Knife Thrower (3.5e Class)
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Making a Knife Thrower
Knife Throwers are those who have been trained to throw weapons such as knives, daggers, shurikens, and light hammers since birth. They know how to use these weapons irrelevant of race or other classes.
Adventure: Knife throwers adventure for a number of reasons. They make excellent mercenaries and are not opposed to hiring out their skills. Some simply wish to make a name for themselves.
Alignment: Any alignment is possible, with a tendency toward chaos considering the flashy nature of this style of combat, and especially if they come from an entertainment background.
Religion: Knife throwers may align themselves to any god. If they choose to worship a god, it is usually that of their mentor(s) or trainer(s).
Background: Knife throwers are trained from early childhood, so they may have been part of an entertaining troupe or circus family. Conversely, depending on the setting of your campaign, a knife thrower may also have been trained by a specialized caste of ninja.
Races: Any medium or smaller race can easily take up knife throwing. Larger races may have trouble, as it requires nimble fingers.
Other Classes: Knife throwers get along well with most classes, but they find Paladins are too careful and stuffy. They especially love bards and are enthralled by spell casters.
Role: In a party, the knife thrower is a supportive ranged fighter but can hold their own in close combat at sixth level and higher.
Abilities: Dexterity allows the knife thrower great accuracy and damage (with weapon finesse). Constitution, as always, is helpful to boost the knife thrower's HP.
Alignment: Any, with a slight tendency toward chaos.
Starting gold 10d8 X10
|1st||+1||+0||+2||+0||Point Blank Shot, Soulblade Weapons|
|2nd||+2||+0||+3||+0||Quick Draw, Far Shot|
|3rd||+3||+1||+3||+1||Evasion, Precise Shot, Blade Rotation|
|4th||+4||+1||+4||+1||Weapon Focus (Dagger, Shuriken, Chakram), Knife Trick|
|5th||+5||+1||+4||+1||Dodge, Double Throw, Weaponized Allure|
|6th||+6/+1||+2||+5||+2||Weapon Finesse, Blade Scatter 4d6|
|7th||+7/+2||+2||+5||+2||Dexterous Dodge, Sonic Throw|
|8th||+8/+3||+2||+6||+2||Improved Knife Trick, Chain Blade Throw|
|11th||+11/+6/+1||+3||+7||+3||Blade Scatter 6d6, Increase Blade Rotation|
|12th||+12/+7/+2||+4||+8||+4||Mastered Knife Trick, Blade Wind 7d6|
|13th||+13/+8/+3||+4||+8||+4||Improved Multiple Throw, Improved Sonic Throw|
|14th||+14/+9/+4||+4||+9||+4||Improved Precise Shot, Blade Scatter 7d8|
|16th||+16/+11/+6/+1||+5||+10||+5||Blade Wind 7d10|
|17th||+17/+12/+7/+2||+5||+10||+5||Masterful Enchantment, Execution Throw|
|18th||+18/+13/+8/+3||+6||+11||+6||Sonic Blade Rotation|
|19th||+19/+14/+9/+4||+6||+11||+6||Blade Scatter Shot , 9d10|
|20th||+20/+15/+10/+5||+6||+12||+6||Blade Wind 8d10, Orbital Bombardment|
Class Skills (8 + Int modifier per level; ×7 at 1st level)
All of the following are class features of the Knife Thrower.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Knife Throwers gain proficiency with simple weapons, shuriken, chakram and Light Hammers, and with light armors and bucklers.
Bonus feats: The Knife Thrower receives the bonus feats mentioned in the table, even if he does not meet the prerequisites.
Soulblade Weapons When a knife thrower first picks up a weapon and throws it he inserts part of his soul into the blade. Channeling allows him to bring them back to his hands at later levels. At level 8 a knife thrower can bring any weapon he is linked with back to him as a move action. When he does so, they avoid hitting anything they would encounter as they return.
