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When the wizard casts this spell, he develops a powerful electrical charge that gives a jolt to the creature touched.

The spell remains in effect for one round per level of the caster or until it is discharged by the caster touching another creature.

The shocking grasp delivers 1d8 points of damaage, plus 1 point per level of the wizard (e.g., a 2nd-level wizard would discharge a shock causing 1d8+2 points of damage).

While the wizard must come close enough to his opponent to lay a hand on the opponent's body or upon an electrical conductor that touches the opponent's body, a like touch from the opponent does not discharge the spell.

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