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Here's what I'd like:
My gnome Summoner is sitting in a field, petting his rabbit (tiny). Bigger, possibly Bugbear-type thugs come to harass her.
Suddenly the rabbit leaps out of her lap and bites their heads off.
Afterwards the rabbit grows to Medium size, the gnome climbs on its back and the pair hop off into the sunset.
How close to that do you think I can get within the rules?
Is there a way for an Eidolon to have an adjustable size beyond simply casting Reduce Person before, Enlarge Person after? Like, can the Rabbit's normal size be Medium
Is there a way to grant an Eidolon's bite the Agile quality? Or to add Dex to Natural Attacks some other way?
Is there a way to make Natural Attacks Vorpal?
Angry Wiggles wrote:
And unfortunately, Mad Dog and Urban Barbarian don't stack because they both change Rage.
You might let a DM allow you to mix them both, since Urban B changes the way you rage, and Mad Dog simply pushes Rage off til level 4. But this is suboptimal if you're interested in the dex bonuses at first level.
Jeff W wrote:
One of the things I liked about the Arcanist was the lifting of Opposition School restriction, so School Savant strikes me as suboptimal. Unless maybe you go for the transmuter's ability score boost. And you can have that at full power for an exploit and a swift action.
I only picked the book up last night. Still sifting through the new spells.
I'm loving Sonic Form. Makes me want to try and build a character around this this guy as a concept.
I don't get the Blade Adept, honestly. Why not just play a Magus?
I think they should go for it. Let the Eidolon player pick his/her own feats. Also, give the Eidolon his own initiative, which is usually handwaved away.
If you decide to go the "Eidolon is alive while master sleeps" route, then make them earn it. Have it be granted as an item at the end of their first adventure.
How are you guys building your Arcanists?
What I focused on right away was the fact that some of the best exploits don't seem to require Charisma. For example, Dimensional Slide, Familiar, Quick Study.
Spell Resistance seems to be the most important Cha-based exploit from my first perusal.
So right away my brain is working on making this guy a super-intelligent Controller, ala Mr. Treantmonk. I'm more interested in battlefield control than I am in dealing out HP (and a lot of those abilities require an attack roll anyway).
Am I approaching this the wrong way? Is this maybe not the right class for a controller, given the emphasis on damage powers and Sorcerer Spell progression?
Played with this build (Mouser only) last night. It was a really RP/Social heavy mod. I didn't expect the melee character to do too well; for example, the first (and only) combat encounter didn't start til the last ten minutes of scheduled playtime. But I think she did pretty well in the social encounters. Bluff, Intimidate, and Oratory Perform do well to make up for a lack of diplomacy in a pinch, if you have a decent CHA.
One of the benefits of shrinking as a move action (accelerated drinker) is the boost to Dex skills without nerfing your speed. Helps you Acrobat through a glass window and tumble through people's spaces.
As I look through the ACG, four levels of Sleuth will give me:
A boatload of skill points, and stealth and disable device and diplomacy and all the knowledges.
A grit/luck/panache pool of 8 points, unless I'm very wrong about them stacking. And I don't think that I am.
Half of an improved initiative (should stack with the nimble bonus that the swashbuckler level could eventually give me).
Four Inspiration points. Good for a bonus to skill checks but more importantly, +d6 to a saving throw or attack roll twice per day. Which as I read it comes after seeing what the result is (probably won't work on a natural 1).
The ability to use one of those points to avoid being flatfooted (!).
+2 to melee rolls against a target as a swift action (for the cost of one Extra Investigator talent feat). Which I can do while I'm occupying a big bad's square.
Sneak attack damage rolls if I hit against said target.
For +3 BAB and +4 Will, I think that's pretty good. I might even consider taking exclusively fighter levels from then on to free up a few feats for extra inspiration or extra investigator talents.
The main reason is that the Spellcasting will already be 2 levels behind, which is terrible. Still doing 1st level extracts at level 5? No thanks.
Also, this is a melee-focused build (I'm not even going to sink any feats into it). I'd want to hang around with Sleuth for at least 4 levels, to pick up inspired alertness (with so much invested in Dex, not being caught flatfooted will be handy) and studied strike. If I hop back to Swashbuckler after, I've only lost 1 BAB.
