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I’m looking for a way to give a 1st-level character the Aberration type, without simply being an Aberration because the race is already fixed (non-psionic thri-kreen, i.e. Monstrous Humanoid type, if relevant). Since I already have 2 racial hit dice and LA +1, I really don’t want any more LA.

I’ve been looking around for this for a while and come up empty, which is a shame, but throwing this out there in case there’s anyone out there who knows a way. The best I’ve found so far is the LA +3 Spellwarped. If you can do it for LA +1 or LA +2, that will be interesting. If you can do it for LA +0, that will be awesome.

Material from actual books published by Wizards of the Coast is preferred, stuff from Wizards’ website, or from Dragon or Dungeon, will be accepted, but other third-party material will be greeted with, “well, that’s nice; what else have you got?” Include it for interest and maybe to help someone in the future, but it won’t solve my problem.

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Off the top of my head these are the few templates that turn you into a Aberration Type:

  • Aberrant (LA variable)
  • Half-Illithid (LA +5)
  • Spellwarped (LA +3)
  • Insectile (LA +2)
  • Symbiotic (LA +1)
  • Wretched (LA -1) although not a power house it still finds its way to your answer.

The best one to go with is Symbiotic as it is the least impacting to your ECL.

There's another template that will work for you if you don't mind the drawbacks: the Corrupted Creature template, from Book of Vile Darkness. This turns you into an Aberration for a level adjustment of +0. It can work on monstrous humanoids but What I would like to know is why do you want to be an Aberration instead of Monstrous Humanoid?

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Half-illithid is LA +5, so that's no good. Symbiotic doesn't apply to Monstrous Humanoids (and is difficult to use anyway). Insectile doesn't quite work for me but it does meet what I brought up in the question. – KRyan Jul 11 '13 at 23:43
@KRyan I added the template from Vile darkness its called the Corrupted Creature and its LA +0 – Pro756 Jul 12 '13 at 0:20
Actually it does not have any LA listed at all, which I generally take as LA —. It should have some sort of playable LA, since it's nothing too crazy, but it doesn't. – KRyan Jul 12 '13 at 1:57
Can I get a source on Wretched? – KRyan Aug 4 '13 at 22:45
@KRyan Book of Templates. Deluxe Edition 3.5 – Pro756 Aug 5 '13 at 1:32

Gaining the aberration type can be done via spells.

The 1st-level Sor/Wiz spell aberrate [trans] (Book of Vile Darkness 84) grants a bonus to natural armor and changes a living creature's type to aberration for 10 minutes per caster level. While usually a tricky spell to garner due to the fiend component (i.e. the caster's must be a fiend) a potion of aberrate (1st) is 50 gp, just like any other potion created by a 1st-level caster. To that same end, a wand of aberrate (1st) has a price of 750 gp regardless and the spell, despite most casters being unable to cast it, is still on every Sor/Wiz's default spell list.

It costs 1,200 gp according to Player's Handbook 129 to get a Sor15 or Wiz15 to cast the 8th-level Sor/Wiz spell polymorph any object [trans] (Player's Handbook 263) on you. It might take two or more castings to make it permanent depending on the kingdom into which the DM puts whatever aberration you're becoming, but that 1,200 gp should be available--according to Dungeon Master's Guide 135--by level 3. The duration of polymorph any object is merely permanent, however, so the spells dispel magic and its ilk can take away your hard-fought new type.

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Thanks for your answer! While what you listed certainly is true, and even useful, We usually prefer answers that respond to the question directly. Since Kryan asked for templates or feats, in this case, giving him spells is the option he would probably like to avoid for some reason. As such, you cannot expect many upvotes on this answer. However, adding this to an answer that responds directly to the question would probably be a bit better next time. – kravaros Aug 4 '13 at 6:36
Eh, I'll upvote it; it's useful and related information. I wouldn't accept it, though. – KRyan Aug 4 '13 at 22:44

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