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Spiritualists truck with restless spirits and wield psychic powers. Having survived a brush with death, spiritualists discover that not only can they sense the presence of the restless dead, they can also channel them. The forgotten promise they made while on death's door allows them to cast spells that manipulate the emotions and senses of others, as well as exert their will over life and death.

Play a Spiritualist if you want to...

  • be a medium between the living and the dead
  • torment your foes with curses and illusions
  • creep out others at the table with spooky powers

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October B March 20, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Hello. Love this class and looking forward to playing it. I did have one question regarding spells over 5th level. The table shows Spell Slots Level maxed at 5, but the spell lists show 6th-9th level spells. I was wondering how that worked. Thanks!
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Benjamin H March 23, 2019 1:42 am UTC
The Spiritualist is similar to the Warlock in that it's spell slots max out at 5th level but it can cast 6th through 9th level spells with a special feature that it has. In the case of the Spiritualist, that's the Occult Insight feature.
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Geo N November 22, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
I may just not be seeing where it is, but where could I find the number of known spells for this class, or is it similar to the warlock table on what number of spells are known?
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Benjamin H November 22, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
They are a spells prepared, not a spells known class. How many spells they have prepared is detailed in their Pact Magic feature description (the answer is half Spiritualist level + Charisma modifier).
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Geo N November 22, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Thank you
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Katherine T November 04, 2018 9:16 am UTC
I love the look of this class, the only thing I have a gripe with after a brief look through is that it feels like it should be a Wisdom based class rather than Charisma, as perceiving and communing with spirits is very similar to what a Druid does, the difference being between primal spirits and ghostly ones. Plus there's already a bit of a bloat of charisma based casters and this would fit very nicely as a new wisdom caster.
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Benjamin H November 05, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
I think Wisdom is a good alternative spellcasting ability for exactly the reasons you've stated. I chose Charisma instead because Spiritualists don't just perceive the invisible world, they also command it. When they channel a spirit they remain in control rather than just becoming possessed. It is also an oblique reference to the real world history of the blurry line between mediumship and being a huckster.

I also think that in the PHB there are an equal number of Wisdom (Cleric, Druid, Ranger) and Charisma (Paladin, Sorcerer, Warlock) casters so either spellcasting ability choice would tip the majority in that direction.

All that said, nothing breaks if you switch the spellcasting ability to Wisdom. It is a slight buff because Wisdom is a more important saving throw than Charisma.
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Katherine T November 25, 2018 5:01 am UTC
You forgot Bard for Charisma casters, and a Ranger's spellcasting has such little impact on the class for the most part. You make fair points though for your reasoning though.
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Agnaldo A November 03, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Another wonderful work, good job. I would like a major change in Speak with Dead to this class making it a summon ghost stuff rather than "animate dead head". Other thing that would be good is how the Spirit is in game, it's a unseen force that can move stuff (like unseen servant) or a spectral friend following the party?
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Josh M October 29, 2018 6:03 am UTC
I think this may be one of the best 3rd-party new classes I've seen. Tons of flavor, mechanics that are good and clever and original, neither too strong nor too weak. Well done!
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