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More specifically, I'm building a Wizard and I'd like him to have the Perfect Body, Flawless Mind capstone (+8 Int).

I'm planning for him to be a diviner, specialized: Foresight, with the Pact Wizard (HH) archetype (that, as far I can tell, does not replace a wizard's capstone, since a wizard does not have one to begin with), and wonder if it'd still be legal to get the alternative capstone.

Does the natural 20 from Forewarned (Divination school) count as a capstone?

At 20th level, anytime you roll initiative, assume the roll resulted in a natural 20.

If so, am I able to select the alternative capstone in its place (since it's not an archetype)?

If not, could I do it as an universalist?

Relevant reference:

Alternative Capstone Ability

When a character reaches the 20th level of a class, she gains a powerful class feature or ability, sometimes referred to as a capstone. When a character reaches 20th level in this class, the following new ability can be selected instead of the standard 20th level class ability which would normally be gained. In some cases, a capstone specifies what ability it replaces. A character can’t select an alternative capstone if she has previously traded away her class capstone via an archetype. Clerics and wizards can receive a capstone at 20th level, despite not having one to begin with.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ where is your pact wizard published? HH is not an abbreviation I know. Please link to the relevant class of your archetype if possible or tell who is the publisher of the product it is from if it isn't paizo. \$\endgroup\$ – Trish Jun 30 '20 at 18:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Pact Wizard is an archetype that Paizo has published twice, in the Haunted Heroes Handbook (HH, per d20pfsrd) Player Companion and Familiar Folio (FF per d20pfsrd) Player Companion. Haunted Heroes (2016) is the more recent publication. \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Jun 30 '20 at 19:01
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You can*

As a Wizard, you lose nothing to gain an Alternative Capstone. Specifically, from the rules you linked:

Clerics and wizards can receive a capstone at 20th level, despite not having one to begin with.

You can select one applicable Alternative Capstone. There is a better list on the Archives of Nethys Wizard page, which includes your desired one.


*I have not played in a game with Alternative Capstones allowed. I would check with your GM that they're accessible and see if they want you to exchange a class feature despite the text; giving Wizards and Clerics more for free could significantly affect their game balance, especially at the highest level of play.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Never thought to check Nethys' wizard page, this issue seems clearer there. Thank you! \$\endgroup\$ – Matheus Lacerda Jun 30 '20 at 19:20

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