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Will there possibly be a way to do the painful stare damage more than once per round?

Honestly, the more I think about it, the more I am underwhelmed by the damage increase. Bardic music gives bonus damage to every attack that hits (4 to every hit at level 17 while the mesmerist is adding 6 to only one hit).

And if we think about the accuracy bonus as well, painful stare comparatively has little going for it. Maybe bold stare and the tricks will be enough, but all excitement for painful stare has left me.

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Logan Bonner wrote:
Xethik wrote:
How do you feel about losing out on the d6s precision damage due to an ally attacking before you? Is that a tactic with tradeoffs (having ally delay for the potential of you hitting for a bit more) you want to keep in?
I'm going to clarify that you can wait to trigger the ability rather than having it trigger the first time the enemy's hit. I want the trade-off to typically be "Do I attack or do I cast a spell and let someone else get the bonus damage"? Depending how you build your mesmerist, you might pretty much pick one of those exclusively. :)

Am I correct in believing that Painful Stare can be triggered on the attack roll of a non-damaging spell such as Ray of Exhaustion?

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Lukas Stariha wrote:
Am I correct in believing that Painful Stare can be triggered on the attack roll of a non-damaging spell such as Ray of Exhaustion?

Not anymore... the changes listed here weren't fully written out as complete rules, so I've missed a couple bits. I've changed the wording for this bit as well.

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Logan Bonner wrote:
Lukas Stariha wrote:
Am I correct in believing that Painful Stare can be triggered on the attack roll of a non-damaging spell such as Ray of Exhaustion?
Not anymore... the changes listed here weren't fully written out as complete rules, so I've missed a couple bits. I've changed the wording for this bit as well.

Ah, that's unfortunate. I was hoping for some fun causing phantom pain with spells.


Greetings Logan,

I really like the class as it stands post revision. I agree with concerns that setting up tricks needs a bit of fiddling with. Perhaps the utility of hypnotic gaze could be increased in order to address some of the concerns playtesters are expressing.

What if the Mesmerist could end his stare to plant a post-hypnotic suggestion on an enemy, as the spell Hypnotism, Command or Suggestion?

What if he could focus his stare on an ally to implant a post hypnotic suggestion and bolster their mental faculties? For example,on an ally , the hypnotic stare could provide a +2 morale bonus to will saves and painful strike could give temporary HP that apply to the first attack taken each round. Applying tricks or the effects of "touch treatment" to an ally you turned you focus onto would address some of the action economy and having to be right next to all the party members concerns that have been brought up.

As far as action economy is concerned I think that whether you up the utility of hypnotic gaze or not, a class that uses so many immediate actions would benefit from having the gaze be usable as a "move or swift" action rather than being swift exclusively. Instead of spending move actions trying to dodge and weave around the battlefield the Mesmerist could let his subtle psychic influence do the walking.

Wouldn't it be an iconic and flavorful ability for all Mesmerists to be able to enthrall an audience, as the spell Enthrall a number of times per day or at will, preferably from level 1 onward?

I really like painful strike. I hope it will be amended so that the mesmerist personally deals an extra 1d6 damage at level 1 and an additional 1d6 damage every 3 levels thereafter, specifically because the mesmerist does not seem to get a way to lower AC or boost his own attack outside of turning invisible, as I look through his spell selection. I appreciate the subtle choices you've made to make this class not scale up to hit bonuses or scale down enemy AC in order to force it to make other choices but when a focused Mesmerist's blows do connect I feel it should have quite a bit of impact. Maybe scaling up the damage could be a bold stare improvement?

Speaking of spell selection I echo the concern that dominate monster is not on the mesmerist spell list but is on the Summoner spell list. I also think that Astral Projection would make sense for a class that draws their magic from the Astral Plane.

