Fast, deadly and explosive. The gunbreaker is a warrior who jumps into the fray to protect his allies while utilizing the special gun arms, to break through enemy lines with their explosive blades or fire from range while protecting the back lines. Most gunbreakers are high ranking officers or guardians of an aristocratic, as the exotic and powerful nature of the gun arms is awed by many.
Role: Close melee combatants that can be helpful both in melee and at range by using a gun arm to do either or both of these, and using enhanced bullets to aid themselves and allies. They tend to be very aggressive on the battlefield and provide support where needed. Some are dedicated protectors, only deciding to use the full power of their gun arm when truly threatened.
Hit Die: d10.
Parent Classes: Gunner and Knight.
Starting Wealth: 5d6 × 10 gil (average 175 gil.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gil or less.
The gunbreaker’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (nobility) (Int), Knowledge (technology) (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Repair (Int), Ride (Dex), and Sense Motive (Wis).
Skill Points Per Level: 2 + Int modifier
All of the following are class features of the gunbreaker.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
A gunbreaker is proficient with all simple weapons and all gun arms, and with all armor (light, medium, and heavy) and shields (except tower shields).
Limit Breaks (Su)
At 1st level, the gunbreaker receives the Limit Breaks (No Mercy and Superbolide).
No Mercy (Su): This Limit Break sends the gunbreaker into a relentless fury, granting him a +2 circumstance bonus on attack and damage rolls and increases his critical threat range with gun arms by 1 for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four gunbreaker levels after 1st. For every four gunbreaker levels after 1st, the bonus to attack and damage rolls increases by 2. These bonuses apply to both the melee and firearm parts of a gun arm and the critical threat range increase is applied after all other effects that increase critical threat range. This limit break requires only a swift action.
Superbolide (Su): This Limit Break puts up a magical shield that protects the gunbreaker from attacks. Anytime the gunbreaker would take damage, the shield is damaged instead. The shield has a number of hit points equal to the gunbreaker’s level + 10 and has a hardness of 2. The hit points increase by 10 and the hardness increases by 2 per four gunbreaker levels after 1st for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four gunbreaker levels after 1st or until destroyed or the end of combat. This limit break requires only a swift action.
At 1st level, a gunbreaker begins play with a gun arm of his choice. His starting weapon’s firearm part is battered, receiving a -2 penalty on ranged attacks, and only he knows how to use it properly. All other creatures treat his gun arm 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 gunbreaker also gains Gunsmithing as a bonus feat.
Magicked Ammo (Su)
The gunbreaker is able to infuse ammo he sets into his gun arm with magical energy. Whenever he loads a gun arm, a portion of the gun arm’s ammunition is infused and can be used to deal extra damage or used to activate abilities. As noted on the Table: The Gunbreaker, the gunbreaker infuses up to an amount of bullets upon loading a gun arm per level. Depending on the gun arm, this can be all of the gun arm’s ammo capacity. When the gunbreaker reaches 19th level, all ammo regardless of capacity is infused. If the gunbreaker has plenty of ammo left and none infused, he can always take a move action to infuse his remaining ammo in his gun arm by running his hand over the weapon. He can infused an amount of ammo equal to the amount he gets from reloading, assuming he has the ammo to infuse. He can never have more magicked ammo available than his max.
When the gunbreaker loads his gun arm, the first set of bullets is always infused first. Meaning the bullets that are spent first are the bullets that are infused. Infused bullets naturally deals an additional 1 point of damage and is considered magic for the purpose of bypassing DR. At 5th level and every five gunbreaker levels thereafter, this extra damage increases by 1.
Also at 1st level, as a swift action, the gunbreaker can expose his magical energy around him to heal and protect him. He gains fast healing 2 and a +1 deflection bonus to AC. These bonuses increase by 2/+1 at 4th level and every three gunbreaker levels thereafter This ability lasts for a number of rounds equal to his Wisdom modifier and can be used a number of times per day equal to his Wisdom modifier.
Keen Edge (Ex)
At 2nd level, the gunbreaker gains the ability to use his gun arm to help defend himself. When wielding a gun arm, he gains a +1 shield bonus to AC. This stacks with other shield bonuses.
As the gunbreaker trains, he learns to talents to increase his mastery. At 2nd level and every two gunbreaker levels thereafter, the gunbreaker gains a talent from the list below. He must meet the prerequisite of the talent selected and each talent can only be selected once.
- A complete list of gunbreaker talents can be found here: Gunbreaker Talents
Gun Arm Techniques
At 3rd level and every three gunbreaker levels thereafter, the gunbreaker chooses to go down a path to enhance his ability with his gun arms. These are special techniques that can only be used with a gun arm and most expends infused ammo to use. The gunbreaker must meet the prerequisites to choose a gun arm technique and must have enough magicked ammo to choose and use the technique.
- A complete list of gun arm techniques can be found here: Gun Arm Techniques
Heart of Stone (Su)
The gunbreaker’s fortitude is greatly increased through his training. At 3rd level, he adds his Wisdom modifier as a bonus to all Fortitude saving throws. This does not stack with any other ability that applies a modifier to Fortitude saves.
Jugular Rip (Ex)
At 3rd level, when the gunbreaker confirms a critical hit with a melee attack with a gun arm, he infuses an amount of magicked ammo in his gun arm up to the maximum he can infuse with his magicked ammo ability.
Armor Training (Ex)
At 4th level, the gunbreaker further trains himself in the use of armor to protect himself and allies. Whenever he is wearing armor, he reduces the armor check penalty by 1 (to a minimum of 0) and increases the maximum Dexterity bonus allowed by his armor by 1. Every four levels thereafter (8th, 12th, 16th and 20th), these bonuses increase by +1 each time, to a maximum –5 reduction of the armor check penalty and a +5 increase of the maximum Dexterity bonus allowed.
