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Metaphysics is a passive skill in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.


Items in italics are quoted directly from the game.

A young field of knowledge, Metaphysics deals with animancy, adra, the Wheel, the in-between, the Beyond, and all mysteries of the soul.


As with other passive skills, Metaphysics is only used during conversations and scripted interactions, and otherwise has no effect on gameplay or combat mechanics whatsoever.

Initial bonuses[]

The following bonuses are applied as a result of a character's class and background.

Class bonuses:
Cipher +2
Druid +2
Monk +2
Wizard +2
Background bonuses:
Missionary* +1
Mystic +1
Scholar +1
Scientist* +1


Passive effects[]

unlimited – obtained during gameplay

Name Modifier Duration
Kae's Training +1 Permanent


unlimited – bonus while equipped

Type Item Enchantment Modifier
Ring Chameleon's Touch Versatile +1 (as Monk)


unlimited – bonus while equipped to either self or party

Pet Target Modifier
Animancy Cat Self +2
Xopn'aua Self +1
Boras [FS] Self +1

Prostitute boons[]

one – for the protagonist only, lasts until next rest.

Location Prostitute Modifier
Queen's Berth, The Wild Mare Aenalys +1

Consumable items[]

unlimited – to the user for a duration

Type Item Modifier Duration
Drug Svef +2 (crash effect) Until rest
Unguent Blessed Incense +2 120 sec

Notable uses[]


Type Item Enchantment Stat Formula
Large shield Cadhu Scalth
Luminous Dissonance
Luminous Harmony
Damage reduction (Metaphysics * -0.0025) + 0.95
Soul Strike
Soul Smite
Target defenses (Metaphysics * -1) + -5
Quarterstaff Chromoprismatic Quarterstaff
Soul Charge Damage with staff
Attack speed with staff
(Metaphysics* 0.005) + 1.05
Entropy Shield Damage reduction when hit (Metaphysics * -0.001) + 0.99
Soul Storm Damage and attack speed
bonus on consecutive hits
(Metaphysics * 0.005) + 1.05
Hunting bow Essence Interrupter
Electrical Conduit Damage as Shock (Metaphysics * 0.0025) + 0.05
Thermal Conduit Damage as Burn (Metaphysics * 0.0025) + 0.05