Warmage (4e Class)

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Warmage from 3.5 Supplement, Complete Arcane
My mind and body are equally trained, but the question you should be asking yourself is how long you have to live.
Class Traits
Role: Controller. You are as perfectly able to offer ranged support to your comrades as you are able to lead the offensive, weapon blazing with power and a presence that demands to be answered by your foes; all the while, however, you're tweaking the odds in your favor whether by manipulating the battlefield or the enemies themselves.
Power Source: Arcane. You channel the Arcane to bolster your and your allies' positions while not neglecting your martial heritage. To you, magic is a tool to produce outcomes in battle no amount of martial training could allow.
Key Abilities: Intelligence, Wisdom, Dexterity or Strength
Armor Proficiencies: Cloth, leather, hide, chainmail
Weapon Proficiencies: Simple melee, military melee
Implements: Primary weapon
Bonus to Defense: +1 Reflex, +1 Will
Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + Constitution score
Hit Points per Level Gained: 5
Healing Surges per Day: 6 + Constitution modifier
Trained Skills: Arcana.  From the class skills list below, choose 3 more trained skills at 1st level.
Class Skills: Athletics (Str), Diplomacy (Cha), Endurance (Con), History (Int), Insight (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Perception (Wis)
Build Options: Warmage magister, warmage spellblade, warmage warder
Class Features: Arcane Affinity, Empowered Orbs, Mystic Orb

Warmages are trained in both swordsmanship and the arcane. Having spent years of their life on perfecting both simultaneously, they are neither the experts of swordplay that Rogues are, nor are they the masters of magic Wizards oft claim to be. However, to their advantage, they need no awkward and shrewd implements to focus their spells, as they can more readily use their weapons instead. Clever in their use of the battlefield, and their power to manipulate it if the need arises, warmages can exchange blows with the toughest of opponents while ripping them to shreds with their arcane power.

As a warmage, you will be a true spectacle: Offering both spell and sword, there will be numerous ways for you to dismember and disintegrate your foes. Whether you are a true student of the Arcane and seek to further your knowledge in the arts or are merely a wandering mercenary with a hidden power, you possess the potential to topple dynasties or forge the destinies of kings - or perhaps you will become a king in your own right.

Whatever the path, the goal is simple to you: Superiority in versatility. Who will bend to your will, and who will break before it?

Warmage Overview

Characteristics: You combine hard-hitting physical attacks with vicious magic effects, ranging from flaming pillars engulfing sections of the battlefield to weapon enchantments reinforcing your physical attacks with mystic powers.
Religion: Warmages favor deities of arcane power, knowledge, battle, and speed. These include Avandra, Corellion, Erathis, Ioun, and Kord. Evil warmages may find themselves in the service of Bane, Lolth, Vecna, and Zehir.
Races: Any race can become a Warmage, however, those with higher sensitivity to the Arcane drift towards this class more often than others.

Creating a Warmage[edit]

Epic Warmage

Warmages have an array of focused abilities, most of which are categorized into one of three character builds: Warmage magister, warmage spellblade, and warmage warder. Every warmage relies upon Intelligence for the majority of their damage, with secondary emphasis on Strength or Dexterity or Wisdom, primarily based on character build and power choice.

Warmage Magister[edit]

Your preferred powers are those that cause the most havoc among your enemies: Tendrils of lightning that lash out and shift from foe to foe, displacing each in turn; shards of earth jutting from below your opponents' feet, separating groups with walls of rock; ripples of arcane force knocking enemies to the ground. Wisdom amplifies the effects of powers that manipulate the battlefield and movements of your enemies, so it should be your highest ability score. Intelligence increases your offensive powers' damage dealing capabilities, so make it your second highest score. Your third highest score should be Strength or Dexterity, as it increases the damage of your more physical powers. Select powers that help you control the flow of battle by waylaying your enemies and making good use of your high Wisdom score.

