MSRD:Explorer (Class)

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The fastest path into this advanced class is from the Dedicated hero basic class, though other paths are possible.


To qualify to become an Explorer, a character must fulfill the following criteria.

Skills: Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 6 ranks, Knowledge (history, physical sciences, or theology and philosophy) 4 ranks, Search 4 ranks, Survival 6 ranks.

Dedicated Hero Talent: Aware.

Class Information

The following information pertains to the Explorer advanced class.

Hit Die: The Explorer gains 1d8 hit points per level. The character’s Constitution modifier applies.

Action Points: The Explorer gains a number of action points equal to 6 + one-half her character level, rounded down, every time she attains a new level in this class.

Class Skills

The Explorer’s class skills are as follows.

Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Decipher Script (Int), Disable Device (Int), Drive (Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Investigate (Int), Jump (Str), Knowledge (arcane lore, art, earth and life sciences, history, physical sciences, theology and philosophy) (Int), Listen (Wis), Navigate (Int), Pilot (Dex), Read/Write Language ( none) , Research (Int) , Ride ( Dex) , Search ( Int) , Sense Motive (Wis), Speak Language (none), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), Treat Injury (Wis).

Skill Points at Each Level: 7 + Int modifier (6 + Int modifier for nonhumans).

Table: The Explorer
Class Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Defense Bonus Reputation Bonus
1st +0 +1 +1 +1 Explorer lore, survivalist +1 +0
2nd +1 +2 +2 +2 Resolve, skilled searcher +1 +0
3rd +2 +2 +2 +2 Bonus feat +2 +1
4th +3 +2 +2 +2 Trap sense (+1) +2 +1
5th +3 +3 +3 +3 Extra step +3 +1
6th +4 +3 +3 +3 Bonus feat +3 +2
7th +5 +4 +4 +4 Trap sense (+2) +4 +2
8th +6 +4 +4 +4 Explorer’s evasion +4 +2
9th +6 +4 +4 +4 Bonus feat +5 +3
10th +7 +5 +5 +5 Extra step, trap sense (+3) +5 +3

Class Features

The following class features pertain to the Explorer advanced class.

Explorer Lore

An Explorer picks up stray and obscure facts during her adventures. She may make a special Explorer lore check with a bonus equal to her Explorer class level + her Intelligence modifier to see whether or not she knows some relevant knowledge about notable people, legendary items, or noteworthy places. If the Explorer has 5 or more ranks in Knowledge (history), she gains a +2 bonus on this check. She may take 10 but cannot take 20 on this check.

An Explorer lore check does not reveal the powers of a magic or psionic item but may give some hint as to its general function; an Explorer may not take 10 or take 20 on this check.

Table: Explorer Lore
DC Type of Knowledge Examples
10 Common, known by at least a substantial minority of the local population. A local official’s hobbies and interests; common legends or rumors about a powerful place of mystery.
20 Uncommon but available, known by only a few people in the area. The coordinates of an known but uncharted world; legends or rumors about a powerful psionic artifact.
25 Obscure, known by few, hard to come by. The customs of a documented alien species; the true homeworld of an ancient royal dynasty.
30 Extremely obscure, known by very few, possibly forgotten by most who once knew it, possibly known only by those who don’t understand the knowledge’s significance. The most likely location of a long-lost pharaoh’s tomb; the history of a powerful artifact and its creator; the likely coordinates of a fabled but as-yet-undiscovered planet.


At 1st level, the Explorer gains the bonus feats Guide and Track.


Beginning at 2nd level, an Explorer gains a morale bonus equal to one-half her Explorer class level (rounded down) on saving throws to resist fear effects and Intimidate checks.

Skilled Searcher

When actively searching for secret doors or traps, an Explorer of 2nd level or higher gains a bonus on her Search checks equal to one-half her Explorer class level (rounded down).

Bonus Feats

At 3rd, 6th, and 9th level, the Explorer gets a bonus feat. The bonus feat must be selected from the following list, and the Explorer must meet all the prerequisites of the feat to select it.

Action Boost, Advanced Two-Weapon Fighting, Aircraft Operation (spacecraft), Archaic Weapons Proficiency, Attentive, Brawl, Dodge, Educated, Endurance, Exotic Firearms Proficiency, Exotic Melee Weapon Proficiency, Heroic Surge, Improved Feint, Improved Knockout Punch, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Jack of All Trades, Knockout Punch, Mobility, Nimble, Renown, Spacer, Streetfighting, Studious, Track, Two-Weapon Fighting, Vehicle Expert.

Trap Sense

At 4th level, an Explorer gains an intuitive sense that alerts her to danger from traps, giving her a +1 bonus on Reflex saves made to avoid traps and a +1 dodge bonus to Defense against attacks made by traps.

These bonuses rise to +2 at 7th level and +3 at 10th level.

Extra Step

An Explorer of 5th level or higher can spend an action point to take an extra 5-foot step during her turn, as a free action. This extra 5-foot step does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

At 10th level, the Explorer can take the extra 5-foot step without spending an action point.

Explorer’s Evasion

If an Explorer of 8th level or higher is exposed to any effect that normally allows a character to attempt a Reflex saving throw for half damage, the Explorer suffers no damage if she makes a successful saving throw. If the Explorer already has evasion, she gains improved evasion instead. Improved evasion works similar to evasion, except the Explorer suffers only half damage on a failed saving throw.

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