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Gunner

For a renegade few, battle sounds different than it does for the typical fighter. The clash of steel and the sizzle of spell energy are drowned out by the thunderous rhythm of gunfire—the pounding beat of the gunner. Gunners are a bold and mysterious lot. While many treat the secrets of black powder with the same care and reverence that a mage typically reserves for his spells, most gunners know that firearms are a secret that cannot remain concealed forever. While current firearms are simple, often imprecise, and even dangerous devices, they are a technology on the move, and one that will become even more powerful when it is fully fused with magic.
Role: Gunners are thunderous artillery, often found where the fighting is fiercest. Brave, clever, and frequently foolhardy, many gunners push to position themselves at close range, barrels blazing, to take down their foes and demoralize their enemies. Other gunners are masters of distant death, picking off enemies from afar with their strange and wondrous weapons.
Alignment: Any
Hit Die: d8
Starting Wealth: 5d6 x 10 gil (average 175 gil). In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gil or less, and the gunner begins with her starting firearm.
Class Skills
The gunner’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (engineering) (Int), Knowledge (technology) (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Repair (Int), Ride (Dex), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).
Skill Points Per Level: 4 + Int modifier

Table: Gunner

LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveRef SaveWill SaveSpecial
Type3/4BadGoodBad
1st+0+0+2+0Gunsmith, Grit, Deeds, Quick Draw, Limit Breaks
2nd+1+0+3+0Nimble +1, Can't Out Cast a Bullet
3rd+2+1+3+1Deeds, Sharp-Shooting
4th+3+1+4+1Gun Training 1, Shot on the Run
5th+3+1+4+1Evasion, Flanking Fire
6th+4+2+5+2Nimble +2, Uncanny Dodge
7th+5+2+5+2Deeds, Hairtrigger
8th+6/+1+2+6+2Gun Training 2, Speed Loader
9th+6/+1+3+6+3Close Combat Shot, Belly Shot (+1d6)
10th+7/+2+3+7+3Nimble +3, Shot From the Hip
11th+8/+3+3+7+3Deeds, Improved Uncanny Dodge
12th+9/+4+4+8+4Gun Training 3, Covering Fire
13th+9/+4+4+8+4Evasive Gunner, Belly Shot (+2d6)
14th+10/+5+4+9+4Nimble +4, Critical Aim
15th+11/+6/+1+5+9+5Deeds, Improved Evasion
16th+12/+7/+2+5+10+5Gun Training 4
17th+12/+7/+2+5+10+5Penetrating Shot, Belly Shot (+3d6)
18th+13/+8/+3+6+11+6Nimble +5
19th+14/+9/+4+6+11+6Deeds, Dead Shot
20th+15/+10/+5+6+12+6True Grit, Gun Training 5

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the gunner.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Gunners are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and with all firearms. Gunner are proficient with light armor, but not with any type of shields.

Limit Breaks (Su)

At 1st level, the gunner receives the Limit Breaks (Barrage and Evasive Maneuvers).

Barrage (Su): This Limit Break allows the gunner to rapidly shoot at all enemies within range. Enemies within a 30-ft.-radius suffer 1d6 points of damage per gunner level, a Reflex save (DC 10 + half of the gunner’s level + her Dexterity modifier) for half damage.

Evasive Maneuvers (Su): This Limit Break allows the gunner dodge all incoming range attacks (including ranged touch). Any range attacks automatically miss unless a natural roll of 20 is rolled, and even then, the critical threat is unconfirmed unless another natural roll of 20 is rolled. Any spells that require a Reflex saving throw are automatically made. This lasts for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four gunner levels after 1st. This limit break requires only a swift action.

Gunsmith

At 1st level, a gunner gains one of the following firearms of her choice: standard rifle or standard pistol. Her starting weapon is battered, and only she knows how to use it properly. All other creatures treat her gun as if it had the broken condition. If the weapon already has the broken condition, it does not work at all for anyone else trying to use it. This starting weapon can only be sold for scrap (it’s worth 4d10 gil when sold). The gunner also gains Gunsmithing as a bonus feat.

Quick Draw

At 1st level, a gunner gains the Quick Draw feat as a bonus feat. A gunner may now draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. They may also now draw a hidden weapon (see the Sleight of Hand skill) as a move action as opposed to a standard action.

