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Enter the Blue Mage


Suggestions/House Rules/Homebrew


I have always loved the Final Fantasy series. From the time I started playing RPG's I always looked for what could be turned into the blue mage, imho one of the best classes ever made, so I finally decided to take matters into my own hands. Here it is players everywhere my rendition of the Blue Mage.

Blue Mage Table:

Level BAB Abilities Fort. Reflex Will
1 0 Blue Magic, Blue Energy 0 2 2
2 1 Bonded Weapon, Bonded Boost 0 3 3
3 2 Channel Blue Magic 1 3 3
4 3 Blue Magic, Defense 1 4 4
5 3 Bonded Boost 1 4 4
6 4 Advance Blue Magic 2 5 5
7 5 Azure Knowledge 2 5 5
8 6 Blue Immunity 2 6 6
9 6 Blue Evasion, Bonded Boost 3 6 6
10 7 Blue Magic Defense, Greater 3 7 7
11 8 Azure Quarry 3 7 7
12 9 Advance Blue Magic 4 8 8
13 9 Improved Azure Knowledge 4 8 8
14 10 Bonded Boost 4 9 9
15 11 Blue Counter 5 9 9
16 12 Improved Blue Evasion 5 10 10
17 12 Improved Blue Immunity 5 10 10
18 13 Advance Blue Magic 6 11 11
19 14 Bonded Boost 6 11 11
20 15 Ultimate Blue Magic 6 12 12

Blue Mage Abilities:

Hit Dice: D8

Alignment: Any

Skills:
Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Dungeoneering), Knowledge (Nature), Knowledge (The Planes), Knowledge (Religion), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Swin (Str)

Weapon and Armor Proficiency:
A Blue Mage is proficient with light armor as well as simple weapons and the scimitar.

Class Abilities:
Blue Magic - A Blue Mage learns the abilities of monsters he has knowledge of, he does this by making a Knowledge check to learn what he can about a certain monster. A successful check allows him to learn what abilities the target monster has, the more abilities the monster has the higher the check is to learn all he can. The blue mage can only learn abilities that are supernatural or spelllike and offer a save against it. After he has identified a monster with an ability he wants to learn the blue mage must then be attacked by this ability and succeed the saving throw. Once the save is made the Blue Mage can choose to forgo the reduced effect from the save and take the full effect and gain knowledge of the ability for 12 hours. During this time he must fill in an entry in his bestiary in order to keep the knowledge forever. Each use of Blue Magic consumes 1 point of Blue Energy.

Blue Energy – A blue mage has a pool of energy from which he draws the power to use his blue magic. A blue mage's energy pool is equal to 1/2 his blue mage level + charisma modifier. A blue mage must get a full nights rest in order for his blue energy pool to replenish itself.

Azure Knowledge – The Blue Mage can take 10 on any knowledge check to find out information about a creature. Improves to +20 later.
Blue Magic Defense – As a full round action a Blue Mage can make a single attack against a monster that he has knowledge of can forgo normal damage and instead learn one currently active defensive ability from his target.

Blue Magic Defense, Greater – When a Blue Mage steals a defensive ability the target must make a Will save equal to the Blue Mages attack roll. If the save fails the ability ends immedatley, if the save succeeds there is no effect on the target.

Advance Blue Magic – Allows the Blue Mage to advance the die he rolls on a single blue magic ability. (i.e. d4 to d6 or d8 to d10). A blue magic ability can only be advanced once.

Ultimate Blue Magic – The Blue Mage picks one of his known abilities that advances as the monster he learned it from advances (i.e. the breath weapon of a dragon as it goes up in age category.) to its maximum number of dice rolled.

Blue Evasion - Once per day a Blue Mage can re-roll a just failed save against an attack he was trying to learn. The Blue Mage must take the results of the second roll no matter the result.

Improved Blue Evasion – Blue Evasion goes to 3 times per day.

