MSRD:Xenophile (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 Xenophile, a character must fulfill the following criteria.

Skills: Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 6 ranks, Knowledge (technology) 6 ranks.

Smart Hero Talent: Either linguist or exploit weakness.

Class Information

The following information pertains to the Xenophile advanced class.

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

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

Bluff (Cha), Computer Use (Int), Craft (pharmaceutical) (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Knowledge (arcane lore, behavioral sciences, earth and life sciences, history, technology, theology and philosophy) (Int), Read/Write Language (none), Research (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Speak Language (none), Treat Injury (Wis).

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

Table: The Xenophile
Class Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Defense Bonus Reputation Bonus
1st +0 +1 +0 +2 Xenolore, xenotype (1st) +0 +0
2nd +1 +2 +0 +3 Xenoresistance (+1) +1 +1
3rd +2 +2 +1 +3 Bonus feat +1 +1
4th +3 +2 +1 +4 Xenotype (2nd) +1 +1
5th +3 +3 +1 +4 Xenodefense (+1), xenoresistance (+2) +2 +2
6th +4 +3 +2 +5 Bonus feat +2 +2
7th +5 +4 +2 +5 Xenotype (3rd) +2 +2
8th +6 +4 +2 +6 Xenoresistance (+3) +3 +3
9th +6 +4 +3 +6 Bonus feat +3 +3
10th +7 +5 +3 +7 Xenodefense (+2), xenotype (4th) +3 +3

Class Features

The following class features pertain to the Xenophile advanced class.


A Xenophile can make a Knowledge check to identify certain characteristics of a xenomorph, including any special attacks, special qualities, or vulnerabilities. In general, the DC of the Knowledge check equals 10 + the xenomorph’s Hit Dice. A successful check allows the Xenophile to unlock a single fact about the xenomorph. For every 5 points by which her check result exceeds the DC, the Xenophile learns another piece of useful information.

The type of Knowledge check depends on the xenomorph’s creature type, as shown below:

Knowledge (arcane lore): Fey, magical beasts.

Knowledge (earth and life sciences): Aberrations, animals, dragons, elementals, giants, humanoids, monstrous humanoids, oozes, plants, vermin.

Knowledge (technology): Constructs.

Knowledge (theology and philosophy): Outsiders, undead.


A Xenophile studies the behaviors and weaknesses of particular xenomorphs and knows how to exploit them.

At 1st level, a Xenophile may select a type of creature (also called a “xenotype”) from among those given on Table: Xenotypes. She must meet the special prerequisite to choose a xenotype, as specified in the table. Due to her extensive study of the chosen type of foe and training in the proper techniques for combating or negotiating with such creatures, the Xenophile gains a +2 bonus on Bluff, Intimidate, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against members of the chosen xenotype. Likewise, she gets a +2 bonus on weapon damage rolls against such creatures.

At 4th, 7th, and 10th level, the Xenophile may select an additional xenotype from those given on the table. In addition, at each such interval, the bonus against any one xenotype (including the one just selected, if desired) increases by 2. A Xenophile who chooses humanoids as a xenotype must also specify a particular species.

Table: Xenotypes
Selected Xenotype Special Prerequisite
Aberration Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 12 ranks
Animal None
Construct Knowledge (technology) 9 ranks
Dragon Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 9 ranks
Elemental Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 9 ranks
Fey Knowledge (arcane lore) 6 ranks
Giant None
Humanoid1 None
Magical beast Knowledge (arcane lore) 9 ranks
Monstrous humanoid Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 9 ranks
Ooze Knowledge (earth and life sciences) 9 ranks
Outsider Knowledge (theology and philosophy) 9 ranks
Plant None
Undead Knowledge (theology and philosophy) 6 ranks
Vermin None
  1. Choose a specific humanoid species.


At 2nd level, a Xenophile gains a +1 bonus on saving throws to resist the extraordinary, spell-like, or supernatural attacks of species other than her own. This bonus increases to +2 at 5th level and +3 at 8th level.

Bonus Feats

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

Alien Weapons Proficiency, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Educated, Medical Expert, Mobility, Studious, Surgery, Weapon Focus, Xenomedic.


At 5th level, during her action, the Xenophile can designate an opponent and receive a +1 insight bonus to Defense against any subsequent attacks from that opponent. The opponent must belong to one of the Xenophile’s chosen xenotypes (see Xenotype, above).

The Xenophile can select a new opponent on any action. At 10th level, the insight bonus to Defense increases to +2.

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