Prowler 1.0

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Let's see.... Up that wall, across, then drop on him. Easy.

For some, the world moves too slowly. The pace of day to day life never allows for that visceral joy that comes from being in the heat of a life-or-death situation. Some prefer to live life to its fullest, and seek the pleasures of the now, with little care for the dangers such a life might entail. Some find they are only truly alive when walking along the apex of a six-story rooftop, or gliding like a whisper through a well-guarded keep. Such people feel most at home in civilized places, where the bustle of the commoners and the roaring community of the taverns can give them a mask to hide behind. These people are no mere rogues, seeking to fatten their purses, or liberate a treasure from some odious politician's vault. They're in it for the thrill.

Role: Prowlers are extremely mobile combatants, rarely staying in one place for long. They operate best when picking off the enemies at the fringes of a battle, or when herding these stragglers into the middle of a kill zone. Prowlers are excellent strikers but also powerful debuffers. Some prowlers also excel at combat maneuvers, using them to shatter the lines of the opposing forces.

Alignment: Any

Hit Die: d6

Starting Wealth: 250 gp

Skill Ranks per Level: 6 + Int modifier.

Recommended Ability Score Priority:

  • Strength: primary; used for many class features, and melee to-hit and damage.
  • Dexterity: secondary; used for many class features, melee and ranged to-hit, and AC.
  • Constitution: tertiary (optional); useful to bolster durability in close combat.
  • Intelligence: low priority.
  • Wisdom: low priority.
  • Charisma: low priority.

Favored Class: Prowler

If the Prowler class is your favored class, you gain the following benefits at level 1. This is in addition to those benefits and class features listed for level 1 in the Class Progression: Prowler table, below.

Level To-Hit Fort Ref Will Base AC Class Bailiwick Linked Skill
BAB Full Attack
Fav +0 3 attacks +0 +2 +0 10 Spycraft Knowledge (Local)

