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Dex is only better for skills when you don't factor in the 3 feats you spent to replace it as your fighting stat.
Dex is more useful for defense if you don't factor in armor.
Dex is more important for reflex saves, which aren't that important.
After 3.5 this game became about having magic stuff, so carrying capacity does matter.
Rod of Interminable Hexes wrote:
Three times per day when a wielder of this rod uses a hex (but not an advanced hex or grand hex), she can use this rod’s power to double the duration of the hex, so long as the hex’s normal duration is longer than 1 round. When augmented with this rod, a hex that might have a longer duration if a target fails its save but only a 1-round duration if the target succeeds at its save (such as evil eye) still has only a 1-round duration against a target that succeeds at its save.
Prehensile Hair wrote:
...The witch can manipulate her hair a number of minutes each day equal to her level; these minutes do not need to be consecutive, but must be spent in 1-minute increments....
I only quoted from prehensile hair the part about duration.
Can the rod increase the hair's minutes be day?
The Songbird of Doom: A Guide to a most unlikely tank and Mechanism of Mass Destruction (Warning: GMs will hate you)
The point of the FAQ is that you should only be allowed to get triple damage on the first attack, even if you have more attacks.
But that's not what they said, they have the weirdness about pulling back arms. So you should be able to use an off hand lance for triple damage, but only half str and half power attack. But if you take the pulling the arm back anology even farther, you can use numerous natural attacks, for only double damage but full str and power attack. Claw/Claw/bite/trail slap/gore/slam/armor spikes maybe ... You totally shouldn't though
Seeing as it is the act of pulling your arm back that stops the multiplier from charging, just use multiple limbs, then you shouldn't have a problem.
Also point out to your GM that the bonus damage from spirited charge is coming from your shoulder, not your charging mount, so you should be able to do it all the time ;)
If the dwarf cast acid fog wouldn't the damage affect everyone in the cloud, thus adding the damage more then once. For that matter, intense spells doesn't stop you from adding the damage to everyone hit by a fireball.
For reference, note the Wizard arcane school (Evocation) and read the Intense Spells ability.
The wording of the FCB lacks 'once per spell' and it lacks 'Whenever you cast' as well, so it seems a leap to suggest it functions the same. Also one is a favored class bonus that you are giving up something every level for, vs a 1st level class power.
Admittedly, the wording of the favored class bonus does not specify the "once per spell" rule that Intense Spells does, but it does say it adds a specific amount of damage, not a variable amount that scales with the duration of the spell effect, so without specific text to allow you to apply the bonus damage every round, we must fall back on the default position which, by way of precedence, is established by the Wizard ability.
Smite evil and Challenge both add you level to damage against a target, after spending a swift action, but I don't think anyone believes that a Cavalier follows the default position of adding you level to damage only works against evil targets.
I'm not saying that it hasn't been ruled that they function alike, but it isn't readily apparent simply from reading the two dissimilar abilities.
Does the dwarf favored class bonus and the ticking damage of elemental touch stack?
Dwarf FCB wrote:
Add +1/2 to acid and earth spell or spell-like ability damage.
Revelant parts of Elemental Touch wrote:
Meaning that at level 6 you touch someone for 1d6+3 and then for the next two rounds do 4 points of damage a round?
The objective was to get multiple attacks along with a move, and get to be more a mobile combatant.
Shield Slam and Spiked Destroyer don't take all that much to get, but Vicious Stomp kind of does, and it's a bit situational. Merciless Rush also takes feats that I might not need as well.
I wonder if just grabbing Shield Slam and Spiked Destroyer wouldn't be better, take your first two levels as a ranger, grabbing Power Attack and Spiked Destroyer at level one, ranger style shield slam at 2. Now if you can stack up small damage bonuses, you should still be a decent threat.
I was messing around, thinking about a character for PFS and kinda stumbled onto this combo but it needs to be fleshed out more. I'm just kinda brainstorming here.
Take 2 levels of Ranger or Slayer to get Shield Slam, then grab Spiked Destroyer and Vicious Stomp. You would also need combat reflexes and Improved Unarmed Strike. If you are human and take a Fighter level at level 3 you can get all the feats then. You could also take a class that give Improved unarmed strike for free at level 3 instead of Fighter, Brawler maybe.