Gun Arm Mastery (Ex)
At 5th level, the gunbreaker has gained enough training with gun arms to make his way of fighting with them his own. At 5th level and every five gunbreaker levels thereafter, he chooses a mastery below to apply to all gun arms he wields. He can choose a mastery multiple times unless otherwise noted.
- Blasting Bullets: The gunbreaker adds his Wisdom modifier to damage rolls of all gun arm techniques. This mastery can only be chosen once.
- Bloody Fangs: The gunbreaker adds his Wisdom modifier to the damage rolls of damage made from trigger attacks. This mastery can only be chosen once.
- Parry Mastery: Increases the shield bonus from the gunbreaker’s keen edge ability by 1.
- Power Mastery: Increases attack rolls and damage rolls with both melee and firearm damage of gun arms by 1.
- Technique Mastery: Increases the DC of gun arm techniques by 1.
- Trained Shots: The gunbreaker adds his Dexterity modifier to firearm damage rolls made from gun arms. This does not effect weapons with a trigger attack. This mastery can only be chosen once.
Quick Cartridge (Ex)
At 6th level, the gunbreaker has learned to stay focused and make it seem as if he’s not letting up even when he reloads. A gunbreaker reloading a gun arm no longer provokes an attack of opportunity while in an enemy’s threatened square.
Improved Aurora (Su)
At 7th level, the gunbreaker’s aurora ability can be used on an ally he can see within 15 feet. Only one instance of this ability can be up at any given time. If another aurora is cast on another target, the first instance ends. In addition, he can spend two uses of the ability to instead heal himself or an ally within 15 feet equal to four times the gunbreaker’s Wisdom modifier.
Heart of Light (Su)
At 9th level, the gunbreaker’s reflexes greatly increase due to his training. He applies his Wisdom modifier as a bonus to all Reflex saving throws. This does not stack with any other ability that applies a modifier to Reflex saves.
At 10th level, the gunbreaker’s skill has allowed him learn how to mix his attacks with those of his techniques. When making a full attack action. he declares the use of continuation. This lowers his AC by 4, takes a -2 penalty to all attack rolls made for 1 round, and at the end of the full attack, he also performs a single gun arm technique that requires a standard action as part of the full attack action. This ability can be used a number of times per day equal to the gunbreaker’s Wisdom modifier.
Royal Guard (Su)
At 11th level, the gunbreaker is adept as protecting his nearby allies, bestowing his magical aura to those nearest him. Adjacent allies gain the effects of the gunbreaker’s Heart of Stone and Heart of Light abilities. At 15th level, the range increases to allies within 10 feet and at 20th level, all allies within 20 feet gain these effects. If the gunbreaker is unconscious, helpless, or otherwise unable to act, this bonus to allies is lost.
Advanced Gunbreaker Talents
At 12th level, the gunbreaker can choose an advanced gunbreaker talent in place of a regular talent. He must meet the prerequisites to choose an advanced gunbreaker talent.
- A complete list of advanced gunbreaker talents can be found here: Advanced Gunbreaker Talents
Greater Aurora (Su)
At 13th level, the gunbreaker can spend three uses of Aurora to make it become an aura around himself or an ally. When used on himself or an ally within 30 feet this way, it explodes in a 15-ft.-aura around the target, granting allies within the aura half of the fast healing and AC bonus (rounded down). Only one instance of this aura can be active at any given time. The first instance ends upon using this ability again ends any other ongoing aurora effect and vice versa.
Gnashing Fang (Ex)
At 14th level, the gunbreaker always aims for vital spots with a gun arm, looking to end the fight quickly. He increases the critical threat range with gun arms but not the firearm part of the gun arms by 1. This applies after all other effects that increase critical threat range.
Abdomen Tear (Ex)
At 16th level, the gunbreaker’s attacks become stronger with each passing swing, and firing. When making a full attack with a gun arm, he ignores a cumulative 2 points of damage reduction for each successful attack for the round. For example, the first successful attack ignores 2 points of DR, the second successful attack ignores 4 points of DR, and so on.
Perfect Aurora (Su)
At 17th level, if the gunbreaker’s hit points is ever dropped below 0, as an immediate action, he can expend 4 uses of of aurora to keep himself at 0 HP even if the attack would kill him.
Solid Barrel (Ex)
At 19th level, the gunbreaker’s gun arm cannot be disarmed or sundered while he is wielding it, and is no longer subject to misfires (if any).
Lion Heart (Su)
At 20th level, the gunbreaker’s mastery of gun arms and his magical energy to employ his weapon peaks. The DC of gun arm techniques increases by 1 and all aurora ability use cost lowers by 1 (minimum 1). In addition, he gains a bonus to confirm critical hits with his gun arm equal to his Wisdom modifier.
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 archer as their favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed favored class reward.
- Al Bhed: Add +1/6 of a new gunbreaker talent.
- Au Ra: Add +1/6 of a new gun arm technique.
- Dwarf: Add +1/4 to the shield bonus of the keen edge ability.
- Elvaan: Add +1/4 to the number of uses for the aurora ability.
- Galka: Add +1/6 of a new gun arm technique.
- Goblin: Add +1/4 to the shield bonus of the keen edge ability.
- Hume: Add +1/6 of a new gunbreaker talent.
- Mithra: Add +1/4 to the number of uses for the aurora ability.
- Moogle: Add +1/4 to the shield bonus of the keen edge ability.
- Roegadyn: Add +1/6 of a new gun arm technique.
- Tarutaru: Add +1/6 of a new gunbreaker talent.
- A complete list of gunbreaker archetypes can be found here: Gunbreaker Archetypes