Private Sanctuary 262 – Class Features: Bloodrager

After an unexpected break due to PaizoCon, the Everyman Gamer and the Man Behind the Screens are back with another all-new installment of the Private Sanctuary Podcast! In today’s episode, Anthony and Alex tackle another one of the Advanced Class Guide’s new classes, the BLOODRAGER! How does it hold up to the game’s other classes, and how do you play one? All this and more within Alex and Anthony’s Private Sanctuary!

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Outline

  • Alex and Anthony Catch Up
    • We’re Sorry!
    • PaizoCon
  • BLOODRAGER!
    • Vital Stats
    • Class Features
    • Bloodlines
    • Archetypes
  • Playing a Bloodrager
  • Anthony’s New PFS Scenario (Tapestry’s Toil)

Alex Augunas

Alexander Augunas lives outside of Philadelphia, USA where he tries to make a living as an educator. When he's not shaping the future leaders of tomorrow, Alex is a freelance writer for esteemed Pathfinder Roleplaying Game publishers such as Paizo, Inc, Radiance House, Raging Swan Press, and more, and also acts as a co-host and blogger on the Know Direction Network, where he has earned the nickname, "The Everyman Gamer." Recently, Alex has forayed into the realm of self-publishing through his company, Everyman Gaming, LLC. If you like Alex's writing and are interested in supporting him while getting professional-quality material for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game while doing so, check out the Everyman Gaming, LLC catalog, which is listed under Rogue Genius Games at the following locations: http://drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/6101/Rogue-Genius-Games/subcategory/19574_25289/Everyman-Gaming-Catalog

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8 Comments

  1. So Blood-Rager is the first class in Pathfinder I decided to ever multi-class with. Mine is a Half-Orc 3rd level Divine Hunter Paladin / 2nd level Steel Blood Celestial Bloodline Rager. Taking the Alternate Racial Feature of Sacred Scars, the Fortunes Favored trait, the Scion of War Feat , 19 Cha(21 w. headband / Str 14(16*while raging) , and 7 Wisdom/10 Dex. At 5th level my initiative is +5 , fortitude Save is +15(16*) , Reflex is +8 and will is +9(11*) and an AC of 23(21*). Combined with the 7 Swift Action Lay On Hands and a Crit Heavy weapon with Smite to make up for the fact I use a one Handed weapon and a Shield make it a super durable class. When I get enough Fame in PFS to get a Holy Weapon I’m definitely going that route since the Celestial Power Stacks with Holy for 3d6 bonus damage against evil outsiders and 2d6 against any evil.

  2. Is there a reason you aren’t going toward vulpine pounce if you want blood rager pouncyness?

    • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

      I’m honestly not a huge fan of Vulpine Pounce, especially not for this build. You have to do a lot of wacky shapechanging for it to work, and shapechanging is a polymorph effect that would override my demonic bulk bloodline power (enlarged while raging). It would be a trick that I could use on the first “charge” of combat, but that’s basically it.

      • doesn’t demonic bulk shift you from human to kitsune if you start human?

        • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

          Basically, it would end up being like this:
          0) Start human.
          1) Charge.
          2) Activate Swift Kitsune Shapechanger as a swift action, changing into kitsune form to pounce.
          3) Begin Bloodrage. Go from Medium to Large via demonic bulk.

          It’s certainly doable, my only worry is that I wouldn’t be able to use my Hurtful feat (both Swift Kitsune Shapechanger and Hurtful are standard actions), and once I enlarge, I wouldn’t be able to pounce again without turning off my enlarge person effect. (Basically, to go from kitsune to human would require a polymorph effect that includes a size adjustment, and that size adjustment would override my demonic bulk feat’s size adjustment, so I’d go back to being Medium. Worse, demonic bulk only activates when you start my rage, so I’d also need a way to overcome the fatigue so I could start/stop my rage at will. Is it doable? Sure. Is it ideal? I don’t think so, personally. I’ll have to do more research to see what something like this would cost me.)

  3. Nagaji are great blood ragers! +2 to str and cha, +1 natural AC, +2 to save vs mind effecting effects and an optional once a day hypnotism effect based on cha

    • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

      Yes they are! I was trying to get Anthony to go that route because his Emerald Spire character, Danjo, is a nagaji paladin / eldritch scion (or will be when we reach the third level of the Super Dungeon).

  4. Nice show, as always. I know the Spell Eater archetype doesn’t look that interesting as a whole, but I think it is a nice one if you are just going to dip into bloodrager long enough to pick up a 4th level bloodrage ability (which I’m doing for my lore warden). In that case, you are just giving up uncanny dodge to get fast healing 1, which is a nice way to quickly fix bleed effects.

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