The marauder is a combat specialist whose weapon of choice is any two-handed weapon – a fearsome arm emblematic of Eorzea’s pirates. Their approach to battle is one of brute force, relying on strength and steel to crush enemies and sunder weapons. They are highly sought after for their ferocity and intimidating presence, and are often employed to hunt down monsters plaguing the land, or turning the tide of battle between warring nations.
The marauder is an archetype of the beastmaster class.
Archetype Main Ability Scores:
The marauder mainly focuses on STR for martial combat and CON and CHA for their class features.
Archetype Feature Replacements:
1st – Wild Empathy. 2nd – Nature Sense. 3rd – Woodland Stride, Animal Focus. 5th – Beastmaster Tactics, Teamwork Feat. 8th – Second Animal Focus. 10th – Beast Shape. 13th – Third Animal Focus. 20th – Animal Majesty.
At 1st level, a marauder gains Power Attack as a bonus feat. He does not need to meet the prerequisites to receive this feat.
This ability replaces wild empathy.
Overhand Chop (Ex)
At 2nd level, when a marauder makes a single attack (with the attack action or a charge) with a two-handed weapon, he adds double his Strength bonus on damage rolls.
This ability replaces nature sense and woodland stride.
Shattering Strike (Ex)
At 3rd level, a marauder gains a +1 bonus to CMB and CMD on sunder attempts and on damage rolls made against objects. These bonuses increase by +1 for every four beatmaster levels beyond 3rd.
This ability replaces animal focus.
Weapon Training (Ex)
At 5th level, the marauder gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls when wielding two-handed melee weapons. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels beyond 5th.
This ability replaces beastmaster tactics and teamwork feats.
At 8th level, when a marauder makes a full-attack with a two-handed weapon, he adds double his Strength bonus on damage rolls for all attacks after the first.
This ability replaces second animal focus.
At 10th level, as a standard action, a marauder can make a single melee attack with a two-handed weapon. If the attack hits, he may make a bull rush or trip combat maneuver against the target of his attack as a free action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity.
This ability replaces beast shape.
Greater Power Attack (Ex)
At 13th level, when using Power Attack with a two-handed melee weapon, the bonus damage from Power Attack is doubled (+100%) instead of increased by half (+50%).
This ability replaces third animal focus.
Devastating Blow (Ex)
At 20th level, as a standard action, a marauder may make a single melee attack with a two-handed weapon at a –5 penalty. If the attack hits, it is treated as a critical threat. Special weapon abilities that activate only on a critical hit do not activate if this critical hit is confirmed.
This ability replaces animal majesty.