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Final Fantasy d20’s status effects are no different from Pathfinder’s conditions—they temporarily modify aspects of your character or other beings based on the status effect inflicted. If more than one status effect affects a character, apply them all. If effects can’t combine, apply the most severe effect.

Harmful Status Effects

Harmful status effects occur during combat from a certain spell or an item, or even an attack. These status effects change the “status” of a party member, or even the entire party itself.

Antagonized

An antagonized creature can only target its antagonist (the one who caused the antagonized condition) with hostile actions. A hostile action is any attack or effect that causes direct harm to an opponent in the form of damage, negative conditions, or any other effect that penalizes or hinders a creature. Furthermore, an antagonized creature does not threaten any opponents except its antagonist: it cannot make attacks of opportunity or be used to determine flanking bonuses against other opponents. A creature is no longer antagonized if its antagonist is helpless, unconscious, or cannot participate in combat. If an antagonized creature uses an ability that targets multiple creatures, the antagonist must be chosen among these targets. If an antagonized creature uses an ability that targets an area, its antagonist must be within the ability’s targeted area. On each round after the first, an antagonized creature may attempt a Sense Motive skill check to realize the folly of its actions during its turn as a swift action. This skill check is opposed by the antagonist’s original antagonize (usually Intimidate) skill check. If the creature succeeds on its Sense Motive skill check, the antagonized condition ends, but the creature suffers a -2 penalty on attack rolls and a -2 penalty to the saving throw DC of its abilities and any spells it casts for 1 minute. These penalties do not apply against the antagonist.

Banished

While under this status effect a creature ceases to exist, pausing their ageing, health, and any status currently affecting them. Effects that cause this status are not generally permanent, and when the creature returns they come back the same as when they were initially affected. If the target returns into a space now occupied by another creature, the target is shunted to the nearest available square, taking 1d6 points of damage per 5ft.

Berserk

This status effect causes the character to fly into a rage attacking the nearest creature. The subject cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Acrobatics, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), or any abilities that require patience or concentration, nor can he cast spells or activate magic items that require a command word, a spell trigger (such as a materia), or spell completion to function. He can use any feat he has except Combat Expertise, item creation feats, and metamagic feats.

Bleed

A creature that is taking bleed damage takes the listed amount of damage at the beginning of its turn. Bleeding can be stopped by a DC 15 Heal check or through the application of any spell that cures hit point damage (even if the bleed is ability damage). Some bleed effects cause ability damage or even ability drain. Bleed effects do not stack with each other unless they deal different kinds of damage. When two or more bleed effects deal the same kind of damage, take the worse effect. In this case, ability drain is worse than ability damage.

Blinded

The creature cannot see. It takes a –2 penalty to Armor Class, loses its Dexterity bonus to AC (if any), and takes a –4 penalty on most Strength– and Dexterity-based skill checks and on opposed Perception skill checks. All checks and activities that rely on vision (such as reading and Perception checks based on sight) automatically fail. All opponents are considered to have total concealment (50% miss chance) against the blinded character. Blind creatures must make a DC 10 Acrobatics skill check to move faster than half speed. Creatures that fail this check fall prone. Characters who remain blinded for a long time grow accustomed to these drawbacks and can overcome some of them.

Charmed

Charmed makes a humanoid creature regard you as its trusted friend and ally (treat the target’s attitude as friendly). If the creature is currently being threatened or attacked by you or your allies, however, it receives a +5 bonus on its saving throw.

This status effect does not enable you to control the charmed person as if it were an automaton, but it perceives your words and actions in the most favorable way. You can try to give the subject orders, but you must win an opposed Charisma check to convince it to do anything it wouldn’t ordinarily do. (Retries are not allowed.) An affected creature never obeys suicidal or obviously harmful orders, but it might be convinced that something very dangerous is worth doing. Any act by you or your apparent allies that threatens the charmed person breaks the status effect. You must speak the person’s language to communicate your commands, or else be good at pantomiming.

Confused

This status effect causes the character to do random actions. A confused character’s actions are determined by rolling percentage at the beginning of his turn: 01–25 act normally, 26–50 do nothing but babble incoherently, 51–75 deal 1d8 points of damage + Str modifier to self with item in hand, 76–100 attack nearest creature (for this purpose, a familiar counts as part of the subject’s self). A confused character that can’t carry out the indicated action does nothing but babble incoherently. Attackers are not at any special advantage when attacking a confused character. Any confused character that is attacked automatically attacks its attackers on its next turn, as long as it is still confused when its turn comes. A confused character does not make attacks of opportunity against any creature that is not already devoted to attacking (either because of its recent action or because it has just been attacked).

Cowering

The character is frozen in fear and can take no actions. A cowering character takes a –2 penalty to Armor Class and loses his Dexterity bonus (if any).

