Hand of the Apprentice and Feats - Pg. 49


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This came up during my past playtest session and is more a question than a comment.

Which feats, if any, can be used with the Hand of the Apprentice (HotA) power? I've ruled for the moment that they cannot at all but that's really just a way to dodge the question for moment. HotA seemed exceptionally effective during my first session when wielded by an Elven Wizard with a 20 Int and I didn't think the character should also get to add Weapon Focus and other melee based feats to its use.

JoS


Jack of Shadows wrote:


This came up during my past playtest session and is more a question than a comment.

Which feats, if any, can be used with the Hand of the Apprentice (HotA) power? I've ruled for the moment that they cannot at all but that's really just a way to dodge the question for moment. HotA seemed exceptionally effective during my first session when wielded by an Elven Wizard with a 20 Int and I didn't think the character should also get to add Weapon Focus and other melee based feats to its use.

JoS

Why not? It seems to me that the HotA is going to be useful at low levels, and at higher levels quickly get surpassed by spells. If the Wizard has the option of casting fireball or using HotA with a longsword for a d8+Int. v. 1 creature... going with the HotA isn't exactly the most over-powered choice.

If a Wizard decides to spend feats on melee combat bonuses instead of metamagic feats, spell focus feats, or other feats that boost the Wizard's arcane power... why deprive the Wizard of the ability to use them? It would seem as the GM, you're getting the better deal by having a wizard focus on melee instead of spells.

Besides, if you rule that the feats aren't relevant... then you can have a HotA using exotic weapons (since no exotic weapon prof. feat would apply... and it seems unlikely that HotA was intended to use melee weapons by take a penalty for not being proficient with any of them) right out of the gate. If you require/allow the feats, then the HotA can only be effectively used with the weapons a Wizard is proficient with (dagger instead of a bastard sword).

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