Components: V, F Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Effect: Small draconic claw made of mist Duration: 1 round/level Saving Throw: None Spell Resistance: Yes
You create a disembodied dragon claw made out of shadowy translucent mist. It moves within range as you direct it (a free action). The claw can pass through any opening that would allow fog or mist to pass through it. It can be used in one of two ways, and you can change the way that you use the claw each round.
Directed Attack: As a standard action you can direct the claw to attack a creature in range.
Supplemental Attack: As a free action you can direct the claw to assist you in fighting a creature you are attacking in melee. The claw does not interfere with your attacks, nor you its (for example, neither you nor the claw suffer any penalties for fighting with two weapons).
The claw always uses your melee attack bonus and deals 1d4+4 points of slashing damage. It is treated as a magic weapon for the purpose of bypassing damage reduction. It does not get iterative attacks. It always attacks from your direction and cannot flank or gain the benefits from flanking with another creature. The claw does not convey spells (unlike spectral hand). If not directed to attack on a particular round, the claw returns to you and hovers. If an attacked creature has spell resistance, you make a caster level check against that spell resistance the first time the mistclaw strikes it. If the creature resists the spell, the claw is dispelled, otherwise it has its normal full effect on the creature.
The claw can be attacked. It is treated as a Small creature (+1 size bonus to AC) with a natural armor bonus equal to your Intelligence (if a wizard spell) or Charisma (if a sorcerer spell) bonus. It has 10 hit points +1/caster level. Destroying the mistclaw does not harm you. It is not incorporeal and does not have an incorporeal miss chance, and it does not ignore the miss chance of incorporeal targets (though it can harm incorporeal creatures because it is treated as a magic weapon).
The wizards Cardatha of Silverymoon and Baerdrunsun of Alaghon are known to have independently demonstrated versions of the mistclaw spell at recent magefairs.
Focus: Mist, fog, or steam, whether present naturally in the environment, created by magic, or trapped in a closed container possessed by the caster. Nondraconic casters must also have a dragon scale or talon as a focus.