Shaman

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Shaman is a custom base class available on Arelith.



Introduction

Shamans are divine spellcasters who draw upon primal forces to power their spells. These forces can range from spirits, tribal deities, or even the planes themselves. Their relationship with their source can also vary widely, from either a willing bond with the source to a parasitic relationship, where the Shaman bends its source to do their bidding. While initially they may be mistaken for a druid, the Shaman lacks the druid’s bond with nature and their strict adherence to its balance. The role of a Shaman can also vary by community: some are direct leaders of a tribe or village, some are spiritual leaders, and some are simply 'wise folk' sought out for guidance. Shamans can also take the role of a healer or witch doctor for their community, both feared and respected for their magical prowess.


Class Features

  • Hit Die: d8
  • BAB: Medium
  • Proficiencies: Simple weapons, light and medium armor, and shields
  • Saving Throws: High: Fortitude and Will; Low: Reflex
  • Skill Points: 4 + int modifier ((4 + int modifier) * 4 at 1st level)
  • Spellcasting: Divine, druid spell list, wisdom-based (a base wisdom score of 10 + the spell’s level is required to cast a spell, bonus spells are based on modified wisdom, and the wisdom modifier affects spell DCs), and spontaneous cast (no spell preparation required).
  • Special:
  • All shaman summons will now have the ghostly visage VFX applied to them, to represent the spiritual nature of shaman magic.
  • Shamans can tend to plants and encourage their growth.
  • Languages: Sylvan at level 1 and Animal at level 6.
  • If Shaman levels are more than half of the total levels, the following applies:
  • If multiclassed into a full BAB class, the pre-epic BAB lost from not having full BAB progression is regained as soft AB. This does not increase APR.
  • Each and any multiclass now provides more synergy CL for the first 2 levels, then switches to 1/3 CL per level at the 3rd level and beyond. Different multiclass will stack for the extra 1/3 CL calculation purposes.
  • Examples:
   # 23 Shaman / 3 Barb / 4 Ranger (16 Shaman, 3 barb, 1 ranger pre-epic)
   Actual Pre-epic BAB: 16 / Soft AB: +4 / 4 APR
   CL Calculation: Total of 28 (can achieve 30 w/ AD: Abjuration)
   23 shaman + 2 barb + 2 ranger = 27 base
   Barb 3 and Ranger 3, 4 are 3 levels extra, so an extra CL there
   # 20 Shaman / 6 Fighter / 4 Monk (12 shaman, 4 monk, 4 fighter pre-epic)
   Actual Pre-epic BAB: 16 / Soft AB: +4 / 6 APR
   CL Calculation: Total of 26 (can achieve 28 w/ AD: Abjuration)
   20 shaman + 2 Fighter + 2 Monk = 24 base
   Fighter 3 - 6 and Monk 3 - 4 are 6 levels extra, so 2 extra CL there
   # 27 Shaman / 3 Monk
   Actual Pre-epic BAB: 16 / Soft AB: +0 / 5 APR
   CL Calculation: Total of 29
   27 shaman + 2 Monk = 29 base
   Monk 3 is 1 level extra, rounded down to 0 extra CL
  • 2/3 of Shaman levels add to Barbarian levels for:
  • 2/3 of Shaman levels add to Barbarian levels for Tribal path.
  • 1/3 Bard levels count towards Caster Level vs Dispel
  • Note: Only if Shaman levels are majority in character levels
  • 1/3 Shaman levels count towards Bard Song scaling
  • 2/3 Shaman levels count towards Monk level progression for the following:
  • Ki Strike 1 at effective level 10
  • Whirlwind Attack at effective level 12
  • Ki Strike 2 at effective level 13
  • Ki Strike 3 at effective level 16
  • Enables Ki Strike 4 BUT NOT 5 for Shamans
  • Shaman/Monks cannot obtain Ki Strike 5
  • AB/Dmg for both unarmed and weapon applies
  • Note: Only if Shaman levels are majority in character levels
  • 2/3 Shaman levels count towards Ranger level progression for the following:
  • Defensive Two-Weapon Fighting
  • Archer path ranged bonus damage scaling based on effective levels
  • Woodland Stride at effective level 7 (ex. 6 shaman 3 ranger)
  • Improved Two-Weapon Fighting at effective level 9
  • Called Shot for Archer Path Rangers at effective level 9
  • Out-of-combat Movement Speed at effective level 18
  • Wilderness Map (Ranger feat) at effective level 12 (ex. 18 shaman/3 Ranger)

Spells

See Category:Shaman_Spells for a list of all spells by category.

 
Cantrips 1st level spells 2nd level spells
 
3rd level spells 4th level spells 5th level spells
 
6th level spells 7th level spells 8th level spells
 
9th level spells Epic spells

Level progression

Lvl BAB Saves Feats   Base spells per day   Known spells
Fort Ref Will 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Use Poison 5 3 4 2 - - - - - - - -
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 6 4 5 2 - - - - - - - -
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 6 5 5 3 - - - - - - - -
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 6 6 3 6 3 1 - - - - - - -
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 6 6 4 6 4 2 - - - - - - -
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 Craft Wand 6 6 5 3 7 4 2 1 - - - - - -
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 6 6 6 4 7 5 3 2 - - - - - -
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 +6 Spell Focus: Divination 6 6 6 5 3 7 5 3 2 1 - - - - -
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 +6 6 6 6 6 4 7 5 4 3 2 - - - - -
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 +7 6 6 6 6 5 3 7 5 4 3 2 1 - - - -
11th +8/+3 +7 +3 +7 6 6 6 6 6 4 7 6 5 4 3 2 - - - -
12th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 - - -
13th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 7 6 6 4 4 3 2 - - -
14th +10/+5 +9 +4 +9 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 7 6 6 4 4 3 2 1 - -
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +5 +9 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 2 - -
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Greater Spell Focus: Divination 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 2 1 -
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 2 -
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +11 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3 7 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 2 1
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +11 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 7 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 3 2
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +12 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 3
21st - - - - 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4

Bonus spell slots come from items and high wisdom.

As a rule of thumb, shamans can cast spell levels up to half their class level (rounded down).

Epic shaman

Hit die: d8

Skill points: 4 + int modifier

Bonus feat schedule: The epic shaman gains a bonus feat every three levels after 20th. In other words, at levels 23, 26, and 29.

Bonus feat list: Automatic Quicken Spell, Automatic Silent Spell, Automatic Still Spell, Epic Energy Resistance, Epic Spell Focus, Epic Spell Penetration, Epic Spell: Dragon Knight, Epic Spell: Mummy Dust, Epic Spell: Greater Ruin, Epic Spell: Hellball, Great Wisdom, Improved Combat Casting

Epic shaman level progression

  Lvl   Feats
21st
22nd
23rd bonus feat
24th
25th
26th bonus feat
27th
28th
29th bonus feat
30th

External Links

Arelith Shaman news post
NWN2 Spirit Shaman wiki page