3.5e Defensive Feats

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Defensive Feats are feats that help you defend yourself in melee or ranged combat. These feats make you harder to hit, or otherwise improve your defenses. A feat is listed here even if it only applies, say, while using a ranged weapon.

Defensive Feats
Feat Prerequisite Summary
Acrobatic Defense Dex 13, Tumble 8 ranks You are an expert at defending yourself from attacks.
Active Shield Defense Shield Proficiency, Shield Specialization
Aggressive Defense Dex 13, Base attack bonus +1 You have mastered using your weapons defensively without sacrificing accuracy.
Agile Shield Fighter Shield Proficiency, Improved Shield Bash, Shield Specialization, Two Weapon Fighting Similar to two-weapon fighting but this is for shields.
Armed Deflect Arrows Weapon Focus, Dex 13 You can deflect arrows, including crossbow bolts, spears and other shot or thrown weapons with your chosen weapon.
Armor Focus Proficient with armor, Base attack bonus +1 You move around in a certain type of armor without effort.
Armor Manipulation Armor Proficiency (Light), Armor Proficiency (Medium), Armor Proficiency (Heavy), Shield Proficiency You may activate the special abilities of any armor or shield that you wear.
Avoidance Dex 15, Base attack bonus +6, Tumble 8 ranks, Dodge, Combat Expertise, Mobility, Spring Attack You do not provoke attacks of opportunity moving past opponents.
Back To Back Base attack bonus +2 You shield your allies' vulnerabilities in combat.
Blade Defense Weapon Focus (any one blade weapon) You have mastered the art of defending yourself with a blade.
Blood Splattered Intimidate +10 You wear your enemy's blood proudly.
Bodyguard Mobility, Con 15, Dex 15
Combat Rotation Dodge, Mobility, Base attack bonus +3, Medium size or smaller You know to relieve warriors from melee combat by taking their place in the ranks.
Controlled Charge You can still remain defensive when charging.
Defense Specialization Weapon Focus (with melee weapon), Weapon Specialization (with melee weapon), Fighter level 12th You have mastered using your chosen weapon for defense.
Defensive Disarm Combat Expertise, Int 13, Improved Disarm When attacked with a weapon, you may attempt to disarm the foe attacking you.
Defensive Expertise Combat Expertise, Int 13+, Dex 13+ You are well-practised at defending others during combat by parrying blows aimed at them.
Defensive Study 2 ranks of Sense Motive, Alertness Allows you to use your Intelligence modifier instead of your Dexterity modifier for armor class adjustments.
Defensive Sunder Str 13, Power Attack, Improved Sunder When attacked with a weapon, you may attempt to break the weapon.
Deflecting Move Dex 13, Dodge, Mobility
Dexterous Dodge You are skilled at dodging attacks.
Ducking Shot Point Blank Shot, Dodge, Dex 13 You are skilled at dodging while using your ranged weapon.
Energy Deflection Shield Proficiency
Exercise Regime Con 13, Great Fortitude
Fencing Stance Weapon Finesse You defend well with a single light weapon.
Greater Heavy Armor Optimization Armor Proficiency(heavy), Heavy Armor Optimization, Base Attack Bonus +8 You become much better at using heavy armor
Heavy Armor Optimization Armor Proficiency(heavy), Base Attack Bonus +4 You become much better at using heavy armor
Immediate Dodge Dodge, Dex 13+ You may spontaneously elect to dodge incoming attacks that you are aware of.
Improved Combat Rotation Dodge, Mobility, Base attack bonus +3, Medium size or smaller You know how to relieve warriors from melee combat by taking their place in the ranks.
Improved Deflect Arrows Dex 13, Deflect Arrows, Improved Unarmed Strike You can deflect arrows several times in a round.
Improved Deflect Attack Str 13, Int 13, Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes You expertly block many incoming attacks.
Improved Dodge Dex 13, Dodge Your Dodge feat bonus applies against all attackers.
Improved Shield Mate Base Attack Bonus +4, Shield Mate(3.5e Feat)
Lightning Parry Base attack bonus +3 You use your lightning-quick strikes for defense instead of attack.
Main Gauche Two-Weapon Fighting Defend with an off-hand weapon
Mind Shield Heavy Shield proficiency, ability to create a mind blade, Base attack bonus +1. Using the same method as with your mind blade, you create a sheet of psionic semi-solid energy that functions as a heavy shield.
Missile Proof Combat Reflexes, Shield Proficiency You may block projectiles easily with your shield.
Mounted Dodge Wild Rider, Mounted Combat, Ride skill You may avoid attacks to yourself or your mount.
Overbear Power Attack
Oversized Deflection Strength 17, Deflect Arrows, Power Attack You are able to knock away objects much larger than normal.
Quicksilver Dex 13, Dodge, Base attack bonus +3 You are truly adept at dodging blows and avoiding damage in combat.
Rushing Parry Str 15
Shield Cover Dex 13, Dodge, Mobility, Shield Proficiency You can use your shield to prevent an opponent from making attacks of opportunity against you.
Shield Defender Base attack bonus +6, Shield Proficiency You can shield your friends in combat.
Shield Edge Deflection Base attack bonus +4, Shield Mastery You have learned to use your shield to stop touch attacks.
Shield Evasion Shield Proficiency, Lightning Reflexes, Base reflex saving throw +4 You gain a limited evasion ability when using a large shield.
Shield Expertise Shield Focus You get extra benefit from your shield.
Shield Focus Shield Proficiency, Base attack bonus +1 You use shields without effort.
Shield Harmony Shield Proficiency, Base attack bonus +12 You absorb the brunt of incoming damage with your shield.
Shield Mastery Shield Proficiency, Base attack bonus +1 You are especially proficient in blocking attacks with your shield.
Shield Mate Base Attack Bonus +1 Grants allies +1 shield bonus.
Shield Skill Shield Proficiency, Base attack bonus +1 You are particularly skilled at defending yourself with a shield.
Shield Ward Shield Proficiency, Shield Specialization May add your shield bonus to additional scores.
Skirmishing Point Blank Shot, Dodge, Mobility, Shot on the Run, Dex 13, Base attack bonus +4 You have mastered the art of skirmishing, ducking and weaving while returning accurate shots of your own.
Spinning Weapon Defense Combat Expertise, Dodge, Tumbling 5 ranks, Base attack bonus +4 Your mastery of the double-weapon has developed into a dance-like fighting style that makes you difficult to flank successfully.
Trained Stance BAB +1 Through intensive training you can use your BAB as substitute for ranks Balance
Tunnel Fighting Base Attack Bonus +1 You know how to fight with no room to maneuver.
Weapon Brace Base attack bonus +2 By bracing your weapons together, you can resist a Sundering attack more effectively.
Whirlwind Defense Dex 13, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack, Base attack bonus +4 You are adept at defending yourself against multiple opponents.
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