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Turn Undead

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Turn Undead

Description

Target: Directional

Channel Divinity: Attempts to drive away nearby undead or force them to cower.
To turn undead you must make a turning check (roll 1 twenty-sided die + your total Charisma modifier) to determine the Hit Dice of the most powerful undead you can effect. Then you roll 2 six-sided dice + your Cleric level + your Charisma modifier to determine the total Hit Dice of creatures in the area that can turn.
Turned undead cower in place or flee. If you have twice as many levels as the undead have Hit Dice, you destroy any that you would normally turn. All Channel Divinity abilities use the same pool of uses per rest.

Turn Undead Mechanics[edit]

Turn Undead checks[edit]

Turning undead consists of the following checks:

  1. Turning check: This determines the maximum number of Hit Dice a monster can have and still be affected from your turn undead attempt. If this check does not produce a number equal or higher to the monster near you that has the lowest hit dice, then you will not be able to turn at all and a message pops up saying "You lack conviction to turn the target".
  2. Turning damage: This determines the number of total Hit Dice you will be able to turn. This means that the sum of the affected monsters' hit dice must be less or equal to that number. To determine which monsters you turn, the game starts from the monster with the lowest HD (hit dice) and works its way up. For example: If you can turn 30 total hit dice and you have monsters with (5, 7, 10, 15) HD around you, you will turn the ones with (5, 7, 10) for a total of 22 hit dice and not the (15, 10, 5) that would utilize all 30 of your hit dice.

Before making the checks, your effective turning level is calculated. This consists of:

  1. The sum of your inherent turning levels. Your inherent turning level starts to increase from the level you receive the Turn Undead feat. For clerics, their cleric level is their inherent turning level. For paladins, their level minus 3 is their inherent turning level. A character with both cleric and paladin levels will add their inherent turning levels.
  2. Any bonus to your turn level from other sources.
Turning check result Highest hit dice turned
up to 0 Turning value - 4
1-3 Turning value - 3
4-6 Turning value - 2
7-9 Turning value - 1
10-12 Turning value
13-15 Turning value + 1
16-18 Turning value + 2
19-21 Turning value + 3
22+ Turning value + 4

The checks add the following things to produce the final number:

  1. Turning check:
    1. Your effective turning level.
    2. A die roll (1d20 + your charisma modifier) that adds a positive/negative bonus (from -4 to +4) according to the table on the right.
    3. Any bonus to your maximum hit dice from other sources.
  2. Turning damage:
    1. Your effective turning level.
    2. A die roll (2d6 + your charisma modifier) that adds the result as is (unlike the die roll of the turning check).
    3. Any bonus to your total hit dice from other sources.

Turn Undead effects[edit]

When a monster is affected by your turn attempt, one of the following may happen to it:

Cowering undead: That's the default behavior of turn undead. The monster cowers in place for a period of time. It is not in a helpless state. Once the timer expires, the monster will resume attacking.

Destroying undead: When a monster is affected by your turn attempt, its hit dice are compared to your turning check result. If your turning check result is at least double the monster's hit dice, then the monster is destroyed instead of turned. This effect, in contrast to the cowering effect, is negated by deathblock or deathward. Having the Mighty Turning enhancement means this effect is always applied instead of the cower effect.

Cleric domains may augment Turn Undead to produce more effects. Some of those affecting nearby allies.

Bonuses to Turning[edit]

There are also items, spells, and enhancements which can help increase your turning ability by boosting your effective cleric level for turning or the number of maximum hit dice you can affect or the number of total hit dice you can turn. These bonuses, according to their type, are added to their respective parts of the turn undead calculations (some in more than one place).
Note: Levels gained in Epic Destiny of any Divine Sphere do not add to your Effective Cleric Levels for purposes of Turn Undead.

Bonuses to Turning Level[edit]

Note 1: The feat Aureon's Instruction cannot be taken by Sun Elf.
Note 2: The Radiant Servant enhancements stack with the Knight of the Chalice enhancements.

Bonuses to Max Hit Dice[edit]

Note 1: The first 2 normal (in lieu of an official word) bonuses do not stack.
Note 2: The feat Aureon's Instruction cannot be taken by Sun Elf.

