Pikeman (3.5e Feat)

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Pikeman [Archetype]

Pikemen are versatile fighters specializing specifically with polearms of various designs, making better use of them than the standard man-at-arms.
Prerequisite: Proficiency with at least one reaching polearm, Weapon Focus with one reaching polearm.
Benefit: See below
Special: If you ever stop qualifying for this feat, you can trade it for another archetype feat that you meet the prerequisites of.

Archetype Feat Bonuses are based on HD.

  • 1 HD: After charging whilst on foot, the pikeman may deal double damage whilst wielding a reaching polearm with which he is proficient. This bonus damage does not stack with the lance's special quality dealing double damage for charging whilst mounted but instead replaces it.
  • 3 HD: The pikeman now threatens all adjacent squares as well as those granted by the reach quality of his polearm.
  • 8 HD: The pikeman now threatens an extra 5' on top of his weapon's maximum reach.
  • 15 HD: Any polearm the pikeman is proficient with has it's critical multiplier increased by one magnitude (x2 to x3, x3 to x4 etc). This benefit stacks with other critical multiplier increases, altough it is to be applied last (i.e. if a class grants double the critical multiplier this benefit is added after all other bonuses)

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