Viable Shakalta Builds?


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While the Shakalta from AA3 are really interesting, I'm not sure I can think of a way to make a Shakalta character capable of keeping up with the average adventuring party.

For those who might not have seen the Alien Archive yet, Shakalta are energy beings formed from the joining of two souls. One way this is mechanically represented is the requirement that Shakalta characters must multiclass, and take an equal number of levels in each of their two classes.

Can anyone think of interesting builds following this restriction?

The only thing that I can think of off the top of my head is Technomancer/Mystic for a sort of Theurge flavor. It's helped out by the fact that Caster Level stacks between classes in Starfinder, but the delayed access to high level spells and abilities might still make for a character that leaves much to be desired.


For viable I would tend to think soldier/some other full BAB.

Not great, but good enough to be effective in combat.


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An Envoy/Soldier is pretty effective at equal levels. Envoy/Solarian is even better, because there is some stat synergy with Charisma. Move - Get Em!/Standard - Stellar Rush sounds like a fun turn.

Operative brings stuff to the table for any other class (I have a 3 Operative/2 Mystic that does just quite well, thanks).

Technomancer/Mechanic would do just fine if it went exo-cortex and relied mostly on buffing guns.

Seems like the race forces you to think outside the box, not about pure class power, but class synergies, feats, skills, and gear.


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In addition to Dracomicron's mentions, which are where I'd start, Soldier + Drone Mech using a combat drone that focuses on heavy explode weapons could work. Mystic + Soldier or Mystic + Solarian could give you a sort of Paladin or Ranger type build, if you planned for it. Operative + Envoy, while having a bunch of stuff that steps on one another's toes, could also be made to work, if you went the sniper operative route and paired it with envoy's unwieldy happy abilities. Same for Technomancer + Operative and the gun magus type abilities under TM.


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pithica42 wrote:
In addition to Dracomicron's mentions, which are where I'd start, Soldier + Drone Mech using a combat drone that focuses on heavy explode weapons could work. Mystic + Soldier or Mystic + Solarian could give you a sort of Paladin or Ranger type build, if you planned for it. Operative + Envoy, while having a bunch of stuff that steps on one another's toes, could also be made to work, if you went the sniper operative route and paired it with envoy's unwieldy happy abilities. Same for Technomancer + Operative and the gun magus type abilities under TM.

Explode weapons on a drone are a good idea, though from my experience playing a mechanic, Drones are pretty flimsy. I'd worry that any enemy smart enough to focus it could probably drop it in a turn, since it's health and AC are only going to get comparatively worse as you level up.

I'm not sure about Technomancer/Operative, at least not as a sniper. The Operative's sniper exploits don't come online until 6th level at the earliest (so 11th for a Shakalta), and then you'd need to wait until 16th for Spellshot. It just seems like either pure Operative or pure Technomancer is going to be bring more to the table for a sniper, and give you what you want much sooner.

Envoy/Soldier I think definitely has potential, as Envoy seems to be the most friendly to multiclassing of any of the core classes, and some Soldier fighting styles are pretty frontloaded.


I've honestly been meaning to do a Sharpshooter Soldier/Exo-Mechanic sniper forever, but haven't gotten around to it.

Diasporan Sniper Rifle + Laser Accuracy Gear Boost + Combat Tracking + Weapon Focus (Sniper) [+Miracle Worker at high levels] is going to be some of the highest accuracy out there, which can then be buffed with Overcharge.

It isn't going to be the highest damage build, but it should be reliable

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