Forest Domain


Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion


Forest is available as a favored terrain. And we have tons of terrain-based domains (Aquatic, Arctic, Cave, Desert, Jungle, Mountain, Plains, and Swamp from Ultimate Magic alone). Druids have a ton of tree-based spells (Tree Shape, Plant Growth, Arboreal Hammer, Grove of Respite, Tree Stride, Transport via Plants, Siege of Trees, just to name a few).

So, given all that, why is there no Forest domain for druids? It's arguably the most iconic terrain for a druid. The iconic druid, Lini, met her animal companion Droogami in a forest. Certainly forest is a more obvious one than some of the others that have been issued. (Ruins? Really?)

Can anyone enlighten me as to why this fairly obvious option has never been made available?


Maybe it's a bit redundant, in that the obvious powers and spells are already there for druids anyway. But yes, it should exist.

OTOH, who takes a druid domain anyway? I thought everyone had a tame velociraptor these days. I guess it makes sense for dipping when the AC is going to be a liability.


So maybe you should run over to homebrew and propose one? The trick is, it's better if domain spells come from other lists, and ARE there flavorful choices from other lists?


The reason it came up is that I was building an NPC -- a guardian druid for a particular area. The terrain domains make more sense for an NPC druid who stays in one place than for an adventuring druid who wanders all over. And the place in question is a giant forest.

I may have to homebrew something.


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Mudfoot wrote:

Maybe it's a bit redundant, in that the obvious powers and spells are already there for druids anyway. But yes, it should exist.

OTOH, who takes a druid domain anyway? I thought everyone had a tame velociraptor these days. I guess it makes sense for dipping when the AC is going to be a liability.

Animal Domain (plus Boon Companion) gets you some extra spell slots and a friendly critter for just one feat.

I'm quite a fan of druid domains, honestly. Mostly because it's much simpler to add a domain to your druid than it is to stat a companion, and to play a single character, versus a single character plus a companion. Haven't tried any of the terrain domains yet (mostly because I always forget I have that option), but I oughta.


Actually, there's no 'forest' domain, because the vanilla druid is regarded as a forest druid... further specialisation is regarded as useless.


You could use Jungle domain. There's very little about it that's specific to tropical climates, and several things that are designed for being surrounded by trees.


+1 to that.

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