Arcane Trickster is a prestige class in NWN2.

Arcane Trickster

Arcane Trickster

Description: Arcane tricksters combine their knowledge of spells with a taste for intrigue, larceny, or just plain mischief. They are among the most adaptable of adventurers. Arcane spellcasting and the sneak attack ability are needed to qualify for this class, making it a natural choice for multiclass wizard/rogues or sorcerer/rogues. Assassins occasionally opt for this class, but usually only if they already have wizard or sorcerer levels.


Alignment: Non-lawful

Skills: Lore 7 ranks, Disable device 7 ranks, Tumble 7 ranks, Spellcraft 4 ranks

Spellcasting: Ability to cast at least one arcane spell of 3rd level or higher

Special: Sneak attack +2d6*

Class feature progression[]

Hit die: d4
Proficiencies: None
Skill points: 4 + Int modifier
Class skills: Appraise, Bluff, Concentration, Craft Alchemy, Craft Trap, Craft Weapon, Diplomacy, Disable Device, Hide, Listen, Lore, Move Silently, Open Lock, Parry, Search, Set Trap, Sleight of Hand, Spellcraft, Spot, Taunt, Tumble
Base attack bonus progression: Low
Saving throws high: Reflex, Will
low: Fortitude

Additional progressions[]

Level Features Gained
1 +1 arcane spellcasting level, pilfer magic x1
2 +1 arcane spellcasting level, sneak attack +1d6
3 +1 arcane spellcasting level, impromptu sneak attack x1
4 +1 arcane spellcasting level, sneak attack +2d6
5 +1 arcane spellcasting level, pilfer magic x2
6 +1 arcane spellcasting level, sneak attack +3d6
7 +1 arcane spellcasting level, impromptu sneak attack x2
8 +1 arcane spellcasting level, sneak attack +4d6
9 +1 arcane spellcasting level, pilfer magic x3, impromptu sneak attack x3
10 +1 arcane spellcasting level, sneak attack +5d6

Spells per day / spells known[]

When a new arcane trickster level is gained, the character gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as though they had gained a level in whatever arcane spellcasting class gave them access 3rd-level arcane spells. If the character has more than one applicable arcane spellcasting class, they must pick one to improve.

Pilfer magic[]

At 1st level, once per day, the arcane trickster can dispel a magical effect on a target and receive statistical bonuses from it. The ability is a touch attack equivalent to lesser dispel magic, that affects the most powerful effect currently on the target. If successful, the effect vanishes from the target and the arcane trickster receives +2 bonus to attack rolls and all saving throws for the next ten rounds. They can use this ability twice per day at 5th level and three times per day at 9th level.

Sneak attack[]

At every even-numbered level (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th), the arcane trickster gains an additional +1d6 to their sneak attack damage. This ability stacks with sneak attack dice from other classes.

Impromptu sneak attack[]

Once per day a 3rd-level arcane trickster can use this ability to deny an enemy their Dexterity bonus to AC for one round, allowing the target to be sneak attacked. The arcane trickster gains an additional daily use of this ability at 7th level, and again at 9th level.

Gameplay notes[]

  • (*) With the exception of the Assassin prestige class, the equivalent sum of any and all class-based sources of sneak attack damage of +2d6 or greater will satisfy this prerequisite for Arcane Trickster (e.g. class level 3 Neverwinter Nine or level 1 Invisible Blade and level 1 rogue will qualify, but Assassin will not)

NWN comparison[]

  • This class did not exist in NWN (but was included in the fan-made PRC pack).

DnD 3.5 comparison[]

  • The parry skill was created by NWN and is not a feature of DnD 3.5. It has returned in NWN2 for the same reasons it was in NWN.
  • In DnD 3.5, the Arcane Trickster can sneak attack with ranged touch attack damage spells, such as Melf's Acid Arrow. NWN2 doesn't support this feature, but it was added in fan-made PRC pack.
  • In DnD 3.5, the Arcane Trisckster recieves Ranged Legerdemain instead of Pilfer Magic. This allows the use of Disable Device, Open Lock, or Sleight of Hand at a 30 foot range at +5 DC.
  • Currently, the Assassin's Death Attack does not qualify for this Prestige Class, contrary to the class's description.

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