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Mystic Knight

A warrior who has studied ways to imbue his blade with deadly magics. The mystic knight is a highly-trained fighting force, wielding both the martial and the arcane hand in hand. Often raised from a young age to master this unique fighting style, along with rigorous study, they are often respected among their peers for their dedication to their craft.

The mystic knight is an archetype of the red mage class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies

A mystic knight is proficient with all simple and martial weapons (including knight swords) and with all armor (light, medium, and heavy) and shields (excluding tower shields).

This ability modifies the starting red mage’s weapon and armor proficiencies.

Mystic Prowess

A mystic knight’s base attack bonus increases by one step (from 3/4 BAB to Full BAB). Also increases mystic knight’s hit dice from d8 to d10.

Limit Breaks (Su)

At 1st level, the mystic knight receives the Limit Breaks (Mystic Adrenaline and Mystic Overdrive).

Mystic Adrenaline (Su): This Limit Break grants the mystic knight a +2 bonus to DC’s of his blade magic and swordskills and he can use blade magic and swordskills without expending any uses (even swordskills he has already used) for the duration of this limit break. Additionally, his talents cost 50% less stamina to use (minimum 5 stamina cost). This limit break lasts for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four red mage levels after 1st. This limit break requires only a swift action.

Mystic Overdrive (Su): This Limit Break lets the mystic knight use a swordskill without expanding its use or use it if its already been used. The swordskill’s range and radius is doubled and deals max possible damage (no need to roll). The mystic knight is fatigued for 1 round after using this limit break.

These abilities replace the red mage’s standard Limit Breaks.

Magical Knowledge (Ex)

At 1st level, the mystic knight’s knowledge of magic expanses as he learns to control the elements and spells with his blade. He gains a +1 competence bonus to Knowledge (Arcana) and Spellcraft skills checks. This bonus increases by 1 every four red mage levels after 1st.

This ability replaces ruby knowledge.

Mystic Swordplay (Ex)

This ability functions the same as the sword saint’s swordplay ability, except a mystic knight gains less swordskills (see below) and may only choose swordskills from Destroy Sword and Universal forms. In addition, he may use any swordskill he knows without needing to ready them. Each swordskill can still only be used once per encounter but can be regained through the mystic knight’s Stamina Pool ability.

LevelSwordskills Known
1st1
2nd2
3rd2
4th3
5th3
6th4
7th4
8th5
9th5
10th6
11th6
12th7
13th7
14th8
15th8
16th9
17th9
18th10
19th10
20th11

These ability replaces cantrips, spells, and MP Pool. Mystic knights do not gain any spells or spellcasting ability, do not have a caster level, and cannot use spell trigger and spell completion magic items.

Stamina Pool (Ex)

At 1st level, the mystic knight gains a reservoir of stamina that he can draw upon to fuel his talents that he gains below. This stamina pool has a number of points equal to 5 x his Constitution modifier (minimum 1) and this pool increases by 5 + his Constitution modifier per level thereafter. The pool refreshes once per day when the mystic knight rests for a full 8 hours. Sustained modes take up a static amount of stamina points from the mystic knight’s current and maximum stamina pool and most sustained modes stack. If the character has a stamina pool from another class, he then only increases his stamina pool by 5 + his Constitution modifier per level instead.

By spending 5 stamina points, the mystic knight can do one of the following:

  • Increase his speed by 10 feet for 1 round, or
  • Delay and suppress his fatigue or exhaustion for 1 round, or
  • Increase one saving throw by +1 for 1 round.
  • To use a swordskill he has already used for the encounter or use a swordskill without expending its use for the encounter.

Each of these powers is activated as a swift action.

This ability replaces spell proficiency.

Red Magery (Su)

Also at 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th level, a mystic knight increases his power with his abilities. At each such opportunity, he can choose from the list (including quick mind) of the following (with a maximum of 2 per):

  • Blade Magic Expertise: This grants the mystic knight a +1 bonus to Blade Magic DCs.
  • Extra Runic Absorptions: This grants the mystic knight an additional use of Runic Absorption per day. (Only attainable after 4th)
  • Extra Swordskills: This grants the mystic knight an additional swordskill known.

This ability replaces extra quick casts, ruby knowledge mastery, and spell combat expertise red mageries.