You get to hit them with your shield, bull rush for free, take another attack (as a swift action) with armor spikes, and if you can find a wall to knock them prone then you get an unarmed attack as well.
None of the attacks are all that scary, but you get to put your full strength on them, so you might wanna take some Barbarian or Bloodrager levels for more strength.
All 3 weapons fall into the close weapons group, so maybe Brawler (fighter archetype) would be nice for more damage as well.
You could throw Merciless Rush onto the combo as well, for some more free damage.
You should be able to run the combo with cleave and great cleave, which will be really nice when you can fly and shield slam people into the ground.
Are there any ways to get more triggering attacks off bull rush?
How can I grab more damage without hurting my to-hit on the first attack?
Prerequisites: Improved Shield Bash, Shield Proficiency, Two-Weapon Fighting, base attack bonus +6.
Benefit: Any opponents hit by your shield bash are also hit with a free bull rush attack, substituting your attack roll for the combat maneuver check (see Combat). This bull rush does not provoke an attack of opportunity. Opponents who cannot move back due to a wall or other surface are knocked prone after moving the maximum possible distance. You may choose to move with your target if you are able to take a 5-foot step or to spend an action to move this turn.
Prerequisites: Combat Reflexes, Improved Unarmed Strike.
Benefit: Whenever an opponent falls prone adjacent to you, that opponent provokes an attack of opportunity from you. This attack must be an unarmed strike.
Prerequisites: Proficient with armor spikes.
Benefit: When you succeed at a bull rush or overrun combat maneuver, you may automatically make an attack roll with your armor spikes against the target of the maneuver as a swift action, using your highest attack bonus.
Prerequisites: Improved Bull Rush, worshiper of Rovagug.
Benefit: When you bull rush a creature and your check exceeds the target’s CMD by 5 or more, you deal damage equal to your Strength modifier to that target.
Blades, Heavy: dueling sword, bastard sword, chakram, double chicken saber, double walking stick katana, elven curve blade, falcata, falchion, flambard, greatsword, great terbutje , katana, khopesh, klar, longsword, nine-ring broadsword, nodachi, scimitar, scythe, seven-branched sword, shotel, temple sword, terbutje, and two-bladed sword.
Heavy Blades gives Elven Crit blade.
Whip group also gives Scorpion whip and Spiked Chain.
Also a lot of thrown weapons are on these lists.
Everyone is aware that, as it's currently worded, the impact quality doesn't appear to reference the size something actually is, right?
This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons that are not light weapons. An impact weapon delivers a potent kinetic jolt when it strikes, dealing damage as if the weapon were one size category larger. In addition, any bull rush combat maneuver the wielder attempts while wielding the weapon gains a bonus equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus; this includes all bull rush attempts, not only those in which a weapon is used, such as Bull Rush Strike, Shield Slam, or Unseat.
It seems as if all the other size enhance effects (lead blades, strong jaw, Belt of Thunderous Charging) all mention actual size, but Impact doesn't. So treating it the same, as far as it's worded now, may be incorrect.
Deathwine looks really good.
Posses Object wrote:
This spell functions as magic jar, except you transfer your mind to a single object, animating it as if using animate objects, except your mind controls the object as if it were your own body. You cannot speak or cast spells while possessing the object. Because your original body is effectively dead while under the effect of this spell, this temporarily suspends disease, poisons, and other afflictions affecting you.
The bolded part is why I think caster level matters.
Another member of the party is a undead lord who is storing the body of a giant dragon turtle for later to make his own boat. So we've got the undead boat covered, and really I just want him to make undead sharks to pull us around on rafts.
I'm not trying to dominate the game.
Aren't there undead who have aura's that buff necromantic spells?
I'm playing in Skull & Shackles as a 10th level character, whoever my Goblin who gleefully burns all writing has been deemed inappropriate for the game, so I'm making a new character. So I am planning on making a caster who uses posses object to steal enemies ships, but am having issues hitting the 32 caster level that I will need to take over the big ships.
I'm thinking going Dhampir(Jiang-Shi-born) wizard, and using the favored class bonus to up my caster level, so I'm looking at CL 15, plus one from and Ioun Stone, +1 from a tatoo, maybe plus one for Bloatmage. That allows me to posses and animate Gargantuan ships (keelboats) but not the Colossal ones (which are most of them). I guess I can read a scroll of Deathknell on a chicken to get another caster level, but that only puts me at 19, 11 short.
