In the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, the Spectre monster card's check to defeat says:

Combat 11 OR Wisdom Divine 7

The card text says (in part):

If the check to defeat does not have the Magic trait, the Spectre is undefeated.

Does this mean that I must somehow magically augment my Wisdom to defeat the Spectre, or does that clause only apply to a Combat check? Will my Wisdom only scare it away for a while, or can I defeat it permanently? Is there any way to add the Magic trait to a Wisdom check?

I didn't find any mention of this in the errata, but maybe I didn't look hard enough.

  • As an aside, careful when you encounter the Siren. Defeating it actually IS a straight Wisdom check, no Magic trait required. For a while my friends and I were defeating it with Combat checks until we started diligently paying attention to the monsters that came up... Commented May 16, 2014 at 20:16

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If there is a way to augment a Wisdom check with the Magic trait, I'm unaware of it except with using Divine spells or items.

Weapons and/or spells with the Magic trait work for the Combat check.

Either way, you cannot use a straight Wisdom (or straight Divine) check to defeat a Spectre; as it's Incorporeal, it must be defeated by magical means.

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    There is the power of the cleric Kyra ("Add 1d8 with the Magic trait to your check to defeat a bane with the Undead trait."). Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 12:09

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