For those who relish the thrill of the hunt, there are only predators and prey. Be they scouts, trackers, or bounty hunters, rangers share much in common: unique mastery of specialized weapons, skill at stalking even the most elusive game, and the expertise to defeat a wide range of quarries. Knowledgeable, patient, and skilled hunters, these rangers hound man, beast, and monster alike, gaining insight into the way of the predator, skill in varied environments, and ever more lethal martial prowess. While some track man-eating creatures to protect the frontier, others pursue more cunning game—even fugitives among their own people.
The ranger is an archetype of the beastmaster class.
Animal Companion (Ex)
Starting at 1st level, a ranger’s animal companion loses shared rage but gains shared spells at 4th level.
This ability modifies animal companion.
Favored Enemy (Ex)
At 1st level, a ranger selects a creature subtype from the ranger favored enemies table. He gains a +2 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks against creatures of his selected type. Likewise, he gets a +2 bonus on weapon attack and damage rolls against them. A ranger may make Knowledge skill checks untrained when attempting to identify these creatures.
At 5th level and every five levels thereafter (10th, 15th, and 20th level), the ranger may select an additional favored enemy. In addition, at each such interval, the bonus against any one favored enemy (including the one just selected, if so desired) increases by +2.
If the ranger chooses humanoids or outsiders as a favored enemy, he must also choose an associated subtype, as indicated on the table below. (Note that there are other types of humanoid to choose from—those called out specifically on the table below are merely the most common.) If a specific creature falls into more than one category of favored enemy, the ranger’s bonuses do not stack; he simply uses whichever bonus is higher.
This ability replaces rage.
Table: Favored Enemies
At 2nd level, a ranger adds half his beastmaster level to Survival skill checks made to follow or identify tracks.
This ability replaces empathic link.
Hunter’s Tricks (Ex)
A ranger learns the use of hunter’s tricks, which typically grant a boon or bonus to the ranger, his animal companion, or a nearby ally. At 2nd level, the ranger learns one trick, selected from the list below. At 4th level, and every two levels thereafter, he learns another trick. A ranger can use these tricks a total number of times per day equal to half his beastmaster level + his Wisdom modifier. Tricks are usually swift actions, but sometimes move or free actions that modify a standard action, usually an attack action. Once a trick is chosen, it can’t be retrained. A ranger cannot select an individual trick more than once. The following is a list of hunter tricks and their effects.
Aiding Attack (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a free action when he hits a creature with an attack. The next ally who makes an attack against the target creature before the start of the ranger’s next turn gains a +2 circumstance bonus on that attack roll.
Bolster Companion (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as an immediate action when his animal companion is hit with an attack or a combat maneuver. The companion’s AC and combat maneuver defense increase by +4 for the purposes of that attack. If the attack still hits, the animal companion only takes half damage (if any). The animal companion must be able to see and hear the Ranger to benefit from this trick. Prerequisite: The ranger must have an animal companion to select this trick.
Catfall (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as an immediate action when he falls 20 or more feet, ignoring the first 20 feet of the fall when calculating the falling damage. If the ranger takes no damage from the fall, he does not fall prone.
Chameleon Step (Ex): The ranger can move up to twice his speed as a move action. The ranger does not take any penalty on Stealth checks for movement during this move. This move provokes attacks of opportunity as normal.
Cunning Pantomime (Ex): As a standard action, the ranger can communicate with a single creature as if using the tongues spell for 10 minutes. Because the communication is slow and lacks subtlety, the ranger suffers a –4 penalty on all Bluff and Diplomacy checks relating to the creature he is communicating with when using this trick.
Deft Stand (Ex): The ranger can spend a move action to stand up without provoking attacks of opportunity.
Distracting Attack (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a free action before he makes an attack. If the attack hits, the target takes a –2 penalty on all attack rolls for 1 round.
Hateful Attack (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a free action when he makes an attack against one of his favored enemies. The ranger doubles the threat range of his weapon for this attack. This does not stack with other abilities that increase a weapon’s threat range.
Heel (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as an immediate action when his animal companion moves. When the companion moves, the square it starts out in is not considered threatened by any opponent it can see, and therefore visible enemies do not get attacks of opportunity against it when it moves from that square. The companion must end this movement in a square adjacent to the ranger. The animal companion must be able to see and hear the ranger to take this movement. Prerequisite: The ranger must have an animal companion to select this trick.
Hobbling Attack (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a free action when he hits with an attack. The target of the attack’s land speed is reduced by 1/2 for 1d4 rounds.
Quick Climb (Ex): The ranger can climb at his full speed as a move action without penalty.
Quick Healing (Ex): As a swift action, the ranger can make a Heal check to administer first aid on an adjacent dying character. Alternatively, the ranger can administer a potion to an unconscious character as a move action.
Quick Swim (Ex): The ranger can swim at his full speed as a move action without penalty.
Ranger’s Counsel (Ex): As a swift action, the ranger can grant all allies within 30 feet that are within line of sight and can hear him a +2 bonus on skill checks with a single skill of his choice. This bonus lasts for 1 round. Prerequisite: The ranger must have at least one rank in the chosen skill.
Rattling Strike (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a free action before he makes a melee attack. If the attack hits, the target is shaken for 1d4 rounds.
Second Chance Strike (Ex): When he misses with a melee attack, the ranger may reroll his attack at a –5 penalty. Using this ability is an immediate action.
