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Questions tagged [character-advancement]

The process by which a character gains competence upward or laterally.

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Does a Ranger's animal companion level up when multiclassing?

I'm currently playing a level 4 ranger and I'm thinking about multi-classing. I want to know if my animal companion gains a level when I take a level that isn't in Ranger? Thank you for helping.
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In Out of the Abyss, characters are supposed to be level 15 by the last chapter; how can I get them there via milestone levelling?

I'm still running Out of the Abyss, and we're currently half way through Chapter 9: Mantol-Derith. The party is level 9 now (awarded as we transitioned between Chapter 8 and Chapter 9). As we ...
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What prestige classes will make a cc sorcerer less killable? [closed]

I created a tainted sorceress npc as a friend of one PC. Shes a human sorcerer 4/tainted sorcerer 2 specializing in crowd control and nonlethal damage spells. She is neutral, but because of taint her ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Me and a few of my group members came to a disagreement about when racial stat bonuses apply. I believe that your racial ability score increases are only applied once at character creation. However, ...
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Do Vigilantes also get Feats, or only Talents?

Vigilantes get "social talents" at every other level (1st, 3rd, etc) and Vigilante Talents in between (2nd, 4th, etc) do they still take feats on top of this? Edit: Thanks for all the replies, two ...
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Is there a mechanism for gaining proficiencies or skill improvements in play?

So if in play, my character spends a lot of time trying to learn a new skill, or a new language, or learn how to use a tool, is there a mechanic for adding that on the sheet? Or does 5E streamline ...
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Is there a mathematical formula to determine how much XP is needed per level?

Is there a mathematical formula to determine how much XP is needed per level? In other words Is there a consistent formula for determining how much XP is needed to go up to any given level? I ...
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In Adventurers League, can you finish a module you started if you leveled out of it?

Here's a situation: Bob plays a 4 hours Adventurers League Tier 2 adventure with a level 10 character, but due to unforeseen time constraints, the module cannot be completed (only 3 hours in, for ...
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Leveling up NPCs in Out of The Abyss

I am about to run Out of the Abyss for the first time and was wondering about how I should manage the NPCs that escape with the party from Velkenvelve. My goals for them are as follows: the NPCs... ...
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How can my PC meet the requirements for legendary dreadnought?

My PC is a tiefling fighter 16 (hence ECL 17) that wants to enter the prestige class legendary dreadnought (Epic Level Handbook 33–4). However, standing in my PC's way is the prestige class's ...
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Can you switch which favored class bonus you take on each level up?

As pointed out in the answer to this question, a half-elf can choose the favored class bonus from the typical +1 hp or +1 skill point, or take any of the racial favored class bonuses offered to a half-...
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How do ability scores increase in the playtest?

The Pathfinder Playtest for 2E has the following in the section about ability scores: When your character advances to 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th levels, she receives ability boosts in four ...
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What to do when a PC’s Story ties heavily into another’s?

A Story and its Steps are mechanics in 7th Sea 2nd edition’s character advancement system. I have a problem with how to manage this mechanic when players choose Stories that interact. Two of my ...
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Do the numbers from a prestige class replace or add to your base class numbers?

I've played before but never long enough for me to get to try to prestige. I'm trying to figure out how to go about prestiging my character. I understand you need to meet the requirements. For example ...
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MultiClassing and Gaining Abilities on Level up

I currently play a level 9 multiclassed Rogue/Hexblade and one sentence in the Rogue's Expertise confused me a little. It says that at level 6 I gain Expertise with another 2 skills. Is the 6th level ...
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In D&D 3.5e, how strong is the “average player character” through the game? [closed]

I know this will obviously vary between groups, but when running playtests and calculating the CR of monsters, the developers must have calculated "average player characters". So, two important ...
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Can I increase my intelligence from a Headband Of Intellect?

2 sessions ago, my wizard found a headband of intellect, and used it to up his spells. Your Intelligence score is 19 while you wear this headband. It has no effect on you if your Intelligence is ...
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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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Clarification required between Spells Known and Spell Slots

I am struggling to understand how exactly a player learns new spells. Let's take for example the Ranger class. At level one he doesn't get any spell or cantrips. At level two he gets to learn 2 ...
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How is the formula for a player's base number of attacks per turn calculated?

I've seen a lot of questions about how many Attacks a player character in 5e can make in a single round, but I'm curious about what formula is used to simply calculate how many weapon attacks a ...
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From a narrative standpoint, how can I justify that a character learns trained-only skills while adventuring? [closed]

Mechanically, if the level-up happens while the party is out adventuring, nothing prevents any character from advancing any of the existing skills by a number of ranks. That means that the low-...
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Can a rogue multiclass into druid?

My young son is stuck playing a 4th level rogue when he really wants to play a druid. He inherited the character from me when he joined the game and the GM is saying he can't swap* (the same GM who ...
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Can you roll for HP at levelup in Adventurers League?

Are you allowed to roll for your hit points when gaining a level in Adventurers League,or do you have to take the fixed value? A DM I played with today told me I had to use the fixed value, but I ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight retrain cantrips known?

Related to this question, but not the same since these classes have a different wording. For an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight the replacing spells option is not listed under Spells Known of 1st ...
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Can certain classes replace cantrips with other spells when they level up?

Many classes: bard, ranger, sorcerer, and warlock have this type of text in their Spellcasting or Pact Magic feature under Spells Known of 1st Level or Higher: Additionally, when you gain a level ...
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How do I determine how many spells a character learns per level?

