Questions tagged [character-levels]

For questions about character levels, the numbered steps used in some RPGs to indicate advancement of character capabilities. The higher a character's level is, the more broadly powerful the character is.

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What are some possible repercussions of using story-based leveling rather than experience points?

I am the DM for a D&D 4e game. Recently, I stopped keeping track of XP, on the assumption that I could just give my players a level every time they finished a major quest. In my mind, this had a ...
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What is the lowest level that an adventuring party can safely make enough money to take care of a city-state?

Lets say that a party has recently decided to retire from adventuring to focus their efforts in caring for a city-state in need of benefactors. I want to know what the lowest level a party can be and ...
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What happens if a dragon gets older but doesn't gain experience?

Chapter 3 of the Draconomicon details how, every couple years, a true dragon must take its next level in its dragon "class". But what if the dragon just sits around, not gaining any XP, and therefore ...
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Do wizards' spells gained per level just appear in their spellbook?

I understand that a wizard gains 2 free spells to add into their Spellbook when they gain a level (pg. 178). What isn't clear is if they have to pay to inscribe the spell or take the time to put the ...
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What is the lowest level at which a human could run a marathon in under two hours?

Inspired by What is the lowest level at which a human can beat the 100m world record (or: the presumed human limit) without using magic?, which I read just after finishing the Athens Marathon last ...
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Do any negative level adjustment races or templates exist?

Are there any templates or races which lower the ECL of a character with that race or template? If so, what are they? Are there any that have a minimum total Level Adjustment less than +0?
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If Ability Rip leaves you with 0 HD and 0 Class levels, what happens?

Ability rip causes its target, should they lack supernatural abilities, to permanently 2 class levels, or 2 HD if you've no class levels (what happens if you have exactly 1 class level is addressed ...
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How do monstrous hit dice work?

Continuing my recent foray into poorly-defined areas of the advancement rules, I have a closely related set of questions about how the rules work as written. Consider a PC starting as a first-level ...
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Do characters level too slowly for the storyline in Adventurers League?

I might start as an Adventurers League DM soon and I'm trying to figure out how it all works. I found one page which seemed to have a list of scenarios that I could run one after the other. Just ...
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Is this system for calculating the PC levels at which it is balanced to receive lycanthropy accurate or balanced?

It tells in the Monster Manual how a PC can become a Lycanthrope and what mechanical differences it makes, but as far as I can see it doesn't say anything about what level the character should be at ...
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Do bloodline ECL increases reduce how many class levels a character can get?

Say a wizard has a major bloodline. Is their maximum level wizard-17/bloodline-3(in which case they only have 17 HDs), or wizard-20/bloodline-3 (in which case their total caster level is 23)? This ...
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Can a dual-classed character use level drain to change careers?

Say a character (Grunter) has abilities high enough to dual class from and to any class. If Grunter is a F5/T6, for instance, and gets 7 level drains, then he is now a F4. Could he now level beyond ...
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Are there any tools or tricks to quickly level characters multiple levels at once?

I'm in the process of writing a short sci-fi campaign which is based on D&D 5e, in which the player classes, weapons, and skills are effectively just sci-fi reskins of their magical counterparts. ...
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What's the earliest a champion can have a focus pool of 3?

In Pathfinder 2e, some classes have access to a focus pool. Each pool has a certain number of focus points, which can be used to cast spells. I'm playing a champion and intending on making extensive ...
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Are the level prerequisites for warlock invocations your total multiclass character level? [duplicate]

If I was playing a character (class) 8/warlock 1, and then I put another level into warlock, would I be able to take the Sculptor of Flesh invocation?
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How to balance a low-level adventure for higher-level characters?

I am the DM of a group just finishing the 5E starting adventure - Lost Mine of Phandelver. I intend to tie the story we created directly into Tyranny of Dragons. The problem is that the player ...
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What “level” is a monster, for the Tough feat?

It seems that if a couatl changes shape into a humanoid, it can get racial features. But if it decides to turn into a variant human and picks the Tough feat, is its level its CR (4) or its number of ...
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Does gaining levels accelerate?

In Pathfinder 2e, an adventurer goes up a level by earning 1000 XP. If it always takes 1000 XP and adventurers are facing greater foes (who I presume are for more XP), then does it follow that going ...
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Is it possible to take levels in monster types?

Today I found this post by /u/pk_powered in the /r/Touhou subreddit about what alignment Touhou characters might be, and the linked spreadsheet also includes a column suggesting classes for the ...
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Would it be unbalanced to increase a druid's number of uses of Wild Shape based on level?