Class Progression: Prowler

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Encroachment Loner Trap Sense Special
Δ Total Δ Total Δ Total Δ Total
1st - +0/-5/-10 - +0 - +2 - +0 1d6 - - Encroachment, Trapfinding, Skirmisher
2nd +1 +1/-4/-9 - +0 +1 +3 - +0 1d6 +2 - Uncanny Dodge, Loner
3rd +1 +2/-3/-8 +1 +1 - +3 +1 +1 2d6 +2 +1 Spring Attack, Trap Sense
4th +1 +3/-2/-7 - +1 +1 +4 - +1 2d6 +2 +1 Shifty, Evasion
5th - +3/-2/-7 - +1 - +4 - +1 3d6 +2 +1 Encroaching Jolt
6th +1 +4/-1/-6 +1 +2 +1 +5 +1 +2 3d6 +2 +2 Fast Movement +10
7th +1 +5/0/-5 - +2 - +5 - +2 4d6 +4 +2 Fast Stealth, Freestyle
8th +1 +6/+1/-4 - +2 +1 +6 - +2 4d6 +4 +2 10-Foot Step
9th - +6/+1/-4 +1 +3 - +6 +1 +3 5d6 +4 +3 Stunts
10th +1 +7/+2/-3 - +3 +1 +7 - +3 5d6 +4 +3 Prowling
11th +1 +8/+3/-2 - +3 - +7 - +3 6d6 +4 +3 Flexible Tumbler
12th +1 +9/+4/-1 +1 +4 +1 +8 +1 +4 6d6 +6 +4 Fast Movement +20
13th - +9/+4/-1 - +4 - +8 - +4 7d6 +6 +4 Practiced Hurdler
14th +1 +10/+5/0 - +4 +1 +9 - +4 7d6 +6 +4 Kip Up
15th +1 +11/+6/+1 +1 +5 - +9 +1 +5 8d6 +6 +5
16th +1 +12/+7/+2 - +5 +1 +10 - +5 8d6 +6 +5 Shadow-Touched
17th - +12/+7/+2 - +5 - +10 - +5 9d6 +8 +5 Circuitous Charge
18th +1 +13/+8/+3 +1 +6 +1 +11 +1 +6 9d6 +8 +6 Fast Movement +30
19th +1 +14/+9/+4 - +6 - +11 - +6 10d6 +8 +6 Vanish
20th +1 +15/+10/+5 - +6 +1 +12 - +6 10d6 +8 +6 Danse Macabre
Level BAB Fort Ref Will Encroachment Loner Trap Sense Special
Δ Total Δ Total Δ Total Δ Total
21st +1 +16/+11/+6 +1 +7 +1 +13 +1 +7 11d6 +8 +7 Encroaching Smash
22nd - +16/+11/+6 - +7 - +13 - +7 11d6 +10 +7 Gets the Jump
23rd +1 +17/+12/+7 +1 +8 +1 +14 +1 +8 12d6 +10 +7 Uncanny Step
24th - +17/+12/+7 - +8 - +14 - +8 12d6 +10 +8 Fast movement +40
25th +1 +18/+13/+8 +1 +9 +1 +15 +1 +9 13d6 +10 +8 Always Armed, Strong-Arm Tactics
26th - +18/+13/+8 - +9 - +15 - +9 13d6 +10 +8 Plunging Strike
27th +1 +19/+14/+9 +1 +10 +1 +16 +1 +10 14d6 +12 +9 -
28th - +19/+14/+9 - +10 - +16 - +10 14d6 +12 +9 Deep Diver, Boneless
29th +1 +20/+15/+10 +1 +11 +1 +17 +1 +11 15d6 +12 +9 Skitter
30th - +20/+15/+10 - +11 - +17 - +11 15d6 +12 +10 Fast movement +50
31st +1 +21/+16/+11 +1 +12 +1 +18 +1 +12 16d6 +12 +10 Mugger
32nd - +21/+16/+11 - +12 - +18 - +12 16d6 +14 +10 -
33rd +1 +22/+17/+12 +1 +13 +1 +19 +1 +13 17d6 +14 +11 -
34th - +22/+17/+12 - +13 - +19 - +13 17d6 +14 +11 Breath Control, Spring-Heeled
35th +1 +23/+18/+13 +1 +14 +1 +20 +1 +14 18d6 +14 +11 Precise Encroaching Smash
36th Apotheosis!

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Prowlers are proficient with all simple and martial weapons. They are proficient with light armor, but not with shields.

Natural Talent (Ex)

At 1st level, all characters receive two natural Natural Talent skills: one in their bailiwick skill, and one in any other skill of their choice. Natural talent allows you to re-map a skill to use any ability score you wish, rather than the ability score it normally uses. You may not select a skill for natural talent that you cannot put ranks into (such as a bailiwick skill not available to your class). Natural talent skills never suffer an armor check penalty, even if the chosen ability modifier is STR or DEX.

All characters receive an additional natural talent skill at character (not class) levels 11, 21, and 31. Additional natural talents may also be gained through Self-Improvement.

One Hand Free

Prowlers must keep one of their hands empty of weapons and other objects to use many of their abilities. This limits them to one-handed weapons unless they gain some feat or ability which allows them to wield a two-handed weapon with one hand.

Special abilities which require one hand free are marked with a 1.

Skirmisher1 (Ex)

If the prowler has one hand free, he may add his DEX modifier to attack rolls (but not damage) for melee attacks, in addition to his STR modifier. This class ability does not stack with the Weapon Finesse feat.

Trapfinding (Ex)

A prowler adds a +1 training bonus to Perception and Spycraft skill checks made to locate traps and to Disable Device skill checks. This bonus increases to +2 at level 12, and +3 at level 24. A prowler can use Disable Device to disarm magical traps.

Encroachment (Ex)

A prowler adds 1d6 damage to any melee attack they make, provided they have displaced at least 10 feet from the position from which they last made an attack. By definition, encroachment is always usable on the first attack of an encounter. For every attack after the first, the prowler must displace 10 feet between every melee attack, in order to qualify for Encroachment. (Prowler abilities like Shifty or 10-Foot Step may help here.)

