First and foremost, it should be said that in order to be spellscarred, you don't have to take any of these options. Your spellscar can look like whatever you want (within reason) without taking a single power or feat. The only requirements and effects of simply having a spellscar are those listed above.
Spellscarred Harbinger (I'd rate it sky blue, but I think that's my Bias speaking)
Level 1: pick a power that can be used once per encounter: Teleport 2 as a Minor, Reroll a failed Save, or turn invisible SonT.
Level 5: Daily that dazes a target you hit, and you take some damage
Level 10: pick a different power from the 1st level list, you can't use both in the same encounter however, still sometimes you don't need to reroll a save.
Level 2 Utility: Plague Disruption - Attack penalty as an Aura matters little if you're at range, but is good if you're front line. The recharge penalty is an interesting kicker.
Level 6 Utility: Torture Reality - Triggering off of being Targeted kinda sucks, especially if you're at range and not likely to have anyone next to you. Still it gets you out of 1 attack/day if you're in the thick of it.
Level 10 Utility: Morphic Recovery - Few characters at this level (and even fewer once you hit Paragon) will be out of Encounter Powers before the 3rd round, and once you're out, you have to hit again to activate this. Could work for characters with many non-standard attacks (like a Swordmage)
Except for the Theme, Spellscar powers can only be gained through the Multiclass feats (Novice, Adept, and Acolyte Power), and even have their own Paragon Multiclassing option (discussed later). In order to qualify for those feats you have to take:
Student of the Plague - I'm not sure I can rate this, it's required to take any of the powers. You get 3 options when choosing this feat:
- Sight of the Unseen: 1 Square Darkvision is pretty bad considering how easy it is to get light sources, and it doesn't help you 'sneak ahead' since if you're in the dark, chances are your opponents have real darkvision. If it was Blindsight, it would be cool.
- Flamespeed: Considering it costs a minor action, it's not that impressive, but it does last for 2 rounds, so I'm sure some builds can make use of it.
- Larger than Life: A free action to gain +1 Reach has quite a few interesting combinations, from hitting a flying creature that thought they were safe, to Threatening Reach 5 (or more).
(W) indicates a Weapon Keyword attack power
(I) indicates an Implement Keyword attack power
(N) indicates an attack power without an Accessory keyword
***Author's Note: Most of these powers are Bad or Worse simply comparing them to what I thought a power of that level should be like, what I did not take into account is the Feat Cost involved with getting the power. Because taking Student of the Plague counts as your Multiclass choice and each of these powers take an additional Feat to Replace
(bolded for emphasis) one of your current powers, you should really only consider any of these an option for Fluff or very specific Combo purposes (such as the old Stinking Cloud + Blood Pulse + Gravity of Moment). I honestly believe the entire thing needs to be rewritten as a Hybrid selection, given the time, I might end up doing that for people to use in Home games.
Level 1 Encounter
Horrific Maw Bite
(N) - Lets face it, a non-weapon melee attack with +2/4/6 scaling isn't worth taking, much less spending a feat on.Plague Lash
(I) - The only saving grace of this power is that it has 2 keywords and one of them is Psychic. Restricting the bonus damage to only attacks on their next turn really sucked.Level 1 DailyBurning Focus
(W) - A Level 1 Multi-attack power that you don't really need to hit with? Very nice. The fact the Effect is all Creatures Adjacent makes this a bit of a double edged sword, but combining it with grouping abilities is fantastic.Spellmirror
(I) - I'm not fond of immediates triggering off you getting missed, still, the damage is good for an off-turn attack, the range is impressive, and it works well against status causing enemies.Level 2 UtilitySpelleater
- +4 against an attack targeting your NADs isn't bad, and free Temps assuming they miss is great. The fact the attack might still hit, or would have missed anyway keeps this from being better.Plague of the Rooted Majesty
- Reducing your speed by 2 is pretty painful to gain a Dwarf ability considering Dwarves are speed 5. Of course, most battles only involve significant movement in the first couple rounds. Immune to Prone, and having a Climb Speed can both be useful. If you can teleport regularly or have other movement modes (Mounts, Shift X) spending a feat and a minor action to become immune to Prone and reduce forced movement is almost a must
.Level 3 EncounterScar-Carving Blade
(W) - Even though it has a higher potential damage die, the effect is worse than Plague Lash. Every class has something better than this.Call of the Plague
(I) - It's a lot like Come and Get it for Implement users, but it's unfriendly, you have to hit first, the pull is random, the damage is higher, and then you get to push them a random distance too. I want to rate this higher, but the unpredictability keeps it lower.Level 5 DailyBlurring Blade
(W) - They'll get to save against the ongoing before taking any of the damage. I could see using it with the feat that deals damage when an enemy fails or succedes on a save though.Terrible Imposition
(N) - Even though you can't be attacked for a round, it's still a +2/4/6 attack bonus, it only does at most 20 damage, and you have no choice but to attack it and only it.Level 6 UtilityPlaguefire Body
- Ending a Charm or Fear effect is actually pretty coolHaunting Reception
- This would be great for anyone that tends to draw attacks other than a Defender, if only it weren't a DailyLevel 7 EncounterCursed Grasping Air
(I) - Technically the slide doesn't have a maximum, so one enemy can be removed from the battlefield or ping ponged to death in a zone. Not that Great
if your DM looks at you when you try this and says "No."Reach of the Doomed
(W) - A Reach 3 Double Attack that Dazes, and the 2nd attack is against Fort too! Well worth spending the Surge for most characters that could take this.Venomous Bloodfang
(W) - Necrotic damage sucks, but you'll still do some damage, and you'll still heal a decent amount. Many classes have better self-healing powers though.Level 9 "Daily"Death Vortex
