Questions tagged [alternate-class-feature]

For questions primarily about alternate class features (ACFs), abilities derived from a character's class that are different from the default features. They are typically published as "variants" to allow further customization within a given class by players and DMs, and often replace the corresponding default class features. (See also: the [class-feature] tag.)

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Can you use Favored Foe multiple times on the same creature?

In D&D 5e (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything), if I hit a creature and use the Favored Foe feature to mark it and deal additional damage, would I be able to stop concentrating on the initial mark and ...
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Gloomstalker Umbral Sight Alternative [closed]

We are running an “3 shot” campaign at our table, and I chose to be a Gloomstalker. The problem is that all the enemies at this adventure have blindsight, effectively muting one of the main ...
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How quickly can a Plant Companion of a Druid manifest new abilities through Natural Selection?

The Natural Selection of the Plant Companion ACF reads, in part: Each new ability has a delay in levels between when you select it and when your plant companion gains it. You may select a new ability ...
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Plant Companion questions

I am playing a 4th level Druid, 3rd level Wizard (1D/1W/1W/1W/1D/1D/1D/1AH) combination going into Arcane Hierophant at 8th level through to 17th level. I chose the plant companion from Dragon ...
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Can a multiclass Beguiler/Wizard cast Wizard spells using Beguiler spell slots?

A Wizard can: To learn, prepare, or cast a spell, the wizard must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a wizard's spell ...
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Do spells cast using the Cleric's ACF Spontaneous Domain Casting qualify as casting a domain spell?

Premise This is a viability check for a cleric I am making with plans to move into the Radiant Servant of Pelor PrC. I'm trying to maximize the utility of a class feature and believe I found a non ...
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How does turn order work for the Beast Master ranger's alternative class feature Primal Companion?

Tasha's Cauldron of Everything contains an alternative class feature for the Beast Master ranger that replaces the Ranger's Companion feature (PHB, p. 93). The description of the new Primal Companion ...
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Is my Urban Ranger Class Archetype / Variant balanced?

(Homebrewery Link) Design Considerations I used various Reddit comments, the Pathfinder 1e Ranger Archetype, and the 3.5 UA Archetype as my guides for this class variant. The idea is to use the ...
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Do the feature enhancements/replacements from UA: Class Feature Variants only apply once you've reached the corresponding level in that class?

Most of the options in the Unearthed Arcana - Class Feature Variants begin with: A [classname] has access to the following feature(s). And then follow a general trend of referencing class names, ...
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Is there a way to get Decisive Strike with a non-Monk weapon? [duplicate]

I'm working on a Darth Vader build for a competition. To represent the light saber, I would really like to use mind blade (from the 3.0 Soulknife prestige class, which is actually pretty cool, ...
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What are the audible and physical manifestations of the ability "Lore Song"?

Dungeonscape has an alternative class feature for bards called "Lore Song" (page 8). The key text is: Bardic music serves many purposes, aiding your allies or manipulating your enemies. ...
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What happens if you no longer qualify for a Racial Substitution Level?

Racial Emulation is a lovely little feat that lets changelings (humanoid shapeshifters) count as the race they have changed into for most things, including taking racial substitution levels for that ...
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Do the cool-downs of the Invisible Fist monk alternate class features start when the ability begins, or when it ends?

Invisible Fist (Exemplars of Evil, p. 21) is a fantastic pair of monk alternate class features, and a pretty good justification for taking 9 levels of monk in a ninja-like character. The 2nd level ...
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Can you wear Bracers of Armor or an Amulet of Natural Armor with Dragonscale Husk?

Dragonscale Husk, from Dragon Magic, is a cool alternate class feature (ACF) for characters with dragon blood and proficiency in heavy armor. It's useful for a lot of reasons: decent defenses that ...
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Decisive Strike and secondary attacks

If my Warforged Monk has the Jaws of Death warforged feat (Races of Eberron, p. 119), which provides a secondary natural weapon, can I use it after Decisive Strike?
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What does the Gnomish Wizard Favored Class Bonus mean by “+1/2” uses per day?

I'm working on creating a character for Pathfinder, he is a gnomish wizard and the "Alternate Favored Class Bonus" says: Select one arcane school power at 1st level that is normally usable a number ...
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Did a sourcebook or other reference source ever contain an error about the uses/day of the Immediate Magic ACF?

Once upon a time, I made a rules error: I believed that the Immediate Magic alternate Wizard class feature (PHB2 p. 68) was usable (3+int bonus) times/day. I was so certain of this that I didn't ...
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Does a single spell count as the ability to cast spells [plural] for prerequisites?

Thanks to an alternate class feature, I've got a Sorcerer who knows one less spell per level of spell, in exchange for the ability to get domain slots like a Cleric. A prestige class I've got my eye ...
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Does minor shape shift qualify for warshaper?

Does minor change shape, as in the changeling ability or the shaper psion ACF, qualify a character for the warshaper prestige class?
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For Shapeshift Variant Druids, what happens to gear worn by the new form?

The Shapeshift variant druid from Player's Handbook II, pp39-41, replaces wild-shape and animal companion features with a swift action shapeshift into different forms, with different capabilities. ...
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Does the Sniper Archetype of the slayer get a talent at level 2?

The PFSRD does not mention it being replaced by the level 2 ability, but HeroForge does not give me the level 2 talent.
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Replacement for a Samurai Mount in a Dungeon-Crawler

With some friends of mine, I play pathfinder in a dungeon-crawler way (a bit inspired by the phenomenal game Darkest Dungeon, so the heroes venture into dungeons to gain treasure and rebuild a town, ...
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Does metamagic specialist let you quicken spells?

The metamagic specialist (PHB2, 61) lets you cast metamagic'd spells at normal casting time, but there is a particular phrase in the description that confused me: This benefit even lets you quicken ...
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Is there a way for an oracle to gain or take a revelation from a mystery not his own?

At least two oracle mysteries contain revelations letting an oracle use his Charisma modifier instead of his Dexterity modifier to compute his AC (the mystery lore has the revelation sidestep secret ...
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Monk ACFs, substitutions, or variants that trade in the default AC bonus?

In an amusing (to me anyway) reversal of my previous question, I have a character who is taking a single level of monk for the purposes of bonus feats. This character has Wisdom 8 and wears (light) ...
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What are the upsides of Changeling Wizard's Dual Specialization ACF?

I'm looking at building a Changeling Wizard for a new campaign. While I'm likely to still take at least the first level of the racial substitution for the delicious skills, I'm less sold on the Dual ...
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