FotD III jumps from a +6 to +10 strength bonus, gives you huge size, gives you infinite breath weapons, an energy immunity, and a long range blindsense over the previous version. That’s, uh, a lot. The size and strength bonus are the biggest problems on a full BAB chassis. There’s a reason Brown Fur Transmuter is such a powerful Arcanist archetype.
Even at 20th level???
It's a bigger problem for a 9th level caster to get those kind of buffs and still be able to cast their spells.
Sorry, but a fighter's HD/attack bonus is not equal to 9th level casting especially if the caster already has a cleric HD/base attack bonus.
Form of the Dragon III is a 8th-level spell, for spellcasters around 15th level.
Also for Dragon Disciples, unless you are a Bloodrager, you won't have a BAb as high as a Fighter at the end of your progression.
Finally, Huge size and Blindsense are not available for the shifter.
For a final ability, it's rather lacking... why not have these?:
- At-will Breath Weapon for 1d6/2 levels, like the oracle's Final Dragon Mystery (Legacy of Dragons)
- Form of the Dragon III for one round/level (the spell's duration is in minutes)
It's a bigger problem for a 9th level caster to get those kind of buffs and still be able to cast their spells..
...if a 9th level caster is casting spells, he's not using his Huge reach or strength bonus, so why did he cast the spell at all? And he didn't invest in an amulet of might fists, we can confidently assume. The combat bonuses from this spell make him a minimally competent melee combatant, they make a highly competent melee combatant into a powerhouse.
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Personally, I think that adamantium is the better word - even if it's probably Marvel's IP. I associate the the words adamant and adamantine with diamonds/diamond-like things (which, for all their potential sharpness, are still rather fragile).
Question about this book, since it builds upon the Shifter class:
Q: did they end up fixing the Shifter class? is the official Shifter class any different than the first printing of the class?
I have lost track of the official status of the Shifter a while back...
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