Builder (3.5e NPC Class)

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An NPC version of the artificer, these minor spellcasters are all about building. 20 0 Poor Good Poor Poor Prepared Arcane Spellcasting Minor


Abilities: Builders use Intelligence to gain many skill points, improve crafting skills, and spellcasting. They usually need Dexterity to make up for their lack of defense, and Strength for carrying capacity. Constitution is important to everyone.

Races: Any.

Alignment: Any.

Starting Age: As fighter.

Table: The Builder

Hit Die: d6

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spells per Day
Fort Ref Will 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
1st +0 +2 +0 +0 Skill Focus, Toolsmith 2
2nd +1 +3 +0 +0 Improved Carry Capacity 3
3rd +1 +3 +1 +1 Quick Crafting x2 4
4th +2 +4 +1 +1 Imbue Item 3 1
5th +2 +4 +1 +1 Skill Focus 4 2
6th +3 +5 +2 +2 Quick Crafting x3 4 3
7th +3 +5 +2 +2 4 4 1
8th +4 +6 +2 +2 4 4 2
9th +4 +6 +3 +3 Quick Crafting x4 4 4 3
10th +5 +7 +3 +3 Skill Focus 4 4 4 1
11th +5 +7 +3 +3 4 4 4 2
12th +6 +8 +4 +4 Quick Crafting x5 4 4 4 3
13th +6 +8 +4 +4 4 4 4 4 1
14th +7 +9 +4 +4 4 4 4 4 2
15th +7 +9 +5 +5 Quick Crafting x6, Skill Focus 4 4 4 4 3
16th +8 +10 +5 +5 4 4 4 4 4 1
17th +8 +10 +5 +5 4 4 4 4 4 2
18th +9 +11 +6 +6 Quick Crafting x7 4 4 4 4 4 3
19th +9 +11 +6 +6 4 4 4 4 4 4
20th +10 +12 +6 +6 Instant Crafting, Skill Focus 4 4 4 4 4 4

Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Disable Device (Int), Jump (Str), Knowledge (all skills taken seperately) (Int), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Spellcraft (Int), Use Magic Device (Cha), Use Rope (Dex).

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Builder.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The expert is proficient in the use of all simple weapons, the combat spade, combat shovel, and warhammer, and with light armor but not shields. Armor of any type interferes with a builder’s movements, which can cause her spells with somatic components to fail.

Spells: A builder casts arcane spells like a wizard, and must choose and prepare her spells ahead of time (see below) keeping their spells in a spellbook. To learn, prepare, or cast a spell, the builder must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a builder’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the builder’s Intelligence modifier.

Like other spellcasters, a builder can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on Table: The Builder. In addition, she receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Intelligence score.

Unlike a bard or sorcerer, a builder may know any number of spells. She must choose and prepare her spells ahead of time by getting a good night’s sleep and spending 1 hour studying her spellbook. While studying, the builder decides which spells to prepare.

Builders choose their spells from the following list:

1st—ablative armorMoE, alarm, animate rope, conjure tools, create shrine, detect magic, detect mineral, detect secret doors, dispel wardSpC, endure elements, feather, feather fall, float, floating disk, hold portal, identify, incubate, magic aura, magic weapon, mastercrafting, mending, object insight, polish, portal beaconSpC, silent portalSpC, unseen servant.

2nd—analyze object, arcane lock, continual flame, crumbleSpC, dense weapon, dull weapon, earth lockSpC, earthfastSpC, force ladderSpC, glyph of warding, greater alarmSpC, greater magic weapon, heavy weapon, keen edge, knock, levitate, make whole, magic vestment, minor creation, phantom trap, portal alarmSpC, soften earth and stone, spider climb, temper weapon, tiny hut, warp wood, water breathing, wood shape, unseen crafterRoE, weapon of impactSpC.

3rd—airtight architecture, burden, create hypercube, curse object, enlarge item, fire trap, fly, greater floating diskSpC, hostile levitate, guards and wards, hallucinatory terrain, mage's private sanctum, maintenance, major creation, miasma of entropySpC, nature's rampartSpC, secret chest, secure shelter, servant hordeSpC, shrink item, sign of sealingSpC, standing waveSpC, stone shape.

4th—animate objects, fabricate, forbiddance, force chestSpC, greater glyph of warding, hardening, hidden lodgeSpC, improved portal alarmSpC, metal meltSpC, metal shape, mining beam, mirage arcana, move earth, overland flight, perinarchSpC, passwall, permanency, raise from the deepSpC, spike stones, transmute mud to rock, transmute rock to mud, wood rotSpC.

5th—fabrication machine, fantastic machineSpC, greater stone shapeSpC, hivecraft, ironwood, mage's magnificent mansion, negative mass, refusalSpC, teleport object, wall of force, wall of iron, wall of stone.

6th—dimensional lock, excavateSpC, greater sign of sealingSpC, portal barrier, seal portalSpC, stromberg's frozen court, submerge shipSpC, syl's greater fabricate, teleportation circle, tunnel swallowSpC.

Spellbook: A builder must study her spellbook each day to prepare her spells. She cannot prepare any spell not recorded in her spellbook. A builder begins play with a spellbook containing two 1st-level spells of your choice. For each point of Intelligence bonus the builder has, the spellbook holds one additional 1st-level spell of your choice. At each new builder level, she gains one new spell of any spell level or levels that she can cast (based on her new builder level) for her spellbook. At any time, a builder can also add spells found in other spellbooks to her own.

Skill Focus: At 1st level, 5th level, and every five levels beyond the builder gains Skill Focus as a bonus feat.

Toolsmith (Ex): The builder can make craft checks even if the appropriate tools are not on hand, using whatever is around as a replacement. When they do have tools, they gain a +2 circumstance bonus, or a +4 bonus with a masterwork tool (instead of the usual +2 bonus).

Improved Carry Capacity (Ex): The 2nd level builder doubles their Strength score for the purpose of carrying capacity.

Quick Crafting (Ex): The 3rd level builder crafts much faster than others. They craft twice as fast as a normal person. At 6th level and every three levels beyond the multiplier to their speed increases by one step.

Imbue Item (Su): A builder of 4th level or higher can use his supernatural power to create magic items, even if she does not know the spells required to make an item (although she must know the appropriate item creation feat). She can substitute a Use Magic Device check (DC 15 + spell level for arcane spells or 25 + spell level for divine spells) in place of a required spell she doesn't know or can't cast.

If the check succeeds, the builder can create the item as if she had cast the required spell. If it fails, she cannot complete the item. She does not expend the XP or gp costs for making the item; her progress is simply arrested. She cannot retry this Use Magic Device check for that spell until she gains a new level.

Instant Crafting (Ex): At 20th level the builder can craft something as a 1 round action, no matter how long the time would be otherwise. They may do this 1/day.

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Eiji-kun's Homebrew (5205 Articles)
Article BalanceHigh +
AuthorEiji-kun +
Base Attack Bonus ProgressionPoor +
Class AbilityPrepared Arcane Spellcasting +
Class Ability ProgressionMinor +
Fortitude Save ProgressionGood +
Identifier3.5e NPC Class +
Length20 +
Minimum Level0 +
RatingUnrated +
Reflex Save ProgressionPoor +
SkillAppraise +, Balance +, Climb +, Concentration +, Craft +, Decipher Script +, Disable Device +, Jump +, Knowledge +, Profession +, Search +, Spellcraft +, Use Magic Device + and Use Rope +
Skill Points6 +
SummaryAn NPC version of the artificer, these minor spellcasters are all about building. +
TitleBuilder +
Will Save ProgressionPoor +