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Buy Pearls of Power so you can recover some spells.

Cold Ice Strike is a fantastic level 6 spell. Swift action to wreck anything in a 30' line is always quite useful to my cleric.

Holy Word at level 7 can cause some serious havoc on minions, and possibly even the boss, depending on their level.

Waves of Ecstasy isn't a bad way to stagger a bunch of minions either.

I often have a Word of Recall prepared, just in case things go really poorly and we need to escape.

If you have time before the day of combat, maybe grab a Planar Ally to help?

Blade Barrier can be handy for locking minions away. If the terrain allows it, Wall of Stone can be used similarly, but without causing damage.

If you're the only spellcaster who will be casting beneficial spells, having a Spell Resistance prepared for use against a spellcaster boss can be a life saver.

I've gotten decent mileage out of Greater Command for locking down large groups of minions.


1) 4
2) 15000gp
3) DC14
4) 1 target. Wands do not use the crafter's or the user's stats.


The UMD check will trick the item into thinking that you qualify for its bonus as if you were a cavalier or a paladin, but you only receive said bonus when you actually use the Challenge or Smite ability. So even though the armor thinks you qualify, you will still never receive the bonus since you cannot activate the required class ability to gain said bonus.


I *believe* that Spell-like abilities and Supernatural abilities will still work, so Minor Spell Expertise and Major Spell Expertise could help.


The following is Feedback, NOT criticism

Fluff
There is a surprising amount of history/fluff provided at the start, packing a compact history of the races into just a few pages. After that, the description of the race, including society and abilities are nicely detailed, even providing a bit of an explanation as to how an ahooling could be an alignment other than chaotic evil (and how other ahools/ahoolings may react to that).

Race Info
Racial stats look fine; without breaking out my Advanced Race Guide, I would guess that the race rings in around 14-15 points. One of the bits of information that was left out, though, is regarding the interactions between different moss cavern societies. Meaning, are they territorial? Do they constantly fight with neighbors and push to absorb more land (and start another round of 'survival of the fittest')? How does one society view ahoolings from another?

Racial Archetypes
The racial archetypes honestly confused me a bit until I realized that they weren't actually racial archetypes -- they are archetypes for the racial class, "Fledgling Ahool". This section should have its location adjusted.

Favored Class Options
These seem to work fine. I'm surprised that the Ranger's bonus options doesn't include the natural attacks available to the Ahool,

Items
The new moss items are different (in a good way) and look like they will be fun to use. Pricing seems about where it needs to be.

Racial Feats
The racial feats were interesting and added some extra flavor. I didn't have time to fully review them, but I did find the special for Vicious Bite to be interesting. I like the idea that there is a specific flavor-backed result of a fumble, but it feels like the added math might be a bit of a headache for the player and GM.

Fledging Ahool Racial Class
The Fledgling Ahool racial class was an interesting touch. First time I've seen a 'racial class' before. I was a little surprised that Will was a good save over Fort, as the impression that I had on the race was that they were physically stronger as compared to mental strength. I also was a little confused by the Claws being a Secondary weapon, as Claws are typically a Primary. Lastly, the ability boosts and defenses come very quickly and are an intense jump in power by level 5. Gaining +2 to all physical stats, Blindsense, Sonic resist (although to be fair, Sonic doesn't show up often in most campaigns, I'm sure it shows up more in RotD though based on the Ahool's abilities), spell resistance, etc.
Bottom line, I have concerns at first glance of the overall power level (if you playtested this and found it performed equally to standard classes then ignore the concern) that lead me to wonder if this would be better suited as a PrC.

From a RAW/literal standpoint (I'm not trying to be obtuse), Ahool Apotheosis lists that "the PC gains", rather than "They gain". I make this point because as-written, some might argue that an NPC can't gain this ability.

Ironsinger PrC
The synergy between the Fledgling Ahool and the Ironsinger PrC was well done and makes it look to be both a fun and a unique play experience.

Tl;DR
Very well written book. Provides just about all of the information needed to create an Ahool PC with an appropriate backstory.


I was able to successfully download mine using the link provided in my email.


Improved Critical would work just fine.


Agile wrote:


A wielder with the Weapon Finesse feat can choose to apply her Dexterity modifier to damage rolls with the weapon in place of her Strength modifier.
Guided wrote:


A character who attacks with a guided weapon modifies his attack rolls and weapon damage rolls with his Wisdom modifier, not his Strength modifier.

The Agile weapon gives the wielder the option to apply their Dex to Attack/Damage in place of Strength (specifically Strength) if they posses Weapon Finesse.

A Guided weapon forcefully modifies the wielder's Attack/Damage rolls to apply Wisdom in place of Strength. Using the Guided weapon with any other stat (Strength or Dex) will impart a -2 penalty, as it goes against the weapon's nature.

End result, the character can have both properties, but can only use one at a time. If they choose to use the Guided property, apply Wisdom to Attack/Damage. If they choose to use the Agile property then they can apply their Dex to Attack/Damage, but with a -2 penalty to attack.


Generally yes. However I can think of a specific example where one could come as a bonus feat with GM approval -- the original Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide.

Quote:


The people of Varisia display a variety of innate skills and unique talents. Subject to your GM’s approval, you may choose any of the following feats as a bonus feat during character creation.

On a quick glance, I can't find this text in the Anniversary Edition Player's Guide, but I also can't find the feats in that version either...


KainPen wrote:
~Stuff~

OK, I can tell that no matter how logical my counter argument, you are always going to feel that this is overpowered. You're arguing about damage output at a level of the game where wizards can reshape existence in 60 seconds or less. This ability combo doesn't make the sky fall, the wizard does.


The ability text is pretty clear.

d20pfsrd wrote:

Pounce (Ex)

When a creature with this special attack makes a charge, it can make a full attack (including rake attacks if the creature also has the rake ability).

On a pounce the lion gets 1 bite, 2 claws, and 2 extra claws from rake. If the bite succeeds in a grapple and it maintains the grapple on its next turn, it can Rake again.

The qualifying action text for Rake is the general rule that is being superseded in the situation of Pounce. You can have a creature that has Pounce and Rake without having an attack that adds Grab. Think about it this way... the lion charges at you, leaps into the air and pounces on you. Even if you're not knocked down it still is hitting you with all four of its legs/claws and able to bite you as it slides back down onto the ground.


Also of note... Eldritch Heritage counts as the character's level - 2 until level 17. So the +5 above is actually a +4.