Grit (Ex)

A gunner makes her mark upon the world with daring deeds. Some gunners claim they belong to a mystical way of the gun, but it’s more likely that the volatile nature of firearms simply prunes the unlucky and careless from their ranks. Whatever the reason, all gunners have grit. In game terms, grit is a fluctuating measure of a gunner’s ability to perform amazing actions in combat. At the start of each day, a gunner gains a number of grit points equal to her Wisdom modifier (minimum 1). Her grit goes up or down throughout the day, but usually cannot go higher than her Wisdom modifier (minimum 1), though some feats and magic items may affect this maximum. A gunner spends grit to accomplish deeds (see below), and regains grit in the following ways.

Critical Hit with a Firearm: Each time the gunner confirms a critical hit with a firearm attack while in the heat of combat, she regains 1 grit point. Confirming a critical hit on a helpless or unaware creature or on a creature that has fewer Hit Dice than half the gunner’s character level does not restore grit.

Killing Blow with a Firearm: When the gunner reduces a creature to 0 or fewer hit points with a firearm attack while in the heat of combat, she regains 1 grit point. Destroying an unattended object, reducing a helpless or unaware creature to 0 or fewer hit points, or reducing a creature that has fewer Hit Dice than half the gunner’s character level to 0 or fewer hit points does not restore any grit.

Deeds

Gunners spend grit points to accomplish deeds. Most deeds grant the gunner some momentary bonus or effect, but there are some that provide longer-lasting effects. Some deeds stay in effect as long as the gunner has at least 1 grit point. The following is the list of base gunner deeds. A gunner can only perform deeds of her level or lower. Unless otherwise noted, a deed can be performed multiple successive times, as long as the appropriate amount of grit is spent to perform the deed.

Deadeye (Ex): At 1st level, the gunner can resolve an attack against touch AC instead of normal AC when firing beyond her firearm’s fifth range increment. Performing this deed costs 1 grit point per range increment beyond the tenth. The gunner still takes the –2 penalty on attack rolls for each range increment beyond the fifth when she performs this deed.

Focused Aim (Ex): At 1st level, as a swift action, the gunner can spend 1 grit point to gain a bonus on all firearm damage rolls equal to her Wisdom modifier (minimum 1) with all firearm attacks she makes until the end of her turn. At 7th level, when she uses the deadly shot deed, she multiplies this bonus by the number of hits she made while rolling the Dead Shot attack.

Gunner’s Dodge (Ex): At 1st level, the gunner gains an uncanny knack for getting out of the way of ranged attacks. When a ranged attack is made against the gunner, she can spend 1 grit point to move 5 feet as an immediate action; doing so grants the gunner a +2 bonus to AC against the triggering attack. This movement is not a 5-foot step, and provokes attacks of opportunity. Alternatively, the gunner can drop prone to gain a +4 bonus to AC against the triggering attack. The gunner can only perform this deed while wearing light armor, and while carrying no more than a light load.

Quick Clear (Ex): At 1st level, as a standard action, the gunner can remove the broken condition from a single firearm she is currently wielding, as long as that condition was gained by a firearm misfire. The gunner must have at least 1 grit point to perform this deed. Alternatively, if the gunner spends 1 grit point to perform this deed, she can perform quick clear as a move-equivalent action instead of a standard action.

Steady Aim (Ex): At 1st level, as long as a gunner has at least 1 grit point, she can take a move-equivalent action to increase the accuracy of her firearm. When she does, she increases the range increment of the weapon by 10 feet. This stacks with other abilities that increase her range increment.

Up Close and Deadly (Ex): At 1st level, when the gunner hits a target that is not making a scatter shot, she can spend 1 grit point to deal 1d6 points of extra damage on a hit. If she misses with the attack, she grazes the target, dealing half the extra damage anyway. She must choose to spend the grit point before she makes the attack roll. This is precision damage and is not multiplied if the attack is a critical hit. This precision damage increases to 2d6 at 5th level, to 3d6 at 10th level, to 4d6 at 15th level, and to 5d6 at 20th level. This precision damage stacks with sneak attack and other forms of precision damage.

Gunner Initiative (Ex): At 3rd level, as long as the gunner has at least 1 grit point, she gains the following benefits. First, she gains a +2 bonus on initiative checks. Furthermore, if she has the Quick Draw feat, her hands are free and unrestrained, and the firearm is not hidden, she can draw a single firearm as part of the initiative check.

Pistol-Whip (Ex): At 3rd level, the gunner can make a surprise melee attack with the butt or handle of her firearm as a standard action. When she does, she is considered to be proficient with the firearm as a melee weapon and gains a bonus on the attack and damage rolls equal to the enhancement bonus of the firearm. The damage dealt by the pistol-whip ability is of the bludgeoning type, and is determined by the size of the firearm. One-handed firearms deal 1d6 points of damage (1d4 if wielded by Small creatures) and two-handed firearms deal 1d8 points of damage (1d6 if wielded by Small creatures). Regardless of the gunner’s size, the critical multiplier of this attack is 20/×2. If the attack hits, the gunner can make a trip combat maneuver check to knock the target prone as a free action. Performing this deed costs 1 grit point.

