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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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Extra Attack + Horde Breaker = 3 attacks, total?

In considering the Ranger class, a fundamental question comes to mind that I wanted to run past the forum. Let's say a 5th level ranger has an Extra Attack and the Horde Breaker skill. Is he able to ...
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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 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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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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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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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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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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Is it possible to give up class feature twice for archetypes, if you have it double?

For example: the ranger trapper gets trap finding, the rogue counterfeit-mage gives up trapfinding (not trap sense) - could the player select another archetype that replaces trapfinding? If you ...
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Adapting classes for a game in a world become newly magical

Civilisation prospered in the world of Ishtar. The world was separated into many countries, but war was rare and trade was flourishing. Harvests were not always abundant, but the good years more than ...
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Are spells learned from feats considered to be associated with your class?

The multiclassing spellcasting rules (PHB p. 164, or here in the basic rules) state: Each spell you know and prepare is associated with one of your classes, and you use the spellcasting ability ...
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Can a lance receive bonuses from a source other than Strength?

I had the fun idea of making a cavalier that was a small race (gnome, halfling, etc) so they could ride a medium-sized mount and run around indoors. The only problem is that I want to use a lance (...
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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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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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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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Bardic performance in battle requires a check if the bard is damaged?

Rules for barding performance states that: Starting a bardic performance is a standard action, but it can be maintained each round as a free action. A bardic performance cannot be disrupted, ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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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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If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class, but pick a spell that's also on my class's list, can I cast it using spell slots?

If I take the Magic Initiate feat and choose a different class's spell list, but pick a spell that's also on my class's spell list, can I cast it using my class's spell slots? I have read this ...
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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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What class(es) should I take on a Dragonfire Inspiration-based archer?

Archery is a combat style with a lot of advantages over melee, but suffers in terms of damage. I'm planning a character based around using Dragonfire Inspiration for damage - none of the silly ...
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Hybrid Psion Class Feature Lost?

In D&D 4E Player's Handbook 3 pages 139-155 are the recipes for merging two hybrid classes together. Hybrid psions on pg 147 does not mention Ritual Casting. Does the hybrid class lose this ...
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d20 Star Wars (RE) imperial classes?

Which of the d20 Star Wars Revised Edition (not Saga!) books offered playable Imperial (prestige) classes (if any)? If none, which pre-RE ones are worth looking into? Edit: I've added the 'prestige' ...
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Playing an Undine Druid with the water domain, can I use water affinity for domain spells?

Let me preface this with this is my first character, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Water affinity gives water domain powers and spells at +1 caster level to undine clerics. I'm thinking because ...
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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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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 my homebrew spellcaster class overpowered or unusable?

I am a DM, and recently I have begun to homebrew my own content for D&D 5e because my players and I are getting bored with what is available for character options. I realize that it may be a ...
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Can Unearthed Arcana material be used in Adventurers League?

Are classes and other material from Unearthed Arcana articles legal to use in Adventurers League, or are they a kind of beta phase intended for playtest only before they go official?
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Soulknife vs Soulbow

On one hand, we have the Soulknife, who is able to conjure blade weaponry at will and throw them for ranged attacks. On the other, we have the Soulbow, which specializes in throwing attacks, but uses ...
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How do I create a custom playable race?

My friends and I just bought the D&D Starter Set and it only came with a set of pre-created characters. I did a little research (Wikipedia) and found out that in the core books come a larger set ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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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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In Pathfinder, how many classes can a character have?

I know I can have at least 2 classes, but can I have more? This is of course at the discretion of my GM whether he allows me to have 20 classes if I'd wish. But are there any set rules for this?
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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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Can the Separatist and Scroll Scholar cleric archetypes be combined?

Each of these archetypes changes something about how the cleric's domains work, and I'm not sure if they can be combined. The Separatist chooses one domain from those that their deity normally offers ...
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Homebrewed Character Evaluation: Blind Monk [closed]

I have a player that wants to play a blind elven monk. I have constructed the character below. Anything not specifically mentioned is identical to the normal class/race. Does this character seem ...
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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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A good class to play when new to 5e and RPGs in general? [closed]

A friend of mine picked up the starter kit for 5e. Our group is very inexperienced and are going for a few short campaigns while we all learn. So far, we have a mage and a cleric. What is a fun ...
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Are fluff class descriptions part of the rules?

Inspired by this question I was wondering if class fluff descriptions are part of the rules or just guidelines for ideas? For example does a Freebooter have to be a pirate, or just a strong leader (...
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Is it possible to make a Gestalt character with monster and regular class levels?

I want to build a particularly nasty Ogre as villain, so I went to Savage Species to see what they could tell me there. The thing is, the Ogre as described there is not quite as powerful enough for my ...
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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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Optimizing a Minotaur PC

Was wondering if any one would be able to help flesh out my character and help me make him better. At the moment we are in a 14 level campaign using complete and core books D&D 3.5 edition also ...
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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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Is there a way to detect an NPC's class without them knowing that I'm detecting it?

The description of the detect thoughts spell says that when attempting to probe deeper into a target's mind (which I assume would be required to detect their class): the target knows that you are ...
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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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Do I have to be a certain race to be a certain class, like WoW?

I don't know for sure if I can be any class with any race in 4th edition. Like WoW, you have to be like a Human or Dwarf in order to be a paladin.
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Which class level applies to creating a Kensai's signature weapon?

I noticed the Kensai's signature weapon's maximum modifier is determined by his class level, but does that mean his Kensai level, or the class he took before he became a Kensai?
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Can I train a cat familiar to be a rogue?

Can I train my cat familiar to be a rogue? If I can, how does it level up and would it be able to wield weapons?
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Can a permanently anthropomorphic animal companion take levels in an NPC or PC class?

I used my Druid power to turn my animal into an anthropomorphic one, and a spell of permanency to make it permanent. Is it possible for my animal take levels in an NPC or PC class?
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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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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 ...