Legal PC closest to a Vampire


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Hello all!

I am new to Pathfinder and was wondering what class, archetype, etc I could use that are legal in PFS which closely resemble a vampire.

I found this in additional resources:

"Archetypes: All archetypes in this book are legal for play except blood alchemist, bloody jake, dark elementalist, devolutionist, elder mythos cultist, experimenter, family hunter, gaslighter, gingerbread witch, hate-monger, life channeler, mad scientist, necrologist, serial killer, and undead master; the eldritch poisoner archetype grants Skill Focus (Craft [alchemy], Disguise, or Knowledge [engineering]) at 3rd level and 11th level as bonus feats instead of Brew Potion and Craft Construct."

Will the Horror source material help me answer this question? Any other suggestions?

I look forward to all of your responses!

- Adam

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent, Finland—Oulu

Only thing that comes to my mind is Black-blooded Oracle Archetype. It has some undead type traits that are legal. You can also get them just dipping 1 level in oracle. So you can combine them with something else.

Grand Lodge

The undead sorcerer bloodline from the core rule book works well, and the sanguine alternate bloodline from Ultimate Magic fits the theme even more closely.


Awesome! Thank you!

I am familiar with the Undead Sorcerer Bloodline, but I'll have to check out the Sanguine Alternate Bloodline and the Black Blooded Oracle Archetype.

I appreciate the help!

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent, Finland—Oulu

Of course for oracle you can also take bones mystery to add some undead fun. Forgot to mention that. Oracle doesn't need to worship any deity for his powers, so you can "worship" or venerate evil deity as well.

Sovereign Court 5/5

There's the Dark Archive faction trait "Soul Drinker". Obviously you'd have to pick that faction, but it'd be a pretty fine choice for a faux-vampire anyway.


I'll check out the bones mystery as well.

Joining the dark archive sounds like the way to go.

Thanks again!

Any suggestions for making more of a vampiric brute (think Olrox from Castlevania)?

I'd love to grapple enemies and bite their necks. :)

The Exchange

Lunar mystery oracle and Eldritch Heritage.
Half-Orc with bite attack.


Yep. Sounds like Olrox haha

What source materials do I need to own for these?

Grand Lodge

Czech215 wrote:

Yep. Sounds like Olrox haha

What source materials do I need to own for these?

Lunar mystery is in Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Moon. Eldritch Heritage is found in Ultimate Magic, though I'm not sure which sorcerer bloodline Bearserk is suggesting you get.

The Exchange 5/5 RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

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There are still a few unused boons out there to play a Dhampir.

The Exchange

Lunar Mystery = Blood Of The Moon

Eldritch Heritage = Ultimate Magic
Take one bloodline that fits.
Maybe Dragon for the wings but obviously some undead stuff.

Bite Attack = ARG (ART), APG (Feat) or Orcs Of Golarion (Trait). Also two racial Curses (Hunger & Wolfscarred Face) for Oracles with bite attack but there meant for Cyclops and Aasimars so i'm not sure u can use it for PFS.

Maybe take a look for the Spirit Guide archetype (ACG) and the Bones Spirit for more undead stuff.

3/5 5/5

There is a Kineticist archetype, the Blood Kineticist, that allows you to manipulate your enemy's blood. It even lets you heal by "draining" them eventually.

The Necromantic Affinity feat lets you play a character who can heal off of Inflict magic.

2/5

Wayangs, though a small race, are tied to shadows, get Darkvision, and don't get a strength penalty if you want to be stealthy & thuggish. Awkward as a grappler though, unless you don't mind not grappling larger enemies.

The Brawler-Strangler archetype gets Stealth & does bonus damage when grappling which you can flavor as digging your teeth into their neck rather than fingers.

A Magus using necromancy spells can give the flavor via Chill Touch & Vampiric Touch on your attacks. Plus spells would give you some vampire-like abilities.

