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PIXIE DUST wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:

Rynjin and Cyrad

you're in a semantics war, stop.

*screams internally*
*Screams externally*
*Screams non-euclidean-ly*

*Screams eternally*


yeah, witch can cover arcane and divine bases very well, especially with things like variant multiclassing and the healing patron


and/or the hurtful feat and cruel enchants.


ah, forgot the asterisk on crippling and pressure points.

you can use pressure points early on until you can grab crippling strike at rogue 10 i guess.


i'll also note that oddly enough, the elven lorekeeper oracle can actually be a nerf to your bonus spells from your mystery, since it locks you out of the 9th level spell at 18 (instead getting an 8th-level spell of your choice that you cast with a 9th level slot, and has +1 CL/DCs to match, and makes a cantrip a 1st-level spell, which is silly)

especially for mysteries like time or lore, which get some pretty great bonus spells already (and the always wonderful Time Stop for both)


fighter gives weapon training as you advance, magus gives you great stuff, wizards' schools are super duper fantastic (conjuration[teleportation] and divination[foresight] are my usual go-to's), bard/inquisitor/alchemist makes you more skillmonkey/combat utility, barbarian gives combat stuff (rage), monk opens the sap master line very painlessly, oracle revalations or sorcerer bloodlines (shadow is great) can open a lot of doors for folks, etc

taloskane makes a great point for the magus.

especially now that the unchained rogue can slap on with one sneak attack:
-2 str (crippling stirke)
-1 str or dex (ninja trick: pressure points)
-2 AC and attack (-4/6/8 vs the rogue, double debilitation) *starts off as 1 round duration, additional hits increase duration by 1 round*

and even more stat damage if they dip 3 in shadowdancer for the free shadow flank-buddy (or a venomous animal companion with the animal ally feat line)... it's a neat gimmick build to consider


well, with early entry and other stuff back in the day, it got to be a relatively painless process to take it (and eldritch knight, and arcane trickster, and arcane archer, all of which were freaking GARBAGE outside of a few corner cases before then, since paizo has made it apparent that they hate multiclassing, and PrCs by extension).

it was a good time for those prestige classes. they got to see the sun for the first time since this version's creation. and then they decided 'too many people are playing aasimar (in PFS) because we cannot into racial balance, let's take the SLA thing back' and tossed them all back into the bin.

(do I sound bitter? I am.)


following Tom S 820's idea, you could take, say, the arcane bloodline for the sorcerer bit to get even more cherrypicked arcane spells.


if your GM allows the esoteric training/mage academy fame options, you can get 9th level casting on both sides with a wizard 6/cleric 4/MT 10 (getting +3 to cleric and +1 to wizard casting advancement, or inverting this as clr 6/wiz 4/MT 10, capping at effective level 17/17)

- - - - -

if your GM allows the old early entry methods, you could, say, play a wizard to 5, dip 1 in cleric (with something like the trickery domain or fate inquisition), and then carry on into mystic theurge from there--basically 'trading down' to a sorcerer's advancement, but getting boatloads of divine spells in exchange.

or similarly, you could choose a race with a proper arcane SLA (drow-blooded half-elf is nice, but there's aasimar and a few others floating about as well), go cleric 5, and dip 1 into wizard (or empyreal sorcerer if you want stat synergy) before continuing into MT. effectively going for oracle advancement with arcane spells tacked on.

or REALLY go for early entry (into MT at 4 instead of 6) with an arcane SLA race and a proper domain choice and going wiz 2/clr 1/MT or clr 2/wiz 1/MT.

there's a guide on the advice boards specifically dedicated to early-entry methods when it was still a thing you could do, give it a read, you'll be surprised what options there are.

- - - - -

anyway, going 5/1/MT keeps a rather nice advancement (instead of going 3/3/MT and ending up largely mediocre in both fields until 12-14th level), and can still hit 9th level casting on both sides eventually with esoteric training on a plain wiz/clr, or 9/8 with a clr/sorc or wiz/ora, or 8/8 on a sorc/ora.

going 5 in a class also lets you actually pick up some of it's useful abilities (wizard bonus feats/school abilities, oracle revelations, better channel energy for cleric, bloodline abilities on sorc), instead of just being a casting battery for MT

- - - - -

while not useful for early-entry, there's those Obedience classes that grant powers AND advance a previous classes abilities (at a 1-level setback), and one that advances your casting types as well, if memory serves.

might be worth looking at for the abilities even with the hit to advancement.


could go order of the cockatrice cavalier (maybe daring champion, since its great)

dazzling display as a standard action at level 2, etc.


