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Druid

Within the purity of the elements and the order of the wilds lingers a power beyond the marvels of civilization. Furtive yet undeniable, these primal magics are guarded over by servants of philosophical balance known as druids. Allies to beasts and manipulators of nature, these often misunderstood protectors of the wild strive to shield their lands from all who would threaten them and prove the might of the wilds to those who lock themselves behind city walls. Rewarded for their devotion with incredible powers, druids gain unparalleled shape-shifting abilities, the companionship of mighty beasts, and the power to call upon nature’s wrath. The mightiest temper powers akin to storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes with primeval wisdom long abandoned and forgotten by civilization.

Role: While some druids might keep to the fringe of battle, allowing companions and summoned creatures to fight while they confound foes with the powers of nature, others transform into deadly beasts and savagely wade into combat. Druids worship personifications of elemental forces, natural powers, or nature itself. Typically this means devotion to a nature deity, though druids are just as likely to revere vague spirits, animalistic demigods, or even specific awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Alignment: Any neutral

Hit Points: 8 per level

Starting Wealth: 2d6 × 10 gp (average 70 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Class Skills

Druids receive 1 rank in the following; Acrobatics, Awareness, Endurance, Feats of Strength, Handle Animal, Heal, Knowledge (Geography and Nature), Ride, Spellcraft, and Survival.

Skill Ranks Per Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Table: Druid
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Spells Per Day
0th 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Nature bond, nature sense, orisons, wild empathy 3 1
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 Woodland stride 4 2
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Trackless step 4 2 1
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 Resist nature’s lure, wild shape (1/day) 4 3 2
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Form shift 4 3 2 1
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 Wild shape (2/day) 4 3 3 2
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 Natural defenses 4 4 3 2 1
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 +6 Wild shape (3/day) 4 4 3 3 2
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 +6 Venom immunity 4 4 4 3 2 1
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 +7 Wild shape (4/day) 4 4 4 3 3 2
11th +8/+3 +7 +3 +7 Sight through touch 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
12th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 Wild shape (5/day) 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
13th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 A thousand faces 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
14th +10/+5 +9 +4 +9 Wild shape (6/day) 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +5 +9 Timeless body 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Wild shape (7/day) 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Fey lineage 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +11 Wild shape (8/day) 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +11 Vegetative rejuvenation 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +12 Wild shape (at will), home ground 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the druid.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Druids are proficient with Simple weapons. They are also proficient with all natural attacks (claw, bite, and so forth) of any form they assume with wild shape (see below) – natural attacks and unarmed strikes are considered simple weapons and thus fall under simple weapon proficiency.

Druids are proficient with light and medium armor but are prohibited from wearing metal armor; thus, they may wear only padded, leather, or hide armor. A druid may also wear wooden armor that has been altered by the ironwood spell so that it functions as though it were steel. Druids are proficient with shields (except tower shields) but must use only wooden ones.

A druid who wears prohibited armor or uses a prohibited shield is unable to cast druid spells or use any of her supernatural or spell-like class abilities while doing so and for 24 hours thereafter.

Spells

A druid casts divine spells, which are drawn from the druid spell list. Her alignment may restrict her from casting certain spells opposed to her moral or ethical beliefs; see Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells. A druid must choose and prepare her spells in advance.

To prepare or cast a spell, the druid must have a Wisdom score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a druid’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the druid’s Wisdom modifier.

Like other spellcasters, a druid can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on Table: Druid. In addition, she receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Wisdom score (see Table: Ability Modifiers and Bonus Spells).

A druid must spend 1 hour each day in a trance-like meditation on the mysteries of nature to regain her daily allotment of spells. A druid may prepare and cast any spell on the druid spell list, provided that she can cast spells of that level, but she must choose which spells to prepare during her daily meditation.

Spontaneous Casting

A druid can channel stored spell energy into summoning spells that she hasn’t prepared ahead of time. She can “lose” a prepared spell in order to cast any summon nature’s ally spell of the same level or lower.

Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells

A druid can’t cast spells of an alignment opposed to her own or her deity’s (if she has one). Spells associated with particular alignments are indicated by the chaos, evil, good, and law descriptors in their spell descriptions.

Orisons (Sp)

Druids can prepare a number of orisons, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Druid under “Spells per Day.” These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Bonus Languages

A druid’s bonus language options include Sylvan, the language of woodland creatures. This choice is in addition to the bonus languages available to the character because of her race.

A druid also knows Druidic, a secret language known only to druids, which she learns upon becoming a 1st-level druid. Druidic is a free language for a druid; that is, she knows it in addition to her regular allotment of languages and it doesn’t take up a language slot. Druids are forbidden to teach this language to nondruids.

