Codex Witch (3.5e Class)

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A powerful caster with a mix of utility and hexing spells with a powerful familiar.

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Spontaneous Arcane Spellcasting Full

Codex Witch[edit]

A codex witch is a powerful spellcaster, much like a sorcerer. They possess a limited but unique spell list alongside powerful class features, making them a match for other casters. Like the sorcerer and wizard the witch also possess a familiar, however unlike them her familiar is a large part of her power, as a result is also much more potent.

Making a Codex Witch[edit]

Abilities: For codex witches charisma is paramount.

Races: Witches can come from any races, although races with a charisma bonus typically make better witches..

Alignment: Any chaotic or evil.

Starting Gold: As sorcerer.

Starting Age: Simple

Table: The Codex Witch

Hit Die: d4

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spells
Fort Ref Will 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Familiar, Radiation Magic 5 3
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Improved Familiar, Witch Ability 6 4
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3 Advanced Learning, Evil Cackle 6 5
4th +2 +1 +1 +4 Dread Magic, Superior Familiar 6 6 3
5th +2 +1 +1 +4 Hexing Doll Maker, Witch Ability 6 6 4
6th +3 +2 +2 +5 Advanced Learning, Enduring Curses 6 6 5 3
7th +3 +2 +2 +5 Familiar Telepathy 6 6 6 4
8th +4 +2 +2 +6 Evil Eye 6 6 6 5 3
9th +4 +3 +3 +6 Advanced Learning 6 6 6 6 4
10th +5 +3 +3 +7 Witch Ability 6 6 6 6 5 3
11th +5 +3 +3 +7 Familiar Spell 6 6 6 6 6 4
12th +6/+1 +4 +4 +8 Advanced Learning 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
13th +6/+1 +4 +4 +8 6 6 6 6 6 6 4
14th +7/+2 +4 +4 +9 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
15th +7/+2 +5 +5 +9 Advanced Learning, Witch Ability 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4
16th +8/+3 +5 +5 +10 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
17th +8/+3 +5 +5 +10 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4
18th +9/+4 +6 +6 +11 Advanced Learning 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
19th +9/+4 +6 +6 +11 Familiar Spell 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4
20th +10/+5 +6 +6 +12 Witch Ability 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Control Shape (Wis), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Forgery (Int), Gather Information (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Int), Listen (Wis), Perform (Cha), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Speak Language (None), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis).

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the codex witch.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Codex witches are proficient with all simple weapons. They are not proficient with any type of armor or shield. Armor of any type interferes with a sorcerer’s gestures, which can cause his spells with somatic components to fail.

Spells: A codex witch cast arcane spells spontaneously like a sorcerer using her charisma to determine her bonus spell per day as well as the DCs of her spells. In order to recover she need to commune with her familiar for 4 hours, she may only do so once per day.

A codex witch only know so many spell, she start knowing all her level 0 spell and 4 1st level spell. At 2nd level and each level thereafter she learn any 2 spell from any spell level she can cast. At 3rd level and every odd level thereafter the codex witch may switch one of her spell from another spell of the same level on her list. A codex witch draw her spell know from the following list:

0— Azore's speaking tome, cook, dancing lights, deathwatch, detect alignment, detect poison, detect magic, detect undead, disrupt undead, gentle repose, ghost sound, prestidigitation, summon rope of spidersilk, ventriloquism, whispering wind

1st— Bamf, lesser, Bel's ambush, blossom of razors, cause fear, chill touch, charm person, corpse puppet, cure wound, curse of impending bladesSpC, disguise self, disturbing visage, enlarge person, entangle, frighten, identify, identify symbol, Ishara's enticing directive, Kiden's harassing spirit, inflict wounds, magic aura, misdirection, Nealan's erotic touch, Nealan's unbuckling, obscuring mist, paranoia haunt, possessed hand, reduce person, sleep, speak with animals, unseen servant

2nd— Alter self, animal messenger, aura of doom, bamf, blindness/deafness, command undead, corpse patrol, dark symmetry, detect thoughts, Faith's entrapping web, fog cloud, ghoul touch, gust of wind, hideous laughter, invisibility, knock, malbolt, mark of the outcastSpC, locate object, phantasmal assailantSpC, secure shelter, see invisibility, sense no evil, servant hordeCA, shatter, twister rush, vampiric touch, voodoo doll, welcome to the jungle, web,

3rd—Alien Limb, alter form, animate dead, animate objects, arcane sight, bestow curse, bestow flaw, binding contract, clairaudience/clairvoyance, call lightning, contagion, create corpse, deep slumber, dispel magic, displacement, fear, fly, gale force, gaseous form, haste, hold person, incite violence, invisibility sphere, major image, magic circle against chaos, magic circle against evil, magic circle against good, magic circle against law, nauseating breathSpC, nondetection, remove disease, remove curse, restoration, lesser, see through fog, shadow bindingSpC, sleet storm, slow, stinking cloud, suggestion, summon kamikaze fiend, suppress enchantment, telepathic bond, lesser, thicken air, tongues, unluckSpC, vertigo fieldPHB2