Nefreet wrote:
DM_Blake wrote:
I would only raise doubts if there is some archetype that explicitly says "replace [skill x] with [skill y]" - if such an archetype exists, it might raise a doubt, but I think even then it shouldn't really matter, though I would say a second archetype that replaces the same [skill x] would be ineligible since the character no longer has [skill x] anymore (replaced by first archetype) - if such archetypes exist. And even if they did, their existence would add support to my initial explanation that, for all other archetypes that are not replacing skills, there is no conflict.
Beast Master archetype from the APG.

urban barbarian outright replaces the entire skill list, iirc.


UnArcaneElection wrote:
Secret Wizard wrote:
London Duke wrote:

So did they change how SLAs work?

They did. Now they are exactly what they seem - abilities that are like spells but not actual spells.

By the way, here's the recent SLA FAQ nerf.

still mad that they threw mystic theurge/arcane trickster/EK/arcane archer right back into the bin after giving everyone hope with the early-entry thing.

VMC can be sort of helpful, but it still hurts my heart.


666bender wrote:

lvl 20+ is not about combat. at least it isnt about killing.

it's about shaping the world, about moving planets and going the god mode.
it's not killing 100000 orcs, it's killing 100 orcs while not harming the hostages.

well, unless you're a fighter--then you get to swing your stick at people!

but i digress! personally i keep the character sheets largely off-the-table for post-15 campaigns--most of the party will have passive scores to shrug off most mundane stuff and can generally do as they please (since by that level they're all fairly widely heard of and respected or feared).

if it gets down to SRS BSNS then the fights are large, over the top, and generally befitting people of their power (or i throw a piddly issue at them as a curveball--if they nip it in the bud, great! if they dont, then that's a bigger bad i get to introduce later), but most of the time they're either managing their lands/titles/various allegiances made over their adventures, or dealing with (either diplomatically or sword-in-face-atically) something far too big an issue for their minions/contacts/neighboring kingdoms to deal with, or traveling to one of those two.


having regenerate and create/animate dead natively seems hard off the top of my head.

death domain druid?


variant multiclassing for cavalier (order of the blue rose) could be useful for the nonlethal/sap master route.


well, earth elementals are roughly-humanoid amalgams of floating rocks anyway, so having the 'head' rock with a small (top)hat or something could make sense. could even give it a monocle with that eye slot.


Dolanar wrote:
I agree it has slots, which is why I said belt maybe, I went by the verminous idea as well, but it seems to have no eyes, which rules out eyes (uses blindsight) so an eye slot doesn't make sense. hence why I said a belt. I also stated it can use 1.5x hd in ioun stones which can be a nice benefit. a Familiar uses its Master's Level as HD number for effects related to HD which thi would be. a Level 7 Wizard with this familiar would have up to 10 ioun stones active at once.

but with an eye slot you can make 'the goggles, they do nothing!' jokes.


dotting this topic--if anyone hasn't nominated this for the sticky/guide to the guides, it definitely seems a proper idea.


lemeres wrote:
Ravingdork wrote:
chbgraphicarts wrote:
A full-health Barbarian that's already raging but got hit by a Hold Person and failed the save is PROBABLY going to survive any similar-level creature hitting it with a Coup de Grace.

I've seen just such a barbarian survive three coup de grace attempts in a row. THREE!

He rescued himself after that and gained a reputation for being unkillable.

They obviously didn't roll a natural 20 and hit the spot where a leaf holding him by his ankles prevented the dragonblood river from touching his skin.

eyyy, i recognize that reference.

shame fate/apocrypha will never exist (though i hear the light novel's pretty baller). siegfried and dracula broing it up is great.


read brewer's guide to undeath (search the advice forums here). read it. seriously. it will save everyone in your game a huge headache (including yourself).

-dont dress the part: people are naturally more suspicious (and more likely to smite) of the obsidian-clad skullplate guy than they are the portly merchant-looking man with a walking stick.