Druidic has its own alphabet.

Nature Bond (Ex)

At 1st level, a druid forms a bond with nature. This bond can take one of three forms.

The first is a close tie to the natural world, granting the druid one of the following cleric domains: Air, Animal, Earth, Fire, Plant, Water, or Weather. Druids also have access to a set of Animal and Terrain Domains. When determining the powers and bonus spells granted by this domain, the druid’s effective cleric level is equal to her druid level. A druid that selects this option also receives additional domain spell slots, just like a cleric. She must prepare the spell from her domain in this slot and this spell cannot be used to cast a spell spontaneously.


The second option is to form a close bond with an animal companion. A druid may begin play with any of the animals listed in Animal Choices. This animal is a loyal companion that accompanies the druid on her adventures.

Unlike normal animals of its kind, an animal companion’s Hit Dice, abilities, skills, and feats advance as the druid advances in level. If a character receives an animal companion from more than one source, her effective druid levels stack for the purposes of determining the statistics and abilities of the companion. Most animal companions increase in size when their druid reaches 4th or 7th level, depending on the companion. If a druid releases her companion from service, she may gain a new one by performing a ceremony requiring 24 uninterrupted hours of prayer in the environment where the new companion typically lives. This ceremony can also replace an animal companion that has perished.


Instead of granting access to a domain or an animal companion, a druid’s bond with nature can take a third form: access to druidic herbalism.

A druid who chooses to learn druidic herbalism can use combinations of nuts, berries, dried herbs, and other natural ingredients along with appropriate containers to create herbal concoctions or magic consumables that function like potions. This acts like the Brew Potion feat, but only for spells on the druid spell list. Herbal concoctions are typically thick and sludgy, and their creation time, caster level, spell duplication capabilities, and all other variables and properties are identical to those of potions created using Brew Potion. Herbal concoctions created with herbs that cause special effects when ingested retain those effects as well as the appropriate spell effect.

A druid can create a number of free herbal concoctions per day equal to her Wisdom modifier. Additional concoctions cost the same as creating an equivalent potion using Brew Potion. Druids can sell their herbal concoctions just as if they were potions (though NPCs unfamiliar with druidic herbalism may need some convincing before purchasing these wares).

At 4th level, a druid’s increasing skill with herbalism means that she can disguise the effects of her herbal concoctions. When a creature attempts an Awareness or Spellcraft check to identify one of the druid’s concoctions, the concoction appears to be a different herbal concoction of the druid’s choice unless the creature exceeds the identification DC by 5 or more. The druid must designate this false result when creating the concoction. If a creature exceeds the identification DC by 5 or more, it correctly identifies the concoction, though not that the druid tried to fool it.

Additionally, at 4th level, when the druid creates additional concoctions, she need pay only half the normal cost to create them. It takes her only half the normal time to create her concoctions, and she can create concoctions of spells from any spell list, as long as she can cast the spell.

At 7th level, when the druid creates concoctions with potential false identification results, a creature attempting to identify the concoction must exceed the identification DC by 10 or more to determine the concoction’s true identity.

Additionally, at 7th level, a druid can create any herbal concoction in 1 minute. She can also create a special concoction of any spell higher than 3rd level that she can cast, but to do so, she must expend a spell slot of the same level. These special concoctions do not cost her anything to create and function like extracts created by an alchemist with the infusion discovery.

Nature Sense (Ex)

A druid gains a bonus on Knowledge (nature) and Survival checks, this bonus is equal to half their level (minimum of 1).

Wild Empathy (Ex)

A druid can improve the initial attitude of an animal. In order to use Wild Empathy you make a Diplomacy check, adding Wisdom in place of Charisma. The druid can also use this ability to influence a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2, but he takes a –4 penalty on the check.

The typical domestic animal has a starting attitude of indifferent, while wild animals are usually unfriendly.

To use wild empathy, the druid and the animal must be within 30 feet of one another under normal visibility conditions. Generally, influencing an animal in this way takes 1 minute, but, as with influencing people, it might take more or less time.

Woodland Stride (Ex)

Starting at 2nd level, a druid may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at her normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment.

Trackless Step (Ex)

Starting at 3rd level, a druid leaves no trail in natural surroundings and cannot be tracked. She may choose to leave a trail if so desired.

Resist Nature’s Lure (Ex)

Starting at 4th level, a druid gains a +5 bonus on saving throws against the spell-like and supernatural abilities of fey. This bonus also applies to spells and effects that target plants, such as blight, entangle, spike growth, and warp wood.

