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Questions tagged [class]

A design paradigm common among RPGs, a Class is an archetype summing up the abilities and role the character will play as well as binding unique mechanics together in one package.

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Good final class for GISH (high BAB and 9th-level spells)?

I need help for the final 5 levels for this character build. I'm going for a "gish" build combining spell casting and martial abilities. My initial thought is Eldritch Knight, but I think there may be ...
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Is my Homebrew Spellcaster Balanced [closed]

So ive recently been putting together a 5e Homebrew class called the Afflicted. Its mostly meant for low magic settings, or as an anomaly within higher magic settings. It is functionally similar to a ...
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What is the evidence, if any, that the Ranger Beast Master archetype is comparatively underpowered?

I have seen various claims that the Ranger's Beast Master Archetype is underpowered, compared to other ranger archetypes and/or classes. I have searched for some factual analysis that would support ...
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Can a prestige class have attribute prerequisites?

I homebrew a lot of a prestige classes and occasionally have felt like it made sense to have them require certain attributes. For example, a certain class might have Dex 15 as a prerequisite. However, ...
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Has there ever been a class that creates magic by drawing it?

In the long history of Dungeons & Dragons, has there been a character class that can only create magical effects by drawing on surface? For example, a class that needs to draw a circle on the ...
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Will a spellthief break Pathfinder?

My Pathfinder PC died recently, and the GM is allowing me to pick also from D&D 3.5 classes for my next PC. I'm considering the class spellthief, and my DM has approved this pick, but I'm worried ...
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Gate Mage implementation for D&D or Pathfinder [closed]

Gate mages, described in the Mither Mages series by Orson Scott Card, are potent healers, tricksters, travelers, and linguists. They have some potential as damage dealers in that they can use gates to ...
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Filling spell lists for non- Core Books base classes!

I write with a serious problem regarding spell lists for classes such as: Witch, Shugenja, Shaman, ...and many other base classes that were added outside of core rulebooks (countless basically). ...
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Do archetypes count as the base class?

Only point I am asking this is for the feat weapon specialization. It has a requirement of fighter level 4. So does that mean only fighters are allowed to take the feat, or are archers, armor masters, ...
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Is there a way to detect an NPC's class without them knowing that I'm detecting it?

The description of the detect thoughts spell says that when attempting to probe deeper into a target's mind (which I assume would be required to detect their class): the target knows that you are ...
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In a “supernatural” world, how can I lead players to choose to NOT be supernatural?

I'm working on a small system to use for a Halloween supernatural thriller campaign. I wanted to add character options for some players to have supernatural abilities. My worry is no one will want to ...
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What happens when a spellthief steals a spell from a sorcerer?

The base class spellthief gains at level 1 the supernatural ability steal spell that, in part, says A spellthief can siphon spell energy away from his target and use it himself. A spellthief who ...
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Is this homebrew Dartmaster class balanced compared to the other PHB classes? [closed]

Is this homebrew Dartmaster class balanced compared to the other classes in the PHB? Hit Dice Hit die: 1d10 per dartmaster level Hit points at 1st level: 1d10 + your Constitution modifier ...
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How should this homebrew class be rebalanced? [closed]

A friend of mine will be hosting a game soon. Another friend of ours wishes to play a homebrew class he made up, as he was unsatisfied with the way 5e had no suitable (in his opinion) ways to do ...
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How to optimize a Sorcerer or Oracle into Tier 1?

This answer talks about ‘unlocking’ Tier 2 sorcerers and oracles into Tier 1: https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/114432 I’m curious as to what specific alternate class features, feats, race ...
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How “Official” is the Blood Hunter class?

I saw a question recently about the Blood Hunter class, which confused me because the D&D Beyond page for it is very visually distinct from pages for Homebrew, but everything I've seen indicates ...
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Is there a Thief class in D&D 3.5 that's not a rogue?