Utility Shot (Ex): At 3rd level, if the gunner has at least 1 grit point, she can perform all of the following utility shots. Each utility shot can be applied to any single attack with a firearm, but the gunner must declare the utility shot she is using before firing the shot.

  • Blast Lock: The gunner makes an attack roll against a lock within the first range increment of her firearm. A Diminutive lock usually has AC 7, and larger locks have a lower AC. The lock gains a bonus to its AC against this attack based on its quality. A simple lock has a +10 bonus to AC, an average lock has a +15 bonus to AC, a good lock has a +20 bonus to AC, and a superior lock has a +30 bonus to AC. Arcane lock grants a +10 bonus to the AC of a lock against this attack. On a hit, the lock is destroyed, and the object can be opened as if it were unlocked. On a miss, the lock is destroyed, but the object is jammed and still considered locked. It can still be unlocked by successfully performing this deed, by using the Disable Device skill, or with the break DC, though the DC for either break or Disable Device or the AC increases by 10. A key, combination, or similar mechanical method of unlocking the lock no longer works, though knock can still be employed to bypass the lock, and the creator of an arcane lock can still bypass the wards of that spell.
  • Scoot Unattended Object: The gunner makes an attack roll against a Tiny or smaller unattended object within the first range increment of her firearm. A Tiny unattended object has an AC of 5, a Diminutive unattended object has an AC of 7, and a Fine unattended object has an AC of 11. On a hit, the gunner does not damage the object with the shot, but can move it up to 15 feet farther away from the shot’s origin. On a miss, she damages the object normally.
  • Stop Bleeding: The gunner makes a firearm attack and then presses the hot barrel against herself or an adjacent creature to staunch a bleeding wound. Instead of dealing damage, the shot ends a single bleed condition affecting the creature. The gunner does not have to make an attack roll when performing the deed in this way; she can instead shoot the firearm into the air, but that shot still uses up ammunition normally.

Deadly Shot (Ex): At 7th level, as a full-round action, the gunner can take careful aim and pool all of her attack potential into a single, deadly shot. When she does this, she shoots the firearm at a single target, but makes as many attack rolls as she can, based on her base attack bonus. She makes the attack rolls in order from highest bonus to lowest, as if she were making a full attack. If any of the attack rolls hit the target, the gunner’s single attack is considered to have hit. For each additional successful attack roll beyond the first, the gunner increases the damage of the shot by the base damage dice of the firearm. For instance, if a 7th-level gunner firing a musket hits with both attacks, she does 2d12 points of damage with the shot, instead of 1d12 points of damage, before adding any damage modifiers. Precision damage and extra damage from weapon special abilities (such as flaming) are added with damage modifiers and are not increased by this deed. If one or more rolls are critical threats, she confirms the critical once using her highest base attack bonus –5. For each critical threat beyond the first, she reduces this penalty by 1 (to a maximum of 0). The gunner only misfires on a dead shot if all the attack rolls are misfires. She cannot perform this deed with a blunderbuss or other scatter weapon when attacking creatures in a cone. The gunner must spend 1 grit point to perform this deed.

Startling Shot (Ex): At 7th level, a gunner with least 1 grit point can spend a standard action to purposely miss a creature that she could normally hit with a firearm attack. When she does, that creature becomes flat-footed until the start of its next turn.

Targeting (Ex): At 7th level, as a full-round action, the gunner can make a single firearm attack and choose part of the body to target. She gains the following effects depending on the part of the body targeted. If a creature does not have one of the listed body locations, that part cannot be targeted. This deed costs 1 grit point to perform no matter which part of the creature she targets. Creatures that are immune to sneak attacks are immune to these effects.

  • Arms: On a hit, the target takes no damage from the hit but drops one carried item of the gunner’s choice, even if the item is wielded with two hands. Items held in a locked gauntlet are not dropped on a hit.
  • Head: On a hit, the target is damaged normally, and is also confused for 1 round. This is a mind-affecting effect.
  • Legs: On a hit, the target is damaged normally and knocked prone. Creatures that have four or more legs or that are immune to trip attacks are immune to this effect.
  • Torso: Targeting the torso threatens a critical on a 19–20.
  • Wings: On a hit, the target is damaged normally, and must make a DC 20 Fly check or fall 20 ft.

