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Paradigm Shifts

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
You learn your first paradigm shift at 2nd level and an additional paradigm shift every 3 levels thereafter. Paradigm shifts require you to be a certain level to learn them and are organized accordingly. See above for more information about paradigm shifts.

2nd Level

You must be 2nd level or higher to choose these paradigm shifts.

Disrupt Attack (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
As a reaction when you or an ally is targeted with an attack originating within 100 feet, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to impose a –2 penalty on the attack roll. If the attack is coming from a creature, that creature can attempt a Will saving throw to negate this effect. Once you’ve targeted an attacker with this paradigm shift, you can’t target the same attacker with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours. At 8th level, the penalty changes to –3, and at 14th level, the penalty changes to –4.

Disrupt Creature (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
As a standard action, you can expend an unused spell slot to target a creature within 100 feet and swap in alternate physiologies or circuitry in its body in this version of existence, imposing the shaken condition for a number of rounds equal to the level of the spell slot expended.

Disrupt Lethality (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
As a standard action, you can touch a weapon to temporarily replace it with an incapacitating variant drawn from an alternate reality, causing the weapon to deal nonlethal damage (Will negates).

Eldritch Secret

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
You can draw specific magic effects from other realities, allowing you to access spells normally not available to witchwarpers. Select one spell from the mystic or technomancer spell list. It must be of a level no greater than 1 lower than the highest-level spell you can cast. Add this to your list of witchwarper spells known. Each time you gain the ability to cast a higher level of witchwarper spells, you may swap out the spell gained with this paradigm shift for a new spell of a maximum level no greater than 1 lower than the highest-level spell you can cast.

Enshrouding Gloom (Su)

Source Near Space pg. 127
As a standard action, you can target a creature within 100 feet and plunge it into darkness. This creates an area of magical darkness that affects only the targeted creature and occupies its space. This darkness does not affect the creature’s visibility to other creatures, nor its ability to attempt Stealth checks to hide. The darkness overcomes all nonmagical light and is itself overcome by any magical light source. At 8th level, each time the creature takes an action that lets it move while the darkness persists, it must succeed at a Reflex saving throw or the area of darkness moves with it. Once the creature has failed a saving throw and the darkness has moved with it, the darkness remains stationary for the remaining duration of this effect.

Overlapping Forms (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
As a standard action, you can overlay faint outlines of yourself from multiple alternate realities, giving yourself a +1 enhancement bonus to your AC. At 5th level, you can spend 1 Resolve Point when using this ability to instead give an ally you touch a +1 enhancement bonus to AC.

Prevent Wounds (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
As a reaction when you or an ally within 100 feet takes Hit Point damage, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to prevent 1d4 points of that damage for every 2 witchwarper levels you have.

Push Grenade (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 63
As a reaction when a grenade would explode within 100 feet, you can shift the grenade’s position by 5 feet before it detonates, and your allies within its area of effect gain a +2 insight bonus to their saving throws against the grenade’s effects. You can also use this ability against an instantaneous effect or spell defined as a burst radius that requires a saving throw. At 8th level, you can shift the grenade’s detonation position by 10 feet. At 11th level, you can shift the grenade’s detonation position by 15 feet.

Shift Resistance (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 64
As a standard action, you can change the type of a single energy resistance (but not immunity) of a creature within 100 feet (from cold to fire, for example) for 1 round. The creature can attempt a Will saving throw to negate this effect. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.

Swap Ammunition (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
As a standard action, you can pull the ammunition from one weapon and teleport it into another. Select two weapons within 50 feet of you that use the same type of ammunition or batteries. You transfer an amount of the first target’s ammunition to the second target; the ammunition you transfer each time you use this ability can’t exceed your witchwarper level plus your Charisma modifier. This transfer can’t reduce the first weapon’s remaining ammunition to less than 0, nor can it grant the second weapon ammunition that exceeds its maximum capacity. If one or both weapons are in the possession of unwilling creatures, each such creature can attempt a Will save to negate the effect.
This transfer is subtle but noticeable by anyone within reach of either weapon. You can transfer ammunition without it being detected as if using Sleight of Hand to palm an object, though you can use either Mysticism or Sleight of Hand for your skill check to resolve this action.