Bonded Weapon – A blue forms a special bond with his saber. While being wielded by the blue mage it has a ghostly blue aura. A bonded weapon can have many different boosts which the blue mage chooses as he levels up. These boosts are listed below:
Defensive Boost – Each time the Blue Mage takes this boost he gains a cumulative +1 bonus to his attack rolls when using blue magic, defense.
Channel Boost – Each time the Blue Mage takes this boost he gains a 2 extra damage dice when he channels his Blue Magic through his bonded weapon. This effect applies before applying Blue Meta feats.
Counter Boost – Each time the Blue Mage takes this boost he gains 1 bonus die when he attempts to counter an enemy ability.

Blue Immunity - Allows the Blue Mage to retry a saving throw 1d4 rounds after a failed save against a poison, disease or status condition he is afflicted with that he has in his bestiary. Can only be used once per affliction

Improved Blue Immunity - Improves Blue Immunity to total immunity.

Azure Quarry – The Blue Mage can take make a knowledge check to track his quarry moving at normal speed. The Blue Mage also gains a +4 bonus to any save made against the creatures abilities. When the Blue Mage learns an ability from his quarry or the quarry dies the Blue Mage must wait 1 week before choosing another quarry.

Channel Blue Magic – While wielding his bonded weapon a blue mage can channel his blue magic through this weapon in a single melee attack. This attack is a standard action.

Azure Knowledge – A blue mage can take 10 on all knowledge checks to find out information about a creature.

Improved Azure Knowledge – Azure Knowledge improves to +20

Blue Counter – When a Blue Mage is attacked by an ability he has in his bestiary he can as an immediate action spend 4 point of Blue Energy and attempt to counter the ability. This functions similar to counterspell except the blue mage makes a knowledge check to identify the ability being used. If the ability being countered has more damage dice then the blue mage's ability then that much damage is countered instead.

Blue Meta Magic Feats
Empowered Blue Magic – Increases the amount of damage dealt by blue magic by 50%. Applying this to a blue magic ability uses two extra uses of blue energy.

Maximize Blue Magic – All variable numeric effects are maximized. Applying this to a Blue magic ability uses three extra uses of blue energy,

Quicken Blue Magic – Allows the blue mage to use his blue magic as a swift action. An ability with a casting time of 1 full round action cannot be quickened. Applying this to a blue magic ability uses four extra uses of blue energy.

Channel Blue Meta Magic – Allows the blue mage to apply blue meta magic feats to channeled blue magic.

Extra Blue Magic – Gives the Blue Mage 4 extra point in his Blue Energy Pool.


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When I first saw the title I was expecting the 'blue mage' from that 3.5 3PP book 'Nympology: the Guide to Blue Magic' (not the kind of nymphs you're thinking of lol).

Alas I am not that familiar with Final Fantasy, so I have nothing to go off of, but I can say that if he is a 'mage', he should be able to cast spells, no. Forgive me if my utter un-knowledge has caused a grievous faux pas on my part.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Can I just say that Kazarath's response is hilarious.

Gannerthehunter, nice stab at the blue mage, I'll post again with more detailed feedback soon. =)


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In Final Fantasy, blue magic is the magic of masochism. A blue mage has a chance to learn any ability he is hurt by. Many monster abilities are far more impressive in the hands of player characters, so a blue mage that has taken hits from the rarer and deadlier monsters can do some frightening things.


I am corrupted! Corrupted! You hear me?! When I saw the title I thought of Final Fantasy first and only. Blue Magic adult supplement haven't crossed my mind until mentioned by Kazarath.

Disclaimer: I am only familiar with FF6Advance Blue Mage and I must admit that I never bothered with learning Strago all the possible abilities. It was just that there were lots of much more interesting characters.

Now, for some early opinions:

Blue Magic: You are referring to filling in bestiary entry as a condition of retaining the ability permanently. You should expand information about the bestiary (probably in a similar way to description of spellbook for Wizards). Also, I don't see any limit about number of special abilities that can be learned with this ability and clear description how abilities are used. Please, clarify if Blue Energy points are spent while learning a new ability or using ability already learned.

Blue Energy: I always thought about collecting lores from monster as Intelligence-based not Charisma-based.