Bleeding Wound (Ex): At 11th level, when the gunner hits a living creature with a firearm attack, she can spend 1 grit point as a free action to have that attack deal extra bleed damage. The amount of bleed damage is equal to the gunner’s Dexterity modifier. Alternatively, the gunner can spend 2 grit points to deal 1 point of Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution bleed damage (gunner’s choice) instead. Creatures that are immune to sneak attacks are also immune to these types of bleed damage.

Clipping Shot (Ex): At 11th level, when the gunner misses with a firearm attack, she can spend 1 grit point to deal half the damage that attack would have dealt if it were a hit (roll damage normally). She can decide to use this deed and spend the grit point after making the attack. This deed has no effect if the attack used the dead shot deed. The cost of using this deed cannot be reduced with the Signature Deed feat, the true grit class feature, or any similar effect.

Gunner’s Luck (Ex): At 15th level, the gunner can spend grit to reroll a saving throw or a skill check. It costs 2 grit points to reroll a saving throw, and 1 grit point to reroll a skill check. The gunner must take the result of the second roll, even if it is lower. The deed’s cost cannot be reduced by the true grit class ability, the Signature Deed feat, or any other effect that reduces the amount of grit a deed costs.

Menacing Shot (Ex): At 15th level, the gunner can spend 1 grit point, shoot a firearm into the air, and affect all living creatures within a 30-foot-radius burst as if they were subject to the fear spell. The DC of this effect is equal to 10 + 1/2 the gunner’s level + the gunner’s Wisdom modifier.

Cheat Death (Ex): At 19th level, whenever the gunner is reduced to 0 or fewer hit points, she can spend all of her remaining grit points (minimum 1) to instead be reduced to 1 hit point.

Death’s Shot (Ex): At 19th level, when the gunner scores a critical hit, she can spend 1 grit point to deal normal damage, and the target must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw with a DC equal to 10 + half of the gunner’s level + her Dexterity modifier. On a failed saving throw, the target dies. This is a death attack. Performing this deed does not allow the gunner to regain grit from confirming a critical hit or making a killing blow.

Stunning Shot (Ex): At 19th level, when a gunner hits a creature, she can spend 2 grit points to stun the creature for 1 round. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + half of the gunner’s level + her Wisdom modifier). If the creature fails, it is stunned for 1 round. Creatures that are immune to critical hits are also immune to this effect.

Can’t Out-cast a Bullet (Ex)

Beginning of 2nd level, when the gunner uses a readied action to fire a firearm at someone casting a spell or spell-like ability, she may add half her level to her damage roll.

Nimble (Ex)

Starting at 2nd level, a gunner gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC while wearing light armor. Anything that causes the gunner to lose her Dexterity bonus to AC also causes the gunner to lose this dodge bonus. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels beyond 2nd level (to a maximum of +5 at 20th level).

Sharp-Shooting (Ex)

At 3rd level, a gunner gains the ability to score hits that others would miss due to the target’s cover. If the gunner attacks the target using cover, the cover bonus to the target’s AC is reduced by 2.

Gun Training (Ex)

Starting at 4th level, a gunner can select one specific type of firearm (such as standard pistol and standard rifle). She gains a bonus equal to her Dexterity modifier on damage rolls when firing that type of firearm. Furthermore, when she misfires with that type of firearm, the misfire value increases by 2 instead of 4. Every four levels thereafter (8th, 12th, 16th, and 20th), the bonus on damage rolls increases by +1.

Shot on the Run

At 4th level, a gunner gains the Shot on the Run feat as a bonus feat even if she does not meet the prerequisite. When using the attack action with a ranged weapon, she can move both before and after the attack, provided that her total distance moved is not greater than her speed.

Evasion (Ex)

At 5th level and higher, a gunner can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If she makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, she instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the gunner is wearing light armor. A helpless gunner does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Flanking Fire (Ex)

Beginning of 5th level, gunners are able to maneuver to their foes’ sides and backs, and take advantage of the way this exposes these foes to attack. A gunner’s ranged attacks count as melee attacks for the purposes of determining and awarding flanking bonuses.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

Starting at 6th level, a gunner can react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does she lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. She still loses her Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. A gunner with this ability can still lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against her. If a gunner already has uncanny dodge from a different class, she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge (see below) instead.

Hairtrigger (Ex)

Starting at 7th level, a gunner holding a drawn and loaded firearm at the ready receives a +4 circumstance bonus to Initiative.

