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Questions tagged [character-levels]

In games that provide for advancement of character capabilities in numbered steps, those steps are often called levels or character levels. The higher the character level, the more broadly powerful the character.

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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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Will it cause any balance problems to have PCs level up and gain the benefits of a long rest mid-fight?

I am planning an encounter for 4 level 2 players and I am planning to have them level up mid combat. I wanted to describe it sort of like a power within awakening like many popular animes have. To do ...
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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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Are the amount of spell slots per caster level derived with math or decided arbitrarily? [duplicate]

I’m attempting to make a spreadsheet in google sheets that would function like an automatic character sheet. I know there a pages and charts in the phb concerting spell slot, but I was wondering how ...
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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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What are all the ways wizards can learn more spells per level?

I'm trying to find any and every way I can to get a Wizard in Pathfinder to learn more spells every time they level up. I remember quite a few from D&D 3.X but I don't know any for Pathfinder.
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Are Draconic Bloodline traits inherited or cultured and develloped? [closed]

I realize that this might be dependent on my DM, and it might be op in some cases, but like my post on Vicious Mockery, I realize that this might be a case of me misinterpreting what I read. The ...
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Mechanically, what is the use of leveling up in Open Legend?

The section from the core rules regarding leveling up says Your total XP earned determines your level, with every 3 XP allowing you to advance to the next level. Your level is used to determine ...
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Does Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage allow a party to start after level 6?

I've read that Dungeon of the Mad Mage is more of a traditional dungeon crawl with numerous floors (which I'm assuming get harder as the party progresses) and takes characters from levels 6 through 20....
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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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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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Can a sorcerer learn a 5th-level spell early by creating spell slots using the Font of Magic feature?

Per the Font of Magic feature, sorcerer can use Flexible Casting to create 5th-level spell slots at level 7, even though they are not typically available until level 9. You can transform ...
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How does multiclassing affect Eldritch Invocations with level prerequisites?

Ok... I'm making a Paladin of Conquest from Xanathar's Guide to Everything. At around 9th level I want to Multiclass three levels into a Hexblade Warlock (also from XGtE). I was wondering does ...
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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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Is allowing PCs to take a “zeroth level” in a class seriously unbalanced or not?

Would it very materially destroy balance to say a player character can have a “zeroth level” in a class? The two proposed cases I’ve come across are a swashbuckler who has the acolyte background and ...
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LA-Buy off Confusion

So our game is starting at ECL5 due to the fact that everyone is given a +1LA at the very beginning as part of the story. I wanted to use Unearthed Arcana to buy the level off at lvl 3 and instead ...
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Is Extra Attack based on class level or character level?

If you had a rogue at level 4 and then multiclassed to a fighter at level 5, would the character then have 2 attacks since he has 5 total levels or would you have to level fighter to level 5 to gain ...
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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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Level adjustment reduction for high(ish)-level new characters

I am running a 3.5 D&D campaign and I have allowed my players to use the level adjustment reduction rules from the SRD. It is explained fairly OK for characters as they advance through new levels, ...
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What is the earliest level that a player character can gain access to a wish spell?

This is related to my earlier question: Is there an official way to add Simulacrum to a sorcerer's spell list besides the Wish spell? I would like to gain access to a Wish spell (by a Magic item or ...
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Are there any rules on allowing players to swap out characters of equal level?

In a previous game, one of my players played a Bard that got up to level 5. That player wants to bring him back for a few sessions when he gets his current Artificer up to level 5 (which will probably ...
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How strict is the level guide in one-shot games?

I'm fairly new to D&D 5e, but a pretty quick study (thanks at least in part to this site!) I'll be DMing a one shot game at a family event in a couple of months. One of my players has played a ...
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How does Level Adjustment work for player characters?

I'm a recent DM and one of my players wants to play with the Doppelganger race (+4 LA). We're planning to start a new level 10 campaign, and I would like to know how can I use the +4 Level Adjustment ...
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What does a “party level” mean?

What does a "3rd level party" mean in a published adventure? this adventure assumes the characters begin this chapter at level 3. some of the haunted keeps are tougher than others. featherdale ...
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Can level loss be used as a retraining method?

