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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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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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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Werebear Class Bonus Attacks

Looking at the werebear class description on the Realmshelp Page I am running into a conundrum.. At level one the werebear gains 2 claws and one bite attack. Does this mean that a lvl one werebear ...
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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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Why do we call the class “Barbarians” instead of “Berserks” or “Berserkers”?

This is a history-of-gaming question, and it has to do with the name choice between Barbarian and Berserkers. Due to the race-and-class mixing and matching of many different gaming systems, you can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to help my low-level spellcaster PCs feel more useful

My party right now consists of a pair of incredibly optimized characters (a half-orc fighter and a ranger/scout), one fairly well optimized character (a swashbuckler who's thinking about mutliclassing ...
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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 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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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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Are there any official class options in 5e not mentioned in the PHB, and if so, where can I find them? [duplicate]

I just joined the Adventurers League. They have told me that you can get character options (class, background, race) from the PHB and one other official D&D 5E book. I am aware of the race options,...
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What happens if everyone uses the same class?

Normally in Dungeon World, each player plays a different class: thief, druid, fighter, etc. What happens if everyone uses the same class? Does this have a harmful effect on the game? I'm looking to ...
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Are there any Handbooks for the “Expert” NPC Class?

Question is in the title: Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class? I'm only looking at the Core NPC class, not any homemade or other "Experts" floating around. I have checked all the ...
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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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Characters shapeshifting into magic weapons

I have been thinking about a different approach to cooperation in a team. I am wondering if it is possible to start as a character, who can shapeshift into a weapon, which gets more powerful with the ...
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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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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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Are there Race/Alignment restrictions for classes in the PHB?

I'm looking through the PHB and I notice that none of the Classes explicitly state an Alignment or Race limitation. There is flavor text, but there is nothing that looks like a rule. I see some stuff ...
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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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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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What is the reason to only give casters a single high level slot up to the upper levels? [closed]

Looking at the spellcasting progression, casters only get a single 8th and a single 9th level slot, from when the spell level becomes available up to the 20th level(1). A similar situation happens to ...
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Closest non-Homebrew class to Potions Master / Salve-Maker?

I've been searching for a character build where it focuses on Potions crafting. To be specific, a character that would be able to craft potions as an (in-combat) action, and where the potions crafted ...
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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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Apostle of Peace committed murder willingly. Now what?

The apostle of peace killed an orc. Willinglly. Justify as you wish that said orc is chaotic evil, that he eats newborn elf babies, whatever. They broke the vows. The vow of peace feat was stripped ...
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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 ...
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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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Is there any other class that qualifies for the “prepared” side of Ultimate Magus than the Wizard?

Ultimate magus allows you to advance both a "prepared" and a "spontaneous" arcane class spellcasting progression. The most obvious choice would be Sor/Wiz, but Bard/Wiz works too. There are several ...
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How to make odd couple pairings viable? [closed]

FiveThirtyEight has a fun little article about the frequency of race/class combos. You can see which are the most popular (human fighters) and which are the least (aasimar ranger). This got me ...
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Can a swarm with the hivemind ability gain class levels?

Can a swarm gain class levels, specifically a hellwasp swarm as it has an intelligence score of 6?
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Are Preserver and Defiler distinct classes?

For example Fighter and Paladin are separate classes. They both belong to the warrior group, but are separate character classes. For the purpose of class mechanics, are Preserver and Defiler ...
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Must a ranger use either only a bow or only a sword?

I'm new to dnd-3.5e, and I'm considering playing a ranger. A ranger picks either archery or dual-wielding, but is a ranger limited to carrying around and using only weapons associated with that choice?...
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What was the inspiration for the Oriental Adventures classes?

DnD Character Classes all have some observable sources and influences: In the Oriental Adventures books there are a bunch of new classes, including Samurai and and Wu Jen. But what are the ...
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Creating a fire-themed character that doesn't rely on spells or mental stats

For a campaign with friends, I an trying to create an NPC with PC class levels to assist the party in some adventures. I impose myself several constraints in creating him : a really dumb, reckless ...