Is Scarshield a Hex? (Multi part question)


Rules Questions


1) Is the Scarshield ability of the Witch Doctor Archetype a hex?

D20 wrote:

Scarshield (Su)

At 1st level, a scarred witch doctor learns how to harden her mutilated skin, gaining an enhancement bonus to her natural armor bonus equal to 1/2 her class level (minimum +1). She can use this ability for a number of minutes per day equal to her class level. These minutes do not need to be consecutive but she must spend them in 1-minute increments.

This ability replaces the witch’s 1st-level hex.

It is a supernatural ability like standard hexes so I am inclined to say yes but, it is not clear.

2) My second question is, does it qualify you to select Extra Hex as a feat at level 1?

3) My third question if hexshield is not a hex is do special patron bonus hexes grant you the hex class feature to qualify?

D20 wrote:

Empath

Your patron is a manifestation of the collective living experience—mortal desire and purpose given direction by the beliefs of countless minds and hearts.

You gain the tongues hex at 1st level, but you cannot help but feel the despair, pain, and other negative emotions in those around you, taking a –5 penalty on saving throws against emotion effects.


Minigiant wrote:

1)

It is a supernatural ability like standard hexes so I am inclined to say yes but, it is not clear.

I disagree.

I believe the way to determine what is a hex is it is a hex if and only if the rules call it a hex.
For example from the winter witch archetype-

"Cold Flesh (Ex)
At 1st level, a winter witch gains endure elements as a constant spell-like ability, but only against cold temperatures. At 4th level, she gains cold resistance 5, making her comfortable in near-freezing temperatures. At 9th-level, this increases to cold resistance 10, and at 14th level, it becomes immunity to cold.

This replaces the witch’s 4th-level hex.

Hexes: The following hexes complement the winter witch archetype: beast eye, blight, cook people, evil eye, feral speech, hag’s eye, hoarfrost, ice tomb, witch’s hut.

A winter witch can select the following hexes:

Frostfoot (Su) This ability works like the spider climb spell, but the surfaces the witch climbs must be icy. The witch can move across icy surfaces without penalty and does not need to make Acrobatics checks to run or charge on ice. She can move across regular snow without penalty, and heavy snow only costs her 2 squares of movement instead of 4.

Frozen Caress (Su) Whenever the winter witch casts a touch spell, she can infuse the magic with cold as a swift action. This grants the spell the cold descriptor, and adds 1d4 points of cold damage to the spell’s effect. If the touch spell allows a saving throw, a successful save negates this additional cold damage."

Frostfoot and Frozen Caress are hexes because the rules say they are. Coldflesh and the Scarred Witch Doctor's Scarshield are not.

And not all hexes are supernatural abilities, Cauldron for example is an extraordinary ability.

Minigiant wrote:
2) My second question is, does it qualify you to select Extra Hex as a feat at level 1?

No, you don't have any hexes so don't have the class feature yet.

Minigiant wrote:
3) My third question if hexshield is not a hex is do special patron bonus hexes grant you the hex class feature to qualify?

Yes, you do have a hex so you have the hex class feature.

I don't mean to sound condescending. The reasons I give are very simple so it sounds like I am talking down to you.


Another follow up question then

How is Scarshield activated? Does it trigger an attack of opportunity?


A quote from the rules [d20pfsrd]-

"Supernatural Abilities (Su)
Using a supernatural ability is usually a standard action (unless defined otherwise by the ability’s description). Its use cannot be disrupted, does not require concentration, and does not provoke attacks of opportunity."

I wasn't sure about this one till I looked it up. I was pretty sure it didn't provoke but didn't know it was a standard action to activate.

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