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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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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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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Type changes confusing

So it goes like this: I am using the ghost template. I acquired the undead type. After this I applied the template Divine minion which states: Size and Type: The creature's type changes to outsider,...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 I ‘upgrade’ my Animal Companion with the Giant or Advanced Creature templates instead?

I am going to play a druid in Pathfinder and I want to take a wolf as my companion. Is it possible to advance this wolf (or claim a new wolf) with the giant template? I am aware that at level 7 it ...
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What do I do about a player with the half-celestial template turning non-Good?

In my party, I have a half-celestial cat folk that has behaving badly. Prioritizing loot over rescuing people, forgetting he can heal (or refusing to heal), and going off to do his own thing all the ...
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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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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 ...