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Ranger, the Archery Expert


Rangers are skilled archers and hunters who act as guardians of the wilderness. They protect travellers and destroy evil creatures that represent a threat to nature. They can also have the same motivations and occupations as traditional fighters.

Experienced rangers have a close connection to nature which allows them to cast divine spells. Most of their spells focus on healing, animals and archery.

Rangers often collaborate with Druids and they are most common among humans, elves and halflings. They frequently have a nomadic lifestyle and a good or neutral alignment.





Hit Dice, Proficiencies, Alignment


D10 Hit Die. Proficient with light armour and with light shields. Starts with simple-weapons proficiency plus three selectable weapon-group proficiencies. Rangers are more likely to be chaotic good, but any alignment is possible.


Special Abilities


Precise Shot: The character gains the feat Precise Shot, which removes the -4 penalty for shooting into melee.


Improved Precise Shot: The character gains the feat Improved Precise Shot, which means that his ranged attacks ignore the cover penalty and the miss chance for any concealment below 50%.


Aimed Shot: As a full-round action, a ranger can make a single ranged attack targeted at an opponent's legs, arms or head. This attack is made at a penalty of -4. Aimed Shots do not work on creatures that are immune to critical hits. If the attack is successful, the victim must save on a fortitude saving throw (DC 10+damage dealt) or face the following consequences:
*Legs: The victim is prone. For 1d4 rounds, it is 'limping', reducing Speed by 50% and Dex by 4.
*Arms: The victim is disarmed. For 1d4 rounds, it is 'impaired', reducing attack rolls by two.
*Head: The victim is blinded for 1d2 rounds.


Improved Aimed Shot: You can use Aimed Shot with a standard action rather than a full-round action.


Careful Shot: As a full-round action, a ranger can make a single ranged attack with a +4 circumstance bonus to the attack roll. The ranger then suffers a -2 penalty to Armour Class until the start of his next round.


Improved Careful Shot: You can use Careful Shot with a standard action rather than a full-round action.


Critical Shot: As a full-round action, a ranger can make a single ranged attack targeted at an opponent's heart. This attack is made at a penalty of -8. Critical Shots do not work on creatures that are immune to critical hits. If the attack is successful, your attack is automatically treated as a critical hit.


Improved Critical Shot: You can use Critical Shot with a standard action rather than a full-round action.


Evasion: Whenever the character suffers damage from an effect that required a reflex saving throw (for example, a Fireball or a Breath Attack), the damage inflicted to the character is reduced by 50%. The character must not be paralyzed and he must be wearing no armour or light armour to benefit from this.


Archery Bonus: The Ranger gains a bonus to all attack rolls and damage rolls made as part of a ranged attack. This bonus applies only when wearing light armour or no armour.


Spells: The leading ability for Ranger spells is Wisdom. A Ranger can activate Divine Spell Scrolls of any spell in the lists of the Paladin, Ranger, Druid and Cleric. Ranger spells cannot be used to counterspell another spellcaster. Spell picks at every level from level 2: 2. A Ranger can cast somatic spells while holding a light shield, but not a heavy shield or tower shield. The Ranger's caster level is equal to his character level. Rangers can cast somatic spells while wielding a two-handed weapon or several weapons at the same time, because switching a weapon from one hand to the other is a free action.


Spells


LEVEL 1: 8 spells

Cure Light Wounds (Touch spell cures 1D8 +1 per level up to 5. Hurts undead. Removes the bleeding and dying conditions.)

Summon Wolf (CR 1. Duration 4 rounds + 1 per two levels, or until dismissed. Casting time Move Action. Space 1x1 square. For every caster level beyond 1, the summoned creature will gain one additional Hit Die.)

Ranger Web (10' radius circle, 4 rounds + 1 per two levels. Ranger Web creates a mass of sticky strands. All creatures in the web become Entangled, no save. Further, creatures within the web get Stuck (unable to move) if they fail on a Reflex saving throw. Once stuck, a creature can attempt to break free, as a full-round action, with a Strength check of DC 18. Break free is automatically successful if you are wielding a flaming weapon, have a fire natural attack or a fire energy defence. No spell resistance. Creatures must perform a reflex save upon the casting of this spell and another one every round before the caster's turn. Fire effects like Fireball and Burning Hands remove the web totally. Anyone standing in the web while it gets burnt takes an additional 2d4 points of fire damage.)

Barkskin (1 round per level, touch spell, the recipient gains a natural armour enhancement bonus of +2, or +3 at caster level 6, +4 at CL 9 and +5 at CL 12. Stacks with the natural armour bonus, but not with other natural armour enhancement bonuses.)

Enhance Weapon (Duration Until End of Combat, Touch spell, your manufactured and natural weapons gain a +1 enhancement bonus to attack roll and damage roll.)

Elemental Weapon (Duration Until End of Combat, Touch spell, Select flaming, frost or shock, your manufactured and natural weapons deal 1d6 points of additional damage of that energy type. Does not stack.)

Hold Animal (A single animal target is paralyzed for 1 round per level, Willpower negates. Each round the target can attempt another Will save to negate the effect, as a full-round action.)

Burning Hands (15' radius cone deals 1d4 points of fire damage per level up to 10d4, plus 2d4 points if the targets are stuck in a web. Reflex half)

LEVEL 2: 7 spells

Cure Moderate Wounds (Touch spell cures 2D8 +1 per level up to 10. Hurts undead. Removes the bleeding and dying conditions.)

Summon Crocodile (CR 2. Duration 4 rounds + 1 per two levels, or until dismissed. Casting time Move Action. Space 1x1 square. For every caster level beyond 3, the summoned creature will gain one additional Hit Die.)

