I've been toying with the idea for some time, and now a new PF game gives me the opportunity to try it out.
I'll start out at level 5 with a 20 point buy. I started to build the guy as a run-of-the-mill TWF but they're always starved for feats and I wasn't pleased with the result. So here's what I'd like to do instead:
Human Fighter 1/Ninja (scout) 4
This gives him 24 AC, not too shabby and 6 ki, which is ok as well. Since he doesn't rely on dex, I could go for scout and lose Uncanny dodge.
His regular attack is +9 for 2d6+6
He can use his ki to get another attack, go invisible or basically mess with the opponents plan.
As for drawbacks, he only has 20ft move (that's ok I guess, since I don't want to be the first in melee) and -5 armor penalty (that hurts like hell, no acrobatics for me and that sucks).
Any thoughts ? Opinions ? Would it be fun to play ? Would it be powerful enough ? Any ideas on better feats to take ? Any feats out there that would help me with my armor penalty or my move ?
Thanks a lot for your time ;)
1) A player asked me how much an item able to cast "Magic Armor" would cost.
I searched through my DM guide and found these rules: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic-items#Table-Estimating-Magic-Item-Gold-Piece- Values
Use-activated or continuous ---->Spell level x caster level x 2,000 gp2
(The ² tells me that a spell in hours per level makes no adjustment to the price).
So basically, bracers that would give him permanent mage armor would cost a measly 1 x 1 x 2000 = 2000 gold ?
What's the point of bracers of armor, then ?
2) Another player wanted to have gloves that would allow him to cast "gravity bow" 3 times a day, as a zen archer.
So that's the same formula as above (except that the price is doubled for a spell in minute per level) = 4000 gold to have a continuous effect.
Charges per day----> Divide by (5 divided by charges per day) = 2400 gold
This sounds dirt cheap again. Did I get something wrong, or does that mean that you can emulate some very powerful level 1 spells (lead blade, gravity bow, mage armor, shield...) with very little coin ?
Here's a last example I thought of: with this formula, a ring of permanent SHIELD spell would cost 4000 gold. So what's the point of the "ring of force" that cost 8500 gold and is half as useful ?
I'm posting here because my last two games were nightmarish, with me getting stomped on at every single encounter.
I'm playing as a level 12 wizard, and I'm very happy about what my character can do as far as utility, damage, buffing and debuffing is concerned. However, i'm questioning my survivability and wondering what I am doing wrong.
In the earlier levels, I was quite safe through using mirror image, fly, displacement and all those lovely illusion spells that made me feel comfy. But now, we're at a level where almost every encounter has a mob with true seeing in it (and I guess it'll get worse the higher level we are).
Basically, a fight goes like this: I cast haste on the party, a mob charges me or, worse, teleports to me(cuz I'm a wizard, so I'm a squishy target) and go a~!!%&~ on my low-AC, low-HP ass. Or the boss is an archer and will hit me with a hail of arrows and drop me in a round.
With true seeing, none of my defense work. And when we're in a dungeon, overland flight isn't that much of an asset.
Did I overlook some spells ? What could I use to be more resilient - apart from StoneSkin, which is costly and can actually benefit the tank more than me ?
Thanks for your input.
I'm playing with a friend's group tonight. I don't expect to play much with them, just thought I'd give them a hand since they are supposed to face many dangerous challenges and they don't have a dedicated healer.
They currently have a sorcerer, a barbarian, an archer ranger and a battle cleric. The battle cleric is sick and tired of healing - he thought he'd be a dangerous buffed-up fighter when everybody just thinks of him as a bandaid.
Anyway, here's the thing. Creating the oracle of life was pretty easy, as was the choice of his first level spells. However, I can choose one level 4 spell, and I really don't know which one to pick.
Please remember that, as a level 4 NG oracle of life, I already have cure moderate wounds and lesser restoration.
Thanks a lot for your advice.
A friend invited me this weekend to play a PF level 8 game (20 point buy). When asked what characters they already had in the group and which class they would like me to play, he answered "whatever you want, the point is to have fun. It'll be challenging, though, so don't play a gimp class like monk, you'd get pounded to the ground".
Well. Needless to say, this was a challenge I childishly couldn't pass. I'm not much of a minmaxer, but I built a Quinggong Monk using Crane Style and, well, basically I owned the game, stealing the thunder from a barbarian, an oracle of battle and a bard/RDD.
Fighting defensively, my AC (with bracers of armor +3, ring of protection +2, barkskin from ki) was 31.