4th—Animal convoking, arcane eye, black tentacles, blight, break enchantment, call of the shadow wilds, charm monster, confusion, control water, crushing despair, cursed bladeSpC, curse of misfortune, curse object, detect scrying, dimension door, dream, enlarge monster, finger of agonyCM, hallucinatory terrain, insidious suggestion, invisibility, greater, geas, lesser, locate creature, mimic morph, minor creation, misspell, persistent invisibility, phantasmal killer, polymorph, ray of dark sacrifice, restoration, scrying, sending, solid fog, Tholan's attribute theft, vampiric touch, greater

5th—Animal growth, baleform burst, baleful polymorph, call lightning storm, cloudkill, commune, commune with nature, contact other planes, curse of the kender, devolve creature, dimension door, improved, dismissal, dominate person, drown, fabricate, false vision, feeblemind, gaseous form, greater, gravenhorde, heal disease, hold monster, host to madness, imbue sentience, magic jar, major creation, measure of character, mind fog, night's caressSpC, mirage arcana, nightmare, noclip, overland flight, passage of the warp, persistent image, prying eyes, Sasha's skull servant, shun aberration, sins of the father, slay living, telekinesis, telepathic bond, touch of VecnaCM, veil, witch's broom, wrackSpC

6th—Acid fog, analyse dweomer, create undead, creeping chills, dispel magic, greater, ethereal jaunt, endless slumberCM, eyebite, force mortality, crown of vermin, lesser, curse of lycanthropySpC, disintegrate, eyebite, flesh to stone, , dragon form, lightning strike twice, geas/quest, hag coven, haunting death curse, hunger of the deep, ispsophagia, mislead, permanent image, poison storm, programmed image, probe thoughts, stone tell, stone to flesh, suggestion, mass, repulsion, true seeing, unlucky backlash, vision

7th—Arcane sight, greater, banishment, bestow curse, greaterSpC, blood jorum, came back wrong, control weather, degenerate, dementia, discern location, drown, mass, evil glareSpC, finger of death, hiss of sleepSpC, howl of the shadow wilds, insanity, item morph, move earth, overbite, phantasmal killer, improved, phase door, plane shift, project image, puppet, restoration, greater, reticulating splines, scrying, greater, soulbinding sword, steal life, telekinesis, improved

8th—Antipathy, art of the liliputian, astral invader, binding, blood melt, call lightning shower, charm monster, mass, complete restoration, flaying wind, forbidden call, hijacking dispel, hurricane force, irresistible dance, maddening scream, maze, moment of prescience, monsoon, phantasmal thiefSpC, planar rip, polymorph any object, portal recall, prying eyes, greater, scourgeSpC, skull cough, screen, soul bind, Syl's greater fabricate, sympathy, trap the soul

9th—An eternal curse upon thee, apocalyptic swarm, bestow sentience, bind thrall, create life, cursed one, demise unseen, devour soul, dominate monster, energy drain, eternity of torture, etherealness, eye of the gods, freedom, foresight, form of the colossus, gorgon's flare, imprisonment, maw of chaosSpC, meltdown, phantasmagorical image, reality maelstromSpC, shapechange, that which hungers, time stop, wail of the banshee, weird, winds of memory, wrathful castigationSpC

Witch's Familiar: A codex witch can summon a familiar as a wizard of her level + 2 (accessing more familiar early and getting better benefits). Unlike a wizard she do not need to spend any resources to summon a familiar and if it die she do not lose any experience and it return by itself in 24 hours.

Radiation Magic (Su): At 1st level you may have your codex witch's spells affect up to double the number of targets they normally do as long as any additional targets are within normal range and of the same type as the original target (if your spell normally affects multiple targets, choose one to be treated as the original). In addition, any touch spells you cast may gain the benefits of the Reach Spell feat without a change in spell level or casting time.

Improved Familiar: At 2nd level a codex witch gain the Improved Familiar feat as a bonus feat.

Witch Ability: At 2nd level, 5th and each 5 level afterward a codex witch choose one of the following witch abilities:

Animal Witch (Su): You and your familiar are always under the effect of speak with animals. If your familiar was unable to vocalize before it is now capable.

Brewing Hag (Ex): You gain Brew Potion as bonus feat even if you do not meet the prerequisites. You can ignore the spell requirement when brewing potion. Finally whenever you drink a potion, you may have your familiar benefits from that potion as well.

Come Hither (Su): Creatures who find you attractive (DM's call) take a -2 penalty on their saving throw against your [charm] or [compulsion] effect.

Dangerous Kiss (Su): Your kiss is dangerous, you may deal 1d2 + your charisma modifier in non-lethal damage to any creature you kiss. Kissing a unwilling creature require a touch attack. As a standard action you may even channel a touch spell through a kiss, the touch spell in question must have a casting of a standard action or lower (you may still deal damage with the kiss). At 3rd level you may blow your kiss, dealing half damage but usable at a range of 50 ft. (thus a ranged touch attack against unwilling creatures). At 6th level you may deal a single point of wisdom or charisma burn to any creature you directly kiss, this does not apply if you blow a kiss. At 9th level creatures you kiss must make a will save to realize they have been harmed by the kiss.

