Undead Slayer (3.5e Prestige Class)

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This is a condensed prestige class version of my Undead Stalker base class.

Author: The-Marksman (talk)
Date Created: February 2019
Status: Complete
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The suggested class on page 175 of the DMG 20 1 Good Good Good Poor

"Track, Favored Enemy (Undead), Detect Undead, Turn Undead, Smite Undead, Sneak Attack Undead" is not in the list (Prepared Arcane Spellcasting, Spontaneous Arcane Spellcasting, Prepared Divine Spellcasting, Spontaneous Divine Spellcasting, Arcane Spellcasting, Divine Spellcasting, Prepared Spellcasting, Spontaneous Spellcasting, Alternate Magic, Psionics, ...) of allowed values for the "Class Ability" property.


Lawful Good Lawful Neutral Neutral Good Neutral Chaotic Good Chaotic Neutral

Undead Slayer[edit]

Making a Undead Slayer[edit]

Entry Requirements
Base Attack Bonus: +4
Skills: Knowledge (Religion) 4 Ranks, Hide 4 ranks, Move Silently 4 Ranks
Special: Must kill an undead creature of equal CR without assistance.

Table: The Undead Slayer

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spells per Day
Fort Ref Will 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Favored Enemy (Undead) +2, Track, Smite Undead 1/day, Detect Undead 0
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Woodland Stride, Sneak Attack +1d6 1
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Endurance, Mettle, Smite Undead 2/day 2 0
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Greater Turn Undead, Camouflage, Sneak Attack +2d6 3 1
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 Favored Enemy (Undead) +6, Smite Undead 3/day 3 2 0
6th +6/+1 +5 +5 +2 Swift Tracker, Sneak Attack +3d6 3 3 1
7th +7/+2 +5 +5 +2 Evasion, Smite Undead 4/day 3 3 2 0
8th +8/+3 +6 +6 +2 Hide in Plain Sight, Sneak Attack +4d6 3 3 3 1
9th +9/+4 +6 +6 +3 Smite Undead 5/day 3 3 3 2
10th +10/+5 +7 +7 +3 Favored Enemy (Undead) +10, Sneak Attack +5d6 3 3 3 3

Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str), Knowledge (dungeoneering) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Search (Int), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), Use Rope (Dex).

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Undead Slayer.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Undead Slayer is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and with light armor, medium armor and shields (except tower shields).

Spells: Beginning at 1st level, a Undead Slayer gains the ability to cast a small number of divine and arcane spells which are drawn primarily from the Undead Slayer spell list below. When he gains access to a new level of spells, he automatically knows all of the spells for that level on the Undead Slayer spell list (like a Beguiler, see page 6 of the Players Handbook II). He can cast any spell he knows without preparing it ahead of time, the way a wizard or a cleric must. Essentially, his spell list is the same as his spells known list. An Undead Slayer is not subject to arcane spell failure.

To learn or cast a spell, an Undead Slayer must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against an Undead Slayer’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the Undead Slayer’s Charisma modifier. Like other spellcasters, an Undead Slayer can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on Table: Undead Slayer. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Charisma score. When the table indicates that the Undead Slayer gets 0 spells per day of a given spell level, he gains only the bonus spells he would be entitled to based on his Charisma score for that spell level.

Unlike a wizard or a cleric, an Undead Slayer need not prepare his spells in advance. He can cast any spell he knows at any time, assuming he has not yet used up his spells per day for that spell level. He does not have to decide ahead of time which spells he’ll cast.

Favored Enemy (Ex): At 1st level, a Undead Slayer's training grants him a +2 bonus on Bluff, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against creatures of the Undead type. Likewise, he gets a +2 bonus on weapon damage rolls against undead creatures. At 5th level and 10th level these bonuses increases by an additional +4 to a total of +10 at 10th level.

Track: An Undead Slayer gains Track as a bonus feat. If he already has Track from another source he may instead select any other feat for which he qualifies.

Smite Undead (Su): Once per day, a 1st level Undead Slayer may attempt to smite undead with one normal melee attack. He adds his Charisma bonus (if any) to his attack roll and deals 1 extra point of damage per Undead Slayer level. If the Undead Slayer accidentally smites a creature that is not evil, the smite has no effect, but the ability is still used up for that day. At 3rd level, and at every other level thereafter, the Undead Slayer may smite undead one additional time per day, to a maximum of five times per day at 9th level. Against an evil undead creature these bonuses are doubled.

Detect Undead (Ex): An Undead Slayer has a 6th sense when it comes to being in the presence of undead. An Undead Slayer gets a chill down his spine anytime there is an undead within 60 feet. This ability is an extraordinary ability that otherwise replicates the effects of a detect undead, spell, but is always in effect.

Woodland Stride (Ex): Starting at 2nd level, a Undead Slayer may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at his normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. However, thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that are enchanted or magically manipulated to impede motion still affect him.

Sneak Attack: An Undead Slayer gains sneak attack progression like a Rogue starting at 1d6 at 2nd level and improving by +1d6 damage every 2 levels there after.

Unlike a Rogue, an Undead Slayer's sneak attack can also effect undead creatures. This ability otherwise functions in all ways as the Rogue feature of the same name, and all sneak attack dice of Undead Slayer stack with all sneak attack and sudden strike dice from all other sources.

Endurance: A Undead Slayer gains Endurance as a bonus feat at 3rd level. If he already has Endurance from another source he may instead select any other feat for which he qualifies.

Mettle (Ex): Starting at 3rd level an Undead Slayer can resist magical and unusual attacks with great willpower or fortitude. If he makes a successful Will or Fortitude save against an attack that normally would have a lesser effect on a successful save (such as any spell with a saving throw entry of Will half or Fortitude partial), he instead completely negates the effect. An unconscious or sleeping Undead Slayer does not gain the benefit of mettle.

