No? It doesn't advance anything related to implements (number of, mental focus or level with the implements) and has only 5/10 spellcasting advancement. It looks like it'd be best used on a stack of multiclasses where you've been grabbing low level abilities and don't really care about advancing any of them.
|David knott 242|
The entry requirements should give you a clue as to what sort of character the prestige class is designed for -- 1st level occult spells or 1st level kinetic blast and BAB +5. At each odd level, you gain a bonus combat feat and can count your esoteric knight levels as fighter levels for prerequisites.
In other words, it works best for a fighter who wants to dabble in occult magic.
It's late entry, but I could see this working pretty well for a psychic detective investigator who wants to be more fightery. Definitely wouldn't end up with quite as many vestigal class features which stopped scaling usefully as the Occultist, Spiritualist, or Kineticist would.
Plus Eldritch Armor feels like the best esoterica which encourages an Int caster.
I don't know what they where smoking when they thought burn was an acceptable substitute for low level level spell slots.
Given that burn scales by character level but all abilities which incur it scale by kineticist level the lesson for all multiclass kineticists is "do not take burn."
I could see a fighter telekineticist working out okay if you resolve to never take burn and use the blast as a backup option, things like telekinetic finesse, tk haul, tk invisibility, and tk maneuvers are useful and do not cost burn, and the defense is useful even if you put nothing in it.
|David knott 242|
Or don't take more than a preset amount of burn. A kineticist does gain advantages as his total burn reaches certain amounts -- and I think a point of burn that lets you take +2 to Con is a wash as far as hit points are concerned.
So a esoteric knight with 2 kineticist levels (needed to qualify for the defense), 0 burn, and 10 EK levels, will have a 7 HP temp pool for a telekineticist (regenerates at 1/min) or DR 3/adamantium for a geokineticist. A physical blast from this character would deal 4d6+4+ConMod, and an energy blast 4d6 +ConMod/2.
I don't think any of the psychic esoterica are that useful for you.
|David knott 242|
Even though this prestige class is uniquely designed to work with the kineticist, I think the best entry into it would be Fighter 4/Psychic 2, as that gives you levels in the classes that are most usefully supplemented by this prestige class.
I think the best entry into it would be Fighter 4/Psychic 2, as that gives you levels in the classes that are most usefully supplemented by this prestige class.
Let's consider a few others anyway.
Paladin 2 / Exciter fractured mind spiritualist 4
- a variant on Cha to everything which the esoteric knight can push further.
Id rager bloodrager 5
- fastest entry
Weapon master fighter 3 / swashbuckler 1 / slayer 1 / psychic 1
- lots of goodness from low level martial classes
Mindblade magus 7
- You've got most of what you want from magus and have a plan which involves many high-BAB prereq feats
Thoughts? Do any of these not work at all because of something I've missed?
|David knott 242|
I definitely see some potential for that weapon master fighter 3/swashbuckler 1/slayer 1/psychic 1. On the martial side, you have enough fighter levels to get the full benefit of the bonus combat feats with some interesting dips to give you useful tricks.
The mindblade magus trades in spellcasting power and pure class abilities for possibly better combat ability.
I will have to look over the other combos later.
I suggested the fighter 4/psychic 2 as the best option primarily because it was the easiest option to make work -- but it is clearly not the only possible option. Yet another possible option would be Medium (Champion focused) 7.
I agree there appear to be few benefits for Kineticists besides more feats. A Kinetic Knight and Elemental Annihilator might make good use of some of the abilities, specially being able to flank anything not immune to mind effects.
As for overflow, at least for aether, you are converting 3*HD in HP into 3*HD in regenerating temp HP + 1 con: effectively +1*HD. So yes, taking a preset number of burn is good. Also dont forget it also gives bonuses to attacks.
I feel like Id Bloodrager and Mindblade Magus make for the 2 best entries. The reason being that usually you multiclass them to get more feats or some ability, in this case not only are you gaining more feats, but you continue to scale your casting.
Overall, I think they went too safe on the class and made it something that doesn't stand out. Specially the "spend a spell for a minor resource" is kind of weird.
A multiclassed telekineticist doesn't get the full benefit of force ward. It's kineticist level that gets multiplied for the temp HP while the cost is in burn, which is per HD. When kineticist level < HD that looks a much worse bargain. Also the multiplier is (1 + burn/2) for temp HP.
Example with the numbers in: a kineticist 4 / fighter 2 who spends 3 burn on force ward has (1 + 3/2)*4 = 10 HP in the force ward. The 3 burn gives 3*6 = 18 nonlethal damage.