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For questions primarily about classes in RPGs. 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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Is this homebrew "Summoner" class balanced, compared to the existing classes?

I found this summoner class on DMsGuild, and it seems like a fun, balanced class that fills an interesting niche. I intend to play this character without multiclassing, using the Collector subclass, ...
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Is there any explanation or discussion regarding the change in the Bard class from its AD&D1ed orignal implementation?

If I recall correctly, the Bard in AD&D1ed was a true dual (triple) class character who had to progress as a pure fighter, then a pure thief, and then finally could begin to progress as a bard. In ...
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How does the ranger's DPR stack up against other martial classes?

Early dissatisfaction with the ranger led to many attempts at revision. A widespread belief that the class was underpowered often met with the counterclaim that of the original two subclasses, one (...
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What are the best non-wizard options for a divination-focused character?

I'm creating a character for a D&D 5e game. The setting is home-brewed, but the rules are not. One limitation imposed by the setting is that wizard is not an allowed option at character creation. ...
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What are the literary influences of the D&D Bard?

Can anyone tell me what sources, in literature, film, etc. inspired the Bard class for Dungeons & Dragons? I'm familiar with the Celtic Bards of history and legend, but the modern D&D Bard ...
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What are martial classes?

What are martial classes in the context of 5e? Is there a consensus on what the terminology means? Are martial classes something that you have to specify to make yourself understood?
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What are "tiers", and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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What is wrong with the Truenamer?

I have seen a lot of people say that the Truenamer does not work (such as this answer placing Truenamer at the bottom tier) or that it's terrible. As far as I can read and see, though, it seems to be ...
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Are there official sources that include stat blocks for NPC Monks?

NPCs emulating character classes are many. A very incomplete list would include: Abjurer, Archer, Blackguard, Bard, Champion, Conjurer, Diviner, Druid... You get the idea. Among the monsters there's ...
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Cataphract—homebrew martial adept base class

This is a defensively-minded Tome of Battle martial adept. As with most of my work, I strive to make it stand-alone: ideally, this class should just work, as-is, without any meta commentary, and fit ...
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Shortest path from Shieldbreaker to Engineer

Playing as a Shieldbreaker, I found a distinct lack of Dwarf-only advancements that would lead to other Dwarfy classes but for Runebearer, which would lead to the Runesmith classes. There ain't no ...
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What classes would fit a singing assassin? [closed]

My friend is going to create a character of a virtuso assassin. If I understand him correctly, he'd like to be someone with split personality. A successful, well-known musician and dancer, who becomes ...
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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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Can a githzerai PC be a psionicist in AD&D 2e?

The complete psionics handbook was released before Planescape campaign setting and there is no mention of githzerai being able to be psionicist. But from the lore it seems that they can be psionic. ...
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Does the Draconic Aura feat improve by character level or class level?

Let's say you're a silverbrown human and have the draconic aura feat. Normally you'd be stuck with a +1 aura, but since you have the dragonblood subtype, the feat states that: If you are of the ...
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Is it possible to consistently get spell levels faster than Clerics or Wizards?

In reference to mixing theurge classes with fast-progression classes like the Apostle of Peace, Blighter, or Ur-Preist this answer mentions that "Any time you get a spell level before a Cleric or ...
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Do casters become experts with Class DC? [duplicate]

Some things, like weapon critical effects, reference your class DC, but most casters do not list a class DC progression. It would however be interesting for example for a Magus using Arcane Fists, as ...
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Is there enough disparity between the classes to put them into tiers?

I'm interested in the balance of this new edition's classes. Are casters still noticeably more effective in almost all situations than non casters?
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Which regions have access to Inventors?

I want to use Gadgets, but they are uncommon. Inventors and regions with access to Inventors have access to uncommon gadgets. So I check access to Inventors, where the only mention of access is about ...
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Are class usage statistics available?

Paizo knows about every game my characters play in the Pathfinder Society, and their class. Is there some public information somewhere about these? A naïve google search did not find anything.
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Is there a class that uses items only to cast spells?

My DM is preparing more of a fairytale-themed campaign with younger adventurers. I want to make a character that consumes their bracelets to cast all their spells. The problem is that I couldn't find ...
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How does career advancement work with XP

I'm new to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and am making a character. The career advancement with XP confuses me. I genuinely do not understand how XP converts into advances. Please help. The problem: how ...
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Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?

If I want to play as an Arcane Character that infuses his arrows with magical power, how do I do it according to the RAW in a way that I'll feel the closest from the old Arcane Archer prestige class' ...
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How can I emulate a World of Warcraft's Death Knight?

I'm DM'ing a game based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft. Most of that game's classes are fairly easy to translate in one manner or another to Pathfinder - Druids are Druids, Mages are Wizards and ...
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What are all the playable races and starting classes? [closed]

I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What ...
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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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When did the Barbarian class get introduced to D&D?