Wild Shape is the prominent feature of the Druid class, but it allows only two uses until level 20, when Archdruid makes it limitless. This scaling feels quite odd to me and it appears to impact Moon ...
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How do racial class mechanics actually work?

For example, I want to play a half-giant. It's a racial class from the D&D 3.5 Complete Psionic handbook. I pick it as a race, right? But I get my racial abilities by taking level. So, when I take ...
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Cleric and mystic theurge class level for command undead

I am playing a cleric/wizard/mystic theurge. I have the feat command undead. The feat specifically mentions cleric level, not cleric caster level, in relations to the the DC of the ability and number ...
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Can you take a feat that you can not use at the current level if there are no prerequisites? [duplicate]

Quicken spell feat doesn't have any prerequisites to take. Can I take it at an earlier level than I can use it and have it for when I can?
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What is the expected damage / to hit / saving throw / DC per level?

While reading through monster stats and 1st edition adventures, I noticed that at some point, PCs should dish out 2dX instead of only 1dX damage; else, an adequate monster will become a serious threat ...
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What's the Cap on Minion Summoning?

just screwing around with Character Creation again in Mutants and Masterminds. I'm just a little confused with how the Summon power functions, specifically its limits. I know that each attack and ...
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Are non-class hit dice included in a PC's character level? If so, which ones?

In a recent comment chain, I asserted that a character who had 6 class levels and 2 non-class hit dice would be a level 8 character; this was based on my recollection that "character level" and "total ...
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How is spell resistance calculated for the Divine Soul feature of the Contemplative prestige class?

How is spell resistance calculated for the Divine Soul feature of the Contemplative prestige class? In the Contemplative's Class Features description (page 32, Complete Divine), it is written: ...
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Are there any rules on how characters go from 0th to 1st level in a class?

One group I played with some years ago, back in 2nd edition, had, as part of their character generation/background process, an explanation of what event caused that character to gain the experience ...
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Do you “gain” your 1st level?

Assume a Divine Soul Sorcerer. The spellcasting feature of the class states (highlight mine): Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the sorcerer spells you know ...
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Which class levels are an Oracle mysteries and curses based on?

I'm not very familiar with the Oracle class. If I understand it correctly, the abilities and spells for the Mysteries are based on Oracle level, whereas the curse abilities are based on Oracle level +...
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Does the level requirement of the psychic's Psi-Tech Discoveries refer to class level or character level?

In the list of the psychic's psy-tech discoveries is Force Field, which says: You must be at least 3rd level to select this discovery. Does this mean Psychic level 3 or character level 3?
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What level should a character be to make a CR 4 follower balanced?

I want to give the characters of one of my players a follower. Specifically, the follower needs to be a Flameskull (CR 4). The player character is a School of Necromancy wizard; he has the skull of a ...
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When leveling up, how do you determine your new HP?

I’ve been playing D&D for 3 years, and recently I started to seriously look into it to become a better DM. I noticed that it would make sense for the HP to go up every time you level up, but how ...
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How many prestige class levels can one take?

The maximum level for any base class is 20. However, it is possible to go beyond this into the epic levels. Now I wonder; Is the same essentially true for prestige classes? Take for example the ...
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When can a Barbarian, who has just levelled up, use the additional Rage gained from that level?

At certain levels, Barbarians gain additional Rages to use between Long Rests. My question is, when can these additional Rages be used? The PHB seems a little unclear on this. PHB pg.48 Once ...
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How does the ki point bonus advancement work for monk vows?

I would like to use the optional rule for taking vows as a monk, from the Ultimate Magic rulebook. My player took the vow of poverty which grants 1 ki point for every monk level. Crystal clear. But ...
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Does paying an XP cost count as having your level drained for Restoration spells?

When a player loses a level due to paying an XP cost to either cast a spell or create an item, could this level be brought back through the use of a restoration spell?
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Is this house-rule removing the increased effect of cantrips at higher character levels balanced?

As a D&D 5e GM and ex-D&D 3.5e GM, I have found that cantrips are too strong: After a certain level, they deal more damage than some level 1 spells. You can use them indefinitely. It makes a ...
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Is there any way to get a character with these class levels using retraining?

I am wondering if there is any way one can become a Wizard 1, Mage of the third eye 10, Evangelist 9 by using the retraining rules If yes, would you have to get 1 wizard, 4 in another class and then ...
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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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