-always have desecrate, either by spell or by voidstick. it's too good to pass up, especially at such a low price.

-dont get anything intelligent or that creates spawn: both can spiral horribly out of control and enjoy biting you in the ass.

-dont openly state you're a necromancer. you'll be torched and pitchforked out of every town you come across, and every holy man is going to be breathing down you neck.

-if you have to reveal yourself, do so grandly, and have loads of good PR backing you up--have your minions do large-scale menial/dangerous labor, such as mining ore, tilling fields, basic construction, etc. to help the general populace.

-small gestures to show your 'not a villain' stripes can do wonders: things like giving your servants last rites/burials when you dispose of them, using speak with dead to ask permission/forgiveness for borrowing their dead body to aid your quest, sending small reparations (anonymously) to the still-living families of your servants, sticking to largely non-human corpses (animals, monsters, etc. have some nice stuff and dont ping as evil to some folks as a human skeleton army would). having them [what minions arent in extradimensional storage or locked in your carriage] treated respectfully is a nice idea as well--keeping them clothed/masked/perfumed can help keep people from noticing them and siccing the local clergy on you.


unless he takes dampen presence, blindsight/blindsense nulls him pretty nicely if it's that big an issue even after all of the suggested responses in this thread.


TWF penalties are killer, especially with no accuracy booster (unlike literally every class not named monk).

to shore up your saves:

-(will/fort) theres lots of traits that give a +1 bonus to one or the other.
-(will) if you're cha-based, you can take the steadfast personality to add cha to will on top of wis.
-(will) get a clear spindle ioun stone and slot it into a wayfinder.
-(fort) take the twist away feat, and buy a ring of furious action.


Arachnofiend wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
The only time it should come into play is when you are trying to actually play in a historical setting.
And even then I'd be wary of making this argument, mainly because A) you're ruining another person's fun for no reason and B) you're probably wrong. One of the most common uses of this fallacy, for example, is to excuse the lack of black people in a Medieval European setting. What these people forget is that the Caliphate was the premier mercantile power of the era and there were Middle Eastern and North African Muslims traveling through Europe to sell their wares all the time. We have evidence of the Caliphate trading as far north as Sweden.

'nother historical fun fact: the dark ages weren't really all that horrible--well, for a chunk of europe it certainly was, but lots of other places in the world were having periods of advancement and prosperity 'round that time.


(i'm both dotting the thread and popping in to say that i am tickled absolutely pink at seeing a discussion about pathfinder/DnD alignment that didn't cause the thread to suddenly explode into flaming debris)


also, kiting him/moving more than 10ft a round is an easy way to ruin his 'kill them dead' potential, since he'd have to chase (move action), get one hit (standard). (and then be visible till his next round, because stealthing should be for a move action not anytime he ever moves)

seriously though, what's possessed you to allow stealthing on a 5 foot step?


Bandw2 wrote:
AndIMustMask wrote:
Bandw2 wrote:
AndIMustMask wrote:

very rough WIP musing. currently lacking a capstone, more rune art options, and any semblance of balancing.

HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE SHIELDS!!!! AAAHHH CHAOS

edit: i should probably add bonus feats to my class too, can't believe i forgot about that. done

also mustmask ADD COLOR!

it was a straight copy+paste from a notepad document i was hacking it together in, and im not sure what google docs has done this last month or so, but now i literally cannot open any docs (it loads for ~30 seconds, then gives a constantly-refreshing popup that it failed to load the doc, despite the doc BEING FULLY LOADED BEHIND IT), so editing it requires me to do so on my phone of all things (and good luck doing anything fiddly on that).

the lack of shields was on purpose, actually--gotta keep that free hand for casting (i suppose you could use a buckler, but a mithral one already has no penalties for non-proficiency...). i was considering changing the ward power to a shield bonus instead of deflection (gives it a better niche stacking-wise, lets you use a ring of protection, etc.)

but what if he wants to wield a shield and bash with it?

then he can take the proficiency feat or dip like everyone else?


CWheezy wrote:
Silke doesn't care about aoe, very high reflex save and evasion. What he dies from stealth us pick a target and kill it dead with the target functionally being able to do nothing.

again, i'm surprised the enemy isnt just mauling his teammates while he's playing mr. invisible. or that they arent just flagrantly buffing in his face because he cant AoO their spellcasts without breaking invisibility and getting ganked by the other enemies.


