THE WIZARD

By ASH LAW

Wizard Overview

The wizard is in many ways the most complex of the classes from the 13th Age core rule book. At the start of each new day you can memorize a different set of spells, so the only real things that permanently change as a wizard levels up are their feats. Wizards however do tend to have a standard set of most-likely spells, so for these builds I’m laying those out for these builds.

The wizard’s class features are cantrips (minor yet useful magic), cyclic magic (powerful magic that can be used repeatedly in battle), overworld advantage (daily spells become recharge when in the overworld), and ritual casting (cast spells as hour-long rituals for more unusual effects).

Also of note are utility spells, which are stand-ins for a host of useful effects from saving wizards from falls to talking to magic items.

Explorer Wizard

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This wizard is built to be all about having as much utility as possible-with a spell for every occasion. Play this wizard if you like solving problems with magic, and enjoy improvising new uses for spells.

Memorizing two acid arrows a day gives this wizard a powerful attack, and magic missile grants the wizard a reliable offence, giving the explorer wizard a good core of combat spells for when things go bad.

Talents

Cantrip Mastery

Use cantrips at-will, and do unusual things with them.

High Arcana

Memorize daily spells twice, and use counter-magic to resist unfriendly spellcasters. With the feat for utility spell this gives you four uses of the spell per day if memorized using two spell slots.

Vance’s Polysyllabic Verbalizations

Change the names of spells to get extra effects from them.

Race

High elves can perform a highblood teleport, very useful to a wizard exploring dangerous places.

Attributes

Intelligence is the single most important attribute for this character, but not to the exclusion of all else: Str 8 (-1) Con 14 (+2) Dex 14 (+2) Int 18 (+4) Wis 12 (+1) Cha 12 (+1).

1st level

Attributes: Str 8 (-1) Con 14 (+2) Dex 14 (+2) Int 18 (+4) Wis 12 (+1) Cha 12 (+1).

Racial Power: highblood teleport

Talents: cantrip mastery, high arcana, vance’s polysyllabic verbalizations

Feats: utility spell

Most likely memorized spells: counter-magic 1st level: utility spell (x4), acid arrow, charm person, magic missile

2nd level

Most likely spells (counter-magic 1st level: utility spell (x4), acid arrow (x2), charm person, magic missile), new feat (magic missile).

3rd level

Most likely spells (counter-magic 1st level: blur, charm person, magic missile / 3rd level: utility spell (x4), acid arrow (x2)), new feat (precise shot).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence), most likely spells (counter-magic 1st level: blur, charm person / 3rd level: utility spell (x4), acid arrow (x2), magic missile, sleep), new feat (linguist).

5th level

Most likely spells (counter-magic 1st level: blur / 3rd level: hold monster, sleep, charm person, magic missile / 5th level: utility spell (x4), acid arrow (x2)), new feat (magic missile).

6th level

Most likely spells (counter-magic 3rd level: hold monster, sleep / 5th level: utility spell (x6), acid arrow (x2), magic missile, charm person, invisibility, dimension door), new feat (utility spell).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence), most likely spells (counter-magic 3rd level: sleep / 5th level: dimension door, fireball, invisibility, charm person / 7th level: utility spell (x6), acid arrow (x2), magic missile), new feat (linguist).

8th level

Most likely spells (counter-magic 5th level: dimension door, fireball, invisibility / 7th level: utility spell (x6), acid arrow (x2), magic missile, charm person, blink, flight), new feat (magic missile).

9th level

Most likely spells (counter-magic 5th level: invisibility / 7th level: blink, flight, haste, fireball, dimension door / 9th level: utility spell (x6), acid arrow (x2), magic missile, charm person), new feat (further backgrounding).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence), most likely spells (counter-magic 7th level: dimension door, fireball, invisibility / 9th level: utility spell (x6), acid arrow (x2), magic missile, charm person, teleport (x2), blink), new feat (further backgrounding).

THE WIZARD

by ASH LAW

Wizard Overview

The wizard is in many ways the most complicated of the classes from the 13th Age core rule book. At the start of each new day you can memorize a different set of spells, so the only real things that permanently change as a wizard levels up are their feats. Wizards however do tend to have a standard set of most-likely spells, so for these builds I’m laying those out for these builds.

The wizard’s class features are cantrips (minor yet useful magic), cyclic magic (powerful magic that can be used repeatedly in battle), overworld advantage (daily spells become recharge when in the overworld), and ritual casting (cast spells as hour-long rituals for more unusual effects).

Also of note are utility spells, which are stand-ins for a host of useful effects from saving wizards from falls to talking to magic items.

War Wizard

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This wizard makes things go boom!

OK, this wizard also has many options for how to make something go boom, but the build is focused solely on high damage output and showy spells. No utility spells here, just lots of daily damage-dealing power (of course with the wizard’s ability to swap out spells a player who finds their wizard regularly going down can swap out attack spells for more defensive ones).

