5-foot increments, to a minimum of a 5-foot-radius.
Spell Sage (Ex)When the summoner attempts a Use Magic Device check to cast a spell from a materia, he gains a +4 competence bonus to the check.
Still Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Still Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Summon Accuracy (Ex)*When the summoner casts a spell with an area, as a free action he may exclude a number of targets equal to his Charisma modifier that would normally be affected. The summoner must be able to see the target to exclude it. He may do this a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier.
Summoner TrainingThe summoner may select an item creation or metamagic feat. The summoner must still meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat, including caster level minimums. This talent may be taken more than once. Each time, a different feat must be selected.
Swift Summons (Su)The summoner can select any full-round summoning spell, he casts it as a standard action. The summoner can use this ability a number of times per day equal to his Charisma modifier.

Advanced Summon Talents (Ex or Su)

At 12th, and every two summoner levels thereafter, a summoner learns further talents to assist him in manipulating spells and other forms of magic. He may choose one of the following advanced summon talents in place of a summon talent. Talents marked with an asterisk add effects to a summoner’s spellcasting ability. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual spell and the decision must be made before the spell is cast.

Table: Advanced Summon Talents

Advanced Mage TalentBenefits
Augment Spell (Ex)*Any spell the summoner knows that has a variable that increases by caster level which has a maximum, that maximum is increased by the equivalent of one additional caster level. Thus, a summoner with this talent deals a maximum of 6d6 non-elemental damage with energy beam.
Energetic Recharge (Su)Once per day, as an immediate action, when the summoner would take damage from earth, fire, ice, lightning, water, or wind damage, he can convert the damage into MP, at a rate of 1 MP per 10 damage. He suffers none of the converted damage, but may not gain more than half his caster level in MP. For example, if a 14th level summoner suffers 80 points of ice damage, he may convert up to 70 points of that damage into 7 MP. He takes the remaining 10 points of ice damage as normal.
Improved Augment Avatar (Su)Prerequisite(s): Augment Summoning feat and Augment Avatar summon talent
The avatar now gains double the bonuses granted by Augment Summoning.
Improved Life Bond (Su)Prerequisite(s): Life Bond class feature
Effects from spells, spell-like abilities, or supernatural abilities that causes status effects now affect the avatar instead of the summoner.
Improved Monsters (Su)Prerequisite(s): Augment Summoning feat
Creatures summoned by the summoner’s summon monster class feature or spell now gain double the bonuses granted by Augment Summoning.
Improved Weaken Summons (Su)Prerequisite(s): Weaken Summons class feature
The penalty for the summoner's weaken summons ability changes to –4.
Maximized Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Maximize Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Quickened Magic (Su)The summoner can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Quicken Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Spell Diligence (Su)*As a free action, the summoner may focus all his attention on casting a single spell. Only spells with a casting time of 1 standard action and a range of personal or touch may be cast in this way. The summoner adds his level to any concentration check made to cast a spell when using spell diligence. The summoner may use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier.
Staff-Like Wand (Ex)Prerequisite: Craft Staff feat
The summoner’s research has unlocked a new power in conjunction with using a wand. Similar to using a magic staff, he uses his own Charisma score and relevant feats to set the DC for saves against spells he casts from a wand, and he can use his caster level when activating the power of a wand if it’s higher than the caster level of the wand.
Summon Focus (Su)*When the summoner casts a spell with an area, as a free action he may choose to focus the entire might of the spell on a single target. The spell’s save DC is increased by +2, but only one target is affected by the spell. He may do this a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier on a single target within that area.
Twincast (Ex)*Once per day, the summoner may cast two spells as a standard action, but the combined MP cost cannot exceed his caster level. The two spells must have the same casting time (standard or less) and if they have a target, the targets for the spells may be different.