(I) - Yes, that's an Encounter Power, but lacking an accessory keyword makes it not really worth the action, much less the sustain. At least you can sack it for other powers with the Savant feature?Burning the Plagued Bellows
(I) - This is the Daily version of Death Vortex, the only real differences are Blast 3, and the Sustain is (save ends) instead of spending a Healing Surge, all in all that makes it weaker.Submission of the Earth
(W) - A 3[w] single target Daily? What is this, 1st level?Level 10 UtilityTears of Fire and Blood
- It's difficult to get a large attack bonus for yourself, and the fact the damage you take is Fire makes it absurdly easy to resist by this level.Scar of Blue Wings
- Poorly Worded, if this is supposed to be a Free Action with Trigger: You take a Move Action, then it's probably Great
.Level 13 EncounterLines in Burning Sand
(I) - Implement vs AC is bad, but an Auto Damage Roll that can be abused with forced movement is amazing
on an Encounter power if you can take advantage of it.Spellmother's Embrace
(N) - Worse than simply having a Garotte.Level 15 DailyInfliction of the Flamemist
(I) - Giving your enemy Insubstantial is a bad thing unless you and your allies have a substantial number of Fire based attacks, in which case this is Great
.Rabid Chain of Steel
(W) - Putting my disdain for MBA forcing aside, this power needs to be reworded to "... not been attacked by this power this turn." Currently it can't be combined with gathering powers which makes it reliant on your allies.Level 16 UtilityBody, No Body
- "Until the end of this
turn" really sucks, slightly better
if you gain additional benefits from being Insubstantial.Healing Flesh of the Infected
- Surgeless Healing + Temps for an ally at the cost of your Surge, sadly it's a Standard Action with no Healing Keyword so there's very few combo's to pull off.Level 17 EncounterIron Tooth of Bloodlust
(W) - 1[w] higher than Venomous Bloodfang, I'd expect more for 10 levels higher.Mask of Midnight
(I) - Most classes that would take this have better control powers at this level, but that doesn't stop Blast 4 Psychic Blinding from being good.Level 19 DailyGravity of Moment
(I) - Sliding 1 target 15 squares is not significant on it's own. However, I'm tempted to rate this Very Good
because of how many ways there are to abuse Slide 15 (10 on Miss) with Sustain Minor Slide 10, with other powers/feats this can very well 1-shot anything.Spellcurse
(W) - I'm fairly certain there's Encounter powers that do this at level 3. Stacking Dazed ontop of Immobilized is just weird.Level 22 UtilityDonning the Mudflesh
- Insubstantial until you're Bloodied as a Utility Stance is pretty neat, Monks have a better version though. Better
if you take advantage of Insubstantial. Worse
if you're a class with too many stances already.Spellplague Guardians
- For classes like Fighters that lack the zones and walls that controllers and some others get, this can be a pretty good
control power to block off melee. Especially since it's movable but doesn't require a sustain action.Level 23 EncounterHideous Tether
(W) - It doesn't do weapon damage which is just weird, the effect is frankly worse than Immobilize but Ongoing from an Encounter Power is fairly rare.Tongues of the Earth
(I) - Again, there's better powers in Heroic.Level 25 DailyContagion Flame
(W) - Again no weapon damage? Unless you move away from the target, you gain the Ongoing. I'm sure that some gathering combo's can make this Better
, but it's party unfriendly (save ends) even if it is resistable.Malignant Growth
(I) - I'm really not sure how to rate this because it doesn't really say what the mouths do. The points of debate are what defense they attack, and if you get to add your damage bonuses to the 1d10. If you can convince your DM that they attack Fort and you get to add your Damage, then this power creates your own personal Twin Striker
.Level 27 EncounterImpossible Flurry
(W) - Oh, I get it, these weapon powers with no weapon damage are so non-monks can pretend to be monks! Sadly, Monks, and most other classes have much better powers; friendly Burst 3 or not I expect some real status effects in Epic.Shifting Wave
(I) - Kinda like this. Same range, targets will, better damage that's part Psychic, and very nice battlefield shifting with abusable Teleporting.Level 29 DailyEchoes of Valor
(W) - I really want to rate this Gold, but every class will have sufficient amazing powers by this level to make it not a must have. Reliable with Big damage, sustain minor to repeat the attack until you miss and you don't have to stay in reach. This attack will be remembered, because it repeats itself.Metamorphosis of Spellflame
(I) - Implement attack but Weapon range? What the hell. Fairly low damage, the only way to make this halfway decent
is a build focused on ongoing damage and Save Penalties.Paragon Path
: The level 11 Feature reverses the Spellscarred Susceptibility into +2 bonuses which is necessary, but not particularly strong in any game that doesn't feature Plaguechanged/Spellplague.Spellfire Action
: The AP Feature is fairly worthless. If you're spending an AP for anything other than an extra action it needs to be a better bonus than regaining a power. It does synergize with the level 16 feature, but still.Plague Mastery
: Because this is like a Paragon Multiclass you get to choose a level 7 or lower Encounter power at 11th, and a level 19 or lower Daily power at 20th. If you don't care about your PP, this is a better way of gaining 2 powers than spending feats for themSpellfire Healing
: Your Utility power is an Encounter power that lets you spend a Surge when you take Fire Damage (And ends ongoing fire if that's what triggered it). Like most spellscarred powers, there's builds that can make use of this, but for the most part it will be useless.Spellfire Mastery
: The level 16 Feature is a real gem
for Arcane Classes, it allows you to switch any Spellscarred Encounter Power to regain an Arcane Encounter Power (once per power). Without any additional Feat expenditure, you have 2 Spellscarred Encounter Powers already, and can even choose that Daily
Encounter Power at level 20. Since there's no level requirement on which powers you can regain, for a 20th level Arcane user you can regain whatever Encounter power you like.