Blade Magic (Su)

A mystic knight has the special power to imbue his melee weapon with magical energy. At 1st level and every two levels thereafter, a mystic knight chooses one enchantment from the Blade Magic list (see below). Applying an enchantment is a swift action and enchantments last a number of rounds equal to his red mage level + his Charisma modifier. Only one Blade Magic enchantment can be applied at a time and can only be applied on a weapon from the light blades or heavy blades weapon group, or a gun arm (standard, assault, magitek, gunknife, or guntana). Applying a new enchantment replaces the old one. The mystic knight can only use this ability a number of times per day equal to his red mage level.

  • Barrier: A weapon empowered by this blade magic grants Damage Reduction equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must have the shell and protect blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Bio: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Sap status effect, taking 2d4 + Charisma modifier points of non-elemental damage for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must be at least 7th level to select this blade magic.
  • Blind: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Blind status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Cure: While wielding a weapon empowered by this blade magic, the weapon instead heals the target for its regular weapon damage, or damages undead. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must have light blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Dark: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals shadow damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Dimmed status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Dispel: Whenever a weapon empowered by this blade magic strikes a creature that has a magical enchantment, the mystic knight can roll a caster level check in order to attempt to remove the enchantment. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must have wind blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Drain: While wielding a weapon empowered by this blade magic, the mystic knight heals for 1/10th of the damage he deals with that weapon. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 5th level and have the dark blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Earth: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals earth damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Weighted status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Executor: A weapon empowered by this blade magic always threatens a critical strike against targets below 20% of their max hit points. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 9th level and have the dark blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Fear: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Will save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Panicked status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Fire: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals fire damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Reflex save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Burning status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Ice: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals ice damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Frozen status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Light: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals holy damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Dazzled status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Lightning: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals lighting damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Reflex save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Static status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Poison: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Poison status effect, taking 1d6 + Charisma modifier points of non-elemental damage for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Protect: A weapon empowered by this blade magic provides a deflection bonus to AC equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Ruin: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals its damage a second time as non-elemental damage. The target may attempt a Reflex save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) to halve the extra damage. This effect can only occur once per round.
  • Shell: A weapon empowered by this blade magic grants Spell Resistance equal to the mystic knight’s level. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 5th level and have the light and protect blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Silence: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Silence status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 3rd level and have the water blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Sleep: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Will save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Sleep status effect for 1 round.
  • Slow: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Slow status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 5th level and have the ice blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Temper: A weapon empowered by this blade magic has a sacred bonus to attack rolls equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier and ignores up to 5 points of Damage Reduction. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 7th level and have the fire blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Water: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals water damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Drenched status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Wind: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals wind damage instead of its usual damage. Also, the target must succeed on a Reflex save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Squalled status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Zombie: Whenever a creature is struck with a weapon empowered by this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Zombie status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must be at least 9th level to select this blade magic.

This ability replaces spell combat, improved spell combat, and greater spell combat.

Exploit Weakness (Ex)

A mystic knight knows very well how to take advantage of elemental weaknesses that his opponents have. At 2nd level, if the mystic knight deals elemental damage to an enemy that the creature is weak to, instead of dealing the usual 1.5x damage, he instead deals 2x damage. The mystic knight can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier. The mystic knight can choose to use this ability before an attack is made as a free action. At 10th and 20th levels, this damage multiplier increases by an additional 0.5x to a maximum of 3x damage.

This ability replaces spellstrike.

Used to Magic (Ex)

A mystic knight has spent his entire life around magic, and thus knows how to best defend against it. At 2nd level, a mystic knight gains a +1 competence bonus to all saves against spells and spell-like effects. This bonus increases by +1 every three red mage levels after 2nd.

This ability replaces quick learner (minor, moderate, and major).

Talent Trees (Su)

The mystic knight gets access to one talent tree from the sword saint class of his choosing and the mystic knight talent tree from below. At 3rd level and every three levels thereafter, the mystic knight chooses to learn one talent from the talent tree below, one talent from the other talent tree he has chosen, or one ruby arcana from the red mage’s ruby arcana list. Weapon Requirement: Any melee weapons.

