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OK, so we can do this by leveraging five prestige classes:1 Arcane hierophant—dual advance arcane and divine spellcasting, 10/10 levels (Races of the Wild) Blighter—9th-level divine spells in 9 effective class levels (Complete Divine) Fochlucan lyrist—dual advance arcane and divine spellcasting, 10/10 levels (Complete Adventurer) Sublime chord—9th-level ...


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There's a factor you missed out on: the square-cube law. As Wikipedia describes it: When an object undergoes a proportional increase in size, its new surface area is proportional to the square of the multiplier and its new volume is proportional to the cube of the multiplier. Let's consider the implications of this for a moment with a cube of water: it ...


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No Unless the prestige class is from Book of Exalted Deeds, Complete Warrior, or Complete Arcane, which specify that those prestige classes do. The blurbs written in Complete Warrior and Complete Arcane are written as if they were establishing a global rule, but this contradicts the rules for prestige classes in the Dungeon Master's Guide, which mentions no ...


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Prestige Classes are just like any other Classes, except where specific rule says something else. From OGL content*: Prestige classes offer a new form of multiclassing. Unlike the basic classes, characters must meet Requirements before they can take their first level of a prestige class. The rules for level advancement apply to this system, meaning the ...


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Your GM is correct. Until you are higher level you are not able to cast higher level spells. The entire point of prestige class entry requirements is to gate entry to more experienced characters, and your interpretation basically reduces to just saying "an arcane spellcaster" which if that's what they meant, it's what they'd say. You need to actually be ...


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Cancer Mage is one of the most notoriously-overpowered classes in the game Only the illithid savant and beholder mage immediately come to mind as more powerful. The ability to ignore the negative aspects of diseases, but only the negative aspects, is extremely powerful, because many diseases do have some kind of “upside” (to make diseased creatures more ...


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Your DM is WRONG. Iterative attacks in 3.5 are purely a function of increasing attack bonus. For every 5 points, you gain another attack. Thus, when you reach a BAB of +6, you can, with a full attack action, make two attacks at +6/+1. At +11, you can make three attacks, at +11/+6/+1. With regard to stacking, the D20 SRD is quite clear: A base attack ...


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That UA Scribe prestige class feature does not mention feats Granted, this is UA/playtest rather than a finished class or feature, but it's still best to approach the text under the basic assumption of "if it offered that option, it would say so." Since Living Rune makes no mention of feats, I'd offer that it was not intended to grant a feat change with ...


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Vow of Non-Violence and Vow of Peace have both been violated and should both be removed. According to Dungeon Master’s Guide, prestige class requirements must be met only to take the 1st level of a prestige class. After you have taken the 1st level of a prestige class, you not only keep class features if you lose the requirements, you also retain the right ...


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The Dungeon Master’s Guide sheds some light on why all assassins, as written, are Evil In the Dungeon Master’s Guide, the assassin prestige class isn’t just for someone who kills for hire, but rather quite specifically for a member of a (fairly generic) “Assassin’s Guild,” and that guild requires that you kill someone for no other reason than to enter the ...


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This argument comes up from time to time, but it doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny. For example, a 4th-level sorcerer only knows one 2nd-level spell; do they therefore fail to qualify for mystic theurge? A 3rd-level wizard might be able to cast only one 2nd-level spell per day; do they fail to qualify for mystic theurge? Really, though, the rule is ...


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There's No Limit to the Number of Prestige Classes a Character Can Take... ...That is, if the character qualifies for the prestige classes. A character who qualifies for multiple prestige classes can take levels in multiple prestige classes. In fact, it's often a good idea to do exactly that so you end up playing the kind of character you want. The DM can ...


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Mammoth Riding Okay, i've gone over this a bunch, and there is a way to do what you want. It's a bit counterintuitive, but it makes sense. This class seems designed for either a multiclass druid or any of the classes that get an 'animal companion' at effective druid level -4. Of those classes, most of them are garbage for doing damage except for one - ...


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Skill Point Cost: Only current class’s class skills From Skills Summary Each skill point you spend on a cross-class skill gets your character ½ rank in that skill. Cross-class skills are skills not found on your character’s class skill list. From Player’s Handbook pg. 60. Skill points must be spent according to the class that the multiclass character just ...


