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Questions tagged [character-advancement]

For questions about character advancement, the process by which a character gains competence upward or laterally.

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When do characters level up?

I'm a new DM with a group of very new players. I've read through the rules and some of the Player's Handbook (I just haven't finished it yet). We are still within the first arc of the campaign and ...
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My players want to grind XP but we're using milestone advancement

I've been running a D&D 5e campaign where the levelling up has been done at certain landmark points or milestones. Regardless of your opinion on that specific system, it's reached a point where ...
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What is the effect of the Feeblemind spell on Ability Score Improvements?

Our Bard had the Feeblemind spell cast on him and failed his save. The battle ended and we gained a level. Feeblemind states that: On a failed save, the creature's Intelligence and Charisma scores ...
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Can you spend access after character creation to improve your character?

I have been looking at the Paranoia: High Programmers book, and I am a bit confused about something. At the start of the game, you can use up access to improve your skills. After creating your ...
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When an injured character gains a level, how are hit points handled?

I'm used to the party having healers, but I'm running a game right now where a character was injured brutally, down to 1 hit point and they made it to an Inn. They healed somewhat while resting and ...
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Can a level 2 Warlock take one level in rogue, then continue advancing as a warlock?

I recently "upgraded" to D&D 5th edition. I decided to play a warlock. However, now I would like to be proficient in Stealth, and a warlock can not have this proficiency. I am Warlock level 2. Is ...
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How do I handle milestones for levels?

I understand the concept behind milestones, and what the DMG recommends. I was planning to use old fashioned XP-per-encounter for my campaign, but the more I read the more I prefer milestones. My ...
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Do hybrid classes get everything from both classes during advancement?

In Pathfinder there are the hybrid classes, e.g. Arcanist, Investigator, etc. Each hybrid class has two parent classes. For example, Arcanist has Wizard and Sorcerer as parent classes. My question ...
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What happens to a Warlock's expended Spell Slots when they gain a Level?

Suppose a Level 6 Warlock has expended both of their Level 3 Spell Slots. Then, upon receiving XP, they gain enough to level up to Level 7. They immediately gain access to their new spell (and their ...
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How do spell lists change if the party levels up without taking a long rest?

I'm playing in a D&D 5e campaign with a bard and a wizard. Our most recent session ended while we were in the middle of exploring a dungeon. The DM informed us that we leveled up from 4 to 5. ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign, is it a problem to have PCs advance above level 5?

I'm currently planning to DM Lost Mine Of Phandelver as my first D&D game, and as explained in this question, I'd like to add more encounters than the scripted ones in the scenario. This led me ...
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Is there really a lack of character customisation options when levelling up? [closed]

One issue I have with D&D 5e is that I feel there's really a lack of options when the character progresses. Don't get me wrong, I like the concept of Bounded Accuracy as it makes room for epic ...
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Is an Elf Fighter 1 different from a Human Fighter 1 in terms of the level-up bonuses?

Is an Elf Fighter 1 different from a Human Fighter 1 in D&D 5e in terms of the level-up bonuses?
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“and that skill is always a class skill for you” - does “always” have any meaning in Pathfinder?

Many traits and (some feats, if my memory is right) have this rule written in them. For example: Trap Finder Benefit(s): You gain a +1 trait bonus on Disable Device checks, and that skill is ...
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Are there any unintended negative consequences to allowing PCs to gain multiple levels at once in a short milestone-XP game?

My recent campaign has been run in arcs of 4 to 6 month, between which we usually change system and rebuild the characters due to using a Work-In-Progress custom system. My players and I have been ...
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Advancement by control? [closed]

I've mostly played D&D in the past, and thus have ample experience with character advancement that is primarily based on increasing power: higher level characters pack a bigger punch (especially ...
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How do I level up my wizard to level 2? [closed]

How do I level up my wizard to level 2? I need answer by today, so please hurry up and come up with an answer cause I am running out of time.
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How much gold do characters and monsters get through the level progression of 21-40? [closed]

How much gold do characters and monsters get through the level progression of 21-40?
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What are the consequences of giving an ASI or feat every 4 character levels instead of every 4 class levels?

I'm trying to figure out why Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition designers decided that ASI or feats would be given every 4 class levels and not every 4 character levels. If I allowed my players to ...
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Is increasing character advancement OK for a campaign on a timeline?

I am currently DMing a campaign with a group of level fours. One of the four characters is much less experienced than the others. I have planned part of my campaign for people who are lv.10+, and ...
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How long does advancing levels take?

Are there any rules about the amount of time level progression takes in Rolemaster Classic? I am trying to work out a time cost for Characters advancing levels whilst events are occurring in other ...
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Can the new Sidekicks system from UA be applied to creatures you create?

In Unearthed Arcana: Sidekicks, the prerequisites for a sidekick template to be applied to a creature are: Its challenge rating must be 1 or lower. The two of you must be friends. If you ...
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Is XP needed to level accumulated or absolute? [duplicate]

In D&D there is the need to gain experience by doing some activities or battles, but that experience obtained is added as a total or by level? For instance, if my character is level 2, 900 xp is ...
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Character's build help: Raptoran Duskblade

I just wanted to know how could I buildup my character for it to be good in the party. Normally, I don't like to multiclass but I've read that we should branch out at 5th or 6th level of duskblade... ...
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Do alternate class skills granted by racial substitution levels stay class skills for later (non-substitution) levels?

I'm trying to make an NPC that's a Fighter(5)/Knight Protector (6). According to the Complete Warrior sourcebook, the requirements for the Knight Protector prestige class are: Base Attack Bonus: +5 ...
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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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How does adding Spells Known and Spell Slots work?

I am struggling to understand how exactly a player learns new spells, let's take for example the Ranger class: At level one they don't get any spell or cantrips. At level two they get 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 ...