Suggested Feat: Improved Initiative (Human Feat: Human Perseverance)
Suggested Skills: Arcana (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Endurance (Con), Insight (Wis)
Suggested At-Will Powers: Mystic Blast, Mystic Strike
Suggested Encounter Power: Faultline
Suggested Daily Power: Zone of Frost
Warmage Spellblade[edit]

Your true prowess involves dealing lots of damage to as many targets as possible. Engulfing areas of the battlefield in flame or bathing them in the unbearable force of arcane explosions is your forte. Intelligence is - by far - your most beneficial ability score; the more damage, the better. Coming in a close second is Strength or Dexterity; increasing the throughput of even non-magical abilities is very important. Wisdom pulls in third, as impairing the advances of already obliterated targets is highly unnecessary. Select powers that really dish out the damage and make your high Intelligence score work wonders for you.

Suggested Feat: Mysticism (Human Feat: Action Surge)
Suggested Skills: Arcana (Int), Athletics (Str), Endurance (Con), Perception (Wis)
Suggested At-Will Powers: Arcane Strike, Force Strike
Suggested Encounter Power: Mystic Torrent
Suggested Daily Power: Cindershards
Warmage Warder[edit]

You revel in always keeping the advantage in battle, moving seamlessly through a crowded war-zone while upheaving columns of stone, slamming great pillars of fire into the ground, freezing clumped enemies in place, and always keeping one step ahead of your foes. Intelligence affects your damage-dealing powers the most, so it should be your highest ability score. Second should be your Wisdom score, as it increases the effectiveness of your movement impairing powers and your powers focused around your own mobility. Strength or Dexterity should be your third highest, as it increases any physical damage your powers may inflict. Select powers that keep your mobility high and your foes at bay, whether through damage or manipulation.

Suggested Feat: Mobility (Warmage) (Human Feat:Human Perseverance)
Suggested Skills: Arcana (Int), Athletics (Str), Insight (Wis), Perception (Wis)
Suggested At-Will Powers: Arcane Weapon, Mystic Blast
Suggested Encounter Power: Phase Strike
Suggested Daily Power: Implosion


Warmages wield all kinds of weapons - from the greataxe to the flail or rapier - so there isn't always a free hand to fiddle about with, fumbling over more strictly arcane instruments. Luckily for warmages, they've developed a method of using their wielded weapons as implements in addition to any orb, rod, or staff they can get their hands on, adding their magical enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls of spells that have the implement keyword.

Warmage Powers[edit]

Your powers consist of both martial and magical exploits, achieved by contemplation and experimentation. Some powers focus on controlling the battlefield, while others focus more on destroying enemies directly. It is suggested to mix and match these diverse powers, but they are ultimately yours to choose from.

Whether trained or innate, the Warmage's powers leave others in stark awe at their applications. It's all about manipulation and pulling the right strings, then every puzzle piece falls into place.

Heroic Warmage[edit]

Level Feats Known Class Features and Powers
1 1 Arcane Implement Specialization
Arcane Affinity
Mystic Orb
Empowered Orbs
At-Will Powers
2 +1 Utility Power
3 Encounter Attack Power
4 +1 Ability score increase
5 Daily Attack Power
6 +1 Utility Power
7 Encounter Attack Power
8 +1 Ability score increase
9 Daily Attack Power
10 +1 Utility Power

Level 1: Arcane Implement Specialization[edit]

You are adept at using both weapons and arcane implements in your spells, but are more effective at one kind of implement combat in particular.
Benefit: Choose one of the following specializations.

Rod of Deception[edit]

Once per encounter as a free action, you may increase the amount of squares you move through the effects of one of your powers by an amount equal to your Wisdom modifier. In addition, you gain +1 bonus to AC, as your image is slightly blurred from reality while holding a rod. You must wield a rod to benefit from this feature. This form of specialization is good for warmage warders because it increases personal mobility and defense without reducing the impact of offensive capability and control.

Orb of True Imposition[edit]

Your Orb is not required to be held in your hands to use its magical enhancement bonus or effects and instead floats around you as one of your Mystic Orbs and can be Empowered like a normal Mystic Orb. This Orb cannot be destroyed by warmage spells and, once per encounter as a free action, you may increase the displacement of any foe affected by your powers by an amount of squares equal to your Wisdom modifier. You must wield an orb to use this ability. Warmage magisters benefit the most from this specialization, as it improves the effectiveness of abilities that displace your foes.