So now my thinking has shifted completely around. I'm approaching more as
Inspired Mouser 1/Mysterious Stranger 1/Sleuth X
with the original stats. Also, doing away with all of the ranged feats, except maybe Deadly Aim. If precise shot is required, she'd rather ditch the gun and just hop in the fray. And guns target Touch AC, and eventually she'll be able to make a studied strike with her Rapier.
I'm hanging on to the gunslinger level for the proficiency, free gun, boost to grit/panache/luck pool, and Fort save. Not to mention BAB and HP. Also, a deed that boosts damage for the gun - by third level there'll be 8 points to spend.
1 Dodge, Mobility
Can't see past level 5. Might want extra talents or something by then. Or Canny Tumble.
This build has become less of a damage dealer and more of a battlefield manipulator. For level one, she'll have a tactic of attacking defensively, running circles around a bad guy hoping he'll take an opportunity attack. If he swings and misses she hops in his square to provide the flanking bonus and debuff. At level two she can shoot the bad guy (defensively) and then drop her gun to run circles around him. At level three she can shoot the bad guy in the face, dodge his attack, and then draw her weapon as a free action once she's in his square.
Okay, so that build would be more like:
1 Point Blank Shot, Fencing Grace. (Bonus Feats: Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus Rapier).
AC 17 (Studded Leather)
I'm wondering if a switch hitter really needs Precise Shot. If there's melee, I should be hopping in there.
Do I really need a 14 INT without the investigator level?
You should definitely leave room for the Fencing Grace Feat. It's not available in PFS yet, but Dex-to-damage in melee is great on this build, and only a Feat away once it is available in October. I'd swap out Mobility for it, personally.
Wow. With that I would absolutely swap Strength for Wisdom.
So, a halfling with a 20 dex can have a +6/d4+5 melee weapon at first level? Crazy.
Rapier: +5, d6+1
50gp will get me a Reduce Person potion if there's no willing caster to buff me to get under a Medium bad guy and provide a flanking buddy/debuff vs. notme.
Rapier: +6, d6+1
Rapier +7, d6+1
Add +2 to a save 2/day
+2 inish, draw Rapier for free
Rapier: +8, d6+1
After hitting a big bad with the rapier, can try for a steal CM as a swift action, no AoO.
By level 5, I should have about ten grand. That's +1 for each weapon and a belt of dex +2, with enough left over for a ring of deflection. However, given that the character's will save is only a +2 at level 5, the ring will have to be replaced by a cloak of Resistance +1 and a +1 for the chain shirt.
Dex (4) + Dodge (2) + Chain Shirt+1 (5)
Rapier: +10, d6+2
Rapier +12, d4+1
Let's hope that we can afford that ring by now, as well as an aegis or recovery.
Rapier: +12/+7, d6+4
Littled: Rapier +14/+9, d4+3
At this point, we're saving up to add the Agile Quality to the rapier, at which point we can more or less save the musket for when it's really needed. Bad guys across a canyon, or feet stuck in liquid stone or some such. Or rapier fell off a cliff.
I don't play melee characters in PFS too often; does this look pretty good?
Okay, how about a Mysterious Stranger for level 2? Gets me the weapon proficiency (and a free gun), trade Fort save for Will, and inspiration for BAB. Two fewer skills and I lose a boatload of trained skills, but I retain the basic concept.
Requires me to swap Survivalist trait for Indomitable Faith. Luckily I have a Charmed life.
If I cough up the Battle Cry for Quick Draw, it looks more like:
1 Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot. (Bonus Feats: Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus Rapier).
Also, she can't do two immediate actions on the same turn. So either she's dodging or she's mousing. However, I think it's possible for her to fire a shot defensively, then step into threat range and drink a potion. If the attack misses, she should be able to drink the potion and then spend her immediate action to slide under his legs. And then draw a weapon as a free action. If the DM doesn't allow it, she can drink the potion, then fire the smaller weapon and try the same thing without the dodging panache bonus (but with an equivalent small sized, dex-boosted bonus).
I'm trying to put together a Dex-based switch hitter using the goodies from the ACG. Not sure how well I did.
Clever Swashbuckler build:
Traits: Accelerated Drinker, Survivalist
1 Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot. (Bonus Feats: Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus Rapier).
