Originally Posted by The_Glyphstone
You might want to allow some sort of Fortitude save...otherwise the level 16 Psion PC can just nuke the BBEG with a 16d6 Energy Ray and end the fight right there. Death effects with no save are generally something I'm wary of...
It does have a save, the save is the power save. If they fail their save they get knocked out (and the DM doesn't have to let on that its only unconscious).
But as I mentioned, it balances itself out.
#1. Requires a three feat build.
#2. One must be a kineticist.
#3. Only can be used with sonic energy, which is already a suboptimal energy as I once heard someone say, which deals -1 damage per hit dice. So you'd be having to focus on a less harmful energy to begin with.
#4. Only works after 16th level when monsters have some pretty steenkin' high saves.
I actually have folks on the Wizard's psionics forums telling me that is underpowered because of the above.
Err, that should be 'listening skill'. Adjusting.