I like what you've come up with initially and I'm floored in a good way by how the class has improved with your first pass at revisions,

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Archomedes wrote:
As far as action economy is concerned I think that whether you up the utility of hypnotic gaze or not, a class that uses so many immediate actions would benefit from having the gaze be usable as a "move or swift" action rather than being swift exclusively. Instead of spending move actions trying to dodge and weave around the battlefield the Mesmerist could let his subtle psychic influence do the walking.

You have a good point. I think there's a potentially interesting give-and-take between establishing a stare and triggering your tricks on a turn, but it's not really worth having to track your actions like that when you're already looking for action triggers. I'm changing the first post to reflect a new version. The stare will remain a swift, but tricks start out as a free action you can use when it isn't your turn.


Sounds like an improvements that will be favored.


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Is Consummate Liar meant to replace Glib Tongue? If not, hooo bluff baby.


Logan Bonner wrote:
Lukas Stariha wrote:
Am I correct in believing that Painful Stare can be triggered on the attack roll of a non-damaging spell such as Ray of Exhaustion?
Not anymore... the changes listed here weren't fully written out as complete rules, so I've missed a couple bits. I've changed the wording for this bit as well.

Aww.. Thats too bad. It would have made some amazingly good combos and making phantom pains and damages and really support the debuff style.

Still I see the reasons though.

free action tricks is very appreciated haha

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Xethik wrote:
Is Consummate Liar meant to replace Glib Tongue? If not, hooo bluff baby.

For the record, I don't think the Glib Tongue ability is meant to give you the +20 on bluff checks. "Merely" the not-quite-spell-resistance against detect lies and zone of truth and other effects. Admittedly it isn't perfectly clear since it mentions the actual spell in the description but I am fairly certain it isn't meant to give the big numerical bonus to bluff. I don't think the Consummate Liar is going to displace the utility of Glib Tongue but rather work hand-in-hand with it.


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Glib Lie (Su): A master spy of 2nd level or higher can deceive truth-detecting magic. A creature using this sort of magic against the spy must succeed on a caster level check against a DC of 15 + the master spy's class level to succeed (as if she were under the effect of a glibness spell); failure means the magic doesn't detect the spy's lies or force her to speak only the truth. This ability does not give the master spy the glibness spell's bonus on Bluff checks.

This has specific wording preventing the bonus to bluff..
So if they wanna be sure you don't recieve the bonus to bluff it'll need a wording change. "Similar" isn't enough to say "it's like this spell but you only get the *stuff listed after similar in that class skill* " so default "similar" as "its like ths spell but it is not a spell" which tells me use the whole spell

as a note for it.
Mesmer
Glib Tongue (Ex): At 9th level, the mesmerist is such an
expert at deception that he gains a constant benefit similar
to glibness. If a magical effect is used against the mesmerist
that would detect his lies or force him to speak the truth,
the user of the effect must succeed at a caster level check
against a DC of 15 + the mesmerist’s level. Failure means
the effect doesn’t detect the mesmerist’s lies or force him
to speak only the truth.

Glibness
Your speech becomes fluent and more believable, causing those who hear you to believe every word you say. You gain a +20 bonus on Bluff checks made to convince another of the truth of your words. This bonus doesn't apply to other uses of the Bluff skill, such as feinting in combat, creating a diversion to hide, or communicating a hidden message via innuendo.

If a magical effect is used against you that would detect your lies or force you to speak the truth, the user of the effect must succeed on a caster level check (1d20 + caster level) against a DC of 15 + your caster level to succeed. Failure means the effect does not detect your lies or force you to speak only the truth.


Logan Bonner wrote:
The stare will remain a swift, but tricks start out as a free action you can use when it isn't your turn.

I am loving this more and more. :D


Haven't playtested this yet, but I think the new version is much improved and I look forward to road-testing it.

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I certainly love the changes to the class, but I have 2 concerns at the moment that I think should be thought upon for the final class.