In D&D 5e, Barbarians are a core class for the game, and Conan the Barbarian has been cited by E. Gary Gygax as one of the major literary influcences on the game, and is also listed in Appendix N, ...
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How many versions of the Ranger class are there in 5e, and what are the differences between them?

I was considering building a Ranger, and consulted my local game shop DM on the matter. He suggested using one of the revised versions of the ranger class, due to the ranger in the PHB being somewhat ...
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Can Champions cast divine spells from scrolls?

Champions have Focus Spells, and that gives them the Cast a Spell activity. They are also trained in divine spell attacks and divine spell DCs. Is that enough to cast spells from divine scrolls?
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What is the best class for an optimized gun-wielding Assassin?

I am mostly a noob to 3.5e. The build I have in mind is fairly close to a rogue, but I’m not sure if there might be a better class to represent the character. My GM has access to basically any content....
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How balanced is this homebrew Enforcer class?

One of my players in my new campaign wanted to play a Wizard with a gun / Magic Law Enforcement type character. However we found that none of the existing class options quite hit what we were looking ...
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Is there an appropriate place to specify class on a stat block?

Every time I see a stat block for an NPC with a class (bard, druid, etc.), that class is not specified in the stat block. Is there anywhere where it could/should be specified when creating a stat ...
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Is this homebrew gunsmith class balanced? [Version 2]

Three days ago I asked Is this homebrew gunslinger class balanced? and got a some good answers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read my post and especially thank you to the person who ...
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Best base class for Marshal?

The Marshal archetype seems to be great, with many useful feats, but what is the best base class? I know this seems broad and opinion based, but to be considered best, I have many criteria: Qualifies ...
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Banker class long-term viability [closed]

I find home-brewing a banker class kind of fun. The gist is he/she can fast-track funds for the group, start a subscription ledger and have the local affluent commit funds for the next adventure. The ...
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What classes excel in ranged combat?

I've just started out playing DnD. I want to pick a class that plays well with long-range, and was wondering whether other classes besides ranger can fill in that role effectively. Are there are any ...
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At what level does each class get its subclass?

At what level does each class get its subclass?
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Loyal beyond death but already undead?

How does the knight class's ability loyal beyond death (Player's Handbook II 27) function for an undead creature? If an undead creature's hp are reduced to 0, it is destroyed, but what if the creature ...
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What level and class should have access to this homebrew ability-swap spell?

A friend of mine sent me this spell for Dungeons & Dragons 5e from somewhere: Swap 3rd level transmutation Casting Time: 1 action Range: 30 feet Components: V, S, M* Duration: Concentration up to ...
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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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Best supporting class for a low level campaign?

I'm adapting the Frozen Sick campaign from the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount to version 3.5. It's going to be the first campaign I play as a DM. The party consists of only 2 players, a warlock and a ...
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Is there a combined Wizard and Sorcerer?

Is there a cross wizard and sorcerer type class or a way of achieving the following. Some of the spells selection are limited like a sorcerer and other slots can be prepared like wizard? I am not ...
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What are all the dual progression prestige classes?

A dual progression prestige class is one that progresses two class features, usually spellcasting, manifesting, invocations, etc. at once. These prestige classes are typically intended for multiclass ...
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Are there limits to size for a Warshaper's Morphic Weapons feature?

Is there any limit to how much a Warshaper (Complete Warrior) can grow their limbs using their Morphic Weapons ability? As far as the rules say, it is possible for a Tiny creature to then grow to ...
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What Prestige Classes exist that apply a template to the character?

There are prestige classes that apply or effectively apply a template to the character that attains a certain level. To clarify, I am not asking about other "Apotheosis" prestige classes, ...
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Can a character acquire multiple archetypes from the same class?

I have a player that wants to build a Dragonborn Outlander Ranger/Sorcerer, with Slaad as the first Favored Enemy. The archetypes for the Sorcerer are Draconic Bloodline and Wild Magic. Being ...
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Is this homebrew "Sir Knight" class balanced?

I'm here today to ask whom it may concern to read through this class' description. I would ask your answers to address this class in terms of balancing, its features fitting with image of a medieval ...
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Playing a PC with lycanthrope abilities [closed]

I have a player who wants to play a Lycanthrope (werewolf). But that is technically against the rules. Using only the 5e official rules form hardcover books, what is the best combination of race/...
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Which classes grant the Bonus Feats feature at level 1, letting me pick a feat of my choice?

Other than the fighter and the generic classes, is there any other class that lets you pick a bonus feat at level one? My DM said I can choose from 3.5e and Pathfinder 1e classes, Base classes and ...
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Is there any class+subclass combination which can use divination spells but doesn't rely on magic for combat?

The question boils down to the title, but the reason I'm asking the question in the first place is a bit unusual, so I will give all the information here in case that helps with answers. I recently ...

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