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You cannot use attack powers from other classes while in beast form. From PHB2, p84 (as updated by official errata): Wild Shape ... While you are in beast form, you can’t use weapon or implement attack powers that lack the beast form keyword, although you can sustain such powers. ... No paladin powers (or powers from any other non-druid class, ...


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A quick search on Paizo's source reference document tells me that the Wild Shape class feature of the druid works just like the Transmutation spell Beast Shape. Transmutation spells are described here and this is the relevant part: When you cast a polymorph spell that changes you into a creature of the animal, dragon, elemental, magical beast, plant, or ...


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I think it was not uncommon for druids – and other mystical figures in folklore – to appear before others in magical disguise. Glamour, after all, is heavily associated with the fey, which are in turn tied to the natural world and the same sort of mythological background as druids. Further, as protectors of the natural world, druids have to ...


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You are the GM. There are some important rules to go by before you consider the rules of the game. Will the players enjoy facing against the villain? Will you enjoy playing this villain? If the answer to both the above is yes, you can go ahead with this. The only problem is if adding all the stuff on will make the NPC more powerful than you expected. ...


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This answer depends a lot upon the method you use to animate him. Your options are basically these: animate dead – Core and lowest-level, but applies the very-weak Skeleton or Zombie templates. Ritual of Crucimigration – From Libris Mortis, this applies the quite good Necropolitan template. On the other hand, it’s a voluntary ritual that ...


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Yes, a Druid can have a dinosaur as an animal companion, but with some limitations according to the rules-as-written. A higher-level Druid has more options than just the basic list, as described in the alternative animal companions list. Starting at level 7, a Druid can choose a deinonychus as an animal companion. But wait, you say, I'm asking about a ...


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It is broken for the reasons you note (way, way awesome results from a first level spell for having one feat - better than any other summoning augmentation available). There's a good reason for this - the author intended it to be a +2 level metamagic feat but that was omitted when it appeared in print.


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According to Unearthed Arcana (1985) for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, “For druids of 16th level and above [… r]ather than spells, spell-like powers are acquired [including] the ability to alter his appearance at will. Appearance alteration is accomplished in 1 segment, with height and weight decrease/increase of 50% possible, apparent age from child to ...


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In order to use all three, the cat must take a Full-Attack action, which takes a Full-Round Action (Move+Standard), which usually means it may not move aside from a 5-ft. Step. That's generally a pretty big limitation on most things that rely on lots of attacks. Of course, most cats have Pounce, which means they also get a Full-Attack at the end of a ...


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Only with a Lot of Planning The description of the vampire reads, "Each round of immersion in running water inflicts damage on a vampire equal to one-third of its maximum hit points—a vampire reduced to 0 hit points in this manner is destroyed." Emphasis mine. I'll admit 12 gallons per person per round is a lot, but immersing--that is, submerging or ...


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Okay, let's take a look. Other This article provides a list of vermin to select 'animal' companion from. Note that it actually does not prohibit a non-vermin druid to select vermin companion. Also please note that vermin companion is actually considered magical beast. Watchspider is a wonderful magical beast located on page 140 of City of Splendors: ...


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Nature What bugs me is that I can't see proper use of this ability besides deception, and deception doesn't feel too "natural". I think a big part of your confusion is that you're coming at nature from a very modern perspective. Woods are safe, bright, places fit for hiking and camping. "All natural" foods are free from contamination and uncertainty. ...


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I can't check on it from work, but this post (about Baldur's Gate, of all things...) seems to confirm that, although the PHB does technically allow ranger/druids, it was only in the Complete expansions that the alignment conflict was corrected. The post also implies this requires a Neutral Good alignment. Turns out the information about this combination is ...


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Quoting a relevant topic from community.wizards.com: from the DMG Errata: (Careful, the link points to a zip file from Wizards.com. Always scan files for viruses etc upon download!) Epic Druid Dungeon Master’s Guide, page 208 Problem: Druids no longer get multiple animal companions. Solution: Replace the Animal Companion paragraph with ...


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Greenbound Summoning works exactly as it says it does: you get a normal creature from the list, augmented with the Greenbound template. It “has” the LA/CR adjustment but that doesn’t really mean much of anything to a summoned creature anyway. On the one hand, the Greenbound template is over-LA’d. Like most LA-carrying options, ...