1) Psychic Inception is almost always the "right choice" for Bold Stare at level 3
-It may sound hyperbolic, but in almost every campaign (and certainly in PFS), it will be true. Mind-affecting-immune enemies are too prevalent (with several entire creature types being wholesale immune) for virtually every offensive class feature of the Mesmerist to be shut down against them. You're going to lose out on any bold stare options you choose, painful stare and about half your spell list against these enemies, leaving you with tricks and perhaps some supportive illusion or necromancy spells (though many of the aforementioned creature types share an immunity to many of the latter.) I would really consider Psychic Inception being baked into the standard class features at level 3 and adjusting Bold Stare to begin at 4 and every 4 levels after

2) Dominate Monster should be added to the spell list
-While I think the capstone is neat, it has both advantages and disadvantages to the traditional form of the spell. The fact Rule Minds is consigned to the DC of the triggering of the spell, the DC decrease for non-humanoids and the important factor that it is a capstone (and I've played far more games that go to 16 than do to 20) all contribute to making the traditional spell version an important missing piece of the Mesmerist's arsenal. And let's not even get into the fact that the Summoner would get his own Dominate Monster 4 levels before the master of minds would, and at a more effective DC than him...

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Xethik wrote:
Is Consummate Liar meant to replace Glib Tongue? If not, hooo bluff baby.

Nope. The mesmerist has both.

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xevious573 wrote:
Xethik wrote:
Is Consummate Liar meant to replace Glib Tongue? If not, hooo bluff baby.
For the record, I don't think the Glib Tongue ability is meant to give you the +20 on bluff checks. "Merely" the not-quite-spell-resistance against detect lies and zone of truth and other effects. Admittedly it isn't perfectly clear since it mentions the actual spell in the description but I am fairly certain it isn't meant to give the big numerical bonus to bluff. I don't think the Consummate Liar is going to displace the utility of Glib Tongue but rather work hand-in-hand with it.

That's correct. The glib tongue feature gives you only the ability to lie without being detected, NOT the bonus on Bluff checks.


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Ah, my mistake. That's where my confusion came from. Thanks to both of you.

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Hey, Logan.

I was curious if you would consider making Threnodic Spell from Ultimate Magic either a bonus feat that you get if you take the Psychic Inception bold stare OR if not a bonus feat, would atleast add in a line to Psychic Inception that says "You may take the Threnodic Spell feat as though you met its prerequisitites." or something like that.

Having to put 6 ranks in Knowledge(Religion) and take Spell Focus(Necromancy) is harsh for the Mesmerist (and admittedly most other casters).

Just a thought.

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Logan Bonner wrote:
Xethik wrote:
How do you feel about losing out on the d6s precision damage due to an ally attacking before you? Is that a tactic with tradeoffs (having ally delay for the potential of you hitting for a bit more) you want to keep in?
I'm going to clarify that you can wait to trigger the ability rather than having it trigger the first time the enemy's hit. I want the trade-off to typically be "Do I attack or do I cast a spell and let someone else get the bonus damage"? Depending how you build your mesmerist, you might pretty much pick one of those exclusively. :)

I had misunderstood what this ability had done. The way it is actually set up, I'm not sure it's giving enough of a bonus. I would recommend changing the ability to "once per round per character". An extra amount damage equal to half your level at any point per round is not overly substantial. Also, it is my understanding that the goal of the mesmerist is to be a skirmishing caster. I feel as though forcing one to choose between the bonus to damage to an ally and choosing the d6 for yourself is not playing into that, but further dividing the mesmerist.

If you must keep it to only a single attack per round, I would recommend that you make it something like, "all allies gain an attack bonus on stared creature equal to your mesmerist level/3 (minimum 1). Whenever an ally hits the creature, you may expend this as an immediate action to give a damage bonus equal to half your mesmerist level. If you expend this on yourself (d6 rule here)".


