Ambusher (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Those who excel at sneaking and hiding know that an unseen attack can be devastating. The Ambusher knows this and trains to make that first hit cripling.

The best Ambushers come from Rogues, but the Ranger, Monk, and Bard are all common. Wizards, Sorcerers, and Clerics sometimes adopt this class, and their spells help them hide better. Druids, with their many animal forms, make surprisingly good ambushers, though they rarely take up the class. Fighters and Barbarians who become ambushers are truly powerhouses to behold.

The roll of an Ambusher can be either a scout or a secondary combatant. He excels at the one hit wonder, but might require some aid in combat should he fail to drop his target on the first hit. Due to this fact, most Ambushers have enough sense when to and when not to strike, prefering to wait for the right moment.

Ambushers see Assassins as rivals and friends. Sometimes, they are part of the same guild. Other times, they are rivals, fighting for the same job.


Table: Ambusher
Hit Die: d6

Level Base
Attack Bonus
1st +0 +0 +2 +0 Sneak Attack +1d6, Ambush ,Unfettered Defense X.5, Decoy
2nd +1 +0 +3 +0 Stealth, Camouflage
3rd +2 +1 +3 +1 Sneak Attack +2d6, Hide in Plain Sight
4th +2 +1 +4 +1 Bonus Feat,
5th +3 +1 +4 +1 Sneak Attack +3d6, Unfettered Defense x1
6th +4 +2 +5 +2 Improved Stealth, Improved Ambush
7th +5 +2 +5 +2 Sneak Attack +4d6
8th +5 +2 +6 +2
9th +6/+1 +3 +6 +3 Sneak Attack +5d6
10th +7/+2 +3 +7 +3 Perfect Ambush, Unfettered Defense X1.5

Class Skills (8 + Int modifier per level)
Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Disable Device (Int), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Geography) (Int), Knowledge (Nature) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Open Lock (Dex), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex).

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: An Ambusher is proficient with all Simple Weapons , all Martial Weapon and 1 Exotic Weapon of their choice. They are also proficient in the use of Light Armor.

Class Abilities[edit]

Sneak Attack (Ex): This is exactly like the rogue ability of the same name. The extra damage dealt increases by +1d6 every other level (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th). If an ambusher gets a sneak attack bonus from another source the bonuses on damage stack.

Ambush (Ex): While hidden, an ambusher can perform an ambush. The target cannot know of the ambushers presence and the ambusher can perform a coup de grace on the target, dealing automatic critical damage plus sneak attack damage. This effect is considered a sneak attack for all effects that effect them. (He must still hit the target to do this.)

Decoy (Ex):Starting at 1st level, an ambusher gains the ability to create a single, illusory duplicate of himself. It requires a standard action to make, can only perform one action per turn, has 1/2 the health of the ambusher, and is dispelled by the spell, dispel magic and cannot enter an anti-magic field. It has all the abilities of the character, except for spells and racial abilities. The decoy lasts until its health hits 0, and can not be remade for 1d4 rounds. Can be done a number of times per day equal to your Int modifier.

Stealth (Ex): At 2nd level, an ambusher may move up to two thirds his speed while hiding at no penalty to his hide or move silently check. He loses this ability while wearing medium or heavy armor, or wielding a shield.

Camouflage (Ex): An ambusher can use the Disguise skill in order to blend in with his surroundings. This ability grants him a +4 circumstance bonus on his hide checks when disguised. The DCs are as follows: Wooded or jungle-15, desert or plains-15, tundra or snow-20, urban-25. For every 5 he exceeds the check, he also receives an additional +2 bonus on his hide. He loses this ability while wearing medium or heavy armor, or wielding a shield.

Unfettered Defense (Ex): At 1st level, an ambusher can add one half his Int modifier to his armor class. At 5th level, an ambusher can add their full Int modifier. At 10th level an ambusher can add 1.5 times his Int modifier to his armor class. He loses this ability while wearing medium or heavy armor, or wielding a shield.

Hide in Plain Sight (Ex): At 3rd level, an ambusher can use the Hide skill even while being observed. As long as he is within 10 feet of some sort of shadow, an ambusher can hide himself from view in the open without having anything to actually hide behind. He cannot, however, hide in his own shadow.

Bonus Feat: At 4th level, an ambusher can choose between Backstab or Foul Sneaking.

Improved Ambush (Ex): At 6th level, all number values from the attack (base damage from the weapon plus sneak attack) are considered maximised. This doesnt maximise other effects from weapons (such as flaming) or outside effects (such as poisons).

Improved Stealth (Ex): At 6th level, an ambusher may move their full speed with no penalties on their hide or move silently checks. He loses this ability while wearing medium or heavy armor, or wielding a shield.

Perfect Ambush: At 10th level, all Ambushes are treated as if they were both maximised and empowered (50% added to damage). For example, if an Improved Ambush with a short sword would deal 1d6 base + 7d6 sneak attack + 6 str, for a total of 54, a Perfect Ambush would deal 81 points of damage. (54/2)+54=81

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