Speed Loader (Ex)

At 8th level, a gunner has become so adept with her weapon – any weapon with which the gunner has chosen Gun Training with – that she may now reload it without provoking an attack of opportunity if the gunner should reload in an enemies threatened squares.

Close Combat Shot (Ex)

At 9th level, a gunner does not provoke attacks of opportunity when making ranged attacks with firearms.

Belly Shot (Ex)

At 9th level, a gunner can press her firearm directly against a vulnerable location of an adjacent target, dealing additional damage. When the gunner successfully hits an adjacent target with a ranged firearm attack, she deals +1d6 points of damage. This damage increases to +2d6 at 13th level and to +3d6 at 17th level. Creatures immune to precision damage, critical hits, or sneak attacks do not take this additional damage.

Shot From the Hip (Ex)

At 10th level, a gunner may now make a ranged disarm combat maneuver against her opponent as long as she is within the first range increment of the gunner’s ranged weapon. The gunner does provoke an attack of opportunity unless the gunner has acquired the Improved Disarm feat.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

A gunner of 11th level or higher can no longer be flanked. This defense denies an enemy the ability to gain a bonus on attack rolls by flanking her, unless the attacker has at least four more character levels than the gunner does.

Covering Fire (Ex)

Starting from 12th level, a gunner can expend a move action to do nothing. Upon doing so, and until their next turn, she threatens attacks of opportunity with her ranged weapon out to 30 feet.

Evasive Gunner (Ex)

At 13th level, a gunner gains a +2 dodge bonus to AC against ranged attacks. This bonus increases to +4 at 17th level.

Critical Aim (Ex)

At 14th level, the gunner’s aim becomes a precise deadliness. The critical threat range of all firearms in the hands of the gunner are increased by 1. At 18th level, this increases by 1 again.

Improved Evasion (Ex)

At 15th level, the gunner’s evasion ability improves. This works like evasion, except that while the gunner still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks, she henceforth takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless gunner does not gain the benefit of improved evasion.

Penetrating Shot (Ex)

At 17th level, when a gunner confirms a critical hit with a firearm, the bullet pierces the target and can strike another creature in line behind it. The gunner must be able to trace a line starting at her space and passing through both targets to make this additional attack. The secondary attack is made at a –4 penalty, in addition to any modifiers for added range. If this attack is also a critical hit, the bullet can continue to hit another target, but the penalties stack.

Dead Shot (Ex)

At 19th level, once per day, a gunner can make an attack with her firearm that is a guaranteed critical and has the chance of killing or incapacitating a target. After three rounds studying the target to line up a good shot, the gunner may decide whether to kill or incapacitate the target before the shot is fired, and the target is entitled to a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the gunner’s level + her Dexterity modifier). If the target fails his save, the target either dies or is incapacitated.

True Grit (Ex)

At 20th level, a gunner picks two deeds that she has access to and that she must spend grit to perform. She can perform these deeds for 1 grit point fewer (minimum 0) than usual. If the number of grit points to perform a deed is reduced to 0, the gunner can perform this deed as long as she has at least 1 grit point. If a deed could already be performed as long as she had at least 1 grit point, she can now perform that deed even when she has no grit points.

Favored Class Bonuses

Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a favored class, some races have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their favored classes. The following options are available to the listed race who have gunner as their favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed favored class reward.

  • Al Bhed: Add +1/4 point to the gunner’s grit points.
  • Burmecian: Add a +1/2 bonus on initiative checks when the gunner has at least 1 grit point.
  • Dwarf: Reduce the misfire chance for one type of firearm by 1/4. You cannot reduce the misfire chance of a firearm below 1.
  • Elvaan: Add +1/3 on critical hit confirmation rolls made with firearms (maximum bonus of +5). This bonus does not stack with Critical Focus feat.
  • Galka: Add a +1/2 bonus on initiative checks when the gunner has at least 1 grit point.
  • Hume: Add +1/4 point to the gunner’s grit points.
  • Kojin: Add a +1/3 bonus to the AC bonus granted by the gunner’s dodge deed.
  • Mithra: Add +1/3 to the gunner’s AC when using the gunner’s dodge deed.
  • Moogle: The gunner reduces the amount of time needed to restore a broken firearm using the Gunsmithing feat by 5 minutes (maximum reduction of 50 minutes).
  • Seeq: Add a +1/2 bonus on initiative checks when the gunner has at least 1 grit point.
  • Shindroid: The gunner gains +1/3 points of grit.
  • Tarutaru: Add +1/4 to the dodge bonus to AC granted by the nimble class feature (maximum +4).
  • Varg: Add +1/4 to the gunner’s grit points.

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