Creevy wrote:
Logan Bonner wrote:
Xethik wrote:
How do you feel about losing out on the d6s precision damage due to an ally attacking before you? Is that a tactic with tradeoffs (having ally delay for the potential of you hitting for a bit more) you want to keep in?
I'm going to clarify that you can wait to trigger the ability rather than having it trigger the first time the enemy's hit. I want the trade-off to typically be "Do I attack or do I cast a spell and let someone else get the bonus damage"? Depending how you build your mesmerist, you might pretty much pick one of those exclusively. :)

I had misunderstood what this ability had done. The way it is actually set up, I'm not sure it's giving enough of a bonus. I would recommend changing the ability to "once per round per character". An extra amount damage equal to half your level at any point per round is not overly substantial. Also, it is my understanding that the goal of the mesmerist is to be a skirmishing caster. I feel as though forcing one to choose between the bonus to damage to an ally and choosing the d6 for yourself is not playing into that, but further dividing the mesmerist.

If you must keep it to only a single attack per round, I would recommend that you make it something like, "all allies gain an attack bonus on stared creature equal to your mesmerist level/3 (minimum 1). Whenever an ally hits the creature, you may expend this as an immediate action to give a damage bonus equal to half your mesmerist level. If you expend this on yourself (d6 rule here)".

I think an attack bonus is mechanically way better than one to damage for the most part. Frankly, I wish that the damage could be used for one attack per ally. Or maybe it could do an increasing amount of damage.

Like: the first ally to do damage deals 1 extra damage, then the second attack deals 2 extra, then 3, etc. (up to 1/2 your level which every ally does when they take an attack past that). However, the mesmerist can end this ongoing effect by "exploiting" the enemy as a swift action. This is sort of like investigator's studied strike.

"Exploit Pain" will let the mesmerist deal 1d6 extra damage (per each point of painful stare bonus damage) on each of her attacks that round but this resets the "counter" on that bonus damage to 0. The counter also resets to 0 if the mesmerist focus's his painful stare on a new target.

This lets the mesmerist play a fun little betting game where she tries to decide if she can kill that given enemy on her turn or would she rather not exploit the enemy's pain to keep the damage bonus going. I think it is also flavorful in the the "phantom pain" of painful stare intensifies with each new injury.


xevious573 wrote:

Hey, Logan.

I was curious if you would consider making Threnodic Spell from Ultimate Magic either a bonus feat that you get if you take the Psychic Inception bold stare OR if not a bonus feat, would atleast add in a line to Psychic Inception that says "You may take the Threnodic Spell feat as though you met its prerequisitites." or something like that.

Having to put 6 ranks in Knowledge(Religion) and take Spell Focus(Necromancy) is harsh for the Mesmerist (and admittedly most other casters).

Just a thought.

Do you just want this so it always works?

caues the current mesmer build can pick this up. So the only reason to get threndonic spell is because you don't want ot risk the 50% ? or am I missing adetail?
Cause i'm pretty sure this gives you the ability mind effect anything in the game, but possibly at 50% rate of working.
In general between the two I'd rather be ableo affect anything 50% of the time rather than only undead 100% of the time

Psychic Inception:
The hypnotic stare and its penalty can
affect creatures that are mindless or immune to mindaffecting
effects (such as an undead or vermin). The
mesmerist can also partially affect such a creature with his
mind-affecting spells and abilities if it’s under his hypnotic
stare; it gains a +2 bonus on its saving throw (if any), and if
affected it still has a 50% chance each round of ignoring the
effect. Ignoring the effect doesn’t end the effect, but allows
the creature to act normally for that round.

I like painful stare set up. Though maybe at higher levels the bonus damage isn't much over all but it's pretty solid. Even if it's only once a turn. Having everyone get to use it once can get pretty big.. like a team of 4 mesmers would be adding just a ton of extra damage. (SEE QUESTION BELOW).
The only change I would have liked would be that it could apply more openly for the mesmer only. I.e. I would love if it applied the extra damage for more spells. Like spells that did ability damage,
or even the status effect spells.
Or even the option of letting it apply the damage and D6 to the target of most if any spells.
It would be awesome to have a phantom pain effect for them. Even if it had to be nonlethal damage on any spell effects that didn't deal direct damage
(cause off hand hte only spell I know that deals direct damage is apartially saved phantasmkiller)

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Actually note: Can multiple painful stares apply? Hypnotic stare specifically mentions multiple does not work. but painful stare is a different mechanic right?


