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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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It's All Guesswork Lord Rock's only contribution to D&D Wiki is the draconic champion prestige class. That makes determining the intent of his prestige class's requirements pretty much impossible. But I'm willing to speculate. The campaign in which this prestige class would meet with DM approval is highly optimized, probably with PCs using Tier 1 or 2 ...


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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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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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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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Strictly speaking, no. In fact, strictly speaking, a Fighter 16/Justice of Weald and Woe 2 could not take Weapon Specialization as his 18th-level feat. The rules text in question: Use your justice level when determining whether you meet a prerequisite of a minimum fighter level. Not “you may” or “you can,” but a directive. And ...


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Stealth during an attack: no, and it wouldn’t help much anyway During the attack, you cannot use Stealth. That is, for the moment of the attack, your Stealth breaks, and you lose its benefit (which is that you were treated as having Concealment). Concealment is purely defensive and doesn’t improve your attack or damage in any way, so this barely ...


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There's no "Class Construction Guide" or anything like it. It's not something you can really do by adding features worth X points each, as there will always be certain combinations that create overpowered/underpowered choices. That's why they're designed "by eye" and then tweaked over a period of playtesting. Generally, you rely on playtesting to achieve ...


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There are no prestige class creation rules for Pathfinder. Keep in mind that Paizo stuff tends to have more archetypes for full classes; prestige classes are reserved for actual prestige orgs in the game - like joining the Red Mantis Assassins or the like. Something you want to just always be - like your witch doctor example - is usually instead represented ...


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There is no such thing, and that's the main drawback of being a theurge. There is, however, a way to need way less levels of at least one of the two entry classes, which is becoming able to cast divine spells as arcane spells or vice-versa. This way (which you can obtain with feats such as Southern Magician or Alternative Spell Source) you need to get three ...


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Quick answer: No. Longer answer: There is nothing that either gives them the ability to craft shields, or that classifies shields as a "suit of armor". However it could be a reasonable houserule for following reasons: The DR wouldn't stack, nothing OP in there It fits thematically and reasonably well There is a a similar precedence in Craft skill, where ...


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It is completely possible if not encouraged The primary barrier to entry for prestige classes are the requirements. Thus if you have the (usually) 6+ ranks in certain skills or have advanced through a class enough to have the required class abilities, BAB, or Saves, you have earned the right to enter the prestige class upon reaching your next level. So if ...



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