10 + 3 (dex) + 3 (wis) + 1 (dodge) + 2 (ring) + 3 (barkskin)+ 2 (monk bonus) + 3 (armor) + 4 (defensive).
Most of the mooks could only hit me on a 20, while I had four attacks (+14/+14/+9/+9 for 1d10+7) unbuffed.
The couple elite mobs we had to fight (including an ogre barbarian, a bone golem or a stone giant) usually were between +16 and +20 on their first hit, which means they *could* hit me, but it was still pretty difficult. And when that happened, well, their hit got deflected and I retaliated.
During a 10 hours play session that was pretty much only monster-bashing, I filled the tank role and got hit maybe twice. The only time I felt in danger was when two level 7 kenku rogues surprised me (so I wasn't in defensive mode) and sneak-attacked me for 50 damage. Well, I took the hit, spat the blood off my mouth, attacked them defensively, and smiled at the way they couldn't finish me off.
So, long story short, I asked them if I had convinced them that the monk was in no way underpowered, and their answer was: "well, I don't know about the monk, but the Crane Style is so ridiculously unbalanced that we'll ban in from further play".
I don't really care since it was a one-shot, but what do you think (apart from churlish tantrums from both sides) ? Is Crane Style really unbalanced ? What could the GM have done to challenge me ?
I know that, with greater spell specialization and admixture, you can spontaneously cast your specialized spell and thus turn a fireball into an iceball. This would allow you to add the rime spell metamagic.
How does it work for the spells that you DON'T spontaneously cast ? Is there a way to add rime spell to a spell that wasn't ice to begin with ? Can i decide, while preparing my spells, that THIS PARTICULAR BURNING HANDS will be an ice spell, and thus add the rime metamagic ?
Thanks for your help, I'm still wondering whether it's a good idea to take rime spell in my build ^^
I keep reading stuff on the forums about barbarians and still don't get why they are so popular.
They're supposed to deal high-damage. However, a level 20 barbarian vs a level 20 fighter will lose on:
So the barbarian loses +7 to hit, +10 to damage.
His mighty rage gives him +8 strength, so that's +4 to hit, +6 to damage (assuming the best scenario with a 2H weapon).
Sure, he'll have more HP (although not that much, around 22 if we get the standard protection) but he'll have way less AC.
I looked at the rage powers, but they don't seem that great to me (apart from the all-mighty "come and get me", which can still prove risky, and the greater beast totem, which gives pounce but costs 3 powers).
So what ? Is it just rage cycling ? What did I miss ?
The more I see this spell, the more I wonder what his drawbacks are. One of my players used it in a lvl 11 oneshot I did sunday and it seems borderline overpowered to me.
It's a ranged touch attack (pretty easy to hit on most opponents, especially the big, hulking ones) with no saves. If you're an elf, or you invested in the Spell Penetration Feat Tax, you will have a good chance to beat the SR (no worse than any other spell, anyway).
As a DM, I wonder how I can counter this. Enervation or, even worse, maximized or empowered or quickened ones, seemed to be the end-all be-all of every boss I threw at them. Losing 1d4 levels, let alone 4 or even 6 WITHOUT SAVE turns the biggest dragon into a harmless kitten.
So maybe I read it wrong, maybe I didn't apply the loss of hit dice correctly, but I thought my Red Dragon would be a worthy opponent, when he actually was a cakewalk once properly enervated.
First of all, I know a blaster wizard might not be the best way to use a wizard, and some might advise me to go sorcerer if I want to nuke.
However, the group has many high-Cha characters (paladin, oracle and cleric) and no brains. Which means I'm dead-set on playing a wizard. Furthermore, the controlling part is handled by the oracle, and they're expecting me to deal damage. We'll be level 10.
So here's my dilemna: what school would you take for a blaster ? I'm torn between Admixture or Fire.
The way I see it:
Of course, I'm also thinking about teleport school (yeah, it's THAT powerful) but it won't help me deal damage.
So, did I forget something ? What would you do ? Is there a school I should pick if my goal were to deal damage ?
If a fighter has the crane style chain feat, can he use a longsword 2-handed during his turn then switch to a 1H stance, so as to use Crane Wing ?
Once per round while using Crane Style, when you have at least one hand free and are either fighting defensively or using the total defense action, you can deflect one melee weapon attack that would normally hit you. You expend no action to deflect the attack, but you must be aware of it and not flat-footed. An attack so deflected deals no damage to you.
Same question with Crane Riposte. If I deflect the melee attack, I get a free AoO. Can I switch to a 2H stance to perform said AoO ?
