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You might want to give a look at this article and its explanation, especially the part relative to tier 1 classes. Should the links ever go down, it's the famous tier system for 3.5 classes, with the explanation of why each class is in its tier and a detailed explanation of tier 1, where the cleric belongs. Tier 1: Capable of doing absolutely ...


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Player's Handbook II (3.5) / Divine Conversion / p193 This is a sidebar at the bottom of the referenced page, which is part of a section on rules for retraining. If you don't have the book, here is the direct quote: DIVINE CONVERSION As noted in the Player’s Handbook, a cleric who grossly violates the code of conduct imposed by his deity loses ...


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My group usually agrees that you need to touch the target with your hand to cast a touch spell on them, which mitigates a lot of real stupidity that can happen when you're taking touch spells too literally, so we usually count stuff that's "attached" to you as having the grappled condition (even if they're too small to actually grapple you, in which case you ...


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Channeling negative energy isn't an Evil action by default the way some other powers are. Negative energy is the power of death, entropy, &c. In D&D3 and Pathfinder, it's often associated with baddies like evil clerics or the undead, but it isn't automatically straight-up capital-E Evil. For example, check the Harm spell, which is, like, the purest ...


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Setting aside the tier system as it is well articulated in other answers, I'll draw from my personal experiences. To summarize: Some classes reward system mastery more than others. For the expert player, certain patterns in the rules make anything possible. Spellcasting is one of these patterns. When I've played, both when I've started playing and up to ...


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According to a regular in Gygax and Arneson's early Blackmoor and Greyhawk games, the cleric was largely draw from the priests in 70s vampire movies, with the prohibition against edged weapons inspired by legends and fantasy fiction: Ahem. I was there. In CHAINMAIL there were wizards that functioned as artillery. Then there was Dave Arneson's ...


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There is no such rule in the setting-independent supplements that I know. But setting-specific supplements are another story. Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, p233 or something: Changing Deities It is possible for a cleric, druid, paladin, or spellcasting ranger (or any other divine spellcaster) to abandon his chosen deity and take up the ...


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Page 32 of the PHB has the description of the Cleric's Spells class feature. A cleric may prepare and cast any spell on the cleric spell list (page 183) So, yes, your cleric does not need to add his spells to a list of known spells, because (unlike the arcane casters in this book but like every divine class in this book) he already knows the whole ...


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Under "Chapter 5: Equipment" in the Player's Basic Rules and Player's Handbook: A cleric or paladin may create holy water by performing a special ritual. The ritual takes 1 hour to perform, uses 25 gp worth of powdered silver, and requires the caster to expend a 1st-level spell slot. (PBR, p. 49; PHB, p. 152*) The ritual only expends a 1st-level spell ...


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There are quite a few reasons that Clerics are great. Let's look at some of their class abilities and what they do for you. Spellcasting Clerics are full spellcasters, with access to a very large spell list. While not quite as expansive as the Wizard list, spells for every situation going up to extremely powerful stuff are on here. Full spellcasting is the ...


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Protection against Spells Disguise Undead does just what it says - hides undead. Unfortunately Clerics can't cast it, so you'll either need an Arcane casting lackey to do it for you, or an item that can do it (Wands with Use Magic Device, or some other use per day item). Undetectable Alignment can hide the alignment of one creature per casting for 24 hours ...


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Things are different now. The Wizard and Sorcerer from prior editions have now combined into one class, called... the Wizard. Also, the Cleric picked up the same mechanics. (Meanwhile, something mechanically new has emerged in 5e to take the name of 'Sorcerer', which has picked up some different stuff for its defining features, like a spell point mechanic.) ...


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You can use (almost) all of your powers when disarmed and without implements. ImplementDDI and WeaponDDI powers don't prevent you from using them if you lack the appropriate tool: they simply allow you to get a bonus when you have the appropriate tool. When using an Implement (keyword) power you make an unmodified ability check (usually Wisdom-based for ...


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From the Basic Rules, p22 & p30: The (class) table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest. You prepare the list of (class) spells that are available ...


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It's Not a Cleric Thing According to both and Wikipedia's entry on Pelor and Canonfire!'s entry on Pelor--a site which documents a lot of Greyhawk1 stuff--Pelor requires neither chastity nor celibacy of his worshipers or representatives. Just in case none of the gods listed on Canonfire! mentioned sexual practices, I searched a little more and found that ...


