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Description

In faith and the miracles of the divine, many find a greater purpose. Called to serve powers beyond most mortal understanding, all priests preach wonders and provide for the spiritual needs of their people. Clerics are more than mere priests, though; these emissaries of the divine work the will of their deities through strength of arms and the magic of their gods. Devoted to the tenets of the religions and philosophies that inspire them, these ecclesiastics quest to spread the knowledge and influence of their faith. Yet while they might share similar abilities, clerics prove as different from one another as the divinities they serve, with some offering healing and redemption, others judging law and truth, and still others spreading conflict and corruption. The ways of the cleric are varied, yet all who tread these paths walk with the mightiest of allies and bear the arms of the gods themselves.

Role: More than capable of upholding the honor of their deities in battle, clerics often prove stalwart and capable combatants. Their true strength lies in their capability to draw upon the power of their deities, whether to increase their own and their allies' prowess in battle, to vex their foes with divine magic, or to lend healing to companions in need. As their powers are influenced by their faith, all clerics must focus their worship upon a divine source. While the vast majority of clerics revere a specific deity, a small number dedicate themselves to a divine concept worthy of devotion—such as battle, death, justice, or knowledge—free of a deific abstraction. (Work with your GM if you prefer this path to selecting a specific deity.)

Alignment: A cleric's alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis.

Hit Die: d8

Starting Wealth: 250 gp

Bailiwick Skill: Divinity

Natural Talent: At character creation, all characters get natural talent with their bailiwick skill, and one additional skill of their choice. Natural talent allows you to re-map a skill to use any ability score you wish, rather than the ability score it normally uses. You may not select a skill for natural talent that you cannot put ranks into (such as a bailiwick skill not available to your class). Natural talent skills never suffer an armor check penalty, even if the chosen ability modifier is STR or DEX.

Skill Ranks Per Level: 7 + Int modifier.

Recommended Ability Score Priority: WIS (spells, class abilities, will saves), STR (to-hit and damage in melee), CHA (class abilities), CON (durability). DEX and INT are optional, depending on character concept. DEX can contribute to AC (if your armor isn't too heavy), skills and ranged attacks. INT can be useful for additional skill points.

Table: Cleric

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Channel Divinity Special 0th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 1d6 Aura, Channel Divinity, Divine Domains, Orisons, Spontaneous Casting 3 1+1 - - - - - - - -
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 1d6 Bonus Feat, Defender of Faith, Castigate 4 2+1 - - - - - - - -
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 2d6 4 2+1 1+1 - - - - - - -
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 2d6 Hallowed Weapon 4 3+1 2+1 - - - - - - -
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 3d6 - 4 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - - - - -
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 3d6 Bonus Feat 4 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - - - - -
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 4d6 - 4 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - - - -
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 +6 4d6 - 4 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - - - -
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 +6 5d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - - -
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 +7 5d6 Bonus Feat 4 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - - -
11th +8/+3 +7 +3 +7 6d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - -
12th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 6d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - -
13th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 7d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - -
14th +10/+5 +9 +4 +9 7d6 Bonus Feat 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - -
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +5 +9 8d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 -
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 8d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 -
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 9d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +11 9d6 Bonus Feat 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +11 10d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +12 10d6 - 4 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Clerics are proficient with all simple weapons, light armor, medium armor, and light and heavy shields. Clerics are also proficient with the favored weapon of their deity.

Bonus Languages

Beginning at 1st level a cleric's bonus language options include Celestial, Abyssal, and Infernal (the languages of good, chaotic evil, and lawful evil outsiders, respectively). These choices are in addition to the bonus languages available to the character because of her race. The Cleric's Intelligence score must be high enough to qualify for bonus languages in order to utilize this class ability.

Aura (Ex)

Beginning at 1st level, a cleric of a chaotic, evil, good, or lawful deity has a particularly powerful aura corresponding to the deity's alignment (see detect evil for details).

Spells (Sp)

Beginning at 1st level, a cleric casts divine spells which are drawn from the Cleric Spell list. Her alignment, however, may restrict her from casting certain spells opposed to her moral or ethical beliefs; see Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells. A cleric must choose and prepare her spells in advance.

To prepare or cast a spell, a cleric must have a Wisdom score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a cleric's spell is 10 + the spell level + the cleric's Wisdom modifier.

Like other spellcasters, a cleric can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on Table: Cleric. In addition, she receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Wisdom score (see Table: Ability Modifiers and Bonus Spells).

Clerics meditate or pray for their spells. Each cleric must choose a time at which she must spend 1 hour each day in quiet contemplation or supplication to regain her daily allotment of spells. Time spent resting has no effect on whether a cleric can prepare spells. A cleric may prepare and cast any spell on the cleric spell list, provided that she can cast spells of that level, but she must choose which spells to prepare during her daily meditation.

Orisons (Sp)

Beginning at 1st level, Clerics can prepare a number of Orisons, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Cleric under "Spells per day." These spells are treated like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Spontaneous Casting (Sp)

Beginning at 1st level, Clerics are able to spontaneously cast some of their spells if they wish to.

