Questions tagged [character-advancement]

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How to optimize epic progression for an arcane/divine spellcaster?

My player has decided to play an arcane/divine spellcaster. He has just completed progression of an arcane hierophant and is advancing next 7 levels in mystic theurge class. The campaign will end up ...
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How are ability modifiers affected by leveling?

I'm a new player. I've been poring over the 5e player's handbook, and I don't see this explained anywhere in "Beyond 1st Level" or in the details for my class. I understand when leveling up how hit ...
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In what ways are main characters suboptimal in Order of the Stick? [closed]

A motif of the Web comic Order of the Stick—which largely uses Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 rules—is its subversion of that game's stereotypes. Some commentators suggest that, from an optimzation ...
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When you have Con damage and level up, do you use current or original Con for hit points?

I am running a group in D&D 3.5 and this past Sunday they won a hard fight against some stirges. In winning, they gained enough XP to level up, but during the fight some of them had their ...
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Skipping directly to level 4

I bought a Pathfinder Adventure Path, but the store only had second chapters (presumably everyone only buys the first and never finishes the campaign), which means my PCs are starting at level 4. I ...
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How do Unseen Seer and similar prestige classes affect the spell-casting progression of a character with Assassin levels?

Assassin is prestige class from DMG with 10 levels and arcane spells progression. However, it does not progress arcane spells of existing class, but it has its own spell list and spells progression in ...
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Do animals gain experience and level?

I am running a game for my son and his friends. My son bought a mastiff. I am wondering if the dog should gain experience and advance in levels. I have not thought of how to do this. If the dog ...
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Is the Battle Master Martial Archetype missing a level 18 feature?

I've been reading through fighter martial archetypes, and I am a little confused. As far as I can tell the Battle Master Martial Archetype is missing its level 18 feature, unless they're counting the ...
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How important to game balance is the class differentiated experience table?

I'm considering how to handle a game that is intended to bring a group of characters through a grand tour of D&D editions. I'm running into the first big question. When I switch between editions ...
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Does raising magic due to essence loss require Initiation?

Playing a mage in Shadowrun who was created with a Synaptic Booster, which lowers essence (and therefore MAG). He was also created with an exceptional attribute of MAG too, so the MAG attribute ...
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Why is advancement in Demon Hunters capped at d12?

Is there a particular reason to cap advancement at the level of d12? In contrast, in Fate Core you can extend your pyramid to new heights for an additional cost. Translating to Demon Hunters ...
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Is advancement in Demon Hunters one or two pyramids?

While Demon Hunters is based on Fate Core and FAE, it differs from both in that there are Approaches and Disciplines, one of each apply to every check. Each Approach and Discipline is assigned one of ...
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Can a wizard's level-up spells choices be from outside their school?

Does a wizard have to choose spells from their school? I understand scrolls or other methods could come in to play to learn specific spells through interaction with the world. But what are the ...
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Is there a way to change my race? Do I get the bonuses of that race?

Right now I'm playing as a Gnome. Right now it's alright, but for the most part I don't have any use for the illusion bonuses or +1 AC or anything that comes with being a Gnome. I really just wanted ...
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The number of Feats and Talents gained each level seems excessive. Is my reading right?

I'm using Exodus to start up a new post apocalyptic campaign but I'm not sure if I'm reading the advancement rules right. A character gains a Feat and Talent at level 1, then a Feat every level that ...
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Optimizing a Dwarven Rogue 7 for front-line combat in a tank-free party [closed]

Started playing D&D with a new group and got 7 levels into my Dwarf Rogue before deciding I didn't what to do next. I was up to now playing as a stealthy thief, two weapon fighter. But our combat ...
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How can I have characters advance in dramatic situations in Savage Worlds?

I'm designing mechanics for a Naruto campaign using Savage Worlds, and was thinking about how characters improve in media and in RPG's. In RPG's characters usually earn XP each session or each ...
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Can your Attributes go beyond 10?

I have been playing in my first campaign of Tenra Bansho Zero (TBZ) and have ran into a disagreement with my fellow players and the GM regarding how far stats can be increased in the game, since there ...
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How do ability score improvements improve modifiers?

First time player in a group figuring out things as we all go. I just hit level four as a Ranger, and I get to improve one ability score of my choice by 2, or I can increase two ability scores of my ...
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What exactly is meant by 1 additional hit die?

The dnd5e starter set explains that when you levelup you are rolling for your additional hp you gain. But for the sheets is stated, that you get 1 additional die with each level. Now for me the ...
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How much XP does a character with LA start with in D&D 3.5e?

I understand that a newly minted drow (LA +2) sorcerer will have an ECL of 3, meaning that for XP purposes he is treated as being level 3. Thus he will require a total of 6,000 XP to gain his second ...
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Does the proficiency bonus stay the same at each level in a tier or am I supposed to add to it at each level?

I'm looking at the Character Advancement table on pg15 of the 5e Players Handbook. It shows that levels 1-4 have a +2 proficiency bonus each, levels 5-8 are +3 each, etc. I don't know if it is telling ...
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Does a Beast Master Ranger's Companion Level Up With Them?

As the title states, when you choose a Ranger archetype at 3rd level and choose Beast Master to gain a companion, does the companion level up with you as you progress?
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Is it possible to multiclass in Dungeon World?

Is it possible to have a multiclass character in Dungeon World? Please notice that I mean a real multiclass character, not moves multiclass dabbler and multiclass initiate. For example, is it ...
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What character growth happens beyond level 20?

Level 20 is shown to be the level cap. So does getting 30000 XP for the epic boons or added ability scores implement into character's statistics such as max prepared spells or max health increase? ...
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How to improve a character with Vow of Poverty [AC; Hitpoints; Charisma; Constitution]?

