Cloistered Cleric

(Unearthed Arcana variant, p. 50)

A variant cleric who spends more time than other clerics in study and prayer and less in martial training.

Hit die


Skill points

6 + Int

Class Features

All starting gold, skill points, class skills, hit dice, and class features all retained from base class, Cleric, unless noted otherwise.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Cloistered clerics are proficient with simple weapons and with light armor.

Lore (Ex): Thanks to long hours of study, a cloistered cleric has a wide range of stray knowledge. This ability is identical to the bard's bardic knowledge class feature, using the cloistered cleric's class level in place of the bard level.

Deity, Domains, and Domain Spells: Most cloistered clerics worship deities associated with knowledge and learning, including (but not necessarily limited to) Boccob, Vecna, and Wee Jas. Other deities who might have cloistered clerics among their clergy include Corellon Larethian, Moradin, Pelor, and Yondalla.

In addition to any domains selected from his deity's list, a cloistered cleric automatically gains Knowledge as a bonus domain (even if Knowledge is not normally available to clerics of that deity). He gains the Knowledge domain granted power and may select his bonus domain spell from the Knowledge domain or from one of his two regular domains.

Spellcasting: Add the following spells to the cloistered cleric's class spell list:


1st—erase, identify, unseen servant;

2nd—fox's cunning;

3rd—illusory script, secret page, tongues (reduced from 4th level);

4th—detect scrying;

6th—analyze dweomer;




Base Attack Bonus: The cloistered cleric's lack of martial training means that he uses the poor base attack bonus (like wizard).

Class Skills: The cloistered cleric's class skill list includes Decipher Script, Speak Language, and all Knowledge skills (from the Knowledge domain).

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty

Spells for Cloistered Cleric

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