Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pathfinder Conversion: Blackguard Prestige Class


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Hit Dice: d10


Alignment: Any evil

Base Attack Bonus: +6.

Skills: Knowledge (Religion) 2 ranks, Stealth 4 ranks

Feats: Cleave, Power Attack, Improved Sunder

Special: The character must have made peaceful contact with an evil outsider who was summoned by him or someone else.


Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (religion) (int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Disguise (Cha)

Skill Points Per Level: 2 + Int modifier


Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Blackguards are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor (heavy, medium, and light), and with shields (except tower shields).

Aura of Evil (Ex): The power of a blackguard's aura of evil (see detect evil spell) is equal to his blackguard level.

Detect Good (Sp): At will, a Blackguard can use detect good, as the spell. A blackguard can, as a move action, concentrate on a single item or individual within 60 feet and determine if it is good, learning the strength of its aura as if having studied it for 3 rounds. While focusing on one individual or object, the blackguard does not detect good in any other object or individual within range.

Poison Use (Ex): Blackguards are trained in the use of poison and cannot accidentally poison themselves when applying poison to a weapon.

Dark Blessing (Su): A blackguard gains a bonus equal to his Charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws.

Spells: A blackguard gains the ability to cast a small number of divine spells which are drawn

from the blackguard spell list at the end of this entry. A blackguard must choose and prepare his spells in advance. To prepare or cast a spell, a blackguard must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a blackguard’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the blackguard’s Charisma modifier. Like other spellcasters, a blackguard can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on Table 3–11. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Charisma score (see Table 1–2). When Table 2 indicates that the blackguard gets 0 spells per day of a given spell level, he gains only the bonus spells he would be entitled to based on his Charisma score for that spell level. A blackguard must spend 1 hour each day in prayer and meditation to regain his daily allotment of spells. A blackguard may prepare and cast any spell on the blackguard spell list, provided that he can cast spells of that level, but he must choose which spells to prepare during his daily meditation.

Smite Good (Su): Once per day, a blackguard can call out to the powers of his evil god to aid him in his destruction of good. As a swift action, the blackguard chooses one target within sight to smite. If this target is good, the blackguard adds his Charisma bonus (if any) to his attack rolls and adds his blackguard level to all damage rolls made against the target of his smite. If the target of smite good is an outsider with the good subtype, or a good-aligned dragon, the bonus to damage increases to 2 points of damage per level the blackguard possesses. Regardless of the target, smite good attacks automatically bypass any DR the creature might possess. In addition, while smite good is in effect, the blackguard gains a deflection bonus equal to his Charisma modifier (if any) to his AC against attacks made by the target of the smite. If the blackguard targets a creature that is not good, the smite is wasted with no effect. The smite good effect remains until the target of the smite is dead or the next time the blackguard rests and regains his uses of this ability.

Wrath (Su): At 3rd level, and every three levels thereafter, a blackguard can select one mercy. Each mercy adds an effect to the blackguard’s smite good ability. Whenever the blackguard uses smite good to deal damage to one target, the target also receives the additional effects from one of the Wraths possessed by the blackguard. The fortitude save to negate a Wrath is 10 plus the Blackguard's charisma modifier plus his number of Blackguard levels. A Wrath can impart a condition that is only temporary, rather than the full duration that a real effect would impart. Such conditions vanish after rounds equal to the Blackguard's Charisma modifier. At 3rd level, the blackguard can select from the following Wraths:

• Fatigued: The target is fatigued.

• Shaken: The target is shaken.

• Sickened: The target is sickened.

At 6th level, a blackguard adds the following mercies to the

list of those that can be selected.

• Dazed: The target is dazed.

• Staggered: The target is staggered.

At 9th level, a blackguard adds the following mercies to the

list of those that can be selected.

• Exhausted: The target is exhausted. The blackguard must have the fatigue wrath before selecting

this wrath.

• Frightened: The target is frightened. The blackguard must have the shaken wrath before selecting

this wrath.

• Nauseated: The target is longer nauseated. The blackguard must have the sickened wrath before selecting this wrath.

Aura of Despair (Su): Beginning at 3rd Level, the blackguard radiates a malign aura that causes enemies within 10 feet of him to take a -2 penalty on all saving throws. At 8th level this penalty increases to -4. This ability functions only while the blackguard is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Corrupted Blood (Su): At 3rd level, you gain the ability to resist fire (5) and a +2 bonus on saving throws made against poison.