Weaponized Allure The Knife Thrower adds his dexterity modifier to attack and damage rolls
Blade Rotation: Mastery of the thrown weapon of choice allows the Knife Thrower to create an orbiting field of their blades, allowing them quick access to their weapons when ever needed (this does not omit the Knife Wielder from Boomerang throw's sleight of hand check). A Knife Thrower can have a number of blades in his Blade Rotation equal to three times the number of blades he can throw in one turn (3 x Max # of throwing attacks in 1 turn)
Increased Blade Rotation The Knife Thrower's Blade Rotation gains speed, weaving a web of metal following a path only the Knife Thrower knows. The swirling blades make it difficult to land an attack on him, granting an AC bonus of +4 while active
Sonic Throw At 7th level the knife thrower can choose to increase the speed of his thrown weapons, dealing double damage on a successful hit. The force needed to throw the blades with this much power makes it impossible to use Boomerang Throw at the same time as this ability. The damage is increased to 2.5 times normal damage at level 13. This ability is mastered at level 20, unlocking the ability to use Boomerang Throw with this ability
Sonic Blade Rotation The Knife Thrower can dramatically increase the speed of his Blade Rotation, blocking all projectiles (not including spells) and dealing 3d6 damage to enemies who attack from melee range. Due to the speed of the blades, the Knife Thrower cannot makes attacks while this ability is active. Alternatively, he can use all the blades in his Blade Rotation to create a barrier that blocks projectile attacks covering one 5x5 square per weapon in his Blade Rotation. Maintaining the barrier requires a DC 25 concentration check at the start of your turn. This ability can be activated or deactivated as a free action
Double Throw: You may throw two thrown weapons at the same time with one standard attack. You need both hands free to do this. Both weapons must be small size for you. The thrown weapons can be aimed at different targets.
Blade Scatter As a full attack action, the Knife Thrower can launch all blades in his Blade Rotation in a cone 15ft wide and has a length equal to the range of the weapons in his Blade Rotation. The blades then return to him and the Blade Rotation is reformed
Blade Wind As a move action the Knife Thrower's Blade Rotation bursts outward from him, damaging and knocking back everything in a 15ft area around him
Chain Blade Throw All weapons in the Knife Thrower's Blade Rotation are launched with all weapons dealing full normal damage for every hit. At 14th level he can use Knife Trick with this ability
Multiple Throw: As Double Throw, but four weapons can be thrown instead of two
Improved Multiple Throw: As Double Throw, but eight weapons can be thrown instead of four
Infinity Blade: Twice per day, a Knife may make an attack with one weapon and deal damage as if the weapon were four sizes bigger (Tiny = Huge, etc).
Execution Throw The Knife Thrower takes careful aim and throws a single blade with all his might. If the attack lands, it deals 8d10 damage plus any bonuses and the target must make a Fortitude Save. The DC for this ability is the Knife Thrower's Dexterity modifier times two plus his Knife Thrower level (Dex mod x2 + Knife Thrower level). If the target passes, the damage is reduced by half. If the target fails then they are decapitated. Using this ability is a full attack action
Knife Trick: At level four, and as a swift action, the Knife Thrower can infuse any thrown weapon with an enchantment of a +2 enchantment. The enchantment bonus lasts until the end of the round. There is no daily limit to this ability. At levels 8 and 12 the enchantment bonus increases by +1. Other enchantments cn be stacked.
- Lightning: Adds 1d6 shock damage for each enchantment bonus.
- Acid: Adds 1d6 acid damage for each enchantment bonus
- Ice: Adds 1d6 ice damage for each enchantment bonus.
- Fire: Adds 1d6 fire damage for each enchantment bonus.
- Sonic Adds 1d6 sonic damage for each enchantment bonus.
- Seeking: Adds +3 to the attack roll and can go around partial cover such as low walls and corners
- Distance: Weapon can be thrown 2 times as far
- Healing: When target is hit by the weapon, they heal for the damage dealt
- Shadow: You throw a weapon and it turns into two. If the first one misses, you can make a second attack roll for the new weapon. Duplicates cannot duplicate and vanish if they miss the target
Masterful Enchantment: As a swift action, the Knife Thrower can infuse his weapon with a high level enchantment for one turn. The selected enchantment is applied to all of his weapons. After using this ability, it cannot be used again for two rounds
- Brilliant Energy The blade of the weapon creates light like a torch and ignores all non-living matter. The weapon ignores all armor AC
- Vorpal Upon rolling a natural 20 and confirming the critical hit, the enemy struck is decapitated
Orbital Bombardment As a full attack action, all blades in the Knife Thrower's Blade Rotation are launched at a single target. The target is knocked into the air, and all successful hits deal 3d8 damage plus any and all bonuses
The Epic Knife Thrower
Skill points at each additional level: 4 + Int
Hit Die: 1d8
|level||Epic Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||+ to base speed||Xp needed|
Elf Knife Thrower Starting Package
Weapons: Throwing spikes x20 d20+1 2d4, dagger 1d6.
Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 4 + Int modifier.
Feat: Knife trick (see above).
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Gear: leather armor +2 ac, rope x1, thief's tools, backpack +10 pounds / 4.5 kg carry limit
Playing a Knife Thrower
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Knife Thrower Lore
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