What am I missing?
Spirited Charge (Combat):
Your mounted charge attacks deal a tremendous amount of damage.
Prerequisites: Ride 1 rank, Mounted Combat, Ride-By Attack.
Benefit: When mounted and using the charge action, you deal double damage with a melee weapon (or triple damage with a lance).
While mounted, you can ride down opponents and trample them under your mount.
Prerequisites: Ride 1 rank, Mounted Combat.
Benefit: When you attempt to overrun an opponent while mounted, your target may not choose to avoid you. Your mount may make one hoof attack against any target you knock down, gaining the standard +4 bonus on attack rolls against prone targets.
Combat while Mounted:
With a DC 5 Ride check, you can guide your mount with your knees so as to use both hands to attack or defend yourself. This is a free action.
When you attack a creature smaller than your mount that is on foot, you get the +1 bonus on melee attacks for being on higher ground. If your mount moves more than 5 feet, you can only make a single melee attack. Essentially, you have to wait until the mount gets to your enemy before attacking, so you can't make a full attack. Even at your mount's full speed, you don't take any penalty on melee attacks while mounted.
If your mount charges, you also take the AC penalty associated with a charge. If you make an attack at the end of the charge, you receive the bonus gained from the charge. When charging on horseback, you deal double damage with a lance (see Charge).
And Ride-By Attack mentions you four times.
You are suggesting that RAI is that the feats work when the mount takes the charge action. RAW is that the rider takes the charge action. Now I think it's easy to infer that they clearly don't want to break the mounted combat feats, but by creating this odd charge by proxy they are creating more problems then they are solving. With this new system Magus can use spell combat and spirited charge together. It's unclear if whirlwind attack is forbidden, and really it unclear what is forbidden while on a charging mount.
SKR's ruling creates some questions, and a few problems, besides making the language in the mounted feats messy. Can you no longer brace against a mounted charger(just the horse), does the rider now provoke against the target of the mounts charge(because of there movement), and can you use full round actions when your mount charges(seeing as you are no longer using a charge, or move action)?
Also most feats don't specifically spell out that you can use them while mounted so does that mean unless something is specifically called out as working you are unable to use it?
So now that it has been shown how you give your horse pounce you can accept that ragelancepounce works?
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Cavalier’s Charge wrote:
At 3rd level, a cavalier learns to make more accurate charge attacks while mounted.
Ride-by Attack wrote:
When you are mounted and use the charge action, you may move and attack as if with a standard charge and then move again (continuing the straight line of the charge).
Fight with a Combat-Trained Mount: wrote:
If you direct your war-trained mount to attack in battle, you can still make your own attack or attacks normally. This usage is a free action.
There seems to be a lot of rules that suggest you being mounted does not change the charge action. Is there going to be some effort to change all that?
I've never heard of that rule, where did you see it?
However that is all the from ultimate line of books. Zen Archer wouldn't be bad. They can use there unarmed fist damage on arrows, combine that with a monk's robe and vital strike and you would deliver a pretty big hit.
I'm playing in a group with an evil undead lord cleric, and there are times, in the heat of combat, when it would be advantageous to be treated as undead in terms of healing. I know about his death's kiss ability, I know about the feat Necromantic Affinity, and I know that a couple of races can be healed as undead. I'm wondering if there are any other ways, especially items, that would allow me to be treated as an undead when it comes to the cleric.
Where did you see that FAQed?
I'm playing though Skull and Shackles with an evil party, and just brainstorming backup character ideas.
I'm playing with two barbarians and a divine necromancer, so if I croak I wouldn't mind coming back as something that has some ability to solve problems without ultra-violence. I'd like to be some kind of versatile caster and while I could simply be a person who has a broad range of spells and an evil mustache, I'd much rather use this rare chance to go full evil to grab something restricted (either rules wise or thematically) to the bad guys.
The -2 constitution is essentially offset by taking Resilent(or some other trait) and Toughness. In exchange for 'needing' to get a trait and a feat you get a natural attack plus some other proficiencies or natural attacks. Tengu don't excel at everything but -2 to con isn't the death sentence people are making it out to be.