Greater Turn Undead (Su): When a Undead Slayer reaches 4th level, he gains the supernatural ability to turn undead. He may use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier. He turns undead as a cleric with the Sun Domain, with an effective cleric level equal to his total character level. Just like the domain power of the Sun Domain, any undead that would be turned by an Undead Slayer are destroyed instead.

Camouflage (Ex): A Undead Slayer of 4th level or higher can use the Hide skill in any sort of natural terrain, even if the terrain doesn’t grant cover or concealment.

Master Tracker (Ex): Beginning at 6th level, a Undead Slayer can move at his normal speed while following tracks without taking the normal −5 penalty. He only takes a −10 (instead of the normal −20) when moving at up to twice normal speed while tracking. An Undead Slayer can also move stealthily even at a quick pace. He no longer takes a −5 penalty on Hide and Move Silently checks when moving at any speed up to his normal speed, and he takes only a −10 (instead of the normal −20) on Hide and Move Silently checks when running. (He still takes the normal −20 on such checks when charging). An Undead Slayer is so good at following tracks that he can even track someone under the influence of a pass without trace spell or similar effect, though he takes a −10 on his Survival checks when doing so. An Undead Slayer leaves absolutely no trail while traveling in natural surroundings and cannot be tracked. He may choose to leave a trail if so desired.

Evasion (Ex): At 7th level, a Undead Slayer can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the Undead Slayer is wearing light armor or no armor. A helpless Undead Slayer does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Hide in Plain Sight (Ex): While in any sort of natural terrain, a Undead Slayer of 8th level or higher can use the Hide skill even while being observed.

Spell List[edit]

1st-Level Undead Slayer Spells[edit]

2nd-Level Undead Slayer Spells[edit]

3rd-Level Undead Slayer Spells[edit]

4th-Level Undead Slayer Spells[edit]


Inspiration for the class
This was inspired from the suggestion in the DMG at the end of page 175 and I decided to "bring it to life" so-to-speak. In addition to their suggestions, I traded Wild Empathy for Detect Undead (Like Paladin's detect evil) and traded Animal Companion for Turn Undead (as Paladin), and changed the spellcasting to spontaneous like Assassin and the casting stat from Wisdom to Charisma to better synchronize with the Smite and Turn Undead.

Marksman's Homebrews
Classes Battle Juggernaut, Bewitcher, Bounty Hunter, Cat Burglar, Divine Healer, Enchantress, Footpad, Grimslayer, Half-Nymph, Half-Rylvain, Hunter, Ki Warrior, Martial Artist, Noble, Platinum Dragoon, Radiant Champion, Rylvain, Saiyan Warrior, Scout, Socialite Deluxe, Spy, Undead Slayer, Undead Stalker, Warlord, Wolverine
Races Elven Nymph, Half-Drow, Elf, Half-Giant, Half-Nymph, Half-Rylvain, Half-Saiyan, Liantia, Moogle, Namekian, Ronso, Rylvain, Saiyans, Xanthian
Character Options Ascended Super Saiyan, Ascetic Juggernaut, Awesome Blow, Enhanced Ki Pool, Full Power Super Saiyan, Saiyan Elite, Tail Defense, Ultra Super Saiyan
Equipment Cloak of Bullshit, Cloak of Greater Bullshit, Cloak of Lesser Bullshit, Dragon Balls, Excalibur, Potion of Youth
Spells & Powers Condition, Eternal Charm Monster, Eternal Charm Person, Eternal Slumber, Reraise, Restore Youth, Steal Youth, Summon Wyvern
Invocations After Image, Alternate Delivery, Beam Blast, Candy Beam, Death Beam, Destructo Disc, Dragon Fist, Energy Channel, Energy Rings, Explosive Wave, Final Explosion, Flash Step, Four Witches, Fusion Dance, Greater Ki Transmutation, Healing Spirit, Improved Intimidating Ki, Improved Ki Charging, Improved Ki Flying, Improved Ki Volley, Instant Transmission, Intimidating Ki, Kaio-ken, Ki Barrage, Ki Charging, Ki Enhancement, Ki Flying, Ki Sense, Ki Shield, Ki Sight, Ki Supression, Ki Sword, Ki Transmutation, Ki Wind, Lesser Electrical Transmutation, Lesser Fire Transmuation, Lesser Frost Transmutation, Master Ki Transmutation, Multi-Form, Neo Tri Beam, Nova Chariot, Power Ball, Scatter Shot, Solar Flare, Spirit Ball, Spirit Bomb, Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, Tri Beam, Warp Blast
Espers Bomb, Cactuar, Cait Sith, Chocobo Esper, Cockatrice, Esper, Goblin, Kirin, Mindflayer, Shiva, Siren, Sylph, Tonberry, Unicorn
Monsters Adamantoise, Ash Viper, Behemoth, Drake, Malboro V.2, Murder of Crows, Tangle Tree
Other Aralhal, Celesdra, Golbez System, James Houlton, Levels That Spells Are Obtained, Rydel Taerun, Shenron, Spirit Beast
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Allowed AlignmentsLawful Good +, Lawful Neutral +, Neutral Good +, Neutral +, Chaotic Good + and Chaotic Neutral +
Article BalanceVery High +
AuthorThe-Marksman +
Base Attack Bonus ProgressionGood +
Class Ability ProgressionFull +
Fortitude Save ProgressionGood +
Identifier3.5e Prestige Class +
Length20 +
Minimum Level1 +
RatingUndiscussed +
Reflex Save ProgressionGood +
SummaryThe suggested class on page 175 of the DMG +
TitleUndead Slayer +
Will Save ProgressionPoor +