Battle Miner (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Battle Miner[edit]

I'm no stranger to the ways of mining. You don't have to fear the monsters and raiders of the Underdark, if you know how to deal with them.
—Steve, Human Battle Miner, Journal Entry

Battle Miners are commoners that work the mines. They delve deeper then most, mining precious metals from deep in the Underdark. They don't fear the oozes, drow, and other monsters. They gain abilities not only to help them mine, but also to help them in combat.

Becoming a Battle Miner[edit]

Battle Miners value strength and constitution. Both are needed to be an effective miner and warrior. Most often this class is taken on by Npc commoners who work deep in the mines. Its something you have to learn down there, in the dark.

Entry Requirements
Skills: Profession (Miner) +6
Feats: Skill Focus (Profession[Miner]), Martial Weapon Pro (Or Proficient with just the Heavy Pick)
Special: Must have gone mining deep in the Underdark.

Table: The Battle Miner

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Low-light Vision, Weapon Focus (Heavy Pick)
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Weapon Specialization (Heavy Pick)
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Dark Vision 60ft, Favored Enemy
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Greater Weapon Focus (Heavy Pick)
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Underdark Master, Greater Weapon Specialization (Heavy Pick)

Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level)
Profession(Miner), Knowledge(Dungeoneering), Knowledge(Geography).

Class Features[edit]

Heavy Pick Focus: The Battle Miner gains Weapon Focus(Heavy Pick) at 1st level, Weapon Specialization(Heavy Pick) at 2nd level, Greater Weapon Focus(Heavy Pick) at 4th level, and Greater Weapon Specialization(Heavy Pick) at 5th level. Even if he does not fulfill the prerequisites.

Low-light Vision: The Battle Miner gains low-light vision at 1st level.

Dark Vision: At 3rd level the Battle Miner gains Dark Vision 60 ft. If the Battle Miner already has some sort of Dark Vision, then it is increased by 30 ft.

Favored Enemy: At 3rd level the Battle Miner also gains a favored enemy, usually one native to the area he mines. The Battle Miner gains a +4 on Hide, Listen, Spot, Move Silently, and Survival checks against creatures of it's chosen type. Likewise, he gains a +2 bonus on attack against such creatures. The Battle Miner must choose his favored enemy type from the following list.

  • Aberration
  • Humanoid(Elf)
  • Ooze
  • Plant
  • Vermin

Underdark Master: At 5th level a Battle Miner has grown so accustomed to the Underdark, it all looks completely normal to him. He gains a Blindsense of 30 ft. He also gains a +2 to Hide, Listen, Spot, Move Silently, and Survival while in the Underdark. Battle Miners of this level can no longer become lost in the Underdark. They gain a "Natural Cunning" ability similar to that of a Minotaur. They also know where they are while in the Underdark, and know where which passage will take them, provided they have been there before.

Ex-Battle Miners[edit]

Campaign Information[edit]

Playing a Battle Miner[edit]

Combat:

Advancement:

Resources:

Battle Miners in the World[edit]


NPC Reactions:

Battle Miner Lore[edit]

Characters with ranks in can research to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.

DC Result
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Battle Miners in the Game[edit]

Adaptation:

Sample Encounter:

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