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Animals don’t speak any language; Sylvan is the language of Fey. Most magical beasts don’t speak any language either, but those who do will have that language noted in their entry (and it may not be Sylvan). Speak with animals or similar magical powers are the only way to communicate with creatures that do not have a language. A DM, of course, ...


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Plot: Learn it from someone who knows it One would presume that should a druid decide to teach you Druidic, then you could spend a skill rank or two on Speak Languages to learn the language. That would be a DM’s call and probably quite rare, but it could happen. A blighter (Complete Divine) certainly wouldn’t care about teaching the language, ...


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Your player is correct; the rule says your HP stays the same so your HP stays the same. The game very rarely (and only very awkwardly) cares why a particular statistic has the value it does; it just cares what the value is. In other words, when it says the hit points of your original form, it just means before using Wild Shape, including the item (and spell ...


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The D20 Pathfinder SRD Monsters DB has a spreadsheet of Pathfinder creatures, which you can use to search by type, size, whether the creature can fly/climb/burrow/swim, and so on. The spreadsheet includes columns for useful things like special attacks, climb/fly/swim/movement speeds, and which senses the creature has. It's worth keeping perhaps three to ...


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Gaining an animal companion wasn't a thing druids could do any better than any other class in 2nd Edition, at least not without using kits* and other options from non-core books.† (This was more the province of 2e rangers, who acquired animal companions instead of human followers at higher levels.) To get an animal companion in 2e as a druid you had to do ...


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In all cases the answer is of the druid, because those attributes (Cha, HD) are not altered by wild shape. I think you may be missing the profoundly different way polymorphs work in Pathfinder. The druid's wild shape ability works like the beast shape spell. And the beast shape spell is a polymorph effect. Read polymorph carefully. While these spells ...


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Play the druid as is, it looks fine. To improve AC: Take the bear companion (has an aura, any ally in the aura gets +2 power bonus to all defenses Level 1 Primal Guardian class feature: Use Con for AC Use a light shield (Noted by Peter Seckler)


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It’s rare for a druid to ever have to push their animal companion. They receive many bonuses to Handle Animal, and it’s usually assumed that the druid has had a lot of time with the animal companion, plenty in which to teach it many tricks. Total Tricks: not just 1 An animal companion starts out with one bonus trick, over an above however many that animal ...


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Character creation in 4E can be a tricky business when you're trying replicate a particular flavour that isn't directly supported by one of the classes. You have to remember that re-flavouring is your friend. The best way to approach character creation is to realize that classes in 4E are less about their flavour, and are more just fighting styles. Decide ...


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There are a number of items that fit into a "Companion" item slot. You can see a listing of them by checking the online compendium, selecting Items and then in the drop down below selecting "Companions" and hitting "Filter". They start at L4 and my understanding is that they are designed for beast companions. This is not exactly armor, however there are ...


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Don't forget Sentinels get shields (unlike the standard druid..) This is something I'd also leave to feats to handle: Hide Armor Expertise: While wearing hide armor, you can gain a +2 bonus to AC instead of using your Dexterity or Intelligence modifier to determine your AC. You could bump the shield up from light to heavy with another feat.


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No, in D&D 3.5, animal companions do not grow in size due to bonus HD. It does not clearly state this in the core rules but is explicitly stated in a Skip Williams rules article on animals on Wizards's site. Like many things, this was improved in Pathfinder, where specific size increases are defined per animal companion type explicitly in the rules.


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I would personally rule against it. The traditional folklore regarding running water referred to established streams and brooks and had as much to do with the idea of thresholds as it did with the water. Creating a splash of water, even the substantial amount from Create Water or a Decanter of Endless water doesn't create an established channel the way that ...


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The Rules The rules don't address this in much detail. Strictly speaking, the animal is an independent, intelligent creature and should have its own initiative. That means it's going to act on its own in the absence of a Handle Animal command. The DM gets to determine what that means. As you noted, this is no problem if you get to go before the animal ...


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I have not heard of a historical/fictional druid that had a particular ability to change their face. However, this seems like a fairly straightforward extension of the 3.5 Druid's earlier abilities - namely Wild Shape. A 13th-level Druid is an accomplished shapeshifter, they are used to changing their form and flesh into those other than their own. This ...



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