Neverwinter Nights 2 – A Guide to Prestige Classes (walkthrough)

Neverwinter Nights 2 - A Guide to Prestige Classes

By community member eyeofjustice

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Game Version 1.05


Howdy folks,

One of the most common questions on the boards here at GameFAQs is, “How do I
get the most out of my prestige classing?” (That’s paraphrased from, “This 
class is th3 suxx0r!!!”).  Prestige multiclassing was a bit mystical when 5 
classes were added in NWN’s Shadows of Undrentide expansion; with 17 Prestige 
Classes (henceforth PrCs) now, it can be downright overwhelming for newbies, 
n00bs,and advanced players alike.  

This guide is intended to target newbies and advanced players both.  n00bs 
should look elsewhere; I do not have the time nor the inclination to describe 
powergaming builds in epic detail, or to list out exact stats, race selections,
and other such nonsense.  Questions about exact builds can be directed to the 
message boards if no other current FAQs are available.  The present guide is 
intended to help relative newbies to better understand and build a multiclass 
character with PrC levels, and advanced players to get hints and ideas for PrCs
they haven’t tried (or have tried, but not in the ways I will expound).  This 
guide is not meant to take the place of the game’s manual, only augment it; if 
you do not have the manual, please note that there is an electronic copy 
included in the game folder.  

The guide is in alpha order by PrC, so I went without a table of contents, I 
hope my readers won’t take offense.

As always, please don’t repost this without permission, everything contained 
herein is my own intellectual content except where it belongs to Atari, 
Obsidian, or other community members as mentioned, and please don’t be foolish 
and plagiarise or otherwise misuse this guide.

Please enjoy the guide, I hope this will serve informatively, and happy gaming!



General formatting of this guide:

Requirements: What do I need to take this PrC?  
	Make absolutely certain you check these!  They’re in the manual, but I
include them here just because it makes things easier to reference.  Nothing is 
more frustrating than building an Arcane Archer character but neglecting to 
make him an Elf or Half-Elf.  “BAB” is your “base attack bonus”, and is based 
upon your class; there’s a reference table in the back of your manual.  Note 
that Skill requirements are physical ranks added to the skill at level-up, not 
your total bonus for the skill.  Finally, Warlocks do not qualify as Arcane 
Casters for spellcasting requirements.

Niche: What role is this PrC most generally supposed to fill as part of my 
	People often get lost in the muck of PrCs’ long lists of requirements 
and abilities, and forget the core role of multiclassing; adding something to 
your character that you want, so you can better fit your role.  Do you hate 
Neeshka?  Then you may want to augment your Ranger with levels of Assassin for 
more Roguish abilities.  Need more defense?  Look for a PrC like a Shadowdancer 
or Dwarven Defender that fills a more defensive/tanking/not-dying niche.

Description: What directions should I go with my PrC, and what should I watch 
out for?
	Each PrC has its own quirks.  Ups and downs are at least as common in 
PrCs as base classes, and in many cases, coding glitches are more rampant.  It’s
important to know… does my PrC work as well in practice as it does on paper?

Sample Build: What is an interesting build I can try with this class? 
	This is meant to be an interesting example only!  I will be as 
succinct as possible with my build info.  I intend only to stimulate 
thought, not railroad it.



Requirements: Elven or Half-Elven race, BAB +6, Weapon Focus (Longbow or 
Shortbow) and Point Blank Shot, ability to cast any arcane spells.

Niche: Being effective as an archer.

Description:  The AA is practically a requirement for an effective archery 
build in this game, because archery is so impoverished by the NWN engine.  
Why?  Because every attack will draw aggression (‘aggro’) from enemies, 
making them run to take you out.  And attacks of opportunity (AoOs) aren’t 
working properly, in that your tanks will usually just let them get through.  
But AAs can kill most enemies by the time they get to the AA, so it’s less 
of an issue.  Still, make sure you have a backup melee weapon and don’t 
forget your high BAB and HP can let you melee with power as well.

The class’ special abilities are nothing to write home about, but the real 
reason for this class is the +enchantment bonus to every arrow fired.  Note 
that this enchantment shouldn’t stack; firing +1 arrows with a level 3 AA 
will result in +2 arrows, not +3 arrows.  So go with the cheapest arrows you 
can find, or alternatively, Vampiric or elemental-enchanted arrows.  With 
a Mighty bow and a few quivers of Lightning Arrows, AAs can really tear 
through enemies.

Most builds take only one level of the arcane class and completely neglect
spellcasting.  Because AAs do not get spell progression, make sure that if 
you intend to cast spells to any level of usefulness, you take Practiced 

Sample Build: Bard 11 / AA 9.  Bard is an oft-forgotten arcane casting class, 
but it makes for a powerful AA.  This build gives you decent spellcasting
(don’t forget Practiced Spellcaster!), Inspirations and Songs, Lore bonuses, 
etc.  Haven Song and several Bard spells work well in keeping enemies away from 
you, too.  There’s not a whole lot of point to taking the tenth level of AA, 
so switch it for Bard.  Note that Deekin sells a good shortbow for this build.



