Magic Adjustment (Catalysts)


Magic Adjustment (Mag Adj) is a special stat unique to spell casting weapons, and determines the amount of damage spells will do. Its potency scales with the relevant character Stat (Intelligence, Int; or Faith, Fth). The higher the Mag Adj, the stronger the spell's effect (note: some spells, such as Chameleon, are not affected by this stat). Be aware that the Mag Adj on different catalysts will scale differently. Specifically, they have different: base Mag Adj, max Mag Adj, and scaling. As some catalysts are meant to be used at lower levels (Oolacile, for example), they will reach their optimal scaling level sooner than those meant to be higher level catalysts (Logan's).

For more tips on using the appropriate catalyst, and in-depth information on all the Mag Adj stats of all Catalysts, at Int levels 10-59 and 99 (for all intents and purposes, as you'll see, consider this ALL Int levels), read on.

Uses of this page:
  • Knowing which catalyst will be best suited for your current level.
  • Planning which Int level to stop at for an Int build, and which catalyst to use at that level.
  • Knowing exactly when it would be more beneficial to invest in Int or in weapon scaling stats, for a Hybrid build based on using the Crystal Magic Weapon spell. (For more info on the spell: CMW)

Quick Notes
  • The Oolacile catalyst reaches its cap at a whopping 12 Int! It is by far the strongest catalyst at that level, with 180 Mag Adj. To get higher than that with any catalyst, takes 27 Int.
  • The Sorcerer's, Beatrice's and Izalith Catalysts all have the same Mag Adj at all levels.
  • The Tin Banishment Catalyst and Demon's Catalyst are always beat by at least one other catalyst at every Int level. Therefore if you plan on using the catalyst with the best Mag Adj for you Int level, these two are never to be considered.
  • Other than Oolacile's, which caps out at Int 12, catalysts do not have a hard level cap. They will get increasingly diminishing returns until their max Mag Adj at Int 99. So know when to stop! Spending 10 SLs to get 1 more Mag Adj is definitely not worth it.
  • The Darkmoon Catalyst, as it scales with Faith, will remain at its base stat of 19 Mag Adj for all Int levels if you do not raise your Fth. Since this page concerns Int Mag Adj, consider this catalyst as not tested.
  • Velka's Talisman's Mag Adj scales with Int, therefore it is included on this page. Be aware that, in order to use miracles with this talisman, you will still need the base required Faith stat. So to decide whether this talisman is useful to you, compare its Mag Adj with those of other talismans (see: Talisman Mag Adjusts).

Final Note
For all intents and purposes, when choosing the appropriate Catalyst for your Int, there are really only 4 to consider (out of 9 catalysts). They are: Oolacile Ivory, Sorcerer's/ Beatrice's/ Izalith, Logan's, Tin Crystallization (TCC).

Quick Recommendations
  • Int 12-26: Oolacile Ivory Catalyst
  • Int 27-40: Sorcerer's/ Beatrice's/ Izalith
  • Int 41+: Logan's
  • Int 32+ TCC
    • TCC is the strongest for all levels above 32. If you are comfortable with halving your number of castings, go with this one. Otherwise, go with either Sorcerer's (and equivalents) or Logan's, depending whether you are above or below 41 Int.
  • Int 23-31*: Manus Catalyst
    • Manus Catalyst is the strongest for levels 23-31, and when casting abyss sorceries may be stronger than the TCC at higher Int values if you also have high strength. As with the TCC, go with this one at lower Int values if you're comfortable with halving your castings, otherwise Oolacile/Sorcerer's depending on if you're above or below 27 Int.

Recommended Plateaus
  • Int 12-26: If you plan on keeping your Int below 27 and using the Oolacile catalyst, stop at whichever level you need to cast the spell you want. No need to go above the base for the spell since Oolacile is already capped out.
  • Int 30 (32): If you plan on min-maxing using the Manus Catalyst and dark sorceries. Intelligence scaling drops off significantly after 30, so you can put remaining levels into Str to max power of dark sorceries.
    • If you plan to use Pursuers, you will need 32 Int to cast the spell.
  • Int 32: if you plan on min-maxing using the TCC. As with the Oolacile, if the spell you wish to use requires more than 32 Int, then go for the base stat.
  • Int 45: if you plan on min-maxing using Logan's. At 41 Int Logan's Mag Adj is at 215; with only 4 more SLs, it reaches 234. Gains after 45 diminish extremely quickly (at 59 Int, Logan's goes up to 238 Mag Adj from 234 at 45).
  • Int 50: absolute max recommendable, and only for the TCC. At this Int, it has 293 Mag Adj. At 59 Int the TCC has 297 Mag Adj; a 4 point gain for 9 levels. (If you go to 50 Int and would like to use Velka's Talisman, you will get 199 Mag Adj for your Miracles. Compare that with the Mag Adj of other talismans at the base stat required to use the miracle you desire to decide which is best. Do not go above 50 Int for Velka's Talisman either.)


