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Questions tagged [archetype]

In several editions of D&D, archetypes are specialization paths within a base class intended to evoke a specific flavor and/or playstyle.

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How does the Weapon Champion's Favored Weapons feature interact with the Daisho Expertise feat?

The Daisho Expertise feat says: Prerequisites: Proficiency with the katana or wakizashi. Benefit: Increase the damage die of katanas and wakizashi you wield by one die step. In addition, you ...
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Can I be a Conjurer Specialist and get Evoker Variant (UA)?

Or I need to be evocation specialist to get the evoker variant. I want to be conjurer Specialist but take the Energy Affinity and Energy Substitution. Is it possible?
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Is this homebrew Sky Barbarian subclass balanced against other barbarian paths?

This Sky Barbarian path is loosely based on the Path of the Storm Herald barbarian and the Way of the Four Elements monk. It is designed to give barbarians a way to deal damage on range without ...
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Is my homebrew “Charger” fighter archetype balanced?

I was looking at the mounted fighter subclass and realized that none of them have anything to do with mounted combat. So I decided to make my own subclass and was wondering if I could get some good ...
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How to enter Naga Aspirant class as Samsaran?

I'm interested in the Samsaran race for Mystic Past Life and want to enter Naga Aspirant for the Aspirant’s Bond. The problem is obviously that you need to be a nagaji for that class. I can't take ...
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Is this homebrew pacifistic Life cleric variant balanced compared to official Life clerics?

I have a player who is playing a complete pacifist cleric (please, no comments about how that's a terrible awful horrible idea that ruins D&D; I know it's unpopular, but I find it to be a fun ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flame druid subclass balanced with Circle of the Land druids?

Inspired by a question by Stephanos and tempered by the PEACH process at GiTP, I am asking for a comparison to Circle of the Land druid sub classes for this Druid proposed sub class, homebrew, since ...
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Is this homebrew alternate Way of the Four Elements monk subclass balanced? [closed]

I've created a new version of the Way of the Four Elements monk. I don't have too many friends in the RPG community that could give me some good balance/playability feedback on such a thing, and was ...
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Is this homebrew Circle of Flames/Chaos subclass for druids balanced?

Here is my homebrew Circle of Flames/Chaos subclass for druids: Circle of Flame/Chaos Lore/Calling: Fire burns the forest and out of the ash rises new growth, just like the fire that burns the ...
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Are Moon Druids overpowered at levels 2-6? If so, by how much?

I've been looking at the Moon Druid, and I'm seeing a lot of repeat issues concerning their resources, their health, and their sustainability. Are they too strong in comparison to other classes? If ...
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Do archetypes count as the base class?

Only point I am asking this is for the feat weapon specialization. It has a requirement of fighter level 4. So does that mean only fighters are allowed to take the feat, or are archers, armor masters, ...
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Possible issues of a player switching Bard archetypes randomly with long rests?

One of my players want to play a Bard with multiple-personalities. At every long-rest, the idea is that he randomly wakes up with one of his personalities. Each personality is very different from the ...
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Can a low-level caster attempt to use a Spell Scroll of a spell that isn't on his class's spell list but is on his subclass's list?

A caster can attempt to use a spell scroll of a spell he can't normally cast (DC of 10 + Spell level) if said spell is on his spell list. Some subclasses give access, at certain levels, to spells ...
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Is the Monster Tactician archetype fit for groups?

I am going to be joining a Pathfinder game with four people and i have decided to go with the Inquisitor that has Monster Tactician archetype however the focus of the archetype appears to be for ...
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Is this homebrew Bard College of Midnight balanced, compared to officially published subclasses?

I wanted to play a necromancer, but I wasn't all that thrilled by my options. Wizards obviously make great necromancer, but I was drawn in another direction. A charismatic puppet master, that was my ...
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Can a Druid change Druid circles?