Azure Knowledge: I'd make it work like Bardic Knowledge limited to monster lore checks, i.e. adds half class level (minimum +1) to Knowledge checks and allows taking 10 on Knowledge checks while identifying monster abilities/weaknesses. BTW: You described Azure Knowledge twice.

Improved Azure Knowledge: Does it allow taking 20 on monster lore checks or grants +20 bonus to monster lore checks?

Bonded weapon: I don't recall Strago having any sabre - I assume that it is based on another part of FF?


I can't speak too much on the blue mage, I only played FF10 and the one character that had this ability I really quit working with. But it seems to me that you may need to change the name. Blue mage, to dnd players says he's a mage in which place he would rely more heavily on his spells than physically attacking. If this is true then he will need some spells to start the game with, if he's more of a fighter that dabbles in magic then he's mostly fine as written. You may want to think about giving him some style of faster recovery after being hit with these monsters special ability. Most special abilities and attacks are meant to do serious harm if hit with the full blast and with this character volunteering to take the hard hits he will be keeping the party healer busy just getting him back into fighting shape. You need a limit on what and how many times you can use these special attacks per day, as written the player could take one serious hit, rely on either running or his party bailing him out and then can spam that one special ability every round for every other fight. Taking things a completely different route, would this class work better as a prestige class? Maybe have a requirement of X ranks in knowledge monster or you have to have the bards lore ability to qualify?

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

Joegoat wrote:
I can't speak too much on the blue mage, I only played FF10 and the one character that had this ability I really quit working with. But it seems to me that you may need to change the name. Blue mage, to dnd players says he's a mage in which place he would rely more heavily on his spells than physically attacking. If this is true then he will need some spells to start the game with, if he's more of a fighter that dabbles in magic then he's mostly fine as written. You may want to think about giving him some style of faster recovery after being hit with these monsters special ability. Most special abilities and attacks are meant to do serious harm if hit with the full blast and with this character volunteering to take the hard hits he will be keeping the party healer busy just getting him back into fighting shape. You need a limit on what and how many times you can use these special attacks per day, as written the player could take one serious hit, rely on either running or his party bailing him out and then can spam that one special ability every round for every other fight. Taking things a completely different route, would this class work better as a prestige class? Maybe have a requirement of X ranks in knowledge monster or you have to have the bards lore ability to qualify?

I agree with the idea that taking the brunt of the monsters' special abilities will be very painful. I would suggest you think about giving the character the Evasion ability, and then when he makes a save, instead of taking no damage, he can choose to take half damage and learn the ability (with a ton of restrictions on what can be learned). I would also suggest that this would be a great archetype for the Magus class, since he'll need at least some martial ability and hit points when compared to a wizard. You could replace spell combat with blue magic, spellstrike with blue magic defense, and then use the magus' spell slots to prepare his blue mage abilities for the day, recalling spent slots with arcane pool as normal for a Magus.

I'll definitely give a much more detailed critique later today, but one thing you need to detail is how powerful the abilities can be. For example, if he gets hit by a dragon's breath attack, no matter what the age of the dragon he should get a set amount of damage from his newly learned breath attack based on his class level. Something like 1d6 per two caster levels would probably be appropriate, taking up a 1st-level spell slot with a max of 5d6. He could instead prepare it in a 2nd-level spell slot for 1d6 per caster level with a max of 10d6. Etc. ad infinium.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Quote:
would this class work better as a prestige class? Maybe have a requirement of X ranks in knowledge monster or you have to have the bards lore ability to qualify?

I would definitely suggest a prestige class - this way you don't need to worry about early level usefulness. Your requirements could include anything from bardic knowledge to monster lore to tons of Knowledge skill ranks to Alertness to Magical Aptitude...

I would allow learning even on a successful save, however the use of Knowledge + readying himself to learn should maybe be a full-round action.

Instead of having an energy pool, I would have spell slots, with a progression (which I guess is inline with cartmanbeck's suggestion). You would need to find some way to assign a "spell level" to every active ability stolen, but it would be much easier to balance ability usage in the long run (as using stronger abilities would be more taxing). Ugh the ideas are flowing so rapidly I almost want to take a stab at this myself...