Odd question, which probably applies to most of the psychic classes:

I was playing an adventure the other day and we got grappled by n entangle spell. One of our party members escaped with a gaseous form potion, but of course, couldn't take any real actions beyond moving, because gaseous. However, while gaseous, you're still able to look and to think, so here's my question: can a mesmerist still use the stare effects and cast spells (since they're psychic) while in gaseous form?


Zwordsman wrote:
xevious573 wrote:

Hey, Logan.

I was curious if you would consider making Threnodic Spell from Ultimate Magic either a bonus feat that you get if you take the Psychic Inception bold stare OR if not a bonus feat, would atleast add in a line to Psychic Inception that says "You may take the Threnodic Spell feat as though you met its prerequisitites." or something like that.

Having to put 6 ranks in Knowledge(Religion) and take Spell Focus(Necromancy) is harsh for the Mesmerist (and admittedly most other casters).

Just a thought.

Do you just want this so it always works?

caues the current mesmer build can pick this up. So the only reason to get threndonic spell is because you don't want ot risk the 50% ? or am I missing adetail?
Cause i'm pretty sure this gives you the ability mind effect anything in the game, but possibly at 50% rate of working.
In general between the two I'd rather be ableo affect anything 50% of the time rather than only undead 100% of the time

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I like painful stare set up. Though maybe at higher levels the bonus damage isn't much over all but it's pretty solid. Even if it's only once a turn. Having everyone get to use it once can get pretty big.. like a team of 4 mesmers would be adding just a ton of extra damage. (SEE QUESTION BELOW).
The only change I would have liked would be that it could apply more openly for the mesmer only. I.e. I would love if it applied the extra damage for more spells. Like spells that...

At level 4, it is either 2 or 5.5 extra damage around (if you don't accidentally waste it when all your attacks miss). Color me unimpressed by painful stare. People who are happy with it are not really thinking hard about it, imo.

As for thredonic spell: maybe there could be a mesmer-specific metamagic feat that raises that % to 100% when they cast a spell in a slot one level higher.


pippinTook wrote:

Odd question, which probably applies to most of the psychic classes:

I was playing an adventure the other day and we got grappled by n entangle spell. One of our party members escaped with a gaseous form potion, but of course, couldn't take any real actions beyond moving, because gaseous. However, while gaseous, you're still able to look and to think, so here's my question: can a mesmerist still use the stare effects and cast spells (since they're psychic) while in gaseous form?

As long as the spell has no material component, then possibly.


Eschew materials might have pretty useful ability..
Unless one can somehow gain false focus thingy on a tatoo

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This class seems way better with the changes. Even still, I don't think mental potency does anything. It scales up at just the right speed to make sure your spells with HD caps never quite work against opponents of an appropriate CR.

Tricks are really the big draw of the class for me, but even with the changes (which, don't get me wrong, are a huge improvement) it seems like the mesmerist will never have enough of them, or be able to have enough of them active simultaneously, given how situational and short-lasting the effects are. I like the effects, but knowing when to implant which trick in advance and in whom to most effectively implant it sounds nearly impossible since the effects are so situational. And most of the tricks have such short-lasting effects, implanting them in combat will rarely be able to compete with spells for reasonable usages of standard actions.

As written, these effects would be perfect if the mesmerist had at least twice as many daily usages (or better, they were just at will) and could have one active on each ally simultaneously right from level one. The effects would still be minor, but they'd have much better odds of ever being useful. Right now the mesmerist doesn't have the coverage or quantity to set up enough reasonable contingencies.