Sic ‘Em (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a swift action. His animal companion makes one melee attack against an adjacent creature. The animal companion must be able to see and hear the ranger to make this attack. Prerequisite: The ranger must have an animal companion to select this trick.
Skill Sage (Ex): As a free action, the ranger can roll twice on any one skill check and take the better result. Prerequisite: The ranger must have at least 1 rank in that skill to select this trick.
Stag’s Leap (Ex): As a free action, the ranger can attempt a running jump without moving 10 feet before the jump.
Surprise Shift (Ex): The ranger can move 5 feet as a swift action. This movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity and does not count as a 5-foot step.
Tangling Attack (Ex): The ranger can use this attack as a free action when he makes an attack. If the attack hits, the target is entangled for 1 round.
Tricky Shot (Ex): As a standard action, the ranger can make a ranged attack that ignores concealment (but not total concealment), soft cover, and partial cover.
Uncanny Senses (Ex): As an immediate action, the ranger gains a +10 insight bonus on Perception checks for 1 round.
Upending Strike (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as a free action just before he makes a melee attack. If the attack hits, he may make a free trip combat maneuver against the target.
Vengeance Strike (Ex): The ranger can use this trick as an immediate action when an enemy adjacent to him hits an ally with a melee or ranged attack. The ranger can make a single melee attack at his highest base attack bonus against the creature who attacked his ally.
These abilities replace rage powers.
Beginning at 4th level, a ranger gains the ability to cast a small number of geomancer spells, which are drawn from the geomancer spell list. Like most spellcasters, a ranger can find or purchase scrolls with spells to add to his repertoire.
To learn or cast a spell, the ranger must have a Wisdom score equal to at least 10 + the spell level (Wis 11 for 1st-level spells, Wis 12 for 2nd-level spells, and so forth). The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a ranger’s spell is 10 + the spell level + his Wisdom modifier. In addition, a ranger gains additional MP for having a high attribute (Wisdom).
Table: Ranger MP Chart
Through 3rd level, a ranger has no caster level. At 4th level and higher, his caster level is equal to his beastmaster level – 3.
In addition, the ranger’s animal companion gains Shared Spells: The ranger may cast a spell with a target of “You” on his animal companion (as a touch spell) instead of on himself.
This ability replaces track gained at 4th level, teamwork feats, and improved empathic link.
Favored Terrain (Ex)
At 5th level, a ranger may select a type of terrain from Table: Ranger Favored Terrains. The ranger gains a +2 bonus on initiative checks and Knowledge (geography), Perception, Stealth, and Survival skill checks when he is in this terrain. A ranger traveling through his favored terrain normally leaves no trail and cannot be tracked (though he may leave a trail if he so chooses).
At 10th level and every five levels thereafter, the ranger may select an additional favored terrain. In addition, at each such interval, the skill bonus and initiative bonus in any one favored terrain (including the one just selected, if so desired), increases by +2.
If a specific terrain falls into more than one category of favored terrain, the ranger’s bonuses do not stack; he simply uses whichever bonus is higher.
This ability replaces beastmaster tactics.
Table: Favored Terrains
|Cold (ice, glaciers, snow, and tundra)|
|Desert (sand and wastelands)|
|Forest (coniferous and deciduous)|
|Mountain (including hills)|
|Planes (pick one, other than Material Plane)|
|Underground (caves and dungeons)|
|Urban (buildings, streets, and sewers)|
|Water (above and below the surface)|
A ranger of 6th level or higher can use the Stealth skill to hide in any of his favored terrains, even if the terrain doesn’t grant cover or concealment.
This ability replaces speak with animals.
When he reaches 9th level, a ranger can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the ranger is wearing light armor, medium armor, or no armor. A helpless ranger does not gain the benefit of evasion.
This ability replaces quarry.
At 11th level, a ranger can, as a standard action, denote one target within his line of sight as his quarry. Whenever he is following the tracks of his quarry, a ranger can take 10 on his Survival skill checks while moving at normal speed, without penalty. In addition, he receives a +2 insight bonus on attack rolls made against his quarry, and all critical threats are automatically confirmed. A ranger can have no more than one quarry at a time and the creature’s type must correspond to one of his favored enemy types. He can dismiss this effect at any time as a free action, but he cannot select a new quarry for 24 hours. If the ranger sees proof that his quarry is dead, he can select a new quarry after waiting 1 hour.
This ability replaces greater rage.
Hide in Plain Sight (Ex)
While in any of his favored terrains, a ranger of 15th level or higher can use the Stealth skill even while being observed.
This ability replaces improved quarry.
Improved Evasion (Ex)
At 17th level, a ranger’s evasion improves. This ability works like evasion, except that while the ranger still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks, he henceforth takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless ranger does not gain the benefit of improved evasion.
This ability replaces no escape.
Improved Quarry (Ex)
At 18th level, the ranger’s ability to hunt his quarry improves. He can now select a quarry as a free action, and can now take 20 while using Survival to track his quarry, while moving at normal speed without penalty. His insight bonus to attack his quarry increases to +4. If his quarry is killed or dismissed, he can select a new one after 10 minutes have passed.
This ability replaces tireless rage.
Seen It Before (Ex)
At 20th level, the ranger is wise to all the tricks of his prey. The ranger adds his favored enemy bonus as an insight bonus on saves against spells and abilities used by his favored enemies.
This ability replaces mighty rage