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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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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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No Unless the prestige class is from 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 such rule and only ...


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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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From the DMG, pg176: Prestige classes offer a new form of multiclassing. Unlike the basic classes found in the Player's Handbook, characters must meet requirements before they can take their first level fo a prestige class. The rules for level advancement (see page 58 of the Player's Handbook) apply to this system, meaning the first step of advancement is ...


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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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According to the srd, no, taking a prestige class does not cause an XP penalty. To grab the quote: Taking a prestige class does not incur the experience point penalties normally associated with multiclassing.


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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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I’m going to answer “how do I combine Dervish with Lightning Maces,” rather than specifically how to get a slashing mace. Aptitude Special Ability The aptitude special ability from Tome of Battle can be applied to a weapon to cause feats that are specifically for another weapon to apply to the weapon with aptitude. It is likely that the designers meant just ...


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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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Warlock Prestige Class Eligibility Basically, there are three rules: Spell-like abilities have caster levels, and therefore things that require a particular caster level can be met with a spell-like ability that has sufficient caster level. Warlock invocations are specifically arcane, which means they can also meet requirements for arcane caster level. ...


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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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Mystic Theurge is a Trap (assuming you enter as the expected Wizard 3/Archivist 3) Gaining 13th-level Archivist spellcasting is not worth three lost Wizard levels, and gaining 13th-level Wizard spellcasting is not worth three lost Archivist levels (actually, the situation at 20 is better than at most levels because you have 17th level on one side and ...


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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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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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