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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Satyr Bard Spells and College Choices [closed]

I'm a new Level 3 Satyr Bard! Any suggestions on college preferences (and why), along with spells that I might want to use for unexpected damage! Background, my Satyr is a freeloving girl who talks ...
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What levels of spells can a Profane Soul Blood Hunter have at 11th level?

The Spells Known column of the Profane Soul table shows when you learn more warlock spells of your choice of 1st level and higher. A spell you choose must be of a level no higher than what’s shown in ...
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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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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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Does Know Your Enemy provide all class levels or just fighter levels?

I have a battle master fighter in my group who would like to use this ability while spending time at a party where a lot of my NPCs are attending. He would like to know the class levels of each one. ...
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Earning new spell levels in Dungeonslayers

When a mage earns a level, I don't quite understand the spell learning mechanics. Applicable rule: LEARNING NEW SPELLS When a spellcaster reaches a higher level, he can learn new spells. This doesn't ...
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Do 1st-level-exclusive feats count class levels, total HDs, or ECL?

Some of the FORGOTTEN REALMS Campaign Setting regional feats say "Special: You may only take this feat as a 1st-level character." Dragon Magazine #319 follows up on this idea with some more ...
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How many hit dice does a Sidekick start with?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, the published Sidekick rules say (p. 142): A sidekick can be any type of creature [...], but the challenge rating in its stat block must be 1/2 or lower. You take ...
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Is Bard level 20 utterly worthless, mechanically?

Bard's level 20 "capstone" ability: Superior Inspiration At 20th level, when you roll initiative and have no uses of Bardic Inspiration left, you regain one use. It seems quite possible ...
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Starting play at higher levels and ability point buy

My players just finished Curse of Strahd and are ready to move on to Rise of Tiamat. I have two players with two characters each, and they left Curse at 10th. One player is happy with his characters ...
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What is the precedent for what happens to a warlock's character levels if their patron dies?

Let's say my multi-class Warlock 3 / Wizard 17 and his party have just killed his patron, fulfilling a life long dream to be free of an ancestral Pact with the evil fiend. He has zero interest in ...
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Leveling up of Clockwork Soul Sorcerer

I'm currently working on a clockwork soul sorceror in D&D 5e, which uses clockwork magic. There seems to be a discrepancy between how I understand it and how some sample builds I found in various ...
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How many spell slots does a Level 3 Warlock have?

The Warlock Table in the PHB (p106) states that a Warlock has the following: 1 First-level spell slot at level 1. 2 First-level spell slots at level 2. 2 Second-level spell slots at level 3. Does ...
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What does "An adventure for players levels 1-3" mean?

What does "An adventure for players levels 1-3" mean? I see this on the front of module books. Does this mean the players should begin the adventure between levels 1 and 3, with no hint as ...
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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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Milestone leveling for a party of players who drop in and out?

Historically I have generally used XP for tracking character progress in my party. But my latest new campaign I intend to move to a milestone approach. However the one thing I don’t fully understand ...
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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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Do you gain XP based on your "level" or your XP total?

Let's say a 3rd-level character with 5900 XP (100 away from reaching 4th level) clears two EL 5 encounters during an adventure. The PHB says on page 58 that XP is handed out at the end of each ...
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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 a character level an abstract concept, or a literal? [duplicate]

This question was inspired (at least in my head) by this wish question. Namely, wishing for higher levels. One reason wishes for levels don't work is because many DM's say that a player is meta-gaming ...
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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 ...
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Do you gain current HP when you level up?

Let's say your hero is at max HP and he/she is levelling up. PHB p. 15, "Beyond first Level" says about HP increase when levelling up: add the total to your hit point maximum Will she/he need ...
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What is the level range of the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure?

I am planning to run an introductory campaign with the scenario Dragon of Icespire Peak, and I would like to estimate how long it will going to take. However, there is nowhere in the book written ...
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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 character somehow gain more, or less, hit dice than they have character levels?

I find the wording of regaining Hit Dice during a long rest very odd: The character also regains spent Hit Dice, up to a number of dice equal to half of the character's total number of them (minimum ...
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Is there a way to cause an arbitrary magical beast to gain character levels in a chosen class?

I was looking at this answer from our fine cheese collection, and it occurred to me that it would be quite a lot more practical if we could arrange for the assistance of a gorilla and war mammoth with ...
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Do Cantrips use your character level or class level?

Cantrips seem to be the only type of spell that cares only about your class level. However, in the multiclassing section they are not mentioned, does this mean that cantrips use your character level, ...
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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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How to accurately calculate party level for combat once they have magical items?