Foul Concoction (Ex): You and your familiar gain poison use as an assassin and the alchemical mastery feat as a bonus feat even if you do not meet the prerequisites. The DC of your ingested poison rise by 4.

Float like a Duck (Su): You and your familiar always float on any liquid, this does not allow you to walk on the surface of the liquid nor protect you from any ill effect of the liquid itself. You can suppress or resume this ability as a free action. Additionally as full-round action you can take the alternate form of a duck.

Flying Broom (Su): You may turn any normal broom you hold into a broom of flying. If you ever stop holding the broom it turn back into a normal broom immediately. You need to be at least level 10 to take this ability.

Hungry Fog (Su): When you cast a spell which leave fog or mist (such as fog cloud or obscuring mist) you may have it be hungry fog. All creatures (with the exception of you and your familiar) within hungry fog are dealt 1 point of damage that cannot be reudced or resisted in any way at the end of their turn and become sickened until the end of their next round. If hungry fog swallow a corpose it is completely consumed within 3 round, leaving only it equipment behind.

Humanoid Form (Su): Your familiar can take the Alternate Form of a small or medium humanoid creature. The particular form is chosen when this ability is taken and cannot be changed.

Star Gazer (Su): You gain the ability to divine the future using profession astronomy. Once per day while under a clear open night sky you may observe the stars for 1 hour and make a profession (astrology) check, based on the result you manage to reveal some insight of the future (see table below). For each additional hour you study the sky you gain a cumulative +10 bonus on your profession (astrology) check.

Profession Astrology
DC Result
10 Identify common celestial bodies and lore surrounding them.
15 Determine which direction is north when able to see the night sky.
20 Determine your fortune through the stars, gain guidance as a free action, usable 1/day.
25 Divine information from the heavens, duplicating the effects of augury 1/day.
35 Manipulate fate in your favor, granting yourself a +1 luck bonus to saves for 24 hours.
40 Divine information from the heavens, duplicating the effects of divination 1/day.
45 Manipulate fate in your favor, granting yourself a +2 luck bonus to saves for 24 hours.
50 Divine information from the heavens, duplicating the effects of commune 1/day.

Advanced Learning: At 3rd level and each 3 levels afterward the codex witch add a single spell of a level she can cast from the sorcerer/wizard to her spell known.

Evil Cackle (Su): A 3rd level codex witch may cackle at a target within 30 ft. as a move action, upon doing so any effect inflicted by one of your spell or ability is extended by 1 round. You cannot extend the duration of any effect which inflict the dazed, nauseated or stunned condition nor can you can extend any condition that make the target helpless.

Dread Magic (Su): A 4th level codex witch is capable of affecting creatures immune to [fear]-effect and mind-affecting effect with her [fear] spells, although such creature gain a +4 bonus on their will saving throw. If you already possess a similar ability or later possess it creature who are normally immune no longer receive any save bonus.

Superior Familiar: At 4th level a codex witch gain the Superior Familiar feat as a bonus feat.

Hexing Doll Maker: At 5th level you gain the Hexing Doll Maker feat as a bonus feat even if you do not meet the prerequisites.

Enduring Curses (Su): A 6th level codex witch's curses are harder to break, after a successful attempt to end any of her spells with remove curse and break enchantment (or similar effect) the caster must win an opposed caster level check. If the check fails, the curse come back at full strength in 24 hours.

Familiar Telepathy (Su): At 7th level the codex witch gain telepathy 100 feet with her familiar.

Evil Eye (Su): A 8th level codex witch is capable of daze a single creature as a standard action. The targeted creature is allowed a will saving throw or become dazed for 1 round. This is a gaze attack, although it only target a single creature it otherwise follow all of the normal rule of a gaze attack.

Familiar Spell: At 11th and 19th level the codex witch receive the familiar spell-CE feat as a bonus feat even if she does not meet the prerequisite. These feats do not count as epic feat for her and do increase the prerequisite of the actual feat.

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Article BalanceVery High +
AuthorLeziad +
Base Attack Bonus ProgressionPoor +
Class AbilitySpontaneous Arcane Spellcasting +
Class Ability ProgressionFull +
Fortitude Save ProgressionPoor +
Identifier3.5e Class +
Length20 +
Minimum Level1 +
RatingUnrated +
Reflex Save ProgressionPoor +
SkillBluff +, Concentration +, Control Shape +, Craft +, Decipher Script +, Diplomacy +, Disguise +, Forgery +, Gather Information +, Handle Animal +, Heal +, Intimidate +, Jump +, Knowledge +, Listen +, Perform +, Search +, Sense Motive +, Speak Language +, Spellcraft +, Spot + and Survival +
Skill Points4 +
SummaryA powerful caster with a mix of utility and hexing spells with a powerful familiar. +
TitleCodex Witch +
Will Save ProgressionGood +