Questions tagged [character-templates]

Character templates are a mechanic in the D&D series of games for overlaying new mechanical and narrative trappings upon a character (PC, NPC, or monster).

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What is the caster level of a summoned creature with the Greenbound template?

The Greenbound template gives your summoned creatures the ability to cast spell-like abilities, at will, with the description: Caster level equals greenbound creature's character level; save DC 10 +...
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How do the Incarnate Construct spell interact with half-golems?

Monster Manual II introduced half-golems: you can have a golem limb attached to replace a missing one, and if you fail a will save, you gain the construct type. Savage Species introduced the ...
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What counts as Hit Dice for the shadow creature template?

In a campaign that I am in, I play an elf that possesses the template shadow creature (Lord of Madness 167–8). My elf gains additional abilities from the template according to the number HD my elf ...
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Does the Lizardfolk NPC template's bonus to AC apply when armored, or only when unarmored?

DMG p. 282 gives guidance for modifying NPC stat blocks to adapt them for specific monster races. For lizardfolk, one of the listed modifications is a "+3 natural armor bonus to AC". A friend and I ...
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How does Level Adjustment buy-off work for templates acquired at different times?

If I have a character with a +2 LA template and after buying off the LA at level 9 acquire a +3 template, can I also buy off the first point of the second template's LA at level 9?
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Can evil outsiders be sanctified?

In the Book of Exalted Deeds, there is a spell called Sanctify the Wicked. The effect of this spell essentially comes down to forcing an evil creature to undergo a year-long process which culminates ...
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How do I add the Phrenic Spawn Creature Template to PCgen?

I want to add the Phrenic Spawn Template to PCgen. How would I go about doing this? Specifically, most of the regeneration and things like that I do not know how to add.
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Can I create a PC with a template?

So, I've been thinking - can I make something like first level Celestial Sun Elf-wizard in a non-homerule non-Dragon Magazine game from the start? Are there any templates that can be applied at the ...
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What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template?

This homebrew evaluation question now has a more recent iteration here: What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template? (Version 2) I am DMing a D&D 3.5 campaign. I would ...
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When a Changeling is granted an acquired template in one form, what forms does it apply to?

For an adventure I'm working on, I have a Changeling NPC character who's currently in a shape which would normally have the Earth subtype and is using Racial Emulation to gain that subtype. He's ...
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How does a Half-Golem's magic immunity interact with its own magic?

I've seen a lot of threads on the Internet debating about the magic immunity of Half-Golems from MM2 but none of them answered or even brought up this question: How would a Half-Golem's magic ...
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Does a human still get more feats and skill points when he acquires a template?

A feature of the human race is that they get an extra feat and extra skill points. If a player decides to play human with a half-troll template (Fiend Folio p.93), does he still get his extra feat ...
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how to balance a character with the half-ogre template (or the party)

I have a party of 6 or 7 players all currently level 2 and one of them has just created a new character: a half-ogre (Savage Species p218) barbarian. we just played one session and it feels as if this ...
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How do I determine a dragon's new Challenge Rating when applying the Shadow Dragon template?

The Monster Manual contains a template whereby any true dragon may be turned into a shadow dragon. A shadow dragon differs from a true dragon in the following ways: It has resistance to necrotic ...
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Can templates be made conditional? And if yes, how could that be balanced?

I was looking at the Shade template mentioned in the back of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting book (I'm not copying the template here because I'm not sure if that would violate a copyright) and ...
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Does Atavism give more bonuses on top of the Advanced template, or is it just summarizing?

From Druid 4th level spell Atavism: The animal immediately gains the advanced creature simple template. It gains a +2 bonus on all rolls, including damage rolls and special ability DCs, a +4 bonus ...
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Creating Zombie Ogres

I'm currently trying to figure out the zombie creation mechanic for mt Pathfinder campaign. I'd like to bring back some ogres my players fought in a previous encounter as undead but I'm finding the ...
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Is there a revenant template that can be applied to existing monster statblocks?

In a campaign I'm running, I'm wanting to send a Revenant (MM p. 259) - or a few - after the party. It's of an Orc War Chief (MM p. 246) that they killed after they entered an Orc camp and killed ...
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Can touchsight detect a trickster creature under “hide from the world?”

A trickster creature is using its "hide from the world" feature. Hide from the World (Sp): At will, for one round per HD. This glamer functions like invisibility, except that it masks image, scent, ...
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Saint template and Holy Touch (Su) damage

The supernatural ability Holy Touch from the Saint template reads: A saint's entire being is suffused with holy power, which likewise flows into any weapon the saint wields. A saint's melee attacks ...
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How many levels does the Weretiger template take to complete and why?

I have been arguing for the past hour and a half with a character and I am tired. Please explain to me in words that can be understood: how does the Weretiger template takes 3+6+6-3 levels to complete?...
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What is the CR of an animal companion?

The Celestial Servant feat allows a Pathfinder aasimar character to grant their animal companion the Celestial template. Among the benefits of this template is that the templated creature gains spell ...
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Is the Saint, from Book of Exalted Deeds, broken?

An answer to this question: Protecting NPC's from Emissary of Barachiel claims that the Saint, from Book of Exalted Deeds, is pretty broken. Curious, I went and websearched for it. It looks like ...
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Can I play a non-evil vampire?

