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Questions tagged [class-feature]

For questions that are centrally about class features, powers or properties that are exclusive to a given class, such as the Cleric's ability to Turn Undead in D&D.

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What is a Centaur Thief's climbing speed?

The Thief archetype Rogue's Second-Story Work (PHB, p. 97) feature states: [...] you gain the ability to climb faster than normal; climbing no longer costs you extra movement. However, the ...
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Does the monk's Martial Arts feature replace the damage die type, the die number, or both?

I'll get more into the question's details, but the reason I ask this is the Kensei Monk. Kensei monks cannot use Heavy weapons, which results in them being unable to use all Two-Handed weapons, but ...
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Can a warlock use Pact of the Blade to restructure a magical pact weapon into a different form?

I don't have the exact text, but I'm going to be running a Fey Warlock for an upcoming campaign. I remember this for Pact of the Blade at level 3: You may create your pact weapon in any form you wish, ...
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Can Sentinel at Death's Door and Cutting Words combine to make a critical hit miss?

We already know from Sage Advice and other answers to other questions that by RAI, (and I guess RAW too), Cutting Words (and Bane) don't work on critical hits, though in the case of Cutting Words they ...
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What would happen if a Centaur Oath of the Ancients Paladin used Turn the Faithless?

Centaurs have the Fey trait (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, pg. 16): Fey. Your creature type is fey, rather than humanoid. Since Centaurs are Fey, if a Centaur was also a Oath of the Ancients ...
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Wizard's Battleshaping: Extending duration & Considered magic?

Wizards School (transmutation), sub-school (Shapechanging), from the Advanced Player's Guide. You are granted a power replacement for Telekinetic Fist called Battleshaping, which allows you to grow ...
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How many bardic performances extra does a Half-elf gain?

I am new to Pathfinder and want to make sure I am reading these effects correctly. So a bard gets a number of bardic performances per day as listed here: He can use this ability for a number of ...
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Is paladin mount advancement strictly tied to paladin class level?

The SRD has a table on paladin mount advancement that seems to be linked to paladin level. I was wondering how this interacted with multiclassing and prestige classes. Does the paladin mount advance ...
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What is considered a class feature for a monster for the purpose of Change Shape?

It's well understood that Spellcasting in a creature's stat block is a class feature. For the purposes of Change Shape and similar abilities where the term "class features" has mechanical importance, ...
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Does the word 'expertise' have a Formal Ontology in 5th Edition?

I'm going to use one example just to demonstrate the relevancy of this question, but I want to make clear that this one example does not constitute the complete domain of my question; nor do the other ...
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Do Monks gain the 9th level Unarmored Movement benefit when wearing armor or using a shield?

Unarmored Movement, a monk feature, says... Starting at 2nd level, your speed increases by 10 feet while you are not wearing armor or wielding a shield. This bonus increases when you reach certain ...
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How do spell slot recovery abilities work with the Variant: Spell Points system?

I am considering using the Variant: Spell Points system from page 288-289 of the DMG. I asked a related question on the overall balance of this rule. This question is more focused on the mechanics of ...
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Can a bard grant bardic inspiration to an unconscious creature?

The recipient of bardic inspiration must be able to hear the bard. ...choose one creature other than yourself within 60 feet of you who can hear you. An unconscious creature is "unaware of its ...
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How does the Ancestral Guardian barbarian's Ancestral Protectors feature work if you hit something before you start raging?

The Ancestral Guardian barbarian feature Ancestral Protectors (XGtE, p. 10) reads as follows: Starting when you choose this path at 3rd level, spectral warriors appear when you enter your rage. ...
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Does Improved Divine Smite trigger when a paladin makes an unarmed strike?

Context The paladin in my game frequently uses his backhand to "correct" the ranger/assassin/warlock. The table enjoys these social interactions, as part of their bromance. It mostly happens out of ...
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Do Artificers, Archivists, and similar classes have any way to exploit the transmuter's Spell Versatility?

From Unearthed Arcana, specialist transmuters can gain the following: Spell Versatility (Ex) A 5th-level transmuter using this variant can adapt magic of other schools to his own style of ...
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Does a Ranger’s Favored Enemy bonus apply against an Undead version of that creature?