This would be intended for PFS and is intended to act as a swiss army knife to fill different roles based on what other folks have brought to the table. So, for example, if the party is mostly melee muscle, our girl can stand back and take pot shots with her longbow (musket or double musket after level 1) while the big boys mess him up.
Seems to me like there's a lot of wiggle room for action economy.
Level One - let's say our girl starts her turn ten feet away from the bad guy (and I'll make it my business to make this happens). She drinks her Reduce Person potion as a move action, then five foots forward and takes a shot with her 'lil longbow - defensively - at a bonus of +2 to hit and a mere d6+1 damage (unless there's a bard or some other buffs). This ought to trigger an opportunity attack. This triggers a Dodging Panache deed, which bangs her effective AC up to 22 in studded leather or 23 in a chain shirt. If that attack misses, our heroine can now slide under his legs and has the option of either going throw with the (short) longbow attack or draw her Rapier for a potential opportunity attack.
Now everybody who wants a flanking bonus only has to be adjacent to me (and therefore the bad guy). Hi rogues! (Did ACG make them an endangered species?) Hi ninjas and slayers! Bad guy meanwhile suffers a
At level 2, this can be done with a musket. Small size is a mere d10 versus touch AC . If the bad guy is Large - which will happen more often as she levels - she can forego Reduce Person; at the end of that sequence she can fire for d12+1 and draw her Rapier as a move action. Guy's already taken his Opportunity Attack. I've been trying to find a place to squeeze Quick Draw in without sacrificing too much too early.
Any suggestions? The goal is to create an effective switch hitter with a gun. The melee part of this build is more focused on "anvil" than on "hammer".
Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
That leads us into an interesting debate, wherein the former familiar, once a non-sentient animal, has gained sentience and shares the master's religious beliefs. Even has enthusiasm, since, as an actual reptile, the familiar is closer to "God" than the master him/herself.
Knowing that it will be replaced, the familiar might be perfectly willing to be sacrificed rather than end up a "Charly Gordon" dumb animal again.
However, once it loses familiar status, it goes back to being an animal, right? So now it loses recognition of higher divine authorities and of the very concept of prior consent. Is it still okay to sacrifice it, even though the familiar knew this was coming and agreed (or even had the idea to be sacrificed) ahead of time?
Course not. I'm thinking let the critter have its fill of wine/grog, fill up on its favorite food, then a sleep spell and snicker snack - off with its head.
Well, it's a sacrifice. So, not like on a whim or anything. Rather than letting the critter just run around in the wild - and probably get killed - sacrifice seems like a fitting end if the caster worships Bokrug.
Bokrug is a CN Great Old One Lizard God. Worshipped by lizardfolk, among others, who are True Neutral, I believe. Not an evil deity but worshippers do commit sacrifices to him (it?), which are sometimes sentient creatures (which I would call an evil act).
If the ex-familiar were a lizard, would this improve things? What if the ex-familiar didn't so much mind?
If the sacrifice happened and the eating didn't, would this improve things?
Fair enough on the familiar. The familiar can take skill focus as a feat, though, no?
Btw, how often does a familiar gain feats? Every other level (HD)?
Respectfully disagree. Buffs, summons, and heals don't worry about saving throws. As you can see, in her first nine levels I only have two hexes that offer a save, and they work pretty well in conjunction with each other.
Nevertheless, I did pick a nuke (stinking cloud) and made it tougher at level 7 (two levels after I got it, when the bad guys are just going to be leveling out of it).
What trait puts INT for bluff?
2 - Misfortune
Note that level 5 is when she gets access to Stinking Cloud. So folks can wade through it in my aura of purity one level later.
No cackle? Is he crazy?
The answer is that I had it on there and had to replace it with Improved Familiar. I don't know where I'd fit it in - it would need to replace the conjuration/summoning feats or come too late to be of much use in my career.
Also I don't like that it locks me in place. This is less of a debuff build and more of a multi-option controller one. I'd much rather have an entropic monkey carrying a wand around delivering healing spells to folk than be locked in place cackling with my crappy compsognathus.
I suppose this might work:
2 - Misfortune
Makes a little more sense since those higher levels are where those tougher summoned beasties could use a buff. At fifth level I can be hovering over the battle cackling and zapping heads with misfortunes and evil eyes while my monkey is bouncing around the battlefield with a quiver of wands.
