Spellblades need some help

TomReneth
Level 14
1 month ago (edited)

Champions are SRD, and Mountaineers are mostly fine for a Strength+Athletics shield build, but Spellblades need some help being relevant compared to Rangers and Paladins. In a campaign with a stronger focus on out-of-combat abilities, they might be fine, but Solasta is mostly combat and a 3rd caster with Evocation, Enchantment, Conjuration and Transmutation spells have little they can offer. These schools aren't bad, but they are best used by more dedicated casters.

The simplest change I could suggest would be to give Spellblades access to the Abjuration or Illusion schools of magic to give them some in-combat defensive capabilities.

An alternate solution could be to give Spellblades a feature at level 3 or 7 that uses spellslots, but isn't a spell itself. Here are a couple of ideas:

Channel Arcana: Fire/Frost/Shock. Spellblade level 3 feature.
As a bonus action, you can spend a spellslot to give your weapon attacks +1d4 fire/cold/lightning damage for 1 minute.

Channel Arcana: Bulwark. Spellblade level 3 feature.
As an action, you can spend a spellslot to give yourself a bonus to AC equal to your intelligence modifier (minimum of 1) for 1 minute or until you lose concentration as if you were concentrating on a spell. 


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soiconxxx
Level 4
1 month ago

Totally agree. The class is really bland and deserve some buff.

1 week ago

I agree. In the tabletop, Eldritch Knights (on which Spellblades are obviously based) are the only class that I know of that gets both heavy armour proficiency and the spell Shield, setting them apart from Paladins with their massive AC. But in Solasta, there are plenty of Clerics and Paladins that get Shield. This is bizarre, since Shield is a fantastic spell and shouldn't be given out to many subclasses, but as it is I think the best solution is to just buff the Spellblade with things like your suggestions.

TomReneth
Level 14
1 week ago

I agree. In the tabletop, Eldritch Knights (on which Spellblades are obviously based) are the only class that I know of that gets both heavy armour proficiency and the spell Shield, setting them apart from Paladins with their massive AC. But in Solasta, there are plenty of Clerics and Paladins that get Shield. This is bizarre, since Shield is a fantastic spell and shouldn't be given out to many subclasses, but as it is I think the best solution is to just buff the Spellblade with things like your suggestions. 

Oath of Tirmar Paladins are very powerful Eldritch Knights indeed.


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