If you suffer a negative level, can you select a different combination of classes when leveling up again? For example, Bob is fighter 5 when he is attacked by a shadow dragon and loses 3 levels. When ...
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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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How can I tell how many damage dice to roll for an NPCs cantrip?

For PCs, cantrip damage increases with their total character level and not their class level (see this question for reference). However, NPCs do not normally have class levels, and their stat blocks ...
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Are Ability Score Increases the same across all classes?

I did some quick research through the players handbook and it seemed like all classes gained ability score increase at 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th levels. I only did this for a few classes but is ...
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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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In a module with mini adventures, can you keep playing if you levelled up outside the level range after a mini adventure?

I'm DMing for an online "Adventurer's League" group. I'm currently using DDEX1-1 (Defiance in Phlan), which consists of five mini adventures, each granting 100 XP at the end of the mini adventure. ...
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What level should my players be when they face mind flayers?

I'm running an adventure for 3 level 2 (at this time) players. They've come to a town that is overtaxed and starving, and the government hasn't made a move. It turns out that most of the leaders are ...
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Do you have to be at least a certain level to use racial hit dice?

I was reading on the race Tabaxi and i found out that there were certain races that start with hit dice and i wanted to ask. Do you start as your class and simply not level up until you reach a level ...
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Are there rules for creating level 0 characters?

Are there rules for creating level 0 characters in 5e? I've been running a campaign where the players begin sub-standard and 1st Level characters are generated in-game as the story unfolds. I just ...
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Can A Warlock Change Patrons?

This is primarily a "Flavor" question (or maybe not given the long range ramifications) that came up during a game session from reading the late 4th edition "Dungeons and Dragons" comic where the ...
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Is there an equivalent to Level Adjustment (LA) in 5e?

I've just been looking into 3.5e and noticed it had LA (level adjustment) and was wondering if there was something similar in 5e?
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What comes first, a class level or bonus from leveling? (Prestige Class Question)

Example: Duelist Requirements: To qualify to become a duelist, a character must fulfill all the following criteria. Base Attack Bonus: +6. Skills: Acrobatics 2 ranks, Perform 2 ranks....
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How can I modify the 5e level system to model a Pokémon creature's 1–100 levels? [closed]

One of the homebrews I am making is a Pokemon homebrew, but the source material uses a 1-100 Level System. As you know, 5e stops leveling at 20. Of course, the obvious solution is to just divide all ...
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How to handle levels when adding PCs between Lost Mine of Phandelver and Storm King's Thunder?

(If it's not obvious from the title, answers to this may have Storm King's Thunder spoilers, and possibly a couple Lost Mine of Phandelver spoilers.) Some background My regular playgroup consists of ...
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Is a character level an abstract concept, or a literal? [duplicate]

This question was inspired (at least in my head) by this wish question. So part of the reason wishes for levels are perverted is because there is so much wiggle room for interpretation. Most DM's say ...
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Are there any specific official rules for playing 5e past lvl 20? [duplicate]

Upon reading the 5e Player's Handbook, I've noticed that the level cap seems to stop at a hard 20, which, too me, is too small. I've also read the Dungeon Master's Guide and found the Epic Boons ...
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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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Organic Levelling [closed]

I love D&D, and I try to integrate story as much as I can into every aspect of the game mechanics. One thing I've been thinking on recently, is how to make character levelling organic and smooth. ...
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Multi Classing Spell Level

Ok I know people are going to tell me to look at the PHB but I am having a debate with the DM on how the multiclass table works specifically with fighter/rogue If a person is fighter5/wizard1 would ...
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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 a monstruous character that failed the 24h negative level save lose a monster HD? [duplicate]

Ming the Minotaur Gladiator took it really bad during the "undead night fight" event at the Westgate arena. He got some negative levels while fighting some vampires. Eeek. Now 24h later, he made all ...
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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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Can negative levels get rid of racial HD?

What happens when one is affected by something such as energy drain, and permanently loses levels when one only has racial HD? Does the victim of the spell die? Or do they permanently lose racial HD?