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Bard Creature (CR +1 or +2)

Capable of inspiring its companions to accomplish great things, a bard creature is most effective when surrounded by allies. It also gains some limited spellcasting. A bard creature’s CR increases by 2 if the creature has 10 or more HD.

Quick Rules

+2 on all rolls based on Cha; can use bardic performance† for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + its HD + its Cha modifier (using its HD as its bard level to determine the bonuses and types of performance); can cast a small number of bard spells (see Table: Bard Spells Known, below) using its HD as its CL and gaining two spell slots of each level for every level of spells known.

Rebuild Rules

Special Attacks bardic performance† (can be used a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + the creature’s HD + its Cha modifier, using its HD as its bard level to determine bonuses and types of performance); Bard Spells can cast a small number of bard spells (see the Table: Bard Spells Known below) using its HD as its CL and gaining two spell slots of each level for every level of spells known; Ability Scores +4 Charisma.

Table: Bard Spells Known
HD 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
1–4 2 1
5–8 2 2 1
9–12 2 2 1
13–16 2 2 1
17–20 2 2 1
21+ 2 2 1

Spellcasting: Simple class templates that grant the ability to cast spells as a member of the class on which the template is based only grant spells for the three highest spell levels the creature has access to. If the creature casts all of the spells of its higher levels, you can keep the combat challenging by adding lower-level spells—denoted by a double dagger (‡)—but no more than two for any given spell level.

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