Divine Protection and Druids / Inquisitors?


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Am I seeing it right that inquisitors and druids are excluded from getting the Divine Protection feat?

The feat says:

Prerequisites: Cha 13, Knowledge (religion) 5 ranks,
ability to cast 2nd-level divine spells; blessings†, domains,
or mystery class feature.

Clerics have the domains class feature. Inquisitors have the domain class feature. (For that it doesn't matter if the Inquisitor chooses a domain or an inquisition since the class feature remains the same and is not identical with domains.) Druids have the nature bond class feature which can grant a domain but still isn't domains.

Is everything correct or did I overlook something? (Until today I believed that Spring Attack and Vital Strike could be combined, so I'm wary now.)


Plural forms don't matter for prerequisites(see a single SLA counting as able to cast spells) so an Inquisitor covers the class feature. I don't think there is an FAQ on it, but there is a dev post that basically states if you have a class feature that grants you an X, you count as having the X class feature. Look at all the animal companion feats, generally they have animal companion class feature as a prerequisite, but there is no such actually named class feature, just a bunch of class features that grant an animal companion. So if you choose a domain for your natures bond, you should also qualify for that prerequisite, but if you choose an animal companion you do not.

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I agree with Calth for the inquisitor. I am less convinced for the druid.
I am not sure if choosing a domain as your nature bond count as having the domain feature.


Okay, so if we go with what a character actually has an inquisitor with an Inquisition should be excluded, right? Sorry I'm getting a bit confused here.


Diego Rossi wrote:

I agree with Calth for the inquisitor. I am less convinced for the druid.

I am not sure if choosing a domain as your nature bond count as having the domain feature.

Can a druid take boon companion? If yes, then choosing a domain for nature's bond counts as the domain class feature. Any class feature that grants you a full domain qualifies. Take a look at the archetype replacement FAQ, the name of the class feature is less important than the mechanics and rules text. You could call a class feature whatever you want, but if it says you gain X like class feature Y, you count as having class feature Y.


Navarion wrote:
Okay, so if we go with what a character actually has an inquisitor with an Inquisition should be excluded, right? Sorry I'm getting a bit confused here.

No, because Inquisitions are domains, just named differently because they are mechanically aimed at inquisitors over clerics.


Well if Inquisitions are domains then why can't nature bonds be domains, when used to acquire a domain?


RAW it works, RAI, I am not sure.
Pressing the FAQ button.


I don't think this upsets balance at all anyway, at least no more than divine protection itself. After all the feat is keyed off Charisma, and the Oracle was intended to get it, unless you have a really weird druid build it benefits less than the oracle.

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