In several editions of D&D archetypes are specialization paths within a base class intended to evoke a specific flavor and/or playstyle.

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How can a Dragon hold a weapon/shield?

My Bronze Wyrmling familiar has taken the Wyrm of War Sovereign Archetype from Dragons of Eberron, which states that it "becomes proficient with all types of armor and shields, as well as all simple ...
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Void-Touched Sorcerer's Voidfield ability

I'm trying to figure out how Voidfield works, which is the second ability Void-Touched get. Voidfield (Sp): At 9th level, you can create an area influenced by the black void. This ability acts ...
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Does ki leech and ki focus bow require a swift action to activate, or are they like ki strike?

I am playing a Qinggong/Zen Archer Monk and I have a question about the ki abilities that they can gain. The ones in question are ki leech and ki focus bow. I asked because both have similar wording ...
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What level are the curses a Hexcrafter Magus adds to their spell list?

A Hexcrafter Magus adds spells with the Curse descriptor to their spell list: A hexcrafter magus adds the following spells to his magus spell list: bestow curse, major curse, and all other spells ...
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Is the Vicious Weapon enchant compatible with the Champion archetype's Improved Critical feature?

The Champion's (a Fighter Archetype) "Improved Critical" feature says that he can score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20. However, the vicious Weapon enchantment specifically says that you need to ...
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Druid Archetypes & Domains?

So, I haven't played Pathfinder for an extremely prolonged amount of time, and I'm building a Druid character (I've never built one before, so excuse me if this is question with an obvious answer.) ...
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Roleplaying into a rogue archetype: Arcane Trickster [closed]

I just started playing D&D 5e and I am at that point where I need to choose an archetype for my level 3 rogue. But, I feel that just becoming an arcane trickster make no sense. Why would my rogue ...
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How does the Phalanx Soldier ability work with 2 handed weapons and power attack?

The Phalanx Soldier archetype for fighters gains the following ability At 3rd level, when a phalanx soldier wields a shield, he can use any polearm or spear of his size as a one-handed weapon. ...
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Is it possible to switch archetypes?

Is it possible to start the Eldritch Knight progression then switch to another archetype, say Battle Master archetype, later? I'm thinking that I'd like to get a Hammer of Thunderbolts, but if I do ...
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Creatures with grab and a larger barbarian brutal pugilist AOO?

I have a question about how the monster ability grab functions and a specific scenario. If a creature with this special attack hits with the indicated attack (usually a claw or bite attack), it ...
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Limitations on Ranger: Falconer archetype animal companion?

So I was thinking of taking a two level dip into this class and the archetype appealed to me as flavorful. Falconer archetype page At 1st level, a falconer earns the trust and companionship of a ...
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Improved Familiar + Valet archetype?

Deliver Aid (Ex) [...] This ability replaces speak with animals of its kind. http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/wizard/familiar/familiar-archetypes/valet-familiar-archetype ...
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Does a White Mage Arcanist need to Use Magic Device to activate a Wand of Cure Light Wounds?

I was tasked with building the third character of a 3 person party, and make that character fill in all the missing holes. The other two characters are a Hunter specializing in bows and a Sword and ...
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Can the Suit Seeker Inquisitor Archetype and the Sin Eater Inquisitor Archetype be used at the same time?

I'm interested in building an Inquisitor with the Suit Seeker and Sin Eater archetypes. I know you cannot take two archetypes that replace the same class feature. From the Suit Seeker archetype: ...
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Pathfinder Multi classing as a rogue archetype

I have been running Pathfinder for various groups for many years, so character creation is fairly simple for me. However, one of my players and I have locked horns over something which to me seems ...
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Where do I find out about Archetypes?

I keep hearing about "Archetypes" for Pathfinder. What sourcebooks could I read for them?
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What is the easiest way to determine what kind of adventure my group will enjoy? [closed]

I am first time DM and I have to run one game for 5 people whose gaming habits I don't really know (except that they are gamers and/or bookworms and excited to try - good candidates). DnD 4e and yes, ...
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Does the Eldritch Knight need the Warcaster feat to cast spells when using 2h or sword/shield?

Many of the spells that an Eldritch Knight can cast have a somatic component. If I am playing as an Eldritch Knight with a two-handed sword or weapon/shield combo, would I require the Warcaster feat? ...
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Is it possible to give up class feature twice for archetypes, if you have it double?

For example: the ranger trapper gets trap finding, the rogue counterfeit-mage gives up trapfinding (not trap sense) - could the player select another archetype that replaces trapfinding? If you ...
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Can a 5e D&D character acquire multiple archetypes from the same class?

I have a player that wants to build a Dragonborn Outlander Ranger/Sorcerer, with Slaad as the first Favored Enemy. The archetypes for the Sorcerer are Draconic Bloodline and Wild Magic. Being ...
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Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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First-worlder Summons and Eidolon

On Archives of Nethys the First Worlder Summoner summon replacement ability is defined as: Summon Nature’s Ally (Sp): Starting at 1st level, a first worlder can cast summon nature’s ally a ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in 3.5e?

'Blasting' in 3.5e, dealing damage using spells, is seen as inferior to battlefield control, buffing, and debuffing - in that it uses up more spell slots for less effect, takes longer to work, and is ...