Thwart Ability (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 64
As a reaction when you or an ally within 100 feet is affected by a spell or ability that allows a saving throw and would deal Stamina Point, Hit Point, or ability damage, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to grant the target a new saving throw with a +2 bonus to avoid or mitigate the effect’s damage and effects.

5th Level

You must be 5th level or higher to choose these paradigm shifts.

Alternative Curricula (Su)

Source Starfinder #30: Puppets Without Strings pg. 50
As a move action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to envision an alternate reality in which you trained differently, took different coursework in school, or just paid more attention in the classes you did take. Choose a skill to acquire; for 1 minute, all the ranks you have in the skill to which your compound sight feature applies, as well as the compound sight feature itself, instead apply to the skill you are acquiring. This skill also becomes a class skill for you, so you receive a trained class skill bonus when making checks with it. However, you have 0 ranks in the skill to which your compound sight usually applies for the duration of this ability.
This effect lasts for 1 minute, though you can dismiss it at any time. If you use this ability to acquire a skill that requires you to make choices—such as Culture, which grants an additional language for every rank— you make those choices when you spend the Resolve Point to activate this ability.

Dimensional Medic (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
As a reaction when you would take damage from an ongoing condition (such as bleeding or burning), you can heal your recurring wounds by replacing them with already-sealed wounds. This ends the triggering condition before you take damage from it this turn. At 11th level, if you have a temporary blinded or deafened condition with a duration of less than 1 minute, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to end one or both of these conditions as well when using this ability.

Inhibit (Sp or Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 64
As a standard action, you can prevent a creature within 100 feet from taking its best course of action by overwhelming it with visions of its failures in other realities as a supernatural ability. The target must succeed at a Will save or become staggered for 1 round. At 8th level, alternatively, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to instead use slow as a spell-like ability. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.

Optimize (Sp or Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 64
You can show a creature a glimpse of the results of its choices in other realities, allowing it to act more efficiently. As a standard action, you can touch a willing creature to increase all of its speeds by 10 feet. This is considered an enhancement bonus and is a supernatural haste effect. At 8th level, alternatively, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to instead use haste as a spell‑like ability. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target them with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.

Resist Elements (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 64
As a reaction when you or a creature within 100 feet would take energy damage, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to grant the target resistance 5 against that energy type (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic). This resistance is applied before the damage from the triggering attack. At 8th level, the resistance granted increases to 10. At 11th level, the resistance granted increases to 15.

Shifting Offensive (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 64
As a standard action, you can touch a weapon that deals damage and temporarily change its damage type. If the weapon deals kinetic damage, you can change it only to another type of kinetic damage; if it deals energy damage, you can change it only to another type of energy damage. This effect lasts until the end of your next turn.

At 11th level, you can instead spend 1 RP to cause a touched weapon to deal any type of kinetic or energy damage, regardless of its normal damage type. For example, you could cause a zero rifle to deal piercing damage instead of cold. This ability never causes a weapon to target a different Armor Class.

Swap Paradigms (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
As a standard action, you can temporarily replace one of your paradigm shifts with another paradigm shift that you don’t know but meet the prerequisites of. For the duration of this ability, you can use the new paradigm shift once but can’t use the paradigm shift it replaced. At 11th level, you can use the new paradigm shift twice during the duration of this ability. You can’t replace a paradigm shift that is currently in effect, that is a requirement for another paradigm shift you know, or that has limited uses that you have expended. When this ability ends, you immediately lose access to the new paradigm shift and regain your replaced paradigm shift. You can use swap paradigms multiple times per day, but you must spend 1 Resolve Point for each additional use.