KainPen wrote:

This little find just add to something that is already over powered and broken bloodline more so. +10 to hit and damage from touch of rage for 2 to 5 rounds. Add arcane strike with it and you just net +15 to hit and +21/+30 to damage depending on if weapon is two handed on every attack. Could you image a paladin with this bloodline and this trait or a two handed fighter.

You're most definitely dealing with a feat tax to make this work. Additionally, as I pointed out, by the time a martial character can really begin to see the "overpowered" benefits of the bloodline, the casters are already overpowering them. So what... at level 10 your fighter/barbarian/paladin has a +5 to attack and damage. You're burning a standard action to make this happen, running the risk of getting a bad roll on that d4 and only having it last for one round (provided you took the trait mentioned and minus any AoO's you get before your next turn) and still going to miss if your enemy has Displacement or Mirror Images.

+10 to hit? You would have to be a level 20 character to get that bonus from this bloodline, and if a +10 to hit is game breaking at level 20 then your world must be completely devoid of spellcasters. I'm also not sure where you're getting +30 to damage, unless you're adding up the bonus damage from iterative attacks. If that's the case...

A level 10 full bab character with haste would have 3 attacks. So from Touch of Rage that's at most +15 damage in one turn, assuming all attacks hit and the character can make a full attack. If you add Arcane Strike, that goes to +21 at most without outside intervention (i.e. Moment of Greatness). A dual-wielding character will see slightly more benefit from this, but will also be ridiculously feat starved (I imagine that only a fighter could pull that off). So assuming your 2-handed martial lands all 3 attacks, let's estimate total damage at around 102 to ONE target (average of 6d6 is 21, plus Power attack 27, plus average strength{6} 27, plus discussed abilities 21, plus +2 weapon).

The collective damage from a CL10 fireball if it hits multiple targets is higher. The damage from an Acidic Spray is higher. The battlefield control capability of a Dominated enemy plus said enemy's damage output is more dangerous.
How is this broken?

As a side-note, Arcane Strike adds to damage, not to hit, and you would have to either gain arcane spellcasting from another class or from another character trait in order for a Paladin to pick up the Arcane Strike feat.


KainPen wrote:
I stand corrected I thought it was SU not SP. It and power of Giants should be SU ability’s it make more sense. While the last power should be SP not SU, as it actual mimics transformation spell. Orc bloodline is totally broken. It is due for fix lol. I always thought SP had to mimic and existing spell, like copycat mimics mirror image. Touch of rage does not even come close to mimicking rage. The way it is you could also do quicken spell like ability on it 3 times a day.

The Touch of Rage ability has nothing to do with the spell "Rage" or a Barbarian's class ability, it just uses a similar word.

Spell-like abilities typically mimic spells, but they do not have to. Additionally, identifying, countering, interrupting, dispelling, etc of spell-like abilities is different from a Supernatural ability, so changing that type would change the power level.

And you cannot use Quicken Spell-Like Ability on Touch of Rage as it does not meet the qualifications for it:

Feat wrote:
The creature can only select a spell-like ability duplicating a spell with a level less than or equal to 1/2 its caster level (round down) – 4.

As Touch of Rage (as indicated) does not actually duplicate a spell, there is no spell level to apply here. In the case of determining effective spell level for spell-like abilities that do not copy a spell, the effective spell level is set to be the highest level of spells that that character can cast. A level 10 caster would treat this as a level 5 spell, which is still higher than {1/2 * 10 (caster level) - 4}

Even if you could use Quicken on Touch of Rage, it's hardly game breaking. You would have to have an effective CL of 10, and so the bump for ToR would be +5.
For a caster, +5 to attack/damage/will saves at level 10 would effectively raise their attack to that of a full-BAB character, but since it is just raising attack and not BAB they are not gaining an extra attack.
For a non-caster (s/a the barbarian question posed), +5 to attack/damage/will certainly does step up their martial capability, but at the same time you're also getting into the character levels where spell casters start to really outshine martial characters, so who cares about the bump.


KainPen wrote:
I would say heroic echo does not work, as touch of rage is not a spell or spell like ablility, or a magic item. But the others do seem to work, you just helped me with my net character as I never noticed that trait before.

Touch of Rage is a spell-like ability from the Orc bloodline.


1) Yes
2) The damage increase applies to physical weapons and rays. (see FAQ)
3) I'm fairly certain the answer is 'no', but right this moment I can't find anything beyond this non-official opinion to back that up
4) Yes, static numeric increases are multiplied on crits
5) Yes to Heroic Echo applying


kirowan wrote:
In the Core Rules, a normal unarmed strike deals nonlethal damage. What about if the opponent is within (metal) armor? Does the strike hit he head or the vitals? (and therefore it would be a Called Shot with its own modifiers) It's a mess. Any exit for this? Thanks!

Where it hits doesn't really matter under the standard rules. There are variant rules that use armor as damage reduction, and if you are a GM you can houserule it yourself, but otherwise doesn't matter.

That said, striking armor will cause a jolt and potentially impact against the body inside. Anyone who has been nailed in the helmet while sparring in martial arts, beaned in the helmet during baseball, or shot in their armor during paintball can tell you that it still hurts. (I know, not metal armor, but you get the gist I hope)


Stand Still wrote:
When a foe provokes an attack of opportunity due to moving through your adjacent squares, you can make a combat maneuver check as your attack of opportunity.

If in a position where the large creature can take a 5' step (not difficult terrain, etc) and that is the only movement made, then going between image1 and image2 would not provoke.

However, if the large creature is not taking a 5' step, then it provokes as soon as it starts its movement. For the purposes of Stand Still, I believe that a successful check would keep the large creature in its original position from image1.

Quote:
If an attack of opportunity is provoked, immediately resolve the attack of opportunity, then continue with the next character's turn (or complete the current turn


P33J wrote:
PFS, which is essentially RAW, allows for 1st-3rd Level Paladins and Rangers to use wands and scrolls.

I take it back, 1 level dip works. Couldn't find the text to support that while multi-tasking before.

PFSRD:

Spell Trigger: Spell trigger activation is similar to spell completion, but it's even simpler. No gestures or spell finishing is needed, just a special knowledge of spellcasting that an appropriate character would know, and a single word that must be spoken. Spell trigger items can be used by anyone whose class can cast the corresponding spell. This is the case even for a character who can't actually cast spells, such as a 3rd-level paladin. The user must still determine what spell is stored in the item before she can activate it. Activating a spell trigger item is a standard action and does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

It was Scrolls that they couldn't use.