Cursed

This status effect causes the creature to be unable to perform a Limit Break. It can be cured usually with a Remedy or by a Cross or Esuna spell, depending on the level the curse status effect originated from.

Dazed

The creature is unable to act normally. A dazed creature can take no actions, but has no penalty to AC. A dazed condition typically lasts 1 round.

Dazzled

A bright flash of light causes the character to be slightly dizzy. Characters that are inflicted with this status effect suffer -1 penalty on attack rolls and Perception checks to see. Dark spells and effects remove this status effect.

Deafened

A deafened character cannot hear. He takes a –4 penalty on initiative checks, automatically fails Perception checks based on sound, takes a –4 penalty on opposed Perception checks, and has a 20% chance of spell failure when casting spells with verbal components. Characters who remain deafened for a long time grow accustomed to these drawbacks and can overcome some of them.

Deprotect

This status effect inflicts the character with a penalty to armor class, depending on the spell used. Does not stack with other deprotect spells.

Deshell

This status effect inflicts the character with a penalty to saving throws versus spells, depending on the spell used. Does not stack with other deshell spells.

Disabled

This status effect causes the creature to be unable to act normally. A disabled creature can only take move actions.

Diseased

This status effect cripples the character’s ability to heal and be healed. A diseased creature cannot be cured of wounds or healed of any other means until the disease is cured. This also prevents a person from being raised.

Doom

This status effect causes a countdown to start whereupon the character inflicted dies if not cured of this status effect. The usual duration is 2d4 rounds.

Energy Drained

The character gains one or more negative levels, which might become permanent. If the subject has at least as many negative levels as Hit Dice, he dies. See Energy Drain and Negative Levels for more information.

Entangled

The character is ensnared. Being entangled impedes movement, but does not entirely prevent it unless the bonds are anchored to an immobile object or tethered by an opposing force. An entangled creature moves at half speed, cannot run or charge, and takes a –2 penalty on all attack rolls and a –4 penalty to Dexterity. An entangled character who attempts to cast a spell must make a concentration check (DC 15 + spell level) or lose the spell.

Exhausted

An exhausted character moves at half speed, cannot run or charge, and takes a –6 penalty to Strength and Dexterity. After 1 hour of complete rest, an exhausted character becomes fatigued. A fatigued character becomes exhausted by doing something else that would normally cause fatigue.

Fascinated

A fascinated creature is entranced by a supernatural or spell effect. The creature stands or sits quietly, taking no actions other than to pay attention to the fascinating effect, for as long as the effect lasts. It takes a –4 penalty on skill checks made as reactions, such as Perception checks. Any potential threat, such as a hostile creature approaching, allows the fascinated creature a new saving throw against the fascinating effect. Any obvious threat, such as someone drawing a weapon, casting a spell, or aiming a ranged weapon at the fascinated creature, automatically breaks the effect. A fascinated creature’s ally may shake it free of the spell as a standard action.

Fatigued

A fatigued character can neither run nor charge and takes a –2 penalty to Strength and Dexterity. Doing anything that would normally cause fatigue causes the fatigued character to become exhausted. After 8 hours of complete rest, fatigued characters are no longer fatigued.

Frightened

A frightened creature flees from the source of its fear as best it can. If unable to flee, it may fight. A frightened creature takes a –2 penalty on all attack rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks. A frightened creature can use special abilities, including spells, to flee; indeed, the creature must use such means if they are the only way to escape. Frightened is like shaken, except that the creature must flee if possible. Panicked is a more extreme state of fear.

Frog

This status effect causes the character to be turned into a frog. The character retains his hit points but his size becomes tiny and he is unable to do anything for the duration other than hop around.

Immobilized

This status effect causes the creature to be unable to move normally. An immobilized creature cannot move, but may do other actions (attack, cast, etc.) provided he can do those actions not requiring him to move and has no penalty to AC.

Imperil

This status effect causes the creature to have a weakness (when a spell of the appropriate element is cast upon the creature and forces a saving throw, the creature suffers a -2 penalty on the saving throw) to an element(s) as indicated on the spell or ability. Creatures weak to an element take 1.5x more damage. Creatures with absorption of the element the Imperil status affects are instead rendered immune to the element, creatures with immunity are reduced to resistance 20 to the element, creatures with resistance have their resistance negated, and creatures with no resistance are given vulnerability.

Mini

This status effect causes the creature to shrink to 10% of its total size, effectively becoming Fine size, gaining all the size bonuses and penalties but a miniaturize creature’s physical damage only does 10% of its total damage it can dish out. Spells are unaffected.

Nauseated

Creatures with the nauseated condition experience stomach distress. Nauseated creatures are unable to attack, cast spells, concentrate on spells, or do anything else requiring attention. The only action such a character can take is a single move action per turn.