Wild Shape (Su)

At 4th level, a druid gains the ability to turn herself into any small or Medium animal and back again once per day. Her options for new forms include all creatures with the animal type. This ability functions like the beast shape I spell, except as noted here. The effect lasts for 1 hour per druid level, or until she changes back. Changing form (to animal or back) is a standard action and doesn’t provoke an attack of opportunity. The form chosen must be that of an animal the druid is familiar with.

A druid loses her ability to speak while in animal form because she is limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, but she can communicate normally with other animals of the same general grouping as her new form. (The normal sound a wild parrot makes is a squawk, so changing to this form does not permit speech.)

A druid can use this ability an additional time per day at 6th level and every two levels thereafter, for a total of eight times at 18th level. At 20th level, a druid can use wild shape at will. As a druid gains in levels, this ability allows the druid to take on the form of larger and smaller animals, elementals, and plants. Each form expends one daily usage of this ability, regardless of the form taken.

At 6th level, a druid can use wild shape to change into a Large or Tiny animal or a Small elemental. When taking the form of an animal, a druid’s wild shape now functions as beast shape II. When taking the form of an elemental, the druid’s wild shape functions as elemental body I.

At 8th level, a druid can use wild shape to change into a Huge or Diminutive animal, a Medium elemental, or a Small or Medium plant creature. When taking the form of animals, a druid’s wild shape now functions as beast shape III. When taking the form of an elemental, the druid’s wild shape now functions as elemental body II. When taking the form of a plant creature, the druid’s wild shape functions as plant shape I.

At 10th level, a druid can use wild shape to change into a Large elemental or a Large plant creature. When taking the form of an elemental, the druid’s wild shape now functions as elemental body III. When taking the form of a plant, the druid’s wild shape now functions as plant shape II.

At 12th level, a druid can use wild shape to change into a Huge elemental or a Huge plant creature. When taking the form of an elemental, the druid’s wild shape now functions as elemental body IV. When taking the form of a plant, the druid’s wild shape now functions as plant shape III.

Form Shift (Su)

At 5th level the Druid can do a pseudo-change, not fully using their Wild Shape and gaining access to a natural attack they can use for combat. Using this is a swift action; the natural attacks that can be accessed are restricted by the type of creature being used for the form shift.

Initially they start with one natural attack. Every 4 levels thereafter the Druid gains another natural attack when using Form Shift.

Natural Defenses (Ex)

At 7th level the Druid gains a Natural Armor bonus to AC while using Wild Shape, and this is equal to Constitution modifier or Wisdom modifier, whichever is greater. When not within Wild Shape, this bonus is halved (minimum of 0).

Venom Immunity (Ex)

At 9th level the Druid is immune to all forms of poison.

Sight Through Touch (Su)

At 11th level the Druid receives a special form of blindsight which only functions while they remain in physical contact with the ground. This also functions underwater similar to tremorsense. In addition to this, the Druid cannot be made blind so long as they remain in physical contact with the ground.

A Thousand Faces (Su)

At 13th level, a druid gains the ability to change her appearance at will, as if using the alter self spell, but only while in her normal form.

Timeless Body (Ex)

After attaining 15th level, a druid no longer takes ability score penalties for aging and cannot be magically aged. Any penalties she may have already incurred through age are removed. Bonuses still accrue. The druid still dies of old age when her time is up, however their maximum lifespan is doubled (for example, a human Druid can live a maximum of 160 years instead of 80 years).

Fey Lineage (Ex)

At 17th level the Druid is unable to be attacked by animals, magical beasts, and fey as if constantly under the effects of sanctuary against those specific creature types. The DC of the Will Save is equal to 10 + 1/2 Druid level + Wisdom modifier. This effect can be suppressed willingly.

If a Druid initiates the violence against an animal, magical beast, or fey who is not a threat to them, this ability is suppressed for 4 hours.

Vegetative Rejuvenation (Su)

At 19th level the Druid possesses Regeneration 10 so long as they are standing upon nature’s ground (all terrains listed in the Ranger’s Favored Terrain list excluding Space, Urban, and Vehicles, or Planes unless within the fey’s Plane or similar nature plane, up to the GM’s discretion).

Home Ground (Su)

At 20th level, the druid knows every tree, every deer, every blade of grass, and every scuttling beetle of her home. The druid selects a specific area relevant to the campaign, such as a prominent forest, mountain, or even a patch of sea. The druid is constantly under the effect of commune with nature with regards to that area and can change the facts she gleans from the spell when she prepares her spells each day. In addition, while on her home ground, the druid gains a +4 bonus to her caster level.

Ex-Druids

A druid who ceases to revere nature, changes to a prohibited alignment, or teaches the Druidic language to a nondruid loses all spells and druid abilities (including her animal companion, but not including weapon, armor, and shield proficiencies). She cannot thereafter gain levels as a druid until she atones (see the atonement spell description).