I have a level eight moon druid and would like to maybe change to another type of druid. Can a swap Druid circles ?
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Is this homebrew archetype for Artificer balanced? [closed]

Here's the homebrew Artificer archetype I have created. It is a subclass for the artificer class from Unearthed Arcana: Artificer. Note: The link contains the most recent iteration. The archetype ...
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Is a cartomancer restricted to the hexes listed as complementing the archetype?

Hexes: The following witch hexes complement the cartomancer archetype: evil eye, fortune, misfortune, soothsayer. Major Hexes: The following major hexes complement the cartomancer archetype: ...
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Is there a time limit for a Mauler Archetype to stay in Battle form?

At 3rd level, a mauler familiar gains the Battle Form ability: Battle Form (Su) At 3rd level, a mauler gains the ability to transform into a larger, more ferocious form and back as a standard ...
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Versatile Performance Question

I have a Bard with the Street Performer archetype. The Quick Change ability allows him to take a 20 on a Bluff or Disguise check once per day. Can he use Versatile Performance to make a bluff check ...
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Do any archetypes for non-monk classes get ki powers?

Quite simply, are there any archetypes for non-monk classes that gain ki powers as a monk does? That is, gets powers that are found on the ki power list of the monk (any archetype). Any official ...
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How to explain Bard getting College education suddenly?

I'm a new player who decided to play as a Bard, but I noticed that once you reach level 3, you get to choose a college. How should I explain my character suddenly getting a college education in the ...
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How does one use Diplomacy to influence a crowd?

The party just killed an assassin heading our way. The general townsfolk saw the end of the encounter, and it might have made us look bad. My guy wants to do a bit of public speaking to reshape the ...
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Can you take different archetype options at different levels?

Once you've picked a subclass option at level 3, could you later take a different subclass option, or do you lock into a specialty at level 3 and then run with it for the rest of that class' ...
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Is the Glamour College Bard's Mantle of Inspiration Overpowered?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything a new subclass for Bards is introduced: the College of Glamour. This subclass has a new ability called "Mantle of Inspiration", description follows: At 3rd level, ...
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How could an Eldritch Knight (EK) Learn a 9th level spell? If They could at all?

So I'm level 2 now and as a fighter, I'm close to getting my martial archetype. I am without a doubt picking Eldritch Knight but want to know how he could get at least one spell that is 9th level. How ...
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What happens should a creature with a racial archetype reincarnate?

Related to this question i want to know what happens should a character who has chosen an archetype related to his race reincarnates to some other creature?
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What is a knight?

I have been reading several archetypes and I ran across an archetype called Weapon Bearer Squire whose ability description reads as follows: At 1st level, once per round, a knight can retrieve an ...
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How Does Stacking Multiple Archetypes Work? [duplicate]

So if I were to make a Staff Magus, Magic Warrior, Hex Crafter (all Magus archetypes), would I treat each archetype as a separate class in which to invest level or do they act as though they were all ...
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Can a spell sage wizard meet the spell requirements of magic item creation feats?

Spell Sage Wizard have an ability Study Spell that says : Once per day, a spell sage can spontaneously cast any spell on the bard, cleric, or druid spell list as if it were a wizard spell he knew ...
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How do the Urban Infiltrator archetype and the Heresy inquisition work together?

In Pathfinder, if an inquisitor with a negative charisma mod takes the Urban Vigilante archetype and the Heresy inquisition, does he still add Charisma to bluff, disguise, and diplomacy(per Urban ...
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Do the AL PHB+1 restrictions work on the character's archetype?

For example, I want to make Duergar bard (SCAG and PHB sources). Later, when I get the third level, can I choose bard archetype from XGE?
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Does the primal warden Unstable spellcasting require material components?

The primal warden archetype of shaman has the unstable casting feature A primal warden’s spirit is ever shifting, and the spells it grants the primal warden change from moment to moment. ...
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Calculating AC for a monk/enlightened paladin

Monks get an AC bonus from WIS. The paladin archetype “Enlightened Paladin” from the Inner Sea Combat Guide gains an AC Bonus based off of CHA? Can those stack?
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Is the armorist capstone ability useless on a blaster archetype?

