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Witch

 

Some gain power through study, some through devotion, others through blood, but the witch gains power from her communion with the unknown. Generally feared and misunderstood, the witch draws her magic from a pact made with an otherworldly power. Communing with that source, using her familiar as a conduit, the witch gains not only a host of spells, but a number of strange abilities known as hexes. As a witch grows in power, she might learn about the source of her magic, but some remain blissfully unaware. Some are even afraid of that source, fearful of what it might be or where its true purposes lie.

Role: While many witches are recluses, living on the edge of civilization, some live within society, openly or in hiding. The blend of witches’ spells makes them adept at filling a number of different roles, from seer to healer, and their hexes grant them a number of abilities that are useful in a fight. Some witches travel about, seeking greater knowledge and better understanding of the mysterious powers that guide them.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Points: 6 per level

Starting Wealth: 3d6 × 10 gp (average 105 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Class Skills

The witch receives 1 rank in the following; Acrobatics, Artisan, Awareness, Heal, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana, history, nature, and planes), Spellcraft, and Use Magic Device.

Skill Ranks per Level: 2 + Int modifier.

Table: Witch
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Spells per Day
0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Cantrips, hex, patron spells, witch’s familiar 3 1
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Hex 4 2
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3 Safeguard familiar 4 2 1
4th +2 +1 +1 +4 Hex 4 3 2
5th +2 +1 +1 +4   4 3 2 1
6th +3 +2 +2 +5 Hex 4 3 3 2
7th +3 +2 +2 +5   4 4 3 2 1
8th +4 +2 +2 +6 Hex 4 4 3 3 2
9th +4 +3 +3 +6   4 4 4 3 2 1
10th +5 +3 +3 +7 Hex, major hex 4 4 4 3 3 2
11th +5 +3 +3 +7   4 4 4 4 3 2 1
12th +6/+1 +4 +4 +8 Hex 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
13th +6/+1 +4 +4 +8   4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
14th +7/+2 +4 +4 +9 Hex 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
15th +7/+2 +5 +5 +9   4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
16th +8/+3 +5 +5 +10 Hex 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
17th +8/+3 +5 +5 +10   4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
18th +9/+4 +6 +6 +11 Hex, grand hex 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
19th +9/+4 +6 +6 +11   4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
20th +10/+5 +6 +6 +12 Hex 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Class Features

The following are the class features of the witch.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Witches are proficient with all simple weapons. They are not proficient with any type of armor or shield. Armor interferes with a witch’s gestures, which can cause her spells with somatic components to fail.

Spells

A witch casts arcane spells drawn from the witch spell list. A witch must choose and prepare her spells ahead of time.

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

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

A witch may know any number of spells. She must choose and prepare her spells ahead of time by getting 8 hours of sleep and spending 1 hour communing with her familiar. While communing, the witch decides which spells to prepare.

Cantrips Witches can prepare a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Witch under “Spells per Day.” These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again. Cantrips prepared using other spell slots, due to metamagic feats for example, are expended normally.

Hex

Witches learn a number of magic tricks, called hexes, that grant them powers or weaken foes. At 1st level, a witch gains one hex of her choice. She gains an additional hex at 2nd level and for every 2 levels attained after 2nd level, as noted on Table: Witch. A witch cannot select an individual hex more than once.

Unless otherwise noted, using a hex is a standard action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. The save to resist a hex is equal to 10 + 1/2 the witch’s level + the witch’s Intelligence modifier.

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Patron Spells

At 1st level, when a witch gains her familiar, she must also select a patron. This patron is a vague and mysterious force, granting the witch power for reasons that she might not entirely understand. While these forces need not be named, they typically hold influence over one of the following forces.

At 2nd level, and every two levels thereafter, a witch’s patron adds new spells to a witch’s list of spells known. These spells are also automatically added to the list of spells stored by the familiar. The spells gained depend upon the patron chosen. Each patron is listed by its theme. Its actual name is up to the GM and the witch to decide.

See a complete list of witch patrons here.

Witch’s Familiar (Ex)

At 1st level, a witch forms a close bond with a familiar, a creature that teaches her magic and helps to guide her along her path. Familiars also aid a witch by granting her skill bonuses, additional spells, and help with some types of magic. This functions like the wizard’s arcane bond class feature, except as noted in the Witch’s Familiar section.

A witch must commune with her familiar each day to prepare her spells. Familiars store all of the spells that a witch knows, and a witch cannot prepare a spell that is not stored by her familiar. A witch’s familiar begins play storing all of the 0-level witch spells plus three 1st level spells of the witch’s choice. The witch also selects a number of additional 1st-level spells equal to her Intelligence modifier to store in her familiar. At each new witch level, she adds two new spells of any spell level or levels that she can cast (based on her new witch level) to her familiar. A witch can also add additional spells to her familiar through a special ritual.

Safeguard Familiar (Su)

At 3rd level the witch learns of methods to ensure the safety of their familiar, as the loss of their familiar means severance from their spellcasting abilities. While her familiar is on her person or adjacent to her if they would be subject to any attack the witch can choose to take this damage instead. Doing so halves the damage before it’s applied against the witch, and the familiar is left unharmed.

Safeguard Familiar (Su)

At 3rd level the witch learns of methods to ensure the safety of their familiar, as the loss of their familiar means severance from their spellcasting abilities. While her familiar is on her person or adjacent to her if they would be subject to any attack the witch can choose to take this damage instead. Doing so halves the damage before it’s applied against the witch, and the familiar is left unharmed.

Major Hex

Starting at 10th level, and every two levels thereafter, a witch can choose one of the following major hexes whenever she could select a new hex.

Grand Hex

Starting at 18th level, and every two levels thereafter, a witch can choose one of the following grand hexes whenever she could select a new hex.