I've been wanting to play a vampire, the full ECL 8 variant, but the whole “being evil” thing bugs me. Does one always have to be evil when wanting to play a vampire?
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How does Feytouched to Half-fey Level Adjustment work?

What is the overall LA of taking Feytouched and then taking the transition class to Half-Fey?
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Building the template for a half-elf nymph in PCGen

A friend of mine wants to build a half-elf half-nymph using a homebrewed LA 3 half-nymph template, so I need to produce a half-nymph template for LA 3 in PCGen for that character. This means I need to ...
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Can an intelligent clockwork creature wind itself?

If a clockwork construct has both intelligence and its own key, can it wind itself? Like the damascene drow... It has 13 intelligence.
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If a dragon wizard gets Spellhoarding template do the dragon levels stack with wizard levels?

If a dragon gets spellhoarding templates and then takes class level in wizard do wizard levels and dragons hit dice stack or are they seperate? Also if they do stack then does the loredrake archetype ...
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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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Can a Monk with Lycanthropy use Flurry of Blows in Animal form?

I am about to begin playing a Pathfinder game in which I am playing an unchained monk. My character has the natural lycanthrope template applied and his animal form is that of a dire wolf. Can I ...
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When applying multiple templates, are they applied concurrently or consecutively?

Pathfinder is pretty clear about the ability to stack templates, as there are multiple published examples of such. At issue is that some templates would seem mutually exclusive if templates are ...
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When applying a template, are a creature's saving throws recalculated as its new type if not explicitly mentioned in the template?

Consider two templates, the ghost and the skeleton. Both templates explicitly change the resulting creature's type to Undead, and both state the resulting creature "uses all the base creature's ...
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What defensive abilities does a Dragon retain when the Skeleton template is applied?

I am having issues applying the Skeleton template to Dragons due to ambiguity or omissions in the Paizo rules. Rules for Dragons appear on pg. 90–91 in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary and the ...
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What happens if a vampire bites an NPC?

I have an NPC who is a vampire. When he bites another NPC or PC, is there the possibility, following the D&D 3.5 rules, that the victim will become a vampire or half-vampire? If someone heals the ...
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Does a symbiotic creature get two turns?

Savage species adds the 'symbiotic creature' template. As I read it, this template has to be added to two creatures, which 'merges' them into one. However, per my interpretation, they are still two ...
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What character options allow receiving random visions?

I'd like to introduce to my campaign a human NPC that suffers from vague and uncontrollable visions of the future. Are there classes, feats, magic items, or templates that give such an ability?
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Is an Inveigler's failed Charming Falsehood obvious?

Third party publishing can yield strange things that don't always balance well, and I get that - that being said, the template for this question is being allowed at my table, and this is a question ...
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Can a PC apply a template to a construct gained as a class feature?

With its level 1 supernatural ability greatwork, the base class machinesmith can opt to gain a mechanus, a construct that improves as the machinesmith advances in levels. Similarly, by using the level ...
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Can you tell when something has a template?

Let's go with something easy: you see an eagle watching you from a tree. Is it possible to tell if its an eagle, or an eagle with either celestial template or fiendish template and thus most likely a ...
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At which level adjustment would becoming a Lich be a good option for a Wizard? [closed]

I think the general consensus around here is that giving up four levels of Spellcasting (plus the XP an gold cost) to become a Lich wouldn't be a good choice for a Wizard (or Cleric for that matter). ...
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What exactly are Special Qualities?

I am currently developing a tool which hopefully will allow me to choose a monster and a template. The tool will then automatically apply the template to the monster and change its stats accordingly. ...
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What happens to my Doppelganger if it becomes a Vampire?

I am playing a Doppelganger, and I would like to become a vampire. First, is it possible for a doppelganger to become one? Second, what exactly changes? I read that one loses all racial abilities. ...
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How many templates can be applied to a summoned creature(s)?

How many templates can be applied to a summoned creature? For instance the summon monster spell automatically comes with celestial or fiendish. Say I was to use a rod of giant summoning with it ...
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Where can I find extra templates for pathfinder? [closed]

I've been working on characters and my friend suggested to me www.d20pfsrd.com for a list of templates. However, I feel as though these are not all the templates that are possible within pathfinder. ...
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How to create a custom Lycanthrope in HeroForge Anew?

One of my players will probably end up becoming a Wereshark next session. To create our character sheets, we use HeroForge Anew. However, this program only recognises the Lycanthropes from the monster-...
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What happens if you apply a template with a level adjustment when already at level 20?

Level 20 is the max level before epic levels in D&D 3.5e and some games don't even use epic levels, so if you apply a template with a level adjustment (e.g ghost with a LA of +4) at level 20 what ...
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Can a Dragon really also be Half-Dragon?

I was playing D&D 3.5 when it was pointed out to me that the half-dragon template can be added to any living corporeal creature which includes dragons. That seems really weird — how can a ...
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What would be the Challenge Rating increase of these template-like changes?

I have a campaign with a region of undead where the element of fire is so prevalent that it has become part of some of the monsters. That is, I have some fire-based property sets that I would like to ...
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When a creature's type changes to undead, what happens to its hit points?

When applying a template like necropolitan (Libris Mortis 114-5) that changes a creature's type to undead (and its Hit Dice to d12s), does the creature's hp total change retroactively due to its new ...
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Can player characters pick monster feats?

Some of my player characters have a race from a template but without monster hit dice (like half-orc) and others have a race from a template with monster hit dice (like ogre). Now in the back of ...