Requirements: Non-lawful alignment; Lore 7, Disable Device 7, Tumble 7, 
Spellcraft 4; Sneak attack dice of at least +2d6; Arcane spellcasting of at 
least level 3.

Niche: Party multitool and spell sneak attacker.

Description: A PrC that has yet to reach its full potential in NWN2, the AT 
is still a strong party member.  Most AT builds use Rogue/Wizard levels 
exclusively, because this maximizes the number of skills (with Rogue and Int).  
Also, Sorceror makes a comparatively poor choice, because one needs at least 
3 levels of Rogue, and this disallows 9th level Sorceror spells.  But that’s 
not to say you -can’t- make a Rogue/Sorc/AT.

Why does the class have more potential than it owns up to?  First off, that 
Pilfer Magic ability Obsidian gave ATs blows.  There’s no real use for it, 
it’s weak and not suited to the nature of the class.  And Ranged Legerdemain 
from the pencil and paper (PnP) D&D game is much cooler (letting you disarm 
traps, pick pockets, etc., at range).  More importantly, though, NWN2 has yet
to officially apply sneak attack damage on touch attack spells.  What will 
that do, you may ask?  Every melee or ranged touch attack spell (e.g., Acid 
Arrow, Polar Ray, even Ray of Frost) will also apply your Sneak Attack damage
if you cast it under the same circumstances as a Sneak Attack (i.e., from 
hiding or at a foe’s flank).  Very useful, especially given the AT’s 
otherwise poor attack bonus. There are mods on to fix this.

For best combat results as it stands, Tenser’s Transformation will turn you 
into a sneak attacking dynamo.  Let your party draw the enemies in, cast 
Tenser’s, and dive in attacking flanks at will.  Impromptu Sneak Attack works
well with this too.  Keep in mind, however, that the final areas of the game 
have nothing but crit-immune undead, so by this point you’ll be relegated to 
thieving and magical support (which is still useful!).

Sample Build:  Rogue 1 / Bard 12 / Assassin 1 / AT 6.  I promise, not all of 
the builds from here on will use Bard, it’s just difficult to think up an 
interesting AT build when Rogue/Wizard is such an obvious standard.  However, 
Bard has a lot to offer, most notably better attack bonus, and thus better 
chance to land sneak attacks.  Spells like Heroism and War Cry, and Curse 
Song,will give you even better effect.  This build even gets a pretty great 
skill selection.  Also note that taking one level of Rogue and one of Assassin 
means you save yourself a level for spellcasting, though you do give up Evasion 
as well, so it’s your decision.  This is a great build for those who can’t be 
bothered to download a hakpak for allowing spell sneak attacks, though 
admittedly a poor build for those who do.



Requirements: Any evil alignment; Hide 8, Move Silently 8.

Niche: Same as Rogue, but more adept at striking from hiding.

Description:  This PrC is mostly just an evil Rogue, essentially trading in 
the high-level feats (Improved Evasion, Slippery Mind, etc.) and two skill 
points per level, in favour of better ability to hide.  This is actually 
better than it sounds; Hiding in Shadows is a real trial in 3.5ed D&D, and 
Hide in Plain Sight (which Assassins now get at level 8) makes hiding much 
more useful.  It also means you can simply hide whenever anything notices you,
so long as your Hide and Move Silently are high enough to avoid detection.  

Don’t count out those Assassin spells, either.  Greater Invisibility is 
as wonderful as always, and if you have the Blind-Fight feat, the Darkness 
spell is a stellar means of dealing large amounts of sneak attack damage very 

Death Attack is often misunderstood.  Essentially, it stacks in all ways with 
Sneak Attack, but also adds an additional chance for paralyzation under very 
specific circumstances.  If your target is not currently engaged (i.e., you 
snuck up on him or her without drawing notice), your aneak attack has a chance 
of paralyzing it.  This is tertiary, but can be deadly if you’re a patient 
hunter.  Just don’t forget that most things immune to Sneak Attacks are also 
immune to paralysis.

Sample Build: Ranger 11 / Assassin 9.  Dual-wielding works excessively well 
with sneak attacking classes, and Assassins are no exception.  One bonus of 
using Ranger levels for this is that you can focus less on Dex (though you’ll 
still want a decent stat value for it) without sacrificing much hiding. 
Plus, take Undead as your Favoured Enemy, then take Improved Favoured Enemy 
in Undead for one of your feats, and watch your Assassin cut a swath through 
Act III nearly as well as he did through Act II.  This build makes a much 
better balance for crit-immune foes than the more standard Rogue/Assassin.



