|Mathwei ap Niall|
Big thanks to STR Ranger and Mathwei for such great guides. They are such inspirations. I’m very new to pathfinder and all the rules are a little new and foggy. I have a few questions about some of the fundamental of the Hexcrafter Magus guide. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to research some of this but have still not been able to wrap my head around a few things. The questions I have will be simple no-brainers to most of you so please forgive me, like I said I’m a newb. Thanks in advance.
1. Magical Lineage + frostbite+Rime combo:
At the end of the day what level of spell does frost bite end up being a -- 0 level cantrip or a 1st level spell?
2. Wayang spellhunter + Shocking grasp. Same question what level does the spell end up being? 0 level cantrip?
The rules on metamagic alteration state you can never reduce a spell below it's normal casting level. So no matter what you do a 1st level spell will go no lower than 1st level.
If I hit an opponent and make my intimidate roll, does that mean my opponent has the following debuff:
-6 on Dex ( from -4 entangle, -2 fatigue)
-2 on Str (from -2 fatigue)
-4 on attack rolls (-2 entangle, -2 from shaken)
If I hit the person a second time and make my intimidate roll does it have a cumulative affect meaning the person is now at a -12 on Dex, -4 on str, -8 on attack rolls? And it increases on every hit?
Same type effects do not stack so you can only suffer the effect once. The only exception is the shaken but that has special rules stating extra uses extend the duration not the penalty.
4. At level 4 the magus can cast alter self. So I turn into a troglodyte. Troglodytes gets 3 natural attacks. I’m holding my sword.-I get 1 sword attack at full BAB +3
-I get one claw attack at -5 (because it is considered a secondary attack)
-I get one bite attack at -5 (Because it is considered a secondary attack)
Is that correct? Are the secondary attacks -5 or are they -5 from your BAB score (which is 3) which would make them -2? So when you roll the d20 do I subtract 5 or 2 from the total?
First, put the sword away. using it at the same time as the claws is a net loss of damage. Second you are mostly correct but the secondary penalties are a flat -5 from your normal attack bonus.
5. Similar scenario, but I cast a spell. So I’m in combat as a troglodyte. Troglodytes gets 3 natural attacks. I’m holding my sword. I cast a spell using the spellcombat magus feat and then I spell strike. So my attacks would look like this.1 normal sword attack at +1 BAB (-2 penalty from using spell combat)
1 spellstrike sword attack at a +1 BAB(-2 penalty from using spell combat)
1 claw attack at a -7 (-2 penalty from using spell combat, -5 penalty from being a secondary weapon)
1 bite attack at a -7 (-2 penalty from using spell combat, -5 penalty from being a secondary weapon)
Thanks again for all the help and explanations.
Correct but as you can see it's far more efficient to get rid of the sword attack completely from this routine so you will look like this:1 normal claw attack at +2 (-2 penalty from using spell combat, +1 strength boost from Alter Self)
1 spellstrike claw attack at a +2 (-2 penalty from using spell combat+1 strength boost from Alter Self)
1 claw attack at a +2 (-2 penalty from using spell combat+1 strength boost from Alter Self)
1 bite attack at a +2 (-2 penalty from using spell combat+1 strength boost from Alter Self)
Doing it this way massively increases your chance to hit and inflict more damage.
Do not forget that secondary attacks also drop your strength bonus to damage by 50%.
Mixing natural attacks and iterative attacks is usually just a bad idea UNLESS you have a source of high static damage to offset the strength loss.