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Your GM is correct. Until you are higher level you are not able to cast higher level spells. The entire point of prestige class entry requirements is to gate entry to more experienced characters, and your interpretation basically reduces to just saying "an arcane spellcaster" which if that's what they meant, it's what they'd say. You need to actually be ...


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There's a factor you missed out on: the square-cube law. As Wikipedia describes it: When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier and its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier. Let's consider the implications of this for a moment with a cube of water: it ...


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Your DM is WRONG. Iterative attacks in 3.5 are purely a function of increasing attack bonus. For every 5 points, you gain another attack. Thus, when you reach a BAB of +6, you can, with a full attack action, make two attacks at +6/+1. At +11, you can make three attacks, at +11/+6/+1. With regard to stacking, the D20 SRD is quite clear: A base attack ...


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The Dungeon Master’s Guide sheds some light on why all assassins, as written, are Evil In the Dungeon Master’s Guide, the assassin prestige class isn’t just for someone who kills for hire, but rather quite specifically for a member of a (fairly generic) “Assassin’s Guild,” and that guild requires that you kill someone for no other reason than to enter the ...


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I’m going to answer “how do I combine Dervish with Lightning Maces,” rather than specifically how to get a slashing mace. Aptitude Special Ability The aptitude special ability from Tome of Battle can be applied to a weapon to cause feats that are specifically for another weapon to apply to the weapon with aptitude. It is likely that the ...


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Warlock Prestige Class Eligibility Basically, there are three rules: Spell-like abilities have Caster Levels, and therefore things that require a particular Caster Level can be met with a spell-like ability that has sufficient Caster Level. Warlock invocations are specifically arcane, which means they can also meet requirements for Arcane Caster Level. ...


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According to the srd, no, taking a prestige class does not cause an XP penalty. To grab the quote: Taking a prestige class does not incur the experience point penalties normally associated with multiclassing.


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No, because the requirement for the class is having the feat, not being able to use it. You only need to meet a feats prerequisites to acquire it, so increasing in size does not mean you lose the feat -- you simply cannot benefit from it. About feat prereqs: Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, feat, skill, base attack ...


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The Beloved of Valarian, as you have noticed, isn’t really intended for Paladins. You can get in (and wind up with both a unicorn and another mount, which could itself be a unicorn), but you don’t progress any of those abilities, which means stagnating your Smite, your spells, and that mount that you’re interested in. Really, the class is ...


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There's No Limit to the Number of Prestige Classes a Character Can Take... ...That is, if the character qualifies for the prestige classes. A character who qualifies for multiple prestige classes can take levels in multiple prestige classes. In fact, it's often a good idea to do exactly that so you end up playing the kind of character you want. The DM can ...


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No. Funnily enough, it comes down to this line. and the archer can only have one such arrow in existence at a time. This makes the arrow a limited-use magical effects that you used to enhance that particular attack. which means the Slaying ability of the arrow is not duplicated by Arrow Eruption. The intent is clear and would disallow this, and ...


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No. You can't take the feats granted by your new level until you choose a class, and you need those to qualify for the class. More generally, the level you're taking can't satisfy the requirements for the new class you're taking. Player's Handbook page 6 details the steps of character creation. The very first one is choosing race and class, while choosing ...


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20th-level cleric spellcasting is optimal You may not want 20 levels of the cleric base class. You absolutely want to cast as a 20th-level cleric does, however. That means no other base classes, and only prestige classes that offer “+1 level of existing (divine) spellcasting class” at every level that you take. Aside from spellcasting, cleric level only ...


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Skill Point Cost: Only current class’s class skills From Skills Summary Each skill point you spend on a cross-class skill gets your character ½ rank in that skill. Cross-class skills are skills not found on your character’s class skill list. From Player’s Handbook pg. 60. Skill points must be spent according to the class that the ...


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Mystic Theurge is a Trap (assuming you enter as the expected Wizard 3/Archivist 3) Gaining 13th-level Archivist spellcasting is not worth three lost Wizard levels, and gaining 13th-level Wizard spellcasting is not worth three lost Archivist levels (actually, the situation at 20 is better than at most levels because you have 17th level on one side and ...


