The fury of a storm, the gentle strength of the morning sun, the cunning of the fox, the power of the bear—all these and more are at the druid’s command. The druid however, claims no mastery over nature. That claim, she says, is the empty boast of a city dweller. The druid gains her power not by ruling nature but by being at one with it. To trespassers in a druid’s sacred grove, and to those who feel her wrath, the distinction is overly fine.
Adventures: Druids adventure to gain knowledge (especially about animals and plants unfamiliar to them) and power. Sometimes, their superiors call on their services. Druids may also bring their power to bear against those who threaten what they love, which more often includes ancient stands of trees or trackless mountains than people. While druids accept that which is horrific or cruel in nature, they hate that which is unnatural, including aberrations (such as beholders and carrion crawlers) and undead (such as zombies and vampires). Druids sometimes lead raids against such creatures, especially when they encroach on the druids’ territory.
Characteristics: Druids cast divine spells much the same way
clerics do, though most get their spells from the power of nature
rather than from deities. Their spells are oriented toward nature and
animals. In addition to spells, druids gain an increasing array of
magical powers, including the ability to take the shapes of animals,
as they advance in level.
The armor of a druid are restricted by traditional oaths to the items noted in Weapon and Armor proficiency (below),All other armor is prohibited. Though a druid could learn to wear full plate, putting it on would violate her oath and suppress her druidic powers.
Druids avoid carrying much worked metal with them because it interferes with the pure and primal nature that they attempt to embody.
Alignment: Druids, in keeping with nature’s ultimate indifference, must maintain at least some measure of dispassion. As such, they must be neutral on at least one alignment axis (chaotic–lawful or good–evil), if not both. Just as nature encompasses such dichotomies as life and death, beauty and horror, and peace and violence, so two druids can manifest different or even opposite alignments (Neutral Good and Neutral Evil, for instance) and still be part of the druidic tradition.
Religion: A druid reveres nature above all. She gains her magical power either from the force of nature itself or from a nature deity. The typical druid pursues a mystic spirituality of transcendent union with nature rather than devoting herself to a divine entity. Still, some druids revere or at least respect either Obad-Hai (god of nature) or Ehlonna (goddess of the woodlands).
Background: Though their organization is invisible to most
outsiders, who consider druids to be loners, druids are actually part of a society that spans the land, ignoring political borders. A
prospective druid is inducted into this society through secret rituals,
including tests that not all survive. Only after achieving some level
of competence is the druid allowed to strike out on her own.
All druids are nominally members of this druidic society, though
some individuals are so isolated that they have never seen any high ranking
members of the society or participated in druidic
gatherings. All druids recognize each other as brothers and sisters.
Like true creatures of the wilderness, however, druids sometimes
compete with or even prey on each other.
A druid may be expected to perform services for higher-ranking druids, though proper payment is tendered for such assignments. Likewise, a lower-ranking druid may appeal for aid from her higher-ranking comrades in exchange for a fair price in coin or service.
Druids may live in small towns, but they always spend a good portion of their time in wild areas. Even large cities surrounded by cultivated land as far as the eye can see often have druid groves nearby—small, wild refuges where druids live and which they protect fiercely. Near coastal cities, such refuges may be nearby islands, where the druids can find the isolation they need.
Races: Elves and gnomes have an
affinity for natural lands and often
become druids. Humans and half-elves
also frequently adopt this path,
and druids are particularly common
among savage humans. Dwarves,
halflings, and half-orcs are
Few from among the brutal humanoids are inducted into druidic society, though gnolls have a fair contingent of evil druids among them. Gnoll druids are accepted, though perhaps not welcomed, by druids of other races.
Other Classes: The druid shares with rangers and many barbarians a reverence for nature and a familiarity with natural lands. She doesn’t much understand the urban mannerism typical of a rogue, and she finds arcane magic disruptive and slightly distasteful. The typical druid also dislikes the paladin’s devotion to abstract ideals instead of “the real world.” Druids, however, are nothing if not accepting of diversity, and they take little offense at other characters, even those very different from them.
