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PostSubject: Question on Channel Divinity   Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:48 am

I feel like a dope. I am putting together a storm soul genasi cleric (battle cleric) and I am looking at the Channel Divinity feature. Do I get access to just one if the Channel Divinity powers or all of them? I know I can only use one per encounter. (This is what I get for playing with 5E for the last few months).
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PostSubject: Re: Question on Channel Divinity   Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:55 pm

I believe you get two Channel Divinities (with more optional via feats). Normally these are the default ones, but others are available as basically alternate class features. If you're building by hand I'd not make too big a deal over which two your cleric gets so long as they're thematically appropriate to their deity.
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PostSubject: Re: Question on Channel Divinity   Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:33 pm

The reason I was asking is that it looks like you get one Channel Divinity power and healing word, but you have the option of 3 channel divinity powers to choose from. I was also wondering if the channel divinity feat power was a bonus one you can use or if it replaces one if the base three options. Hope that clarifies my question.
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PostSubject: Re: Question on Channel Divinity   Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:39 am

Yeah it does clarify it.

You do get more than one channel divinity as a default however. Per the rules the default cleric gets both the "Divine Fortune" and the "Turn Undead" Channel divinities.

Several later build options allowed you to swap out one of those channel divinities for another one which is where your choice of three comes from. If you're doing this in the character builder I believe it considers 'Turn Undead' to be a static benefit, while the divine fortune one can be swapped out for one of the other two options.

As to the channel divinity feats, those add to the two you start with. So if you picked two channel divinity feats, your cleric would have FOUR channel divinity powers to choose from (but still only able to use one of those four per encounter).
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PostSubject: Re: Question on Channel Divinity   Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:40 am

Thank you Chris! That clarified things greatly.
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PostSubject: Re: Question on Channel Divinity   Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:20 pm

Allow me to add that our personal house rule is that any divine class can swap out either or both of their default 'channel divinity' powers for those particular to their chosen deity. If they later want one of the defaults, they can select that as a feat just like any of the non-standard ones.

Its a way to add a bit of flavor and hasn't unbalanced a thing so far in my experience.
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PostSubject: Re: Question on Channel Divinity   Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:36 pm

Cool idea. Since it is my character, it will be up to the DM on that one. I will have to leave that choice up to them.
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