Despite templates, items granting inherent bonuses and permanency-spells, how can a character be improved? Are there places to which the character can travel that would get him mechanical benefits ...
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Does vampire lord paladin gain bonus to saves equal to twice his charisma modifier?

Divine Grace (Su) At 2nd level, a paladin gains a bonus equal to her Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws. Vampire lord template Same as the base vampire, plus the vampire lord ...
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Is this Ranger/Cleric/Fighter/Rune Scribe build balanced? [closed]

So I have a friend who is planning on building a Dwarf who will start as a ranger and level up to level 3 in that class then switch over to multiclass into a cleric for only 2 two levels, after that ...
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Are there any official adventures that are supposed to end on level 20?

I have looked up a lot of adventures now and the highest average was to be supposed to let the adventurers finish it at level 15. Are there any official published adventures supposing the PC's to get ...
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Do proficiency bonus increases due to levelling apply to skills gained from background?

I'm playing my first D&D 5e character, a Wood Elf Fighter with the Soldier background. I have proficiency in the skills Acrobatics and Survival from the Fighter class, and Athletics and ...
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What is the reason behind “one level at a time” level advancement in D&D?

During the answering to this question about large experience point gains getting truncated -- when a single XP award would raise a character more than one level at a time -- the following question ...
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How do I motivate players to do character sheet updates outside of session?

I run a weekly campaign with one session every Sunday. My core group (4-5 people) always show up, with the occasional person who joins from time to time (either playing a new character they wanted to ...
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When do a wizard's new spells appear after leveling?

My 5e D&D party is on an extended set of encounters in which we won't be in civilization for a while, and my DM and I have gone back and forth about the new spells my Wizard gains after leveling ...
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Why is the experience point progression in 5th edition D&D uneven? [duplicate]

Fifth edition D&D's experience progression is linear for the first few levels, then takes on an approximately parabolic relationship as shown in the graph on the lower left. However, the amount of ...
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I'm worried the PCs in my low-magic, low-gold campaign can't keep up with the increasing encounter challenge

I'm running a campaign and at the moment. The world in which they live is low-magic (and so the major way to have magic items is to create them), but also the amount of gold they get after each ...
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How many psi points are gained per level?

I've looked through the Stars Without Number rulebook for a mention of psi points gained per level, but I can't find it. CTRL+F "psi points" through the whole document reveals nothing related to ...
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Is my feat chain for TWF Slayer Tank optimized?

I am about to bring a Shield and Sword Slayer to a PFS game. Assume I can use anything on PFSRD since if I need the book, I will just buy it. I am starting form level 1 with 150g, as is PFS standard. ...
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Can a character gain two levels with the same encounter?

We played with the Deck of Many Things last night and a character drew the card that gives you 50000 XP. The character was 14 and the XP amount was enough for him to gain the next two levels. 15 and ...
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How does leveling up a spellcaster after a prestige class that advanced spellcasting ability work?

I am playing Pathfinder and interested in taking the Dragon Disciple (DD) prestige class for my Sorcerer (with a draconic bloodline). I understand that as the DD levels up, the spellcasting abilities ...
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Dresden Files: what is the long-term endgame potential of Mere Mortals?

My group is about to start a long-term campaign in Dresden Files. We know that long-term character advancement is important to us, with an eventual high-power endgame story arc. Most of the ...
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Where is the table for determining how many feats a character has based on level in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook?

I've paged through my entire book, looked in the index, checked the sections on feats and ability scores, and I've not been able to find the table that breaks down when you get ability score increases,...
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When I level up as a prestige class, do I gain the bonus of both my core class and my prestige class?

If I am a prestige class, does leveling up give me skills from both my prestige class and my core class? i.e. If I am a rogue who wants to be a shadowdancer, does leveling up to level six give me ...
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How do you quickly build a player character during a session without interrupting the game or leaving out important information?

My friends and I have been playing D&D 5e for a few months now and we have run into problems where if we want to introduce a friend or have a need to create a new character for the game we have to ...
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How do you level an atypical Follower?

In my last game (and also my first game as a DM), one of my players earned the loyalty of a Giant Goat (MM pg 326) by freeing it from its cell, avenging the death of its brothers by slaying a bridge ...
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Is a character obligated to advance in level?

Kind of a crazy question, but I was wondering if there were any written rules on the obligation of a character to advance in level? The reason I'm asking is this: since this summer, I have created ...
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Do I add the Warlock's “Cantrips Known” number to what I already know each level?

When I as a Warlock get to level 3, do I still only have 2 cantrips, or do I have 6? Looking at the table on page 106 of the PHB, will I only have 4 cantrips known from Warlock levels at 20th level? ...
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How do I calculate my Black Blade's skills?

I am playing a Bladebound Magus in a campaign with very quick level advancement, necessitating frequent recalculation of my stats. The only part of my character advancement that's confusing me is ...
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How do I calculate the level of evolved Pokémon?

A short while ago, I asked a question about Pokérole, and received a satisfactory answer. However, that answer made me think of another, related question: How is the level of an evolved Pokémon ...
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How do I calculate weapon damage as I level up?

I updated my weapons' damage rolls with the help of a friend when I reached level 13, but now I'm level 16, and I don't know how to do it myself. My weapons are a huge size Chakram (ranged), a Web ...
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What changes when an Alienist becomes an outsider?

When a character becomes a 10th level Alienist (prestige class), the following change is said to occur (emphasis mine): Alien Transcendence (Su): A 10th-level alienist, because of long ...