PS0239 – Magus (Class)

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PS 239 – Magus

(Plural: magi)

Book: Ultimate Magic https://sites.google.com/site/pathfinderogc/classes/base-classes/magus

Concept: The Reeses Peanut Butter Cup of melee and martial classes (aka gish) (Seltyiel)

Context:

  • Magi in literature:
    • Elric;
    • Thor;
    • Link!;
    • Skeletor;
  • The Batman Test
  • Our magi: Jaymon Falcobe

Mechanics:

  • 6-level caster with spellbook, Int-based;
  • ¾ BAB / D8 HD;
  • 2 + Int, Climb, Craft, Fly, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (dungeoneering), Knowledge (planes), Profession, Ride, Spellcraft, Swim, and Use Magic Device.
  • Good Fort, good Will, poor Ref;
  • Proficient: simple and martial weapons, light armor (can cast magus spells while wearing light armor)
  • Class features:

1st Level

    • Arcane Pool (Su): 1/2 magus level + his Int mod. Can expend 1 point as a swift action to grant +1 to one weapon, +1/4 levels, for 1 min;
    • Spell Combat (Ex): Full round action with one hand free, can make all attacks with weapon (-2 to all attacks) and cast a spell (if casting time is standard action or faster). Can cast then attack or reverse, but can’t cast between attacks. If casting defensively, can take additional penalty on attack rolls, up to Int mod, as bonus on concentration check;

2nd Level

    • Spellstrike (Su): When casting spell with range of “touch”, can deliver the spell through wielded weapon as part of melee attack;

3rd Level

    • Magus Arcana: The rogue talent of magus class features.3rd level and every three levels of magus thereafter.
      • Close Range (deliver ray spells as melee touch spells)
      • Spell Blending: Add one wizard spell to magus spell list (or two wizard spells but both must be at least one level lower than the highest-level magus spell he can cast). Can select this magus arcana more than once.

4th Level

    • Spell Recall (Su): Swift action to regain a spell already cast, costing arcane pool points equal to spell level;

5th Level

    • Arcane Pool (Su): When enhancing a weapon, can add magic properties;
    • Bonus Feats: At 5th level, and every six levels thereafter, gain a bonus combat, item creation, or metamagic feat.

7th Level

    • Knowledge Pool (Su): When preparing spells, expend 1 or more points, up to Int mod. For each point expended, treat one spell from the magus spell list as if it were in spellbook;
    • Medium Armor (Ex): Gain proficiency with medium armor, can cast magus spells while wearing medium armor;

8th Level

    • Improved Spell Combat (Ex): When using spell combat, receive +2 circumstance bonus on concentration checks;

10th Level

    • Fighter Training (Ex): Count 1/2 magus level as fighter level for qualifying for feats;

11th Level

    • Improved Spell Recall (Su): When using spell recall, expend points from arcane pool equal to 1/2 the spell’s level (minimum 1). As a swift action, can prepare a spell in his spellbook by expending points from arcane pool equal to the spell’s level (minimum 1);

13th Level

    • Heavy Armor (Ex): Gain proficiency with heavy armor, can cast magus spells while wearing heavy armor;

14th Level

    • Greater Spell Combat (Ex): When using spell combat, concentration check bonus equals double the amount of the attack penalty taken;

16th Level

    • Counterstrike (Ex): When an enemy within reach successfully casts a spell defensively, that enemy provokes an attack of opportunity from the magus after the spell is complete;

19th Level

    • Greater Spell Access (Su): Learns 14 wizard spells as magus spells of their wizard level, two of each 0-level, 1st-level, 2nd-level, 3rd-level, 4th-level, 5th-level, and 6th-level;

20th Level

    • True Magus (Su): When using spell combat, do not need to make concentration checks to cast defensively. When spell targets the same creature as melee attacks, either increase the DC to resist the spell by +2, gain +2 circumstance bonus to overcome spell resistance, or +2 circumstance bonus on all attack rolls.

Ability Scores: Strength/Intelligence, Dex?

Best Race: Elf, half-elf, half-orc, human. Tiefling

Roles: Tank, longsleeve, 5th member

Archetypes: https://sites.google.com/site/pathfinderogc/classes/base-classes/magus#TOC-Archetypes-Alternate-Class-Features

Roleplaying Keywords: Cocky, SBD, cagey, stalwart.

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. From the Githyanki word ” ‘gish”, meaning ‘skilled’.

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