Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder

I’ve done it with feats. So, let’s look at converting Pathfinder 1st edition spells to Starfinder,

We’ll start with the first PF1 spell, if you put them all in alphabetical order, Ab@d@r’s Truthtelling (but, you know, without mentioning the name of the Product Identity-protected god). We’re only making on real change in this from the Pathfinder version… we’re restricting it to willing targets. The reason is that the spell specifically confirms those affect by it are under its effects, which makes it overly powerful for a 1st level spell (a caster can just keep spamming the spell on a captured target, for example), so dialing it back a bit seems appropriate.

Truthtelling [Mystic 1]

Schools Enchantment (compulsion, mind-affecting)
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, DF
Range touch
Target willing creature touched
Duration 1 min./level
Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes


This spell functions identically to the spell zone of truth, except as noted above. Not only does this spell only affect willing targets, creatures are aware of what the spell is a split second before it affects them, and may withdraw consent at that time if they wish (such as if they were told it is a healing spell, rather than truthtelling). An affected target momentarily takes on the semblance of a being of perfect order, like an archon or inevitable, so that all who can see the target know it is affected by the spell. This divine guise flickers over the target for only an instant and does not allow it to pass as a member of a different race.


Here’s an index of the spells that have been converted (along with the class and spell level or levels) so far with this project.

Abeyance M1, W1
Abjuring Step M1, T1, W1
Ablative Barrier T2-6, W2-6
Ablative Sphere M3-6, T3-6
Absolution M4
Barrier Emoji (Symbol of Sealing) T6
Beguiling Emoji (Symbol of Persuasion) T6
Confusion Emoji (Symbol of Insanity) T6
Death Emoji (Symbol of Death) T6
Debauchery Emoji (Symbol of Debauchery) T6
Dispelling Emoji (Symbol of Dispelling) T6
Distracting Emoji (Symbol of Distraction) T4
Electrical Storm Emoji (Symbol of Storms) T6
Emergency Force Sphere T4, W4
Explosive icon (explosive rune) T3
Exsanguination Emoji (Symbol of Exsanguination) T3
Fear Emoji (Symbol of Fear) T4
Glyph Circuit (Glyph of Warding) M3, T3
Laugh Out Loud Emoji (Symbol of Laughter) T3
Mirror Emoji (Symbol of Mirroring) T2
Pain Emoji (Symbol of Pain) T5
Repair Emoji (Symbol of Healing) T3
Revealing Emoji (Symbol of Revealation) T5
ROFL – Roll On Floor Laughing (Hideous Laughter) T1
Scrying Emoji (Symbol of Scrying) T5
Shield T1-6, W1-6
Sleep Emoji (Symbol of Sleep) T5
Slow Emoji (Symbol of Slowing) T4
Striking Emoji (Symbol of Striking) T4, 5, 6
Strife Emoji (Symbol of Strife) T6
Stunning Emoji (Symbol of Stunning) T6
Truthtelling M1
Vulnerability Emoji(Symbol of Vulnerability) T6
Weakness emoji (symbol of weakness) T4

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About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

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