[RPG] way to turn a melee touch attack into a ranged touch attack


I'm playing a Kalashtar Psion in Eberron. I'm considering taking the Quori Nightmare prestige class (from Races of Eberron) when I get to level 6.

Quori Nightmares gain Disturbing Touch (Su), a melee touch attack that causes damage and other effects in the target.

Is there a feat, or combination of feats, or psionic power that allows me to make the touch attack as a ranged touch attack instead?

Best Answer

Although it's neither feat nor psionic power, the effect you want's available as a low-priced magic item and a mid-level spell.

The Magic Item

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Thus in the unlikely event the DM can be convinced to allow material from Athas.org (Comments' experiences say most DMs won't), the Athasian Emporium contains the

Third Eye Long Touch

The wearer of this kind of third eye [MIC 140] can use his touch attacks as if they were ranged touch attacks with a 30-foot range increment. It does not actually grant reach, and so does not help provide a flanking bonus or allow the wearer to make attacks of opportunity at any range greater than normal. The wearer uses his normal melee attack bonuses and normally affects the target with the effect of his touch if it hits, though the target of the attacks can benefit from cover or concealment.

Faint telekinesis; ML 1st; Craft Universal Item, far hand; Price 2,000 Cp.

The notation Cp--not to be confused with cp meaning copper pieces--stands for ceramic pieces, the Dark Sun campaign setting's equivalent to gold pieces. (Yes, in the Dark Sun campaign setting, the most commonly encountered currency isn't mined but baked. Just go with it.)

On the right face, this is a ridiculously useful item at a very low price.

The Spell

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell greater spectral hand [necro] (Dragon #303 36-7) is like the 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell spectral hand [necro] (PH 282) except that "the hand can deliver any touch range spell of 6th-level or lower. In addition, if [the caster has] a supernatural effect tied to [his] touch, such as a paralyzing touch, the hand can deliver that effect as well." Further, the hand's 3d4 hp total is subtracted from the caster's own. (A non-greater yet still spectral hand has, instead, its 1d4 hp subtracted from its creator's hp.)

Just this far from fitting into a wand, one would have to cram the spell into a custom staff of greater spectral hand (34,050 gp; 4 lbs.) (50 charges) or talk to the DM about a different, even more custom magic item.

This is, admittedly, not a ranged touch attack and instead a means to use a touch attack at range, which may be close enough.

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