Role: The druid enjoys extraordinary versatility. Though she lacks the sheer healing power of the cleric, she makes up for it with additional offensive power, thanks to her spell selection and wild shape ability. A druid back up by another secondary healer (such as a paladin) can prove extremely valuable to a group of adventurers. Her animal companion also provides valuable melee combat support.
Wisdom determines how powerful a spell a druid can
cast, how many spells she can cast per day, and how hard those
spells are to resist. To cast a spell, a druid must have a Wisdom score
of 10 + the spell’s level. A druid gets bonus spells based on Wisdom.
The Difficulty Class of a saving throw against a druid’s spell is 10 +
the spell’s level + the druid’s Wisdom modifier.
Since a druid wears light or medium armor, a high Dexterity score greatly improves her defensive ability.
Hit Die: d8.
|Saving Throws||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+0||+2||+0||+2||Animal Companion, Nature Sense, Wild Empathy||3||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|4th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Resist Nature’s Lure||5||3||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|5th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Wild Shape (1/day)||5||3||2||1||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|6th||+4||+5||+2||+5||Wild Shape (2/day)||5||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|7th||+5||+5||+2||+5||Wild Shape (3/day)||6||4||3||2||1||—||—||—||—||—|
|8th||+6/+1||+6||+2||+6||Wild Shape (Large)||6||4||3||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|10th||+7/+2||+7||+3||+7||Wild Shape (4/day)||6||4||4||3||3||2||—||—||—||—|
|11th||+8/+3||+7||+3||+7||Wild Shape (Tiny)||6||5||4||4||3||2||1||—||—||—|
|12th||+9/+4||+8||+4||+8||Wild Shape (plant)||6||5||4||4||3||3||2||—||—||—|
|13th||+9/+4||+8||+4||+8||A Thousand Faces||6||5||5||4||4||3||2||1||—||—|
|14th||+10/+5||+9||+4||+9||Wild Shape (5/day)||6||5||5||4||4||3||3||2||—||—|
|15th||+11/+6/+1||+9||+5||+9||Timeless Body, Wild Shape (Huge)||6||5||5||5||4||4||3||2||1||—|
|16th||+12/+7/+2||+10||+5||+10||Wild Shape (elemental 1/day)||6||5||5||5||4||4||3||3||2||—|
|18th||+13/+8/+3||+11||+6||+11||Wild Shape (6/day, elemental 2/day)||6||5||5||5||5||4||4||3||3||2|
|20th||+15/+10/+5||+12||+6||+12||Wild Shape (elemental 3/day, Huge elemental)||6||5||5||5||5||5||4||4||4||4|
The druid’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Listen (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).
Skill Points at 1st Level: (4 + Int modifier) × 4. Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier.
All of the following are class features of the druid.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency:
Druids are proficient with the
following weapons: club, dagger,
dart, quarterstaff, scimitar, sickle,
shortspear, sling, and spear.
They are also proficient with all
natural attacks (claw, bite, and so forth)
of any form they assume with wild shape (see
Druids are proficient with light and medium armor but are prohibited from wearing metal armor; thus, they may wear only padded, leather, or hide armor. (A druid may also wear wooden armor that has been altered by the ironwood spell so that it functions as though it were steel. See the ironwood spell description, page 246) Druids are proficient with shields (except tower shields) but must use only wooden ones.
A druid who wears prohibited armor or carries a prohibited shield is unable to cast druid spells or use any of her supernatural or spell-like class abilities while doing so and for 24 hours thereafter.
Spells: A druid casts divine spells (the same type of spells
available to the cleric, paladin, and ranger), which are drawn from
the druid spell list (page 189). Her alignment may restrict her from
casting certain spells opposed to her moral or ethical beliefs; see
Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells, below. A druid must choose
and prepare her spells in advance (see below).
