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Some creatures explicitly cast spells as an Nth-level $class, such as Nymphs. What happens if such a creature takes class levels in that class? Do the class levels stack, are separate spell lists generated as though a different spell casting class had been taken, or what?

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Unless otherwise noted, you can assume racial casting levels stack. You'll find the rule to that effect, among other places, in the section on monster advancement here:

If the creature possesses class features (such as spellcasting or sneak attack) for the class that is being added, these abilities stack.

It's worth noting that this only applies for spellcasting; spell-like abilities are, unless otherwise noted, cast at a set level. If no caster level is given, then you can refer to the general rules on spell-like abilities, which defaults to the class level they are gained at. For monsters, the default caster level is instead equal to their hit dice.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ooh, good point. I'll add that to the answer. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 6, 2017 at 14:37

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