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Hit Die: d10.
To qualify to become a duelist, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.
- Base Attack Bonus: +6.
The duelist’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Perform (Cha), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), and Tumble (Dex).
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
|2nd||+2||+0||+3||+0||Improved reaction +2|
|5th||+5||+1||+4||+1||Precise strike +1d6|
|8th||+8||+2||+6||+2||Improved reaction +4|
|10th||+10||+3||+7||+3||Precise strike +2d6|
Canny Defense (Ex): When not wearing armor or using a shield, a duelist adds 1 point of Intelligence bonus (if any) per duelist class level to her Dexterity bonus to modify Armor Class while wielding a melee weapon. If a duelist is caught flat-footed or otherwise denied her Dexterity bonus, she also loses this bonus.
When making a precise strike, a duelist cannot attack with a weapon in her other hand or use a shield. A duelist’s precise strike only works against living creatures with discernible anatomies. Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to a precise strike, and any item or ability that protects a creature from critical hits also protects a creature from a precise strike. At 10th level, the extra damage on a precise strike increases to +2d6.
Acrobatic Charge (Ex): At 6th level, a duelist gains the ability to charge in situations where others cannot. She may charge over difficult terrain that normally slows movement. Depending on the circumstance, she may still need to make appropriate checks to successfully move over the terrain.
Elaborate Parry (Ex): At 7th level and higher, if a duelist chooses to fight defensively or use total defense in melee combat, she gains an additional +1 dodge bonus to AC for each level of duelist she has.
Hit Die: d10
Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier
Precise Strike: Every five levels above 10th, the extra damage inflicted by the epic duelist’s precise strike increases by +1d6.
Epic Duelist Bonus Feat List: Blinding Speed, Epic Prowess, Epic Reputation, Epic Skill Focus, Epic Speed, Epic Weapon Focus (rapier), Exceptional Deflection*, Improved Combat Reflexes, Improved Whirlwind Attack, Infinite Deflection*, Perfect Two-Weapon Fighting, Superior Initiative, Two-Weapon Rend.
- The epic duelist need not have Improved Unarmed Strike to qualify for these feats, but in that case must be using a light or one-handed piercing weapon.
Table: Epic Duelist
|15th||Precise strike +3d6|
|20th||Precise strike +4d6|