 Mystic Knight Specialization Talent Tree 

  • Mystic Aura: As a swift action, the mystic knight may activate this talent as a sustained mode. While in this mode, the mystic knight’s blade magic ability becomes a standard action to activate and instead affects his allies but not himself. The effects lasts 1 round less per ally effected (minimum 1 round) and the mystic knight can choose to exclude his choice of allies. To receive this effect, allies must be within 30 feet of the mystic knight and must stay within 30 feet or lose the effect if they move out of range, but regains the effects if they re-enter the aura’s range. Allies use the mystic knight’s DC for blade magic effects. This talent does not effect the cure blade magic. Instead, if the mystic knight activates cure blade magic, he heals allies within the aura equal to his Charisma modifier at the beginning of each effected allies’ turn. This mode uses up 30 stamina points of the mystic knight’s current and maximum stamina.
  • Blade Sweep: At the cost of 10 stamina points, as a standard action, the mystic knight makes a melee attack against all adjacent targets. A blade magic must be active on the mystic knight’s weapon to use this talent.
  • Blade Drive: At the cost of 10 stamina points, as standard action, the mystic knight can grind his sword against the ground and send his blade magic effects forward in a crescent wave. He makes a range touch attack against all enemies in a 30-ft. Line. and if successful. he deals normal melee damage as if he hit with a blade magic effected melee attack. A blade magic must be active on the mystic knight’s weapon to use this talent. Prerequisite: Blade Sweep
  • Blade Burst: At the cost of 15 stamina points, when activating a swordskill, the mystic knight can change the element of the swordskill to the type of blade magic active, and/or combine any status effect from the blade magic on the swordskill. Using the swordskill’s DC for the blade magic instead. This effect ends the active blade magic after use. Cure blade magic cannot be used with this talent. A blade magic must be active on the mystic knight’s weapon to use this talent. Prerequisites: Blade Sweep, Blade Drive
  • Magic Shell: As a swift action, the mystic knight may activate this talent as a sustained mode. While in this mode, the mystic knight gains a +1 bonus on saving throws. This increases by 1 every four red mage levels after 1st. This mode uses up 15 stamina points of the mystic knight’s current and maximum stamina.
  • Magiwall: At the cost of 10 stamina points, as a move action, the mystic knight forms an elemental barrier over himself and allies. He and allies within 15 feet gains elemental resistance 5 to a chosen element for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. This increases by 5 every four red mage levels after 1st. If he has the magic shell sustained mode active, allies also gain the effects of magic shell for the duration of this talent. Prerequisite: Magic Shell
  • Magic Guard: Increasing the stamina cost of magic shell to 25, when magic shell is active, the mystic knight gains a +1 shield bonus to AC plus 1 every four red mage levels after 1st. Prerequisites: Magic Shell, Magiwall.
  • Ethereal Embrace: At the cost of 30 stamina points, as a standard action, the mystic knight invokes a swirling light to surround him and his allies within 15 feet, granting Haste and Fast Healing 2 up to 50% HP for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier.
  • Purifying Breeze: Ethereal Embrace’s range increases to 30 feet and now grants a Protect and Shell status effect as a white mage of the same level as his knight level (I.E. If a mystic knight is 10th level, the spells of this talent would of the 5th level version – Protect III and Shell III). Prerequisite: Ethereal Embrace
  • Empowering Storm: Ethereal Embrace now increases the DC of spells and abilities of those effected by 2, and increases the fast healing to Fast Healing 4 instead of 2. Prerequisites: Ethereal Embrace, Purifying Breeze.
  • Mystic Force: Ethereal Embrace now grants the effects of the mystic knight’s Magiwall talent to those effected. Prerequisites: Ethereal Embrace, Purifying Breeze, Empowering Storm, Magic Shell, Magiwall.

These abilities may replace ruby arcanas.

Armor Training (Ex)

Starting at 3rd level, a mystic knight learns to be more maneuverable while wearing armor. 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 (7th, 11th, 15th and 19th), 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. In addition, at 7th level, a mystic knight can also move at his normal speed while wearing medium armor. At 10th level, a mystic knight can move at his normal speed while wearing heavy armor.

This ability replaces armored mage.

Runic Absorption (Su)

A mystic knight is adept at recognizing magic and quickly neutralizing it with his blades. Starting at 4th level, if a creature within 30 feet of the mystic knight attempts to cast a spell, he can expend an attack of opportunity in order to attempt to absorb the raw magic into his weapon. Treat this as a counterspell attempt with Dispel, using the mystic knight’s level as his caster level. If successful, the spell is countered, and the mystic knight gains a number of temporary hit points equal to the level of the countered spell for 1 round. The mystic knight can use this ability once per day plus an additional time per day for every four red mage levels after 4th.

This ability replaces quick cast.

Practiced Skill (Ex)

When a mystic knight reaches 5th level, he has become so proficient in the basic skills that he can further his skill with that particular skill unlocking its true power, truly mastering his skills. He may select one basic sword skill he has learned and choose to gain its Practiced effect. The mystic knight may choose an additional swordskill at 10th level and every five red mage levels thereafter.