One of my players is playing a Ranger (Monk 7/Ranger 2) who has Orcs as her favored enemy. I plan on throwing an Orc Revenant at her and the party. Would her favored enemy ability activate when ...
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What happens if the Intelligence of an undead affected by the Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature changes after it gets controlled?

This question asked about the impact of Feebleminding an undead before using the School of Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature; it seems that this would be an effective tactic for making an ...
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Can a Valor bard Ready a bard spell, then use the Battle Magic feature to make a weapon attack before releasing the spell?

College of Valor bards (PHB, p. 55) get the Battle Magic feature at 14th level: You have mastered the art of weaving spellcasting and weapon use into a single harmonious act. When you use your ...
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Can you gain a proficiency bonus, without being proficient?

I'm asking with a particular eye on the Rogue's level 11 feature, "Reliable Talent": Reliable Talent By 11th level, you have refined your chosen skills until they approach perfection. Whenever ...
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Can an Arcane Trickster rogue use Gloves of Thievery with the Mage Hand Legerdemain feature?

The description of the Gloves of Thievery (DMG, p. 172) says: These gloves are invisible while worn. While wearing them, you gain a +5 bonus to Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) checks and Dexterity ...
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Does the level increase from Bracers of the Merciful Knight increase the number of rounds of Fast Healing for the Injured Mercy?

I know that the Bracers of the Merciful Knight increase the base healing of Lay on Hands and the number of times per day that a Paladin can use it. Do you also take the +4 levels into consideration ...
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Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them?

Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them? On PHB, pg. 96, it says when Reliable Talent is applicable: Whenever you make an ability check that ...
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Can a player choose to add detail and flavor to their character's spells and abilities?

I'm not really sure how to word this so I'll detail the situation and hopefully I can not only get an answer but a name for this situation. I was in a game with a regular group doing a one shot as ...
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Does Deceitful Incompetence combine with Opportune Parry and Riposte?

In Opportune Parry and Riposte it says that you expend an Attack of Opportunity to try to parry your opponent's attack. So, could a Swashbuckler (or a Spear Fighter) keep having increasing bonuses ...
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If a spell is cast using a higher-level spell slot, can it be overchanneled by an Evocation wizard?

If my level 14 Evocation wizard were to cast a fireball using a seventh level spell slot, would he be able to maximise the damage with overchannel despite the overchannel feature indicating that the ...
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How does the Evocation wizard's Potent Cantrip feature interact with an enemy rogue's Evasion feature?

A 7th-level Evocation wizard hits a 7th level rogue with a cantrip that requires a Dex saving throw, like acid splash. The wizard has the Potent Cantrip feature that means any creature that succeeds ...
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At which level does a Glamour bard cast the Command spell when they activate Mantle of Majesty? [duplicate]

At level 6, Glamour bards gain the Mantle of Majesty feature (XGtE, p. 14): At 6th level, you gain the ability to cloak yourself in a fey magic that makes others want to serve you. As a bonus ...
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Does a mystic need to apply the same elemental glyph to each targeted ally?

One of my players is playing a Mystic. His third level class feature, Elemental Glyph, lets him... apply an elemental glyph to a number of allies equal to her mystic initiation modifier modifier [...
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How many metal items can a Forge cleric lay out in a single Artisan's Blessing?

The Forge Domain cleric gets the Artisan's Blessing Channel Divinity option at 2nd level (XGtE, p. 19): Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel Divinity to create simple items. You ...
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How do goblins work for a ranger's favored enemy?

PHB, p91: Choose a type of favored enemy: aberrations, beasts, celestials, constructs, dragons, elementals, fey, fiends, giants, monstrosities, oozes, plants, or undead. Alternatively, you can ...
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How can a low-level cleric with alternate turning turn high-HD creatures?

A typical level 1 cleric—whether that's the cleric's character level or class level—can only turn or rebuke an undead creature that possesses a maximum of 5 Hit Dice. This number of Hit Dice can be ...
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Is a ranger's favored enemy damage bonus precision damage?