Mental potency I think is really a "mook cannon" lets you deal with a lot of small fodder a bit easier. and thats about it. Though you could combine with a dip in heavens oracle for some crazy. but thats unrelated mostly.

For tricks..
I think if it ends up being "insert a trick. activate any trick you know when that situation comes up" would solve the "no way can I properly predict what is going to happen" stuff. Being able to use any trick you know would add modularity to the ability by far. but not be too powerful considering its still one use then it needs a reload via touch. You could solidly use a trick per person per fight. Which is pretty similar to how buffers and casters ration out their buffs. Occasionally you'll wish you had put a different kind of trick on a person.. for instance you put on the flanking one for the sneak attacker so he could get full attack sneak attack on the guard and hopefully open the way for us.. but he falls into an ambush.. boy I bet you wish you had put that smoke screen trick instead huh? That'll be beyond painful for both players. Compared to ADHOC switching. Sure he can't get a flankg ghost but at least he isn't dead


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Apologies if this has been suggested before, but what if Tricks functioned similar to Hexes? You can implant them in as many people as you want, but each person can only benefit from a specific trick once per day.

Then Manifold tricks becomes the number of tricks each person can have implanted at a time.

Or would that just be a nightmare of bookkeeping?


I would hate that book keeping something fierce myself. it's doable.. but it'd be easier to just track how many you have left for the day and who has a trick on them.

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redward wrote:
Or would that just be a nightmare of bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping Nightmare (Su): As a standard action, the mesmerist can attempt to make a creature currently affected by his hypnotic stare suffer a sympathetic bookkeeping nightmare. On a failed Will save, the affected creature is sickened for a number of rounds equal to the number of tricks currently implanted in other creatures by the mesmerist. If the mesmerist also has the manifold tricks ability, the creature takes a -4 penalty on its save against this effect. Contract devils, wordcasters, and other creatures similarly accustomed to bureaucracy and/or micromanagement are immune.


LOL "Bookkeeping nightmare"


I'm so sad Technomancer needs arcane spells..

I would so love to have had been able to make a techopsychic mesmer.

I mean I still can.. but the recharging stuff is just annoying without that 3rd level technomancer ability

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Zwordsman wrote:
Actually note: Can multiple painful stares apply? Hypnotic stare specifically mentions multiple does not work. but painful stare is a different mechanic right?

That's a good question! With the wording as it is now, it's a little vague. My initial thought is that the wording of hypnotic stare should change so that the *penalties* don't stack rather than the "effects." That way, if you have two mesmerists and one enemy, they can both cause extra damage but only the worse penalty applies. Since evil eye is a similar effect, those penalties probably won't stack either.

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pippinTook wrote:

Odd question, which probably applies to most of the psychic classes:

I was playing an adventure the other day and we got grappled by n entangle spell. One of our party members escaped with a gaseous form potion, but of course, couldn't take any real actions beyond moving, because gaseous. However, while gaseous, you're still able to look and to think, so here's my question: can a mesmerist still use the stare effects and cast spells (since they're psychic) while in gaseous form?

You could still cast psychic spells because they don't require the restricted components. Currently, you'd still lose the stare since it's a supernatural ability. We don't currently give "psychic effects" any kind of blanket exception from that rule, and there's no specific wording in the ability to that end.

In the long run, we might, but I'm not sure how well the star works when you don't have eyes...

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Benn Roe wrote:
As written, these effects would be perfect if the mesmerist had at least twice as many daily usages (or better, they were just at will) and could have one active on each ally simultaneously right from level one. The effects would still be minor, but they'd have much better odds of ever being useful. Right now the mesmerist doesn't have the coverage or quantity to set up enough reasonable contingencies.

The tricks will be getting an overhaul to be easier to use, but that's a larger and more comprehensive change than we're going to roll out during the playtest.


