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In 3.5 I made a rogue / cleric / invisible blade that dealt sneak attacks through inflict wounds.

This made the attack both a touch attack, and on a feinted character, which was basically a roll against 10 (some monsters had deflection and such), with negative energy, something only a select few creatures have immunity against. Undead? sneak attack with positive energy, my dm ruled positive energy can crit and sneak attack undead.

But I digress. I am trying to make the same thing in pathfinder, but don't have the option of migrating Invisible Blade or using non Paizo content...

The character would either produce or wand inflict wounds, spell who's version would grow as lvlup would happen. I am not set on cleric, its what I used for my past build. Would like to have a damage dealer and a way to sneak attack more easily.

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You need to define "optimal". I can think of a couple of things to optimize for, but just doing sneak attack with negative energy only takes having a rogue attack with something that can do negative energy damage (like being a cleric or having a wand). Undead no longer are immune to sneak attack or criticals in Pathfinder... –  Jacob Proffitt Sep 20 '13 at 23:09
Ah, well multiclassing has major drawbacks, the main one being that one loses caster levels :| or loses bab from the non magical classes or level dependant character abilities such as from a rogue. I am looking, perhaps, for a prestige that takes cleric? and rogue? as prereq and has some nice abilities towards this build. –  Discipol Sep 20 '13 at 23:34
So you're optimizing for what, exactly? BAB? Caster levels? negative energy damage? –  Jacob Proffitt Sep 20 '13 at 23:39
I would say damage. Since, in theory, I would have to beat 10, bab would be useless. Add the fact that its a standard action to cast the inflict so no multi negative energy sneak. –  Discipol Sep 20 '13 at 23:40
Please edit these requirements into your question. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Sep 21 '13 at 0:30
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If you're looking to optimize negative energy damage, your best bet is probably to concentrate on rogue levels and dip a single level of cleric. The cleric level opens up inflict light wounds and it also enables you to use all inflict wands without chance of failure. This is particularly useful at lower levels when your Use Magic Device skill isn't that high. More levels of cleric can open higher-level inflict spells and an additional point of damage per level, but your sneak attack makes up for most of that.

The real limitation is that you won't have many inflict spells to cast for yourself and you'll have to make the difference up in wands. If that's a concern, then dipping oracle instead is probably better as that'll give you an extra inflict per day and tie extra spells to Cha instead of Wis. Also, the Bones mystery has some complementary revelations (like bleeding wounds or death's touch). Also remember that "In addition to the spells gained by oracles as they gain levels, each oracle also adds all of either the cure spells or the inflict spells to her list of spells known."

I don't see any great prestige class options published by Paizo for what you want. There may be third party ones that fit, though.

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@Discipol Pathfinder has a lot less emphasis on PrCl than 3.5 did; there are only a handful available. They provided more base classes instead; in particular, the inquisitor might be an interesting mix with rogue. –  starwed Sep 21 '13 at 4:53
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