A good cleric (or a neutral cleric of a good deity) can convert stored spell energy into healing spells that she did not prepare ahead of time. The cleric can "lose" any prepared spell that is not an orison or domain spell in order to cast any cure spell of the same spell level or lower (a cure spell is any spell with "cure" in its name).

An evil cleric (or a neutral cleric of an evil deity) can't convert prepared spells to cure spells but can convert them to inflict spells (an inflict spell is one with "inflict" in its name).

A cleric who is neither good nor evil and whose deity is neither good nor evil can convert spells to either cure spells or inflict spells (player's choice). Once the player makes this choice, it cannot be reversed. This choice does not affect the Cleric's Channel Divinity ability.

Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells

Beginning at 1st level a cleric can't cast spells of an alignment opposed to her own or her deity's (if she has one). Spells associated with particular alignments are indicated by the chaotic, evil, good, and lawful descriptors in their spell descriptions.

Divine Domains (Su)

At character creation, a cleric's deity influences her alignment, what magic she can perform, her values, and how others see her, and this is expressed through Divine Domains.

During character creation a cleric chooses two domains from among those belonging to her deity. A cleric can select an alignment domain (Chaos, Evil, Good, or Law) only if her alignment matches that domain. If a cleric is not devoted to a particular deity, she still selects two domains to represent her spiritual inclinations and abilities (subject to GM approval). The restriction on alignment domains still applies.

Each domain grants a number of domain powers, dependent upon the level of the cleric, as well as a number of bonus spells. A cleric gains one domain spell slot for each level of cleric spell she can cast, from 1st on up. Each day, a cleric can prepare one of the spells from her two domains in that slot. If a domain spell is not on the cleric spell list, a cleric can prepare it only in her domain spell slot. Domain spells cannot be used to cast spells spontaneously.

In addition, a cleric gains the listed powers from both of her domains, if she is of a high enough level. Unless otherwise noted, activating a domain power is a standard action.

Channel Divinity (Su)

Beginning at 1st level, regardless of alignment, any cleric can release a wave of divine energy by channeling the power of her faith through her holy (or unholy) symbol. This energy can be used to cause or heal damage, depending on the type of energy channeled and the creatures targeted.

A cleric can choose to channel positive energy and can choose to deal damage to undead creatures or to heal living creatures. Alternatively,a cleric can choose to channel negative energy and can choose to deal damage to living creatures or to heal undead creatures. Thus, each time the Cleric chooses to Channel Divinity, she has four options to choose from:

  • 1) Channel positive energy to heal the living. (No effect on undead.)
  • 2) Channel positive energy to harm the undead. (No effect on the living.)
  • 3) Channel negative energy to harm the living. (No effect on undead.)
  • 4) Channel negative energy to heal the undead. (No effect on the living.)

This ability cannot distinguish between ally and enemy without the addition of certain feats (e.g. Selective Channel).

Channeling divinity causes a burst effect in a 30-foot radius centered on the cleric. The amount of damage dealt or healed is equal to the Cleric's Wisdom modifier plus 1d6 points of effect at first level plus 1d6 points of effect for every two cleric levels beyond 1st (2d6 at 3rd, 3d6 at 5th, and so on). Creatures that take damage from channeled energy receive a Will save for half damage. The DC of this save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the cleric's level + the cleric's Charisma modifier. Creatures healed by channel divinity cannot exceed their maximum hit point total -- all excess healing is lost.

A cleric may channel energy a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Charisma modifier. Channeling is a standard action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. A cleric can choose whether or not to include herself in this effect.

A cleric must be able to present her holy (or unholy) symbol to use this ability. A hallowed weapon is also suitable.

Bonus Feat

Beginning at 2nd level, and at every four levels thereafter (i.e. at 6th, 10th, 14th, 18th, 22nd, 26th, 30th, 34th levels), the cleric may select a bonus feat. The cleric may select any feat for which she meets the prerequisites at the time the feat is chosen. Clerics are advised, however, to consider at least some metamagic feats, in order to make use of their higher level spells slots, especially at epic levels.

Defender of Faith (Ex)

Beginning at 2nd level, when adjacent to an injured ally, Clerics add their WIS modifier to their attack and damage rolls for melee attacks. "Injured" means "has taken damage from an enemy". For clarity, normal damage, subdual damage, negative levels, or ability damage all count for this ability to function.

Castigate (Su)

Beginning at 2nd level, during combat, as a swift action, the cleric may expend a use of his Channel Divinity power to trigger Castigate until the end of the encounter. While castigate is running the cleric adds their CHA modifier to attack and damage rolls for melee attacks, and all successful melee attacks heal a single adjacent ally a number of points equal to the Cleric's level + her WIS modifier. A Cleric who uses the Aid Another action in combat to grant a bonus to an ally counts as attacking for purposes of Castigate's healing ability.

