Deepwood Sniper, Variant (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Deepwood Sniper[edit]

An arrow flies from a high mountain aerie, unerringly striking a paladin's mount. Expecting only a flesh wound, the paladin is stunned to watch his companion of many adventures crumple to the earth. This unfortunate knight has trespassed into the domain of the deepwood sniper, and he may not make it out alive.

A deepwood sniper is patient, careful, quiet, and deadly accurate. She is a stealtly, long-range terminator whose arrows sail accurately from much longer ranges than those of other archers. In addition, she has magical abilities to help her shafts fly true.

Because of their alertness, dexterity, patience, and affinity for the bow, elves of almost any character class make excellent deepwood snipers. For a long time, elves would train only those of their own race in these techniques, but more recently some half-elves, Halflings, and humans have joined the ranks of the deepwood sniper.

Hit Die: d8.


To qualify to become a deepwood sniper, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.

Class Skills[edit]

The Deepwood Sniper’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill)are: Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str), Craft(Bowmaking) (Int), Knowledge(Nature) (Int), Knowledge(Local) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Profession (Wis), Escape Artist (Dex), Search (Int), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis) and Swim (Str).

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier

Table: The Deepwood Sniper
Level Base
Saving Throws Special Range
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Keen Arrows, Range Increment 10ft
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Concealment reduction 10%, Magic weapon, Projectile Improved Critical +1 20ft
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Bonus Feat 30ft
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Take Aim +2 40ft
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 Consistent Aim 1/day 50ft
6th +6 +5 +5 +2 Concealment reduction 20%, Keen Edge, Bonus Feat 60ft
7th +7 +5 +5 +2 Consistent Aim 2/day, Projectile Improved Critical +2 70ft
8th +8 +6 +6 +2 Take Aim +4 80ft
9th +9 +6 +6 +3 Consistent Aim 3/day, Bonus Feat 90ft
10th +10 +7 +7 +3 True Shoot, Concealment reduction 30% 100ft

Class Features[edit]

All the following are Class Features of the deepwood sniper prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Deepwood Snipers gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Range Increment Bonus(Ex): With each level the deepwood sniper gains, the range increments of her projectile weapons increase by +10 feet (added after all multipliers).

Keen Arrows: At 1st level, all projectiles the deepwood sniper looses gain the keen enhancement in addition to any other properties they might possess. Thus, a normal arrow loosed by a deepwood sniper has a threat range of 19—20 instead of 20. This effect does not stack with any other keen effect.

Projectile Improved Critical(Ex): At 2nd level, the critical damage multipliers of all her projectile weapons increase by +1. Thus, an arrow that normally deals damage ×3 on a critical hit instead does damage ×4 in her hands. When she reaches 7th level, these critical multipliers increase by an additional +1.

Concealment reduction(Ex): When the deepwood sniper reaches 2nd level her miss chance against opponents with concealment drops by 10%. Thus, she has miss chance of 10% rather than 20% against an opponent with one-half concealment. Her miss chance drops by an additional 10% per four deepwood sniper levels she gains thereafter, but this ability never reduces her miss chance against any opponent below 0%.

Magic Weapon(Sp): At 2nd level, the character can produce an effect identical to that of a magic weapon spell cast by a cleric of her deepwood sniper level. This ability is usable once per day on bows or crossbows only. Using this ability is a standart action that inclues firing the the arrow, if the arrow tag attemp misses, its use is wasted for that day.

Bonus Feat(Ex): At 3rd level the deepwood sniper gains a bonus feat, selected from the following list: Alertness, Crossbow Sniper, Deadeye Shot, Improved Initiative, Improved Precise Shot, Improved Rapid Shot, Manyshot, Penetrating Shot, Precise Shot, Quick Reconnoiter, Ranged Disarm, Ranged Pin, Ranged Weapon Mastery, Rapid Reload, Able Sniper, Sharp-Shooting, Shot on the Run, and Stealthy. She must still meet the prerequisites as normal. She gains an additional bonus feat at 6th and 9th levels.

Take Aim(Ex): A 4th-level deepwood sniper can gain a +2 bonus on her attack rolls against a stationary target by aiming carefully. Taking aim is a full-round action, and if the target moves more than 5 feet during that period, the bonus is lost. No additional benefit exists for spending more than 1 round aiming. This bonus increases to +4 at 8th level.Using this ability is a standart action that inclues firing the the arrow, if the arrow tag attemp misses, its use is wasted for that day.

Consistent Aim(Su): Once per day, a 5th-level deepwood sniper can re-roll one attack roll that she has just made with a projectile weapon. She must keep that result, even if it is worse than the original roll. She can use this ability twice per day at 7th level and three times per day at 9th level, though each use must relate to a different attack roll.

Keen Egde(Ex): At 6th level, the threat range of her bow or crossbow becomes double its original value and stacks with the effect of Keen Arrows. So a crossbow's critical would become 15-20x3, and a bow's would become 17-20x4. This ability is applied to the bow or crossbow with which she aplied the Weapon Focus feat only. This does not stack with Improve Critical feat or others Keen effects or abilities.

True Shoot(Sp): At 10th level, the DeepWood Sniper can produce an effect identical to the True Strike spell cast by a cleric of her DeepWood Sniper level and if hits the attack be always a critical. This ability is usable once per day on proyectile weapons only and cannot be stopped by the Snatch Arrows or Deflect Arrows feat. Using this ability is a standart action that inclues firing the the arrow, if the arrow tag attemp misses, its use is wasted for that day.

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