Questions tagged [prestige-class]

In D&D 3.0 and related editions, a prestige class is a class that a player can take in addition to their starting class, to expand the options their character has or to specialize in certain aspects of said class.

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Do you lose your prestige class features when you no longer meet its requirements?

Certain prestige classes detail a list of requirements that are possible for the player to lose (alignment, casting at a certain level), but not what happens if you no longer meet those requirements (...
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All I really want are squirrels

The fan-made prestige class scarlet squirrel (see also this question) at level 3 gains the natural ability weresquirrel that, in part, says, "The character can polymorph into any known squirrel form ...
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Is it possible to achieve 9th level spells in 3 different progressions?

With just a little shenanigans, you can get 9th level in 2 progressions. I think Wizard 3 / Druid 3 / Mystic Theurge 10 / Arcane Hierophant 4 does the trick (If I am not mistaken - no books on me ...
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Is the Cancer Mage overpowered?

I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign, and a player wants to go for the Cancer Mage prestige class in the Book of Vile Darkness. Is this prestige class overpowered, as defined in this question?
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What were the winning prestige classes?

Wizards of the Coast in Jan. 2001 sponsored a prestige class contest on the company's messageboards, and, I assume, announced the results mid-April. Unlike the earlier spellwriting contest that saw ...
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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 are the rules for multiple prestige classes?

Nowhere in the rules I have seen a statement about not being able to choose several prestige classes at the same time. And since there is no XP penalty when multiclassing prestige, it seems quite ...
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Which identical image appears in each of these editions' DMGs?

The just-for-fun prestige class conventioneer (or, if that doesn't work for you, here) that was posted on Wizards of the Coast Web site in 2001 possesses the special ability convention savvy. The ...
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What are the ramifications of waiving the Evil requirement for the assassin class?

Would being able to be a Good assassin mess up the game or something? Have the designers ever explicitly stated why they added that requirement to the class? Secondly, is there an alternative?
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Does anything prevent a paladin from taking levels in a prestige class?

The SRD on Ex-Paladins says Like a member of any other class, a paladin may be a multiclass character, but multiclass paladins face a special restriction. A paladin who gains a level in any class ...
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How much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an Arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...
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What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?

What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve? Are they, in any way, better than the default classes? Do they have any disadvantages/advantages to them?
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How to get early entry into mystic theurge?

I've heard there is some "cheese" that would allow you to enter mystic theurge without going wizard 3 / cleric 3: how do you do that? What is the earliest you can enter the class?
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Do I lose Reaping Mauler class features when I get Enlarged?

The theory is this: Reaping Mauler (Complete Warrior (CW)) has a prerequisite feat: Clever Wrestling (CW). Clever Wrestling has a size prerequisite: Small or Medium character. I would be a human, so ...
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How does a ranger take shades as his favored enemy?

The Player's Handbook on favored enemy says, "If the ranger chooses humanoids or outsiders as a favored enemy, he must also choose an associated subtype, as indicated on the table" (47). The PH then ...
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Does taking levels in a prestige class cause XP Penalty?

In D&D 3.5, does taking levels in a prestige class cause the XP penalty like multiclassing does? Please provide the source of the answer so I can show it to my players.
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Can the Living Rune feature increase your ability scores over 20?

The Rune Scribe prestige class (from Unearthed Arcana: Prestige Classes and Rune Magic) has the 4th level Living Rune feature: At the end of a long rest, you can choose to increase one ability ...
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Obtaining trap sense without class levels?

I would like to play a character who can bind the vestige Desharis, the Sprawling Soul, while also having the master of doors capstone feature of the silver key prestige class. The only way to do both ...
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How are caster levels determined in concert with the feat Master Spellthief?

The first and third benefits of the feat Master Spellthief from page 79 of Complete Scoundrel are pretty straightforward (although the first's a little sad in that it only affects the level of spell ...
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Does the BAB of a prestige class add to the BAB from my starting class?

I am playing a paladin in Pathfinder. Our DM likes to take each character and add in a side quest for us to reach max level, so I was looking into becoming a hellknight commander. Looking up the ...
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What are the armor limits for stone warden?

The prestige class deepwarden (Races of Stone 105–7) has the class feature stone warden that says Beginning at 2nd level, a deepwarden knows how to use his strengths to compensate for his ...
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Can one “theurge” prestige class cause four different progressions?

After reading a level-up table that mixed theurge classes, I've become confused about how said classes work. Lets say that I'm a multi-classed Bard/Wizard/Cleric/Paladin/Mystic Theurge of some level ...
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Can I use the Living Rune feature from the UA Rune Scribe prestige class to take a feat?

The Rune Scribe prestige class (from Unearthed Arcana: Prestige Classes and Rune Magic) grants the Living Rune feature at 4th level: At the end of a long rest, you can choose to increase one ...
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Is Precocious Apprentice enough for Mystic Theurge?

Mystic Theurge has this requirement: Spells Able to cast 2nd-level divine spells and 2nd-level arcane spells. My DM argues, that the arcane spell requirement is in plural, and Precocious ...
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Optimising a Mammoth Rider

I am new to the optimisation business. However, I often encounter a notion that for a two-handed weapons focused fighter is by the level 20 much more efficient than two weapons fighter. On the basis ...
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What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?