Panicked

A panicked creature must drop anything it holds and flee at top speed from the source of its fear, as well as any other dangers it encounters, along a random path. It can’t take any other actions. In addition, the creature takes a –2 penalty on all saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks. If cornered, a panicked creature cowers and does not attack, typically using the total defense action in combat. A panicked creature can use special abilities, including spells, to flee; indeed, the creature must use such means if they are the only way to escape. Panicked is a more extreme state of fear than shaken or frightened.

Paralyzed

A paralyzed character is frozen in place and unable to move or act. A paralyzed character has effective Dexterity and Strength scores of 0 and is helpless, but can take purely mental actions. A winged creature flying in the air at the time that it becomes paralyzed cannot flap its wings and falls. A paralyzed swimmer can’t swim and may drown. A creature can move through a space occupied by a paralyzed creature—ally or not. Each square occupied by a paralyzed creature, however, counts as 2 squares to move through.

Petrified

A petrified character has been turned to stone and is considered unconscious. If a petrified character cracks or breaks, but the broken pieces are joined with the body as he returns to flesh, he is unharmed. If the character’s petrified body is incomplete when it returns to flesh, the body is likewise incomplete and there is some amount of permanent hit point loss and/or debilitation.

Poisoned

This status effect typically causes the character to take 1d6 points of non-elemental damage per round. A poisoned character takes damage per round until the duration ends or until cured.

Sapped

This status effect is similar to the Poison status effect except it can’t be cured by normal spells except Esuna.

Shaken

A shaken character takes a –2 penalty on attack rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks. Shaken is a less severe state of fear than frightened or panicked.

Sickened

The character takes a –2 penalty on all attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks.

Silenced

This status effect causes the character to be unable to cast spells or perform songs. A silenced character cannot cast any spells nor perform any songs until he is cured of this status effect. Casters with the Silent Spell feat can bypass this status effect if used with spells.

Sleep

This status effect causes the character to fall into a magical slumber. He is considered helpless. Slapping or wounding awakens an affected creature, but normal noise does not. Awakening a creature is a standard action (an application of the aid another action)

Slow

This status effect causes the character to move and attack at a drastically slowed rate. A slowed creature can take only a single move action or standard action each turn, but not both (nor may it take full-round actions). Additionally, it takes a –1 penalty on attack rolls, AC, and Reflex saves. A slowed creature moves at half its normal speed (round down to the next 5-foot increment), which affects the creature’s jumping distance as normal for decreased speed. Multiple slow effects don’t stack. Slow counters and dispels haste.

Staggered

A staggered creature may take a single move action or standard action each round (but not both, nor can he take full-round actions). A staggered creature can still take free, swift, and immediate actions. A creature with nonlethal damage exactly equal to its current hit points gains the staggered condition.

Stop

The victim is unable to move and act (is helpless) for the duration of the spell or until cured.

Stunned

A stunned creature drops everything held, can’t take actions, takes a –2 penalty to AC, and loses its Dexterity bonus to AC (if any). Attackers receive a +4 bonus on attack rolls to perform combat maneuvers against a stunned opponent.

Zombie

This status effect causes the character to have their type changed to [Undead], but without any of the benefits of that type. Those inflicted are now damaged by healing spells and effects, but immune to death spells and effects. When hit points drops at or below 0 hit points, the status effect is removed and the character is unconscious. Raise spells and similar effects do not work on those inflicted with this status effect.

Harmful Elemental Status Effects

Many of the elemental school spells have specific status effects associated with them, listed below are the common 8 status effects for the 8 elements. If an ability that utilizes a status effect doesn’t have a spell level associated with it then take your class level and divide it by 2, or in the case of monsters their HD/2. Use the calculated number as your spell level (caps at 9th).

Harmful Elemental Status Effects

BurningDimmedDrenchedFrozen
IlluminatedSqualledStaticWeighted

Burning

A roaring flame surrounds and burns the target. Creatures inflicted with this status take 1d6 + spell level fire damage, and an additional 1d6 + spell level (Fire III inflicts 1d6+3) at the beginning of each subsequent round. Burning creatures may attempt to make a Reflex save (equal to initial DC) to end the burning status at the beginning of their turns before the subsequent damage would take place.

If the creature is able to find a body of water enough to submerge or cover them, the fire is immediately put out, or they can spend 1 round to stop-drop-and-roll to gain a +4 circumstance bonus on their reflex save to end the status.

Dimmed

A dark mask surrounds the creature’s face, making it difficult to see clearly. Creatures that are inflicted with this status effect suffer a 20% fail chance on all checks and activities that rely on vision (such as reading and Perception checks to spot). The dimmed creature also treats all their enemies as if they had concealment (20% miss chance).

Light spells and effects remove this status effect.

