Spear Adept (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Spear Adept
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Spear Master[edit]

The spear is the first weapon due to it's simplicity but like a simple instrument it comes alive in the hands of a committed artist. One can quickly become astonished by the speed, precision and trickiness of the first deadly weapon. You must be fast and strong, committed and of no small ability to begin the road to mastery. Spear tricks developed separate individual Spear Adepts from each other like great painters, musicians or sword masters. There are a few common thread however, a spear is deadly when well placed, and it is incredibly fast making it a threat from many directions.

The spear Master gets along well with combat oriented classes, such as fighter or barbarian. He also understands the benefit he can gain from a powerful magic user in his group. Rogues and other classes that focus on skill are tolerated, but a spear Master has no special tie to those who aren't as well equipped in combat.


To qualify to become a spear Master, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:

Attribute: Dexterity 14, Strength 14

Feats: Weapon Focus (spear) or (Trident), Power Attack. May use feats from fighter tree at rate of 1 at 1st level and an additional feat every 3 levels.

Base Attack Bonus: +8

Table: The Spear Adept   Hit Die: d8
Level Base
Attack Bonus
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Swing Around, Spear Trick
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Piercing Strike +1d6
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Chink in the Armor, Spear Trick
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Piecing Strike +2d6
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Improved Swing Around, Spear Trick
6th +6 +5 +2 +2 Piercing Strike +3d6
7th +7 +5 +2 +2 Lead, Spear Trick
8th +8 +6 +2 +2 Piercing Strike +4d6
9th +9 +6 +3 +3 Perfect Swing Around, Spear Trick
10th +10 +7 +3 +3 Piercing Strike +5d6

Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level)
Climb, Craft, Handle Animal, Intimidate, Jump, Ride, Swim, Tumble.

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the spear Master prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Light Armor & Medium Armor. Spear proficiency (either throwing or standard)

Piercing Strike: (Ex) Whenever a Spear Master is flanking his enemy, or his enemy is denied his dexterity bonus (as sneak attack), he can use this advantage to strike the weak spots is his enemy. At second level, he adds 1d6 onto his attacks, and each 2 levels their after (fourth, sixth, eighth, and tenth) he adds an additional d6. If throwing a spear, he must be within 30 feet for this ability to apply.

Swing Around:(Ex) At first level, on any unsuccessful attack with a polearm, a Spear Master may make a second attack, swinging the polearm around to hit his enemy with the blunt side of the weapon, albeit a -4 penalty and at a 5 feet range. This attack deals 1d6 bludgeoning damage, plus his strength modifier. Weapon enhancements and special weapon abilities do not apply to this attack.

Spear Trick:(Ex) At first level a Spear Master chooses a spear trick. Every odd level they get another trick from the list below:

Stunning Strike: This trick must be declared before it is used. This trick allows a Spear Adept to make a stunning strike a number of times per day equal to half his class level. On a successful hit, the enemy makes a Fortitude saving throw(DC 10 + class level + Strength modifier). If he fails, he is stunned until just after his next turn. This ability can be used once a round and not in the same round a spear adept has already used impale in, or in a round that the enemy is already suffering from the effects of stunning strike or impale.

Coiled Spear: A Spear Master may use a shield with a two handed spear and retain the shield benefit while attacking.

Deflect Arrows: A Spear Master can deflect 1 missile attack + 1 per 3 levels of Spear Adept as a free action. A spear must be in hand to do this.

Break Spear Off: A Spear Master can attack with a Piercing Strike even if the target is not flanked, and not denied his dexterity but it breaks the spear in the process. This is declared after a hit is determined and must be a melee attack. This attack requires time to set up, it can not be used until 1 round per hit dice of the target rounds of combat have went by, they need not be engaging the target but must have a rough line of sight. E.G. A Spear Master couldn't try this until 7 rounds into an encounter with a 7-HD Troll. Magic Weapons break as well but can be restored with a Weapon Craft DC 20 and 1 hour of work.

Quick Strike: A Spear Master may attack 1st in initiative order as if they rolled a 20 for this round only. A spear adept can only use this ability a number of times equal to 1 + 1 per dexterity modifier times per encounter. This change in initiative only applies when attacking with a spear.

Piercing Point: A Spear Master, gains the benefit of the Cleave Feat, except the next attack must a ranged attack of any normal range.

Pin: When a Spear Master does maximum weapon damage they can opt to immobilize a target, effectively pinning it. The target suffers half damage but cannot attack the Spear Master unless the pin is broken. A Spear Master can move the target 15 feet a round in lieu of attacking. A pin can be broken with with a successful grapple check, but attempting evokes an attack of opportunity at half damage +Str by the spear Master. A pin can be broke automatically if the target takes full weapon damage + Str + twice the Spear Master level. Until the pin is broken Spear Master does not need to roll to hit the target but only does half damage per attack. A Spear Master can release the pin with a standard action.

Hurl: A Spear Master's range increment is increased 10 feet per level of Spear Adapt. The Spear Master now also deals twice his Strength Modifier on thrown attacks.

Arms Reach: A Spear Master can pick up, recover a spear as a swift action. Or if they throw a spear may draw another weapon as a swift action, as if they had quick draw.

Gladiator trained: A Spear Master can use a net and spear as if they had the Two Weapon Feat and both items were light.

Puncture: A Spear Master adds +4 on any Sunder attempt made on any shield. This ability doesn't function if the shield has a higher magical enhancement than the spear.

Lanced: A Spear Master now does x2 damage on a charge attack. This only functions with a spear.

Brace Spear: A Spear Master goes into a defensive stance but cannot move. A charged or mounted attack against the spear Master provokes an attack of opportunity which deals double damage.

Certain Critical: All natural 20s are confirmed critical hits automatically. No roll to confirm is necessary.

Weakening Critical: On a successful critical hit with a spear, the enemy also suffers -2 Strength for 1 round per 2 spear adept levels. This ability does not work on Swing Around critical hit.

Wounding Critical: On a successful critical hit with a spear, the enemy also suffers -2 Constitution for 1 round per 2 spear adept levels. This ability does not work on Swing Around critical hit.

Spear Rivals Sword: A Spear Master may target one person wielding a sword, against this target thier AC increases 1 + 1 for every 2 levels of Spear Adapt. If the Spear Master has the dodge feat, the target must be the same person selected.

Strike Through:A Spear Master may strike through a target hitting a target behind him and with in 5 feet as if they had the Cleave feat, if they dropped the initial target or if they did more than 20 points of damage. This applies to ranged attacks as well. A separate attack roll is made for each Strike Through attack made.

Impale: A Spear Master may impale his target as a full round action. If a Spear Master makes a successful hit, the enemy takes normal damage but also must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + class level + Strength modifier). If he fails, he takes 2 points of damage per round thereafter for a number of rounds equal Spear Master's Strength modifier (unless he is healed magically or with a successful heal check).

Quick Jab: A Spear Master may make one extra attack each round with your spear at your highest base attack bonus, but all attacks made that round suffer a -4 penalty.

Chink in Armor(Ex):At third level, a Spear Master can attack and the subject loses armor class (-2 to AC) for 2 rounds per Spear Master level.

Improved Swing Around(Ex): At fifth level, a Spear Master may use his swing around attack at only a -2 penalty.

Lead(Ex):At seventh level, a Spear Adept can attack as a full round action, as if a target was flat-flooted, ignoring dodge or dexterity bonus to armor class. This ability is negated if the target has improved uncanny dodge, unless the spear adept is four levels higher than the target.

Perfect Swing Around(Ex): At ninth level, a Spear Master may use his swing around ability with no penalty attached.

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