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You can enter the class as early as 2nd-level, but doing so is pointless as you have no second class to advance. (Arguably, this could advance one class at double-speed, but that’s a terrible idea even for a high-optimization game.) Thus 3rd is the earliest meaningful level to do it. This is pretty typical early-entry stuff; there’s a whole handbook on that. ...


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Any time you multiclass, you gain nothing but the features of your new class. Your previous classes don't increase. This is the same regardless of which new class you enter. Instead of gaining the abilities granted by the next level in your character’s current class, he can instead gain the 1st-level abilities of a new class, adding all of those abilities ...


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No, it can't increase your ability scores over 20. The normal ability score limit of 20 is reiterated in a few different places in the 5e rules. First, in Chapter 1 of the PHB/basic rules, under the "Class Features and Hit Dice" subheading below "Beyond 1st Level": When your character gains a level, his or her class often grants ...


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The Beloved of Valarian, as you have noticed, isn’t really intended for Paladins. You can get in (and wind up with both a unicorn and another mount, which could itself be a unicorn), but you don’t progress any of those abilities, which means stagnating your Smite, your spells, and that mount that you’re interested in. Really, the class is for Rangers to ...


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No, because the requirement for the class is having the feat, not being able to use it. You only need to meet a feats prerequisites to acquire it, so increasing in size does not mean you lose the feat -- you simply cannot benefit from it. About feat prereqs: Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, feat, skill, base attack ...


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RAW: Ambiguous The rules are not clear on what, exactly, constitutes an “arcane spellcasting class” or a “divine spellcasting class,” probably because initially it was obvious. By default, assassins, bards, sorcerers, and wizards were the arcane spellcasting classes, blackguards, clerics, druids, and paladins were the divine spellcasting classes. There was ...


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No. Funnily enough, it comes down to this line. and the archer can only have one such arrow in existence at a time. This makes the arrow a limited-use magical effects that you used to enhance that particular attack. which means the Slaying ability of the arrow is not duplicated by Arrow Eruption. The intent is clear and would disallow this, and ...


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By RAW, only leveling. Base Attack Bonus is a class feature, and it changes when you gain a level in some class. Though there are prestige classes that advance spellcasting AND base attack bonus simultaneously, for example Eldritch Knight. Take a look around, there should be more of them, at least in 3.5 there were. You also might want to adapt Battle ...


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No. You can't take the feats granted by your new level until you choose a class, and you need those to qualify for the class. More generally, the level you're taking can't satisfy the requirements for the new class you're taking. Player's Handbook page 6 details the steps of character creation. The very first one is choosing both race and class, while ...


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First of all, the Prestige Class Tier List is not nearly as widely-ascribed-to as JaronK’s base class one. For one thing, it is much harder to judge a prestige class (especially ones that can vary so much depending on how you enter), and for another there are just so many more of them. Take the Shadowsun Ninja. For a Monk, it’s a dramatic step ...


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D&D is a game of exceptions. You must use your Str modifier to hit with a melee weapon, unless you're wielding a light weapon and you have the Weapon Finesse feat. Weapon Finesse only works with light weapons, but there are some weapons that explicitly work as if they were light only for Weapon Finesse purposes (like the rapier). Your full round ...


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20th-level cleric spellcasting is optimal You may not want 20 levels of the cleric base class. You absolutely want to cast as a 20th-level cleric does, however. That means no other base classes, and only prestige classes that offer “+1 level of existing (divine) spellcasting class” at every level that you take. Aside from spellcasting, cleric level only ...


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Your question boils down to two ingredients: Do prestige classes work like normal multiclassing, and does D&D 5e still have a level limit of 20? Do prestige classes work like normal multiclassing? Yes: Mechanically, a prestige class is a character class that requires the same training and focus as any other class. You enter a prestige class by way of ...


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It is from the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystra_%28Forgotten_Realms%29 http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Chosen_of_Mystra It is not a prestige class. It is a template. It is published in the campaign setting book.


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Caster Level Looping I'm going to open this answer by saying - there is no definitive rules text on how to treat, or in what order, stacking caster levels from classes or prestige classes. There is a general rule from the 3.5e FAQ that states that 'in general' one should apply bonuses in order most beneficial to the creature, but it's not exactly specific, ...


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It's totally legit for a fighter 3/rogue 4/shadowblade 2 to take that next level as fighter, rogue, or shadowblade Generally, after taking one or more levels in any class—base or prestige—, a character can take levels in any classes for which he meets the requirements and that he isn't barred from entering or continuing (e.g. taking one or more levels of ...


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