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Sorcerer

Source Core Rulebook pg. 190
You didn’t choose to become a spellcaster—you were born one. There’s magic in your blood, whether a divinity touched one of your ancestors, a forebear communed with a primal creature, or a powerful occult ritual influenced your line. Self-reflection and study allow you to refine your inherent magical skills and unlock new, more powerful abilities. The power in your blood carries a risk, however, and you constantly face the choice of whether you’ll rise to become a master spellcaster or fall into destruction.

Key Ability: CHARISMA
At 1st level, your class gives you an ability boost to Charisma.

Hit Points: 6 plus your Constitution modifier
You increase your maximum number of HP by this number at 1st level and every level thereafter.

Roleplaying the Sorcerer

During Combat Encounters...

You use spells to injure your enemies, influence their minds, and hamper their movements. You might be too vulnerable to get into melee combat, or your bloodline might give you abilities that help you hold your own in a brawl. While your magic is powerful, to conserve your best spells—or when you’ve used them all up—you also rely on cantrips.

During Social Encounters...

Your natural charisma makes you good at interacting with people.

While Exploring...

You detect the magic around you, finding treasures and warning your adventuring group of magical traps. When the group encounters mysteries or problems related to your bloodline, you try to solve them.

In Downtime...

You craft magic items or scribe scrolls. Your bloodline might drive you to research your ancestry or associate with affiliated people or creatures.

You Might...

  • Have a strong independent streak, and whether you embrace or reject your magical heritage, you long to distinguish yourself both as a spellcaster and as an individual.
  • View your lineage with fascination, fear, or something in between—anything from wholehearted acceptance to vehement rejection.
  • Rely on magic items, such as scrolls and wands, to supplement your limited selection of spells.

Others Probably...

  • Marvel at your ability to create magic from thin air and view your abilities with equal parts admiration and mistrust.
  • Consider you less dedicated than studious wizards, devoted clerics, and other practitioners of magic, since power comes to you naturally.
  • Assume you’re as unpredictable as the magic you bring forth, even if your personality proves otherwise.

Initial Proficiencies

At 1st level, you gain the listed proficiency ranks in the following statistics. You are untrained in anything not listed unless you gain a better proficiency rank in some other way.

Perception

Trained in Perception

Saving Throws

Trained in Fortitude
Trained in Reflex
Expert in Will

Skills

Trained in one or more skills determined by your bloodline
Trained in a number of additional skills equal to 2 plus your Intelligence modifier

Attacks

Trained in simple weapons
Trained in unarmed attacks

Defenses

Untrained in all armor
Trained in unarmored defense

Spells

Trained in spell attack rolls of your spellcasting tradition, as indicated by your bloodline
Trained in spell DCs of your spellcasting tradition, as indicated by your bloodline

Class Features

You gain these features as a Sorcerer. Abilities gained at higher levels list the levels at which you gain them next to the features' names.
Your LevelClass Features
1Ancestry and background, initial proficiencies, bloodline, sorcerer spellcasting, spell repertoire
2Skill feat, sorcerer feat
32nd-level spells, general feat, signature spells, skill increase
4Skill feat, sorcerer feat
53rd-level spells, ability boosts, ancestry feat, magical fortitude, skill increase
6Skill feat, sorcerer feat
74th-level spells, expert spellcaster, general feat, skill increase
8Skill feat, sorcerer feat
95th-level spells, ancestry feat, lightning reflexes, skill increase
10Ability boosts, skill feat, sorcerer feat
116th-level spells, alertness, general feat, simple weapon expertise, skill increase
12Skill feat, sorcerer feat
137th-level spells, ancestry feat, defensive robes, skill increase, weapon specialization
14Skill feat, sorcerer feat
158th-level spells, ability boosts, general feat, master spellcaster, skill increase
16Skill feat, sorcerer feat
179th-level spells, ancestry feat, skill increase
18Skill feat, sorcerer feat
19Bloodline paragon, general feat, legendary spellcaster, skill increase
20Ability boosts, skill feat, sorcerer feat
Your LevelCantrips1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th
153
254
3543
4544
55443
65444
754443
854444
9544443
10544444
115444443
125444444
1354444443
1454444444
15544444443
16544444444
175444444443
185444444444
1954444444441*
2054444444441*
* The bloodline paragon class feature gives you a 10th-level spell slot that works a bit differently from other spell slots.

