Deck of Illusions

NameDeck of Illusions
Sorted NameDeck of Illusions
Item Slot-
Price8,100 gp
Price as Gold Pieces8100
Creation Cost4,050 gp
Weight1/2 lb.
AuraAura moderate illusion
Caster Level6th
SourcesPathfinder RPG (Open)

Craft Wondrous Item, major image


This set of parchment cards is usually found in an ivory, leather, or wooden box. A full deck consists of 34 cards. When a card is drawn at random and thrown to the ground, a major image of a creature is formed. The figment lasts until dispelled. The illusory creature cannot move more than 30 feet away from where the card landed, but otherwise moves and acts as if it were real. At all times it obeys the desires of the character who drew the card. When the illusion is dispelled, the card becomes blank and cannot be used again. If the card is picked up, the illusion is automatically and instantly dispelled. The cards in a deck and the illusions they bring forth are summarized on the following table. (Use one of the first two columns to simulate the contents of a full deck using either ordinary playing cards or tarot cards.)

Playing CardTarot CardCreature
Ace of heartsIV. The EmperorRed dragon
King of heartsKnight of swordsMale human fighter and four guards
Queen of heartsQueen of stavesFemale human wizard
Jack of heartsKing of stavesMale human druid
Ten of heartsVII. The ChariotCloud giant
Nine of heartsPage of stavesEttin
Eight of heartsAce of cupsBugbear
Two of heartsFive of stavesGoblin
Playing CardTarot CardCreature
Ace of diamondsIII. The EmpressGlabrezu (demon)
King of diamondsTwo of cupsMale elf wizard and female apprentice
Queen of diamondsQueen of swordsHalf-elf ranger
Jack of diamondsXIV. TemperanceHarpy
Ten of diamondsSeven of stavesMale half-orc barbarian
Nine of diamondsFour of pentaclesOgre mage
Eight of diamondsAce of pentaclesGnoll
Two of diamondsSix of pentaclesKobold
Playing CardTarot CardCreature
Ace of spadesII. The High PriestessLich
King of spadesThree of staves Three human clerics
Queen of spadesFour of cupsMedusa
Jack of spadesKnight of pentaclesMale dwarf paladin
Ten of spadesSeven of swordsFrost giant
Nine of spadesThree of swordsTroll
Eight of spadesAce of swordsHobgoblin
Two of spadesFive of cupsGoblin
Playing CardTarot CardCreature
Ace of clubsVIII. StrengthIron golem
King of clubsPage of pentaclesThree halfling rogues
Queen of clubs Ten of cups Pixies
Jack of clubsNine of pentaclesHalf-elf bard
Ten of clubsNine of stavesHill giant
Nine of clubsKing of swordsOgre
Eight of clubsAce of stavesOrc
Two of clubsFive of cupsKobold
Playing CardTarot CardCreature
JokerTwo of pentaclesIllusion of deck's owner
JokerTwo of stavesIllusion of deck's owner (sex reversed)

A randomly generated deck is usually complete (11-100 on d%), but may be discovered (01-10) with 1d20 of its cards missing. If cards are missing, reduce the price by a corresponding amount.



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