Class Framework – Basic Classes

Basic classes are very flexible, but not particularly powerful when compared to Advanced Classes and Prestige Classes. They may be considered as something of an apprenticeship and preparation for later, more constrained ‘careers’.

Some sample basic classes are described below. I give them somewhat descriptive names to help identify them, but in practice they don’t get named as they are basically just a collection of abilities.

Basic Class Type: Arcanist

A powerful spellcaster… eventually.

Axes

Saves

Martial Poor Fortitude Poor
Skill Medium Reflex Medium
Magical Good Will Good

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +0 +d4 +6 +0 +0 +0 +1 spellcasting level
2 +1 +d4 +6 +0 +0 +1 +1 +1 spellcasting level
3 +1 +d4 +6 +1 +1 +1 +1 spellcasting level
4 +2 +d4 +6 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 spellcasting level
5 +2 +d4 +6 +1 +2 +2 +1 spellcasting level
6 +3 +d4 +6 +2 +2 +3 +1 +1 spellcasting level
7 +3 +d4 +6 +2 +2 +3 +1 spellcasting level
8 +4 +d4 +6 +2 +3 +4 +1 +1 spellcasting level
9 +4 +d4 +6 +3 +3 +4 +1 spellcasting level
10 +5 +d4 +6 +3 +4 +5 +1 +1 spellcasting level

Class feats come from the Familiar, Item Creation, Metamagic, Saving Throw, Spell, Tradition, Witchsight groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Will save and +1 to his base Reflex save. He also gets 1 feat from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 2 feats from the Skill group, and 4 from the Familiar, Item Creation, Metamagic, Spell, Tradition groups. Finally, he also gets 1 feat from the Evasion, Movement, Sneak Attack, and Speed groups, and 2 feats from the Saving Throw and Witchsight groups.

Basic Class Type: Crusader

A martial spellcaster.

Axes

Saves

Martial Medium Fortitude Medium
Skill Poor Reflex Poor
Magical Good Will Good

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +0 +d6 +2 +0 +0 +0 +1 spellcasting level
2 +1 +d6 +2 +0 +0 +1 +1 +1 spellcasting level
3 +2 +d6 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 spellcasting level
4 +3 +d6 +2 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 spellcasting level
5 +3 +d6 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1 spellcasting level
6 +4 +d6 +2 +2 +2 +3 +1 +1 spellcasting level
7 +5 +d6 +2 +2 +2 +3 +1 spellcasting level
8 +6 +d6 +2 +3 +2 +4 +1 +1 spellcasting level
9 +6 +d6 +2 +3 +3 +4 +1 spellcasting level
10 +7 +d6 +2 +4 +3 +5 +1 +1 spellcasting level

Class feats come from the Familiar, Item Creation, Metamagic, Saving Throw, Spell, Tradition, Witchsight groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Will save and +1 to his base Fortitude save. He also gets 3 feats from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 4 from the Familiar, Item Creation, Metamagic, Spell, Tradition groups. Finally, he also gets 1 feat from the Armor Proficiency group and 1 feat from the Armor Proficiency, Endurance and Rage groups, and 2 feats from the Saving Throw and Witchsight groups.

Basic Class Type: Holy Knight

A spellcasting warrior

Axes

Saves

Martial Good Fortitude Good
Skill Poor Reflex Poor
Magical Medium Will Medium

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +1 +d8 +2 +0 +0 +0 +1/2 spellcasting level
2 +2 +d8 +2 +1 +0 +0 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
3 +3 +d8 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
4 +4 +d8 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
5 +5 +d8 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1/2 spellcasting level
6 +6 +d8 +2 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
7 +7 +d8 +2 +3 +2 +2 +1/2 spellcasting level
8 +8 +d8 +2 +4 +2 +3 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
9 +9 +d8 +2 +4 +3 +3 +1/2 spellcasting level
10 +10 +d8 +2 +5 +3 +4 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level

Class feats come from the Armor Focus, Armor Proficiency, Combat Expertise, Endurance, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Rage, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, Weapon Proficiency groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Fortitude save and +1 to his base Will save. He also gets 5 feats from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 2 from the Familiar, Item Creation, Metamagic, Spell, Tradition groups. Finally, he also gets 2 feats from the Armor Proficiency group and 2 feats from the Armor Proficiency, Endurance and Rage groups, and 1 feat from the Saving Throw and Witchsight groups.

Basic Class Type: Ranger

A skilled outdoorsman.

Axes

Saves

Martial Good Fortitude Good
Skill Medium Reflex Medium
Magical Poor Will Poor

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +1 +d8 +6 +0 +0 +0
2 +2 +d8 +6 +1 +0 +0 +1
3 +3 +d8 +6 +1 +1 +1
4 +4 +d8 +6 +2 +1 +1 +1
5 +5 +d8 +6 +2 +2 +1
6 +6 +d8 +6 +3 +2 +2 +1
7 +7 +d8 +6 +3 +2 +2
8 +8 +d8 +6 +4 +3 +2 +1
9 +9 +d8 +6 +4 +3 +3
10 +10 +d8 +6 +5 +4 +3 +1

Class feats come from the Armor Focus, Armor Proficiency, Combat Expertise, Endurance, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Rage, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, Weapon Proficiency groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Fortitude save and +1 to his base Reflex save. He also gets 5 feats from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 2 feats from the Skill group. Finally, he also gets 2 feats from the Armor Proficiency group and 2 feats from the Armor Proficiency, Endurance and Rage groups, and 1 feat from the Evasion, Movement, Sneak Attack, and Speed groups.