I’m playing a 3.5 campaign starting at 3rd level in a desert city. I want to play a thief type character but don't enjoy all the skills of the rogue. Is there a non-magical class that has the thief ...
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What is the value of a low-level Necromancer in a party?

I'm having difficulty understanding how Necromancers (as in the Wizard subclass) can pull their weight at lower levels. Necromancy spells are few, vary in ranges (often require melee range), provide ...
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From the melee classes (barbarian, fighter, monk, paladin), what subclasses are the most complex to play? [closed]

As the topic states, I'm interested in playing more melee (tanks are hard to find sometimes) but I don't want to run a character like the Champion that does nothing but stand there and hit hard. ...
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Are Lawful Evil Tiefling Paladins possible?

I'm creating my character for a new campaign, and as it's only my third campaign I'm struggling a bit. I have been wanting to make a Tiefling for a long time, initially I wanted her to be a warlock ...
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What are the official, WotC-published classes and subclasses in 5e?

There aren't too many published materials that contain official classes (classes here meaning sub-classes and archetypes included) but they are scattered resources. What are the official, 1st-party, ...
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Does the XP penalty for non-favored class apply to prestige classes? [duplicate]

In D&D 3.5, a character with multiple classes suffers an XP penalty if two of their classes are more than one level apart, but favored class is ignored for that purpose. (Player's Handbook, p.60). ...
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Class ability can be used “When you make your first attack”; is it before or after rolling the dice? [closed]

Barbarian Reckless Attack is one of them: When you make your first attack on your turn, you can decide to attack recklessly... When exactly "you make your first attack"?? When you declare the ...
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Is there an official book about the different races and classes of the realm of Faerun? [closed]

Is there an official book made by wizards of the coast that discusses the different races and classes of the realm of Faerun?
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How can a level 20 warlock cast Magic Jar?

An evil warlock has killed all but two of the party. He then proceeded to trap the party wizard, and cast Magic Jar on her to trap her in a sacred jewel that the other party member, a paladin, is ...
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Are there any online guides, official or unofficial, to help create new classes? [closed]

I'm looking at creating a homebrew class for dnd-5e, but have had trouble finding resources to assist with this. The DMG includes guidelines for modifying existing classes, but there don't appear to ...
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Is there a class for being a shard of a deity in 5e?

I have an NPC I built that, well, I hadn’t intended to get quite this tied up in the story. But, hey, that’s how it goes sometimes. I want to make a full character for them, but I’m not sure if there ...
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What class is closest to Pathfinder's kineticist?

I received an invitation to join a D&D 3.5 campaign, but I'd like to play a character like a kineticist from Pathfinder. What class or combination of classes should my PC have so as to approximate ...
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Poisons and potions, what class? [closed]

Okay, I want to make a person who creates poisons and potions. You ask for a strength potion, and they might give you a strength potion, or they could give you a potion of rage. Or you get something ...
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Is this homebrewed Malconvoker port to 5e balanced? [closed]

I'm playing a homebrew variant on the D&D 3.5 Malconvoker (Complete Scoundrel). I'd like to upgrade it to 5.0 at some point. This Wizard specialization is what I came up with. Do you see any ...
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What's an E class?

I'm familiar with the 4e guide terminology for A and V classes: A classes have one primary stat and two secondaries you can choose between, with the choice determining the way the class plays; V ...
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Is my homebrew spellcaster class overpowered or unusable?

I am a DM, and recently I have begun to homebrew my own content for D&D 5e because my players and I are getting bored with what is available for character options. I realize that it may be a ...
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What is the power tier of the Battle Sorcerer variant from UA?

What is the approximate power tier of the Battle Sorcerer variant from UA? I know regular sorcerers are generally accepted as Tier 2.... I’d imagine that Battle Sorcerers drop to Tier 3 due to ...
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Homebrewed Character Evaluation: Blind Monk [closed]

I have a player that wants to play a blind elven monk. I have constructed the character below. Anything not specifically mentioned is identical to the normal class/race. Does this character seem ...
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Can a Mageknight that selected Time Shift as her Spellsword ability make as many attacks with Relentless Pursuit as she has Spell Points?