To prepare or cast a spell, the druid must have a Wisdom score equal to at least 10 + the spell level (Wis 10 for 0-level spells, Wis 11 for 1st-level spells, and so forth). The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a druid’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the druid’s Wisdom modifier.
Like other spellcasters, a druid can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Her base daily spell allotment is given on Table 3–8: The Druid. In addition, she receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Wisdom score (see Table 1–1: Ability Modifiers and Bonus Spells, page8). She does not have access to any domain spells or granted powers, as a cleric does.
A druid prepares and casts spells the way a cleric does, though she cannot lose a prepared spell to cast a cure spell in its place (but see Spontaneous Casting, below). A druid may prepare and cast any spell on the druid spell list (page 189), provided that she can cast spells of that level, but she must choose which spells to prepare during her daily meditation.
Spontaneous Casting: A druid can channel stored spell energy into summoning spells that she hasn’t prepared ahead of time. She can “lose” a prepared spell in order to cast any summon nature’s ally spell of the same level or lower. For example, a druid who has prepared repel vermin (a 4th-level spell) may lose repel vermin in order to cast summon nature’s ally IV (also a 4th-level spell).
Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells: A druid can’t cast spells of an alignment opposed to her own or her deity’s (if she has one). For example, a neutral good druid cannot cast evil spells. Spells associated with particular alignments are indicated by the chaos, evil, good, and law descriptors in their spell descriptions (see Chapter 11: Spells).
Bonus Languages: A druid’s bonus language options include
Sylvan, the language of woodland creatures. This choice is in
addition to the bonus languages available to the character because of
her race (see Race and Languages, page 12, and the Speak Language
skill, page 82).
A druid also knows Druidic, a secret language known only to druids, which she learns upon becoming a 1st-level druid. Druidic is a free language for a druid; that is, she knows it in addition to her regular allotment of languages and it doesn’t take up a language slot. Druids are forbidden to teach this language to nondruids. Druidic has its own alphabet.
Animal Companion (Ex): A druid may begin play with an
animal companion selected from the following list: badger, camel,
dire rat, dog, riding dog, eagle, hawk, horse (light or heavy), owl,
pony, snake (Small or Medium viper), or wolf. If the DM’s campaign
takes place wholly or partly in an aquatic environment, the DM may
add the following creatures to the druid’s list of options: crocodile,
porpoise, Medium shark, and squid. This animal is a loyal
companion that accompanies the druid on her adventures as
appropriate for its kind.
A 1st-level druid’s companion is completely typical for its kind except as noted in the sidebar on page 36. As a druid advances in level, the animal’s power increases as shown on the table in the sidebar.
If a druid releases her companion from service, she may gain a new one by performing a ceremony requiring 24 uninterrupted hours of prayer. This ceremony can also replace an animal companion that has perished.
A druid of 4th level or higher may select from alternative lists of animals (see the sidebar). Should she select an animal companion from one of these alternative lists, the creature gains abilities as if the character’s druid level were lower than it actually is. Subtract the value indicated in the appropriate list header from the character’s druid level and compare the result with the druid level entry on the table in the sidebar to determine the animal companion’s powers. (If this adjustment would reduce the druid’s effective level to 0 or lower, she can’t have that animal as a companion.) For example, a 6th-level druid could select a leopard as an animal companion. The leopard would have characteristics and special abilities as if the druid were 3rd level (taking into account the –3 adjustment) instead of 6th level.
Nature Sense (Ex): A druid gains a +2 bonus on Knowledge (nature) and Survival checks.
Wild Empathy (Ex): A druid can use body language, vocalizations,
and demeanor to improve the attitude of an animal (such as a
bear or a monitor lizard). This ability functions just like a Diplomacy
check made to improve the attitude of a person (see Chapter 4:
Skills). The druid rolls 1d20 and adds her druid level and her
Charisma modifier to determine the wild empathy check result. The
typical domestic animal has a starting attitude of indifferent, while
wild animals are usually unfriendly.
