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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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Does a wizard really have the same chance to hit as a fighter?

In D&D versions Original to 3.5, the ability to hit your opponent varies from class to class (i.e. Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, and Wizard). The classes in 5th edition all seem to have the same basic ...
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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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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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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 makes a spell being cast considered to be a {class} spell?

My understanding is that when a spell is known or prepared via one of your class features, or if you cast it via a class feature, it's considered a "class spell" (sorcerer spell, cleric spell, etc.) ...
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Do Starfinder classes have different tiers of power?

I know that in 3.x (including Pathfinder) it's common to talk about different tiers of classes in terms of power and versatility. Does this also apply to Starfinder, and if so, what are they? I rarely ...
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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 ...
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Classes for preventing damage [closed]

I'm new to dungeons & dragons and I am looking to play a support role within the campaign so I want to know which class can mitigate the most amount of damage for my party members. I'm thinking ...
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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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What character options allow receiving random visions?

I'd like to introduce to my campaign a human NPC that suffers from vague and uncontrollable visions of the future. Are there classes, feats, magic items, or templates that give such an ability?
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Making a melee focused spellcaster class useful [closed]

I want to make a spellcaster class that has spells that form weapons or are generally melee and contact focused for D&D 5e. How can I make it to where players will prefer to use the spell-created ...
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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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Changing Skirmisher Warlord into an Arcane Int Leader

TL;DR: Want to turn Skirmishing Warlord into INT buff based "Wizard" to fit character theme. No changes besides main ability scores used. Is this a balanced thing to do or will it be OP? So my ...
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What is a short, memorable description of the difference between wizards, warlocks and sorcerers? [closed]

I've looked this up several times but I haven't found an explanation succinct and clear enough so that I could actually keep it in my mind. It would be great if somebody could describe a simple ...
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What class besides rogue makes a good criminal? [closed]

I'd like to have my next PC be a pirate who fences stolen goods and who is effective at her job because she can defeat her rivals in direct combat (as opposed to hiding and stabbing them or ruining ...
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Seduction Assassin

Is there a prestige class or alternate class or archetype in Pathfinder made specifically for a seduction based assassin? So far the closest thing I found was Ninja, but it's still lacking in the ...
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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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How does Pathfinder's Investigator inspiration system work with 3.5's Factotum inspiration system according to a strict reading of the RAW?

So, I have a GM who wants to run a strict RAW 20th level arena fight campaign. I'm making a factotum. Said DM also allows Pathfinder material to be freely backported to 3.5, but doesn't allow ...
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Are there guidelines for homebrewed content?

I am going to be a first-time DM in the near future, and one of the players wants to run a homebrewed class that sounds pretty exciting. I'm eager to include the class, but some searching only turned ...
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How to make a luck mage?

I have a player attempting to make a Pathfinder Malefactor in Open Legend. But I don't know which stat could reasonably be used to create bad luck. Are there any descriptions of uses for a stat, ...
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Can a spellcaster use a focus not specified by his or her class?

The question speaks for itself, but here are a few examples: My cleric's holy symbol is broken, but she still has an arcane orb. My bard wants to sing and speak instead of using instruments, and ...
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How do class tiers in Pathfinder shift through levels?

I have read some explanations of abilities that make T1 classes so strong, and what makes T6 classes so useless. However, most of such explanationes mention very high-leveled abilitites, or even ...
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Do players know that Wizards don't wear armour? [closed]

Since NPCs are made using either NPC classes or PC classes, they're all built using a strict of rules. This would mean that the vast majority of NPCs with the Wizard class don't wear armour. It's D&...
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How do you handle the Immolator move “Hand Crafted”?

The move is as follows: You may use your hands in place of tools and fire to craft metal objects. Mundane weapons, armor and metal jewelry can all be formed from their raw components. You may ...
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Which Pathfinder classes and archetypes provide benefits for successfully identifying creatures with the Knowledge skill?

I'm looking to make a character who knows everything about everything. To make such a character function, I'd want to truly benefit from the knowledge he has. Which class/archetypes benefit the most ...
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How long would it take to teach a 6 year old magic? [closed]

I am currently DMing Curse of Strahd for a group of 4 players, including a dwarven life cleric, a circle of the land elf druid, a dwarf fighter, and a half-elf barbarian. After rescuing a few children ...
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Do Warmages Need a Free Hand to Cast?

The official description of the warmage class (Complete Arcane p.10) doesn't say that it needs a free hand to cast spells with somatic components, but other casting classes do appear to have that as a ...
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Have Pathfinder's designers explained the lack of prepared, fast-progression, Charisma-based spellcasters? [closed]

Wizard, cleric, druid, witch, and shaman all have similar spellcasting mechanics. They have the fastest spell progression (i.e., access to a new spell level at each odd-numbered class level), which ...
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Combining Ranger archetypes: guide/urban ranger

I want to take two ranger archetypes: Guide and Urban Ranger from the APG. How does the Favored Community and Favored Terrain work together? Can any of those bonuses, say the initiative, stack? Let'...
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How do you create a custom class in-character?

There are a few methods of creating custom base classes in D&D 3.5. If I was a lord with enough money and men, how would I go about it and what would it cost? Originally I was thinking ...
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How should the GM adjust encounters for PCs with other classes' class features? [closed]

I'm planning a Final Fantasy VIII-style campaign wherein PCs are students at a military school that teaches mundane combat, magical combat, and how to summon creatures. Obviously, no lone class does ...
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Why is the skald nearly tier 2?

In the Pathfinder tier list, the Skald is a blue tier 3 — in other words, nearly tier 2. The Bard isn't. What made it deserve this notation? Is there an extremly powerful particular build or option ...
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Is the Dwarven Favored Class Bonus for Brawler temporary or permanent and stackable?

For a Dwarf Brawler, you can select the Favored Class Bonus: Brawler: Reduce the hardness of any object made from clay, stone, or metal by 1 whenever the object is struck by the brawler's unarmed ...
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Does the Dwarven Favored Class Bonus for Brawler affect magical items?

For a Dwarf Brawler, you can select the Favored Class Bonus: Brawler: Reduce the hardness of any object made from clay, stone, or metal by 1 whenever the object is struck by the brawler's unarmed ...
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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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Better throwing weapon class?

I'm trying to compare a throwing specialist rogue (I'm thinking Two Weapon Fighting Knife Master) and Hurler Barbarian, but I'm having trouble visualizing them actually functioning. Which class is ...
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Do temporary feats count for meeting prerequisites?

A machinesmith can gain temporary feats using a mobious weapon. An android machinesmith can gain another temporary feat by casting on himself the spell program feat. Can this android machinesmith use ...
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What class and archetype to start out with, to be(come) a mastermind manipulator?

I want to play a character that is a master at manipulating people to do his bidding, staying out of combat for the most part. I want my character to be a bit sinister, kind of like Loki from Norse ...
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The Templar Prestige Class (Based on the Dragon Age: Origins Knight Templars) [closed]

This is my idea for a prestige class that i wanted to make for a campaign. Please comment below for any tips or suggestions to make it better. LINK: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/...
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Looking for a fighter-like variant class

Looking for a fighter-type variant class with some of these possible features (in order of importance): Full BAB Bluff as a class skill Concentration as a class skill Weapon Finesse for free at level ...
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Is there a class or set of feats that focuses on shooting with the ballista?

I've tried to do a little research, as my players will soon fight pirates, whose warship is armed with ballistas (gunpowder hasn't been invented yet). Unfortunately, I was unable to find any class ...