1 person marked this as FAQ candidate.

i have to ask: what exactly is he doign with that stealth that's so powerful? i mean sure he's hiding from them, but what does that do for him? with him not receiving any attention, that's more pointy bits aimed at the rest of the party (and he can't AoO them because that'd break stealth). I haven't found anything saying in the stealth skill that lets you hit flat-footed or something if you're successfully stealthed. is he just using it to not get targeted? AoE's should fix that right quick (avoid 'save for half' ones)

also, i'm pretty sure 'as part of a move' for stealth was meant as 'as part of a move [action]', not literally any time you move your mini. unless there's been an faq on the subject in favor of it, it sounds like you're letting him abuse something he shouldn't.


Bandw2 wrote:
AndIMustMask wrote:

very rough WIP musing. currently lacking a capstone, more rune art options, and any semblance of balancing.

HE DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE SHIELDS!!!! AAAHHH CHAOS

edit: i should probably add bonus feats to my class too, can't believe i forgot about that. done

also mustmask ADD COLOR!

it was a straight copy+paste from a notepad document i was hacking it together in, and im not sure what google docs has done this last month or so, but now i literally cannot open any docs (it loads for ~30 seconds, then gives a constantly-refreshing popup that it failed to load the doc, despite the doc BEING FULLY LOADED BEHIND IT), so editing it requires me to do so on my phone of all things (and good luck doing anything fiddly on that).

the lack of shields was on purpose, actually--gotta keep that free hand for casting (i suppose you could use a buckler, but a mithral one already has no penalties for non-proficiency...). i was considering changing the ward power to a shield bonus instead of deflection (gives it a better niche stacking-wise, lets you use a ring of protection, etc.)


i'm only barely starting to get into 3pp stuff, but i'm really liking path of war and spheres of power (and the classes and such that they introduce). havent gotten into psionics (i've heard good things aobut dreamscarred press' take on the subject) or other races yet, so watching this thread carefully.


very rough WIP musing. currently lacking a capstone, more rune art options, and any semblance of balancing.


master_marshmallow wrote:
What am I? Chopped liver?

finely chopped and of the highest grade.


some manner of lessening/avoiding arcane spell failure in armor (conditional or otherwise) seems another must. magus-style scaling might be cool, or something like the hellknight signifier's arcane armor expertise and signifier armor training abilities.

as would be some method to make use of your spellcasting and your attacking (since with only 4th level spells at best, your plain attacks will usually outclass your spells very quickly otherwise). spell storing (rune magic?) or something like spellstrike might be fitting to push that angle.

you could consider things like:
-arcanist-style casting, gives the player lots of freedom despite their small pool of spells, or using their weapons as a bonded item/bonded-witch-style familiar
-give it a group of choosable class abilities (akin to magus arcana) that could be possibly be traded for things like combat/metamagic feats, specific magus arcana/arcane discoveries/arcanist exploits, etc.
-choosing a path: one path (classical training) gets a wizard school (at character level -3) and keys off of INT, the other (natural training) gets a sorcerer bloodline (at character level -3) and keys off of CHA. have a class ability (mentioned above) that gives you full advancement in your chosen side, maybe with an 'advanced' version at level 10+ that lets you dabble in the other side with an ECL penalty (and still keyed off of that path's particular stat)

.

edit - the more i think about a runic magic style the more i like it--inscribing your armor to harmonize it with your magic (and thus reduce ASF while wearing your now-bonded armor), storing spells in your weapon to cast like a staff or placing runes onto the weapon to buff it (a la paladin bonded weapon or the magus' arcane pool abilities), prepping your spells as combat forms/stances/wicked dance moves, etc.

edit x2 combo: i think i'll throw together a writeup/draft with stuff like this.


Bandw2 wrote:
AndIMustMask wrote:
Cydeth wrote:

For what it's worth, I've created a class I've been calling the Arcane Knight that's something like an arcane paladin or ranger of sorts. I've been considering doing a mini 'playtest' of the document on the forums, but haven't had time to devote to it. A few of the essentials.