8th Level

You must be 8th level or higher to choose these paradigm shifts.

Borrowed Excellence (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
You draw on the strengths of alternate versions of yourself. As a standard action, choose an ability score and gain a +2 insight bonus to all skill checks associated with that ability score. If your skill modified by the compound sight uses the selected ability score, you increase compound sight’s insight bonus by 2 for the duration of this effect. Once you’ve used this paradigm shift, you can’t use it again until you take a 10-minute rest to recover Stamina Points.

Flash Teleport (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
As a move action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to teleport up to 30 feet. You must have line of sight to your destination. This movement doesn’t provoke attacks of opportunity.

Hobble Creature (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
As a standard action, you can expend an unused spell slot to target a creature within 100 feet and swap in alternate physiologies or circuitry in its body in this version of existence, imposing the staggered condition for a number of rounds equal to the level of the spell slot expended. The creature can attempt a Fortitude save to negate this effect. You must know the disrupt creature paradigm shift to learn this paradigm shift.

Magic Deletion (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
As a reaction when you are targeted by a spell, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to gain spell resistance equal to 12 + your witchwarper level until the end of your next turn.

Phantom Colossus (Su)

Source Near Space pg. 127
As a reaction, when a hostile creature within 100 feet would take any action to move 10 or more feet toward you or an ally, you can force it to witness an alternate reality in which a massive horror covered in tongues, teeth, and armored plates is bearing down toward it. The target creature must succeed at a Will saving throw or it instead loses its action immediately as it is shocked into stillness, and it cannot voluntarily take any additional movement until the beginning of its next turn. Once an attacker has been affected by this paradigm shift, it can’t be targeted by it again for 24 hours. This is a fear effect.

Shroud (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
As a standard action, you can expend an unused spell slot to wrap yourself in supernatural mist. You gain concealment for a number of rounds equal to twice the level of the spell slot expended. You can see through this mist clearly, and you can’t use this obvious source of concealment to hide. You can spend 1 Resolve Point to activate this paradigm shift as a reaction when you are targeted by an attack.

11th Level

You must be 11th level or higher to choose these paradigm shifts.

Dart Aside (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
As a reaction when you are hit by an attack but before the attack’s damage is resolved, you can spend 2 RP to teleport up to 10 feet away. This movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity. If your new location would cause you to be an invalid target for the triggering attack (for example, because you are out of range of a melee attack or the attacker no longer has line of effect to you), the attack is treated as a miss.

Dimensional Extraction (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 32
As a move action, you teleport up to 10 feet, extracting yourself from any impediments. If you are entangled, grappled, or pinned, these conditions end. If you are prone and would move to a solid surface, you are now standing. If you are off-kilter due to being in zero gravity, you right yourself. You must have line of sight to your destination. This movement doesn’t provoke attacks of opportunity. After you use this ability, you can’t use it again for 1d6 rounds. You must know the flash teleport paradigm shift to learn this paradigm shift.

Shaped Infinities (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
When you use infinite worlds, you can exclude up to one 5-foot square per witchwarper level from the effect’s area.

Shifting Adaptation (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 33
You draw biological adaptations from an unfamiliar reality and apply them onto your form. Once per day when you regain your spell slots, select a single biome from those listed on page 46, such as aquatic, forest, or space. When you are in this biome, you ignore the effects of nonmagical difficult terrain. Additionally, you gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Survival checks and to saving throws made against environmental hazards when you are in this biome.

Substitute Mind (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
You can free a creature from mental control or conditions that hamper it. Once per day as a standard action, you can touch a willing or unconscious creature. When you do, the affected part of its mind is replaced with a nearly exact duplicate from an alternate reality, ending all mind-affecting effects the target has as well as all conditions removed by greater remove condition that were imposed on the creature by mind-affecting effects. The subject is stunned until the end of its next turn.

