Cavalier

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Cavalier is a custom prestige class available on Arelith.


Introduction

Cavaliers are warriors who specialize in fighting while mounted rather than on foot. While they can take many forms, ranging from the prototypical heavily armored knight to the lightly armored raider, they are usually seen using a lance as their weapon of choice. As expert horsemen, they have a special bond with their steed, who is usually never far from them. Whether they fight for a cause, for profit, or for glory, Cavaliers can always be found charging fearlessly into combat.

Mechanical changes are included in the #Class Mechanics on this page and explained in the #Arelith Changes section. The #Roleplay Tips section provides suggestions for character development.

Class Mechanics

Requirements

Alignment restrictions: None

Feats: Mounted Combat

Base attack bonus: +6

Skills: Ride 8

Class Features

Hit die: d12

Proficiencies: armor (light, medium, heavy), shields, weapons (martial, simple, cavalier)

Skill points: 4 + int modifier ((4 + int modifier) * 4 at 1st level)

Class Skills: concentration, craft mastery, craft trap, discipline, heal, intimidate, leadership, lore, ride, spot, taunt

Unavailable feats: craft wand, scribe scroll, weapon specialization

Bonus feats: ambidexterity, blind fight, called shot, cleave, deflect arrows, disarm, dodge, expertise, great cleave, improved critical, improved disarm, improved expertise, improved knockdown, improved parry, improved power attack, improved two-weapon fighting, improved unarmed strike, knockdown, mobility, mounted archery, pmoint blank shot, mower attack, rapid shot, spring attack, stunning fist, two-weapon fighting, weapon finesse, weapon focus, weapon proficiency (exotic), whirlwind attack

Epic bonus feats: (if Cavalier levels taken at character level 21+) armor skin, epic damage reduction, epic prowess, epic toughness, epic weapon focus, improved stunning fist, improved whirlwind attack, overwhelming critical, superior initiative

Primary saving throw(s): fortitude

Base attack bonus: +1/level

Level Progression

Hit points rolls on Arelith are always maximum.

Level BAB Fort Ref Will HP Passive Mechanical Mounted Charge On-foot Charge Non-cav Weapon Stun/Daze Bullrush
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 12 Practiced Rider Spirited Charge Tier 1 +2 AB +1 AB
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 24 Bonus Feat +1 AB
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 36 Fearless +2 Summon Common Mount (120%) +3 AB
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 48 Bonus Feat +2 AB
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 60 Fearless +4 Spirited Charge Tier 2 +4 AB 0.5 second
6th +6 +5 +2 +2 72 Bonus Feat Summon Common Mount (130%) +2 AB
7th +7 +5 +2 +2 84 Fearless +6 +5 AB +3 AB
8th +8 +6 +2 +2 96 Bonus Feat Spirited Charge Tier 3 1 second 0.75 second
9th +9 +6 +3 +3 108 Fear Immunity Summon Common Mount (140%) +6 AB
10th +10 +7 +3 +3 120 Bonus Feat Spirited Charge Tier 4 +7 AB +4 AB +3 AB 1.5 seconds 1.5 seconds

Arelith Changes

Change Level Description
Bonus Feats - Cavaliers get bonus Feats at levels 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.
Cavalier Weapon Proficiency 1 Cavaliers can wield the following weapons without penalty: Bastard Sword, War Mace, Katana, Wakizashi, and Naginata
Practiced Rider 1 A Cavalier is an expert horseman and gains a bonus to ride equal to two times their cavalier level. This ride bonus will count towards regaining the Tumble AC, mounted movement speed, and is less likely to be thrown off mounts.
Spirited Charge 1 Instant action.
  • Cavalry Weapons: Lance, Spear, Cavalry Axe, Cavalry Sword, Cavalry Hammer, Bastard Sword, War Mace, Light Mace, Heavy Flail, Light Flail, Morningstar, Katana, Wakizashi, and Naginata
  • Mounted Bonus: A cavalier can charge with any weapons and unleash devastating blows. Cavalry weapons get better damage multipliers as well as special debuffs. Keen (Item Property), Improved Critical (Feat), Increased Multiplier (Weapon Master), and Ki Critical (Weapon Master) will further boost the effectiveness of Spirited Charge. The Weapon Master feats will only apply to Cavalry Weapons.
  • Unmounted Bonus: This ability may be activated while not mounted. When used in this fashion, the ability may be used with any weapon. The Cavalier will receive extra attack bonus and +50% movement speed for 12 seconds (2 rounds) in lieu of the mounted benefits.
Fearless 3 A Cavalier is conditioned to charge into battle against even the most fearsome of opponents and gains a +2 bonus to saving throws vs fear. This bonus increases to +4 at level 5, +6 at level 7, and becomes Fear Immunity at level 9.
Summon Mount 3 Cavaliers are bonded with their horse and they can summon their personal steed if it isn’t already nearby. The horse will have a 50 Temporary hit point bonus permanently applied to it.

Summons different mounts based on summoning tier and armor worn.

  • Tier 1 (Cav 3): Saddled Palfrey (All armor)
  • Tier 2 (Cav 6): Saddled Palfrey (No/Cloth armor), Leather Barding (Light armor), Chain Barding (Medium & Heavy armor)
  • Tier 3 (Cav 9): Saddled Palfrey (No/Cloth armor), Leather Barding (Light armor), Chain Barding (Medium Armor), Plated Charger (Heavy Armor)
  • Wild Horses: Druids and Wild Races (Wild Elf, Forest Gnome, Wild Dwarf) will always summon wild horses (unsaddled horse)
Summon Special Mount 3 Cavaliers can summon special mounts that are unique to their class and/or alignment.

Nightmare Mounts: Available to the following Classes and Evil Alignment - Blackguard, Hexblade, Wizard, Spellsword, Sorcerer, Cleric, and Favored Soul

  • Unsaddled Nightmare - Evil Classes, Tier 2 Summon Mount, and Wild Race (Wild Elf, Forest Gnome, Wild Dwarf)
  • Saddled Nightmare - Evil Classes and Tier 2 Summon Mount
  • Armored Nightmare - Evil Classes and Tier 3 Summon Mount

White Charger: Available to the following Classes and Good Alignment - Paladin, Champion, Knight, Cleric, and Favored Soul

  • White Chain Charger - Good Classes and Tier 2 Summon Mount
  • White Plated Charger - Good Classes and Tier 3 Summon Mount

Rangers can summon wild horses if they use Summon Special Mount, but if they have any of the aforementioned evil/good classes then they will summon Nightmares/White Chargers, instead.

Roleplay Tips

Cavalier on the Forgotten Realms wiki

External Links

Cavalier Overhaul Spreadsheet
Arelith Cavalier news post
5th Edition Cavalier Information