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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Flurry of Blows calculation

Let's say, we have there 1st level Monk, and he has STR 17/+3. Now we are calculating base attack with his Flurry of Blows. For first level, we have "Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus" -1/-1, plus 1st ...
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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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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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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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How many spells a day does a character get?

I know that this a very juvenile question, but I began to doubt my understanding of the rule when reading this answer to another of my questions. So when looking at a Wizard's spells per day in ...
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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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Prestige Classes - Unusual Base Classes [closed]

So, from what I can find, most prestige classes have requirements for the usual base classes. Sorcerer, Monk, Rogue, etc.. But what if your base class is something unusual, say a Beguiler? Are there ...
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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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Divine Spellcasting as an Arcane Spellcaster

Is there a class that allows one to learn and cast Divine spells the way they can learn and cast Arcane spells? Without multiclassing specifically as a Divine spellcaster such as Cleric or Druid, but ...
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How do you roll for an Animal Companion?

I am about to start a Pathfinder campaign as a Cavalier for the first time, and I've hit a bit of a quandary. As dictated by Animal Companions, my mount should have one hit die. However, when looking ...
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How well can a Truenamer (the recreated, GitP, The Way Words Work version) cover for the role played by a divine caster?

I am in a D&D 3.5e campaign (custom setting) where the party is all 1st-level and consists of: Halfling Druid with partial alternate class features, no animal companion yet and a quarterstaff &...
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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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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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What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?

The D&D 3.5e's original Truenamer is considered so badly broken it's nearly unusable, and in the Tier system, it gets pegged at tier 6 or 7, i.e. it is the lowest of the low. However, the folks ...
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Do Artificers, Archivists, and similar classes have any way to exploit the transmuter's Spell Versatility?

From Unearthed Arcana, specialist transmuters can gain the following: Spell Versatility (Ex) A 5th-level transmuter using this variant can adapt magic of other schools to his own style of ...
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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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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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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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Gate Mage implementation for D&D or Pathfinder [closed]

Gate mages, described in the Mither Mages series by Orson Scott Card, are potent healers, tricksters, travelers, and linguists. They have some potential as damage dealers in that they can use gates to ...
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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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Why do bards and druids get Heat metal? [closed]

As per Player's handbook, only bards and druids get access to Heat metal. Later books added forge clerics to that super-exclusive list, and UA artificers are in it too. But why? Artificers and forge ...
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What are the Pathfinder classes relying the least on the player's dice rolls? [closed]

Let's assume a player has very bad luck (as in, most attack rolls result in failures, with a bad record of 1s' showing up at the worst moments). What are the classes that are the least reliant on the ...
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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: ...
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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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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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Homebrew “magic” version of Soulknife

So it seems the Soulknife, though its ability to conjure energy blades at will sounds cool, actually sucks. Also, my DM (and possibly many other DM's) aren't particularly fond of Psionic rules. In ...
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Changeling to early Warshaper options

This is for a low magic campaign (No full casters. Partial casters are fine. Ex. Rangers/Paladins and similar). This means sources of magical healing will be pretty lacking and I'm looking for a ...
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How do racial class mechanics actually work?

For example, I want to play a half-giant. It's a racial class from the D&D 3.5 Complete Psionic handbook. I pick it as a race, right? But I get my racial abilities by taking level. So, when I take ...
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Do hybrid classes get everything from both classes during advancement?

In Pathfinder there are the hybrid classes, e.g. Arcanist, Investigator, etc. Each hybrid class has two parent classes. For example, Arcanist has Wizard and Sorcerer as parent classes. My question ...
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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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Human Favored Class: Sorcerer

First of all, I think this favored class bonus is ridiculously powerful compared to any other options available. It dramatically reduces the drawback of choosing a sorcerer over a wizard. However, my ...
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Is the Essentials hexblade balanced with the AEDU bard, fighter, and psion?

I'm currently starting to form a 4e game with a group of friends and they all choose core classes, Bard, Fighter, and Psion. However we only had 3 players so I started to look for another player. I ...
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Samurai multi-classing into paladin but with low CHA

I'll try to make this short. I am a level 12 Samurai at the moment and I wish to multiclass into paladin, but the sad part is I have a modifier of 0 in Charisma, so that's out the door unless you guys ...
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What's the impact of extra domains on a shugenja/cleric?

Extra Domains, in part, says Several of the prestige classes described in this chapter allow a member of that class to select an additional domain, which gives an additional granted power and ...
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How can I convert this Burning Empires diplomat character to Pathfinder?

A diplomat character from Burning Empires was (trivially) converted to Burning Wheel. Now I'm running a game with Pathfinder rules in the same setting and there is a fine opportunity to bring the ...
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How does adding class levels to a dragon affect CR?

For a multi-GM campaign I'm doing in the Pathfinder, I need to create a NPC. He's a blue dragon. He's posing as a human senator, and causing all sorts of sneaky troubles. Here's my question: do I just ...
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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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Is a totemist's ability to use armor restricted?

Can a totemist wear medium or heavy armor without it interfering with his powers? I've read online that they can't use their powers if they do, but I can't find where in Magic of Incarnum it says that....
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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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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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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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What are the advantages a Champion fighter has over a Berserker barbarian?

Both the fighter and barbarian in this comparison are using a two-handed weapon build. I'm asking for the pros a fighter may have in combat over the barbarian because it feels like in combat the ...
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How does the Ambitious Schemer racial trait for Drow work?

I'm confused here. It is written "You may choose either Bluff or Diplomacy as a class skill, and gain a +2 bonus on such skill checks." So, how it works with regular class skills?
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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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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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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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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Combining Swordsage and Broken One Substitution Levels [closed]

I want to be able to offer my DM suggestions about how this can work mechanically. I want to use the Broken One monk substitution levels from Champions of Valor 36-7 but use Tome of Battle's swordsage ...
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How sticky is Stick Together?

In Pathfinder, I have been looking through the vastly under appreciated Cavalier class and its Tactician abilities (causing any ally within 30 feet to adopt their selected Teamwork feat). One of the ...
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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, ...