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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 answer is NO, you do not lose your Reaping Mauler class features, and YES, you do lose the benefits of Clever Wrestling. The confusion seems to stem from the Complete Warrior's text describing Prestige Class requirements, something no other book (including the DMG and thus the SRD) details. Meeting Class Requirements: It's possible for a character to ...


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To begin, I have written an enormous discussion of homebrew class design for 3.5. It focuses a considerable amount of attention on prestige classes. I stand by every word in it for Pathfinder as well as 3.5. I consider that answer, more than this one, to be the answer you want to read. But I do want to address Pathfinder specifically: For Pathfinder ...


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The rules for prestige classes follow the rules for normal level advancement. You simply add the BAB (and saves, etc) from the prestige class table to the one from your starting class. Your five levels of fighter give you a +5 BAB, and your first level of Duellist add a +1. Therefore, your BAB is +6. There is no rule that the BAB from your prestige class ...


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The Haste spell seems to be a special exception in this circumstance. The regular version explicitly grants an extra attack in addition to a full attack, which is a full-round action. This Perpetual Options-upgraded Haste permits you to perform a move/standard action explicitly in addition to a full-round action or full attack, which would normally use up ...


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There is nothing similar to Practiced Spellcaster for spells known/per day and highest spell level. Such a feat would probably be overpowered. There are ways to enter mystic theurge without three levels burned on each side, i.e. before 6th level. Normally I am strongly opposed to such “early entry” tricks, but in the case of the mystic theurge, they are ...


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I've been unable to find any official updates for the class (having looked through Dragon Magic, Draconomicon, and Races of the Dragon in addition to online sources), but I think you can make a few inferences from its design to find suitable additional dragons. The class fluff references 'dragons' at several points. Presumably, they refer to 'True Dragons' ...


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When levels in a prestige class stack with levels in a base class for purpose of determining the effects of a given class feature, calculate the benefit of the class feature as if the character had a number of levels in the base class equal to the character's number of levels in the base class plus the number of levels it has in the prestige class. The only ...


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Assuming normal entry, there is nothing that makes Mystic Theurge worth your while, as KRyan noted already. Assuming early entry via, say, Sanctum spell (or something) you only lose 1 level at each side, but Mystic Theurge ends too soon: after wiz1/arch1/MT10 you don't get to dual-progress anymore. Not that you hadn't any good single-progression choices ...


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The best choice to stay in a monk-role would be to use the "Tome of Battle" class Swordsage for all monk levels, specifically the "unarmed variant". Otherwise, Monk is one of the worst classes in the game. The best choices are to get out of it as soon as possible... unfortunately a Monk 10 is pretty hard to fix. The best choice is probably grabbing some ...


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Both existing answers cover Soulbow pretty well. It’s fairly mediocre, but it has its schtick. It makes one of the better archers in the game (archery is bizarrely under-supported), and you can achieve a fairly impressive degree of Single Ability Dependency as mentioned by Jeor. The Soulknife, on the other hand, is awful. The Soulknife’s primary ...


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Nothing prevents a character from taking multiple prestige classes, as long as the character can meet all the prerequisites for all of them. Depending on the combination of abilities gained, it is even possible to use one prestige class to meet the prerequisites for another. The 3e version of Dragonlance even has a trio of prestige classes that depends on ...


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Yes, you can. The Stealth rules have always been a hot mess , it's quite hard to state them in legalese-complete terms. Normal folks have been letting rogues sneak attack from Stealth for some time. However, the newest Stealth errata and clarifications make this RAW now. See the Stealth description on the PRD, which has been amended to add Breaking ...



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