Basic Class Type: Sage

A very well-studied, if weak, spellcaster

Axes

Saves

Martial Poor Fortitude Poor
Skill Good Reflex Medium
Magical Medium Will Good

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +0 +d4 +10 +0 +0 +0 +1/2 spellcasting level
2 +1 +d4 +10 +0 +0 +1 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
3 +1 +d4 +10 +1 +1 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
4 +2 +d4 +10 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
5 +2 +d4 +10 +1 +2 +2 +1/2 spellcasting level
6 +3 +d4 +10 +2 +2 +3 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
7 +3 +d4 +10 +2 +2 +3 +1/2 spellcasting level
8 +4 +d4 +10 +2 +3 +4 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level
9 +4 +d4 +10 +3 +3 +4 +1/2 spellcasting level
10 +5 +d4 +10 +3 +4 +5 +1 +1/2 spellcasting level

Class feats come from the Saving Throw, Skill, Witchsight groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Will save and +1 to his base Reflex save. He also gets 1 feat from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 4 feats from the Skill group, and 2 from the Familiar, Item Creation, Metamagic, Spell, Tradition groups. Finally, he also gets 1 feat from the Evasion, Movement, Sneak Attack, and Speed groups, and 2 feats from the Saving Throw and Witchsight groups.

Basic Class Type: Swashbuckler

A quick, agile fighter, rarely heavily armed.

Axes

Saves

Martial Good Fortitude Medium
Skill Medium Reflex Good
Magical Poor Will Poor

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +1 +d8 +6 +0 +0 +0
2 +2 +d8 +6 +0 +1 +0 +1
3 +3 +d8 +6 +1 +1 +1
4 +4 +d8 +6 +1 +2 +1 +1
5 +5 +d8 +6 +2 +2 +1
6 +6 +d8 +6 +2 +3 +2 +1
7 +7 +d8 +6 +2 +3 +2
8 +8 +d8 +6 +3 +4 +2 +1
9 +9 +d8 +6 +3 +4 +3
10 +10 +d8 +6 +4 +5 +3 +1

Class feats come from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Evasion, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Movement, Power Attack, Ranged, Sneak Attack, Speed, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, Weapon Proficiency groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Reflex save and +1 to his base Fortitude save. He also gets 5 feats from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 2 feats from the Skill group. Finally, he also gets 1 feat from the Armor Proficiency group and 1 feat from the Armor Proficiency, Endurance and Rage groups, and 2 feats from the Evasion, Movement, Sneak Attack, and Speed groups.

Basic Class Type: Tank

The tank is a heavy, front-line warrior. He dishes it out and soaks it up in equal measure.

Axes

Saves

Martial Good Fortitude Good
Skill Medium Reflex Medium
Magical Poor Will Poor

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +1 +d8 +6 +0 +0 +0
2 +2 +d8 +6 +1 +0 +0 +1
3 +3 +d8 +6 +1 +1 +1
4 +4 +d8 +6 +2 +1 +1 +1
5 +5 +d8 +6 +2 +2 +1
6 +6 +d8 +6 +3 +2 +2 +1
7 +7 +d8 +6 +3 +2 +2
8 +8 +d8 +6 +4 +3 +2 +1
9 +9 +d8 +6 +4 +3 +3
10 +10 +d8 +6 +5 +4 +3 +1

Class feats come from the Armor Focus, Armor Proficiency, Combat Expertise, Endurance, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Rage, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, Weapon Proficiency groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Fortitude save and +1 to his base Reflex save. He also gets 5 feats from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 2 feats from the Skill group. Finally, he also gets 2 feats from the Armor Proficiency group and 2 feats from the Armor Proficiency, Endurance and Rage groups, and 1 feat from the Evasion, Movement, Sneak Attack, and Speed groups.

Basic Class Type: Thief

A cunning rogue.

Axes

Saves

Martial Medium Fortitude Poor
Skill Good Reflex Good
Magical Poor Will Medium

Level BAB HD Skill Fort Ref Will Feat? Spellcasting
1 +0 +d6 +10 +0 +0 +0
2 +1 +d6 +10 +0 +1 +0 +1
3 +2 +d6 +10 +1 +1 +1
4 +3 +d6 +10 +1 +2 +1 +1
5 +3 +d6 +10 +1 +2 +2
6 +4 +d6 +10 +2 +3 +2 +1
7 +5 +d6 +10 +2 +3 +2
8 +6 +d6 +10 +2 +4 +3 +1
9 +6 +d6 +10 +3 +4 +3
10 +7 +d6 +10 +3 +5 +4 +1

Class feats come from the Evasion, Movement, Skill, Sneak Attack, Speed groups. The character may choose a feat from these groups on every even-numbered level in this class.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character may choose an additional feat from the list of class feats.

If this class is taken at first character level, the character also gets +2 to his base Reflex save and +1 to his base Will save. He also gets 3 feats from the Armor Focus, Combat Expertise, Martial, Mobility, Mounted, Power Attack, Ranged, Two Weapon, Unarmed Combat, Weapon Focus, and Weapon Proficiency groups, and 4 feats from the Skill group. Finally, he also gets 2 feats from the Evasion, Movement, Sneak Attack, and Speed groups, and 1 feat from the Saving Throw and Witchsight groups.

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