Arcane Knight
- Full BAB
- Full Caster Level, due to interactions with Arcane Strike, but gains spellcasting at level 4, progresses to level 4 spells.
- Spellcasting is restricted almost entirely to buffing/non-offensive spells, such as haste, lead blades, darkness, and similar spells.
- Can cast spells in medium armor, but has abilities that allow them to cast in heavier armor.
- Can self-enhance armor and weapons temporarily.

I've also built a Noble class based on the chassis of the Aristocrat which is extremely customizable, and a Priest class that's a full caster, unarmored and far more divinely based version of the cleric.

If there's interest, I might decide to do the playtest sooner than later.

that sounds remarkably similar to the bloodrager:

-full bab: check
-full CL, gains casting at 4th, maxes at level 4 spells: check
-gets a free level <2 spell on rage eventually, great buff spells (and its offensive spells are trash compared to just attacking)
-casting in medium: check (while raging), but they don't really need heavy armor
-self-enchancing: half-check (bloodrage boosts strength, which affects hit/damage, and can get always-on arcane strike with two feats, and you have a nice selection of buffing spells to pump your AC if you want--though why you would need more than arcane bloodline's free haste+blur+form of the giant/dragon/transformation is beyond me)

but it does not have knowledge nobility as a class skill, it isn't knighty enough.[/joke]

people wan't studious or prepared fluff abilities, while the bloodrager has rage powers, just saying.

rage powers aren't available unless yo're playing a specific archetype and trading away your (fantastic depending on bloodline choice) class abilities for them.


Cydeth wrote:

For what it's worth, I've created a class I've been calling the Arcane Knight that's something like an arcane paladin or ranger of sorts. I've been considering doing a mini 'playtest' of the document on the forums, but haven't had time to devote to it. A few of the essentials.

Arcane Knight
- Full BAB
- Full Caster Level, due to interactions with Arcane Strike, but gains spellcasting at level 4, progresses to level 4 spells.
- Spellcasting is restricted almost entirely to buffing/non-offensive spells, such as haste, lead blades, darkness, and similar spells.
- Can cast spells in medium armor, but has abilities that allow them to cast in heavier armor.
- Can self-enhance armor and weapons temporarily.

I've also built a Noble class based on the chassis of the Aristocrat which is extremely customizable, and a Priest class that's a full caster, unarmored and far more divinely based version of the cleric.

If there's interest, I might decide to do the playtest sooner than later.

that sounds remarkably similar to the bloodrager:

-full bab: check
-full CL, gains casting at 4th, maxes at level 4 spells: check
-gets a free level <2 spell on rage eventually, great buff spells (and its offensive spells are trash compared to just attacking)
-casting in medium: check (while raging), but they don't really need heavy armor
-self-enchancing: half-check (bloodrage boosts strength, which affects hit/damage, and can get always-on arcane strike with two feats, and you have a nice selection of buffing spells to pump your AC if you want--though why you would need more than arcane bloodline's free haste+blur+form of the giant/dragon/transformation is beyond me)


or an agile clockwork prosthesis--it's cheaper/more powerful (in the long run) and gives more bonuses!


if your GM allows esoteric training you could get in with a cleric 3/wizard 2 (+1 wiz via esoteric) and then into MT, but it's still all sorts of painful.


arcanist can grab both admixture and the marid bloodline, and with a single dip in either can get full advancement without spending an arcane point.


LazarX wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
I don't necessarily have a problem with a lot of the mechanics of the new summoner versus the old summoner...I mostly have a problem in that they took a very freeform game system (eidolons) and straight-jacketed them into very specific types with fixed alignments and only certain options...while not providing a whole lot of variety for those types. At present, a lot of concepts don't function well or elegantly with the new eidolon. For the unchained summoner to really shine, we need not only more types but probably also more outsider/related types to work with.

They did that for a very good reason. The Summoner is no longer a caster who summons an amorphous blob and remakes it into shapes. He actually is now summoning an actual outsider and putting some shape into it.

But mostly, they did it to fix a class that was clearly out of control... to the point where it had become a problem with PFS play, and many GMs outside of PFS had gotten to the point where they were banning it altogether.

i'm just gonna point out that something presenting a problem in [paizo's houserule bonanza] shouldn't direct the entire system.

it's why crane wing was nerfed (and not the master of many styles archetype that was the root of the problem), largely because it appears they cannot into unique encounter design for the most part.

