agathokles wrote:Uhm, the 4e Shaman focuses more on spirit summoning, which is not specifically the role of the OD&D Druid. However, it is likely closer than the 4e Druid, if you have to keep to a single class. Mechanically, the OD&D Druid is a specialization (akin to a 4e Paragon Path) of the Cleric.
Note that there are other Mystaran OD&D classes that fall somewhat in the range of the 4e Druid and Shaman: the Atruaghin Shamani, the Ethengar Shaman, and the Hin Master.
The Hin Master has clerical, druidic and some wizardly spells, plus Turn Undead (this is the only class considered to have this feature), but are less focused on healing powers and more on attacks that inflict conditions.
The Shamani is a Cleric focusing more on magic and less on melee, with typical leader effects (buffs and healing) as well as some controller effects, plus some animal summonings.
The Ethengar Shaman has all the Primal stuff -- spirit summoning and shapechanging. It is a typical leader with controller secondary.
So, pinning them down to a single class is difficult. The Ethengar Shaman could use 4e Shaman with Druid multiclass or Shaman|Druid hybrid.
The Atruaghin Shamani may be a Devoted Cleric with Shaman multiclass, or Cleric|Shaman hybrid.
The Hin Master might use a Cleric build hybrid with Channel Divinity. The Primal focus is not too important, but if used it should be represented by non-beastform Druid powers.
yep, I realized the way the od&d druid and (what to call it) the other clerical type od&d classes, I just couldn't remeber how the 4e shaman functioned, I had not read up on it in depth.
I was trying to help you possibly pin the od&d class to a single 4e class.
Even thought I love 4e I did have a hard time with the 4e druid, because I have preconceived notions what a druid is like the od&d or 1e versions.
I wonder if the 4e version of a druid is possibly taken from 3.x e, this I don't know since I never played 3.x D&D.
It sounds like the best option to recreate the od&d druid is to use hybrid classes in 4e and mix 2 classes until the character for becmi mystara is the same in 4e mystara. (I am assuming this was your goal to play mystara using 4e and the major npcs to roughly be unchanged functionally)
I don't think the 4e multiclass structure gives pcs or npcs similar benefits as it did in 1e d&d so I would not use 4e multiclass rules to try and recreate the od&d druid.
I could have totally missed the mark.
Hopefully I helped, if not have a great day anyway!
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