Protection from Energy (Touch spell. Select an energy type: fire, cold, acid, shock or sonic. The recipient gains resistance 15 to damage of that type, up to 10*level absorbed points of damage. Duration Until End of Combat)

Lesser Magic Arrow (Casting time Free Action. Select one of the following effects. For four rounds, every bow arrow or crossbow bolt that you shoot is enchanted with that effect (not cumulative).
Sleep Arrow: Target must succeed on a Willpower save of DC 15 + Wisdom modifier or fall asleep for 1d4 rounds, or until woken up.
Glue Arrow: Target must succeed on a Reflex save of DC 15 + Wisdom modifier or become entangled and stuck for 1d4 rounds, or until it breaks free (Strength check DC 16).
Stink Arrow: Target must succeed on a Fortitude save of DC 15 + Wisdom modifier or become sickened for 1d6 rounds, or until cured.
Knockback Arrow: Target must succeed on a Strength check of DC 16 or be pushed back by one square.
Barbed Arrow: Target must succeed on a Fortitude save of DC 15 + Wisdom modifier or bleed until the end of combat, or until cured. Bleeding is cumulative; each hit increases the bleeding amount by 1 point per round, up to a maximum of 10 points per round.)

Protection from Ability Loss (Duration Until End of Combat. Touch spell gives immunity to ability damage and drain.)

Enhance Ability (For 10 rounds, the target gains a +4 enhancement bonus to either Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Wisdom, Intelligence or Charisma. From CL 9, the bonus increases to +6. From CL 15, the bonus increases to +8.)

Spike Growth (15' radius circle. 1 round per two levels, rounded up. Sharply-pointed roots suddenly appear in the area. Moving through the area, but not simply standing in the area, deals 1d4 piercing damage per square. Further, upon failing a reflex save, the limping condition is acquired until the creature rests. The damage increases to 1d6 per square from Caster Level 7 and 1d8 per square from CL 9. A creature must save again each time it takes damage.)

LEVEL 3: 6 spells

Cure Serious Wounds (Touch spell cures 3D8 +1 per level up to 15. Hurts undead. Removes the bleeding and dying conditions.)

Summon Griffon (CR 4. Duration 4 rounds + 1 per two levels, or until dismissed. Casting time Move Action. Space 1x1 square. For every caster level beyond 7, the summoned creature will gain one additional Hit Die.)

Exploding Arrow (Select Fire, Cold, Acid or Electricity. Your ranged attacks explode upon reaching their target, dealing 2d6 elemental damage to creatures in the target square and all adjacent squares. Duration: 1 round per 2 levels. Casting time Free Action.)

Mass Hold Animal (10' radius circle. All animals in the area of effect are paralyzed for 1 round per level, Willpower negates. Each round the targets can attempt another Will save to negate the effect, as a full-round action.)

Freedom of Movement, Touch (1 round per level. Touch spell. The recipient is freed from the following conditions: Paralyzed, Slowed, Stuck, Entangled, Quicksand. The subject also gains immunity to all these effects for the spell's duration. The spell does not affect the spell Grease, underwater movement, being grappled or pinned or swallowed whole.)

Greater Enhance Weapon (Duration Until End of Combat, your manufactured and natural weapons gain a +1 enhancement bonus for every four caster levels, up to +5, to attack roll and damage roll.)

LEVEL 4: 5 spells

Cure Critical Wounds (Touch spell cures 4D8 +1 per level. Hurts undead. Removes the bleeding and dying conditions.)

Summon Girallon (CR 6. Duration 4 rounds + 1 per level, or until dismissed. Casting time Move Action. Space 2x2 squares. For every caster level beyond 11, the summoned creature will gain one additional Hit Die.)

Greater Magic Arrow (Casting time Free Action. Select one of the following effects. For four rounds, every bow arrow or crossbow bolt that you shoot is enchanted with that effect.
Stun Arrow: Target must succeed on a Constitution check DC 16 or be stunned for 1d2 rounds.
Hold Arrow: Target must succeed on Willpower save DC 17 + Wisdom modifier or become held (paralyzed) for 1d4 rounds
Slow Arrow: Target must succeed on Reflex save DC 17 + Wisdom modifier or become slowed for 1d6 rounds
Wound Arrow: Target must succeed on Fortitude save DC 17 + Wisdom modifier or lose 2 constitution until the end of the fight, cumulative.)

Stoneskin, Personal (Personal. Duration Until Rest. This spell creates a thin protective layer around your skin. You gain damage reduction 10/-. The spell cannot stop more than 10 points of damage per caster level. Cost 250 gold.)

Wind Wall (This spell affects you and all allies. All arrows and bolts shot at you and your allies suffer a 50% miss chance. Duration 1 round per two levels.)

Ranger Feats


Spell Focus: The DC of all spells with a saving throw increases by 1.

Greater Spell Focus: The DC of all spells with a saving throw increases by another 1. Requires: Spell Focus.

Powerful Shot: A ranger with this feat gains a bonus of +2 to damage rolls made as part of a ranged attack. Requires: Level 3, Str 13.

Aimed Shot Expert: This feat reduces the penalty on aimed shots from -4 to -2.

Careful Shot Expert: A ranger with this feat can perform careful shots without taking the -2 dodge penalty to Armour Class that normally applies until the start of the character's next round.

Critical Shot Expert: This feat reduces the penalty on critical shots from -8 to -4. Requires: Level 4.

Water Affinity: When fighting underwater or while swimming, the character gains a +2 circumstance bonus to Attack Rolls and Armour Class.

Forest Affinity: When fighting in a forest or jungle, the character gains a +2 circumstance bonus to Attack Rolls and Armour Class.

Fire Resistance: The character gains resistance 10 to fire damage.

Cold Resistance: The character gains resistance 10 to cold damage.



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