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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Elemental Savant is from Complete Arcane. Their tenth level capstone power Elemental Perfection reads: Elemental Perfection: At 10th level, an elemental savant, through long association with elemental entities and extensive study of their secrets, completely transcends her mortal form to become an elemental creature. Her type changes to elemental. ...


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I'd argue the answer is no, Plane Shift is not affected and is still usable. The Druid restriction says this: A druid who wears prohibited armor or carries a prohibited shield is unable to cast druid spells or use any of her supernatural or spell-like class abilities while doing so and for 24 hours thereafter. The wording says Druid spells and ...


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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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I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? You can multiclass with any race, and you are never limited in the number of different classes that you can take. In Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, which Pathfinder is based on, you took an XP penalty for having more than one base class unless they ...


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You purchase the skills according to the description of the class in which you are advancing. You are indeed gaining proficiency as a Rainbow Servant and not a Wizard. Therefore you should treat Knowledge (Religion) as a cross-class skill in the scope of this level-up. There is though an exception regarding the maximum skill you could reach, but it does ...


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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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The main problem with Soulbow is that the projectile is always fired from mundane longbow (Complete Psionic, p36): The bolt is identical in all ways (except visually) to an arrow shot from a composite longbow. For instance, a Medium soulbow materializes an arrow that speeds toward the specified target, and if it hits, deals 1d8 points of damage ...



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