To use wild empathy, the druid and the animal must be able to study each other, which means that they must be within 30 feet of one another under normal conditions. Generally, influencing an animal in this way takes 1 minute but, as with influencing people, it might take more or less time.
A druid can also use this ability to influence a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2 (such as a basilisk or a girallon), but she takes a –4 penalty on the check.
Woodland Stride (Ex): Starting at 2nd level, a druid may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at her normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. However, thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that have been magically manipulated to impede motion still affect her.
Trackless Step (Ex): Starting at 3rd level, a druid leaves no trail in natural surroundings and cannot be tracked. She may choose to leave a trail if so desired.
Resist Nature’s Lure (Ex): Starting at 4th level, a druid gains a +4 bonus on saving throws against the spell-like abilities of fey (such as dryads, pixies, and sprites).
Wild Shape (Su): At 5th level, a druid gains the ability to turn
herself into any Small or Medium animal and back again once per
day. Her options for new forms include all creatures with the animal
type (see the Monster Manual). This ability functions like the Polymorph
spell, except as noted here. The effect lasts for 1 hour per
druid level, or until she changes back. Changing form (to animal or
back) is a standard action and doesn’t provoke an attack of
The form chosen must be that of an animal the druid is familiar with. For example, a druid who has never been outside a temperate forest could not become a polar bear.
A druid loses her ability to speak while in animal form because she is limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, but she can communicate normally with other animals of the same general grouping as her new form. (The normal sound a wild parrot makes is a squawk, so changing to this form does not permit speech.)
A druid can use this ability more times per day at 6th, 7th, 10th, 14th, and 18th level, as noted on Table 3–8: The Druid. In addition, she gains the ability to take the shape of a Large animal at 8th level, a Tiny animal at 11th level, and a Huge animal at 15th level. The new form’s Hit Dice can’t exceed the character’s druid level. For instance, a druid can’t take the form of a dire bear (a Large creature that always has at least 12 HD) until 12th level, even though she can begin taking Large forms at 8th level.
At 12th level, a druid becomes able to use wild shape to change into a plant creature, such as a shambling mound, with the same size restrictions as for animal forms. (A druid can’t use this ability to take the form of a plant that isn’t a creature, such as a tree or a rose bush.)
At 16th level, a druid becomes able to use wild shape to change into a Small, Medium, or Large elemental (air, earth, fire, or water) once per day. These elemental forms are in addition to her normal wild shape usage. In addition to the normal effects of wild shape, the druid gains all the elemental’s extraordinary, supernatural, and spell-like abilities. She also gains the elemental’s feats for as long as she maintains the wild shape, but she retains her own creature type (humanoid, in most cases). At 18th level, a druid becomes able to assume elemental form twice per day, and at 20th level she can do so three times per day. At 20th level, a druid may use this wild shape ability to change into a Huge elemental.
Venom Immunity (Ex): At 9th level, a druid gains immunity to all poisons.
A Thousand Faces (Su): At 13th level, a druid gains the ability to change her appearance at will, as if using the alter self spell (page 197), but only while in her normal form.
Timeless Body (Ex): After attaining 15th level, a druid no longer takes ability score penalties for aging (see Table 6–5: Aging Effects, page 109) and cannot be magically aged. Any penalties she may have already incurred, however, remain in place. Bonuses still accrue, and the druid still dies of old age when her time is up.
Ex-Druids" A druid who ceases to revere nature, changes to a prohibited alignment, or teaches the Druidic language to a nondruid loses all spells and druid abilities (including her animal companion, but not including weapon, armor, and shield proficiencies). She cannot thereafter gain levels as a druid until she atones (see the atonement spell description, page 201).
The Druid's Animal CompanionEdit
A druid’s animal companion is different from a normal animal of its kind in many ways. The companion is treated as a magical beast, not an animal, for the purpose of all effects that depend on its type (though it retains an animal’s HD, base attack bonus, saves, skill points, and feats). It is superior to a normal animal of its kind and has special powers, as described below.
|1st–2nd||+0||+0||+0||1||Link, share spells|
Animal Companion Basics: Use the base statistics for a creature of the companion’s kind, as given in the Monster Manual, but make the following changes.