Requirements: Any evil alignment; BAB +6; Cleave feat; Hide 5.

Niche: Anti-Paladin, Sneak-Attacking tank, and general evil SOB.

Description:  Blackguards are, in almost every way, evil Paladins.  And just as
much, they are generally played with as little finesse as Paladins are.  Just 
because he’s a servant of evil doesn’t mean he can’t have personality!  Don’t
forget (role-playing-wise) that “evil” can mean a lot of different things, even 
in D&D.

Okay, that rant is over… The Blackguard is somewhat underpowered, let’s be 
honest.  He has difficulty knowing what exactly he wants to be, with a large 
gamut of abilities and bonuses.  Smite Good and most of the Blackguard spells 
are useless in the confines of this game.  unlike NWN1, ignore the Blackguard’s
summoning abilities.  Both Create Undead and Fiendish Servant are almost 
completely useless; the creatures created, especially in the former case, 
are too weak to even be decent meat shields.

But for an evil character build, he does have good points to offer.  First 
and foremost, he is the only high-BAB class (other than the Neverwinter Nine) 
who offers Sneak Attack, and with d10 HP and lots of armor.  Sneak attacking 
is never so much fun as it is with a Greataxe.  Add in high saving throws 
from Dark Blessing, Blackguards are often much more survivable in melee than 
your average Rogue.

Aura of Despair makes the Blackguard a very utilitarian tanker; sit in the 
middle of a group of enemies, have your mage cast Mass Hold Person, and 
watch as the saving-throw-challenged enemies turn into sneak attack 
pincushions.  Unfortunately, this aura appears to still affect party members, 
which is a glitch.  I was under the impression this was supposed to get fixed 
at some point, but there should be mods on nwvault to fix it.

Sample Build: Cleric 13 / Blackguard 7.  Note that Blackguards only lose two 
levels of Turn Undead (as opposed to Paladins’ three), and with your high 
Charisma, you may actually turn better than a standard Cleric.  Use your Aura 
of Despair to your own advantage, as well as your party’s.  And since you need 
Power Attack for the Cleave class requirement anyway, Divine Might (with Power 
Attack as a prereq) can really boost your damage output if you have more Turn 
Undead uses than you need (which may well be the case).  Level 7 is more than 
high enough for Clerical magic for tanking buffs.  The Trickery and Evil 
domains really round out this class well.  And don’t forget Practiced 



Requirements: BAB +7; Weapon Focus (Any melee weapon).

Niche: A Paladin of any alignment, or a Fighter with extra bonuses.

Description: DCs are a bit of a strange mix of abilities.  They need Cha 
like a Paladin does, and get bonus feats like a Fighter.  However, they don’t 
get Turn Undead, spells, or an increasing number of Smite uses like a Paladin 
does, and their bonus feat list is quite a bit scaled back from the Fighter 
	-Blind-Fight, Combat Expertise, Dodge, Exotic Weapon Proficiency, 
	Extra Turning, Improved Combat Expertise, Improved Critical, Improved 
	Initiative, Improved Parry, Weapon Focus.

Generally, taking levels of Fighter would better suit most builds.  But for 
builds which already have Charisma (for example, Paladins, Bards, and Red 
Dragon Disciples), DCs can offer some interesting abilities.  Note that there 
is no alignment requirement, contrary to NWN1; you can be a DC of any deity 
you want, or even no deity at all.

Smite Infidel is extremely useful; it works as Smite Good or Smite Evil, but 
against any alignment (on the Good/Evil axis) that is not your own.  So Smite 
Infidel works against Neutral enemies, of which there are a fair number.  
Remember that nearly all animals, elementals, and constructs are neutral.  
Even evil DCs can Smite these enemies.  And +1 saves every level is nothing 
to scoff at, either.

Also, while Smite Infidel does NOT stack with Smite Good or Smite Evil, taking 
the Extra Smiting feat will give you more uses of BOTH, allowing Paladin/DCs 
to smite an impressive number of foes per day.

Sample Build: Bard 15 / DC 5.  Okay, this is the last Bard, I promise.  But
this is one of my old favourites.  High Cha matches up well for Divine Wrath 
and Smite Infidel, and the DC gives Bard a BAB boost, as well as some extra 
feats.  Take a Morningstar Weapon Focus, with Blind-Fight and Improved Crit: 
Morningstar as your bonus feats, and you’ll be a juggernaut right from the 
morningstar in the Swamp Cave.  Very cool Bardic Warrior-Champion.



Requirements: BAB +6; Parry 5, Tumble 5; Dodge, Mobility, Weapon Finesse.

Niche: Parrying.