On the downside, this build sacrifices protection and durability for aw firepower (though taking the toughness feat and the abjuration talent helps somewhat), making teamwork vital if you want to last long in a fight with this ‘glass canon’… though with the amount of damage you deal, fights tend to end quickly!

Talents

Abjuration

When you cast a daily spell, you gain a bonus to your defenses.

Evocation

Once per battle max out the damage on a spell that targets PD.

Wizard’s Familiar

A raven (with the abilities scout and flight)

Race

Humans with their quick to fight racial power and extra feat make great battle wizards.

Attributes

This glass canon has a focus on intelligence: Str 10 (0) Con 14 (+2) Dex 10 (0) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 10 (0).

1st level

Attributes: Str 10 (0) Con 14 (+2) Dex 10 (0) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 10 (0).

Racial Power: quick to fight

Talents: abjuration, evocation, wizard’s familiar

Feats: abjuration, ray of frost

Most likely memorized spells: 1st level: acid arrow, ray of frost, color spray, shocking grasp, shield

2nd level

Most likely spells (1st level: acid arrow, ray of frost, color spray, shocking grasp, shield, magic missile), new feat (toughness).

3rd level

Most likely spells (1st level: blur, color spray, magic missile / 3rd level: ray of frost, force salvo, crescendo, lightning bolt), new feat (force salvo).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence), most likely spells (1st level: blur, magic missile / 3rd level: teleport shield, ray of frost, force salvo, crescendo, lightning bolt, confusion), new feat (linguist).

5th level

Most likely spells (1st level: magic missile / 3rd level: crescendo, lightning bolt, teleport shield, confusion / 5th level: fireball, acid arrow, ray of frost, force salvo), new feat (fireball).

6th level

Most likely spells (3rd level: blur, magic missile / 5th level: crescendo, lightning bolt, teleport shield, confusion, fireball, acid arrow, ray of frost, force salvo), new feat (evocation).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence), most likely spells (3rd level: magic missile / 5th level: crescendo, lightning bolt, acid arrow, force salvo / 7th level: fireball, ray of frost, overcome resistance, teleport shield, confusion), new feat (abjuration).

8th level

Most likely spells (5th level: magic missile, crescendo, lightning bolt / 7th level: flight, overcome resistance, acid arrow, force salvo, fireball, ray of frost, teleport shield, confusion), new feat (fireball).

9th level

Most likely spells (5th level: magic missile, / 7th level: lightning bolt, flight, overcome resistance, teleport shield, confusion / 9th level: acid arrow, force salvo, fireball, ray of frost, disintegrate, meteor swarm), new feat (abjuration).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence), most likely spells (7th level: blur, teleport shield, confusion / 9th level: lightning bolt, flight, overcome resistance, acid arrow, force salvo, fireball, ray of frost, disintegrate, meteor swarm), new feat (ray of frost).

THE NECROMANCER

By ASH LAW

In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

 

MORTAL MAGICS NECROMANCER

 

Download the Mortal Magics Necromancer character sheets here.

 

This necromancer is all about magic, deadly magic. The magic of the dead.
As with other necromancers this one avoids penalties from high Constitution, and benefits from the wasting away class feature via feats.

The mortal magics build avoids summoning, in favor of direct magical attacks. This means that you’ll have no shambling army of undead to stand behind. Your best plan is to hit enemies hard and fast, then retreat behind tougher party members.
Your spells let you do things like temporarily turning your allies (or yourself) into terrifying undead monsters—as well as more direct attacks. You can switch out spells at the start of each day, so these are suggestions only.

You are not tough, and have no undead minions to hide behind—but the death knell class feature and the death’s call spell let you heal yourself, as does cackling soliloquist. Add to that the fact that your wasting away class feature means that you just won’t stay dead.

 

Talents

 

Cackling Soliloquist

Take a bit longer (and make a grand speech) while casting a daily spell and it becomes a recharge (18+) spell, and you get a minor improvement to the spell.

Deathknell

As a quick action kill a nearby enemy that is at or below a certain hit point threshold.

It’s Complicated

Your icon relationships are worse, but get an extra daily spell.

 

Race

Dark elven cruelty is the order of the day for this necromancer.

 

Attributes

Low Constitution, high Intelligence, a dash of Charisma: Str 8 (-1) Con 8 (-1) Dex 8 (-1) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 18 (+3).

1st level

Attributes: Str 8 (-1) Con 8 (-1) Dex 8 (-1) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 16 (+3)

Racial Power: cruelty

Talents: cackling soliloquist, deathknell, it’s complicated

Feats: wasting away

Skeletal Minion Level: 1

Spells: zombie form, channel life, unholy blast, chant of endings, terror

2nd level

New feat (deathknell), spells (1st level: zombie form, channel life, unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, terror).

3rd level

New feat (cackling soliloquist), spells (1st level: unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, 3rd level: zombie form, ghoul form, channel life, terror).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (terror), spells (3rd level: zombie form, ghoul form, channel life, unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, terror).