Class Level: The character’s druid level. The druid’s class levels stack with levels of any other classes that are entitled to an animal companion (such as the ranger) such for the purpose of determining the companion’s abilities and the alternative lists available to the character.
Bonus HD: Extra eight-sided (d8) Hit Dice, each of which gains a Constitution modifier, as normal. Remember that extra Hit Dice improve the animal companion’s base attack and base save bonuses. An animal companion’s base attack bonus is the same as that of a druid of a level equal to the animal’s HD. An animal companion has good Fortitude and Reflex saves (treat it as a character whose level equals the animal’s HD). An animal companion gains additional skill points and feats for bonus HD as normal for advancing a monster’s Hit Dice (see the Monster Manual).
Natural Armor Adj.: The number noted here is an improvement to the animal companion’s existing natural armor bonus.
Str/Dex Adj.: Add this value to the animal companion’s Strength and Dexterity scores.
Bonus Tricks: The value given in this column is the total number of “bonus” tricks that the animal knows in addition to any that the druid might choose to teach it (see the Handle Animal skill, page 74). These bonus tricks don’t require any training time or Handle Animal checks, and they don’t count against the normal limit of tricks known by the animal. The druid selects these bonus tricks, and once selected, they can’t be changed.
Link (Ex): A druid can handle her animal companion as a free action, or push it as a move action, even if she doesn’t have any ranks in the Handle Animal skill. The druid gains a +4 circumstance bonus on all wild empathy checks and Handle Animal checks made regarding an animal companion.
Share Spells (Ex): At the druid’s option, she may have any spell (but
not any spell-like ability) she casts upon herself also affect her animal
companion. The animal companion must be within 5 feet of her at the
time of casting to receive the benefit. If the spell or effect has a duration
other than instantaneous, it stops affecting the animal companion if the
companion moves farther than 5 feet away and will not affect the animal
again, even if it returns to the druid before the duration expires.
Additionally, the druid may cast a spell with a target of “You” on her animal companion (as a touch range spell) instead of on herself. A druid and her animal companion can share spells even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the companion’s type (animal).
Evasion (Ex): If an animal companion is subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex saving throw for half damage, it takes no damage if it makes a successful saving throw.
Devotion (Ex): An animal companion’s devotion to its master is so complete that it gains a +4 morale bonus on Will saves against enchantment spells and effects.
Multiattack: An animal companion gains Multiattack as a bonus feat if it has three or more natural attacks (see the Monster Manual for details on this feat) and does not already have that feat. If it does not have the requisite three or more natural attacks, the animal companion instead gains a second attack with its primary natural weapon, albeit at a –5 penalty.
Improved Evasion (Ex): When subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex saving throw for half damage, an animal companion takes no damage if it makes a successful saving throw and only half damage if the saving throw fails.
Alternative Animal CompanionsEdit
As explained in the text on page 35, a druid of sufficiently high level can select her animal companion from one of the following lists, applying the indicated adjustment to the druid’s level (in parentheses) for purposes of determining the companion’s characteristics and special abilities.
4th Level or Higher (Level –3)
Bear, black (animal)
Lizard, monitor (animal)
Shark, Large1 (animal)
Snake, constrictor (animal)
Snake, Large viper (animal)
7th Level or Higher (Level –6)
Bear, brown (animal)
Crocodile, giant (animal)
Snake, Huge viper (animal)
10th Level or Higher (Level –9)
Bear, polar (animal)
Shark, Huge1 (animal)
Snake, giant constrictor (animal)
Whale, orca1 (animal)
13th Level or Higher (Level –12)
Octopus, giant1 (animal)
16th Level or Higher (Level –15)
Squid, giant1 (animal)
1 Available only in an aquatic environment.