Description:  One of my least favourite PrCs, for several reasons.  First off, 
it is excessively focused; it can barely use more equipment than a Monk, yet 
doesn’t naturally get any special equipment that Monks do.  Also, if you’re not 
interested in Parrying, there’s little to sell about the Duelist, you should 
generally look elsewhere.  Also, Piercing Strike does NOT work with dual-
wielding, which makes their high Parry somewhat less useful.  I took a Duelist 
through the main campaign, and it was alright, but I made the mistake of not 

However, for what it is, the Duelist is pretty interesting, a bit of a Fighter/
Rogue hybrid.  They get Haste usages multiple times per day, they add extra 
piercing damage on attacks, and they have high BAB, HP, and skills.  Note that, 
unlike the Monk, while the Duelist adds their Intelligence modifier to their 
Armor Class, they can ONLY do so to their Duelist level.  So a Duelist level 2 
can only add +2 Int -max- to their AC.  So don’t expect to add a single level 
of Duelist to your Wizard builds.

With their superb bonuses to Parry (but not until level 7!), the Duelist 
becomes nigh-unhittable while in Parry mode.  Though they can make fewer 
counterattacks than a dual-wielder with two-weapon fighting and defense, they 
have better bonuses to deflect attacks.  Also, the sheer volume of different 
abilities can, like the Monk, be very attractive to any character looking to 
add some finesse to their game. Be mindful that Duelists do not get Uncanny 
Dodge, so you may want to take levels of a class that does.  Also, liberal 
amounts of Use Magic Device will go a long way toward making up for the 
Duelist’s dearth of good equipment.

Sample Build: Rogue 3 / Barbarian 7 / Duelist 10.  A bit of a strange mix, but 
hold your catcalls a moment.  Rogue gives the skills necessary, plus Evasion 
and some Sneak Attacking to buffer your damage.  Barbarian gives you Uncanny 
Dodge and stackable stat bonuses from Rage, allowing you to focus much more of 
your stats on Dex and Int.  A very 'controlled rager', and s/he even gets 1/- 
damage reduction.  Though I am often loath to suggest ECL races, Tiefling 
would make a stellar Rogue/Barb/Duelist.



Requirements: Dwarven race; Any lawful alignment; BAB +7; Dodge and Toughness.

Niche: Lawful Barbarian, more focused on defense than offense.

Description: Dwarven Defenders are walls.  With swords.  They share the d12 
hitpoints and the uncanny dodge and trap sense bonuses with Barbarians, but 
instead of losing out on armor, DDs bulk up on it.  The stat bonuses for 
Defensive Stance do not stack with other stat bonuses, unlike Rage; however, 
the main attraction is the AC.  With Defensive Stance active, at level 10, DDs 
receive +8 to Dodge AC.  Stellar.  It does root you in one spot, but with a 
reach weapon like a Halberd, this isn’t much of a problem at all.  You’ll at 
the head of your party anyway, you should usually draw the enemies to you like 
flies to a Half-Orc.

One thing that is often overlooked is that DDs also get high Will saves.  Along 
with Trap Sense and their obscene number of HP, DDs are very difficult to take 
out of a fight, and with decent offense from their base class, a DD can dish 
out punishment with impunity.

Also, Defensive Stance is supposed to become mobile at level 8, and the DD is 
able to take short moves each round to adjust the stance.  Please note that, 
as of 1.05, Obsidian has still yet to actually implement Defensive Stance, 
which somewhat (but not totally!) limits the usefulness of this PrC.  
GameFAQs member SushiSquid has designed a fix for this, which should soon be 
available on nwvault.

Sample Build: Ranger 10 / Dwarven Defender 10.  Rangers are the offense to DD 
defense; this build gets Uncanny Dodge, high AC, great bonuses against 
favoured enemies, Evasion, as well as high saves all around.  You even get a 
weak animal companion to help you position enemies around you.  An extra 
Ranger level adds an extra offhand weapon attack at the expense of some 
defense, it’s the player’s call.



Requirements: Martial Weapon Proficiency; Arcane Spellcasting of at least 
level 3. (The manual is incorrect.)

Niche: A mage with the ability to hit things in combat.

Description:  Eldritch Knights are the new Fighter/Mages of 3.5ed.  You get 
much beefier melee ability (higher BAB and solid concentration caster feats) 
at very little cost.  You’re supposed to have to take a level of a class with 
Martial Weapon Proficiency for EK, but because of how Proficiency works, you 
can just go straight to EK from your base caster class at the expense of a
feat.  Wizards generally make better EKs than Sorcs, because Wizzies get bonus
magical feats every 5 levels and a slightly faster spell progression to offset 
the multiclassing.  

There’s not a whole lot to say about EKs… generally, they’re almost always 
better than a standard caster build, because they allow more flexibility in 
terms of combat.  That’s a qualified ‘always’, though; Wizards do get more 
magic feats than Wiz/EKs, and Sorcerors do get pinched for spell progression 
when they multiclass.  It depends on how specialized on spellcasting one 
desires to be.  Keep in mind that even 10 levels of EK will not make your 
mage into a warrior, it’ll just go a long way toward that.  More than any other
melee class, EKs depend on buffing; if you don’t like sitting around casting 
over and over after every rest, EK is probably not the PrC for you.

