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 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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Can a prestige class have attribute prerequisites?

I homebrew a lot of a prestige classes and occasionally have felt like it made sense to have them require certain attributes. For example, a certain class might have Dex 15 as a prerequisite. However, ...
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Is there any way for a Bard to take the Blackstaff Apprentice theme?

Blackstaff Apprentice has the following requirement: Prerequisite: Wizard. You must be able to prepare spells from a spellbook (such as with the Arcanist’s ...
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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 an Antipaladin combine Touch of Corruption and a held touch spell?

In pathfinder, can an antipaladin deliver a held touch spell (e.g. inflict moderate wounds) and touch of corruption at the same time? I have quoted items that I feel are relevant. From the Player's ...
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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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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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Are there any other games with a class system like WFRP 2nd edition's career system? [closed]

I love the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd edition career system. But I don't know anyone else who is interested in the system, and the books are all out of print and very expensive. From what I ...
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Steal Spell-Like Ability (Spellthief) vs once per day Spell-Like Abilities

Assume that we have a Spellthief with Steal Spell-Like Ability (see here) and a willing creature, a unicorn say, from which the Spellthief wishes to steal a once per day spell-like ability (say, cure ...
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Good classes with Multiple Ability Dependence

Often times when contemplating what class I want to play I will take a look at my rolls : if they're overall good, I'll generally go something with a little more Multiple Ability Dependence (MAD) vs. ...
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What is a good storytelling way to change a characters class? [closed]

So let's say I am playing a bard. But now my bard is level 7 and I would like to change the class because I'm just not feeling it anymore. Now I want to play the same character. I still want the ...
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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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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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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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How can I emulate a World of Warcraft's Death Knight?

I'm DM'ing a game based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft. Most of that game's classes are fairly easy to translate in one manner or another to Pathfinder - Druids are Druids, Mages are Wizards and ...
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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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Why is the Psionic Artificer considered to be better than all other tier 1 classes?

The tier list over on GitP considers the Psionic Artificer to be "tier 0" and lists a few reasons explaining why. The primary justifications given for this (as seen here and here, and debated here) ...
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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 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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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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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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Monsters that advance by level and HD?

I am attempting to create an encounter-table generator to end all encounter-table generators. I am doing this because it seems like an interesting project. In order to do this, I need to create a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...