Quote:
Bonded weapon: I don't recall Strago having any sabre - I assume that it is based on another part of FF?

It's a Final Fantasy Tactics thing, mostly, I think - the blue mage with a saber. But Strago used a rod in FF6 and the FF5 Blue Mage job used knives, swords, and rods. If I were the one putting this Pathfinder blue mage together, I would not personally carry over the saber thing... it seems a bit limiting in terms of character-building.


Flak wrote:
Can I just say that Kazarath's response is hilarious.

Thank you! I'll be here all week!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Okay, ugh, I just wrote up a PrC version of this with some substantially different mechanics. I've also trawled a little more than half the Bestiary I and written up 100 "blue magic spells." In the interests of not stealing thunder or messing with the OP's ideas/project, I'm going to stop posting here...


Sorry I haven't been on since my post, its been a busy week. I will respond at length when the weekend is over.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Kind of sounds like the 3.5 binder to me. Lots of weird supernatural abilities, a magic-user that isn't a spellcaster. Sounds neat.


The Blue Mage job in FFXI: Online was pretty detailed, and this link might give soem better ideas and background info for those uninitiated:

Blue Mage job


I don't know anything about Final Fantasy, and have no idea what the class is about. I'm fairly good with class design and rules, though, for what it's worth, and here are some issues that immediately caught my eye:

1. Blue Magic -- not only is this not magic, but it emulates what you can already do at will with a Knowledge check... and yet you're charging "blue points" for using it, making it a per-day mechanic. But that's his main schtick! So why play this class, if overall I'm better off being a bard, taking all those knowledge skills, and doing "blue magic" (aka using Knowledge skills) all day long?

Edit: Or, when you say "learn abilities," do you mean GAIN those abilities, vs. learning what they ARE? In that case, no GM will allow this class because it's totally not worth the headache it gives him -- he can't use hardly any monsters with special abilities, without assuming you will acquire them, and then weigh that against the rest of the campaign (because of your "bestiary" thing).

2. Advance Blue Magic -- I'm not seeing what dice you're talking about. The description for Blue Magic doesn't tell you to roll a d4 anywhere -- it tells you to make a knowledge check. Likewise, I have no idea what you're Maximizing, for Maximize Blue Magic. Etc.

3. Use of the term "evasion" for a class feature that emulates Slippery Mind (et al.), etc. is a no-no, because there is already an Evasion ability in the game (Rogues get it at 2nd level). If you want an ability that emulates that, call it "evason." If you don't want it to do the same thing, don't name it the same thing (even sticking "Blue" in front of it doesn't help). Same advice with everything else. If you call it a "mage," people immediately assume "full caster." That's a bad thing, and calls for a name change. "Bonded weapon" implies a wizard's bonded item, which it isn't.

4. Ability types -- none of your class features have those useful (Ex), (Sp), or (Su) tags, and they desperately need them!.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Basically, this class gives you the powers of Beast Shape 1+ through Shapechange, but without changing your form.

You could probably make this balanced by creating a list of monster attacks, or even taking the list of universal monster rules, and divide them into level-appropriate categories. Then the blue mage can learn 1 per level or something like that, selected from the list of the appropriate level.

Also, a tip on class formatting: What I do is list the BAB per level, Good Saves, and Hit Dice at the top of the table. Then you don't have to type them all out over 20 levels, which gets kind of messy on this forum.

For example:

Blue Mage

BAB: +3/4
Good Saves: Reflex and Will
Hit Dice 1d8

Class Skills: Blah blah blah

The Blue Mage is proficient in all simple weapons and the scimitar. The Blue Mage is proficient in light armor, but not shields.

Level Ability
1. blah, blah, blah
2. blah, blah, blah
3. etc. etc. etc.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

Ah, yes, I was going to suggest something similar to Dan (hi Dan!), only I would go a step further and restrict the use of monster abilities to a finite list to avoid abuses.

But that's a far cry from the Final Fantasy Blue Mage.