-inaccurate text removed-

A fighter can put ranks into UMD... You don't need to be a spellcasting class to take the skill. In the end, they're better off with UMD if they're in a party that doesn't buff or heal them. Skill Focus {Use Magic Device} will help, and if the fighter just has horrible Charisma there are other feats that can be taken for more of a boost. Ranks in UMD will give the fighter the capability to use a Wand of Blur, Displacement, Fly, Invisibilty, CLW, etc, etc.


You're correct that there's no cost for the staff, but logically it shouldn't work. Unlike many other spells that require a focus, it is specifically called out in the description that the spell does use and transform the focus -- into the treant.

If you were to allow False Focus to replace the staff, the spell would likely have to transform the focus (holy symbol) into the treant--meaning that the player wouldn't be able to use their False Focus unless they had another holy symbol handy.


LazarX wrote:

You're not going to find such a text. But if you look at the process of recharging you'll see that there are TWO required steps to the process.

1. Attuning to the staff that you're going to charge.

2. Spending the spell/slot to do so.

SLAs by themselves can perform the second step, but not the first. They also won't qualify for the casting requirement if you don't have a spell list that includes both them and the spells on the staff.

I'm not seeing anything about 'attuning' to the staff. However, upon looking up the exact text for recharging staves (I guess I should have looked that up first), it does explicitly state "spell slot or prepared spell". So unless a spell-like ability's uses per day can be considered specific spell-like ability spell slots, I guess this wouldn't work.

Quote:


Each morning, when a spellcaster prepares spells or regains spell slots, he can also imbue one staff with a portion of his power so long as one or more of the spells cast by the staff is on his spell list and he is capable of casting at least one of the spells. Imbuing a staff with this power restores one charge to the staff, but the caster must forgo one prepared spell or spell slot of a level equal to the highest-level spell cast by the staff.


Necro'ing this thread because I was about to ask the same question...

Can you recharge a staff with a SLA?

There is a FAQ to take into account that would lead me to believe that you could actually do this.

FAQ wrote:


Cleric domains, sorcerer bloodlines, wizard schools, and certain other class features give spell-like abilities that aren't based on spells. What's the effective spell level for these abilities?
The effective spell level for these spell-like abilities is equal to the highest-level spell that a character of that class could normally cast at the level the ability is gained.

For example, a 1st-level elemental bloodline sorcerer has elemental ray as a spell-like ability. Because a sorcerer 1's highest-level spell available is 1st, that spell-like ability counts as a 1st-level spell. A 9th-level elemental bloodline sorcerer has elemental blast as a spell-like ability. Because a sorcerer 9's highest-level spell available is 4th, that spell-like ability counts as a 4th-level spell.

Kinda makes that 1st level domain/bloodline ability a little more useful (because let's face it, 1d6+{1 per 2 levels} doesn't go very far...).


Jiggy wrote:
...Do we actually know for sure that spell-like abilities that involve touch attacks automatically use the rules for touch spells, such as holding a charge?

I couldn't find anything one way or the other when looking this up, so that puts it into the gray area.

However, here is how I'd view it:
1. Spell-Like Abilities operate similarly to spells except where stated in the definition
2. The ability indicates a standard touch attack without additional qualifiers, so it goes to reason that standard touch attack rules apply


1. Using Laughing Touch is a Standard Action. If delivering the touch attack in the same round, you cannot use your natural attack.

2. If you use Laughing Touch and Hold the Charge, you can deliver it the next round using your natural attacks. The charge will be held until you score a successful hit with one of your attacks. Note that with a natural attack, the attack roll will be against regular AC, not touch AC.

Hold the Charge:
Quote:


Holding the Charge: If you don't discharge the spell in the round when you cast the spell, you can hold the charge indefinitely. You can continue to make touch attacks round after round. If you touch anything or anyone while holding a charge, even unintentionally, the spell discharges. If you cast another spell, the touch spell dissipates. You can touch one friend as a standard action or up to six friends as a full-round action. Alternatively, you may make a normal unarmed attack (or an attack with a natural weapon) while holding a charge. In this case, you aren't considered armed and you provoke attacks of opportunity as normal for the attack. If your unarmed attack or natural weapon attack normally doesn't provoke attacks of opportunity, neither does this attack. If the attack hits, you deal normal damage for your unarmed attack or natural weapon and the spell discharges. If the attack misses, you are still holding the charge.

3. If you combine Sorcerous Strike with Feral Combat Training, you can deliver Laughing Touch 1/round on ANY of your successful natural attacks (using the designated attack with Feral Combat Training..."any" is stated in case you have multiple claws).

So technically speaking, if you hold the charge from the round before and combine that with that feat pair, you could in theory hit two opponents in your opening round with Laughing Touch.


I'm just going to leave this right here....


This FAQ says that you can politely inform your GM that their interpretation does not match the ruling of the devs. That gives you Furious Focus on the 50% damage increase.


I don't fully agree with your numbers, Tommy.

~~ATTACK~~
BAB 14
Charge +2 (+2 additional from Cavalier's Charge)
Order +4 Morale
Lance +3
Str 7
Higher Ground +1 (assuming the target is smaller than your mount)
TOTAL +33 to hit

You're not taking the Attack penalty thanks to Furious Focus (you're still attacking with a two-handed weapon, even if it's in one hand...the feat doesn't say that you have to be using both hands with the weapon, and the lance is still a 2h weapon in this case).

~~DAMAGE~~
Challenge +42 (+14 base, 3x from Spirited Charge)
Order +21 (+7 mount's Strength from Mounted Mastery, 3x from Spirited Charge)
PA +36 (+12 base, 3x from Spirited Charge)
Lance 3d8+9 (damage tripled from being mounted and having Spirited Charge, assuming a medium character)
Str +21 (3x from there for Spirited Charge)

TOTAL = 3d8 + 129; Damage will range from 132 to 153, averaging 142.

On a crit the 3x Spirited Charge would go to a 5x, adding...
Challenge +28
Order +14
PA +24
Lance 2d8 + 6
Str +14
TOTAL = 5d8 + 215; Damage will range from 220 to 255, averaging 237.
(The total listed above factors in previous damage)

2-handing the lance while charging would only add 9 damage to a non-crit, and 15 damage to a crit.


shadowkras wrote:
Aid Another is clear, it works in melee combat only.

^ This ^

But if you have a lenient DM and you have the Snap Shot line of feats, I don't see why you couldn't house rule firing an arrow to interfere with the enemy's attack -- as long as it was in the range of your Snap Shot threatened area.