Mavis Finch (Controller Build)
Str 8 (-1)
Hex: Evil Eye
Mavis is a refugee from the ruined city of Bodie's Haunt, which was decimated by Urdul Bazzak six years ago. Mavis was eleven at the time. She was taken in by local lizardfolk and raised as part of the tribe for a time; after that she returned to her ruined village and hid out with the spirits. She was given a book of witchcraft by Old Magda, who lives by herself in the swamp, and taught a few beginner hexes. From other books left behind she learned Alchemy.
Pirate looters came through to raid the ruins for scrap; Mavis killed one of them in self defense. She fled from the village and sought to hide among the Pathfinders. At first, she wears the garb of the pirate she killed, roughly shortened to fit her smaller stature.
Mavis has dark black hair, pale skin, and stands about 5'4". At first she is quiet and somewhat withdrawn with regards to strangers. After she gets to know them a bit, her personality reflects her once-around philosophy. It is almost impossible to shame or embarrass Mavis, and she is always game for a dare or a social challenge.
Mavis is easily distracted when bored. When something piques her interest, her focus can be unearthly.
Spells: Mage Armor, Enlarge Person, Reduce Person, CLW, Obscuring Mist, Web Bolt (Reflex DC 15), Burning Hands (Reflex 15), Mount, Ray of Sickening (Fortitude 15).
(Spent 100gp on extra scrolls)
RP wise, I think she has an interesting motive for joining the Pathfinders (hiding out!).
Mechanics wise, I didn't want to sink too much into stuff that bad guys can save against. That's why I went for the Swamp's Grasp to create difficult terrain (maybe save the wizards a grease or two?) and Prehensile Hair. The spells I've chosen are there to provide a nice spread for saves. (two reflex, one fort, Evil Eye for Will)
Hair - I don't count on making too many standard attacks, but the reach allows me to supply a pain in the rear via some creative positioning and provide a flanking buddy for tough guys. Also, it provides a buffer for casting, since most things I run into at level one aren't likely to have reach. And if I have to make an attack roll, +4 for d3+4 isn't terrible at first level. Better than my familiar's.
Almost forgot! Procompsognathus familiar for free improved initiative.
At the risk of trolling, let's consider if we actually turned hair into a weapon.
Would it bludgeon? Maybe if you had it wrapped around a fist, but then it's actually the fist doing the damage.
Would it pierce? Maybe if you treated it by dipping it in cement or something. See above.
Would it slash? I could see this easier than the others, because the simplest way to weaponize hair would be to twist a whole lot of strands together to make a sort of cord or whip.
If the cord were thicker, I could see it doing bludgeoning damage also, and the caster should have some control over how the weapon manifests. So maybe bludgeoning/slashing makes sense. Piercing feels like more of a stretch.
But seriously, is there any ruling on this? I checked the FAQ and couldn't find it. The rules do call it a "limb", and the limbs of all PC's will pretty much inflict bludgeoning damage, unless you had magic or claws or some kind of crazy monk stuff.
Fair play to you; never read that FAQ. I actually think that's a little better than I thought.
Doesn't the same logic apply to both hexes, though? You can hit one or two allies with Fortune in the first encounter and then one or more different allies in a later encounter. Whereas if the boss or the bandersnatch succeeds on their save vs. misfortune, that's it (for that critter).
Another aspect of fortune is that it can help a buddy save vs. some persistent effect. And it doesn't need to get through a saving throw to work.
Anyway, this wasn't supposed to be a misfortune vs. fortune thread. Any other tips to building a witch? Maybe beyond level one?
i guess it depends on the "work day." If their are many encounters then misfortune just keeps on working and fortune will have been used earlier
Not sure what you mean. The hex only lasts one round (okay, more with Cackle) and whether or not the target made it's save, they can't be targeted for 1 day.
Whereas, if you target your Qback (Paladin, fighter, Eidolon, whatever) with Fortune and he opts not to use it (because there was no role worth it), you're then free to use it on him when it's time for the big boss battle.
I rolled up a witch for PFS this week. Pretty vanilla so far; I maxed out INT and put all my feats into hexes: Evil Eye, Fortune, Cackle.
Any tips to rolling up an effective witch? To me it seems natural to focus on the buffing/leader stuff at low levels and move more into focusing on debuffing later.
I'd like to hear some general advice from people who have built and played witches, both in and out of Society play.