(and that since PFS is so regulated, the GMs running it there arent really allowed to adjust encounters accordingly when a player comes to the table with Murdermachine Barbarian #43859 or God Wizard #18402573372 or Pouncing Full-Immunity HalfElf Summoner #594028--they can only cry that something is overpowered on the forums and pray for an adjustment in the [houserules], but i digress)


(that isnt to say i dont appreciate the info-post though personally)


Ms. Pleiades wrote:

Eh... I don't think that the Sanctified Slayer outclasses the base slayer, and I'd say its dead even between the regular hunter and the Sacred Huntmaster.

The only archetype that apes the style of another class, that ends up doing what the other class does better is probably the Daring Champion Cavalier, and even then it's by a fairly small margin.

sacred fist warpriest over regular unarmed monk seems a pretty straight upgrade (or at least simpler for a player to understand/use)


@OP: less than the warpriest

edit - that is to say, very few regardless--inquisitor is a divine bard, warpriest is a divine magus, and oracle is a divine sorcerer (though some folks seem to think cleric/paladin are the end-all be-all and the other are superfluous in one manner or another, but i digress)

honestly im quite liking the spread for the arcane and divine classes (though i'd like to see a divine arcanist) if you discount the 'nature' divine casters (ranger/druid/etc). paizo just needs to work on the martial side.


(bruh, dont link to a doc and then dump the contents of the doc)


@otherwhere:

Spoiler:
the d8 would set it apart form the other fullbab martials (like the barbarian), but it presents the problem of MAD the monk had pre-unchained--and even the unchained monk didnt really address it: you NEED con, or you're going to get KO'd pretty easily until you can get your AC up to par (i.e. when your dex+wis+monk AC bonus+bracers+barkskin tax+ring catch up to everyone else's dex+armor+armor enhance+neck+ring).

relying on mage armor via wand to patch that isnt feasible till level 2-3, and unless your wizard has nothing better to spend his spells on (he always will) you're not begging a casting off of him (and pearls are more expensive than wands, so that option's off the table too), and you are required almost by law to pay the class ability tax for barkskin to cover the neck slot loss.

TL;DR - the lower HD does little besides promote MAD for the class, since you have to juggle str/dex/con/wis hardcore with all of your 'not allowed's and class ability taxes (this isnt a new problem, but it's still a major one).


@rynjin: looked at the doc, here's various comments/suggestions/complaints. take with a handful of salt because i am sleepdeprived

Spoiler:

-bonus feat options seem pretty great, though i assume there'll be some feats that will be iffy or awkward to grab due to the rate of monk bonus feats vs their bab/skill entry requirements. haven't tested it yet, so cant say for sure.
-small spelling error on page 3 where it says 'stunning fit'
-still not okay with monk's unarmed strikes being limited to only hands/feet/knees/elbows--there are plenty or martial arts styles that use their wrists/shins, hips, and more for striking. i've already noted earlier that style strikes limiting what's supposed to be The Most flexible Weapon Bar None (literally your whole body) opens a lot of bad doors for more monk nerfs.
-small spelling error on page 5 of 'his_ki_pool'
-liking the ki pool expansion
-i'm curious as to why you dont have ki strike as a scaling enhancement bonus, since it grants the same effects and alleviates the whole AoMF issue a lot (still need it for things like frost/fire/etc)
-tongue of sun and moon's earlier access makes it kind of possibly a decent thing now instead of a novelty!
-between flawless mind and a clear spindle stone, i must reiterate my complaints about diamond mind's uselessness.
-quivering palm doesnt mention what type of action or how/when it can be used, only 'once per day'. can you aply it in the same circumstance as a stunning fist attack, or...?
-perfect self has always bothered me--welcome to level 20: none of your buffs work anymore because you're not humanoid! and as an outsider it's harder/impossible to resurrect you if you die! haha, suck it monks!