I could be wrong, but as far as I know there isn't a rule that spells out "you cannot have more than 1 familiar". However, you cannot gain the same ability from multiple sources. For example, the Arcane Bond gained by a Wizard or Sorc does not give you a new companion, it just stacks (as per the text of the ability). On the other hand, the Magus Arcana Familiar ability is named simply "Familiar", making it technically a different ability even though it grants a similar ability.

That said, there is a general rule that players shouldn't individually control too many units, or things start to get out of hand.

As a side note, anyone using Skill Focus + Eldritch Heritage can gain the Sorc's Arcane bloodline familiar. The NPC Adept also has a familiar called Summon Familiar, but it functions as the Wizard's Arcane Bond, so stacks with anything else that stacks with Arcane Bond.


Page 8 - POISON FOCUS
Just looking for input on a ruling for a custom feat off of this.
If we follow the model set by Weapon Focus / Greater Weapon Focus, would a "Greater Poison Focus" feat that adds another +1 to DC's and requires Poison Focus and 8 ranks of Craft (Alchemy) seem fair? Or would it make more sense to base this off of the Spell Focus / Greater Spell Focus line and make the only requirement for Greater Poison Focus be Poison Focus?

Page 9 - VECTOR INK
Specifically states that it works only on paper, but is there a reason this wouldn't work on wood or stone? Could be fun to write things on a table, wall, floor, door, etc...

Thoughts?


Page 5 - General Question 1
To craft an item while traveling that requires (for example Distillation), could you set up a portable alchemy lab in a cart/wagon? If yes, would that add to the DC?

Page 5 - General Question 2
When time is specified as "1 day", does that mean 8 hours or 24 hours? Does the character have to watch this process or can they do something else during that time (train, craft magic items, etc)?

Page 7 - FRIGHTFUL WAR PAINT / IMPOSING WAR PAINT / SHAMAN'S PAINT
The action/time required to remove the paint is not specified. 1 Full-round? 1 Move? Can it be removed by other means (s/a casting Conjure Water over the wearer's head)?

Page 9 - POISON DIFFUSER
The number of charges/uses on this item is not listed.

Page 10 - REACHING VINES
Does 'at will' mean a non-action, Free Action, or Standard Action?

Page 11 - MIMIC FIBERS
Is there a size limit on the object or can these be used to very easily repair ships, doors, wood walls/barricades, etc?

Page 11 - TUNNEL CREEPER
What happens if the surface it is placed on is less than 10' deep? Will the creeper eat through it, fall, and then continue eating into the floor?

Page 14 - IMPROVED HOMUNCULI
Acid Breath: Is there a daily limitation or cooldown on this ability?
Spell-Like Ability: What is the caster level of this ability? (level 1? HD-based? minimum spell level of the originating potions? caster level of the potions?)

Page 17 - WINGED BOTTLE
Can this item be attacked? If so, what is this object's HP/hardness?

Page 21 - RAINING ARROW
When crafting this item normally using 'unspecified' reagents, do you still have to provide a flask of Holy Water (raising the minimum crafting cost to at least 25gp), or is that hand-waved even though the description indicates a Holy Water reservoir?

Page 21 - SPLINTERCLOUD ARROW
If the arrow is magically enchanted, do the enchants apply to the 1d3 adjacent piercing damage as well?


@smitter:

I would say that the Alchemist class feature and Master Alchemist feats would only apply when crafting alchemical items through standard means (not spontaneously), as the spontaneous rules count as a "specific override to the standard rules". (Also, the feats/class abilities have not been updated to reflect that they apply here.)

@Weirdo:

Spontaenous alchemy was introduced in the Alchemy Manual that was released for general access today, as were reagents.


Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Aren't there some traits that give you a minor SLA?

Yes--that's what sparked my interest in this topic originally.

Magical Talent is one of them but Azten pointed out that Alluring is far better.

Jiggy wrote:
There's also a post made by the Pathfinder Design Team account explicitly stating that "ability to cast spells" does not mean "more than one spell".

Man... two RPG Superstars telling me I have bad information in the same post in the span of one hour... I'm going to go ahead and sit in the corner.


RainyDayNinja wrote:
If you dig up the original threads from when the FAQs were issued, the developers said that just one SLA counts as "able to cast spells." In fact, SKR even used the example of a rogue with the Minor Magic talent qualifying for Arcane Strike.

Thank you for saying that SKR is the one who posted it, and what it was about. You gave me what I needed to find that thread:

Original post

I am happy to be wrong, happier that there is a direct quote to prove that this works. I would be even happier if this information was put into the FAQ. Disregard my previous musings.


Azten wrote:

Spell-Like Abilities: How do I know whether a spell-like ability is arcane or divine?

Spell-Like Abilities, Casting, and Prerequisites: Does a creature with a spell-like ability count as being able to cast that spell for the purpose of prerequisites or requirements?

I spotted those FAQ's as I waited for my post to update and decided to just delete the post while I read and re-read the FAQ's... guess I didn't delete fast enough. Believe me, I'm on the side of wanting this to work (tried to ask this myself before), but the wording of those FAQ's still makes me feel like this is a gray area in this instance. I'm not trying to be argumentative or obtuse here, just discussing this. Based on the number of threads on this exact topic, it blows me away that this still hasn't been spelled out in the FAQ.

The combination of the two FAQ's tells me two things...
1. You count as being able to cast {spellname} by having it as a spell-like ability
2. The "spell" being cast by the SLA counts as arcane or divine based on the criteria in the FAQ

I definitely see and understand the logic of "If I count as being able to cast {spellname} and {spellname} counts as Arcane, then logically speaking I can cast an arcane spell". (Of course, technically speaking, Arcane Strike requires the capability to cast Arcane spells--plural, but skipping that issue...) Also to note, the spell "counting as arcane" does not actually make it an arcane spell.

The reason why I'm pointing to a gray area is because the first FAQ ("Spell-Like Abilities, Casting, and Prerequisites") points to the SLA counting on an individual level, not as counting as if you had Arcane/Divine spellcasting ability with only the capability to cast that one specific spell. A Sorc/Wiz has the ability to cast Arcane spells--even if that character only knew one spell, they still have the ability to cast spells. In the FAQ example, you count as being able to cast an Arcane Dimension Door, but it's not saying that you count as being able to cast Arcane spells in general.

