Questions tagged [class]

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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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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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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Is the Artificer friendly to new players?

I have a friend who's interested in D&D and is coming from a background in 40k and Star Wars Armada. Given the difference in types of games, I worry about them being bogged down and overwhelmed. ...
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Is this homebrew "Death's Incarnate" class balanced?

long time lurker, first time poster, yada yada to the point. Some time ago I written a homebrew class for D&D 5e called Death's Incarnate. I would like to ask for any opinions and critique about ...
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In OD&D, how do you calculate XP, HP and Max HP when switching class?

In Original D&D, specifically the rules described in Men & Magic, it says: Elves can begin as either Fighting-Men or Magic-Users and freely switch class whenever they choose, from adventure ...
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Homebrew review: Elementalist spellcaster class and ray specialist

Elementalist The Elementalist is a master of elemental magic, often lashing out across the battlefield with rays of destructive elemental energy. Hit Die: d8 Starting Wealth: 2d6 × 10 gp (average 70 ...
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What are the differences between different class types?

My Question In Pathfinder (1e), I'm seeing classes (or class-like things?) referred to as any of the following: Core classes Base classes Unchained classes Hybrid classes Parent classes Alternate ...
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What hit dice do sages use? [closed]

I'm creating a character for DnD 5e, and I was wondering what kind of hit dice Sages use. He's a Wizard's Apprentice if that helps.
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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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Can Kensai Improve a Soulbow's weapon?

I am preparing to DM a D&D 3.5e game. One of my players is trying to go Soulbow into Kensai. Can Kensai actually enhance the Soulbow's weapon? I am not sure if it can do that, as it is just an ...
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Is there any build that claims to substantially benefit in versatility from the Mystic Theurge's extra spell slots?

Conventional wisdom is that more spell levels are better than more spell slots of lower level. For example, this argument has been used to argue in favor of playing a Focused Specialist Wizard. From ...
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Is succubus in savage species underpowered?

One of my friends mentioned wanting to play a succubus in a pathfinder game and wants to use the savage species succubus class for it though at a glance the succubus class in savage species seems ...
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Can a True Polymorphed character gain classes?

Say, my human Wizard permanently True Polymorphs themself into a halfling. That halfling won't have a class, so can it, say, gain Fighter levels? What about creatures that aren't playable races, like ...
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Does only the "Thug" variant combine with the "Sneak Attack Fighter" Variant?

Unearthed Arcana lists the two Fighter variants "Thug" and what is commonly referred to as "Sneak Attack Fighter". I have been reading in forums here and there that you can combine ...
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Is there a way to cause an arbitrary magical beast to gain character levels in a chosen class?

I was looking at this answer from our fine cheese collection, and it occurred to me that it would be quite a lot more practical if we could arrange for the assistance of a gorilla and war mammoth with ...
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Is there an existing class or subclass for rune casting?

Is there an existing class or subclass for rune casting in Pathfinder 2e? I would like to have a character that is a sorcerer gaining his abilities from an unknown source. One of the abilities he has ...
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Hunter Animal Companion(s) clarification

Here is a very tricky question about a build; I want to play multiple animal companions and for some reason people tell me that it can't be done. I'm looking at the Hunter. The hunter’s effective ...
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Best supporting class for a 3.5 low level campaign?

I'm adapting the FrozenSick campaign from the Explorer's Guide to Wildermount 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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How does the Avatar spell function if my character worships a god that isn't listed under the spell?

I'm about to start a 3rd level campaign centered around upper-class intrigue and pirates, so I figured I'd try playing a Cleric of Ng to fit a setting with implicitly ambiguous morals. However, I'm ...
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Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre?

Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre? In RAW, how proficient is the shadow assassin with the sawtooth sabre? Weapon and Armor Proficiency A shadow assassin is proficient in all simple ...
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Can I use magic gifted by a deity if I'm not a paladin, warlock, or cleric of that deity?

So, I'm wanting to create this homebrewed God called "The Crow Lord" (basically a less depressing and edgy version of the Raven Queen) and I'm fairly new to D&D and I'm a bit confused. ...
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Classes with Grace as a class feature?

So I recently made an amusing discovery. Daring Outlaw is often regarded as the saving grace (rimshot) of the Swashbuckler class, and it has the Grace class feature (+1) as a requirement, meaning you ...
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Which hybrid classes give alternative ways to calculate AC?

In D&D 4e some hybrid classes provide alternative ways to calculate AC. I know about Hybrid Runepriests (Serene Blade) using Wisdom. What other class-ability combinations are there?
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Is this homebrew Holy Archer class ready for playtest?

Background So, after lots of thought I decided to present my homebrew class for review. The background on why I made it is here, but, in short, one of my players wanted to play a paladin-like ranged ...
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Is this homebrew Tinkerer class balanced?

I am going to make a campaign set in a time when technology is readily available, but not like futuristic Earth or whatever. To keep the campaign fantasy, I'm going for a Star Wars kind of feel with ...
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Is it possible to use warlock's Hideous Blow in barbarian's rage?

