[classes & archetypes]

Cleric Archetypes

Angelfire Apostle
Asmodean Advocate
Blossoming Light
Cloistered Cleric
Crashing Wave
Demonic Apostle
Divine Paragon
Divine Scourge
Divine Strategist
Elder Mythos Cultist
Fiendish Vessel
Foundation of Faith
Herald Caller
Hidden Priest
Iron Priest
Mendevian Priest
Merciful Healer
Roaming Exorcist
Sacred Attendant
Scroll Scholar
Shoanti Shaman
Stoic Caregiver
Undead Lord
Varisian Pilgrim

Clerics are messengers and servants of the gods, venturing forth into the world to spread their patrons' gospel through compassion, reason, bargaining, or righteous conquest. They are the bearers of divine guidance—and divine wrath. From gentle and penitent village priests to holy warriors and church heads whose decrees can rock nations and foment upheaval across entire worlds, clerics are everywhere, their callings and methods as varied as the gods they serve. They are living proof of the gods' power and interest in the world of mortals, and to deny them is to invite destruction, both in this world and the next. Though the typical adventuring cleric stands ready to smite enemies of the faith with spell and weapon, many cloister themselves in remote libraries and honor the gods with scholarly works, while others espouse heretical beliefs that embarrass mainstream members of the clergy. They use their divine channeling to heal or harm, and some have developed new ways to blast their opponents or bolster allies.

When a character selects a class, he must choose to use the standard class features found or those listed in one of the archetypes presented here. Each alternate class feature replaces a specific class feature from its parent class. For example, the elemental fist class feature of the monk of the four winds replaces the stunning fist class feature of the monk. When an archetype includes multiple class features, a character must take all of them—often blocking the character from ever gaining certain familiar class features, but replacing them with equally powerful options. All of the other class features found in the class and not mentioned among the alternate class features remain unchanged and are acquired normally when the character reaches the appropriate level (unless noted otherwise). A character who takes an alternate class feature does not count as having the class feature that was replaced when meeting any requirements or prerequisites.

A character can take more than one archetype and garner additional alternate class features, but none of the alternate class features can replace or alter the same class feature from the core class as another alternate class feature. For example, a paladin could not be both a hospitaler and an undead scourge since they both modify the smite evil class feature and both replace the aura of justice class feature. A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature.

Archetype Class Features Replaced
Align Aura BAB Class Skills Skill Ranks
Per Level
Weapon &
Spells Channel Energy Domains Orisons Spontaneous
1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19
Angelfire Apostle C C C C C C C C C C C C
Appeaser C C C C C C C C C C C C C C
Asmodean Advocate C
Blossoming Light C C C C C C C C C C C C C
Cardinal C C C X C C
Cloistered Cleric X X X C C
Crashing Wave X X X X X X X X X X C C
Crusader C C
Demonic Apostledrow C C C C C C C C C C C
Divine Paragon C C
Divine Scourge X X X X X X X X X X C
Divine Strategist X X X X X X X X X X C
Ecclesitheurge C X C
Elder Mythos Cultist X C C X C C X C C C X X
Evangelist C X X X X
Fiendish Vesseltiefling X X X X X X X X X X C
Forgemasterdwarf C X X X X X X X X X X C
Foundation of Faith     X X X X X X X X X X  
Herald Caller C C C
Hidden Priest C
Iron Priesttechnology X C C C C C C C C C C C
Mendevian Priest C C
Merciful Healer C C C C C C C C C C C
Roaming Exorcist C C C C
Sacred Attendant X C C C C C C C C C C C
Scroll Scholar C X X
Separatist C X
Shoanti Shaman C
Stoic Caregiver C C C C C C C C C C C
Theologian X
Undead Lord X
Varisian Pilgrim C X