If you scroll up one post in that FAQ list, you'll see that an SLA does not count as having the spell for the purpose of Spell-Completion items:

FAQ wrote:
A spell-like ability is not a spell, having a spell-like ability is not part of a class's spell list

And this is why this is confusing... An SLA counts as arcane or divine and counts as if you were able to cast the spell when it comes time to specific pre-requisites on feats and item crafting, but it does not count as you actually being capable of casting the spell when it comes time to spell completion/trigger items. Point is, it seems like you count as being able to cast the spell, but not actually count as having the ability to cast the spell.

Point is, does the specific inherently imply the general?

If yes, then technically speaking you would need at least 2 Arcane SLA's to qualify for the feat.


Mythic +10 Artifact Toaster wrote:
just a comment on armbuster, but aparently crossbows are under craft: weapons, this is according to the core rulebook page 93 table 4-4. maybe reword it as a bonus on craft weapon checks to make and repair both crossbows and crossbow bolts.

Well that's a rather embarrassing 'oops'... Thank you, I'll adjust it so that the bonus skill ranks in Craft Weapons only apply to crossbows.


Kazaan wrote:
Hmm... not quite what I expected. Still, not a bad concept. Maybe the ability to load gunpowder packs on the bolts that give them a bit of added distance and punch?

The archetype was written to present a 'gunslinger' in a campaign without gunpowder or firearms. While the crossbow in the video you linked certainly has that extra 'awesome-factor', re-tooling that particular weapon would take some work. It would also reduce the viability of the class if it was pigeon-holed into one specific weapon.

As far as adding distance/punch, it doesn't need it. A light crossbow has a range of 80' and a heavy crossbow has 120'. This is already 10' farther than the composite bows, and 20' farther than the non-composite bows. Damage is also already in line.

The major issue with crossbows in the d20 system stems from the feat investment in making reloads a free action and the lack of bonus damage (meaning the strength damage from a composite bow). The feat investment can be resolved through the class/archetype, as can the bonus damage. The bonus damage solution I took was to stay truer to the original Gunslinger--just add dex. I suppose you could remove the dex-to-damage part and add something else in to pack a harder punch, but keeping things simple was my goal.

Jamie Charlan wrote:


How does Dead Shot interact with Double Crossbows?

One problem I'm seeing is that you're in deep *** if waiting till fifth level to get Rapid Reload. For a crossbow user it's usually one of those "that was your human bonus feat" deals.

Crossbow archetypes interest me, as it literally takes class abilities to make up for their treatment by devs under the d20 systems [balance be damned, it's unrealistic to have quick loading in a world with giant robot spiders, but we shouldn't give crossbows their penetration and power because game balance?].

As far as Dead Shot and Double Crossbows... The original ability does not indicate that you cannot use it with a Double-Barrel Pistol/Musket, so I would say that double crossbows would work just fine. I did not consider double crossbows while making this, though, so that certainly begs the question of whether or not this working with double crossbows would leapfrog it over the fighter in power. More playtesting is clearly needed, thank you for bringing that up.

I suppose you could always take Rapid Reload at a lower level and then re-train it to something else using the Downtime System that Paizo created in Ultimate Campaign, but I don't see that as necessary. Reloading a Hand or Light Crossbow without Rapid Reload is a Move Action, and since you can pick up other important ranged feats before level 5, I don't see it as an issue. Using a standard action to fire and a move action to reload puts you a step behind bow-users (where they can fire and take a Move action), but isn't terrible.


So just did a few hours of playtesting and now have revision 1 of the archetype.


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I have uploaded the new document to google drive here.
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Any further reviews or thoughts are appreciated.

Round 1: Character sheets:

We found that the boltslinger was too feat-starved (due to needing crossbow feats). This was resolved by adding the following line to Arbalest Training, "She gains a bonus equal to her Dexterity modifier on damage rolls when firing that type of crossbow and is treated as having the Rapid Reload feat for that crossbow (this also qualifies the boltslinger for any feats or abilities requiring the Rapid Reload feat when applied to this crossbow type)."

We also noted that the Focused Bolt deed was a little lacking in how it was thought-out (honestly I tossed it together in about 15-20 minutes). Being that it costs a grit to activate and grit is limited, the deed was changed to this:
Focused Bolt (Ex): At 1st level, the boltslinger can expend one grit and a Swift action to focus on one target to either gain a bonus to attack equal to her Wisdom Modifier or a bonus to damage equal to her boltslinger level on her next attack.
Martial classes never really get to harness the Swift action in the action economy, and making this cost a grit does help to balance the boost and prevent overuse.

Round 2: Compare boltslinger to fighter:

This put us into the second round, where we compared the boltslinger's numeric stats to a ranged fighter using a composite longbow of the same level. The boltslinger ended up with a higher chance to hit and inflicted slightly more damage than the fighter. To resolve that, I removed the verbiage from Arbalest Training that allowed the boltslinger to get the fighter-only feats (Weapon Specialization, Greater Weapon Specialization, Greater Weapon Focus, Penetrating Shot, and Greater Penetrating Shot).

With the boltslinger now unable to get Weapon Specialization, the class could now not obtain Point-Blank Master (to prevent AoO's from firing) until the level 11 deed. To try to help the class out a bit (it is an archetype that is based entirely on ranged attacks...) I removed Crossbow Mastery from the level 7 deed and shifted Point-Blank Master to that deed. Now the boltslinger can obtain this feat's effect (if he has 1 grit remaining) a full 2 levels after the earliest point that a fighter can get it.

I also noticed that I failed to copy the Bleeding Wound deed into my document. That has now been added.

Round 3: Solo combat:

Round 3 was pitting a boltslinger against 3 scenarios as the only class. This test was followed by a fighter of the same level and approximate spec (ranged, but using a composite longbow) to see which one performed better. The hope was that the fighter would slightly out-perform the boltslinger.

Level 10 PC's, 25-pt buy with 62k in starting funds. Human. We min-maxed a bit on purpose to test the upper limit. Hit points were calculating using max for first level, then average for following levels.

  • Class versus 1x Frost Worm starting 100' away, Worm got a surprise round but Boltslinger had higher initiative after that. Setting was an open field
  • Class versus 4x Dire Apes starting 30' away, no surprise round, initiative put 2 apes before the Boltslinger. Setting was a temperate forest.
  • Class versus 3x Dire Bears 40' away, no surprise round, initiative put 1 bear before the Boltslinger. Setting was a dark cave.

The boltslinger killed the Worm in 3 rounds, successfully reflexing from the breath weapon and the explosion on death. Boltslinger survived, but barely. However, the fighter wasn't so lucky. The worm died in 2 rounds, but the fighter failed both reflex saves and died.

