Eldritch Shadow (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Eldritch Shadow

The general view of Warlocks, in most areas of most civilization, is that they are evil, demented, demon worshippers who want nothing more than to cause chaos and destruction where ever they go. Contrary to this popular belief, Warlocks did not choose to have the heritage that bestows the powers they possess to them. Even so, they are mistreated and looked down upon almost everywhere, and because of this many Warlocks have devoted themselves to hiding amongst those that would banish them or lynch them. This adaptation to civilized angst towards them has helped Warlocks learn secrets of their heritage and the underworkings of the "other" side of the law.


To qualify to become an Eldritch Shadow, a character must fullfill all of the following criteria.

  • Alignment: Any chaotic or evil.
  • Skills: Hide 8 Ranks, Move Silently 8 ranks, Spot 8 Ranks, Knowledge (local) 8 ranks, Concentration 8 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks.
  • Invocations: Ability to use the Eldritch Spear blast shape, Ability to use either the See the Unseen or Devil's Sight invocations.
  • Special: Eldritch Blast 3d6, Sneak Attack +3d6, Point Blank Shot feat, and Stealthy feat.

Table: The Eldritch Shadow
Hit Die: d6
Base Attack
1st +0 +0 +2 +2 Warlock Advancement, Rogue Special Abilities
2nd +1 +0 +3 +3 Sneak Attack +1d6
3rd +2 +1 +3 +3 Eldritch Sniper +1/day
4th +3 +1 +4 +4 Sneak Attack +2d6
5th +3 +1 +4 +4 Extra Invocation
6th +4 +2 +5 +5 Sneak Attack +3d6
7th +5 +2 +5 +5 Eldritch Sniper +2/day
8th +6 +2 +6 +6 Sneak Attack +4d6
9th +6 +3 +6 +6 Extra Invocation
10th +7 +3 +7 +7 Sneak Attack +5d6

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
Appraise, Bluff, Concentration, Craft, Decipher Script, Disable Device, Disguise, Gather Information, Hide, Intimidate, Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (local), Knowledge (the planes), Listen, Move Silently, Profession, Search, Sense Motive, Sleight of Hand, Spellcraft, Spot, Use Magic Device.

Class Features

All of the following are the class features of the Eldritch Shadow prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: An Eldritch Shadow gains no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Warlock Advancement: Levels in the Eldritch Shadow prestige class stack with the character's Warlock levels to determine its Warlock caster level, eldritch blast damage, and invocations known (to the normal maximum allowed at 20th level of Warlock).

Rogue Special Abilities: Levels in the Eldritch Shadow prestige class stack with the character's Rogue levels to determine when he/she would normally learn a Rogue Special Ability; as the Rogue class feature, upto the normally allowed number for a 20th level Rogue.

Sneak Attack: At each even numbered level of Eldritch Shadow, the character's Sneak Attack damage dice increases by 1d6.

Eldritch Sniper: At 3rd level, as a standard action 1/day, the Eldritch Shadow may use his Eldritch Blast to sneak attack a foe upto 250 feet away. He must still meet the requirements to deal the sneak attack damage with this attack, as normal, or the attempt is wasted. This ability may be used 2/day at 7th level.

Extra Invocation: The Eldritch Sniper my choose an invocation one grade lower than he can already use, that he does not already know, and gain the use of it. This invocation may not be a blast shape or an essence.

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