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Persistent Death ward can protect you from harm. Persistent spell allows the spell to last all day, and Death ward makes you immune to, among other things, negative energy. Find a very high level paladin or archivist and get an item enchanted with "Favor of the Martyr" (spell compendium) which explicitly protects against Wrack, and all of the status effects ...


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The D&D Cleric, apart from its Blackmoor origins as a vampire hunter (as noted here), is a mish-mash that has grown into a trope of its own. The D&D cleric as a trope, encompasses: undead hunter healer second rate combattant priest of a pantheon (or faction within a pantheon) non-direct-damage spellcaster no edged weapons The Cleric was one of ...


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Yes, you can cast spells with a Material (M) component without issue. Your Holy Symbol takes care of it. This is one of the more difficult things to look up in the current 5e rules. It starts on page 58, under Cleric spellcasting: You can use a holy symbol (found in chapter 5) as a spellcasting focus for your cleric spells. In the equipment section, ...


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Adjusting to the situation is important. Many good ideas have been mentioned already; here's some suggestions on when to use them: Fall! or Trip! Golden in precarious terrain or situations. I once had particular success with "Fall" against a charging guard captain... as he was mounted on a warhorse at the time. Leading the charge. Also, instant death ...


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Yes, by making a caster level check and meeting some requirements The relevant rules are all in the Magic Items - Scrolls section of the DMG. Here's a copy from the SRD. There are two steps: Decipher the Writing The writing on a scroll must be deciphered before a character can use it or know exactly what spell it contains. This requires a read ...


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You are able to cast the cleric spells at a higher level. While spells known / prepared are handled on a class basis, your spell slots are combined. PHB, page 164, Multiclassing, Spellcasting, Spell slots Spell Slots. You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels ... Use this total to determine your spell slots by ...


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There's an interesting item in the Wikipedia article Sources and influences on the development of Dungeons & Dragons about Clerics. Quoting from an old Dragon Magazine article it states: The cleric is largely inspired by folklore of the medieval cleric of Templar.[13] Like the Templars described in White's The Once and Future King, clerics in ...


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It's not like this question lacks good answers, but since your experience mirrors mine so well, I'd like to share a story. I got into my first 3.5 game in college. I'd been playing a heavily modified AD&D through high school, but we had the curious custom of having the DM handle all the rules; I barely know what an attack bonus was. So when I showed up ...


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Yes. From the D&D Basic Rules: Casting the spell doesn't remove it from your list of prepared spells. Basically, 5e Wizards (and Clerics) are 3.5e Sorcerers who can swap out their "known spells" based on their spellbook (or godly mandate). I can't speak to the exact reason behind the design decision, but I assume they wanted to enable a level of ...


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You can prepare any of the inflict wounds spells as a Good Aligned Cleric, because they do not have the Evil descriptor. What you can't do is spontaneously cast your prepared spells as inflict wounds spells in the same way that you can do that for cure wounds spells. It doesn't have anything to do with the Necromancy school of magic. The Necromancy school is ...


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Quicken Spell is handy but yes, the four spell level bump is a big bite. There is Sudden Quicken from Complete Arcane, which has prereqs out the yinyang but you can quicken one spell a day for free. Delay Spell can get this effect if you have preplanning rounds by casting delayed spells, though it is almost as expensive in spell levels (three) as Quicken ...


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You decide which cleric spells are available to you to cast. Whenever you complete a long rest, you prepare the list of cleric spells that you can cast of 1st level or higher, choosing from the list of spells available to all clerics (see the “Spells” document). You decide which mage spells are available to you to cast each day. After completing a ...


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The word include indicates a subset: every element that is included appears in the including set. So the statement about the cloistered cleric’s class skills is that the given list, “Decipher Script, Speak Language, and all Knowledge skills (from the Knowledge domain, see below),” is a subset of the full set cloistered cleric class skills. ...


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Your DM is wrong SRD > Magic Overview > Spell Descriptions > School: Beneath the spell name is a line giving the school of magic (and the subschool, if appropriate) that the spell belongs to. Almost every spell belongs to one of eight schools of magic. A school of magic is a group of related spells that work in similar ways. A small number of ...


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The canonical "true/current" version of everything is found in the compendium, here (subscription required to use as more than an index). There are, at present, three current "Cleric" classes you can play. I define a cleric class as anything that counts as a cleric for purposes of feats, beyond that of multi-class. There is the "original" Templar Cleric. ...



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