MSRD:Technosavant (Class)

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


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

Skills: Computer Use 6 ranks, Craft (electrical or mechanical) 6 ranks, Disable Device 6 ranks, Knowledge (technology) 6 ranks.

Class Information

The following information pertains to the Technosavant advanced class.

Hit Die: The Technosavant gains 1d6 hit points per level. The character’s Constitution modifier applies.

Action Points: The Technosavant 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 Technosavant’s class skills are as follows.

Computer Use (Int), Craft (electrical, mechanical) (Int), Demolitions (Int), Disable Device (Int), Drive (Dex), Knowledge (behavioral sciences, earth and life sciences, physical sciences, popular culture, technology) (Int), Navigate (Int), Pilot (Dex), Profession (Wis), Read/ Write Language (none), Repair (Int), Research (Int), Speak Language (none), Spot (Wis).

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

Table: The Technosavant
Class Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Defense Bonus Reputation Bonus
1st +0 +0 +1 +1 Salvage, Technocant +1 +0
2nd +1 +0 +2 +2 Robomancer, technophile +1 +0
3rd +2 +1 +2 +2 Bonus feat +2 +0
4th +3 +1 +2 +2 Cybermancer, skilled salvager +2 +1
5th +3 +1 +3 +3 Down with robots (+1d6/+4), exotic weapon adept +3 +1
6th +4 +2 +3 +3 Bonus feat +3 +1
7th +5 +2 +4 +4 Super cybersurgeon, virtual Houdini +4 +2
8th +6 +2 +4 +4 Down with robots (+2d6/+8), expeditious salvager +4 +2
9th +6 +3 +4 +4 Bonus feat +5 +2
10th +7 +3 +5 +5 Build prototype +5 +3

Class Features

The following class features pertain to the Technosavant advanced class.


A Technosavant gains the Salvage feat for free.


A Technosavant learns to read, write, and speak a trendy jargon-riddled dialect called Technocant. In other words, the Technosavant gains Read/Write Technocant and Speak Technocant as free skills. Characters without the Read/Write Technocant skill can translate written Technocant with a successful Decipher Script check (DC 20). Characters without the Speak Technocant skill can translate spoken Technocant with a successful Intelligence check (DC 20), although any character with the linguist talent can add her Smart hero levels to the check.

The Read/Write Technocant and Speak Technocant skills each cost 1 skill rank.


At 2nd level, the Technosavant becomes a master of robotics. With the help of some mechanical “magic,” she takes half the normal time to build or repair a robot’s frame or a robotic component.


At 2nd level, the Technosavant adds one-half her Technosavant class level to any Knowledge (technology) check made to identify an unfamiliar piece of technology or alien artifact.

Bonus Feats

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

Alien Weapon Proficiency, Armor Proficiency (light), Armor Proficiency (medium), Armor Proficiency (powered), Builder, Craft Cybernetics, Cybernetic Surgery, Cybertaker, Exotic Firearms Proficiency, Exotic Melee Weapon Proficiency, Gearhead, Mastercrafter, Vehicle Expert.


Starting at 4th level, the Technosavant becomes a master of cybernetics. With the help of some mechanical “magic,” she takes half the normal time to build or repair a cybernetic attachment.

Skilled Salvager

A Technosavant of 4th level or higher has a special knack for scavenging useful components from destroyed vehicles, mecha, starships, robots, and cybernetic attachments.

When using the Salvage feat, the Technosavant gains a competence bonus on her Search checks equal to one-half her Technosavant class level.

Down With Robots

A Technosavant of 5th level or higher can use her knowledge of robotics to more easily defeat and disable robots. The Technosavant deals +1d6 points of damage against robots by targeting slight weaknesses in their design or armor. In addition, the Technosavant gains a +4 bonus on grapple checks against robots, enabling her to deactivate them more easily using the Disable Device skill.

At 8th level, the bonus to damage against robots increases to +2d6, and the bonus on grapple checks against robots improves to +8.

Exotic Weapon Adept

Starting at 5th level, the Technosavant becomes more adept at handling exotic weapons without any formal training. She suffers only a –2 penalty (instead of the usual –4 penalty) when wielding an exotic melee weapon or exotic ranged weapon with which she is not proficient.

Super Cybersurgeon

At 7th level, the Technosavant gains a +4 competence bonus on Treat Injury checks made to perform cybernetic surgery; see the Cybernetic Surgery feat description for more information.

Virtual Houdini

A Technosavant of 7th level or higher can perform small wonders with a computer. She gains the following benefits when using the Computer Use skill:

Find File, Degrade Programming, or Write Program: When attempting to find a file, degrade a computer program, or write a program, a Technosavant who exceeds the Computer Use check DC by 5 or more accomplishes her intended task in half the normal time (minimum 1 round).

Cover Tracks: A Technosavant who successfully covers her tracks while hacking into a computer system imposes a –10 penalty (instead of the normal –5 penalty) on any attempt made to identify her.

Expeditious Salvager

A Technosavant of 8th level or higher can use the Salvage feat to salvage a wrecked vehicle, mecha, starship, robot, or cybernetic attachment in half the usual time (see the Salvage feat description for details).

Build Prototype

At 10th level, a Technosavant can build robots, robotic components, and cybernetic attachments of a Progress Level one step higher. However, the Craft check DCs for such items are increased by +10.

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