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A minor thing I noticed somewhat belatedly, since the mesmerist I'm playing is at 9th level (and thus looked at 3rd level spells but not 5th level spells), but while the mesmerist has command and forbid action as 1st level spells, greater command is listed as a 5th level spell, and greater forbid action is listed as a 3rd level spell, which seems odd, since they're basically mirror images of each other. I hope greater command was meant to be a 3rd level spell, and not that greater forbid action was meant to be 5th, since both are quite thematic for the mesmerist, and it feels right it should get early access to such spells...


Are mesmer's getting a "final shape" post? I.e. any closing changes/thoughts you guys have before no one sees anything from it until release date?

I'd love anything ya'll decided on (if anything more past hte front page) for playing till the book comes out

and thanks for all the awesome work!


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Logan Bonner wrote:
pippinTook wrote:

Odd question, which probably applies to most of the psychic classes:

I was playing an adventure the other day and we got grappled by n entangle spell. One of our party members escaped with a gaseous form potion, but of course, couldn't take any real actions beyond moving, because gaseous. However, while gaseous, you're still able to look and to think, so here's my question: can a mesmerist still use the stare effects and cast spells (since they're psychic) while in gaseous form?

You could still cast psychic spells because they don't require the restricted components. Currently, you'd still lose the stare since it's a supernatural ability. We don't currently give "psychic effects" any kind of blanket exception from that rule, and there's no specific wording in the ability to that end.

In the long run, we might, but I'm not sure how well the star works when you don't have eyes...

The stare works so long as you make a DC 20 concentration check. It's in the rules you wrote. Thus a gaseous mesmerist could use his stare, theoretically. I believe in gaseous form you lose supernatural abilities. The mesmerist stare could be an exception? Also, please consider if the stare is useable while in another form.

I'd like to make a druid/mesmerist who transforms into a bear. :)

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I am somewhat confused on how painful stair works. Does it not get a 1d6 added to the mesmerist's damage until level 3, meaning at level 1 all your adding is a pitiful 1 point of damage, or do you in fact get 1d6 at level 1? Any clarification on this would be grateful as I want to test out this class!


Takhisis wrote:
I am somewhat confused on how painful stair works. Does it not get a 1d6 added to the mesmerist's damage until level 3, meaning at level 1 all your adding is a pitiful 1 point of damage, or do you in fact get 1d6 at level 1? Any clarification on this would be grateful as I want to test out this class!

AFAICT from this thread, people are REQUESTING it start at 1d6 at level one, but currently, until level 3, the Mesmerist gets the same bonus everyone else does (half his level, rounded up, so 1 point at 1 and 2, then 1d6+2 at 3 and 4, 1d6+3 at 5, 2d6+3 at 6, etc.)

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Yeah, that seems kinda a strange way to handle it, TBH. You start off adding so few damage points that it doesn't make any significant difference only to see a massive growth in damage as soon as you hit level 3. The current way just seems....odd....though I suppose it is somewhat similar to the magus in that they also get a massive damage spike at level 3 with dervish dance, but prior to that they at least still have other ways of reliably dealing good damage, such as spellstrike, while the mesmerist has pretty much no way of dealing reliably good damage until level 3, as it stands.


Otherwise they'd be "stuck" at 1d6 (plus 1 to 3) until level 6, then it jumps to 2, then 3 at 9...
Right now it's "0d6" at 1 and 2, 1d6 at 3, 4 & 5, 2d6 at 6... etc.

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Shane LeRose wrote:
I'd like to make a druid/mesmerist who transforms into a bear. :)

As far as I can tell, there's nothing in the rules preventing you from using the Care Bear Stare.


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Logan Bonner wrote:
Zwordsman wrote:

so.. i' m lv 10 staring at someone, a fighter attacks him. They do an extra 10 precision damage

but if I myself attack, I do 10damage+3d6?

Correct.

Should that be 5 damage at lvl 10? Or is the ability supposed to be full level? I'm rather in favor of full level since it only applies for one attack a round.