Sample Build:  Paladin 2 / Sorc 8 / EK 10.  Yes, the saving throw bonus from 
Cha for Paladins makes this absurdly powergamey.  However, you do lose 9th 
level spells, so that’s enough to shoo most n00bs away.  Elsewise, this is a 
very powerful Paladin of Mystra.  Take Practiced Spellcaster!  Feel free to add
more levels of Paladin as desired.



Requirements: Any non-lawful alignment; BAB +6; Cleave, Great Cleave, Power 

Niche: Powergamer’s extra-focused Barbarian.

Description:  Extremely focused on melee combat, and more importantly, on 
dealing melee damage.  Let’s just say killing things.  When an FB’s around, 
things die.  That about says it.

The difference between Great Cleave (the general feat) and Supreme Cleave (the 
FB feat) is oft-misunderstood.  Great Cleave lets you cleave an unlimited 
number of times per round, be it all at once (slaying a horde of goblins around
you) or separately for every enemy you kill with your multiple attacks per 
round (slaying a horde of beefy but injured Bugbears over the course of a 
round).  Supreme Cleave, on the other hand, gives you two cleaves instead of 
one, every time you make a cleave attack.  Suffice to say, with both, when 
things die, lots of other things die soon too.

Note that the Strength bonus from Frenzy does not stack with other Strength 
bonuses, but WILL stack with the Str bonus from Rage.  Also, Frenzy prevents 
you from dying when it’s active, which is why Lorne just doesn’t die when you 
fight him (run away until it wears off, by the way).  Basically, sit a two-
handed weapon in your hands, turn on Power Attack (with Enhanced Power Attack 
from FB), click Frenzy, and knock things’ heads off.  Improved Power Attack is 
even more obscene, but by that point, you’re facing some serious attack 
penalties, so I’d advise against going that far.

Technically, Frenzy is only supposed to deplete your HPs at a rate of 2 per 
round, but as of 1.03, this rate is 6 per round.  Why?  Well, Frenzy is also 
supposed to result in a chance you’ll attack your allies, but this wasn’t 
implemented.  So it’s a balance thing.  Keep Clerics handy, or be prepared to 
rest.  A lot.  On the bright side, you can't die whilst Frenzying, so as long
as your Frenzy lasts most of the waythrough the battle, you'll resurrect 
afterwards anyway.

Sample Build: Fighter 6 / Weapon Master 7 / Frenzied Berserker 7.  There’s no 
way to make a build with FB that’s effective and not powergamey, so I went 
with a damage monkey on this one.  This guy can only do one thing, but he 
does it well.  There are plenty of builds out there that use some combination 
of Fighter, Barb, WM, and RDD with their FBs. (Boring, eh?)


Requirements: Any non-evil alignment; Diplomacy 8, Lore 4, Spellcraft 2; 
Alertness and Iron Will (feats).

Niche: Adding some tertiary abilities without screwing up the initial class 
too much.

Description:  Now here’s an interesting conundrum.  Definitely better than 
NWN’s Harper Scout, who didn’t get spellcasting.  This is basically an EK with 
slightly worse BAB, but more skills and lots of saves.  But still, not a great 
choice in most cases.

Folks groan about the prereqs, but they’re not so bad.  Diplomacy is 
practically a requirement for the NWN2 campaign anyway, and Lore and Spellcraft 
are both useful to have (Note: Spellcraft gives +1 to saves against ALL spells 
for every 5 ranks).  Iron Will isn’t a waste, as nobody likes getting stunned 
or charmed; and while Alertness is pretty poor, there are enough Rogue enemies 
in the main campaign to make it not a total pain to take.

Also, note that the HA’s spellcasting progression works for arcane or divine 
casters, so you have a lot of flexibility to work the class into your builds.  
Although this PrC isn’t one of the best, it’s also pretty much for roleplaying 
purposes.  It can fit a lot of different roles, much like a Bard.  Note that 
you can only take 5 levels max of HA.

Sample Build: Wizard 5 / Eldritch Knight 10 / Harper Agent 5.  This takes 
advantage of one of the HA’s most important strengths; its BAB doesn’t suck.  
You lose out on another level of spellcasting, but you’ll end up with an extra 
attack per round compared to the Wiz 10 / EK 10 builds out there.  Also, many 
forget that EKs do not get strong Will saves, and HA makes up for this keenly.  
Plus, it makes a good build for all those who read the manual 
and thought that the HA requirements (which were transposed onto the EK 
requirements) were for the EK, and thus started builds with this in mind.



Requirements: BAB +6; Member of Neverwinter Nine (epithet feat).

