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In Pathfinder 2e, some classes have access to a focus pool. Each pool has a certain number of focus points, which can be used to cast spells.

I'm playing a champion and intending on making extensive use of focus spells. My focus pool has a maximum value of 3. What is the lowest level that I can have a focus pool of 3?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Notable - doesn't change the question or the answer, but is useful to know: unless you have other abilities which let you regain multiple focus points at once, you can only regain 1 focus point per combat (you can only regain if you've spent a focus point since you last regained) \$\endgroup\$ – Delioth Oct 21 at 14:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Where does the "regain 1 focus point per combat" thing come from? Refocusing takes 10 minutes; I can't imagine doing that in combat! \$\endgroup\$ – indigochild Oct 21 at 15:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's not that you do it in combat, it's that the refocus activity has a prerequisite that you have spent 1 focus point since you last regained focus points. So if you have 3 points, and you spend all 3 in one fight, you'd refocus to gain 1 back and then wouldn't be able to refocus until you spend that 1. With 3 points in your pool you have a bigger buffer, but you can only consistently use one per fight with 10 minutes of refocusing between fights. \$\endgroup\$ – Delioth Oct 21 at 15:39
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As a champion, you can get a focus pool of 3 at level 6 by taking multiclass archetype feats. One possible path:

  • Level 1: Devotion Spells champion class feature, getting one focus point.
  • Level 2: Monk Dedication feat.
  • Level 4: Basic Kata feat, granting the Ki Rush or Ki Strike feats, which grant a second focus point.
  • Level 6: Litany Against Wrath feat, granting a third focus point.

The text of Ki Rush and Ki Strike says they grant a focus pool with one point, but the Focus Points from Multiple Sources sidebar makes it clear that this will increase the size of an existing focus pool.

You can swap out the monk dedication for any other multiclass archetype to a class which has a level 1 or 2 feat which grants a focus point.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The devotion spells champion class feature provides a focus pool of 1 at level 1. If you include that, does this build get to 3 focus points at level 4 when you take Ki Rush or Ki Strike? \$\endgroup\$ – indigochild Oct 21 at 15:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @indigochild That's an error on my part - the initial FP comes from that feature, not from the feat. I got it confused with the cleric domain feat which does grant FP. Thanks for noticing. I've edited my answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Snoof Oct 21 at 21:05

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