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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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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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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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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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The DC for Poison is a formula. The static value listed in a monster's stat block is a convenience so that GMs don't have to calculate it themselves. From the d20 SRD: The Fortitude save DC against a creature’s natural poison attack is equal to 10 + ½ poisoning creature’s racial HD + poisoning creature’s Con modifier (the exact DC is given in the ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The implementation of that line is entirely up to your GM. Tho only other mention of that phrase that I can find in the Pathfinder rules is in a 3rd-party Shaman class, which has the same restrictions that druids do. This works similarly to the paladin's code. While the paladin's code specifically calls out a few examples of things that will break the ...


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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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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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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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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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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 recommend a few Blessed Bandages (Magic Item Compendium, page 152). Applying one immediately stabilizes a dying target. As for your proposed solutions: Don't spend a feat on Spell Penetration. While Druids are usually not particularly feat-starved, Spell Penetration is a feat that benefits relatively few Druid spells and isn't all that powerful to begin ...


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No, they can't. Emphasis mine: Swarm Subtype: A swarm is a collection of Fine, Diminutive, or Tiny creatures that acts as a single creature. First, while a swarm may act as a single creature, it isn't one. Second, you wouldn't Wild Shape into either a Small or Medium creature. So, per rules-as-written, you cannot Wild Shape into a swarm. However, ...


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I'd use custom items to accomplish this. First is an item to allow your aquatic animal to walk: Belt of Piscine Endowment Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th Slot belt; Price 30,000 gp; Weight 1 lb. DESCRIPTION When above water, this belt seems to be made of sharkskin. When below water, it seems to be made of the skin of a furry mammal. ...


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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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