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Cipher

Roles Crowd Control & Striker
Power Source psionics-icon.pngPsionics
health-icon.png Health 38 Base +8 per level
accuracy-icon.png Accuracy 20/20
deflection-icon.png Deflection 20
fortitude-icon.png Fortitude 20
reflex-icon.png Reflex 15
will-icon.png Will 30

Cipher Skills

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Cipher is a Class in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Can peer through the spiritual energy of the world to manipulate other souls. They are offensively-oriented psionicists/soulknives, who need to build up focus through conventional weapon attacks.

 

"Ciphers are uncommon and often misunderstood individuals with extraordinary mental abilities. Like wizards and priests, they have many talents that draw directly from their souls, but ciphers have the unique ability to peer through the spiritual energy of the world to manipulate other souls. While wizards use complex formulae in large tomes and priests tap into the passion of their faith, ciphers are able to operate directly through the power of their minds... and yours."

 

 

Cipher Tips & Builds

  • A full list of builds for all classes can be found on the Builds page.
  • Cipher have 3 subclasses,  Soul Blade has lower max focus, but will increase the weapon attack significantly, making it good choice for multiclassing with Fighter/Paladin. Beguiler also improves weapon attack, but rely on sneak or flank fighting style. (multiclassing with Assassin is a good idea)
  • Ascendant has the most max focus and fastest focus gain, making it a powerful spell-caster. Important to bear in mind is that the "Ascended" state, while not clarified in game, only increases in duration with the Intelligence attribute. For this reason, Intelligence is dramatically more important for an Ascendant or Ascendant multiclass than it is for other Cipher builds.
  • The difference of focus gain and max focus can be seen in the table at end of the page.

 

 

 

  

Cipher Subclasses

Ascendant

 Bonus: Max focus is increased by 5. Reaching Max focus grants "Ascended" effect temporarily, increasing power level and reducing power focus cost to 0. Soul Whip does not turn off while Ascended and provides more bonus damage during Ascended.

 Penalty: While not Ascended, receive a penalty to Cipher's Power Level (-1). While not Ascended Soul Whip does much less damage, but generates more Focus. When Ascended fades, Focus is reduced to 0.

 

Beguiler

 Bonus: All Deception Cipher spells have +20% range. +5 Focus (+1 more for every Cipher Power Level) on scoring Hits with Deception spells against FlankedBody AffiliationMind Affiliation targets.

 PenaltySoul Whip provides less bonus damage and reduced Focus against targets that are not vulnerable to Sneak Attack.

Soul Blade

 Bonus: Gains "Soul Annihilation" ability: a soul-enhanced melee strike that consumes the cipher's remaining power pool to converts it into Raw damage on the target. Shred Cipher spells cost less focus (-5). 
Downing an enemy with a Melee Weapon temporarily grants Concentration (Prevents Interrupts) and raises Max Focus by +10 for 30.0 seconds.

 Penalty: Max Focus is reduced by -5. (Combat starting amount as well begins at 2/25 vs 7/30 for Cipher)

 

Psion

Bonus: Gain Soul Mind passive ability. Gain Telekinetic Burst ability.

 Penalty: Loses Soul Whip ability. Receiving damage disables Soul Mind briefly.

 

Stat No Subclass Ascendant Beguiler Soul Blade
Soul Whip Effect +20% Damage with weapons +10% Damage with weapons
+50% Focus Gain
+20% Damage
Full Soul Whip bonus only applies to Sneak Attack vulnerable targets.
+20% Damage with weapons
Biting Whip Effect +30% Damage with weapons +20% Damage with weapons
+50% Focus Gain
+20% Damage
Full Soul Whip bonus only applies to Sneak Attack vulnerable targets.
+30% Damage with weapons
Draining Whip Effect +20% Damage with weapons
+100% Focus Gain
+10% Damage with weapons
+150% Focus Gain
+10% Damage
+100% Focus Gain against Flanked, Body Afflicted and Mind Afflicted targets, Full Soul Whip bonus only applies to Sneak Attack vulnerable targets.
+20% Damage with weapons
+100% Focus Gain
Starting Focus 7 12 7 2
Max Focus 30 35 30 25
Starting Focus Increase +3 (even levels)
+2 (odd levels)
+8 (even levels)
+2 (odd levels)
+3 (even levels)
+2 (odd levels)
+3 (even levels)
+2 (odd levels)
(-5 at certain levels)
Max Focus Increase +10 (every level) +15 (even levels)
+10 (odd levels)
+10 (every level) +10 (every level)
(-5 at certain levels)

 

Cipher Multiclasses

Class

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Witch:  + https://pillarsofeternity2.wiki.fextralife.com/file/Pillars-of-Eternity-2/wizard.png Barbarian 42 Base +12 per level 20/20 17 25 17 22
Spiritualist: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Chanter 39 Base +9 per level 20/20 20 20 17 27
Oracle: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Druid 39 Base +9 per level 20/20 20 22 20 25
Psyblade: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Fighter 40 Base +10 per level 20/20 22 20 17 22
Transcendent: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Monk 40 Base +10 per level 20/20 20 20 20 27
Inquisitor: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Paladin 40 Base +10 per level 20/20 20 22 15 27
Mystic: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Priest 39 Base +9 per level 20/20 20 20 17 27
Seer: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Ranger 40 Base +10 per level 20/20 20 17 17 25
Mindstalker: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Rogue 39 Base +9 per level 20/20 20 17 22 25
Hierophant: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Wizard 38 Base +8 per level 20/20 20 17 17 30

 

Cipher Multiclass Skill Table

Multiclasses

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Witch:  + https://pillarsofeternity2.wiki.fextralife.com/file/Pillars-of-Eternity-2/wizard.png Barbarian - - 1 - 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - - 1
Spiritualist: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Chanter - 1 - - 1 2 - 2 1 1 1 - 1 - - -
Oracle: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Druid 1 - - 1 1 1 - 1 - - 1 - 2 1 - 1
Psyblade: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Fighter - - 1 1 1 1 - 1 - - 1 1 1 - 1 1
Transcendent: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Monk 1 - 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - 2 - 2 1 - -
Inquisitor: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Paladin - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - -
Mystic: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Priest 1 1 - - 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 - -
Seer: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Ranger 1 - - - 1 1 1 2 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1
Mindstalker: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Rogue - - - - 2 1 1 2 - - 2 - 1 - 1 -
Hierophant: + wizard-multiclasses-poe2 Wizard - 1 - 1 1 1 - 1 - 1 2 - 2 - - -
Cipher - - -   2 2   2 - - 2 - 2 - - -

 

Cipher Abilities in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire are actions that may only be performed by characters of the Cipher class or its hybrids. All abilities are divided into active and passive abilities.

 

Cipher Abilities

 

Active Abilities

Passive Abilities

 

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