ki powers:
-diamond mind seems like a terrible choice (especially with the will save having been restored), since you can only activate it if you're already under the effects of a fear effect (i.e. failed your save), and ONLY affects fear stuff (enchantment/mind-affecting are far more common and deadly than fear).
-on diamond reslilience: passive DR5/- by 20th level just doesnt seem worth it--spend a ki point to double it for a while, maybe?
-diamond soul makes no mention of being able to lower it (even for allied/beneficial effects, or if the monk falls unconscious). this might be on purpose, but that doesnt mean it's not entirely silly that they physically cant turn it off once they've turned it on, even if turning it off might save their lives (healing spells).
-3 ki points at 10th level ability to deal a measly 10 damage (at 10th level, mind you) is a waste even before the save-for-half. may adds his elemental fury dice PLUS his monk level? may has extra effects based on the element (like the arcanist elemental exploits)?
-feather balance seems overly specific--how often are you going to be using it to balance that getting a ki power to help it is useful? you could roll it into high jump's ki spending effect and it still wouldnt be overpowered, or (see light steps note below)
-LOVE the formless mastery change, makes it actually useful/attractive.
-you could easily bump ki blocker up to 1 ki/swift action or 2 ki/free action and it'd still be fine--this is a SCARY power against a lot of humanoid opponents (and blows elemental burst right the hell of the water)
-ki guardian changes make sense
-ki hurricane (while the doublemove is nice) seems a weaker option than just going for pummeling charge or flying kick--a doublemove and two attacks (three when you get your next flurry) seems kinda lackluster. perhaps make it 'you can move the distance of your move+monk speed before your flurry', with the extra ki costs being used to spend more of your movement distance between the attacks?
-ki metabolism: i'm unsure why anyone would ever take this power besides the sleep reduction. i'm surprised it doesnt give a bonus against poisons or diseases' onset or something similarly thematic with metabolic control (maybe saves vs extreme temperatures?), but there's other powers for those that grant flat immunity to diseases/poisons. is there any upside whatsoever to spending a ki to appear dead (while remaining utterly defenseless until your timer ends)?
-the ki mount powers seem pretty great. (that improved stealthily allows you to ride/forced run for longer periods on it is neat, i like it)
-for ki visions you may want to mention it works as divination (as per the spell of the same name)
-ki volley: only 2 ki for un-level limited spell turning seems very powerful--i expected the cost to be based on the level of the spell/2 or something (unless it works as the spell turning spell with it's level limits? if so, does it turn into greaer spell turning when you reach a higher level?)
-light steps could be bundled natively into feather balance to make it an acutally attractive option alongside ki steps.
-i like the slow fall changes.
-water sprint costs three powers to get, while wind jump only costs two and seems the far better choice.
-does wholeness of body allow him to heal others as well? there's no mention of it only affecting himself (this isnt a complaint, i like that option)

style strikes:
-defensive spin seems like it'd work just as well with a (spinning back)-elbow or -kick
-elbow smash requires a fist, despite elboes being specifically mentioned in the unarmed strikes section earlier? the 'everything from this is nonlethal-only neener neener' seems like an odd change (using the elbow strike to daze them enough for a damaging follow-up made sense in the older version)
-flying kick obsoletes ki hurricane even further (this is a complaint on hurricane, not flying kick). being kick-only makes sense thematically, but i could jsut as easily see it as a POWER DUNK-style punch or meteor elbow.
-headbutt seems kinda useless--only works on medium/small opponents, huge penalty if they're not humanoid--i'm getting flashbacks of the brawler's awesome blow being double-penalized for no reason. you could easily jump to deadbutt a taler opponent (or headbutt them in the stomach/groin/shin if they're REALLY big), or bend to headbutt a smaller one (there's plenty of martial artists who can put their head to their ankles) i dont see a reason why you couldnt have the size scale with your level, and just putting a penalty on things that dont have a discernable anatomy, rather than non-humanoids (you cant headbutt a bear right now, for example--it's both too large and you're eating a -8 penalty even if you could?)
-why not just say knockback kick lets you attach a bull rush to your attack without eating an AoO instead of using so many words? and i can DEFINITELY see it getting used with a FALCON PUNCH or rising knee to send people flying.
-seriously, leg sweep is listed RIGHT UNDER IT and does this.
-you could easily set shattering punch to monk-level hardness and 1/2 monk level DR, but im fine with this level of power too, though again, there are plenty of powerful, penetrative strikes one could do for this (kicks are literally the best for that kind of thing, or the joking hip-thrust attack).
-spin kick seems like a neat idea for VMC (rogue) builds.

graystone wrote:
AndIMustMask wrote:
oh? what means of dex-to-hit/damage do they get that arent feat or money-intensive?