Encroachment damage can be applied to any qualifying melee attacks, including bonus attacks or attacks of opportunity. It cannot be applied to ranged attacks, or non-weapon attacks (such as spells and spell-like abilities).

Encroachment damage improves by an additional 1d6 per two levels of prowler a character possesses. (See Tables Prowler and Epic Prowler.)

Encroachment is not precision damage, it is bonus damage. Bonus damage is not multiplied on a critical hit, and deals damage of the same type as the weapon or effect which produced it.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

Starting at 2nd level, a prowler can react to danger before his senses would normally allow him to do so. You cannot be caught flat-footed, even if the attacker is invisible. You can still be made flat-footed if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against you.

Loner (Ex)

Starting at 2nd Level, whenever a Prowler is attacking an enemy that no other ally is threatening, he gains a bonus to all damage rolls he makes. This damage bonus is +2 at second level, and increases by +2 every five levels thereafter (see Tables Prowler and Epic Prowler).

Trap Sense (Ex)

At 3rd level, a prowler gains an intuitive sense that alerts her to danger from traps, giving her a +1 bonus on Reflex saves made to avoid traps and a +1 dodge bonus to AC against attacks made by traps. These bonuses rise to +2 when the prowler reaches 6th level, to +3 when she reaches 9th level, to +4 when she reaches 12th level, to +5 at 15th, and to +6 at 18th level. Trap sense bonuses gained from multiple classes stack.

Spring Attack (Ex)

At 3rd level, the prowler gains the Spring Attack feat, even if he doesn't meet the prerequisites.

Shifty1 (Ex)

Beginning at 4th level, if the prowler has one hand free, he may make a 5-foot step at any point during his turn as a free action, up to once per round. Shifty may be used before or after moving or taking actions which normally end your turn immediately, such as a charge. The prowler may even use this ability after he has taken a 5-foot step. Shifty may only be used during the prowler's turn.

Evasion (Ex)

Beginning at 4th level, a prowler can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. Any attack, spell, or effect that deals damage and offers a Reflex-based saving throw can be mitigated with this ability. If the prowler succeeds on their saving throw, the effect deals only one-quarter (¼) damage. Furthermore, even if the prowler fails their Reflex saving throw, they take only three-quarters (¾) damage from the effect.

Evasion does not provide any protection against non-damaging effects or status conditions caused by the effect, it only reduces the damage portion of the attack. Evasion can only be used in circumstances where the prowler is not denied their dexterity to AC, is aware of the attack, is not using a shield or wearing heavy armor, and is not carrying a medium or heavier load.

Encroaching Jolt1 (Ex)

Beginning at 5th level, the first time each round that the prowler inflicts encroachment damage, the struck enemy must make a Reflex save vs. DC 10 + half the prowler's level + DEX modifier. If the opponent fails this save, he takes a penalty to his AC equal to the prowler's STR mod. Encroaching Jolt lasts until the beginning of the opponent's next turn. The prowler must be adjacent to his target and have one hand free to use this ability.

A prowler's Encroaching Jolt is not considered a "condition" to which roles, such as tanks and threats, are partially immune.

Fast Movement1 (Ex)

At 6th level, as long as the prowler has one hand free, his base land speed increases by 10 feet. This increases to 20 feet at level 12, 30 feet at level 18, 40 feet at level 24 and 50 feet at level 30. These bonuses are not additive. E.g., if the prowler began with a move of 30, he would have a move of 40 at level 6, 50 at level 12, 60 at level 18, 70 at level 24 and 80 at level 30.

Fast Stealth1 (Ex)

At 7th level, the prowler gains the ability to move at full speed while using stealth with no penalty, as long as he has one hand free.

Freestyle (Ex)

At 7th level, the prowler gains a Lesser Swim move equal to half their base land speed. This ability does not confer any method of breathing underwater, so you might want to consider that. If they already have a swim move higher than this, such as from a racial trait, add 5 feet of move to this movement. Increases to the prowler's base land speed also affect the prowler's swim speed.

