Fell Ranger (Apath)

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The fell ranger has a very direct connection to nature, making him a shapeshifter and an intuitive practitioner of way of the void martial arts.

Class Information

This is a ranger archetype.

Publisher: Trailseeker, Purple Duck Games.

Hit Dice: d10.

Class Features

This archetype has all ranger class features, except as noted.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

The fell ranger is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, but has no proficiency with shields or any kind of armor.

AC Bonus (Ex)

When unarmored, unencumbered, and not using a shield of any kind, the fell ranger adds his Wisdom bonus (if any) to his Armor Class and combat maneuver defense. In addition, a fell ranger gains a +1 bonus to AC at 1st level. This bonus increases by every four animal lord levels after level 4 (+2 at 8th, +3 at 12th, and so on).

These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when the fell ranger is flat-footed. He loses these bonuses when he is immobilized or helpless, when he wears any armor, when he carries a shield, or when he carries a medium or heavy load. These bonuses do not stack with the monk AC bonus class feature or other abilities that do not stack with the monk AC bonus.

This is a variant of way of the void martial arts, see Unarmored and Dangerous, also by Purple Duck Games. All information needed to use this ability is given here.

This replaces armor proficiency, shield proficiency, endurance, track, and swift tracker.

Combat Style

It is recommended that the fell ranger picks the natural weapon combat style, but this is not required.

Fell Shape (Su)

At 4th level, a fell ranger gains the ability to turn himself into any Small or Medium animal and back again. This ability functions like the beast shape I spell, except as noted here. Changing form is a standard action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. The form chosen must be that of an animal the fell ranger is familiar with. The fell ranger can use this ability 3 times per day plus a number of times per day equal to his Wisdom bonus (minimum 0), and can remain in animal form a number of hours equal to his class level each time.

As the fell ranger gains levels, this ability improves. At 7th level, a fell ranger can use fell shape to change into a Large or Tiny animal. The fell ranger’s wild shape now functions as beast shape II. At 10th level, the fell ranger can use fell shape as a swift action. At 13th level, a fell ranger can use wild shape to change into a Huge or Diminutive animal or a Small or Medium magical beast, as beast shape III. Using fell shape as a standard action to assume the form of an animal no longer counts against the daily limit. At 16th level, a fell ranger can use wild shape to change into a Tiny or Large magical beast, as beast shape IV. Using fell shape as a standard action no longer counts against the daily limit. This is a variant of the druid's wild shape ability, and works with effects that work with wild shape.

This replaces improved evasion and the ranger’s spells. Fell rangers do not gain any spells or spellcasting ability, do not have a caster level, and don't get the ability to use spell trigger and spell completion magic items.

Table: Fell Ranger

Level Base
Special AC
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 1st favored enemy, wild empathy +0
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Combat style feat +0
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 1st favored terrain +0
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Fell shape (beast shape I), hunter's bond +1
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 2nd favored enemy +1
6th +6/+1 +5 +5 +2 Combat style feat +1
7th +7/+2 +5 +5 +2 Fell shape (beast shape II), woodland stride +1
8th +8/+3 +6 +6 +2 2nd favored terrain +1
9th +9/+4 +6 +6 +3 Evasion +2
10th +10/+5 +7 +7 +3 3rd favored enemy, combat style feat, fell shape (swift) +2
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +7 +3 Quarry +2
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +8 +4 Camouflage +3
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +8 +4 3rd favored terrain, fell shape (beast shape III, animal at will) +3
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +9 +4 Combat style feat +3
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +9 +5 4th favored enemy +3
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +10 +5 Fell shape (beast shape IV at will) +4
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +5 Hide in plain sight +4
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +6 4th favored terrain, combat style feat +4
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +6 Fell shape (beast shape IV), improved quarry +4
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +6 5th favored enemy, master hunter +5

Summary of Changed Class Abilities

These abilities of the original class are lost or modified in this archetype:

  • Armor Proficiency
  • Spellcasting
  • Master Hunter
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