Max Mag Adj Stats (Int 99)
  • Oolacile: 180
  • Darkmoon: 19 (*240 with 99 Fth)
  • Sorcerer's/ Beatrice's/ Izalith: 240
  • Logan's: 250
  • TCC: 315
  • Manus: 295
  • Tin Banishment: 220
  • Demon's: 200
  • (Velka's Talisman: 209 Mag Adj for Miracles at 99 Int)


MAG ADJ STATS:

Int \ Cata
O.Ivory
T.Darkmoon*
Sorcerer
Beatrice
Izalith
Logan
T.Crystal
Manus
T.Banish
Demon
Velka**
Oolacile
10
22
19
109
109
19
19
19

22
106
19
180
11
47
19
110
110
19
19
19

47
107
19
180
12
180
19
111
111
26
19
19

109
107
19
180
13
180
19
112
112
52
19
19
116
110
108
20
180
14
180
19
113
113
113
19
19
118
111
109
31
180
15
180
19
114
114
114
19
19
119
112
110
57
180
16
180
19 (118)
119
119
119
19
19
127
116
114
127
180
17
180
19 (123)
125
125
125
19
19
135
121
118
133
180
18
180
19 (128)
130
130
130
19
19
142
126
122
138
180
19
180
19 (133)
136
136
136
19
19
150
131
126
144
180
20
180
19 (139)
142
142
142
22
19
158
136
130
149
180
21
180
19 (144)
147
147
147
31
19
166
140
134
151
180
22
180
19 (149)
153
153
153
47
19
174
145
138
152
180
23
180
19 (154)
158
158
158
70
19
181
150
142
154
180
24
180
19 (159)
164
164
164
100
19
189
155
146
156
180
25
180
19 (165)
170
170
170
100
19
197
160
150
157
180
26
180
19 (170)
175
175
175
112
20
205
164
154
159
180
27
180
19 (175)
181
181
181
124
23
213
169
158
161
180
28
180
19 (180)
186
186
186
136
31
220
174
162
162
180
29
180
19 (185)
192
192
192
148
42
228
179
166
164
180
30
180
19 (191)
198
198
198
160
57
236
184
170
166
180
31
180
19 (192)
199
199
199
165
76
238
185
171
167
180
32
180
19 (193)
200
200
200
170
254
240
186
172
169
180
33
180
19 (194)
202
202
202
175
256
242
187
173
170
180
34
180
19 (196)
203
203
203
180
259
244
188
174
172
180
35
180
19 (197)
205
205
205
185
261
246
190
175
174
180
36
180
19 (198)
206
206
206
190
263
248
191
176
175
180
37
180
19 (200)
207
207
207
195
265
250
192
177
177
180
38
180
19 (201)
209
209
209
200
267
252
193
178
179
180
39
180
19 (202)
210
210
210
205
269
254
194
179
180
180
40
180
19 (204)
211
211
211
209
272
256
196
180
18
180
41
180
19 (205)
213
213
213
215
274
257
197
181
184
180
42
180
19 (206)
214
214
214
220
276
259
198
182
185
180
43
180
19 (207)
216
216
216
225
278
261
199
183
187
180
44
180
19 (209)
217
217
217
230
280
263
200
183
189
180
45
180
19 (210)
219
219
219
234
282
265
202
185
190
180
46
180
19 (211)
220
220
220
235
287
267
203
186
192
180
47
180
19 (213)
221
221
221
235
287
269
204
187
194
180
48
180
19 (214)
223
223
223
235
289
271
205
188
195
180
49
180
19 (215)
224
224
224
236
291
273
206
189
197
180
50
180
19 (216)
226
226
226
236
293
275
208
190
199
180
51
180
19
226
226
226
236
293
275
208
190
199
180
52
180
19
226
226
226
236
294
276
208
190
199
180
53
180
19
226
226
226
237
294
276
208
190
199
180
54
180
19
227
227
227
237
295
277
208
190
199
180
55
180
19
227
227
227
237
295
277
209
191
200
180
56
180
19
227
227
227
238
296
277
209
191
200
180
57
180
19
228
228
228
238
296
278
209
191
200
180
58
180
19
228
228
228
238
297
278
209
191
200
180
59
180
19
228
228
228
238
297
279
209
191
201
180
99
180
19
240
240
240
250
315
295
220
200
209
180
*The Tin Darkmoon Catalyst scales with Faith. If you do not level Faith, it will remain at 19 Mag. Adj. Italicized numbers in parentheses are Mag. Adj. values obtained by raising your Faith.
**Velka's Talisman is a Miracle casting medium that scales with Intelligence. Values in the table are Mag. Adj. values obtained by raising your Intelligence.
Relevant forum thread: http://soulswiki.forumsrpg.com/t53-magic-adjusts-all-catalysts-all-levels#651