Superhero (3.5e Class)

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Running into combat with their laser vision or teleporting abilities, superheroes are common in a variety of worlds. If you don't change the choice of powers for superheroes, it is recommended that you don't allow the old classes superheroes draw from, so that superheroes aren't overshadowed by those with a plethora of powers.

Making a Superhero[edit]

Superheroes are Barbarian-like casters with a variety of skills to choose from. While some superpowers can be used in a variety of situations, there are always going to be times when Color Spray does not help at all. When this happens, Superheroes will need to use skills or their somewhat lackluster basic fighting ability to get themselves out of the situation.

Abilities: Amazing Superheroes use Charisma, Doctor Superheroes use Intelligence, and Captain Superheroes use Wisdom. If you want to make sure your Superhero doesn't stay being a one-trick pony, it's probably a good idea to get a bit of Strength or Dexterity.

Races: Most worlds that have Superheroes are mainly composed of Humans, although there is no fundamental characteristic of theirs that makes it illogical to have Superheroes of other races.

Alignment: Any. Although Superhero implies goodness, perhaps the character is some form of Supervillain or antihero.

Starting Gold: 75; 3d4×10 gp.

Starting Age: Simple.

Table: The Superhero

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spellpower
Fort Ref Will
1st +0 +0 +0 +0 Superpower, Class Prefix 2
2nd +1 +0 +0 +0 Change Superpower 3
3rd +2 +1 +1 +1 Change Superpower 4
4th +3 +1 +1 +1 Change Superpower 6
5th +3 +1 +1 +1 Change Superpower 7
6th +4 +2 +2 +2 Change Superpower 8
7th +5 +2 +2 +2 Change Superpower 9
8th +6/+1 +2 +2 +2 Change Superpower 10
9th +6/+1 +3 +3 +3 Change Superpower 11
10th +7/+2 +3 +3 +3 Change Superpower 12
11th +8/+3 +3 +3 +3 Change Superpower 13
12th +9/+4 +4 +4 +4 Change Superpower 14
13th +9/+4 +4 +4 +4 Change Superpower 15
14th +10/+5 +4 +4 +4 Change Superpower 16
15th +11/+6/+1 +5 +5 +5 Change Superpower 17
16th +12/+7/+2 +5 +5 +5 Change Superpower 18
17th +12/+7/+2 +5 +5 +5 Change Superpower 19
18th +13/+8/+3 +6 +6 +6 Change Superpower 20
19th +14/+9/+4 +6 +6 +6 Change Superpower 21
20th +15/+10/+5 +6 +6 +6 Change Superpower 22

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Balance (Dex), Concentration (Con), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis) Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Tumble (Dex), Use Magic Device (Cha), Any two additional skills of your choice

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Superhero.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Superhero is proficient with simple and martial weapons, and with light armor. He doesn't suffer from Arcane Spell Failure, however.

Class Prefix (Ex): When the character takes his first level in the Superhero class, he must choose a prefix. He can either be 'Amazing', 'Doctor' or 'Captain'.

Amazing: The Superhero's Reflex save becomes Good. In addition, he gets another Superpower with a spellpower equal to three quarters of his Superhero level minus four, rounded down. This additional Superpower must always share a school, subtype, or descriptor with his main Superpower. The saving throw DCs for his Superpower are 10 + half character level + Charisma modifier.

Doctor: The Superhero's Will save becomes Good. In addition, five skills of your choice become class skills for him, and he gains two additional skill points per level (times 4 at first level). The saving throw DCs for his Superpower are 10 + half character level + Intelligence modifier.

Captain: The Superhero's Fortitude save becomes Good. In addition, he gains proficiency with medium armor, his base attack bonus improves to Full, and his hit dice improve to d12's. The saving throw DCs for his Superpower are 10 + half character level + Wisdom modifier.

Superpower: The Superhero has access to one Sorcerer, Cleric, Druid, Bard, Ranger, or Paladin spell with a total Spellpower value not greater than the Superhero's Spellpower. The base Spellpower of a spell is equal to 1 plus twice the spell's level. Any spell that can imitate more than one other spell gets a +7 increase in Spellpower. After that, you must choose how often the Superhero can cast the spell, and what modifications to apply to it.

Casting Frequency
How Often? Spellpower Modifier
Unlimited Castings -0
Must meditate for 1 full round to replenish casting -1
3/Day -2
1/Hour -2
1/Day -3
Repeatable? Effect Spellpower Modifier
Yes Double range1 +1
Yes Double length of Cone, radius of Spread, etc.1 +2
Yes Double duration1 +2
No Gain the ability to change the damage type when you cast it +5
No Remove Somatic components +1
No Remove Verbal components +1
No Remove component costs of less than 1 gp +1
Yes Reduce XP cost by 50 × Superhero level +3
Yes Reduce component cost by 50 × Superhero level gp +2
No Remove Focus requirement +2
No Cast as a full-round action (If it would take 1-round or longer) +2
No Cast as a standard action (If it would take full-round action) +2
No Cast as a swift action (If it would take standard or move action) +8
No Cast as an immediate action (If it would take swift action) +3
No Cast as a full-round action (If it would take standard action or shorter) -1
No 1 minute casting time (If it would take 1-round action or shorter) -3
  1. Remember 3.5's obscure doubling rule.

Change Superpower: Every time the Superhero levels up, he may change his Superpower. He has a few choices: Change the casting frequency of his Superpower and any modifications on the Superpower; Change his Superpower to a different spell with the same school or subtype and change any modifications on the Superpower; Or change his Superpower to a different spell of a lower level and change any modifications on the Superpower.

Epic Superhero[edit]

Table: The Epic Superhero

Hit Die: d8

Level Special Spellpower
21st Change Superpower 21
22nd Change Superpower 22
23rd Change Superpower 23
24th Change Superpower 24
25th Change Superpower 25
26th Change Superpower 26
27th Change Superpower 27
28th Change Superpower 28
29th Change Superpower 29
30th Change Superpower 30

4 + Int modifier skill points per level.

Spellpower and Change Superpower: The Superhero continues gaining 1 Spellpower and changing his Superpower every level.

Dwarf Superhero Starting Package[edit]

Weapons: Dwarven Waraxe.

Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Skill Ranks Ability Armor
Concentration 4 CON
Intimidate 4 CHA
Jump 4 STR -5
Sense Motive 4 WIS

Feat: Shield proficiency.

Gear: Hide Armor, Heavy Steel Shield, 4 days of trail rations.

Gold: 8 gp.

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Allowed AlignmentsLawful Good +, Lawful Neutral +, Lawful Evil +, Neutral Good +, Neutral +, Neutral Evil +, Chaotic Good +, Chaotic Neutral + and Chaotic Evil +
Article BalanceHigh +
AuthorFoxwarrior +
Base Attack Bonus ProgressionModerate +
Class AbilityArcane Spellcasting + and Divine Spellcasting +
Class Ability ProgressionOther +
Fortitude Save ProgressionOther +
Identifier3.5e Class +
Length20 +
Minimum Level1 +
RatingUnrated +
Reflex Save ProgressionOther +
SkillBalance +, Concentration +, Disguise +, Escape Artist +, Intimidate +, Jump +, Listen +, Profession +, Sense Motive +, Tumble + and Use Magic Device +
Skill Points4 +
SummaryAlso known as a "one-trick pony", each superhero possesses one powerful ability. This implementation takes superpowers directly from the Sorcerer/Cleric/Druid/Bard/Ranger/Paladin spell lists. +
TitleSuperhero +
Will Save ProgressionOther +