5th level

New feat (deathknell), spells (3rd level: unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, 5th level: zombie form, ghoul form, channel life, death’s call, terror).

6th level

New feat (wasting away), spells (5th level: zombie form, ghoul form, channel life, unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, death’s call, terror).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (cackling soliloquist), spells (5th level: unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, 7th level: zombie form, ghoul form, channel life, negative energy shield, death’s call, terror).

8th level

New feat (wasting away), spells (7th level: zombie form, ghoul form, channel life, negative energy shield, unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, death’s call, terror).

9th level

New feat (deathknell), spells (7th level: unholy blast, death’s gauntlet, chant of endings, 9th level: zombie form, ghoul form, vampiric form, channel life, negative energy shield, death’s call, terror).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (cackling soliloquist), spells (9th level: zombie form, ghoul form, vampiric form, channel life, negative energy shield, unholy blast, chant of endings, death’s gauntlet, death’s call, terror).

THE NECROMANCER

By ASH LAW

In this series by ASH LAW, we feature two different builds for every 13th Age character class, at all levels. ASH suggests how the builds might be used, and offers tips on playing each character. Stats are based on the point-buy method, and the characters have no non-standard elements.

The Necromancer: digging up old acquaintances and making new friends!

This class is for players who like things a little darker, and can handle a bit more complexity and decision-making than is found in most other classes. The necromancer has aspects of battlefield control (by deploying undead servants to engage enemies, and hindering enemies via spells), healer (via things like channel life and deathknell), and part buffer (via the various turn-into-undead spells). More than other classes, the necromancer helps to define the shape and terms of a battle.

DEATH GRIP NECROMANCER

 

Download the Death-Grip Necromancer character sheets here.

 

This necromancer build is all about maximizing the number and potency of your undead followers. I’ve called this build ‘death-grip’ because leader-of-undead-multitude is a bit of a mouthful.

The spells you have tend to focus around improving the abilities of your undead followers, or summoning even more of them. You’ll even end up with powers that kill enemies and bring them back as undead under your command. Meanwhile your feats focus on improving your loyal skeletal minion, and getting the most out of a negative constitution modifier via the wasting away class feature.

You can cast your spells as rituals, so look forward to ritually raising graveyards full of workers to build a tower for you. Like a wizard you can pick new spells at the start of each day (so this build has only ‘suggested’ spells, rather than an inviolable list). You also gain a benefit from the wasting away feature, giving you FIVE death saves to fail before you die, and an identical number of last gasp saves.

Necromancers aren’t known for being tough (quite the opposite), so avoid getting into situations where you are a target. Hang back, and flood the battlefield with undead. Your skeletal minion isn’t the most impressive of your array of undead friends, so use it more as a disposable bodyguard than as your main offensive ploy.

 

Talents

 

Death Priest

Perform seances to commune with the spirits of the dead, gaining useful information.

Redeemer

When your followers die, you release them to their afterlife—as a result they fight for you with greater potency.

Skeletal Minion

You have a loyal servant/bodyguard, and when it inevitably falls apart you just go dig up a new servant.

 

Race

Dragonics get a handy breath weapon, useful if an enemy gets too close. Our dragon will be bone-white, naturally.

 

Attributes

For necromancers Constitution is a dump stat—in fact it is beneficial for necromancers to have as low a constitution as possible. What we do want is lots of Intelligence and a touch of Charisma: Str 8 (-1) Con 8 (-1) Dex 8 (-1) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 18 (+4).

1st level

Attributes: Str 8 (-1) Con 8 (-1) Dex 8 (-1) Int 20 (+5) Wis 10 (0) Cha 18 (+4)

Racial Power: breath weapon

Talents: death priest, redeemer, skeletal minion

Feats: wasting away

Skeletal Minion Level: 1

Spells: summon undead, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life

2nd level

New feat (skeletal minion (1st adventurer feat)), skeletal minion level (2), spells (1st level: summon undead, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, unholy blast).

3rd level

New feat (skeletal minion (2nd adventurer feat)), skeletal minion level (3), spells (1st level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 3rd level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror).

4th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (skeletal minion (3rd adventurer feat)), skeletal minion level (4), spells (3rd level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life).

5th level

New feat (wasting away), skeletal minion level (5), spells (3rd level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 5th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith).

6th level

New feat (skeletal minion (1st champion feat)), skeletal minion level (6), spells (5th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life).

7th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (skeletal minion, (2nd champion feat)), skeletal minion level (7), spells (5th level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 7th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, death’s call).

8th level

New feat (wasting away), skeletal minion level (8), spells (7th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, death’s call).

9th level

New feat (skeletal minion (1st epic feat)), skeletal minion level (9), spells (7th level: command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, 9th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, finger of death, death’s call).

10th level

+1 to three attributes (Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma), new feat (skeletal minion (2nd epic feat)), skeletal minion level (10), spells (9th level: summon undead, the bones beneath, summon horror, summon wraith, command undead, death’s gauntlet, channel life, finger of death, death’s call).