Perhaps allow for some sort of "mimic" ability that can only be activated within a few rounds of an opponent using an ability? Limit it to x uses per day, and only allow the mimicking of creatures that are under a certain CR compared to the blue mage's level.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

I guess I wasn't clear (Hi Hodge Podge!), I meant there shuld be a finite list of monster abilities to choose from AND there should be several levels of them so they can be grouped and selected appropriately.

Maybe 5 levels, available at 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th levels. For example, scent at 1st level, pounce at 5th, a breath weapon at 9th, a stunning blast at 13th, and maybe a disintegrating eye ray at 17th.


Flak wrote:


Instead of having an energy pool, I would have spell slots, with a progression (which I guess is inline with cartmanbeck's suggestion). You would need to find some way to assign a "spell level" to every active ability stolen, but it would be much easier to balance ability usage in the long run (as using stronger abilities would be more taxing). Ugh the ideas are flowing so rapidly I almost want to take a stab at this myself...

In this case I honestly think that it would make more sense to model it after the way psionics handles their "spells". It also allows you, at least in my opinion, a great deal more flexibility in usage of what you have available to you because you can choose to take a first level spell and use it with the least amount of energy you can put into it if you are just dispatching some shlubs, or if you are in dire need of some damage output in a real hurry you can dump power into it at the cost of burning through your energy reserves. It takes a little more careful thought and planning in order to balance, but I think that when done correctly it is a more enjoyable system to work with than spell slots.

I also would really like to see what you came up with for a spell list for this class, this blue mage idea got me really excited and I would like to see what you came up with.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Maybe have a pool of points, similar to a barbarian's rage (4 + Con modifier, +2 per level after 1st), and 1st level powers cost 1 point, 2nd level powers cost 2 points, 3rd level powers cost 3 points, 4th level powers cost 4 points, 5th level powers cost 5 points.

Andoran

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Dotting. I've attempted to build blue mages in the past and scrapped all the attempts. It isn't an easy concept to emulate under the PF rules.


I started to thinking about making Blue Mage as a sorcerer alternate class (or maybe something with Bard spell progression, medium BAB, d8 HD, all saves favored) that would gain spells known from exposure to spell-like abilities. Supernatural abilities would probably need GM discretion to be converted to most similar spell-like abilities (e.g. successfully resisting petrifying gaze could teach the Blue Mage flesh to stone, save against breath weapon could learn burning hands on lower level, fire breath, dragon breath or cone of cold. And so on and so on. With a few additional abilities spread between levels, such as Evasion, Mettle (or what is it called now in PF - I have seen it somewhere or something very like it), etc.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Maybe make it a monk archetype?

You could learn special abilities by taking appropriate Knowledge ranks (Knowledge arcana to learn a dragon's breath weapon, Knowledge nature to learn a fey's DR/cold iron, Knowledge dungeoneering to learn a choker's quickness ability, Knowledge planes to learn an angel's immunity to petrification, etc.). You can only learn an ability if it's from a creature with a CR that is less than or equal to your number of ranks in the appropriate Knowledge skill.

You would spend ki points to use your special abilities.


Another idea that crossed my mind was to give Blue Mage a pool of evolution points that he would use to buy special abilities when exposed to them - that however would be diverging from standard Blue Mage as it would be working better with constant abilities instead of activated ones.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

I think a pool of constant abilities AND a pool of activated abilities would be cool.

Qadira

Yeah, I'm Dotting this. I like the idea.

I wanna turn people to Ghouls... Withought being a Ghoul...


SmiloDan wrote:
Maybe have a pool of points, similar to a barbarian's rage (4 + Con modifier, +2 per level after 1st), and 1st level powers cost 1 point, 2nd level powers cost 2 points, 3rd level powers cost 3 points, 4th level powers cost 4 points, 5th level powers cost 5 points.

Yup, that is pretty similar to psionics, some level one powers cost one point to use and can have power added to them up to as many points as you have levels in the psionics class. There are of course powers you get at level 2,3,4, etc... that cost a base amount based on the level. So pretty much the same.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Dot for now.

Qadira

So how'd this turn out?

Anyone?


I haven't looked into much of this but I might yet try to develop some of the ideas I offered...

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