I wanted to build a heavy hitter that would also get nice defenses and some utility. Here's what I came up with (25 pt buy)
Basically, when I fight defensively (fusing Crane Style and Dragon Style), I get 28 AC and a free deflection + riposte. At level 8, this means I can deal pretty well with melee attacks.
My saves are quite high as well from dipping into monks.
I can attack two times at +18/+13 for 1d8+18. With PA, that's 1d8+22.
Any thoughts ? What do you think about this build ?
Let's say I'm a level 8 alchemist (with 33k gold according to the wealth tables).
Can I buy:
And use Alchemical allocation with it ?
With the extend potion discovery, the alchemist could start his day by going:
- Cast Amplify Elixir (8 rounds of double length for potions).
Now Amplify Elixir doesn't work on Magic Vestment. However, this still nets:
- +5 bonus on armor for 40 hours.
Basically, at the cost of 3 level 2 extracts, the alchemist will have these awesome buffs for the whole day.
Did I get something wrong ? Seems too good to be true.
Our Kingmaker campaign is pretty murderous and we already got 2 TPKs. I plan on playing a monk this time, but they're extra squishy at low level. So I'm thinking about going fighter 1/monk x, and using medium or heavy armor.
From what I gathered, I will merely lose the AC bonus (from Wis and monk levels) and the fast movement. But can I still flurry and (later on) use ki ?
I reached level 8 yesterday with my mindchemist, and it has been tons of fun so far. I'm certainly not the most powerful character around the table (Paladin, Cleric of Iomedae and Sorcerer being the 3 others) but I absolutely love it.
However, I'm left with loads of cash and still wondering what to do with it. The Paladin got his weapon enchanted, the sorcerer got a metamagic rod, the cleric got a phylactery of positive channeling and... well, I don't know, I don't see anything really attractive around.
I already have a +2 chain shirt, +2 cloak of resistance, +1 ring of protection, + 1 amulet of natural armor and +2 headband of intellect. I also have around 12k gold in cash that I don't know what to do with.
I would love to increase my bombs damage or utility, since this is my primary contribution in combat, but got no luck so far. Did I miss something obvious ?
The title says it all: is a one-level dip in wizard worth it in order to get the all-powerful admixture ability ?
Since I rely a lot on shocking grasp (empowered ones, maximized ones, intensified ones...) to deal damage, any opponent with electricity resistance or, god forbid, immune to electricity, would be annoying for me to deal with. It seems most demons and devils, for instance, have some kind of energy resistance.
I realize that I have a lot of other spells to toy with, though.
A one-level dip would cost me 1 BAB and delay my spell progression.
So, worth it ?
After many changes of hearts, I settled on a magus for the new Kingmaker campaign. We'll start in a couple of days, and I was left wondering what would be best for me as a weapon.
I know I should go with the flavor, but I really have no preference between longsword and scimitar.
As for mathematics, I can take sword scion with the longsword, so I get +1 to hit and +1 to damage (from d8 vs d6) with it.
The scimitar has a crit range of 18-20.
So, is the bigger crit range (especially with keen later on) worth losing 1 damage (sure) and 1 to hit (more debatable) ?
I'm thinking about playing a ninja. The flashiest ability they seem to have is the way they can be invisible from level 2 onwards (and then greater invis, and then some).
If I understand correctly, against an opponent with no special ability, invisibility would grant me +2 to hit and deny him his dex (thus allowing SA), while giving him a 50% miss chance when he tries to retaliate (and that's if I don't take a 5ft step). This would make the fight quite one-sided.
I guess this ability shines at low level. But the higher you get, the more monsters will have abilities to ruin your fun (spells, blindsense, blindsight...). Does invisibility start to lose some steam and if so, around what level ? This would help me build a back-up plan if, say, every monster of level 10+ has some kind of blindsight.
I'd like to build something like the bladesinger of 3.5. The magus class looks very appealing to me, but the fact that they have their spells on INT and have to prepare them doesn't fit with the carefree spirit I wanted to have. Plus CHA would be my only dump stat.
Hence my question: I know bards can be effective controllers, effective jack of all trades, effective party faces.
Can they actually be built for damage, or is it a fool's errand ?
I know I already asked some help in this thread (http://paizo.com/forums/dmtz5ewi?Help-me-create-a-nongimped-level-1-PFS-mo nk) not so long ago, but it turns out I will keep playing a monk for a long campaign (Kingmaker).
Our DM wants an epic campaign, so 25 point buy. He also allows monk to have enchanted gloves at the same price as any other enchanted weapon, which actually should be RAW.