Bonuses to Total Hit Dice[edit]

Note 1: The first 3 normal (in lieu of an official word) bonuses do not stack.
Note 2: The feat Aureon's Instruction cannot be taken by Sun Elf.
Note 3: The Radiant Servant enhancements stack with the Knight of the Chalice enhancements.

  • Eternal FaithEternal Faith: An item with this quality assists only wearers who have the ability to turn undead. Eternal Faith increase the owner's effective level for the turning check by +2, his maximum Hit Dice turned by +2, and his total Hit Dice turned by +4. (+4 normal bonus)
  • SacredSacred: Increases the owner's effective level on turn undead checks by +2. (+2 normal bonus)
  • Silver FlameSilver Flame: An item with this quality assists only wearers who have the ability to turn undead. The cleansing power of the Silver Flame increase the total Hit Dice of undead turned by +6. (+6 normal bonus)
  • Insightful FaithInsightful Faith: An item with this quality assists only wearers who have the ability to turn undead. Insightful Faith items provide Insight Bonuses to the owner's effective level for the turning check by +2, their maximum Hit Dice turned by +2, and their total Hit Dice turned by +4. (+4 insightful bonus)
  • The enhancement Improved Turning (RS/KotC) can add from 2 to 6 total hit dice.
  • Minor bug: The enhancement Mighty Turning (RS) can add 2 total hit dice.
  • Death Domain adds +2 to the hit dice of undead affected.
  • The feat Aureon's Instruction grants +4 to the total Hit Dice affected by Turn Undead.
  • The enhancement Bane of the Restless (Sun Elf) adds 6 to the number of hit dice you can turn.

Sources of Extra Turns[edit]

Note: The item enhancements do not stack with each other.

  • Lesser TurningLesser Turning: Increases total number of Turn Undead uses by 2, once wielder rests. If you unequip the item you will lose these turns.
  • Minor TurningMinor Turning: Increases total number of Turn Undead uses by 1, once wielder rests. If you unequip the item you will lose these turns.
  • Alchemical ConservationAlchemical Conservation: This item modifies the user's energy expenditure in such a way that many abilities can be used more frequently than normal. You will gain +1 ki on every successful attack (Enhanced Ki), and will increase the number of Action boosts, Turn Undead attempts, and Bard songs you can use per rest by 1 each. These additional uses will only take effect after your rest.
  • A Cleric or Paladin possessing Turn Undead gains additional charges equal to his/her charisma modifier.
  • The enhancement Extra Turning (RS/KotC) grants an additional +1 turning charge per rank.
  • The epic destiny enhancement Endless Turning grants an additional +1 turning charge per rank.
  • The feat Extra Turning grants an additional +4 turning charges, but can only be taken once.
  • The Endless Turning enhancements (RS/Divine Crusader), which returns one charge per 120 seconds, time between returned charges is reduced with additional ranks.

Alternate uses of Turn Undead charges[edit]

Any ability which reads as "Channel divinity" requires a Turn Undead charge to activate. All abilities cost a single turn attempt to use, unless otherwise noted.

Paladin[edit]

  • Sacred Defender
    • Divine Righteousness, which grants temporary hit points equal to your charisma modifier, and grants a +100% sacred bonus to threat generation
    • Glorious Stand, which grants DRDamage Reduction 20/Epic: Reduces physical damage by 20, except from Epic attacks. 20/Epic, absorption of negative and elemental energy, double incoming healing, and immunity to weapon effects.
    • Eternal Defender, which, whenever you are incapacitated but not killed, you expend 2 turn undead charges, and are healed for 250 positive energy.
  • Knight of the Chalice
    • Divine Light, which deals a medium amount of light damage to nearby undead.
    • Divine Might, which grants an insight bonus to strength equal to your charisma modifier for a short time.
    • Rally, which removes fear, grants a bonus to saves versus fear, and grants a small bonus to attack or damage.
    • Holy Retribution, which deals additional base damage and for evil creatures be destroyed or take 100 holy damage and -6 to all ability scores.

Cleric[edit]

Divine Crusader[edit]

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