Channel Negative Energy (Su): When a blackguard reaches 4th level, he gains the supernatural ability to channel positive energy like a cleric. A blackguard can use this a number of times equal to

1/2 his blackguard level plus her Charisma modifier. A blackguard uses his level as his effective cleric level when channeling negative energy. These level stack with cleric levels (if as a cleric they chose to channel negative energy). This is a Charisma-based ability.

Black Knight (Su): At 10th level, a blackguard becomes a conduit for the power of their unholy god. He gains DR 5/good and immunity to compulsion spells and spell-like abilities. This ability functions only while the blackguard is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Fallen Paladins

Blackguards who have levels in the paladin class (that is to say, are now ex-paladins) gain extra abilities the more levels of paladin they have. A fallen paladin who becomes a blackguard gains all of the following abilities that apply, according to the number of paladin levels the character has.


Smite good 1/day. (This is in addition to the ability granted to all blackguards at 2nd level.


A blackguard may add his levels in paladin for the purposes of channeling negative energy.


Sneak attack damage increased by +1d6. Smite good 2/day.


This character gains the “Command Undead” feat as described in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook (pg 120).


Tainted Aura of Resolve

The blackguard is immune to charm spells and spell-like abilities.

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Favored of the Dark Deities

Evil deities like nothing more than to see a pure heart corrupted and thus fallen paladins of this stature immediately gain blackguard levels for each level of paladin he trades in. For example, a character who has twelve levels of paladin can immediately becomes a 10th-level blackguard with all abilities if he chose to loose ten levels of paladin. The character level of the character does not change. This, of course, is in every way a profitable trade for the evil character since he has already lost most of the benefits he gained from having those paladin levels. However, with the loss of paladin levels, the character no longer gains as many extra abilities for being a fallen paladin. Thus, a fallen 15th-level paladin could become a 10th-level blackguard/5th-level paladin and gain the first three extra abilities on this chart because of the character's remaining five levels of paladin.

Blackguard Spell List

1st Level: Cause fear, corrupt weapon, cure light wounds, doom, inflict light wounds, magic weapon, summon monster 1*.

2nd Level: Bull's strength, cure moderate wounds, darkness, death knell, eagle's splendor, inflict moderate wounds, shatter, summon monster II*.

3rd Level: Contagion, cure serious wounds, deeper darkness, inflict serious wounds, protection from elements, summon monster III*.

4th Level: Cure critical wounds, freedom of movement, inflict critical wounds, poison, summon monster IV*.

*Evil creatures only.

Corrupt Weapon

Blackguards have access to a special spell, corrupt weapon, which is the opposing counterpart of the paladin spell bless weapon. Instead of improving a weapon’s effectiveness against evil foes corrupt weapon makes a weapon more effective against good foes.


  1. I like this. I've always disliked the term "anti-paladin". It sounds like some kind of medication. I did like the idea that it was a prestige class. There are plenty of evils in the game world that don't have a natural good parallel. Paladins should be one of good's unique champions... unless they've been corrupted. Hence I favor the blackguard prestige class over a base class, by any name. The only thing I want to point out is that you need to edit it a little better. A lot of times evil/good is reversed, probably from the copy/paste portions from the paladin entry.

  2. I fixed the entry for "aura of evil" and "smite good". Thanks!

  3. Sweet and balanced conversion. I kinda miss the fiendish minion though. kinda gave the black guard its own little flavor and did not make it look like such a mirror image of the paladin, even though that pretty much what it is. Still cool conversion :)

  4. Thanks! I actually decided to remove the fiendish servant in favor of making them more of a self-reliant class. The additions of the Wraths will make it a good deal more powerful and more than make up for the loss of the Fiend.

    Also- I just edited it so your target can save against a Wrath. (Save is a Fort Save vs 10+ Charisma Mod + Blackguard Levels) It's a fairly high save but I wanted it to be possible.

  5. I'd put the fiendish servant back in, or at least give the PC a choice. The paladin gets to choose either a mount or their weapon with the Divine Bond. Even the anti-paladin gets a Fiendish Boon where they gain the same thing. I think the anti-paladin's ability should be added in there somewhere. It's only fair. Just pop it in there at 5th level along side the sneak attack damage.
    And the chart's 3rd level spell list has one too many 1's. The first 1 should be a 0.