I'm a fan of giving my characters magical items. In the past though, I've found that magical items start making combat trivial until I started adding extra enemies just to make it more difficult. I'm ...
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Are ability modifier benefits to things like HP and trained skills retroactive?

In Pathfinder 2e, a character's Constitution bonus affects HP total. A character's Intelligence bonus grants training in additional skills and languages. Are these benefits retroactive? Examples: If ...
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Applying XP to a pre-created adventure with milestones?

I have bought my first DnD adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak, mainly because I wanted a good opening adventure to introduce some new players to the game. However the module uses milestone leveling ...
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If OSR modules are unbalanced by design, why do they often have recommended level brackets?

Unbalanced encounters is one of the staples of the OSR/old school modules. However, most of them have some kind of recommendation regarding PC levels and/or numbers. For example, this extensive list ...
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What is the best way to help a new player join a mid-level party?

Having spent lockdown watching us play from the sidelines, and having played in one-shots of a couple of different systems, the partner of one of our players would like to join the D&D campaign I ...
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Can you end up with fewer than 3 talents at License Level 1?

According to page 18 of the Lancer Core Book First Edition PDF, under "LL0" (emphasis mine): LL0 characters start with the following: A background, which provides bonuses on skill checks (...
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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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Are there alternative XP/Level Tables in 5e?

In an old tweet from Mearls, he states the Dungeon Master Guide would contain a "quick progression XP table" (as well as a slow progression, by the way). However, the section Experience ...
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Are there any feats that grant at-will ranged attacks that scale off of character level?

Feats which grant damaging effects that scale based on character level seem to be uncommon, but they definitely exist--for example, for monk-type (Superior Unarmed Strike) and rogue-type (Craven) ...
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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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In what ways are high level martial characters better than a high level spellcaster with True Polymorph?

I am a DM running a high-level campaign. My group has recently leveled up to 17, and one of the casters has taken True Polymorph. They have stated their intent to turn into the most powerful kind of ...
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Are there any published guidelines on how much PCs' expensive/magical gear affects the EL of which challenges are appropriate for them?

Page 40 of the DMG suggests that a large quantity of CR 1 enemies has the potential to challenge a 10th-level party that had lost their equipment. That's an interesting idea, but written kind of ...
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Do pact archetype wizards have full curse progression?

I'm pretty sure that I can't be reading this right, but the pact wizard archetype from 5th level says you gain an oracle curse and you count your oracle level as half your wizard level. Looking up the ...
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How do domain powers that reference cleric levels work for a non-cleric that gains a domain?

I'm familiar with what happens when a non-cleric acquires a domain (spell-wise - they don't get domain slots but can add the domain spell to their list and may only cast that spell 1/day). But what ...
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Catalogues of Enlightenment: What's a creature's cleric level when it has none?

The touchstone site Catalogues of Enlightenment (Planar Handbook 166-7) grants this as its base ability: "Choose a cleric domain; you gain the granted power of that domain." Further, the Catalogues ...
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When in game does gaining a level happen?

We are fairly new to D&D and we are not really sure about how to handle one thing as provided by the rules. It's about the point in time when you level up in-game. The rules tell us this: As your ...
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Can you choose to cast a lower-level version of a cantrip?

As a 1st-level character, the Warlock cantrip eldritch blast can be used with the Twinned Spell Metamagic feature of the sorcerer. However, when a character reaches 5th level, eldritch blast becomes ...
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Are there official ways to avoid level adjustment while keeping racial features?

I'm familiar with UA's "LA Buyoff", wherein a high-level character can spend XP to reduce their level adjustment, as well as PGtF's "Powerful Races at 1st Level", which basically gives negative level ...
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Has there been an errata that allows cantrips to be swapped out upon levelling up?

Based on the Q&A "Can certain classes replace cantrips with other spells when they level up?", it appears that, RAW, cantrips cannot be swapped out on level up like other spells can be (for ...
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How does class level rebuilding work if you want to change the order of classes (but not the classes or total number of levels)?

Say a character took 5 levels in duskblade, then 5 levels in abjurant champion, then 5 in cleric, then 5 in wizard (it's not a particularly optimized character). They later decide they want to use ...
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Is there a mechanic for lowering a character's level for a new campaign?

The Planescape campaign that I am DMing is reaching its end, and we are about to start a new one that is going to follow the previous one, starting from 1st level. In the new campaign, I would like ...
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What do characters need to do to 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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