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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Does an AI connected to a space station's electrical devices have No Manipulators?

I'm running a GURPS game based on Space Station 13 and I'm trying to build a template for the AI player character from that game. The AI in SS13 resides in an immobile box with no directly connected ...
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What does “advanced simple template” mean in the context of a creature?

In the horse's bestiary entry it states that a heavy horse gains the "advanced simple template" and I'm not sure what that means.
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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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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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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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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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Is a dragonborn arctic half-minotaur half-ogre water orc possible?

I am new to D&D and I am reading about races and templates. I read on reddit someone suggested a dragonborn arctic half-minotaur half-ogre water orc. I was wondering whether that could be a ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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When applying a template, which comes first: the template or the first level feat?

I may be using the Proto-Creature inherited template for a game in which I also plan to use the Spellfire feat. Now the Proto-Creature template removes all (Sp) and (Su) abilities from the base ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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Do mindless base creatures gain sentience through Int boosting templates?

I'm using D&D v3.5. What should happen when a template that is both (1) applicable to any living creature and (2) includes an Intelligence bonus is added to a mindless creature? Say for instance a ...
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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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Can you choose to add a template to a druid's animal companion instead of adding a hit die?

One of my fellow players posed a scenario that I can't really find a satisfactory answer to. A level 10 character has the Wild Cohort feat and can have an animal companion as a level 7 druid. Since he ...
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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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Does Gaining a Second Natural Attack Decrease My Primary Attack Damage?

I have a Ogre Spider that gained the Slam attack thanks to a template. The Ogre Spider has only one natural attack by default, but what I wonder is whether the Bite loses the 1½ Strength mod ...
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How are templates acquired?

In Golarion how does a creature become an advanced creature? It says under Monster Advancement that "monsters" can acquire templates, but it doesn't say how. Is this completely GM terretory, or are ...
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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 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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What LA should this custom template be?

Trying my hand at making a custom template. I wanted to make a vampire-ish character, but both the vampire and half-vampire templates were kind of sucky. After some googling I found the Dhampir (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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-...