The Player's Handbook on the ranger's extraordinary ability favored enemy says At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given on Table 3–14: Ranger Favored Enemies. Due ...
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Can an Eldritch Knight fighter use a siege weapon as a bonded weapon?

Our group recently managed to acquire a Ballista, and our Eldritch Knight fighter was thinking of loading it and making it one of her bonded weapons. Is it possible for her to do so?
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Hexblade’s Curse, Hex and Bestow Curse stacking

Hex requires concentration while bestow curse at a high level and hexblade’s curse do not. This allows all three things to stack. Hex deals damage whenever an attack hits Bestow Curse deals damage ...
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Can you make a weapon bond with an improvised weapon?

The Eldritch Knight Fighter archetype has the ability Weapon Bond where they bond with a weapon, making it summonable and you cannot be disarmed of it. My question is, can you make a bond with an ...
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How to gain additional turning pools?

I've seen a lot of chatter about gaining alternate turning pools as a way of powering Divine Metamagic, but I have been unable to find any indication what turning pools are available and how to gain ...
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How can I make a Beorning Shapechanger in MERP?

My friends and I are starting a MERP campaign and only I have experience with MERP. One of my friends wanted to be a shape-changer, but my Second Edition MERP book does not cover how to use Martial ...
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Does Uncanny Dodge halve poison damage?

Related: Can you use Uncanny Dodge against extra damage effects? In the cited question, the consensus is that Uncanny Dodge halves all damage from an attack including damage inflicted by elemental ...
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What game elements can raise the caster level of a fixed-caster-level supernatural ability?

The prestige class thrall to Juiblex gains the supernatural ability polymorph self that says, "An 8th-level thrall of Juiblex’s form is more amorphous than ever. It can change its appearance and form ...
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What happens when my aasimar Celestial warlock has overlapping class and racial features?

If you are an Aasimar warlock whose otherworldly patron is The Celestial, you will know the light cantrip from both race and class. Additionally, once you reach 6th level in warlock you will have ...
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Feature given by class is already given by race. What to do RAW? [duplicate]

I have a player in my game with an Aasimar Warlock with a Celestial Patron. At 6th level, Celestial Patron grants "... resistance to radiant damage, and when you cast a spell that deals radiant or ...
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What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast, if you have Darkvision past 100 feet?

Directly based off of the question, What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast?, what happens if your Darkvision extends past 100 feet? This question is focused ...
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What’s the interaction between darkvision and the Eagle Aspect of the beast?

Darkvision enables you to see in darkness as if it were dim light (within the first 60/120/180 feet, of course, depending on the quality of your darkvision). The Eagle totem for the 6th-level Totem ...
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Does Channel Divinity / Turn Undead break sanctuary?

RAW for Sanctuary breaking are as follows: If the warded creature makes an attack or casts a spell that affects an enemy creature, this spell ends. Is channel divinity "casting a spell"?
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Is this homebrew variant Hexblade warlock feature, Master of the Elements, balanced as a replacement for the Hexblade's Curse feature?

One of my players wanted to play a Hexblade warlock with a different flavor, I made this feature to replace the Hexblade's Curse feature (XGtE, p. 55). The feature: Master of the Elements ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight's Weapon Bond protect him from losing his weapon to a Telekinesis spell?

Eldritch Knight fighters have the ability to bond with a weapon, a ritual which gives the following property (PHB, p. 75): Once you have bonded a weapon to yourself, you can't be disarmed of that ...
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How do the Cleric and Druid's Spontaneous Casting interact with other classes' spells?

This is a very RAW vs. RAI question. When the descriptions of both clerics and druids discuss how prepared spells are instead converted into specific kinds of spells, they always talk about "a" or "...
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Are there ways for paladin to regain their dead special mount faster?

When the paladin's special mount dies, the paladin can't summon it for 30 days or when they level up, whichever comes faster. I understand it is so that the paladin can't abuse their mount as a ...
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Can a level 1 Ranger cast spells from Ranger spell scrolls?

From what I know, you can use a Spell Scroll if the spell is on your class's list. Rangers gain the Spellcasting feature at second level (getting spell slots to cast 1st-level spells at that point), ...