The 4 apes died without even scratching the boltslinger, but beat up the fighter a little.

The boltslinger just barely managed to kill the 3 bears without dieing. Some bad rolls on the claw attacks saved the slinger from being grappled. The fighter wasn't as lucky. His lower AC let him get hit more and even grappled. After killing 2 bears, the third bear managed to kill the fighter while it had exactly 1 hit point remaining.

Boltslinger stats:

Str 8, Dex 24, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 18, Cha 10
HP 79, AC 28, Flat 19, Touch 21
Fort 9, Ref 15, Will 8
Feats: Weapon Focus {Heavy Crossbow}, Deadly Aim, Point-Blank Shot, Rapid Shot, Precise Shot, Crossbow Mastery, Improved Critical
Gear: Belt of Physical Might +2 (Dex/Con), Handy Haversack, Ring of Protection +2, +3 Mithril Chain Shirt, Boots of Speed, +3 Heavy Crossbow, Cloak of Resistance +1, 2900gp

Fighter (Archer Archetype) stats:

Str 24, Dex 18, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 8
HP 79, AC 22, Flat 18, Touch 15
Fort 9, Ref 9, Will 5
Feats: Weapon Focus {Longbow}, Deadly Aim, Point-Blank Shot, Rapid Shot, Many Shot, Precise Shot, Weapon Specialization {Longbow}, Greater Weapon Focus {Longbow}, Clustered Shots, Improved Critical, Toughness
Gear: Belt of Physical Might +2 (Str/Dex), Ring of Protection +1, +3 Mithril Chain Shirt, Boots of Speed, +3 Composite Longbow Str 7, Cloak of Resistance +2, 5000gp

We did note that the fighter may have survived better if we spent 2k on an Amulet of Natural Armor +2 and swapped his Str/Dex scores (this would have dropped damage output slightly but increased chance to hit).


The Golux wrote:


Sorry, I didn't see that you linked the archetype. And it's not just the metal stocks, it's the metal arms, I think.

No worries, I just wanted to make sure I didn't fail in my search-fu. Had there been a different archetype I definitely would have taken a look. And I suppose metal arms would make a difference.

SeeleyOne wrote:
I think the damage went up two steps, as per a chart on page 145 in the Core book.

Got it. I didn't have a chance to look up the chart.


SeeleyOne wrote:

I like this idea. I am still on the fence about guns in the game, but this gives the crossbow wielder some style.

One thing that I do in my games is have metal versions of the crossbows. The normal Core stats are for wooden crossbows. Here are the stats that I use:

Spoiler:

Metal Hand Crossbow
Cost: 30 GP, Weight: 3, Damage: 1d8

Metal Hand Repeating Crossbow
Cost: 300 GP, Weight: 6, Damage: 1d8

Metal Heavy Crossbow
Cost: 75 GP, Weight: 12, Damage: 3d8

Metal Heavy Repeating Crossbow
Cost: 600 GP, Weight: 18, Damage: 3d8

Metal Light Crossbow
Cost: 50 GP, Weight: 6, Damage: 3d6

Metal Light Repeating Crossbow
Cost: 375 GP, Weight: 9, Damage: 3d6


The different versions are based on their wooden versions, in a manner similar to how a Composite bow is based on its normal version. For example. Weapon Focus Light Crossbow applies to both Light Crossbow and Metal Light Crossbow. The same goes for Repeating versions, which in my opinion is still the same thing, only with a variation in loading.

An interesting idea... Looks like you increased the damage dice by 3 steps? I'm not in any way an expert on crossbows, so this is a legitimate question (not a jab). Does changing the stock's material improve the firing quality (and thus damage)?

Threeshades wrote:

I made an archetype with the same intention and name, you can find it on the bottom right side of this.

I replaced the gunsmith ability with the ability to add wisdom to the attack roll at short range, since the gunsmith ability really only exists to give low level gunslingers access to their weapon of choice at all (because guns start in the 4-digit price range), and so i could replace the touch attack ability.

Definitely an interesting build. Have you tried playtesting it yet?

As I said about mine, I threw it together doing as much direct ability conversions as possible. I'm curious if the Wisdom to attack with a full BAB is too much (at a glance it seems like it would put their attacks maybe 1/4 to 1/2 of the way back towards touch AC).

Gunsmith is more than just receiving your first firearm, it also gives Gunslingers a free feat (Gunsmithing) which allows them to craft weapons and ammo very quickly (and inexpensively) without needing to make any kind of skill check. That's why I went with giving free ranks to Craft:Crossbows and reducing the crafting time needed. My second thought with giving those skill ranks was that it would make it easier for the Boltslinger to pick up Master Crafstman and Craft Magic Arms & Armor to enchant their crossbow(s).


The Golux wrote:
Looks pretty cool. I think one of Epic Meepo's archetypes did something a little similar, too.

Is there a different archetype that he/she did beyond the one that I linked?

Cthulhudrew wrote:
What's an "armbruster"? I've never heard that term used in association with crossbows before.

A fancy-sounding name of a crossbow-maker that I found :-p


ahayford wrote:
If its just the fluff you object to, why make things so m ch more difficult for youtself, and just use gunslinger as is with xbows instead of guns. Make the class use special exotic crossbows with the same chances for failure as firearms...and special rare bolts to replace the expensive ammo....maybe alchemical in nature.

Unfortunately a direct conversion doesn't logically work on many of the abilities.

I do like the alchemy suggestion, so I will think about switching it to alchemy-based weaponry that mimics firearms at a much lower velocity (so no touch AC).


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Quick background: I am prepping to run a homebrew campaign and one of my players asked if it would be possible to play a gunslinger. I'm personally not a fan of firearms/gunslingers in the d20 system and more importantly they don't fit into my campaign setting. That said, the player asked if Crossbows could be subbed out for the firearms, so I spent an hour or two drafting an archetype of the Gunslinger for this purpose. Yes, I know, sounds like Diablo III (actually, can we pretend that that disappointment of a sequel never happened?), but not quite.

I tried to keep as many of the abilities the same or true to their original nature. I'd say that this ends up being similar to a fighter with some added abilities in lieu of Weapon Training. Attacks resolve normally against AC rather than being treated as a special touch attack. I am, of course, concerned about overall strength and versatility versus the base classes, so any input would be appreciated.

Boltslinger:

Starting Wealth: 5d6 x 10 gp (average 175gp) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Boltslinger are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and with all crossbows. They are proficient with all light armor.
This replaces a Gunslinger's standard weapon and armor proficiency.