Hungry Ghost Monk sucks ki (life force) from opponents and leaps like a vampire might. Add Qinggong Monk archetype to pick up Gaseous Form like a vampire. Monks grapple pretty well too. You could even be an atypical Monk, dipping another class for armor & weapons because Hungry Ghost abilities are triggered by crits, not just unarmed strikes.
For that, Hungry Ghost mixes with Monk of the Sacred Mountain which can toughen your character while giving up things you'd lose in armor anyway. Oddly, you could still add a 4th archetype (since none switch out same abilities), Master of Many Styles, which loses flurry (which you'd lose in armor) and opens up those style feats early which can give some dramatic abilities, perhaps mirroring what a vampire might achieve, or aiding your grappling.
The BAB would be behind, but you'd have solid saving throws & some nifty "vampire" abilities. You don't need to be maxed out to contribute in PFS, so don't worry overmuch.
Hmm...now I kinda wanna make one. :)

Cheers, JMK

Grand Lodge

I take it dhampir aren't PFS legal?

Grand Lodge 4/5

Balancer wrote:
I take it dhampir aren't PFS legal?

You can play a dhampir if you have a boon that allows it. They haven't been given out for some time.


There are so many options!Coming from D&D, this seems like going from middle-school to Ph.D. haha

Thank you for all of the input thus far. If anything else comes to mind please let me know. I'll go through these options with my local GMs and we will see what can be agreed upon. I'm not trying to min-max a PC, but I'd like to build a character as close to resembling a vampire as possible. This is where Pathfinder excels- the vast variety truly allows you to make virtually whatever you want. Great stuff thus far!

3/5

Castilliano wrote:

Wayangs, though a small race, are tied to shadows, get Darkvision, and don't get a strength penalty if you want to be stealthy & thuggish. Awkward as a grappler though, unless you don't mind not grappling larger enemies.

The Brawler-Strangler archetype gets Stealth & does bonus damage when grappling which you can flavor as digging your teeth into their neck rather than fingers.

A Magus using necromancy spells can give the flavor via Chill Touch & Vampiric Touch on your attacks. Plus spells would give you some vampire-like abilities.

Hungry Ghost Monk sucks ki (life force) from opponents and leaps like a vampire might. Add Qinggong Monk archetype to pick up Gaseous Form like a vampire. Monks grapple pretty well too. You could even be an atypical Monk, dipping another class for armor & weapons because Hungry Ghost abilities are triggered by crits, not just unarmed strikes.
For that, Hungry Ghost mixes with Monk of the Sacred Mountain which can toughen your character while giving up things you'd lose in armor anyway. Oddly, you could still add a 4th archetype (since none switch out same abilities), Master of Many Styles, which loses flurry (which you'd lose in armor) and opens up those style feats early which can give some dramatic abilities, perhaps mirroring what a vampire might achieve, or aiding your grappling.
The BAB would be behind, but you'd have solid saving throws & some nifty "vampire" abilities. You don't need to be maxed out to contribute in PFS, so don't worry overmuch.
Hmm...now I kinda wanna make one. :)

Cheers, JMK

Splashing verminous hunter with a dead pet would give you the leech animal focus ability, which would give bleed damage to grapples.

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Starglim wrote:
Balancer wrote:
I take it dhampir aren't PFS legal?
You can play a dhampir if you have a boon that allows it. They haven't been given out for some time.

Actually, they were given out last quarter as GM convention boons. There are some floating around on the boon trading thread.

3/5 *** Venture-Agent, Massachusetts—Boston Metro

Vampirism is a legal oracle curse from Horror Realms. Not sure if you could get any closer.

4/5 5/55/55/55/5 ***

Do you have the text for that one?

Hmm

3/5 *** Venture-Agent, Massachusetts—Boston Metro

GM Hmm wrote:

Do you have the text for that one?

Hmm

You take damage from positive energy and heal from negative energy as if you were undead. At 5th level you gain channel resistance +4. At tenth level you add vampiric touch to your list of 3rd level spells known and undead anatomy II to your list of 5th level spells known. At 15 you gain DR 5/magic. Its a pretty neat touch of vampiric themed abilities. All in all if you like the themes of Horror Adventures corruptions the Oracle Curses are neat mechanics. One is banned for cannibalism (Ghoul) and the other for RAW killing your character in one scenario (Promethean).

EDIT:
My favorite personally is Lichdom because you've accidentally done almost everything to turn yourself into a lich.

4/5

One could also be a Vigilante and take the Social Talent called Guise of Undeath, from the Spymaster's Handbook. It gives you an alternate identify of looking like a vampire version of yourself and detecting as a vampire by divination spells.

Edit: this option could be taken with a single level dip into Vigilante. So, combined with some of the options listed above, who's to say which is the "real" you?

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