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1. How does this work against creatures with darkvision considering they can see perfectly in dim light? It works exactly the same for several reasons. Firstly the Shadowdancer isn't even ~in~ the area of dim light, they're standing in plain sight so normally anyone could see them. Secondly the shadows aren't what are hiding the shadowdancer, the shadows ...


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D&D is a game of exceptions. You must use your Str modifier to hit with a melee weapon, unless you're wielding a light weapon and you have the Weapon Finesse feat. Weapon Finesse only works with light weapons, but there are some weapons that explicitly work as if they were light only for Weapon Finesse purposes (like the rapier). Your full round ...


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Some characters with a lot of prestige classes are overpowered. Some single-class characters are overpowered, too. Having more or fewer prestige classes says nothing about your overall power level, it’s all about which base and prestige classes. So you can’t say something like, “oh, he’s got five prestige classes; he must be overpowered,” because that’s ...


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RAW: Ambiguous The rules are not clear on what, exactly, constitutes an “arcane spellcasting class” or a “divine spellcasting class,” probably because initially it was obvious. By default, assassins, bards, sorcerers, and wizards were the arcane spellcasting classes, blackguards, clerics, druids, and paladins were the divine ...


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It is from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystra_%28Forgotten_Realms%29 http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Chosen_of_Mystra It is not a prestige class. It is a template. It is published in the campaign setting book.


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By RAW, only leveling. Base Attack Bonus is a class feature, and it changes when you gain a level in some class. Though there are prestige classes that advance spellcasting AND base attack bonus simultaneously, for example Eldritch Knight. Take a look around, there should be more of them, at least in 3.5 there were. You also might want to adapt Battle ...


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That I am aware of, there is no official template If there was, it'd be in The Book of Vile Darkness, or else one of the Fiend Folios. I'm sad to say that I don't believe there's a template that mirrors Saint in terms of flavor or mechanics. But... I can propose some adjustments for you. Try doing this to the Saint template: Requirements: Swap the ...


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First of all, the Prestige Class Tier List is not nearly as widely-ascribed-to as JaronK’s base class one. For one thing, it is much harder to judge a prestige class (especially ones that can vary so much depending on how you enter), and for another there are just so many more of them. Take the Shadowsun Ninja. For a Monk, it’s a dramatic step ...


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I'm not a native English speaker, so downvote me if I'm wrong, but I understand able as something that can be done. A newborn bird has wings, but he is not able to fly until he fully develops them, and learns how to. More complex example: a plane is not able to fly if the fuel tank is empty, until it is refuelled. But as I said, I'm not a native speaker, so ...


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BAB, Hitpoints, Saving Throws, and skill points from classes always add, they don't overlap. So you get the +5 BAB from your Paladin class levels, and the +1 BAB from the Hell Knight Commander level, to have a BAB of +6/+1 (i.e. BAB of 6 and that triggers the 'second attack at 6 BAB' rule, so you get another attack on a full attack action, at -5 to hit - so ...


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Taking a prestige class in PF works the exact same way as normal multiclassing. You add the stats for your levels in one class to those of the other class. A character with 5 levels of Paladin and 1 level of Hell Knight Commander has a Base Attack Bonus of +6.


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Yes. The rules in the DMG don't mention this, but the ones in Complete Warrior and complete Arcane both do. You can make an argument from RAW that the PrC rules in Complete Warrior and Complete Arcane only apply to those specific books, despite the FAQ answering questions based entirely on those rules. But as for intent, it seems pretty clear. If a ...


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You can cast polymorph, polymorph any object, shapechange, and divine power. You are not likely to have any trouble whatsoever in the melee department; you’re definitely going to do it better than, say... barbarian, bard, duskblade, fighter, favored soul, hexblade, knight, marshal, monk, ninja, paladin, ranger, rogue, samurai, scout, spellthief, or ...


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Some prestige classes, like Abjurant Champion, advance specific features of the base class (in this case, spellcasting). From Abjurant Champion, emphasis added: At each level, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in an arcane spellcasting class to which you ...


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“Able to cast” and “Ability to cast” are identical under the rules There is no difference between the wording of these prerequisites. Both refer to the ability to cast a spell of the required level (as in, you can actually cast the spell and have its effect take place), as a spell (Spell-like Abilities don’t usually count), and ...



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