This section presents stat blocks for the iconic characters of the 11 core classes at levels 1, 7, and 12. These statistics are built for use as player characters rather than nonplayer characters. Each uses the high fantasy (20 point) point buy system, and therefore has higher ability scores than a typical NPC would. The characters’ wealth was determined by Table: Character Wealth by Level.
Unlike other NPC stat blocks on this site, which generally do not list mundane gear such as rope and torches, these PC stat blocks include appropriate adventuring gear the character is expected to have—they’re ready for immediate adventuring. Of course you may change, add to, or subtract from their gear to suit your campaign, and players may want to alter how the iconics spent their wealth, though the total amount of gear should follow Table: Character Wealth by Level.
If you need a PC in a hurry, the iconics give you options at character levels 1, 7, and 12—just grab one of the iconic stat blocks and go. This is particularly handy for games run at game stores or conventions, new players, last minute additions, or when a player has simply run out of prep time or forgotten his character sheet. If you’ve never played a character of a particular class before, be sure to read the Tactics section of the stat block; it includes useful information about how the character prepares before combat and suggestions about what to do while in battle. If you use the iconics as PCs, ignore the challenge rating and XP value listed in the character’s stat block—those only matter for monsters and NPCs.
The iconic characters are built as above-average characters, but not the absolute “best” or most powerful characters you potentially could build—they’re more intended to represent typical examples or archetypes of their particular classes. The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is very flexible, and thus gives you many different ways to make a character “the best” at something. In some cases that means he or she deals or heals the most damage in a round; in others, he or she has the most hit points, casts the most spells, or has the highest Armor Class. Not everyone agrees on what specializations make a given class the most fun to play, and if you’d rather play a character a different way, you can easily adjust the mechanical choices for these characters to reflect that, increasing some aspects at the cost of others. In general, however, these characters are designed to be well-rounded individuals who have a good chance of surviving level-appropriate adventures. For a new player needing a character on the spot, having a character who survives the first adventure is a much more rewarding experience than having a character who deals a lot of damage but dies before the adventure is finished!
Just like all the other NPCs on this site, you can use the iconics as NPCs for your player characters to fight, study under, or contact for jobs or useful information. However, because the iconics have PC-level gear and use the 20-point ability score buy instead of the heroic array, their CRs are 1 higher than those of NPCs of the same level (1st-level Iconic Barbarian is CR 1, whereas a 1st-level barbarian NPC is CR 1/2, and so on). These are the CRs listed in the iconics’ stat blocks, and the characters’ XP value is based on this adjusted CR. Feel free to use the iconics as tough leaders of groups of standard NPCs for a little extra challenge.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game NPC Codex © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Alex Greenshields, Rob McCreary, Mark Moreland, Jason Nelson, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Patrick Renie, Sean K Reynolds, and Russ Taylor.