by lordduskblade, Jan 31,2010
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The Beast Within: The Shifter's Handbook

Handbook Author:

lordduskblade (aka LDB)
He who makes a beast out of himself | Gets rid of the pain of being a man. -Avenged Sevenfold, "Bat Country"
Gather 'round the fire, young ones. It is time that you learned about who, and what, you are. You are inheriting a proud tradition, the way of the shifter. We are in touch with the Beast within, and can channel him to protect us or to destroy our enemies, if need be. Do not be afraid; the Beast is not there to hurt you. Instead, he is the voice within you telling you what you are. Now, enter the world, and make your race proud...


I put in a lot of work into this Handbook, so I'd appreciate it if no one messed with it, OK? Thanks.


The links for the wiki are busted right now, so you're going to have to edit the URL manually. The correct URL should read as follows: of the category/Name of the sub-category (if any).

This Handbook will use the following system for ratings:

  • Red - Garbage, or completely overshadowed by another option.
  • Purple - Situationally useful, but overall pretty meh.
  • Black - OK. You could do worse than pick this.
  • Blue - Good stuff. You probably want this.
  • Sky Blue - You want this. Period.
  • Gold - Why haven't you taken this yet? A defining choice for a build, or even the whole class.

This Handbook covers the following sources:

  • AP - Arcane Power
  • AV - Adventurer's Vault
  • AV 2 - Adventurer's Vault 2
  • D XXX - Dragon Magazine, issue XXX
  • DMA 2009 - Dragon Magazine Annual 2009
  • DP - Divine Power
  • FRPG - Forgotten Realms Player's Guide
  • MM - Monster Manual
  • MM 2 - Monster Manual 2
  • MOTP - Manual of the Planes
  • MP - Martial Power
  • PHB - Player's Handbook
  • PHB 2 - Player's Handbook 2
  • PHB 3 - Player's Handbook 3
  • PHH 1 - Player's Handbook Heroes: Series 1
  • PHH 2 - Player's Handbook Heroes: Series 2
  • PP - Primal Power