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Weirdo wrote:
Also... is this an attempt to make a Ragebadger druid?

Not overtly, but we'll see where it goes. ;)


gustavo iglesias wrote:

By RAW, you don't get any of them. That said... I don't think giving those will break anything. You already get things that are more powerful, and wildshaping into a badger is not as overpowered as wildshaping into, say, a dinosaur.

Your badger-shaman sounds very fun and very balanced. If I were your GM, it'll be aproved in a heart beat.

It's true, playing by RAW standards, the character would be out of luck if they wanted access to those special abilities. But then again, the badger shaman archetype would also be discounted by RAW standards. In for a penny, in for a pound I reckon.


Kimera757 wrote:

On a more logical note, one wonders where all that musk is being made :) Or poison, if turning into a snake. Or quills, if you're turning into a porcupine and are trying to throw them, etc.

Blood Drain would essentially require the PC to turn into a cannibal (seems like an evil druid would consider it) who might throw up after combat, and (Blood) Rage is a mental thing, which is important because the druid keeps their mind.

If you think those abilities aren't broken, you should consider creating feats to allow them. An evil druid could take "Blood Draining Shape" as a feat, for instance...

Well, considering that special abilities like breath weapon, ferocity, poison, and web are granted by Beast Shape, the spell clearly allows for some internalized powers. Musk and Blood Rage/Rage fall well within those design guidelines.

The reason I bring this up at all starts with a shaman archetype that was created for my Pathfinder game. Namely the Badger Shaman (posted at the end of this post after the jump).

The only problem I can identify with the Badger Shaman is that none of the defining special abilities of musteloids (except for Ferocity) are listed in any of the Beast Shape spells. Namely "Attach, Blood Drain, Blood Rage, Musk, and Rage". I really don't want to nerf this archetype. In every other way, the Badger Shaman is quite balanced against similar builds.

So yes, when it comes to Attach, Blood Drain, Blood Rage, Musk, and Rage, I could create a feat called "Musteloid Wildshaping" or some such, but that feels like an unfair tax. To my way of thinking, it would be much more fair to simply stagger the Attach, Blood Drain, Blood Rage, Musk, and Rage special abilities among the existing Beast Shape spells. The question is where?

Beast Shape I: None
Beast Shape II: Attach, Blood Rage
Beast Shape III: Blood Drain, Musk, Rage

How does that look at first blush? Attach shows up at the same time as Grab, Blood Rage is staggered before Rage (smaller bonuses and involuntary rage versus voluntary rage), and Blood Drain/Musk both show up at the same time as poison.

Thoughts?

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BADGER SHAMAN
A shaman with this totem calls upon the stubborn ferocity of these natural burrowers, who challenge any opponent no matter how imposing, and stop at nothing to unearth the truth.

Nature Bond
A badger shaman who chooses an animal companion must select a badger. If choosing a domain, the badger shaman must choose from the Animal, Earth, Destruction (Rage subdomain), and War (Blood subdomain).

Wild Empathy (Ex)
A badger shaman can use wild empathy with musteloids (badgers, skunks, wolverines, and weasels) as a full-round action with a +4 bonus.

Totem Transformation (Su)
At 2nd level, a badger shaman may adopt an aspect of the badger while retaining their normal form. A badger shaman gains one of the following bonuses:

• movement (burrow speed 10 feet, climb speed 10 feet, +4 racial bonus on Escape Artist checks)
• senses (low-light vision, scent)
• natural weapons (bite [1d6], 2 claws [1d4] for a Medium druid, +2 on combat manoeuvre checks to grapple)
• toughness (+2 natural armour bonus to AC, Endurance feat)

While using totem transformation, the badger shaman may speak normally and can cast speak with animals (musteloids only) at will. Using this ability is a standard action at 2nd level, a move action at 7th level, and a swift action at 12th level. The badger shaman can use this ability for a number of minutes per day equal to her druid level. These minutes do not need to be consecutive, but they must be used in 1-minute increments. This is a polymorph effect and cannot be used while the druid is using another polymorph effect, such as wild shape.

Totemic Summons (Su)
At 5th level, a badger shaman may cast summon nature's ally as a standard action when summoning musteloids, and these summoned creatures gain temporary hit points equal to their druid level. A badger shaman can apply the young template to any musteloid to reduce the level of the summoning spell required by one. She can also increase the level of summoning required by one in order to apply either the advanced or the giant template, or increase it by two to apply both the advanced and giant templates.
This ability replaces a thousand faces.

Wild Shape (Su)
At 6th level, a badger shaman's wild shape ability functions at their druid level –2. If a badger shaman takes on the form of a musteloid, use their druid level + 2.

Bonus Feat
At 9th level and every 4 levels thereafter, a badger shaman gains one of the following bonus feats: Diehard, Critical Focus, Endurance, Skill Focus (Escape Artist), or Toughness. A badger shaman must meet the prerequisites for these bonus feats.