You can also attempt to use this ability on an ally who is unwilling due to the influence of a mind-affecting effect. In this case, the ally can attempt a new saving throw against the effect at the same DC. If they succeed, the ally can allow their mind to be substituted, but if they fail, you waste the action and this use of substitute mind. This does not grant the ally a new saving throw if the effect did not originally allow one.

At 14th level, you can use this ability on yourself, even if you’re otherwise unable to take actions because of a mind‑affecting effect. If you do, it must be the first thing you do on your turn, and you are stunned until the end of your next turn.

14th Level

You must be 14th level or higher to choose these paradigm shifts.

Eldritch Siphon (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 33
Once per day as a move action, you can siphon eldritch energy from an alternate reality to cast your next spell without expending a spell slot. You must cast this siphoned spell before the end of your turn. You can spend 2 Resolve Points to cast a siphoned 1st- or 2nd-level spell or 4 Resolve Points to cast a siphoned 3rd-level spell. You can siphon only spells with a casting time of 1 full action or shorter. At 16th level, you can spend 4 Resolve Points to siphon a 4th-level spell.

Endure Lifetimes (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 33
As a standard action, target one creature within 100 feet and subject them to the experiences of their every manifestation across myriad realities. This mental strain causes the creature to become exhausted unless it succeeds at a Will saving throw. This is a mind-affecting effect. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.

Shifting Immunity (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
As a reaction when a creature with immunity to a type of energy damage within 100 feet is affected by energy damage, you can change the creature’s immunity to another type of energy (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic) before the damage is resolved. The effect of this paradigm shift lasts for 3 rounds. This does not affect the creature’s ability to survive environmental hazards or conditions, only what damage it takes from attacks and special abilities. (For example, a creature normally immune to fire that has its immunity shifted to cold by this ability and then swims in lava still doesn’t take damage from the lava even though it’s now vulnerable to fire weapons and spells.) The creature can attempt a Will saving throw to negate this effect. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours. You must know the shift resistance paradigm shift to learn this paradigm shift.

Shred Defenses (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 33
As a reaction when a creature with spell resistance is affected by a spell while within 30 feet of you, you can unravel their magical defenses. Reduce the target’s spell resistance by 4 until the end of your next turn (Will negates). Each time a spell successfully overcomes the target’s spell resistance during this time, the amount by which this effect reduces the spell resistance increases by 1. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.

Swapping Step (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
Once per round as a move action, you can switch the positions of two creatures within 100 feet, instantaneously swapping their places. This movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity. You can’t swap creatures’ positions in a way that would cause either creature to take damage or be forced into an inappropriate physical space. (For example, you could not swap the positions of two creatures of different sizes if doing so would cause the larger creature to risk falling off a cliff or into a hazard, or cause one of the creatures to be placed within a solid object). Each targeted creature can attempt a Will save to avoid this effect. If either creature succeeds, this paradigm shift has no effect. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.

Transfer Affliction (Su)

Source Galaxy Exploration Manual pg. 33
As a standard action, select two living creatures within 100 feet: a primary target affected by an ongoing disease or poison and a secondary target who is not. The secondary target is exposed to one of the primary target’s diseases or poisons of your choice and must attempt a Fortitude saving throw against the affliction. If they fail the save, they gain the affliction and move to the first step on its progression track, and the primary target attempts a new saving throw against that affliction with a +4 circumstance bonus, curing them of the affliction if they succeed at the save. You can’t attempt to transfer the same affliction more than once per 24 hours.

Unveil Reality (Su)

Source Character Operations Manual pg. 65
As a standard action, you can target one creature within 100 feet and tear back the veils of all worlds, overwhelming the target with a bewildering phantasmagoria. This causes the creature to gain the stunned condition for 3 rounds unless it succeeds at a Will saving throw. This is a mind-affecting effect. Once you’ve targeted a creature with this paradigm shift, you can’t target that creature with this paradigm shift again for 24 hours.