20th April 2008, 09:27 AM #1
Compiled info on upcoming classes & races
So I've decided to try and gather links to sources of info about upcoming classes, races, and power sources, in the hopes that it'll help people (like me, for instance) stay caught up on all the info.
Ranadiel has a thread compiling all known info on upcoming products on WotC's boards here.
Known power sources are Martial, Arcane, Divine, Psionic, Shadow, Primal, Elemental, and Ki (PHB). These 8 "should take care of basically 90% of the classes they foresee making." (source)
"New classes are mainly going to be introduced in PHBs" (source).
The Manual of the Planes will include Bladelings as a playable race (source), done as a Monster Manual style writeup (source).
The Eberron Player's Guide will include the Artificer (source) and the Warforged (source).
Player's Handbook II
Amazon lists a release date of March 17th (source). The cover is available here.
The Player's Handbook II covers Arcane, Divine, and Primal heroes (from the cover).
The classes included are the Avenger, Barbarian, Bard, Druid, Invoker, Shaman, Sorcerer, and Warden (source). We also know these tidbits about the classes:
- There's a new class that's a Striker with a different flavor - "a guy who's a little more, maybe, deadly and dangerous kind of guy, not like a rogue, but a killer guy in a different sort of way." (source). (Probably the Avenger.)
- One of the classes is a Leader class that "travels with a 'buddy' who keeps the party in tip-top shape" (source). (Probably the Shaman.)
Gnomes, Half-Orcs, Goliaths, and Shifters will be in the PHB2 (source, source), as well as one more race (source) that starts with De (source, source). (Probably Devas, as the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide mentions that is the new name for Aasimars.)
This thread in Greg Bilsland's blog has pictures of a fight that include four PCs, all with PHB2 classes, and various vague hints.
Player's Handbook III
Psionic was the new power source highest on the list to make the PHB2, along with Primal, but they weren't sure if there was room (source). Apparently there wasn't, so it seems like a good guess for PHB3.
Specific Power Sources
They're using the aspects of the druid as the bedrock to build the other primal classes - they'll do things that will remind you of the druid, but in their own unique way (source). The primal power source has a theme of transformation (source).
The Artificer will be an Arcane Leader, and a playtest version is available here. It will be in the Eberron Player's Guide.
The Avenger uses the Divine power source (source), and will be in the Player's Handbook II.
The Barbarian will be a Primal Striker, and a playtest version is available here. It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
The Bard will be an Arcane Leader (source). There is a bard preview here (D&D Insider only). It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
There is a druid preview here (D&D Insider only). It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
Elementalists are mentioned in the Dwarf entry in Races & Classes alongside clerics, paladins, fighters, barbarians, rangers, and wizards, so they are likely a planned class.
Empaths will be Psionic Leaders (source).
Illusionists will have better Invisibility options than a Wizard (source). They may use the Shadow power source (source).
There is an invoker preview here (D&D Insider only). "This new controller class has mastered the original source of divine power, and will introduce summoning to D&D 4th Edition." (source) It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
The Monk uses the Ki power source (PHB). As of D&D XP 2008 they had not seriously started designing the class (source).
Necromancers are mentioned here. They use the Shadow power source (Worlds & Monsters, and here).
The Shaman is a Primal Leader (source, source, D&D Insider only). Rich Baker mentions it "includes some neat mechanisms for dealing with nature spirits". (source) It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
There is a sorcerer preview here (D&D Insider only). It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
There is a warden preview here (D&D Insider only). It will be in the Player's Handbook II.
Rich Baker gives his guesstimate of traction for ten races from Aarakocra to Catfolk here.
This is the new name for the Aasimar (FRPG).
Gnomes will be in the Player's Handbook II.
"Goliaths are ideal rageblood barbarians" (source), which probably means they get bonuses to Strength and Constitution. They will be in the Player's Handbook II.
Goliaths will probably be in 4e Forgotten Realms, possibly with a spot in Faerun earmarked for them so you'll know where they're from when they're released (source).
Half-Giants may be too similar to Goliaths (source).
Half-Orcs "imply a very ugly backstory"; they may try to change that (source). "Half-orcs are often barbarians but don’t favor either of the two types" (source), which probably means they get a bonus to Strength but not to Constitution or Charisma. They will be in the Player's Handbook II.
Shifters will be in the Player's Handbook II.
Warforged will be in the Eberron Player's Guide.
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Thanks, a good resource to get people caught up quickly!
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I thought I was paying enough attention, but I've somehow missed these. Thanks!Originally Posted by Ondo
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