In looking for the Attach, Blood Drain, Blood Rage, Musk, and Rage special abilities -- as powers made available through the four Beast Shape spells -- I found none of them. Specifically, they are all musteloid special abilities from the badger, skunk, weasel, and wolverine (across their various incarnations).

Were these special abilities omitted by accident? If so, where should they be reintroduced in the hierarchy of the four Beast Shape spells (to make them accessible for Wild Shaping druids)?


If I have an ability that reads, for example...

"Add +1/4 to the eidolon's evolution pool"

...does that mean that I add +1 to the evolution pool per four levels or every forth level?

If the answer is per four levels, then I presume +1 at 1st through 4th level, +2 at 5th through 8th level, etcetera.

If the answer is every four levels, then I presume +1 at 4th level, +2 at 8th level, etcetera.

This type of phrasing comes up a lot in Pathfinder, so could somebody please direct me to where the rules clearly answer this question? It would greatly diminish arguments at my table. Thanks!


Hello all. In looking for a druid archetype that played well with badgers, I eventually discovered that no such archetype exists. Many other animal companions are featured, but no musteloids. As such, I took it upon myself to create one using the existing conventions for shaman archetypes. This is my first draft. Please feel free to offer any feedback. Thanks.

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Badger Shaman
A shaman with this totem calls upon the stubborn ferocity of these natural burrowers who challenge any opponent, no matter how imposing, and stop at nothing to unearth the truth.

Nature Bond
A badger shaman who chooses an animal companion must select a badger. If choosing a domain, the badger shaman must choose from the Animal, Earth, Destruction (Rage subdomain), and War (Blood subdomain).

Wild Empathy (Ex)
A badger shaman can use wild empathy with musteloids (badgers, wolverines, and other weasels) as a full-round action with a +4 bonus.

Totem Transformation (Su)
At 2nd level, a badger shaman may adopt an aspect of the badger while retaining their normal form. She gains one of the following bonuses:

  • movement (burrow speed +10, +4 racial bonus on Escape Artist checks)
  • senses (low-light vision, scent)
  • natural weapons (bite [1d6], 2 claws [1d4] for a Medium druid, +2 on combat manoeuvre checks to grapple)
  • toughness (+2 natural armour bonus to AC, Endurance feat)

While using totem transformation, the badger shaman may speak normally and can cast speak with animals (musteloids only) at will. Using this ability is a standard action at 2nd level, a move action at 7th level, and a swift action at 12th level. The badger shaman can use this ability for a number of minutes per day equal to her druid level. These minutes do not need to be consecutive, but they must be used in 1-minute increments. This is a polymorph effect and cannot be used while the druid is using another polymorph effect, such as wild shape.

Totemic Summons (Su)
At 5th level, a badger shaman may cast summon nature's ally as a standard action when summoning musteloids, and these summoned creatures gain temporary hit points equal to their druid level. A badger shaman can apply the young template to any musteloid to reduce the level of the summoning spell required by one. She can also increase the level of summoning required by one in order to apply either the advanced or the giant template, or increase it by two to apply both the advanced and giant templates.
This ability replaces a thousand faces.

Wild Shape (Su)
At 6th level, a badger shaman's wild shape ability functions at their druid level –2. If a badger shaman takes on the form of a musteloid, use their druid level + 2.

Bonus Feat
At 9th level and every 4 levels thereafter, a badger shaman gains one of the following bonus feats: Diehard, Critical Focus, Endurance, Skill Focus (Escape Artist), or Toughness. A badger shaman must meet the prerequisites for these bonus feats.
This ability replaces venom immunity.


This came up in our game tonight. Does the radius spread of entangle travel upwards? Say, if you 15 feet up in the trees? If so, how is this clarified/described with the rules-as-written? Any help is appreciated. Please and thank you.


Thanks everybody. It is much as I thought, but your citations and reasoning will put to sleep this issue for my group. Much obliged.


Characters get maximum hit points at 1st level, but what about the 1st level of a multiclass? Are those rolled or maximized as well?

This is largely to resolve an argument, so any officially quote rule would also help. Thanks!

Kolja


concerro wrote:
PS:If you are not asking about the White-Haired Witch I need a reference.

I was not asking about the white haired witch,b but should I be? Is there something interesting there?


As per the thread title, does the Strength bonus of prehensile hair add to my CMD?

I'm pretty sure that the Strength bonus of prehensile hair is added to my CMB (when I make attacks with my hair), but it's the CMD question that has me scratching my head.

Thanks.


As the title asks, I am looking for the official stat block of an inquisitor and witch character. It's the specific formatting that I am trying to find. Does anybody know where these are located?


I tried installing the Pathfinder character generator from Hero Labs (developed by Lone Wolf), but it seems to require Service Pack 3, which, near as I can tell, Windows XP cannot download.

Is there a character generator out there that works with Windows XP at the Service Pack 2 level?

Thanks.


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