Private Sanctuary 254 – Magus

Prepare to gish out the pain with the class that perfectly blends spellcasting and martial prowess!

Listen to Anthony Li and Alex Augunas tackle their first class feature as the Private Sanctuary Podcast’s new hosts!

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 Episode 245 Script

  • Intro to the Class
    • What’s a Magus?
    • Why Play a Magus?
  • The Crunch
  • The Fluff
    • Examples in Literature/Media?
  • Favorite Builds
    • Alex’s
    • Anthony’s
  • Outro
Alex Augunas

Alexander Augunas lives outside of Philadelphia, USA where he tries to make a living as an educator. When he's not shaping the future leaders of tomorrow, Alex is a freelance writer for esteemed Pathfinder Roleplaying Game publishers such as Paizo, Inc, Radiance House, Raging Swan Press, and more, and also acts as a co-host and blogger on the Know Direction Network, where he has earned the nickname, "The Everyman Gamer." Recently, Alex has forayed into the realm of self-publishing through his company, Everyman Gaming, LLC. If you like Alex's writing and are interested in supporting him while getting professional-quality material for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game while doing so, check out the Everyman Gaming, LLC catalog, which is listed under Rogue Genius Games at the following locations:


  1. Dan Saint Reply to Dan

    Hey guys, love that you’re continuing the show. I’d really love to see you break into the Advanced Classes, especially, at some point.

    One small help as far as accuracy goes. The “X” in Chinese is actually pronounced “SH”, so the Wuxia films that I’ve been a huge fan of over the past several years as well (Wong Fei Hung is my hero) would actually be pronounced more like “Woo-shee-ah”

    • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

      We’re going to do the gunslinger first, then start on the Advanced Classes. By the time we get through all of them, though, the Occult Classes will be released. And then I’m sure people will want us to do the antipaladin, samurai, and ninja, so its quite possible that we’ll be doing class features until the day that we leave this plane of existence for our final journey down the River of Souls and into Our Lady of Graves’ clutches.

      • Dan Saint Reply to Dan

        That’s great to hear Alex. Thanks for the follow up.

        As for the final journey, when that day comes, I’ll be glad to sing a hymn for you from The Bones Land in a Spiral.

  2. During this podcast you state that the magus can use spell strike with a light or one handed melee weapon. However, the FAQ and the text entry in UM seem to have this only apply to the spell combat class feature. Is there a forum post that clarifies this? There is some debate in my group wether or not a magus could use spell strike with a great sword or axe. I enjoy the podcast btw, keep up the good work!

    • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

      The limitation only applies to spell combat, yes. You can hold a two-handed weapon in one hand, cast a spell, put the hand that you used to fulfill the spell’s somatic components on the two-handed weapon as a free action, and then make your free weapon attack roll via spellstrike as usual.

      The most common complaint that I usually see regarding this is, “Well, how many free actions can you take in a round anyway?” To settle your group’s debate, remind them that drawing ammo for a projectile weapon is also a free action, so if the magus can’t spellstrike with a two-handed weapon, then surely an archer can’t draw more than one arrow per turn too, right?

  3. Does a magus have to make a concentrate check when using spellstrike?

    • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

      Yes. Spellstrike doesn’t change the action (casting the spell), it only replaces the free touch attack that all touch spells gain to deliver the spell with a free melee attack. So if you fail to cast the spell, you don’t get an attack either.

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