Special: If the cleric casts any healing spells while Castigate is in effect, the Cleric may also slide the target ally or allies, if willing, up to 5 feet per die of healing granted. Healing spells or abilities which do not grant one or more dice of healing (e.g. heal a fixed amount, etc.) do not benefit from this effect. Slides can be in any direction and do not provoke attacks of opportunity, as with any forced movement. This bonus effect is only triggered by memorized or spontaneously cast spells from a cleric who is running the Castigate channel ability, and is not triggered by potions or healing from any source other than the cleric. Note that this slide does not require the target ally to be injured to work!

Hallowed Weapon (Ex)

Beginning at 4th level, the Cleric may pray over his weapon, and instead of dealing bonus damage equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus (if any), he gains double the enhancement bonus (round down). This applies to damage rolls only. Attack rolls are still only increased by the weapon's enhancement bonus (if any). A Hallowed weapon also counts as brandishing the Cleric's holy symbol. Making a weapon hallowed requires 15 minutes and lasts until midnight. For example, a +2 hallowed mace grants a +2 bonus to hit, +4 to damage, and may be used in place of the Cleric's symbol, when performing a Channel Divinity, casting spells requiring a holy symbol focus item, etc.

Ex-Clerics

At any level, a cleric who grossly violates the code of conduct required by her god loses all spells and class features, except for armor and shield proficiencies and proficiency with simple weapons. She cannot thereafter gain levels as a cleric of that god until she atones for her deeds (see the atonement spell description).


Epic Cleric

Table: Epic Cleric

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Channel Divinity Special 0th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th
21st +15/+10/+5 +13 +7 +13 11d6 - 5 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 1+1 - - - - - - -
22nd +16/+11/+6 +13 +7 +13 11d6 Bonus Feat, Paragon of Faith I 5 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 2+1 - - - - - - -
23rd +16/+11/+6 +14 +8 +14 12d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 2+1 1+1 - - - - - -
24th +17/+12/+7 +14 +8 +14 12d6 Divine Favor I 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 - - - - - -
25th +17/+12/+7 +15 +9 +15 13d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - - - -
26th +18/+13/+8 +15 +9 +15 13d6 Bonus Feat, Paragon of Faith II 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - - - -
27th +18/+13/+8 +16 +10 +16 14d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - - -
28th +19/+14/+9 +16 +10 +16 14d6 Divine Favor II 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - - -
29th +19/+14/+9 +17 +11 +17 15d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - - -
30th +20/+15/+10 +17 +11 +17 15d6 Bonus Feat, Paragon of Faith III 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - - -
31st +20/+15/+10 +18 +12 +18 16d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 - -
32nd +21/+16/+11 +18 +12 +18 16d6 Divine Favor III 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 3+1 3+1 2+1 - -
33rd +21/+16/+11 +19 +13 +19 17d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 3+1 2+1 1+1 -
34th +22/+17/+12 +19 +13 +19 17d6 Bonus Feat, Paragon of Faith IV 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 3+1 2+1 1+1
35th +22/+17/+12 +20 +14 +20 18d6 - 5 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 5+1 4+1 3+1 2+1
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Epic Class Abilities

Channel Divinity (Su)

The Epic Cleric's ability to channel divine energy continues to grow in potency as shown in the Epic Cleric table.

Divine Favor (Su)

At 24th, 28th, and 32nd levels, the Epic Cleric is granted access to another of their god's domains. If their chosen deity does not normally have that many Domains, or the cleric does not follow a particular Deity at all, the GM and the player should chose a domain that fits. All spells and powers are available for immediate use. Note: The Epic Cleric does not gain any extra domain spell slots per day. She may choose from a wider array of domain spells, but she still only gets one per day per spell level.

Note that the Epic Cleric table shows Domain spells above ninth level. These spell slots MUST be used to cast domain spells alone (perhaps bolstered with metamagic feats).

Paragon of Faith (Su)

At 22nd, 26th, 30th, and 34th levels, the Cleric is a Paragon of Faith, a towering bastion of their Ethos. Their unshakable devotion to their deific mandate manifests itself in various ways. The Cleric may choose these Paragon Powers in the order they wish, but they will choose all of them if they reach a high enough level.

Intense Channeling
The Cleric may add their Cleric level to the die result of their Channel Divinity rolls as a bonus to the effect. The Cleric may also choose to reduce the area of effect to a single creature, and if they do, they count all dice rolled as their highest possible result. Furthermore, the Cleric now adds their Wis mod to the saving throw DC of their Channeling.
The Firm Hand of Forgiveness
For one round in each encounter, the Cleric may Smite their enemies. They add their Wisdom mod to their to-hits against one creature they designate, and add their Cleric level to their damage for all attacks against that foe, bypassing DR. Their Armor Class does not improve, but rather, while using the Firm Hand, if their Castigate is active, the healing they give out on each successful attack is also increased by their Cleric level.
Hearth and Home
The Cleric may now count any creature with the Outsider or Aberration type as undead for all purposes. Their Channel now harms or heals them, feats versus undead now affect them, etc.
The Confessor
The Cleric may now activate Castigate as an immediate action and it no longer costs a use of her Channel Divinity ability. In addition, all of their Blessings (Bless, Prayer, Protection from Evil/Good/Law/Chaos, Bless Weapon, Shield of Faith, etc) add +2 points of effect.