Ancestry and Background

In addition to the abilities provided by your class at 1st level, you have the benefits of your selected ancestry and background, as described in Chapter 2.

Bloodline

Choose a bloodline that gives you your spellcasting talent. This choice determines the type of spells you cast and the spell list you choose them from, additional spells you learn, and additional trained skills. You also gain Focus Points and special focus spells based on your bloodline. The bloodlines presented in this book are as follows.

Aberrant: A strange and unknowable influence gives you occult spells.

Angelic: Holy grace bestows divine spells upon you.

Demonic: A sinful corruption gives you divine spells.

Diabolic: A bond with devils gives you divine spells.

Draconic: The blood of dragons grants you arcane spells.

Elemental: The power of the elements manifests in you as primal spells.

Fey: Influence from the fey gives you primal spells.

Hag: The blight of a hag has given you occult spells.

Imperial: An ancient power grants you arcane spells.

Undead: The touch of death gives you divine spells.

Bloodlines can be found here

Initial Proficiencies

At 1st level, you gain a number of proficiencies that represent your basic training. These proficiencies are noted at the start of this class.

Sorcerer Spellcasting

Your bloodline provides you with incredible magical power. You can cast spells using the Cast a Spell activity, and you can supply material, somatic, and verbal components when casting spells (see Casting Spells on page 302). Because you’re a sorcerer, you can usually replace material components with somatic components, so you don’t need to use a spell component pouch.

Each day, you can cast up to three 1st-level spells. You must know spells to cast them, and you learn them via the spell repertoire class feature. The number of spells you can cast each day is called your spell slots.

As you increase in level as a sorcerer, your number of spells per day increases, as does the highest level of spells you can cast, as shown on Table 3–17: Sorcerer Spells per Day on page 193.

Some of your spells require you to attempt a spell attack roll to see how effective they are, or have your enemies roll against your spell DC (typically by attempting a saving throw). Since your key ability is Charisma, your spell attack rolls and spell DCs use your Charisma modifier. Details on calculating these statistics appear on page 447.

Heightening Spells

When you get spell slots of 2nd level and higher, you can fill those slots with stronger versions of lower-level spells. This increases the spell’s level to match the spell slot. You must have a spell in your spell repertoire at the level you want to cast in order to heighten it to that level. Many spells have specific improvements when they are heightened to certain levels (page 299). The signature spells class feature lets you heighten certain spells freely.

Cantrips

A cantrip is a special type of spell that doesn’t use spell slots. You can cast a cantrip at will, any number of times per day. A cantrip is always automatically heightened to half your level rounded up—this is usually equal to the highest level of spell you can cast as a sorcerer. For example, as a 1st-level sorcerer, your cantrips are 1st-level spells, and as a 5th-level sorcerer, your cantrips are 3rd-level spells.

Spell Repertoire

The collection of spells you can cast is called your spell repertoire. At 1st level, you learn two 1st-level spells of your choice and four cantrips of your choice, as well as an additional spell and cantrip from your bloodline (page 194). You choose these from the common spells from the tradition corresponding to your bloodline, or from other spells from that tradition to which you have access. You can cast any spell in your spell repertoire by using a spell slot of an appropriate spell level.

You add to this spell repertoire as you increase in level. Each time you get a spell slot (see Table 3–17), you add a spell of the same level to your spell repertoire. When you gain access to a new level of spells, your first new spell is always your bloodline spell, but you can choose the other spells you gain. At 2nd level, you select another 1st-level spell; at 3rd level, you gain a new bloodline spell and two other 2nd-level spells, and so on. When you add spells, you might choose a higher-level version of a spell you already have so that you can cast a heightened version of that spell.

Though you gain them at the same rate, your spell slots and the spells in your spell repertoire are separate. If a feat or other ability adds a spell to your spell repertoire, it wouldn’t give you another spell slot, and vice versa.

Swapping Spells in your Repertoire

As you gain new spells in your spell repertoire, you might want to replace some of the spells you previously learned. Each time you gain a level and learn new spells, you can swap out one of your old spells for a different spell of the same level. This spell can be a cantrip, but you can’t swap out bloodline spells. You can also swap out spells by retraining during downtime (page 481).