Well closed for testing and all. but assuming I can post here.. why not ask.

If i'm understanding tricks right.
Before lv 5 I can only have one trick assigned in total? then level 5 I can assign more tricks correct?

Or is it.
assign as many tricks as I have uses of per day. The restriction is on "activated" tricks? (Some have time limits, such as mirror image, the smoke one, the flanking one. So if you use another trick while this occurs it instantly ends the last effect).

The latter seems much more usuable... The wording is just weird for me

"He can implant a number of these tricks
per day equal to 1/2 his mesmerist level (minimum 1) plus
his Charisma modifier. He can have only one trick active at
a given time, and setting up a new trick ends the previous
one (and he still loses the use he spent on the previous trick)."

This specifies Active.. which makes me assume "activate" but "setting up" confuses me...

also in the mesmerist Tricks section says "A creature can be the subject of only one mesmerist trick at a time."
If it was the former.. then why is this listed here and not at Manifold Tricks?

Though Manifold Tricks says
Manifold Tricks (Su): At 5th level, the mesmerist can have
two tricks implanted at a time. The number of concurrent
tricks increases by one for every 4 mesmerist levels he
possesses beyond 5th. Each creature can still be the subject
of only one trick at a time.

So.. I guess it has to the former?

So it's really "on trick assigned ever" between l and 5?


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You can only implant a single trick at a time until 5th level. You can implant a total number of tricks per day equal to half your level plus your Charisma modifier. After you activate a trick, thus expending that use, you can implant another one, until you run out of tricks per day.

For example, Mesmer is a level 1 Mesmerist. He has 16 Charisma. He can thus implant 4 mesmerist tricks per day. He only knows one mesmerist trick at this level, and has chosen mesmeric mirror as the trick he knows. He chooses to implant it on the party fighter to boost her survivability. While it is implanted, he can't implant any more mesmerist tricks without dismissing that one, or until he activates it when someone attacks the fighter. After it has been dismissed or activated, he has three mesmerist tricks remaining, but he can still only have one implanted at a time.

Make sense?


cool beans thanks!

kind of painfully restricting but ah well.

Would have been cool if i could implant tricks into various people and shut one active downto activate the other.


Just realized this whole time i'd been reading painful stare as adding extra damage in Level not 1/2 level.. it sseemed usuable at full lv but 1/2 doesn't sem nearly as usuable sadly. Well when I'm using it. but i havne't hit a lot of those d6 yet

Seems like it would work a lot tastier for people and the mesmer to be full level. Doesn't feel like that's screwy until high levels.. but I think this feeling is mostly from being low level and not having a ton of the extra D6. and my char's lack of a magic weapon (so i hit less often).

android mesmerist XD

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Yeah, having built a Mesmerist for a short oneshot recently, that Painful Stare damage was extremely underwhelming, even though it wasn't a focus of the build. Even for passive damage on an ally's attack, 1/2 level once per turn is really ineffective.


having it full level would make it so my mesmer could contribute in damage to the fight even without spell reliance.
They dont' really get a whole lot of spells per day. so far I've mostly gone iwth throwing weapons (not the best of course). Because you have to stay within 30ft of the thing your fighting your pretty set on melee or midrange fighting. I went with throwing since most of them can be used in melee as well, so I get a nice two way about it. but it's hard to get much damage going without using abucketload of feats for it. which means none of my spells get the feats.

granted this is the usual problem with gish (?) stuff. but if hte damage was bumped a bit it would be nifty

I wonder if it might end up being a feat haha. i would happily spend a feat on getting full level.. instead of spending it on like power attack or deadly aim. I'd rather get less damage that doesn't mess with my aim and can be used close or far. Since it's only once a round.

Seems like the kinda thing that would be good or maybe an archetype that drops Tricks for more combat.
Though i would probably rather have a feat to self apply tricks as a swift action.

I wonder if the d6's help enough later on? seems like they wouldn't

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