Drenched

Water drenches the creature’s body, soaking the clothing. While under this status effect, any lightning spells and effects inflict an additional 1d6 points of lightning damage on the drenched creature. Drenched creatures also receive a penalty on saving throws against ice spells and effects equal to 1/2 the spell level of the spell that inflicted drenched (Water III is -1), minimum -1.

Any fire spells and effects that deal fire damage remove the status effect. By spending 1 round, the character can also remove the wet clothing as well to remove the status effect.

Frozen

Ice forms upon the creature’s legs and wings (if any), encasing them in solid ice. Creatures that are inflicted with this status effect are frozen to the spot, unable to move. While frozen, the creature takes 1 point of ice damage each round it has the frozen status. Creatures that are in the air are no longer able to hover and fall immediately to the floor, taking falling damage as normal, this does not damage the ice.

The ice has hardness equal to the spell level and hit points equal to 5 x spell level (Blizzard III has hardness 3 with 15 HP); if broken, the creature is freed. They can, however, break loose by spending 1 round and making a Strength check (DC 10 + SL) or an Escape Artist check (DC 15 + SL). Any fire spells and effects that deal fire damage can melt the ice and remove the status effect.

Illuminated

An illuminated creature shines brightly, allowing others to see them clearly. The creature sheds normal light in a 5-foot radius from themselves, and increase the light level for an additional 5 feet by one step, up to normal light (darkness becomes dim light, and dim light becomes normal light), illuminated creatures take a -20 penalty on all Stealth checks. Due to the shining beacon of light, creatures attacking an illuminated target receive a circumstance bonus to attack rolls equal to 1/2 the spell level of the spell that inflicted the illuminated status (Light III grants +1 attack) minimum 1.

Dark spells and effects remove this status effect.

Squalled

Hurricanic winds circle around the creature, pushing back the creature and making it difficult to hear even themselves as their voice is carried into the squall. Squalled creatures suffer from 10% spell failure for spells with somatic and/or vocal components, automatically fail any Perception checks based on sound, and suffer from a cumulative -1 penalty to attacks made within a round (1st attack is -1, 2nd attack is -2 etc).

Earth spells and effects remove this status effect.

Static

A static charge runs through the creature, making them an excellent conductor for lightning energy. Creatures that are inflicted with this status effect have a 50% chance to receive a jolt (deals 1d6 + spell level points of lightning damage, Thunder III deals 1d6+3) anytime they take a 5-foot step, move, standard, or full-round action. Static can only damage the same creature once per round.

Earth spells and effects remove this status effect.

Weighted

Rocks, dirt, and rubble adhere to the character, making it difficult to move. Creatures that are inflicted with the weighted status effect have all forms of movement halved, creatures that can fly count any flying maneuverability as if they were clumsy. Any creature inflicted with weighted take a penalty on Reflex saves equal to 1/2 the spell level of the spell that inflicted weighted (Stone III is -1).

Water spells and effects can wash away the status effect.

Beneficial Status Effects

Beneficial status effects occur, usually, when enhancing spells are cast upon the individual, or party. These often grant bonuses to stats, armor class, and saving throws as well as other miscellaneous effects.

Beneficial Status Effects

FloatHastedInvisibleProtect
ReflectRegenReraiseShell

Float

This status effect gently lifts the character a couple of feet into the air and floats. For the duration of this status effect, the subject ignores the adverse movement effects of difficult terrain, and can even take 5-foot steps in difficult terrain. If the subject falls more than 10 feet, he begins to fall slowly, as the choco feather spell, to the ground and this status effect ends, regardless of duration left.

Hasted

This status effect grants the character a +1 dodge bonus to AC, +1 bonus to Attack rolls, +1 bonus to Reflex saves, +30 foot movement, and an extra attack if the subject uses a full-attack option. Haste counters and dispels slow.

Invisible

Invisible creatures are visually undetectable. An invisible creature gains a +2 bonus on attack rolls against sighted opponents, and ignores its opponents’ Dexterity bonuses to AC (if any). See the invisibility special ability.

Protect

This status effect grants the character a deflection bonus to armor class, depending on the spell used.

Reflect

This status effect grants the character a barrier which spells and spell-like effects targeted on you are turned back upon the original caster. This status effect turns only spells that have you as a target. Effect and area spells are not affected. Reflect also fails to stop touch range spells. From seven to ten (1d4+6) spell levels are affected by the reflect. The exact number is rolled secretly.

Regen

This status effect grants the character Fast Healing, depending on the spell used.

Reraise

This status effect raises the character from death to 1 HP (as per Raise spell) if the character dies while this status is in effect. This occurs immediately when the character dies, though it does not stop them going prone.

Shell

This status effect grants the character a resistance bonus to saving throws versus spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities, depending on the spell used.

Status Effects