The armorist level 20 ability: Infinite Arsenal (Su) At level 20, you no longer need to spend a spell point to summon equipment. But on the blaster archetype, summon equipment is replaced: ...
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Have the developers given a reason why the ranger has fewer spells than caster archetypes for non-casting classes?

I was just curious why the Designers have the ranger class (a half spell-caster) had less spells known than spell archetypes ie. Arcane Trickster and Eldritch Knight. Both Arcane Trickster and ...
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Would it be unbalanced to allow a ranger to take multiple archetypes as if multiclassing?

I'm DM-ing a game in which one of the players wants to take two ranger archetypes as if multiclassing as a ranger/ranger. The two archetypes would be treated as if they were separate classes and ...
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What are the restrictions on the use of Slayer's Prey?

In the recent book Xanathar's Guide to Everything, there are some subclasses/archetypes added for Rangers, among them the Monster Slayer (p. 43), which gives some specific helpful features. Hunter's ...
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How can an Urban Druid access the Exploration subdomain?

The campaign setting is urban/city and I want to play a Druid. I want to find a way to make it fit for RP reasons. I found the Urban archetype. The problem I am having is I really want to choose the ...
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How does the Shaman True Spirit Ability for Nature Spirits apply to a Lvl 17 Spirit Summoner

I was looking through Summoner archetypes to decide what my end-goal for my next Pathfinder character would be build-wise, when i stumbled across the Spirit Summoner. I found the concept of my ...
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Do you need a magical bow or arrow for Arcane Shot?

The Fighter archetype Arcane Archer gains the Arcane Shot feature at level 3. It also seems to be the most prominent feature of the archetype. But its description includes this: when you fire a ...
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What teamwork feats work with the Inquisitor (Reaper of Secrets) archetype for a ranged Inquisitor?

I'm creating a crossbow-focused Inquisitor with the Reaper of Secrets archetype. The Reaper of Secrets grants a class feature called Mind-Game Tactics (replacing Solo Tactics) which essentially allows ...
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Sorcerer Origins Vs Archetypes

So I'm in the midst of character creation, and I was looking to see how multi-faceted I can make my character. To give greater potential for stuff later on. I've got a Sorcerer on my hands, and ...
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Which spells does a spellslinger begin with in their spellbook, and which can they cast?

From the Wizard, Spells: Starting Spells (See Spellbooks below): A wizard begins play with a spellbook containing all 0-level wizard spells (except those from his opposed schools, if any; see ...
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How does the Animal Companion Power of a Sacrament Alchemist with Animal Domain work?

The Sacrament Alchemist archetype allows thanks to the Sacramental Cognatogen to temporarily get some domain powers as explained: Instead of providing physical benefits, the sacramental cognatogen ...
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Retraining Archetype

I'm playing a Lv5 Bladebound Magus, and I was thinking of retraining using the Ultimate Campaign Rules and adding the Kensai Archetype. I've figured out the rest of the class except for the diminished ...
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Oathbow conditions with Arcane Archer archetype's arcane shots

The Oathbow magic item says When you make a ranged Attack roll with this weapon against your sworn enemy, you have advantage on the roll. In addition, your target gains no benefit from cover, ...
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How to determine when Ex or Su abilities are dependant on original form when polymorphying?

I have been working on a character concept and I am trying to figure out how some things work together. What I am working on is a druid unchained summoner who is being allowed to use the Synthesist ...
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Can a Beast Rider cavalier take a Charger mount?

The Beast Rider cavalier may take a mount that functions as an animal companion. The companion mount does not gain the Share Spells feature, and instead gains the "Exotic Mount" ability: At 1st ...
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Can a Medium titan fighter wield a Huge bastard sword?

As the title states, I'm wondering whether or not a Medium titan fighter can wield a Huge bastard sword. Rules-as-written states you can wield a weapon one size category larger by staging it up and ...