10-Foot Step1 (Ex)

Starting at 8th level, while the prowler has one hand free, any time the prowler takes a 5-foot step action, he may move up to 10 feet. This movement does not provoke opportunity attacks, and is treated in all ways like the 5-foot step action, except that the prowler can move further. Coupled with the Shifty ability, this allows the prowler to move up to 20 feet per round, without provoking, and still make a full attack.

Stunts1 (Ex)

At 9th level, the prowler may move at full speed through rough terrain, as long as he has one hand free.

Prowling1 (Su)

At 10th level, the prowler gains a Greater Climb speed equal to his base land speed. The prowler can climb and travel on vertical surfaces or even traverse ceilings as well as a spider does. The prowler must have one hand free to climb in this manner. The prowler also gains a +2 class bonus on Might skill checks made to climb; furthermore, he need not make Might checks to traverse a vertical or horizontal surface (even upside down). A prowler retains his Dexterity bonus to Armor Class (if any) while climbing, and opponents get no special bonus to their attacks against him. However, he cannot use the run action while climbing. Increases to the prowler's base land speed also affect the prowler's climb speed.

Flexible Tumbler1 (Ex)

Starting at 11th level, when a prowler has one hand free and uses Acrobatics to move at full speed through a threatened square without provoking an attack of opportunity, the DC of the Acrobatics check does not increase.

Practiced Hurdler1 (Ex)

At 13th level, a prowler with this ability and one hand free is always considered to have a running start when making jumping checks.

Kip Up1 (Ex)

Beginning at 14th level, a prowler with this ability and at least one hand free may make an Acrobatics check to stand up from prone as part of his move action, using up 5 feet of his movement speed for the move action. The DC of this check is the highest Maneuver Defense of all threatening enemies. The prowler makes a single Acrobatics check. If he equals or exceeds the highest Maneuver Defense value among the foes, the opponent with the highest Maneuver Defense cannot make an attack of opportunity against him. For every +2 by which he exceeded the target DC, he can deny one additional threatening enemy its attack of opportunity against him as well, to a maximum of the number of enemies actually threatening his square. Even if he provokes one or more attacks of opportunity, he may still complete his move, assuming he's still alive. If there are no opponents threatening the prowler when he kips up, the DC of this Acrobatics check is 20.

Shadow-Touched (Su)

At 16th level, a prowler which moves at least 15 feet from his starting position in a round gains partial concealment (20% miss chance) until the start of his next turn. This concealment may be used to initiate stealth, though the standard rules for breaking stealth still apply.

Circuitous Charge (Ex)

Beginning at 17th level, the prowler may take any path he likes during a charge, provided he is able to attack an opponent at the end of his move. He may still take the 5-foot step granted by the Shifty ability after the charge.

Vanish (Su)

At 19th level, once per round, as an immediate action, if the prowler has any concealment or cover, he may make a stealth check to begin (or resume) stealth.

Danse Macabre1 (Ex)

At 20th level, while the prowler has one hand free, he can take an additional 5-foot step action as a free action at any point during his turn. Combined with Shifty and the 10-Foot Step abilities, the prowler can make up to three 10-foot step actions during a round and still execute a full attack.

Encroaching Smash1 (Ex)

Starting at 21st level, when the prowler uses Encroaching Jolt, the target must save as usual or suffer a penalty to Armor Class. In addition, the prowler may choose to force the target to roll a second saving throw, regardless of the success or failure of the first save. If the target fails this second saving throw, they are knocked prone.

Gets the Jump1 (Ex)

At 22nd level, as long as the prowler has one hand free, their extraordinary athleticism lets them power their way into action faster than seems possible. The prowler gains a +5 Training Bonus to their Initiative checks. Note that training bonuses do not stack; instead, only the highest available training bonus is used. In this case, if the prowler already has a training bonus applied to either their Initiative or their Movement skill, this new bonus must be compared against that one. Regardless, this bonus only applies to Movement checks made to determine Initiative, not for any other skill use of Movement.