Armbruster
You gain a bonus skill rank every level that must be placed into Craft: Crossbows. When crafting a crossbow or ammunition, use the item's value in gold pieces rather than silver pieces to determine your progress.
This replaces Gunsmith.

Grit (Ex)
This functions as a Gunslinger's Grit (1st level), but applies to crossbows rather than guns.

Nimble (Ex)
As Nimble (2nd level).

Bonus Feats
As Bonus Feats (4th level).

Arbalest Training (Ex)
Starting at 5th level, a Boltslinger can select one specific type of crossbow (such as a Hand Crossbow, Light Crossbow, Heavy Crossbow, Repeating Crossbow, etc). She gains a bonus equal to her Dexterity modifier on damage rolls when firing that type of crossbow. Additionally, she can treat her Gunslinger level as her effective Fighter level for the purposes of obtaining the following feats with the selected crossbow: Weapon Focus, Weapon Specialization, Greater Weapon Focus, Greater Weapon Specialization, Penetrating Strike, & Greater Penetrating Strike. Every four levels thereafter (9th, 13th, and 17th), the Boltslinger picks up another type of firearm, gaining these bonuses for those types as well.
This ability replaces Gun Training.

True Grit (Ex)
As True Grit.


Deeds:

Deadeye (Ex): At 1st level, the Boltslinger can ignore the penalty for shooting beyond her crossbow's first range increment. Performing this deed costs 1 grit point per range increment beyond the first. The Boltslinger still takes the -2 penalty on attack rolls for each range increment beyond the first when she performs this deed (unless grit is expended).
This deed modifies Deadeye.

Boltslinger's Dodge (Ex): As Gunslinger's Dodge.

Focused Bolt (Ex): At 1st level, the Boltslinger can spend a 1 grit and a full-round action to focus on one target to either gain a bonus to attack equal to her Wisdom Modifier or a bonus to damage equal to her Boltslinger level. At level 7 the action required goes to a Standard Action. At level 13 the action becomes a Move action. At level 19 the action becomes a Swift.

Boltslinger Initiative (Ex): At 3rd level, as long as the Boltslinger has at least 1 grit point, she gains the following benefits. First, she gains a +2 bonus on initiative checks. Furthermore, if she has the Quick Draw feat, her hands are free and unrestrained, and the crossbow is not hidden, she can draw a single crossbow as part of the initiative check.
This deed replaces Gunslinger Initiative.

Stock Bludgeon (Ex): At 3rd level, the Boltslinger can make a surprise melee attack with the stock or handle of her crossbow as a standard action. When she does, she is considered to be proficient with the firearm as a melee weapon and gains a bonus on the attack and damage rolls equal to the enhancement bonus of the firearm. The damage dealt by the Stock Bludgeon is of the bludgeoning type, and is determined by the size of the crossbow. Hand Crossbows deal 1d4 points of damage, Light Crossbows deal 1d6 points of damage, Heavy Crossbows deal 1d8 points of damage, and Repeating Crossbows deal 1d10 points of damage. Regardless of the crossbow size, the critical multiplier of this attack is 20/×2. If the attack hits, the Boltslinger can make a combat maneuver check to knock the target prone as a free action. Performing this deed costs 1 grit point.
This deed replaces Pistol-Whip.

Utility Shot (Ex): At 3rd level, if the Boltslinger has at least 1 grit point, she can perform all of the following utility shots. Each utility shot can be applied to any single attack with a crossbow, but the Boltslinger must declare the utility shot she is using before firing the shot.
Wall Shot: You can fire crossbow bolts at solid surfaces to create handholds and footholds. Each standard bolt can only support 50 lbs, so it is likely necessary to create multiple hand/foot holds at once. Your attack damage must be enough to bypass the hardness of the surface.
Scoot Unattended Object: The Boltslinger makes an attack roll against a Tiny or smaller unattended object within the first range increment of her crossbow. A Tiny unattended object has an AC of 5, a Diminutive unattended object has an AC of 7, and a Fine unattended object has an AC of 11. On a hit, the Boltslinger does not damage the object with the shot, but can move it up to 15 feet farther away from the shot’s origin. On a miss, she damages the object normally.
Grappling Catch: You can fire a grappling bolt at a falling creature or object. This attack goes against the target's Touch AC and requires the use of a grappling bolt. Alternatively, you can fire a grappling bolt to catch yourself while falling. Either way, you cannot exceed the maximum length of the rope/cord attached to the bolt.
This deed modifies Utility Shot.

Dead Shot (Ex): At 7th level, as a full-round action, the Boltslinger can take careful aim and pool all of her attack potential into a single, deadly shot. When she does this, she shoots the crossbow at a single target, but makes as many attack rolls as she can, based on her base attack bonus. She makes the attack rolls in order from highest bonus to lowest, as if she were making a full attack. If any of the attack rolls hit the target, the Boltslinger's single attack is considered to have hit. For each additional successful attack roll beyond the first, the Boltslinger increases the damage of the shot by the base damage dice of the crossbow. For instance, if a 7th-level Boltslinger firing a medium light crossbow hits with both attacks, she does 2d8 points of damage with the shot, instead of 1d8 points of damage, before adding any damage modifiers. Precision damage and extra damage from weapon special abilities (such as flaming) are added with damage modifiers and are not increased by this deed. If one or more rolls are critical threats, she confirms the critical once using her highest base attack bonus –5. For each critical threat beyond the first, she reduces this penalty by 1 (to a maximum of 0). The Boltslinger only misses on a dead shot if all the attack rolls are natural 1's. The Boltslinger must spend 1 grit point to perform this deed.
This deed modifies Dead Shot.

Expert Loading (Ex): At 7th level, as long as the Boltslinger has at least 1 grit point, she gains the benefits of the Crossbow Mastery feat.
This deed modifies Expert Loading.

Startling Shot (Ex): As Startling Shot, but applies to Boltslingers and crossbows.

Targeting (Ex): At 7th level, as a full-round action, the Boltslinger can make a single firearm attack and choose part of the body to target. She gains the following effects depending on the part of the body targeted. If a creature does not have one of the listed body locations, that part cannot be targeted. This deed costs 1 grit point to perform no matter which part of the creature she targets. Creatures that are immune to sneak attacks are immune to these effects.

