Prestige Classes


“Don’t make the mistake of assuming that spells are the only trick up my sleeve.”

—Sorilae Hartsel, magical trickster

Relying as much on her wits as on her spellcasting prowess, the magical trickster can sacrifice her spellcasting ability to gain even greater access to skill tricks.


Although this prestige class supports spellcasting, it appeals mainly to casters with low hit points and few other class features, such as sorcerers and wizards. Sorcerers excel as magical tricksters, since they have plentiful spell uses with which to power skill tricks. On the divine side, the prestige class most appeals to favored souls, shugenjas, and spirit shamans (all described in Complete Divine), all of whom also have a large number of daily spell uses. Clerics and druids rarely bother with the class, except for worshipers of trickster deities.


You are unpredictable and extremely adaptable. As long as you still have spells available to cast, your bag of skill tricks is nearly unlimited, giving you an opportunity to overcome most challenges.

You are drawn to others who can perform skill tricks, and from them you learn yet more. Becoming a trick expert instantly affiliates you with a very loose fellowship of tricksters (battle, uncanny, and magical). You don’t get along with every trickster you meet, though: Some jealously guard their secrets and view others of their kind as rivals.


Your spells are even more valuable to you than a typical caster’s, and you should use them judiciously. You walk a narrow line: On the one hand, you can enhance your combat effectiveness with your spontaneous tricks, but on the other, your allies depend on your spellcasting support. Such decisions depend on the structure of the party and the opponent you face. In a party with multiple casters, you have more freedom to use your tricks, while a party with several tricky characters needs your spells more.


Whether you received a divine gift or extended your arcane knowledge, you discovered you had a natural talent for skill tricks and put yourself on the path to learning more. A mentor might have shown you how to tap into your magical ability to fuel your repertoire, or you might have learned it on your own through hours of meditation.

As a magical trickster, you readily adapt to any situation. No longer are you bound only by what spells you know or prepare. Your allies probably appreciate this flexibility—unless they have also focused their careers on learning tricks and resent your freedom and flexibility.

Even though you gain bonus skill tricks from this prestige class, you should continue to invest skill points in learning new tricks. The more you have, the more potent and unpredictable you become. Feats that grant bonus skill tricks, such as Freerunner, are good options, as are metamagic feats, which you can apply more easily to your spells than others can.


Although you might not have realized it when you became a magical trickster, you are part of a larger (albeit very loosely organized) group. The benefits and requirements of this group are few, but it does offer the camaraderie of shared experiences as well as the chance to learn new tricks. Nevertheless, tricksters owe no more to one another than do any other people with similar, nonbinding interests.


“She mastered the difficult trick I’d just shown her, then suddenly pulled it off again without a thought. Why can’t I do that?”

—Ameslan Trag, uncanny trickster

The magical trickster is relatively easy to integrate into a campaign that employs the skill trick rules. She works much like any other trickster character, except that her talent is powered by magic. Whether through divine favor or some lost arcane secret, her ability to flawlessly perform tricks again and again can be explained away by the source of her spellcasting ability.


Magical tricksters congregate with uncanny and battle tricksters when possible. Having come to the prestige class from different backgrounds, they have less in common with one another than they do with other tricksters. They swap techniques, introduce newly developed tricks and tricksupporting equipment and magic, and share experiences. Outside observers might assume such a meeting is part of a circus or carnival, with tricksters springing about performing for the enjoyment and education of onlookers.

These gatherings, though enjoyable, do not represent a structured organization. Magical tricksters looking to become part of something more permanent usually join groups that appreciate both their abilities and their moral choices: churches, arcane guilds, or druid circles.

NPC Reactions

A magical trickster can make other people frustrated or concerned. She can perform skill tricks over and over that others cannot easily repeat, even after years of practice. Other sorts of tricksters treat a known magical trickster with contempt and silence, and are almost always unfriendly. If she belonged to an organization before entering the prestige class, a magical trickster might be the subject of concern or quiet whispers among her colleagues and superiors. Although other members of the organization still respect her, their attitudes usually slip a step, such as from helpful to friendly or friendly to indifferent.

Common folk do not understand the difference between magical tricksters and other trickster classes, so their attitudes span the spectrum. However, because some tricksters use their abilities to take advantage of less talented folk, a victim of such exploitation has a negative view of all tricksters, magical or otherwise, and is unfriendly at best.


Characters with ranks in Knowledge (arcana) can research magical tricksters to learn more about them. When a character succeeds on a skill check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.

DC 10: Magical tricksters combine magical talent with odd stunts relying on trained skill.

DC 15: Magical tricksters learn to pull off surprises with their magic just as they can with their skills.

DC 20: Magical tricksters can give up some of their magical power to perform stunts again and again.

DC 30: Characters who achieve this level of success can learn important details about specific magical tricksters in your campaign, including a notable individual, the area in which she operates, and the kinds of activities she undertakes.

PCs searching for a magical trickster who belongs to an organization can contact her through it. A magical trickster affiliated with no group is more difficult to track down, although other tricksters in the area probably know of her.


An NPC magical trickster makes an interesting and unpredictable opponent. She seems to be a typical spellcaster until she suddenly performs a powerful and difficult trick—then repeats it a moment later. Magical tricksters tend to avoid one another unless of the same faith, guild, or school, so you should probably avoid introducing more than one per encounter.

Players who like flexibility and variety should find the prestige class appealing. A magical trickster can serve the party with either her spells or her tricks, adapting as needed to a given encounter.


You can easily change this prestige class into a psionic trickster by replacing spells with psionic power points as the “currency” for reusing tricks. Rather than sacrificing a spell slot or prepared spell to recharge a trick, a psionic trickster expends 2 power points.

Hit Die: d6.


To qualify to become a magical trickster, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.

Feats: Any one metamagic feat.

Spellcasting: Ability to cast 3rd-level spells.

Skill Tricks: Any two.

Class Skills

The magical trickster's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Profession (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Tumble (Dex), Use Rope (Dex).

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Table: The Magical Trickster

Level Base
Special Spells per day
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Bonus trick, spontaneous trickster
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Bonus metamagic feat +1 level of existing spellcasting class
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3 Bonus trick, metamagic trick, tricky magic +1 level of existing spellcasting class
Class Features

All of the following are class features of the magical trickster prestige class.

A magical trickster focuses on skill tricks, even sacrificing spells for greater access to them.

Spellcasting: At each level after 1st, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which you belonged before adding the prestige class level. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a magical trickster, you must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.

Bonus Trick: At 1st level, and again at 3rd level, you gain a bonus skill trick for which you meet the prerequisite. These bonus tricks do not cost skill points and do not count against your maximum number of skill tricks available.

Spontaneous Trickster (Su): You can channel magical potential into using skill tricks more often, effectively “recharging” them. As a swift action, you can “lose” any spell slot or prepared spell of 1st level or higher to perform a trick that you have already used in the encounter.

Bonus Metamagic Feat: At 2nd level, you gain a bonus metamagic feat for which you meet the prerequisite.

Metamagic Trick (Ex): Beginning at 3rd level, you understand how to apply the principle of tricks to your spellcasting. Once per day you can apply the effect of any one metamagic feat you know to a spell as you cast it without altering the spell’s effective level. The spell slot adjustment of the metamagic feat can’t exceed four.

Tricky Magic (Ex): At 3rd level, you have mastered incorporating tricks into your spellcasting routines. On any round that you perform a skill trick, the save DC of the next spell you cast that round is increased by 1.