Niche: Tanking with extra abilities.

Description:  I don’t care what others say, I like this class.  It has style.  
High BAB, decent HP, and neato little abilities.  Spiffy uniform, too.  

Protective Aura is alright, but the Deflection bonus to armor will be largely 
negated by the time in the game you get it; the better part is the bonus to 
saves, which does stack.  It also has a decent range, especially when it 
upgrades at level 4.  Guarding the Lord is a niche ability which allows you 
to take damage for someone else; part of the damage dissipates instead of 
affecting either you or the intendedtarget, making it quite a bit better than 
the Shield Other spell.  Use this ability when your back row characters (such 
as Bishop or Qara) draw enemies and you need a ‘panic button’ to keep them 
alive until you can buff them or otherwise help them out.  Frantic Reactions 
is pretty decent, allowing you to run faster, take fewer attacks while dodging 
through enemy ranks, and giving you sneak attack damage; all of this for an 
always-active feat.  Finally, All-Out Assault is a wonderful ability.  For 
three rounds, all your attacks are maximized.  No damage die rolls for you.  
This ability is especially useful for dual-wielders, making for 24 (or 
so) attacks at maximum damage, and thus a world of hurt.

Note that this PrC only has a max of 5 levels, and the point at the game in 
which you attain it you’ll be around level 15-16.  You may want to hold a 
level over until you get the NW9 epithet feat at the beginning of Act III, so 
you can get all 5 levels (if you want them).

All that said, the PrC isn’t spectacularly powerful, and it comes late in the 
game, so it’s very much a roleplaying class.  It can be useful if you’ve been 
taking levels of Ranger, Paladin, and Fighter, as these classes don’t gain 
much past level 12-15.

Sample Build: Fighter 8 / Rogue 7 / Neverwinter Nine 5.  Very cool, makes for
a great tanker with skills, feats, and abilities to spare.  Also, correct me 
if I’m wrong, but All-Out Assault should work with sneak attacks, which is 
just tasty.  Granted, by Act III, everything is undead anyway, so sneak 
attacks don’t work regardless,but it’s the principle of the thing.



Requirements: Any non-good alignment; Arcane spellcasting of at least level 3.

Niche: Spellcasting from behind a barrier of undead, AC and immunities.

Description:  Another of my favourite classes that got nothing from Obsidian.  
Lots of powerful abilities, all drowned out by the fact that the PM only gets 
spells every odd level.  Practiced Spellcaster is a must if using more than a 
few PM levels, and most players only take one level (for the +2 AC with no 

The abilities, however, are very tempting.  A total +6 AC, immunity to 
paralysis and critical hits (taking away most enemies’ means of getting 
through your defenses), a touch-attack undead arm (which can be useful when 
rushed by enemies, though it doesn’t work very often as coded), and the 
ability to Create Undead and Greater Undead, all mean that you’re a defensive
dynamo, capable of spellcasting without interruption.

There is a relatively easy fix to the spellcasting problem, however; going into 
the game’s data -> 2da folder, look for “cls_bsplvlpalema” file; copy this to 
your override folder, go into the file, and change the first level to a ‘0’ and
the rest to ‘1’s.  Voila, you now have progression equal to an EK, like in the 
‘real’ game.  One day, I may get around to shoving this fix onto nwvault.  
Until then, you get to feel like a hacker.

Sample Build:  Wizard 5 / Eldritch Knight 8 / Pale Master 7.  Practiced 
spellcaster brings you up to caster level 20, and you just deal without level 
9 spells.  It’s not hard to do, with good BAB, great defenses, and cool points 
for actually making use of the PM.  By the by, this build is one of the most 
crazy Tenser’s-users in the game.  And Practiced Spellcaster boosts you up to
caster level 20, too.



Requirements: At least one level of Sorceror or Bard; Lore 8.

Niche: Ridiculous melee stats.

Description:  This PrC is a bit of a mixed bag.  The breath weapon is neat, 
but only gets one use per day at low damage, so neglect it at will.  Blind-
Fight is a very useful feat to get for free, and the armor bonuses are always 
a plus.  Immunity to fire is lovely, as are immunity to sleep and paralysis, 
though as with most of the tertiary abilities the RDD has, these can be gained 
through equipment, spells, and feats.  But the real reason to take RDD is the 
permanent stat bonuses.  These stack completely with everything, and the +8 
Strength (+4 to hit and damage) is a huge melee plus.  Plus, you get a ton of 
HP, from the +2 Constitution and d12 hit dice.

Note that the RDD only gets medium BAB progression, but the huge Strength more 
than makes up for this loss.  With a decent two-handed weapon and a Belt of 
Giant Strength, you’ll be tearing through enemies without leaning on crits, 
sneak attacks, abilities, or specific weapons.  RDDs are very focused on melee 
combat, but are far more flexible than other tank classes for this reason.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the majority of the RDD bonuses 
arrive at level 10.  Essentially, all builds utilizing RDD should go all the 
way to level 10, or not at all.