Since building a character that will last has little to do with building a one-shot level 1 character, I decided to create a new thread.
Here are my thoughts about the monk archetypes (condensed):
So I decided to go with a martial artist for what seems to me like the best offense of all monks, as well as going crane style to mix some of the best defense.
Here goes to level 15
Feats: Dodge, Crane style, toughness
2 Monk: Combat reflexes
At level 15, we should have around 240,000 gold which might mean:
AC 42 with crane style, with 1 hit automatically stopped
FoB with -1 crane style: 25/25/20/20/15/15
FB with some PA: 21/21/16/16/11/11
I can counterattack once per round with crane style. Once per round, if I succeed on my swift action, I can get +2 to hit OR shoot my AC to 50.
Doesn't sound bad to me.
I post this here in the rules section because I may have misunderstood the rules.
However, stunning fist STUNS the target if it fails a save.
A stunned character drops everything held, can’t take actions, loses any Dexterity bonus to AC, and takes a –2 penalty to AC
Why on earth would you take disorienting blow ? It CONFUSES the target.
25% chance of having no effect. 25% chance of attacking someone that very well might be you. 25% chance of hitting himself for little damage (unless you're huge and thus have a great fort save). 25% chance of losing your action BUT without losing dex or -2 penalty.
How is that better ? For the price of a feat, it just got WORSE.
Same question with the Ultime Mantis Style: Mantis Torment.
While using Mantis Style, you make an unarmed attack that expends two daily attempts of your Stunning Fist. If you hit, your opponent must succeed at a saving throw against your Stunning Fist or become dazzled and staggered with crippling pain until the start of your next turn, and at that point the opponent becomes fatigued.
So now, you replace the stunned condition with dazzled and staggered. Which means your opponent can still fight you. And it costs TWO USES of stunning fist. Why again is that better ? At least, he's fatigued afterwards.
Did I miss something from those abilities, or from Stunning fist ?
I've tried to google it, but couldn't find a conclusive answer.
If I understand correctly, this means that any armor (apart from those specially enchanted with the wild property) is lost during the change.
At level 4, the druid can take the form of any animal of small or medium size. This means that, regardless of the form taken, his AC would be 10 + dex + natural armor ?
So, a druid with 14 dex who shapes into a medium tiger gets 14 AC (10 + 2 from dex + 2 from NA) ? Sounds almost like a autohit to me.
Does this mean a shapeshanged druid is awefully squishy ? Is this still a problem at higher levels ?
I don't understand the way this tier system is working. I just read the definition, and it seems to be widely accepted that a wizard, for instance, will be leagues away from a fighter in terms of both power and versatility.
If you look at the raw datas, that's totally correct. A wizard can fly, become invisible, turn into powerful monsters and even stop time.
However, if we're excluding the last levels and epic campaigns (which are a different subject altogether), it seems to me that almost every single magic aspect can be emulated by magic items.
While the wizard spends his hard-earned gold in scrolls and powerful robes, the fighter can quite cheaply (if we're talking from midgame perspective) get the following abilities from potions: fly, invisibility,
He can also get true seeing from a gem, teleportation from boots or helm, spell resistance from a cloak, and even planeshift if he wants to.
Of course, he won't be able to do absolutely everything. But a high-level non-wizard usually has means to fly, for instance, if only from a potion.
So here are the three situations that arise when people talk about tiers:
Situation 1: Potion of fly and/or invisibility. Get to dragon, kill him.
Situation 2: Circlet of diplomacy, knight's pennon, scroll of charm person with UMD level 21
Situation 3: The high-level fighter can probably deal with 1000+ orcs all by himself.
Are you less flexible than a wizard ? Probably. Are you more efficient than him in some situations ? Probably. Are you able to deal with your shortcomings with potions, items and scrolls ? Probably.
It may seem like a silly question, but I'm wondering what path you would choose for a two-handed warrior.
2H gives me double-strength damage on either a single attack, or all secondary attacks of a full-round. I also get an awesome powerattack at level 15.
Weapon master gives me a faster weapon training, some rerolls, and the ability to increase my critical damage
Regular fighter gives me more AC through dex and allows me to move faster while wearing armor.
So, which one would you choose for a 2h warrior ?
I'll be shortly playing the Kingmaker campaign and wish to play a S&B fighter.
However, I'm torn between choosing TWF at first level (or even at later levels). It seemed like the obvious choice... until I noticed that a heavy shield counts as a heavy weapon, thus giving huge penalties.
