Secondary element

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The secondary elements are formed by the mixture of two of the four elements of Inner Sea elementalism: air, earth, fire, and water. Such secondary elements include:

  • ice: combining air and water
  • lightning: combining air and, possibly, fire
  • mud: combining earth and water
  • magma: combining earth and fire

The mixing of elements is seen, for example, to occur at the borders between the Elemental Planes. At these planar borders, elemental creatures and outsiders might also be created from these secondary elements.1

Elements also form at the borders between the Elemental Planes and other adjacent planes:

The lost Elemental Planes of Metal and Wood recently returned, leading to recognition of metal and wood as primary elements rather than secondary elements.9


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