Questions tagged [cleric]

For questions about the cleric, a playable deity-bound caster class in a number of RPGs. Clerics may have different restrictions and allowances based on their deity, though these often vary by RPG and edition.

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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

In my attempt to make a more harsh, uncaring setting, I’ve hit a stumbling block in terms of the ease with which even low level Clerics can treat the poor and the sick: A 1st-level Cleric can bring ...
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Are there any rules for a Cleric to change his faith?

There are rules for a Cleric who loses faith, and how to regain his standing through atonement. But what if he abandons one faith entirely for another? Presumably his new god/faith should be picking ...
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How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work? [closed]

In 3.X wizards had spellbooks, while clerics had their entire spell list, but they both memorized/prepared spells every day from those lists, and had a certain number of slots for preparing spells in. ...
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Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?

Our group had some confusion about preparing spells for a Wizard and Cleric. The rules say that you prepare a number of spells from your list and that you tick off spell slots when you cast a spell. ...
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How do I Raise the Dead and Look Good Doing it?

I am a LE cleric (No god, but in a order of LG/LN cleric, faking to praying to their god) and we are in a mass combat campaign (Darn you Drow), and I want to raise an elite troop of undead to protect ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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What makes clerics so strong in D&D 3.5?

I'm just starting a campaign for the first time with a couple of friends, and I've been told that certain classes like cleric are really strong; some people even say they're overpowered. What is it ...
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Can clerics create holy water?

I'm running a 5th edition campaign that's going well. I'm not very versed in the system just yet, and my group has run into a little bit of a bind - it's not game-breaking, but it tends to come up ...
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Why can't clerics use sharp weapons?

In many versions of D&D, clerics can't use bladed/edged/pointy weapons, and are instead restricted to things like staves, clubs, maces, etc. Why is this? Is there some historical reason? Is ...
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How can a cleric transport 500,000 gold inconspicuously by himself?

I am retiring a character, and the DM has given me permission to carry out the following actions, so long as I can physically "carry" them. The cleric is attempting to withdraw 500,000 gp from a ...
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Is there an official way to effectively carry a holy symbol without breaking Vow of Poverty?

A cleric who takes Vow of Poverty (Book of Exalted Deeds) can't carry a holy symbol. This is both true under the rules-as-written (he is allowed no material possessions except simple weapons, simple ...
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Can I cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield?

I have a human cleric (war domain) with the War Caster feat. She holds a warhammer and a shield. Am I able to cast spells that require a material component and still hold my hammer and shield? If not,...
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How do touch spells work against creatures you're already touching?

The other day, a few others and I were playing Pathfinder and I have a question over tactic that I used. Our GM threw slug/tentacle like creatures at us that began with attaching themselves to our ...
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How do I figure out how to roleplay my Cleric's faith?

I'm new to the whole D&D scene. Our group put together a fairly balanced party, with me playing a War Cleric (we needed a “tank”). My problem is that I can't figure out how to roleplay such a ...
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How does Augury work exactly?

I am the DM for a party that started to rely more and more on the augury spell, casting it as a ritual at least daily, because it has shown them the 'right' path on multiple occasions in the past. ...
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Why are Clerics and Druids Wisdom-based?

Since early D&D, the cleric/druid/priest-analogue classes have been Wisdom-based spellcasters. Does anyone know why that is and/or what justification was given originally (if any)? There are ...
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Can you destroy a powerful creature with True Polymorph, Turning, and Destroy Undead?

As an Arcana Domain cleric, I cast true polymorph on a powerful enemy creature (say a Kraken), its statistics change to match a lower CR creature; I choose an undead (say a Skeleton). If I then use ...
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Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?

I have a halfling cleric of Bahamut who wears his holy symbol as an amulet around his neck as a spellcasting focus (so material components are not an issue). However, as per this question, this does ...
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Which cultural trope(s) does the D&D cleric refer to?

On the level of game mechanics, the classic D&D cleric melds the healer, the crusader and the witch/vampire hunter in one person. Is this a genuine D&D mish-mash or is there any cultural/...
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Good Single Word Instruction for “Command” Spell [closed]

The first level Cleric spell "Command" allows a single word verb command to be issued which will be obeyed by the target. What commands would you recommend / have you had success with? It feels like ...
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Does the life cleric's Disciple of Life apply to revivify?

I have just helped a fellow 5e player set up their life domain cleric. However, we are both unsure whether the Disciple of Life feature should apply to them casting revivify, which they are able to ...
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Can Sentinel at Death's Door and Cutting Words combine to make a critical hit miss?

We already know from Sage Advice and other answers to other questions that by RAI, (and I guess RAW too), Cutting Words (and Bane) don't work on critical hits, though in the case of Cutting Words they ...
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Would a cleric's domain ever preclude them from casting a general cleric spell?

First time player playing as a tempest cleric. As I understand the rules, a cleric of any domain has access to all the general cleric spells (i.e. not the ones that are only accessible to certain ...
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What are the balance implications of allowing Forge Clerics to gradually create items worth over 100gp with multiple uses of Artisan's Blessing?

I am currently DM'ing a campaign, in which one of the PCs is a Forge Cleric. Artisan's Blessing lets Forge Clerics conduct a ritual to craft non-magical items worth no more than 100gp. Raw materials ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

I am about to start a campaign of D&D 5th edition. I have a character in mind, a blacksmith with a thing for swords, who became a cleric worshiping a sword god. Mechanically this translates to a ...
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What happens when I can prepare more spells than I have slots to cast them with?