Uncanny Step1 (Ex)

Starting at 23rd level, the prowlers athletic movement abilities become frankly superhuman. Once per encounter, as a move action, the Prowler may choose a location they can perceive and simply move themselves there. This is treated as a Dimension Door effect, except the Prowler is not restricted in their actions after they arrive, the maximum distance they can move is ten feet times their level, they can carry no passengers, and they must be unencumbered with one hand free. This ability allows the Prowler to take feats as if they had the Abundant Step class feature, namely, Dimension Door feats.

Always Armed1 (Ex)

Beginning at 25th level, while the prowler has one hand free, he gains the benefit of the Catch Off-Guard (Feat) and Improvised Weapon Mastery (Feat) feats even if he does not meet the requirements. He may use Encroachment dice with Improvised weapons.

Strong-Arm Tactics1 (Ex)

Prowlers are not about finesse, they're about athletic power. A prowlers mindset is, 'If it's locked, give it a good smash, that should free it up.' As a result, prowlers can muscle their way past a lot of trouble, as long as they have one hand free. Starting at 25th level, once per round in combat or once per minute out of combat, the Prowler may add a +1 training bonus to any d20 roll he likes, as long as that roll was not already modified by a training bonus. This bonus increases to +2 at 29th level, and +3 at 33rd level. This includes but is not limited to saving throws, skill checks, ability checks, etc. This can't be used for attack rolls, sorry.

Plunging Strike1 (Su)

Beginning at 26th level, the prowler may, as a standard action, add his falling damage to his encroachment dice, assuming he deliberately leaped at his target. He must succeed in a ranged touch attack against the target, with a -1 to-hit per ten feet of falling distance. If the prowler hits the target with the ranged touch attack, he calculates his normal attack damage, adds his encroachment dice, and adds the falling damage (up to 20d6), while taking no falling damage himself. Accidental falls may not be used for Plunging Strike attacks, and if the prowler misses the ranged touch attack, he is rendered prone in the nearest available space adjacent to his target and takes full falling damage himself as normal. Plunging Strike can be used with either Uncanny Step or Spring-Heeled, namely, the prowler may appear above his victim at whatever height he can reach and plunge down upon them.

Deep Diver (Ex)

Beginning at 28th level, the prowler's athleticism allows them to hold their breath for incredible lengths of time and still act normally. The prowler can hold his breath for five rounds per point of Con he has, and taking actions never reduces the length of time he can hold his breath.

Boneless1 (Ex)

Beginning at 28th level, while the prowler has one hand free, he behaves as if he is double-jointed and inhumanly flexible. Namely, he may squeeze normally (to half his usual Size) while taking no penalties, and he may squeeze to one quarter his normal size while taking normal squeezing penalties.

Skitter1 (Ex)

At 29th level, the prowler takes no penalties from being prone and can take all movement actions normally while prone, including taking a normal or double move, or even a charge. If the prowler engages in melee while prone, he does not suffer the -4 penalty to his attacks, nor does he grant his attackers the +4 bonus to their to-hit rolls. The prowler may go prone and remain prone on any solid surface as a free action.

Mugger1 (Ex)

Starting at 31st level, while the prowler has one hand free, up to once per round, he may attack an enemy against whom he is stealthed as a melee touch attack.

Breath Control (Ex)

At 34th level, the prowler may hold his breath for incredible amounts of time. With breath control, he may hold his breath for five minutes per point of Con he has.

Spring-Heeled1 (Ex)

Beginning at 34th level, the Prowler is incredibly agile. They may now use Uncanny Step once a round. Further, they may use Uncanny Step as a five foot step during their attack sequence.

Precise Encroaching Smash1 (Ex)

At 35th level, when the prowler uses Encroaching Jolt, the target must save as usual or suffer a penalty to Armor Class. In addition, the prowler may choose to force the target to roll a second saving throw, regardless of the success or failure of the first save. If the target fails this second saving throw, they are Dazed until the beginning of the prowlers next turn. This ability does not stack with Encroaching Smash. The prowler may use one, or the other, not both.