Arms: On a hit, the target takes no damage from the hit but drops one carried item of the gunslinger’s choice, even if the item is wielded with two hands. Items held in a locked gauntlet are not dropped on a hit. Feats and abilities that improve the Disarm combat maneuver apply to the attack roll for this target.
Head: On a hit, the target is damaged normally, and is also confused for 1 round. This is a mind-affecting effect.
Legs: On a hit, the target is damaged normally and knocked prone. Creatures that have four or more legs or that are immune to trip attacks are immune to this effect. Feats and abilities that improve the Trip combat maneuver apply to the attack roll for this target.
Torso: On a hit, the target is damaged normally and stumbles back 5'. Feats and abilities that improve the Bull Rush combat maneuver apply to the attack roll for this target.
Wings: On a hit, the target is damaged normally, and must make a DC 20 Fly check or fall 20 ft.
This deed modifies Targeting.

Quick Recalibrate (Ex): At 11th level, as an immediate action, the Boltslinger can spend 1 grit point to re-roll a single attack. She must take the second roll regardless of its result and cannot apply any other feats or abilities that allow a re-roll to this new roll.
This deed replaces Quick Clear.

Lightning Reload (Ex): At 11th level, as long as the Boltslinger has at least 1 grit point, she gains the benefits of the Point Blank Master feat.
This deed replaces Lightning Reload.

Evasive (Ex): As Evasive.

Menacing Shot (Ex): At 15th level, the Boltslinger can spend 1 grit point and a full-round action to fire bolts at a number of unique targets up to her Boltslinger level. These bolts are fired in a way that they just barely miss or veer away from a vital area. Each target is subject to the fear spell. The DC of this effect is equal to 10 + 1/2 the Boltslinger’s level + the Boltslinger’s Wisdom modifier.
This deed modifies Menacing Shot.

Slinger's Luck (Ex): As Slinger's luck.

Cheat Death (Ex): As Cheat Death.

Death’s Shot (Ex): As Death's Shot.

Stunning Shot (Ex): As Stunning Shot.

Note:
Adding a new type of ammunition:
Piton Bolts - These specialized Crossbow bolts are designed to penetrate hard surfaces and act as a standard piton. Firing this bolt at an inanimate non-magical surface allows you to ignore the first 5 points of hardness and support weight as a regular piton would. Firing this bolt at a living target requires a standard attack roll, but at a -4 penalty.

Credits and Search-Fu Disclaimer:

  • Credit for the Wall Shot deed does go to Zautos'. After some forum-searching I decided to modify that idea to what is listed above.
  • I've seen Meepo's Gunslinger archetype, but as one of my gripes with the Gunslinger is full BAB resolving against touch, I couldn't bring myself to use it.
  • Realistically and logically, I cannot modify firearms to not resolve against touch, so that option was tossed out too.


I couldn't seem to uncover an errors/errata thread for this book, so I'm posting here...

The Gorgon Belt has a typo in it.
(My PDF, the official PRD, and d20pfsrd all have this same wording)

Quote:
This belt grants its wearer a +4 enhancement bonus to Strength, and the ability to ignore difficult terrain while charging or making an overrun, bull rush, or trample attempt. Furthermore, once per day on command, its wearer can spew a 60-foot cone of poisonous green gas as a breath weapon. Any creature caught in the area of the gas can attempt a DC 18 saving throw to resist its effect, but if the creature fails the saving throw, it is paralyzed for 1d4 rounds. At the end of its turn, a creature petrified by this breath weapon can attempt a new save to end the paralysis effect. Treat the enhancement bonus to Strength as a temporary ability bonus for the first 24 hours the belt is worn.

Nothing major, 'petrified' should be 'paralyzed'.


Harliquinn Whiteshadow wrote:

Is it possible to choose an Archetype for a class but not take one of the class ability substitutions?

Thanks

Just to echo the previous posters... No, you can't pick and choose abilities.

That is, unless your DM is using/allowing 3rd party materials. Super Genius Games recently came out with some guides of "Talented Fighter/Rogue/Cavalier" that would possibly meet what you are going for.

Spoiler:

I think this is all of them so far...
http://paizo.com/products/btpy8yqw?The-Genius-Guide-to-the-Talented-Rogue
http://paizo.com/products/btpy8z1p?The-Genius-Guide-to-More-Rogue-Talents
http://paizo.com/products/btpy9065?The-Genius-Guide-to-the-Talented-Monk
http://paizo.com/products/btpy90lo?The-Genius-Guide-to-More-Monk-Talents
http://paizo.com/products/btpy8xoo?The-Genius-Guide-to-the-Talented-Fighter
http://paizo.com/products/btpy8y2p?The-Genius-Guide-to-More-Fighter-Talents
http://paizo.com/products/btpy917x?The-Genius-Guide-to-the-Talented-Cavalie r


You simply add the columns from the current position.

A Magus 7 has a BAB of +5, Fort +5, Ref +2, Will +5.
Add one level of Cleric and these numbers increase by +0, +2, +0, +2, respectively.


My apologies, I missed that FAQ update on 2/22 it seems... do you have a link to that page/thread that I can reference to watch?

(That example was, btw, just a quick example that I remember seeing often...)


Nothing, short of being denied access to class abilities due to violating a code, can deny you access to an Extraordinary (Ex) ability.

But I would say that you are correct in your assessment that the Combat Training does not take up the mount's known tricks as it is given to the mount by the Cavalier's class ability. Just like the animal companion progression is given to the mount based on the class ability.

A level 1 animal companion has exactly 1 bonus trick, and 6 base tricks from having an Int of 2. It is considered to be combat trained, so that's another 6, as noted. So again, I would say you are correct in your assessment. The text does not state that this training uses up the mount's tricks, so I would interpret the gray area to mean that it doesn't use them.


You know your life got a little when it takes over a week to follow-up on your own thread... sigh...

@Diego Rossi: I don't think that clarifying things such as "Can I add 5 to the DC to bypass being an Elf?" will shatter established rules.

@Vincent Takeda: I also really like the 'rare reagents' that were added in Ultimate Campaign. My GM actually already was implementing something like that for her custom items, but still... I always prefer official rules over house/3rd party rules.

Frankly, I'm surprised that there isn't an "Ultimate Crafting" book on the product schedule by now. We all know that the mundane craft system is in need of some serious love, and answering all of the unanswered magic item questions would be fantastic. Sure, it probably would never see PFS play either way, but this kind of sourcebook would be (as far as I can tell) the first of its kind. Being that Paizo has said before that they want to release new topics in their books and not just rewrite 3.5 and prior material, I say seize the opportunity! Right? >.>

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