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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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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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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 both race and class, while ...


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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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It's totally legit for a fighter 3/rogue 4/shadowblade 2 to take that next level as fighter, rogue, or shadowblade Generally, after taking one or more levels in any class—base or prestige—, a character can take levels in any classes for which he meets the requirements and that he isn't barred from entering or continuing (e.g. taking one or more levels of ...


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You can enter the class as early as 2nd-level, but doing so is pointless as you have no second class to advance. (Arguably, this could advance one class at double-speed, but that’s a terrible idea even for a high-optimization game.) Thus 3rd is the earliest meaningful level to do it. This is pretty typical early-entry stuff; there’s a whole handbook on ...


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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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There's some fan support for the process the question proposes... This 2014 thread suggests the process proposed in the question, but roots the process's legality in the consensus about various supermount builds (originally, I think, from this 2005 thread but also 2010 and 2012). This 2009 thread and this 2011 thread surrender to the topic at hand rather ...


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Yes, you can by RAW take a second level in Ur-Priest. The requirement of not being able to cast divine spells is a requirement "to become an ur-priest". It is not a prerequisite for taking levels in the prestige class, only for taking the prestige class in the first place.


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10 levels of the Rainbow Servant prestige class from page 54 of Complete Divine allows an arcane spellcaster full access to the Cleric spell list. They can learn and cast any spell from the Cleric spell list as if it was from the Arcane spellcasting class that allowed them entry into Rainbow Servant. Note that these spells still count as Divine spells for ...


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The Wizards of the Coast Web site archives the Prestige Class column "The Swiftblade: Haste Personified." This is the only source for the class. The linked article details the class's requirements, but, just in case, they are also below. Base Attack Bonus: +3. Skills: Concentration 6 ranks, Spellcraft 6 ranks. Spellcasting: Ability to cast haste. ...


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Qualifying for this class This class has 5 piece of prerequisites. BAB: +3. Knowledge (Engineering) 8 ranks Profession (Pilot) 6 ranks Use Rope 4 ranks. Must possess an airship worth at least 10,000 gp. The means of acquisition are irrelevant. You may also require levels in certain classes depending on your Captain style chosen. All of these ...


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Wikipedia actually has a page that seems to list all of them and their locations: List of prestige classes.


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For a rainbow servant into radiant servant of the burning hate, a 1 level sacred exorcist dip is your best bet. The comprehensive forum post by widow says: grants turn/rebuke undead - anything that grants turning generally stacks Cleric 1 Paladin 4 Blackguard 3, ecl, command or rebuke only Sacred Exorcist 1, ecl 8, Complete Divine, turn only ...


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It means that your character's spells per day and spells known continue to increase on the same level schedule as one of the classes they already took that qualifies for the prestige class, as though each level of the prestige class was a level of that class. It's only for the listed purposes, though: you don't automatically get e.g. Celestial Mount upgrades ...


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This is a rules loophole, that I think many DMs would see as abusing the rules. If this was intended use, then why bother to write a 3rd level of UT (aside from Tricky Defence)? Just have 2nd level say "You get all skill tricks as favourite tricks, plus one effective level of another class". (likewise for Legacy Champion)


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Classes Five classes stand out to me as ideal choices for entry to warshaper. Pugilist Fighter Pugilist is a variant fighter from Dragon vol. 310. It gains Improved Unarmed Strike, slightly increased unarmed strike damage (but it doesn’t scale like the monk’s), the Endurance feat, and then one other feat (or special “Pugilist ...


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Chet Eretz’s Prestige Class Index lists almost all prestige classes up to February 2008; this wouldn’t be too helpful on its own, as more complete lists exist, but, the index also categorizes the prestige classes. For examples: Weapon Specialists — Unarmed Strike Crane Shen (p. 31) – unarmed combatant that mimics a crane by moving fast & blocking ...


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Dweormerkeeper is one of the most powerful prestige classes in the game. Assuming you enter without losing spellcaster levels (using tricks to get around the dual-spellcasting requirement, which isn’t hard), very, very few things can keep up with it. Is that unacceptable? In my games, yes. In yours? Probably. There are a few other classes that are similar ...


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Mechanically speaking, there is no problem. Other than potentially the requirement of having to kill someone for no reason, which is hard for a Good or Neutral person to meet. (But can easily be waived as well) Classes are generally balanced around their mechanics and there is no "extra power" granted for alignment restrictions. In fact, many classes with ...


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It's not that bad... With no range listed, the the prestige class blighter's supernatural ability blightfire has a range of 0 ft., therefore centered on a crosshairs adjacent to his space. This means the blighter will be affected by his own blightfire effect.1 But, assuming no shenanigans, the blightfire's effect deals only an average of 17.5 points of ...


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All ranged weapons have a maximum range; beyond this, targets are out of range, and within, they are in range. That is what the arcane archer is referring to. And yes, it is the same in 3.5 and Pathfinder. Gamemastering > Combat > Ranged Attacks (PF), Combat > Actions in Combat > Ranged Attacks (D&D 3.5) The maximum range for a thrown weapon is five ...


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Variants are generally not fully developed rules, more akin to fairly comprehensive idea suggestions. You are always going to have to massage variants a bit more than other rules to get them to fit; supplements written after the variant, for example, will almost-never take that variant into account (though it may consider earlier supplemental material, and ...


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There are lots, too many to list here, and it will depend on which books the game has available for use and if things like LA are allowed. There is a (mostly complete) list or races available here (pdf) along with book references. There is also a similar index available for base classes here that also includes variants.


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Yes, with a caveat: Magic Ammunition and Breakage: When a magic arrow, crossbow bolt, or sling bullet misses its target, there is a 50% chance it breaks or is otherwise rendered useless. A magic arrow, bolt, or bullet that successfully hits a target is automatically destroyed after it delivers its damage. For Arrow Eruptions: You create exact ...


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Arcane Disciple doesn’t let you cast spells of any level you couldn’t otherwise You may learn these spells as normal for your class The nar demonbinder does not normally learn any 1st-level spells. Arcane Disciple does not give you free spells known, it just adds them to your spell list so that you can select them as normal. I suppose one could argue ...


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First, this is a homebrew class Note that this is not an official class; you will need to talk to your DM about that. dandwiki.com has a notorious reputation for poor homebrew, but this one seems reasonable enough; a bit on the weak side, but not awfully so for a rogue. There is an official class with similar stylings in Explorer’s Handbook, the windwright ...


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I am reasonably confident that the answer is no. In the fluff, Siberys Dragonmarks are rare and strange beasts indeed, almost-randomly appearing, in people who previously had no mark at all. The one candidate that came to mind, the cataclysm mage of Explorer’s Handbook, does not do so. Its Dragonmark Secret allows a 10th-level cataclysm mage to manifest ...


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There is an infamous feat in Complete Arcane called Precocious Apprentice which gives you one 2nd-level Arcane spell (and only one) which you can take as you take your 1st-level in an Arcane spell-casting class (such as Wizard). The qualification for Mystic Theurge reads: To qualify to become a mystic theurge, a character must fulfill all the following ...



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