The Mageknight has these abilities, relevant to the question: Relentless Pursuit (Requires Marked class feature) You may spend a spell point as a swift action to make a single manufactured or ...
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Can a Sage use her Infuser package ability with the Chi Gong attack?

The Champion of the Sphere's Sage class has these abilities: Chi Gong (Su) At 1st level, the sage learns the chi gong technique, which allows him to wield his ki as a precise instrument, ...
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What tier are the Pathfinder classes?

I know what tiers are, but what tier are the various Pathfinder classes? This is about Pathfinder only, no 3.5 material is relevant. An ideal answer would cover all available (non-prestige) classes, ...
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Is the armorist capstone ability useless on a blaster archetype?

The armorist level 20 ability: Infinite Arsenal (Su) At level 20, you no longer need to spend a spell point to summon equipment. But on the blaster archetype, summon equipment is replaced: ...
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Does a thaumaturge knows all invocations

The thaumaturge is confusing. The class progression table has "invocations" at several levels, and the entry for the ability does not state how many they know: Thaumaturges control power in its ...
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Is there supplementary material that improves the adept NPC class?

The NPC class adept is considered a tier 4 class, so it's theoretically more versatile than tier 5 classes like the fighter, monk, paladin, soulknife, and so on, and the class is a reasonable choice ...
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How can I keep a game running smoothly when two of my players decided to pick the same class?

I'm DMing a game in 5th edition for a group of people whose experiences in D&D range from "zero" to "very little." Two of my players, one with no experience and one with about one session's worth, ...
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Can the 3.5e Tome of Magic's Binder be converted to 5e?

I'm considering attempting to run a Tome of Magic Binder in a D&D 5e game with some friends. I've got permission from the DM to attempt to port the class into 5e, so it's not a problem of whether ...
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What classes are based on intelligence but not reliant on magic/supernatural power?

My knowledge of 5th edition's class options is far from exhaustive. I want to play an intelligence-based class whose class features are not centered on magic, alchemy, or psychic powers. Does such a ...
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How does the Shaman True Spirit Ability for Nature Spirits apply to a Lvl 17 Spirit Summoner

I was looking through Summoner archetypes to decide what my end-goal for my next Pathfinder character would be build-wise, when i stumbled across the Spirit Summoner. I found the concept of my ...
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If a character has access to both Arcane Pool and Arcane Reservoir, how do they Interact?

If a character multiclasses into both Magus and Arcanist, how does Arcane Pool and Arcane Reservoir interact? Do they merge, like Grit and Panache (i.e. one can use points from both to power any ...
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What can I do to polish and refine my new homebrew class? [closed]

I just finished writing a rough draft of a new homebrew class for the Forgotten Realms setting. Ultimately it's for a specific player's personal needs and interests, but I tried to design it with ...
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Can a paladin use his oath spells multiple times

My friend is trying to build a lawful neutral paladin, who has an oath with a god of death. (the raven queen specifically) and was looking through the PHB. OATH SPELLS Each oath has a list of ...
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What can a Lv 1 Ninja do with the Ki Pool?

The Complete Adventurer's ninja gains the Ki pool ability at 1st level. But they can only use their ki at 2nd level. It seems at first glance that the only use for ki at 1st level is to gain a +2 in ...
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Can a Dragonfire Adept learn warlock invocations and vice versa?

Pretty much what it says in the tin. Can the DFA learn Warlock invocations and vice versa? Or are they separated by class? I know there are some overlaps in invocations.
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What determines the power level of a power an ardent can pick?

The standard class ardent (Complete Psionic 5-8) on Powers Known, in part, says At each additional level, an ardent learns one new power from her available mantles. She must be able to manifest the ...