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I want to use the Angel race. It is for D&D 3.5, can I use it on Pathfinder? If not, what do I need to change to make it compatible?

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Are the rest of the players playing monster races? Are their races going to be of similar EL as yours (with similar complimentary buffs)? If not then you could try out this alternative Angel race seems like it'd be a better fit. The powers granted to it scale a little as you level and really help boost a melee character. Overall a much more balanced PC race if you're playing with other "normal" PC races. –  Squish Mar 8 at 1:19

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Yes and no.

In general, custom races made for D&D 3.5 will work just fine in Pathfinder. Nothing really major changed as far as races are concerned between 3.5 and Pathfinder. The biggest thing to look out for is that Pathfinder no longer has the concept of level adjustment, so there typically needs to be some houserules to allow more powerful races, if they'd have an LA. You also want to make sure that any races with an LA of 0 have a total of +2 to ability scores, rather than +0.

My previous DM had a houserule that worked pretty well for this. We used point buy for stats, and he ruled that for each +1 LA, you lost 4 points from your point buy total. Since we only had fairly small LAs, this worked pretty well.

That said, the race that you linked is pretty powerful. It has extremely favorable stats, flight, DR, a suite of resistances, smite, SR, change shape, and a couple other powers. I'd give that race an LA of +4, at least. I would not suggest using that race in a Pathfinder game, unless everyone is playing a similarly powerful race, and you're comfortable with a high-power game.

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To be fair, I would not suggest using that race in a 3.5 game either. –  Cristol.GdM Mar 7 at 8:36
@Scrollmaster Absolutely true. I personally don't like playing races with an LA of more than 1 or 2, and this should be way more than that. –  DuckTapeAl Mar 7 at 9:02
This homebrew race strongly resembles the Half-Celestial template from 3.5, a lot of the bonuses and defenses are the same. That template has LA+4 and doesn't get to smite evil more often than a paladin like this race does. –  Mr Tumnus Mar 7 at 10:44
Pathfinder changed one major thing: regular (LA +0) races have a net +2 to ability scores, instead of a net +0. That’s a huge change. –  KRyan Mar 7 at 13:22
It is the only semi-angelic race that I found. If there is a better one, link it to me. –  NetHacker Mar 7 at 13:25

Your question isn't really about 3.5 races in general - you should ask about the actual problem you have. Your problem is that you want to play an angel in Pathfinder and want to know how. Rather than use a super overpowered homebrew 3.5 race, you have a couple options.

  1. Use an aasimar race. Using the Advanced Race Guide and other available options - alternate racial traits, variant herigates, feats, and traits, you can pump up their angel-ness fairly in a more balanced way. Hooray d20pfsrd, they're all conveniently linked off the aasimar page.

  2. Use the angel race from Little Red Goblin Games. It's made by an actual third party company for Pathfinder so has some more claim to balance and compatibility.

  3. Make one yourself using the Advanced Race Guide and your GM's permission.

  4. If you/your group care nothing whatsoever for balance (and there's nothing wrong with that), just play any angel from the bestiaries and add class levels as you go.

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A personal aside... Just because it is published doesn't mean it has an eye toward 'balance' with the core. A lot, if not most, third parties are notorious for unbalanced splat. Not a major concern, just more of a critique on number 3s presentation. :) (And of course balance is dependent on the GM and group's preferred balance point :/ ) –  Squish Mar 8 at 18:33
@Squish it's a step better than "random homebrew." –  mxyzplk Mar 9 at 4:22

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