I'm a new DM and I have a relatively simple question that I can't seem to find a good answer to: How do I determine how many spells a character gets to learn upon leveling up? For example: The table ...
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My Ash Druid isn't as helpful in combat as I'd hoped. How can I change her to contribute better?

I recently made my first spellcaster in Pathfinder. She’s a Druid. Admittedly I made her pretty poorly. I went with the ash subdomain from the fire domain instead of having a companion (which I was ...
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How can one qualify for the Imperishable Body ability?

The Enlightened Scholar class has this particular class menu ability: Note: I'll break down the requirements in bullet points, so its easier to refer to them. the bold faced ones are in the class ...
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Is there a 1 hit point minimum each level?

It came up in a game after we leveled that you always gain at least 1 hp when you level up, even if you have a negative con which would cause you to lose hp for that level. But I can't find it ...
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Do Eidolons gain levels and feats?

Do Eidolon's gain class levels and feats as their summoner becomes stronger or do they just have access to evolution points to get stronger?
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Do all PCs get Milestones at the same time?

I am reading the "The Long Game" chapter of the Fate Core System book and one thing is not totally clear to me. On page 256, when - speaking about minor milestones it is said: Cynere gets a minor ...
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Can PCs really swap ANY skill at a Minor Milestone?

I am reading the "The Long Game" chapter of the Fate Core System book and one thing is not totally clear to me. On page 256, when - speaking about minor milestones it is said: Switch the rank ...
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Is there any way for an intelligent item to gain experience without someone giving up theirs? [closed]

I am planning to play as an intelligent item character but according to the rules an intelligent item needs experience infusion to be able to level up. Are there any alternative rules or feats that ...
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Can all creatures choose between advancing Hit Dice by type and advancing by class when leveling up?

Many creatures advance solely by Hit Dice, while others are a mix of HD and class levels. Many PCs consist solely of class levels, but the Savage Species sourcebook introduced rules for playing and ...
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When gaining a level, can I take a CR+1 Template in place of a Class?

I'm curious about the actual rules regarding templates. In Pathfinder, when I have gained enough XP to level up, can I take a Template of CR+1 in place of a Class level? When I DM, I usually allow ...
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How to level up characters in D&D 5th edition? [duplicate]

I'm a new dungeon master, and I'm looking to find out how to level up my players characters to level 2 after they defeated a few monsters. How would I go about doing this? I have no experience in the ...
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Does the first level of the Agent of the Grave count as a new level gained for its spell progression?

The text of the Agent of the Grave's class feature, "Spells Per Day/Spells Known" reads When a new Agent of the Grave level is gained, the character gains new spells as if he had also gained a ...
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Apostle of Peace committed murder willingly. Now what?

The apostle of peace killed an orc. Willinglly. Justify as you wish that said orc is chaotic evil, that he eats newborn elf babies, whatever. They broke the vows. The vow of peace feat was stripped ...
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Is cleric or sorcerer a “key” class for Gold and Silver dragons?

From the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary, Appendix 2: Monster Advancement, Table 2–4: Monsters with Class Levels, on page 297, we see that class levels in Cleric, Druid, Sorcerer, Wizard are ...
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Do I get a Barrier Ability for overcoming a paired-Energy Barrier?

In Beyonder, when a character levels up, they can spend some Essence to increase one of their Barriers. They gain a Barrier Ability every time they do this. There are also paired-Energy Barriers, ...
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Can anybody give me a simple guide to leveling up a character?

I made a post recently about Lost Mines of Phandelver (5e), and it's safe to say I'm less experienced than a beginner. The characters are level 2 and I looked up how to level up, but since then I've ...
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What happens when you obtain a skill/talent that you already have?

Currently I GM a Black Crusade group. At character creation, it turned out the common lore a player chose as having obtained from their race was obtained also from their archetype. I ruled that she ...
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When a multiclass demihuman reaches max-level in one class, does she need to keep splitting exp?

Suppose a multiclassed elf thief/wizard reaches max level in thief (14th, 880,000xp), but can still advance pretty far as wizard (with 880,000 she is a 12th-level wizard, and has still 5 more levels ...
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Consequences of stalling 10th level progression

In Dungeon World you have 3 or 4 choices when you level up while already at the 10th (maximum) level: change classes, take on an apprentice and play both characters, retire and maybe a compendium ...
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How important is it for a spellcaster to increase primary ability scores quickly to 20 to remain at “party level”?

One can increase ability scores at 4th and 8th level, or take a feat instead with the optional rule. Assuming player-characters are built with point-buy rules, one is probably going to start with a ...
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What is it like to play in a campaign with Milestone XP? [closed]

I am currently playing D&D fifth edition with a GM I have never played with before. He will be giving out XP in milestones, so that we will be given XP when we do something specific or reach a ...
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Does a multi-class wild talent gain PSP on each of their classes' level up?

Suppose Zenobia the elven bladesinger was submitted to psionic surgery when she was an infant, and gained a wild power. As a 1st level elf fighter/mage(bladesinger), she has (...) the minimum ...
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How do dual-class humans gain proficiencies beyond their first class?

Similar to How do I calculate proficiency advancement for multiclass characters? - But for dual-classing humans. When a human character dual-classes, do they earn the starting proficiencies of the ...
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How can I balance gradual character advancement for new players vs. trying to keep the PCs at a similar level?

I've been running an Open Table game this summer and it's going pretty well. I normally favor milestone leveling or other forms of keeping all PCs at the same level so I don't have to deal with level ...
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Can I save up spell learning “for later”?

As a level 3 Warlock, I didn't learn any spell at level 2 (mainly because I just couldn't decide which one to pick, so the DM told me to tell him when I make up my mind about which spell I wanted to ...