Mystic Weapon Mastery[edit]

Once per day as a free action, you gain a bonus to a single attack and damage roll equal to your Intelligence modifier. Once per encounter as a free action, you gain a bonus to a single damage roll equal to your Strength or Dexterity modifier. You can declare this bonus before or after an attack roll and you must be wielding a staff or other melee weapon to benefit from these features. This form of mastery is useful for warmage spellblades, as their interests lie in dealing as much damage as possible, regardless of the enemy's position or their own.

Level 1: Arcane Affinity[edit]

Benefit: You gain the arcane affinity power.

Arcane Affinity Warmage Class Feature
You halt a foe's magic in its tracks and use it to Empower one of your Mystic Orbs.
Daily Star.gif Arcane
Immediate Reaction Personal
Trigger: An attack with the keyword Arcane includes you as a target.
Effect: Gain a power bonus to each of your defenses equal to your Intelligence modifier until the beginning of your next turn. While affected by this bonus, successfully defending against an attack that would trigger this power allows you to completely nullify the attack's effects along with any damage it may have caused and use your Empower Orb ability as a free action on one of your Mystic Orbs.

Level 1: Mystic Orb[edit]

Using the mystic orb ability, warmages can summon multiple floating orbs to aid in the execution of some of their more elaborate displays of power.
Benefit: You gain the mystic orb power.

Mystic Orb Warmage Class Feature
With a wave of your hand you conjure a Mystic Orb to float about you.
At-Will Star.gif Arcane, Conjuration
Minor Action Ranged 15
Effect: Conjures a Mystic Orb to an adjacent square or your own. As a free action, you may move any orb you created with this ability up to 15 squares from your current position. You may have up to three summoned at any time. As a free action you may unsummon any number of these orbs. Mystic Orbs summoned by this ability last until you take an extended rest.
11th Level: The maximum amount of orbs created by this power you may have under your control increases to four.
21st Level: The maximum increases to five.

Level 1: Empowered Orbs[edit]

Warmages have found many ways to get the most out of their arcane magics. One way to make the most use of the magic around them is to Empower one of their Mystic Orbs. Doing this causes the Empowered Orb, when used in a spell, to increase that spell's chance to hit. Another way to get that last drop of arcane power is to fully utilize the leftover energies of one of their Empowered Mystic Orbs.
Benefit: You gain the empower orb power. In addition, choose either power of the force magi or power of the phase magi.

Empower Orb Warmage Class Feature
Embedding latent arcane energies into one of your Mystic Orbs, you Empower it, causing it to pulse with power.
At-Will Star.gif Arcane
Standard Action Personal
Effect: Changes one of your Mystic Orbs into an Empowered Mystic Orb. Empowered Mystic Orbs act just like Mystic Orbs, but add a +1 power bonus to a spell's attack and damage rolls when used in a spell. At level 11, this bonus increases to +2. At level 21, this bonus increases to +3.

Power of the Force Magi[edit]

Benefit: After using an Empowered Mystic Orb in a spell, you may choose to lash out at an enemy within 15 squares, sliding them an amount of squares equal to your Wisdom modifier.

Power of the Phase Magi[edit]

Benefit: After using an Empowered Mystic Orb in a spell, you may choose to absorb the residual energies, phasing an amount of squares equivalent to your Wisdom modifier.

Level 1: At-Will Powers[edit]

Benefit: You gain two of the following powers.

Level 2: Utility Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following utility powers.

Level 3: Encounter Attack Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following encounter attack powers.

Level 4: Ability Score Increase[edit]

Your constant training hones your body and mind.
Benefit: You increase two ability scores of your choice by 1.

Level 5: Daily Attack Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following daily attack powers.

Level 6: Utility Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following utility powers.

Level 7: Encounter Attack Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following encounter attack powers.

Level 8: Ability Score Increase[edit]

You reap the reward of constant challenge by increasing your physical and mental well-being.
Benefit: You increase two ability scores of your choice by 1.

Level 9: Daily Attack Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following daily attack powers.

Level 10: Utility Power[edit]

Benefit: You gain one of the following powers.

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