You just need 3 levels of unchained rogue and you fixed some of your monk MADness. ;)

AndIMustMask wrote:
monks could get pounce by level 2 via MoMS/pummeling charge
Level one. Take pummeling style for 1st level feat then take pummeling charge with MoMS bonus feat.

1) requires dipping, which as we all know paizo considers a mortal sin worthy of public flogging for being a filthy roll-player

2) good point. lets you pick up dragon style at 2nd as well.


GeneticDrift wrote:

I think this thread is over reacting. The monk is much better now. It basically has pounce at level 4. It is not very MAD as it can focus on Dex and to a lesser extent Wis.

Hypothetical: Flying kick, Panther style for extra attacks against that large guy with reach or his minions. Flurry of hits. When they attack back your AC is high (qinggong for barkskin +potion of mage armor), easily evading most attacks but you have the HP for the real hits too.

What would be great is some feat support for extra Ki powers or counting your monk level as higher for style strike. I am sure a splat book will cover this though.

oh? what means of dex-to-hit/damage do they get that arent feat or money-intensive?

because otherwise they still need str/dex/con/wis, which is just as MAD as they were before. monks could get pounce by level 2 via MoMS/pummeling charge--or still at a decent pace with it vanilla. pounce (while fantastic) isn't an all's forgiven thing.

there's been no change to it's equipment woes for unarmed combat/armor/magical item slots, in fact they have MORE worries not that they need to juggle getting ki-cost-reduction items to stop from hemorrhaging their small pool in a short time.


i'm with the shaman here--getting such a pristine cut gem would likely take some effort, and going out and physically finding raw diamond the size of one's head might lead to some 'heart of the mountain' stuff--people jealously guarding it, trying to steal it, etc. because if such a large diamond were to be properly polished and cut, it's value would skyrocket (especially if it was a 25k raw diamond just from sheer size/clarity--dragons would be on you like stink on zombies).


Lance Manstrong wrote:

Style strikes being restricted to flurry of blows seems so weird it almost has to be an oversight. Or a cruel joke.

It still bothers me that you can't mix the style strikes until level 15. Thats so late in the game for something so seemingly trivial at that level.

as we've see a multitude of times with paizo, they are ALL about cruel jokes for monks.

brawling enchant, bodywraps of mighty strikes, the misplaced crane wing nerf, clockwork prosthesis being one of the only cost-effective means of unarmed combat, and now great ki powers with a really high cost and a really small ki pool, and style strikes being limiting on what was supposed to be the most freeform weapon type (your entire body) and requiring a flurry to use. oh and lowered will saves with no MAD alleviation to allow WIS investment to compensate--with the only real boon to it being introduced at NINETEENTH LEVEL (so effectively, never).

the hilariously small vanilla bonus feat pool in the face of a dozen or more books with great thematic feats for monks isnt quite a slap in the face/cruel joke, but seems like a rather lazy oversight (likely m-muh pagecount issues as usual). and perfect strike's needless limitation (was made before the oodles of monk weapons became a thing, but has received no attention/errata to fix it and likely never will).


haremlord wrote:
AndIMustMask wrote:
the former would still be bestiality (since theres a sentient person inside the tiger who's going at it with a not-so-sentient normal tiger) and therefore 'taking advantage' of that animal, so pretty evil unless you're in a weirdass society in-game.

What if the animal was awakened?

Asking for a friend...

if they're awakened they've been granted intelligence/sentience, and can therefore give consent (though the thing about awakening pets is that it makes consent fuzzy under the master/owner umbrella). still squicky, but i wouldnt start smiting over it.


Bwang wrote:

From Inner Sea Gods, Abadar (LN), Sarenrae (NG) and Shelyn (NG) are all non-LG deities with Paladins.

The Anti-paladin deities are Calistra(CG), Lamashtu (CE), Norgorber (NE), Rovagug (CE) and Urgathoa (NE).

feels bad to be asmodeus. and antipaladins arent allowed to be smart-evil or suddenly everyone starts shouting 'lawful lawful down the hole you go'

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