I am a level 4 cleric with a 20 (+5) wisdom in D&D 5e. This means I have a total of 9 spells I can cast in 1 day. I only have 4 level 1 spell slots and 3 level 2. So if I were to use all those ...
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Would the Life cleric's Disciple of Life feature supercharge the Regenerate spell?

Reading through the cleric spell list, it occurred to me that if the Life Domain cleric's Disciple of Life feature works on the regenerate spell, you would regain 10 hp instead of 1. Is this valid?
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What options are available for a Cleric casting multiple spells per round?

I am playing a Cleric in 3.5e who's neutral good, plant/good domain, and going up to level 6 next session. To be effective in combat, I rely on my spells. However, before I join combat, I'd prefer to ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over the Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMG's quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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When a cleric not devoted to a deity picks the domain War, can he pick any weapon?

A cleric can opt "to have no deity" yet such a cleric still "select[s] two domains to represent his spiritual inclinations and abilities" (Player's Handbook 32). If such a cleric picks the domain War (...
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Is negative energy (or channeling it) necessarily evil?

I'm building a Lawful Neutral cleric of Abadar, and picture her channeling negative energy as "Abadar's rebuke of the unjust". In my case, she'll use the Rulership variant channeling rules, cutting ...
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Which cleric powers are usable without a Holy Symbol?

Yesterday I had the privilege of losing my Holy Symbol to a story point. (We all lost everything but our clothes.) How can I determine what powers, if any, I can use without my Holy Symbol?
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How does Artisan's Blessing handle rusted and mistreated weapons?

My group and I are all brand new. We've just made it through several fight against goblins and hobgoblins and recovered a few rusty short swords, a few rusty daggers and a knackered spear. I'm playing ...
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Is Spiritual Weapon considered a Spell or a Weapon for Resistance/Immunity purposes?

In 5th Edition D&D there are various monsters with immunity or resistance to magic. For example, the Rakshasa is immune to spells of 6th level or lower. Many of these monsters are not also immune/...
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Are there examples of priests/clerics having water creation abilities that predate D&D? [closed]

As far as I know, many D&D spells were inspired by popular fantasy tropes, like priests' blessings and healing hands or wizards' fireballs and lightnings. However, the Create Water spell seems to ...
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Does a Life Cleric casting Goodberry at higher spell levels get more potent Berries?

My question is derived from a few contradicting pieces of information but I have no direct answer with an example. I'll first describe the information: Goodberry, has no cast at higher level ...
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Can a Trickery Domain cleric cast a spell through the Invoke Duplicity clone while inside a Forcecage?

The Trickery Domain cleric gains the Channel Divinity feature Invoke Duplicity: As an action, you create a perfect illusion of yourself that lasts for 1 minute, or until you lose your concentration ...
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Do clerics have access to every spell of the level they can cast?

The playtest notes are not clear in regard to clerics. It specifically states how many spells wizards can learn. So do I just assume that a cleric learns one spell per level or do they have access to ...
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Can a forge cleric use Artisan's Blessing to make diamond rings?

Our forge cleric wanted to manufacture diamond rings and use the diamonds later for raise dead and similar spells. Artisan's Blessing states that the end product must include some kind of metal. The ...
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Can Clerics have divine power without it being provided by a god?

I have an experienced player wanting to create a tempest cleric who doesn't worship a god. His back story will be something along the lines of 'walking through a storm one day he is hit by lightning, ...
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How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?

In one of my groups, there is an evil cleric. He constantly uses the 'harm' spell to greatly reduce the enemies hp (after several buffs and debuffs). The thing is, since he is playing with an evil ...
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What happens if a cleric chooses a duplicate skill for their class and domain?

I have a player who has chosen to be a Knowledge Cleric. For class skills, she chose proficiency in History and Insight. For additional domain skills, she chose proficiency plus expertise in ...
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Can a paladin/cleric follow more than one god?

One of the other characters in our prospective party proposed this question. From some research, it seems that Clerics and Paladins are likely required to have a god, but can they have more than one? ...
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I want to have elite troop of undead, but which undead?

It's me again with more questions about undead. I was reading the cleric's animate dead spell, and I was a little bit disappointed after reading the skeleton's stats. 6 hp is kind of bad for an elite ...
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GM confusion: The n-dimensions of Clerics. Or: The nightmare of errata

I was listening to the latest official D&D podcast - all about the Class Compendium's latest updates, especially to the Cleric and have become completely confused. There's a cleric in the Player'...
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Can the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature affect multiple people targeted by a mass-healing spell?

Arcana Domain clerics gain the Spell Breaker feature at 6th level. The description (SCAG, p. 126) says: Starting at 6th level, when you restore hit points to an ally with a spell of 1st level or ...
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Does the Spiritual Weapon spell take a bonus action or an action to use?

I am a 5th level cleric in D&D and I am a little unsure about how to use spiritual weapon, which is cast with a bonus action. The spell says that you create a weapon and then you can attack. ...
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Can the Create Water spell create “running water”?

In our current Pathfinder campaign, my party is (probably) dealing with a Vampire; one of the vampire weaknesses is to take damage in "running water". We have multiple Clerics and a Druid in the ...
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Can a sorc 19 / cleric 1 cast cleric spells at higher sorcerer levels?

Inspired by this answer Sorc 19/Cleric 1 has a bit more issues. You only have the few L1 cleric spells, and lots of Sorcerer spells, make sure you took cleric spells that scale (so you can cast ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...