When a Rainbow Servant hits level 10 they gain access to all nondomain Cleric spells. All spells that do not appear on any other spell list they have are cast as Divine spells. This means that, if ...
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Most levels of Cleric recommended?

There are classes in 3.5 that, in the view of the optimization community, simply fail to continue to deliver value after a certain point. For example, the monk class: the first two levels have a lot ...
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When do skills count as class skills when you have multiple (prestige) classes?

If you have multiple classes and/or prestige classes, what happens to the lists of class skills you have? Do they exist seperately and you use them when you take a level of that skill, or are they all ...
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Is it possible to prohibit all prohibitable schools of magic with a single character?

It is well known there are seven prohibitable schools of magic, of which the Focused Specialists can prohibit three. I'm unsure of how these stack (in other words, can you ban the same school twice?), ...
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Does a single spell count as the ability to cast spells [plural] for prerequisites?

Thanks to an alternate class feature, I've got a Sorcerer who knows one less spell per level of spell, in exchange for the ability to get domain slots like a Cleric. A prestige class I've got my eye ...
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Where can I find a list of Monk Prestige Classes?

I have been looking all over for a comprehensive list of prestige classes either specifically meant for the monks or ones that synergize extremely well with them. Does such a list exist or do I ...
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Do prestige classes use a separate XP table or do you just progress with the base class table?

New to 3.5 (last time I played was 1st edition, many moons ago), and was interested in a fighter base - arcane archer, but it’s not clear about the exp tables at the point if I qualify for arcane ...
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To become a Hellknight, does a character have to slay the devil by themselves?

One of the prerequisites of becoming either form of Hellknight is "You must slay a devil with HD greater than your own. This victory must be witnessed by a Hell knight." At first I assumed this meant ...
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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area of ...
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How to progress Chameleon spellcasting?

The Chameleon class has both the Arcane Focus and Divine Focus class features which allows a character to cast Arcane spells and Divine spells respectively. It is explicit that: You can't use any ...
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What prestige classes include the Class Feature of “+1 level of existing class features”?

I'm looking for prestige classes from D&D 3e or 3.5e that have a class feature of providing "+1 level of existing class features". I currently know of Uncanny Trickster (CS) and Legacy Champion (...
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How does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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Once you take a Prestige Class, can you advance your base class later?

Okay, so here is the situation. I have a lvl 4 Rogue/lvl 3 Fighter/lvl 2 Shadowblade character, which is all fine and well. But I am curious if I can take my next level in Rogue or Fighter or if, ...
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Can I play a pure Ur-Priest?

I mean, of course I can do anything the DM allows, etc. But is there a rules-as-written sequence of events that ends with a character with only Ur-Priest levels? I.e. ECL = Ur-Priest class level. I ...
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Saint-like template/prestige class for villains

The Book of Exalted Deeds offers the Saint template for good-aligned characters. This template is quite powerful, but has strict prerequisites (as described in Sainthood section). Is there any ...
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Do prestige class levels count for a Cleric Aura?

At 1st level, a Cleric and a Paladin gain an Aura which can be detected via the relevant Detect [Alignment] spell. Looking at a variety of Prestige Classes advancing Divine spellcasting, however, I ...
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Do the rebuilding/retraining rules from PHB II allow “bootstrap” qualification, creating legal characters that could not be made without these rules?

The rebuilding/retraining rules (PHB II, p. 192) allow a player character to retroactively change character choices, including feats and class levels. The rules include some restrictions that look ...
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How long does Weapon Aptitude (Warblade class feature) last?

The Warblade class feature "Weapon Aptitude" permits transfering weapon specific feats to another weapon. The description reads: You also have the flexibility to adjust your weapon training. Each ...
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Can Sacred Fists use Ice Gauntlet/Ice Axe?

Can a character in the Sacred Fist prestige class use the Ice Gauntlet and Ice Axe spells without violating their vows?
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What extent of elemental traits do Elemental Savants gain?

There is this prestige class called Elemental Savant, which makes the character, actually, an elemental (with all the immunities AND the ability to be raised from dead, not to mention one can even be ...
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Rules Question on Prestige Classes and Level Scaling Caster Abilities (from the base caster class)

My GM and I are having a bit of a debate about what those prestige classes that add "+1 level of existing class" actually do when in it comes to base class abilities that have a level scaling ...
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Does an Apostle of Peace violate their vows by casting End to Strife?

End to Strife is a spell on the Apostle of Peace PrC spell list that deals damage to creatures who make attacks in its area, yet an Apostle of Peace is forbidden by their vows from dealing damage. ...
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What bloodline should I choose for a character I want to turn into an arcane trickster?

I've just started playing Pathfinder, and I have a 1st level gnome rogue. I decided early on that I wanted to eventually go the route of an arcane trickster, so my good attributes are DEX and CHA, ...
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Can a creature with hit die get a prestige class without getting a class level?

Creatures like dragons start with four hit die and those hit die provide them with enough power to classify for several prestige classes. Can such a creature select a prestige class before getting a ...
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How do bloodlines work with prestige classes that increase another class's caster level?

Unearthed Arcana on Bloodline Levels says A bloodline level grants no increase in base attack bonus or base save bonuses, no hit points or skill points, and no class features. It counts as a normal ...