It seems to me that TWF as S&B gives me a bit more Oomph, at the cost of:
A human fighter level 4 has 6 feats. He could either go
First scenario, my full-round is (with 18 str)
Second scenario, I can power attack for 2 (in order to have the same to-hit)
So please, please, tell me I'm wrong, tell me you can build an effective fighter who bashes stuff with his shield. I know things get better after level 11, but I don't want to feel useless through half of Kingmaker.
Yeah, I know, that's a pretty big challenge I'm setting you. But I'll play a PFS oneshot this week-end and I have always wanted to try a monk. Since it's a oneshot (I usually only play long campaigns), I figured "what the hell, perfect time to try it out".
It's PFS level 1, so 20 point buy and 150 gold only. The DM is well-known for his battlelust, so I can expect quite a few battles.
I've tried and tried to create a somewhat-efficient level 1 monk, but I keep failing. Either I give him high strength and his AC is so low it's not even funny (15-16 AC won't cut it in such a fighting environment) or I go the finesse route and his damage go down the drain (while is AC ends up okay, but nothing a scalemale-wearing character can't emulate).
I've read time and again that the monk is underpowered, but this is my chance to try him out: could you help me optimize it for one glorious level 1 bout ? ^^
This is Core, APG, UM/UC.
Most spellcasting guides focus on the controlling part of their spell-list, telling us that it's much more effective to blind/daze/stun/slow your opponents than blast them to pieces.
I whole-heartedly agree: even at second level, it seems better to Glitterdust the battlefield than throw some Flaming Sphere or Scorching Ray around.
However, my problem is that control spells basically win the encounter in a single dice roll and a single spell. Save or suck spells are no fun since there's no middle-ground.
- You get attacked by five trolls. Oh, wait, they're all blind now. Looks like they won't pose much of a threat.
- Some powerful dire tigers emerge from the bushes. Well, they're slowed now, so they look like harmless kittens.
And it gets worse as you get higher level. What's the point of playing a healer when there's nothing to heal (damage control, they call it) or a fighter when you just have to dispatch broken opponents mewling on the floor or a rogue when you have Sneak Attack against all the blind opponents ?
Contrary to popular belief, I think it makes games LESS strategic. Where's the clever part about throwing a spell and hoping it sticks ?
From what I've seen, the best encounters were those where the fighter was down, the cleric was trying to heal him while getting pounded on, the rogue was doing some acrobatics like mad to get flanking while the sorcerer whittled down the opponents HP...
The momentary glimpse revelation (from Time Mystery, Ultimate Magic) says:
Momentary Glimpse (Su): Once per day, you can gain a glimpse into your immediate future. On the round after you use this ability, you gain a +2 insight bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check or to your Armor Class until the start of your next turn. At 5th level, and every four levels thereafter, you can use this ability one additional time per day.
Since it doesn't say that it needs a standard action (all other powers do), I guess it doesn't waste one (would be grossly underpowered if it were the case).
But then, what is it ? Free action ? Swift action ?
Thanks for your help ;)
I know this is a strange request, but I will be DMing a game where my players wish to use iconic (for them) heroes as their characters.
One wants to be Dark Schneider (click here if you don't know him) from Bastard.
Another one would like to be Virgo Shaka from Saint Seiya (virgo gold saint, Click here if you don't know him)
The third one would also like to play a gold saint from Saint Seiya, Aries Mu (Click here if you don't know him)
Since they don't know the rules that well, it falls to me to give them an archetype that would meet their expectations. Also, this means I don't want to use cheesy or complicated combos, like dual-blooded orc sorcerer or whatever.
Here are my thoughts so far:
Dark Schneider: Elf Arcane Sorcerer or Evoker Wizard
Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated, I'm a bit at a loss here. Of course, if you don't know any of the anime, it might be hard to help :D
I've read a couple messages on this board before registering, and most of them were adamant about a cleric being more powerful than an oracle, especially at higher levels.
People keep saying that flexibility beats concentration every time. However, I'm reading the cleric spell list and can't help but think that their spell selection is narrow enough for it not to matter.
Let's take a Life Oracle (since they're the one that look the most alike).
At level 20, his spell list would look like this:
Level 0: No matter
This list is by no means perfect, but it pretty much covers everything a cleric could do (apart from Time Stop if the cleric has trickery as a domain).
In the meantime, your oracle has:
Your cleric has:
Of course, if the oracle is human, he can choose to use his preferred class boon to get more spells at any level except 9th.
So did I miss something or is the oracle better in almost every way than the cleric ?