|Spell level :||Innate level: 2, Druid: 2, Ranger: 2, Other: Cleric with Plant domain 2|
|Components :||Verbal and Somatic|
|Duration :||1 Hour * cLevel|
20 Rounds (cLevel)
|Spell resistance :||No|
Barkskin hardens the target creature's skin, granting a natural armor bonus to armor class based on the caster's level:
- Level 1-6: +3
- Level 7-12: +4
- Levels 13+: +5
Due to a lack of natural armor increasing magical items (the main one being amulets), this spell proves to be a useful spell for many druids, even when most level 2 spells become near worthless in battle. Due to its long duration and scaling improvement to level 13, it's a good defensive spell, particularly for casting out of battle. A +5 AC amulet could cost hundreds of thousands of gold, making this a good spell to replace the need for the amulet (and making the amulet slot available).
Even at lowest level, the +3 AC this spell affords is substantial, since players usually can't get +3 natural amulets at enhancement level one. Its first level enhancement may even be the majority source of AC for lower armored creatures.
Clerics with the Plant Domain also have a great benefit from this spell being available.
Technically this spell can be cast multiple times, although its effects do not stack.