Hyper Score Marvel: Shadowcat!

Welcome to Hyper Score Marvel where every week I use Hypercorps 2099 to put together an iconic hero or villain from the world’s most popular superhero universe! Unlike Street Fighter D&D, this series is for both the Pathfinder players out there and D&D 5E groups as well.

We’ve got another request for next week–Squirrel Girl! Fortunately I’ve been prepared to build her since we published the swarm minder archetype for summoners in Veranthea Codex and I think she may very well be the most useful build on here (because who doesn’t want to assault adventurers with squirrels?) If there’s someone you would like to see however, let me know! The queue is building up but I’m happy to make a little backlog. 🙂

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KITTY PRYDE (SHADOWCAT)         CR 13—XP 25,600

Female human rogue (acrobat) 10 [hs 4; hypernaut 2]
NG Medium humanoid (human, hyper)
Init +10; Senses Awareness +20

AC 29, bullet 27, touch 22, flat-footed 22 (+7 armor, +3 deflection, +6 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 hyper)
hp 145 (11d8+77+12); Hyper Bonus +2
Fort +10, Ref +15, Will +8
Defensive Abilities evasion, improved uncanny dodge
Hyper Flaws loved ones, tiring (incorporeality)

During Combat Shadowcat gains her sneak attack damage when using her incorporeality power to phase a target into a solid object. In addition, while her incorporeality is active she can deal half her sneak attack damage with unarmed strikes against living creatures, robots, and objects that utilize electricity.

Speed 30 ft.
Melee unarmed +18/+13/+13 (1d3+4)
Special Attacks hyper bonus +2, sneak attack +6d6

Hypernaut Spell-Like Abilities (CL 8th; concentration +14)
1/combat—incorporeality (DC 22, hyper flaw: tiring)

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th; concentration +15)
0th (3/day)—touch of fatigue (Fort DC 13)
1st (2/day)—windy escape

Str 10, Dex 22, Con 20, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 14
Hyper Dexterity 2 (Dexterous Warrior), Hyper Constitution 1
Base Atk +8; CMB +8; CMD 32
Feats Alertness[B], Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Dodge[B], Improved Familiar[B] (Lockheed the pseudodragon, as a 10th-level wizard; SR 15; immune to fire and mental attacks), Improved Unarmed Strike[B], Knockout Artist (+6 damage nonlethal), Mobility [B], Spring Attack, Surprise Maneuver (+6 CMB), Toughness, Weapon Finesse [B]
Hyper Feats Extra Hyper Attribute (2)
Skills Acrobatics +17, Athletics +9, Awareness +20, Bluff +12, Diplomacy +16, Disable Device +13, Escape Artist +13, Knowledge (history) +5, Knowledge (local) +11, Linguistics +10, Perform (dance) +12, Search +18, Sense Motive +14, Sleight of Hand +10, Stealth +20, Use Magic Device +8, Use Technology +6
Languages English, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, Shi’ar, Skrull
SQ hyper attack 1, hyper initiative, hyper mortality, rogue talents (familiar, fast stealth, finesse attack, major magic, minor magic)
Gear [+5 leather], ring of protection +3



Tier 3; Action full-round action; Save Fortitude; Range touch; Duration as long as you hold your breath
You and your equipment become incorporeal. While this power is active, you may make your body corporeal or incorporeal as a swift action. By making a DC 20 hyper score check (d20 + hyper score) you may activate this power to become incorporeal in response to an attack or spell as an immediate action.
Your unarmed strikes and weapons have the ghost touch quality and as a standard action while you are corporeal and this power is active, you may make a melee touch attack to cause a target creature or object to make it incorporeal with you. As a swift action you can end the target’s incorporeality while it is in a solid object, dealing 4d6 points of damage (trapping it there; escape DC 20 + hyper score).


Notes on Shadowcat’s Pathfinder build

Remember that outside of combat, Kitty here is going to have a lot more incorporeality available than in the middle of a fight. I think, however, more than a minute of shifting back and forth should be taxing for her and I’m really happy with how the incorporeality hypernaut power (how did I not think of including that in the core book!) works. I think she’s an uber thief and definitely worth adding to any campaign with some weighty mid-level PCs, able to take hits, fade away, and play a part as a recurring villainous henchwomen or even the BBEG(al) without the obvious concern of focused fire (or a nasty critical hit) knocking her out too early. 🙂


Kitty Pride (Shadowcat)

Medium humanoid (human, hyper), neutral good
Armor Class 17 (magical leather)
Hit Points 130 (20d8+40)
Speed 30 ft.

10 (+0) 18 (+4) 15 (+2) 13 (+1) 16 (+3) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Con +6, Int +5, Wis +7, Cha +6
Skills Acrobatics +8, Athletics +4, Deception +6, History +5, Insight +7, Investigation +5, Perception +7, Performance +6, Persuasion +6, Stealth +8
Senses passive Perception 17
Languages English, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, Shi’ar, Skrull
Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)
Incorporeality. Shadowcat can turn herself incorporeal or back as a reaction or bonus action. While incorporeal Shadowcat takes no damage from nonmagical weapons and half damage from non-psychic energy damage or magical weapons. In addition, while incorporeal Shadowcat can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. She takes 5 (1d10) force damage if she ends this effect inside an object and can only remain incorporeal while holding her breath.
Lockheed. Shadowcat has befriended a small alien dragon named Lockheed (it has the statistics of a pseudodragon but is immune to both fire and psychic damage).

Multiattack. Shadowcat makes four unarmed strikes or two unarmed strikes and a phasing strike.
Phasing Strike. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: The target makes a DC 16 Constitution saving throw with disadvantage or becomes incorporeal with Shadowcat. As a bonus action, Shadowcat can end the target’s incorporeality, causing it to become corporeal while inside of an object and dealing 33 (6d10) force damage (escape DC 16).
Unarmed Strike. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4+4) bludgeoning damage.

Instinctive Phase (Recharge 5-6). When Shadowcat would be damaged by an attack or spell she may spend her reaction to turn incorporeal.


Notes on Shadowcat’s D&D 5E build

There are no hypernauts in the given rules for Hypercorps D&D 5E and even then incorporeality is given pretty loose rules so Kitty here is built as a monster rather than a PC. Therefore it seemed to make sense to make her as usable as possible for any given game and I think if you’re out for a canny phasing spirit or ghost of some kind, change her type to undead and you should be good to go!

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