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 multiclass character affected by level drain?

Suppose I have a halfling that's multiclassing as a fighter/thief and has achieved 2nd level in both classes. This character has the misfortune of being struck by a wight and loses a level. What ...
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Curse of Strahd - too steamrollery to force Death House when the PCs are in Vallaki? [closed]

So I had my first session for my group running Curse of Strahd yesterday, which was awesome and everyone had a great time. Only problem is I started them at level 1 and totally missed the part about ...
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What class is best to play when a level behind the rest of the party?

I am playing in a campaign where it seems I will likely always be a level behind the party. For some story, we play every Sunday for 5 hours, but I have work through it so I only get around 3 hours in....
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What is the lowest INT required in order to take a class level?

It is commonly thought that 3 INT is the minimum amount required in order to take class levels, but where does it state such? It is often inferred or implied (animals have intelligence 1 or 2, and ...
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Can I get more than one level from a single action/encounter?

I have similar situation to described in here Can a character gain two levels with the same encounter? albeit in another system, as we are playing Pathfinder instead of D&D. My character is 4th ...
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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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Can I choose a Martial Archetype after level 3?

I created a fighter character, and leveled it up to level 3. When I hit level 3, the DM asked me what my martial archetype would be and I said I didn't care, because I didn't know and knowing him, he ...
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Does the level increase from Bracers of the Merciful Knight increase the number of rounds of Fast Healing for the Injured Mercy?

I know that the Bracers of the Merciful Knight increase the base healing of Lay on Hands and the number of times per day that a Paladin can use it. Do you also take the +4 levels into consideration ...
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What is the earliest possible entry level into the Shapeshifter prestige class from Oriental Adventures?

The Shapeshifter prestige class (Oriental Adventures, p. 45-46) has a fairly high skill rank requirement - 10 ranks of Concentration - as well as +3 BAB and an Alternate Form as prerequisites. What ...
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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 5th-level or higher Adventurer's League character join a new faction?

The document Renown Benefits v1.01 states: Characters are free to join a faction as their membership allows. While most have no special requirements, some do (for example, members of Bregan D'...
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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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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 ...