Sample Build: Sorceror 8 / Paladin 2 / RDD 10.  The RDD is another one of 
those classes that just doesn’t lend itself to subtlety.  Though 8 levels of 
Sorc isn’t what most would consider useful, with Practiced Spellcaster, you 
can get a lot of mileage out of level 1-4 spells.  Either cast in a robe, or 
throw on Full Plate and cast Improved Mage Armor with Still Spell.  Ta-da.  
Now throw Fireballs around and watch them bounce off your fire immunity.  This 
build doesn’t have the best attack bonus out there, but a resourceful player 
can find ways around that.  And everyone loves a Dragoon.



Requirements: Bluff 3, Hide 8, Intimidate 3, Move Silently 3; Stealthy (Feat); 
Member of Shadow Thieves (epithet feat).

Niche: Thuggery and Roguishness through speech AND force of arms.

Description:  This class is very much like the Rogue base class, but cramped 
into 5 levels with bonus feats and some other perks.  They get better prices 
at merchants, which means that those who bought the limited edition NWN2 with 
the merchant feats get ridiculous prices for buying and selling. STAs also get 
bonus feats (listed in the manual), and bonuses to their speech skills. Finally,
STAs get the Uncanny Dodge feats, which can be helpful to Rangers and any other
characters wanting to keep their Dex/dodge AC bonuses intact in battle.

There’s not a lot to sell the STA over the Rogue, other than roleplaying, and 
the fact that high-level Rogues don’t gain a lot past about level 13.  STAs 
round out any sneaky build well, especially given that dialogue skills are 
quite useful in this game.  

Sample Build: Warlock 11 / Shadow Thief of Amn 5 / Blackguard 4.  With the 
Beguiling Influence and Entropic Warding invocations, this build is 
extraordinarily sneaky and almost impossible to resist in conversation.  It 
can even melee with some skill, and cast Greater Invocations and 6d6-damage 
Eldritch Blasts.  3d6 sneak attack becomes really powerful if spell sneak 
attacks are ever fixed, or if you were to download a mod which fixed them.  
This is one of my favourite evil builds.



Requirements: Move Silently 8, Hide 10, Tumble 5; Dodge, Mobility.

Niche: Avoiding death.

Description:  Shadowdancers are a great idea that just didn’t get pulled off 
very well. They’re almost entirely defensively-oriented; they get most of the 
Rogue feats aligned with this persuasion (Improved Evasion, Slippery Mind, 
Uncanny Dodge, etc.), and Hide in Plain Sight, Shadow Daze, and Shadow Evade 
are all there to keep one alive.  

There are a number of critical flaws in this class.  First and foremost, the 
biggest class plus (Hide in Plain Sight) is gained at level one, so there’s 
little good reason for most to go past this level.  Secondly, Shadow Daze and 
Shadow Evade are niche skills, too short-lived and with too few uses per day to 
be truly useful in NWN2’s context.  Summon Shadow summons a very weak minion, 
barely better than the Skeletons summoned by Animate Dead (though the Shadow is 
admittedly immune to a large number of things, making it a halfway okay tank). 
NWN2 Shadowdancers don’t get the cool teleportation that PnP SDs do, either.  
Most importantly, the Shadowdancer doesn’t get any offensive abilities, which 
limits it to relying on the base class for damage output.

All that said, SD is one of the more fun PrCs.  It’s a very easy sell for one 
level, and a few more wouldn’t hurt either.  The Rogue feats are pretty darn 
good, and defensively, there’s few classes to match it.

Sample Build:  Monk 12 / Shadowdancer 8.  Monk levels supply the damage output 
through 2d6 fist damage and Greater Flurry of Blows, SD levels control the 
damage input through Uncanny Dodge, Defensive Roll, etc.  Monks get Improved 
Evasion anyway, so 8 levels of SD works.  This build is one of the best for 
capitalizing on the SD’s strengths, without tearing the Monk down completely.



Requirements: BAB +5; Diplomacy 8, Spot 5; Combat Casting; Divine Spellcasting 
of at least level 4.

Niche: Tank of the gods.