Skill FeatsLevel 2

At 2nd level and every 2 levels thereafter, you gain a skill feat. Skill feats appear in Chapter 5 and have the skill trait. You must be trained or better in the corresponding skill to select a skill feat.

Sorcerer FeatsLevel 2

At 2nd level and every even-numbered level, you gain a sorcerer class feat. These begin on page 198.

General FeatsLevel 3

At 3rd level and every 4 levels thereafter, you gain a general feat. General feats are listed in Chapter 5.

Signature SpellsLevel 3

You’ve learned to cast some of your spells more flexibly. For each spell level you have access to, choose one spell of that level to be a signature spell. You don’t need to learn heightened versions of signature spells separately; instead, you can heighten these spells freely. If you’ve learned a signature spell at a higher level than its minimum, you can also cast all its lower-level versions without learning those separately. If you swap out a signature spell, you can choose a replacement signature spell of the same spell level at which you learned the previous spell. You can also retrain specifically to change a signature spell to a different spell of that level without swapping any spells; this takes as much time as retraining a spell normally does.

Skill IncreasesLevel 3

At 3rd level and every 2 levels thereafter, you gain a skill increase. You can use an increase to either become trained in one skill you’re untrained in, or to increase your proficiency rank in one skill in which you’re already trained to expert.

At 7th level, you can use skill increases to become a master in a skill in which you’re already an expert, and at 15th level, you can use them to become legendary in a skill in which you’re already a master.

Ability BoostsLevel 5

At 5th level and every 5 levels thereafter, you boost four different ability scores. You can use these ability boosts to increase your ability scores above 18. Boosting an ability score increases it by 1 if it’s already 18 or above, or by 2 if it starts out below 18.

Ancestry FeatsLevel 5

In addition to the ancestry feat you started with, you gain an ancestry feat at 5th level and every 4 levels thereafter. The list of ancestry feats available to you can be found in your ancestry’s entry in Chapter 2.

Magical FortitudeLevel 5

Magical power has improved your body’s resiliency. Your proficiency rank for Fortitude saves increases to expert.

Expert SpellcasterLevel 7

Your inherent magic responds easily and powerfully to your command. Your proficiency ranks for spell attack rolls and spell DCs for spells of your bloodline’s tradition increase to expert.

Lightning ReflexesLevel 9

Your reflexes are lightning fast. Your proficiency rank for Reflex saves increases to expert.

AlertnessLevel 11

You remain alert to threats around you. Your proficiency rank for Perception increases to expert.

Simple Weapon ExpertiseLevel 11

Training and magic improved your weapon technique. Your proficiency rank for simple weapons and unarmed attacks increases to expert.

Defensive RobesLevel 13

The flow of magic and your defensive training combine to help you get out of the way before an attack. Your proficiency rank in unarmored defense increases to expert.

Weapon SpecializationLevel 13

You’ve learned to inflict grave wounds with your practiced weapons. You deal 2 additional damage with weapons and unarmed attacks in which you are an expert. This damage increases to 3 if you’re a master, and 4 if you’re legendary.

Master SpellcasterLevel 15

You have achieved mastery over the magic in your blood. Your proficiency ranks for spell attack rolls and spell DCs for spells of your bloodline’s tradition increase to master.

ResolveLevel 17

You’ve steeled you mind with resolve. Your proficiency rank for Will saves increase to master. When you roll a success at a Will save, you get a critical success instead.

Bloodline ParagonLevel 19

You have perfected the magic in your bloodline. Add two common 10th-level spells of your tradition to your repertoire. You gain a single 10th-level spell slot you can use to cast these spells, using sorcerer spellcasting. Unlike other spell slots, you don’t gain more 10th-level spells as you level up, and they can’t be used for abilities that let you cast spells without expending spell slots or abilities that give you more spell slots. You can take the Bloodline Perfection sorcerer feat to gain a second slot.

Legendary SpellcasterLevel 19

You demonstrate prodigious talent for spellcasting. Your proficiency ranks for spell attack rolls and spell DCs for spells of your bloodline’s tradition increase to legendary.