According to the Complete Arcane book, warlock invocations are not spells. Barbarian rage description in PHB1 says: While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-...
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Do pact archetype wizards have full curse progression?

I'm pretty sure that I can't be reading this right, but the pact wizard archetype from 5th level says you gain an oracle curse and you count your oracle level as half your wizard level. Looking up the ...
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How can my PCs discover an NPC's class if they are trying to hide it?

I'm pretty new to DMing and I'm working on writing a campaign in which it's important to the plot that the characters not know at first that the BBEG is a multiclass wizard-warlock. Basically, this ...
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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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Why Is The Artificer's Infuse Item So Confusing? [closed]

I'm playing an artificer in my friends campaign but I tend to get confused by a lot of the wording on Infuse Item. The ability seems simple enough but it feels like I'm missing something because the ...
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When a class changes from divine, arcane, or psychic to a different type, what mechanical effects are there?

Recently, it occurred to me that besides flavor stuff like where the magic comes from and what spells they can cast, I can't really think of anything that's different between divine casters, arcane ...
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Do Bloodline bonus spells known need to be added to the class that qualified you for the feat?

Bloodline feats (e.g. Air Bloodline) grant additional spells known, and require you to be a spontaneous arcane caster. But are these spells-known only added to the class that qualifies you for the ...
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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 Farmer class balanced so far?

My players helped an old farmer out, and he wants his son to travel with them as an NPC/PC. The boy has lots of potential, and yearns to see the world. I control the character out of combat, and a ...
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How do you use D&D Next NPC statistics lacking classes (e.g. in "Murder in Baldur's Gate") with 5e?

I would like to test 5e and have acquired the "Murder in Baldur's Gate" adventure. Now I find that the monster statistics in the adventure are "D&D Next", the playtesting version of 5e. There are ...
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For the purposes of Magic Jar, does a monster with the Spellcasting special trait have class levels? [duplicate]

The spell magic jar says with regards to the creature who's body the caster is possessing: If the target has any class levels, you can't use any of its class features. The only class feature a ...
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Is this homebrew Shifter class balanced compared to the official classes?

One of my players wanted a non-spellcasting druid, is this balanced compared to the official classes? The Shifter The shifters, unlike the druids, lack a mystical connection to nature, and do not use ...
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I found a homebrew summoner/eidolon class online; is it balanced?

I have found many summoner/eidolon classes. One kinda stuck out to me: is it balanced? We are starting at level 1. Desired balance comparison is to the Wizard schools of Conjuration or ...
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Can Favored Souls choose feats that require cleric levels, such as Initiate of Astilabor?

The Initiate of Astilabor feat (Dragon Magic, p. 20) has the following prequisites: Prerequisite: Cleric level 3rd, dragonblood subtype, deity Astilabor. As a Dracolyte silverbrow human having an ...
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Are there any 6-level-spell progression classes with wildshape?

I don't see anything in the plain class descriptions and it's time consuming to go through each archetype to see if I can find what I'm looking for. Are there any classes that gain access to wild ...
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Is the Alchemist class presesented balanced? [closed]

I'm looking at using this Alchemist homebrew class for my D&D 5e game. (Version as of 16 Oct 2019.) Will this break my game? Are there ways to optimize this class to break my game? How does this ...
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What happened to levels 11-20 in the mystic class?

I am referring to the mystic class presented in Unearthed Arcana. As far as I know it's not a prestige class like the rune scribe.
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Is it at all possible to create/homebrew a class with half-subclasses?

Sonny is a great little game starring a zombie who starts out with limited skills (a super-basic attack and a self-healing spell) and gains more skills as he levels up. At two points in the game, you ...
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Character class and race comparisons between Warhammer 40k and D&D 5e [closed]

I play Dnd 5e with a group of friends and we are longtime dnd players, but one of our friends has been obsessed with Warhammer for several years. We've decided to try it, particularly the Warhammer ...
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Are NPCs who want to gain class levels considered multi-classed?

Consider an Apprentice Wizard from Volo's Guide to Monsters: its spellcasting is the same as a 1st-level wizard, its skills are from the wizard list, and it's proficient in a weapon from the wizard ...
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Is it necessary to have archetypes for a homebrew class?

I'm trying my hand at homebrew. Specifically, I'm making an Alchemist class, but can't think of any archetypes - which prompted this question. If I need to be a little more specific, a class that ...
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Is this Revised Dragon Rider homebrew class balanced compared to the official classes?

Is this revision of the homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: ...
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Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes?

Is this homebrew Dragon Rider class balanced compared to the other official classes in 5e? Note that all the spells I've put on the Rider spell list require concentration. The class: Dragon Rider ...
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What classes have greater-than-full-caster progression?

For example, Ur-Priest gains the next level of spell at every class level (instead of every other class level, like cleric). Are there any other classes (of any type) that get higher-level spells more ...
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Why take four levels in Swashbuckler?

As far as I'm aware, it is common knowledge that the Swashbuckler is only useful because of the Daring Outlaw feat and Insightful Strike. Between them, they only require three levels in Swashbuckler. ...

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