Description:  Ignoring the little abilities on the side, the whole idea of the 
Warpriest is to give your Divine caster a full warrior BAB, HP, and armor/
weapon pool.  Adding WP levels to Clerics and Druids turns them into tanks; 
though Clerics and Druids can tank fairly well on their own, and even better 
once fully buffed, WPs do it even better.  Another frequently-forgotten aspect 
is that Rangers and Paladins can take this class at level 15, once they get 
access to level 4 spells.  Paladins make natural Warpriests, with their strong 
Cha contributing to a powerful Fear Aura at level 5, and their already-low Turn 
Undead less of a problem for WP levels.  That’s one of the problems with the WP
compared to PnP: Cleric/Warpriests quickly lose all of their Turn Undead 

The class abilities are nothing spectacular, but interesting in their own 
right.  War Glory is a minor but constant and decent boost to allies and 
detriment to foes.  Note that the +1 AB bonus applies only to allies, not to 
your Warpriest.  Inflame is excellent for tank-heavy parties that are low on 
Will saves, especially against Dragons (those fear auras can really decimate 
your party).  Speaking of Fear Auras, the WP’s is fun, but not particularly 
powerful or useful (as always, making your enemy run away just prevents you 
from killing him now).  Finally, Implacable Foe is almost worthless – the 
+20 HP are lost when the effect runs out, and they’re not particularly useful 
to start with.  Level 10 is probably not the most useful WP level to shoot for.

Also, don’t forget that the WP gets bonus spells, of which Battletide and 
Haste are most noteworthy.  Battletide is especially useful for non-Cleric 
WPs, and Haste is useful in almost every situation, though each use the WP 
level for caster level, and thus tend to run out pretty quickly.

Sample Build: Druid 14 / WP 6.  Very fun, powerful build.  Still gets 9th 
level spells, still gets access to Oaken Resilience and Elephant’s Hide, and 
many of the WP bonuses, including Battletide. No elemental shaping, but one 
of the most powerful Shapechange users in the game, if not THE best. Druids 
make excellent WPs in general, because they get both Diplomacy and Spot as 
class skills.



Requirements: BAB +5; Weapon focus (Any melee weapon), Dodge, Mobility, Spring 
Attack, Whirlwind; Intimidate 4.

Niche: Critical hitting damage tank.

Description:  When it’s not even in the 3.5ed rulebook, you know it’s probably 
overpowered for CRPGs.  And lo and behold, it is!  If you’re the kind of player 
who doesn’t mind marrying yourself to your weapon, get ready for some of the 
most obscene damage available.  The class nets you an increased critical hit 
range and increased critical multiplier.  What does that mean?  A longsword 
makes a critical threat on 20-sided-die rolls of 19 or 20.  So 10% of die 
rolls will be critical hits.  A WM with longswords as the weapon of choice 
makes a critical threat on any rolls from 17-20, meaning 20% chance for 
critical hits.  Further, longswords normally cause double damage on a critical 
hit; for WMs, a weapon of choice longsword causes triple damage instead.  Over 
the course of a round, WMs can do stupid amounts of critical damage to enemies, 
and Whirlwind Attack can assist in ramping this up, too.

Also not to sniff at is Ki Damage, which is activated in the same way as a 
Smite Evil attempt, but does maximum damage like the NW9’s All-Out Assault.  
Combat Expertise works well in conjunction with Whirlwind, as Whirlwind lets 
you mete out damage through a whole group of enemies with good attack bonus, 
but without focus the enemies won’t drop as rapidly; Combat Expertise can keep 
you alive until everyone drops at once.  

WMs are not quite as ridiculous as FBs, because WMs require much greater focus 
on a single weapon type, a huge number of feats a warrior may not normally 
take, and 13 Dex and Int (also not the first choices for the average meleer).  
Plus, as has been stated, Act III of the official campaign contains nearly 
nothing but crit-immune Undead, so the WM is just an expensive tank by that 

There is no real point to taking levels in WM past 7; no further abilities 
except extra Ki Damage uses are gained.  Levels of Fighter are nearly a 
requirement for WMs, because of the sheer number of feats necessary.  
Barbarians also make good WMs, because they have Intimidate as a class skill, 
and add extra damage, HP, etc.  Any melee class can benefit from WM levels, 
however, they must weigh the advantages of the class against the costs of 
attaining it.

Sample Build: Paladin 9 / Fighter 4 / Weapon Master 7.  If you want ridiculous 
damage, look no further.  It’s no secret that Smite Evil and the slew of other 
Paladin damage boosters mesh well with critical hits.  It’s not all that 
difficult to do well over 100 damage in a single hit with this kind of build.  
Also, the Holy Avenger is a longsword, so you know from the start of the game 
what weapon to pick.


Contact Info:

I would prefer that questions about PrCs (and, if possible, this guide) be 
directed to the message boards at GameFAQs.  This prevents my email from being 
flooded.  However, any comments, compliments, concerns, or other notable ‘c’ 
words can be directed to me at:

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Version 1.00 - First draft.  Also last?  One can only hope!


No specific thanks as yet, but I would like to acknowledge the message board 
members here at GameFAQs (and the administration for keeping things running, 
as well) for always providing comments and food for thought over my years of 
character-building and D&Ding.

Thanks to Obsidian for making this game… well, borderline playable, at least.

G’night, kids.

Copyright 2007, Neil McMillan.

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