This ability replaces clear mind.

Sword Magic (Su)

At 5th level, the mystic knight has learned to envelop his blade with the magic of others. As a move action, the mystic knight can add the effect of a single target spell from a willing ally’s spell list to his next single melee attack. If the attack hits, it deals normal damage + the effect of the borrowed spell. The spell functions off of the caster’s level and casting modifier, and the caster’s DC for the spell. In addition, the caster must spend MP as if casting the spell. The mystic knight can only borrow spells from an ally he has sight of within 15 feet. The spell persists on his melee weapon for 1 minute or until he attempts a single attack. Sword magic does not suffer spell failure, however if the caster that the spell is borrowed from has spell failure, that chance is applied when attaching the spell to the mystic knight’s melee weapon. If the spell fails, the mystic knight still expends his use of sword magic. (Healing spells cause the weapon to deal no damage, unless against an undead target.)

The mystic knight may use sword magic once per encounter plus on additional time every four red mage levels after 5th, as he is able to handle the magic channeling through his blade more as he gets stronger. He may regain a use of sword magic by spending a standard action to soothe himself of the intensity of using magic in such a way.

This ability replaces convert.

Magic Burst (Su)

At 11th level, when the mystic knight deals damage with a spell via sword magic. Half the damage of the spell is dealt to those adjacent to the enemy, a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) negates the damage.

This ability replaces jack-of-all-trades.

Advanced Blade Magic (Su)

Starting at 11th level, whenever the mystic knight chooses a Blade Magic, he can now instead choose from the Advanced Blade Magic list.

  • Aspir: A weapon empowered by this blade magic also deals its weapon damage to the target’s MP. The target can make a Will save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) to negate this effect. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must have the drain blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Balance: A weapon empowered by this blade magic deals bonus physical damage on a successful hit equal to the mystic knight’s missing hit points once per round. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must be at least 15th level and have the slow and temper blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Death: Whenever a creature is struck by a weapon empowered with this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or die. A weapon empowered by this blade magic does not deal its regular damage. Unlike other Blade Magic, once the effect successfully happens, the enchantment is lost. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must have the statue, enervation, and executor blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Enervation: Whenever a creature is struck by a weapon empowered with this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive 1d4 negative levels. Negative levels from Enervation cannot stack. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must have the dark blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Gravity: A weapon empowered by this blade magic ignores all forms of damage reduction. Also, if a weapon empowered by this blade magic strike a creature twice in the same round, that creature becomes flat-footed until the mystic knight’s next turn. A Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) negates this effect. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must have the enervation and ruin blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Infect: Whenever a creature is struck by a weapon empowered with this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Disease status effect for a number of rounds equal to the mystic knight’s Charisma modifier. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must have the poison and bio blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Statue: Whenever a creature is struck by a weapon empowered with this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Petrify status effect for 1 round. Prerequisite: A mystic knight must have the earth blade magic to select this blade magic.
  • Stop: Whenever a creature is struck by a weapon empowered with this blade magic, they must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the red mage’s level + his Charisma modifier) or receive the Stop status effect for 1 round. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must have the slow and gravity blade magics to select this blade magic.
  • Ultima: A weapon empowered by this blade magic always deals damage as if the enemy had an elemental weakness to it. Prerequisites: A mystic knight must have the dark, earth, fire, ice, light, lightning, water, and wind blade magics to select this blade magic.

Perfected Skill (Ex)

When a mystic knight reaches 15th level, he has become so extraordinarily adept in the basic skills and has perfected his power. He may choose a single sword skill that he has chosen to have practiced and now gain its Perfected effect. The mystic knight may choose an additional swordskill at 20th level.

This ability replaces doublecast.

Mirror Stance (Su)

At 18th level, a mystic knight can prepare themselves to deflect incoming spells. Once per day as a standard action, a mystic knight can assume Mirror Stance for 1 minute. While in this stance, he reflects any spells targeted at him back to the caster, as per the Reflect spell. He can reflect a total level of spells equal to half his red mage level + his Charisma modifier. This stance ends if he exceeds this limit.

This ability replaces 1 mp spell.

Battle Sage (Ex)

At 20th level, the magical power surging through a mystic knight reaches its zenith. Whenever a weapon is enchanted with Blade Magic, the mystic knight can either choose to double the weapon’s critical threat range or increase the weapon’s critical modifier by +1. This stacks with similar effects but apply after all other similar effects.

This ability replaces red wizard.