Mystic Archer (Apath)

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Some druids are hunters more than than animal friends, predators and guardians of their chosen lands. Mystic archers first appeared among elves, and remain popular with them and with druids who see themselves as hunters more than caretakers. This is a druid variant of the arcane archer.

Class Information

This is a prestige archetype.

Publisher: Purple Duck Games.

Prestige Class: Arcane archer.

Build Classes: Druid, ranger.

Mystic archers combine druid spells and supernatural archery.

Role: Mystic archers are superlative support characters, changing from archery to control or buffs and healing at a moment's notice.

Alignment: Any. Less passionate than most druids, mystic archers may well devote themselves to a cause, but rarely make much of a fuss about it.

Hit Die: d8.

Class Skills

The mystic archer's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Fly (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (geography) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Class Abilities

This archetype has all normal druid class features, except as noted.

Weapon Proficiency

Mystic archers are proficient with the following weapons: club, dagger, longbow, quarterstaff, scimitar, scythe, sickle, shortbow, shortspear, and spear.

Archery Style Feats (Ex)

At 2nd level, a mystic archer gains expertise in archery. This manifests in the form of bonus feats at 2nd, 6th, 10th, 14th, and 18th level. She can choose feats from her selected combat style, even if she does not have the normal prerequisites.

The benefits of the mystic archer's chosen style feats apply only when she wears light or no armor. She loses all benefits of her combat style feats when wearing medium or heavy armor.

A mystic archer can choose from the following list whenever she gains a combat style feat:

  • Far Shot, Focused Shot (Advanced Player's Guide), Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Weapon Focus (longbow or shortbow).
  • At 6th level, she adds Improved Precise Shot, Mounted Archery, Parting Shot (Advanced Player's Guide), Point Blank Master (Advanced Player's Guide), Manyshot, and Weapon Specialization (longbow or shortbow) to the list.
  • At 10th level, she adds Greater Weapon Focus (longbow or shortbow), Pinpoint Targeting, and Shot on the Run to the list.

This replaces the uses of wild shape gained at level 4, 6, 10, 14, and 18.

Mystic Archery

At 2nd level, a mystic archer learns to cast spells and shoot her bow at the same time. This functions much like Rapid Shot, but the extra attack is a spell that is being cast. To use this ability, the mystic archer must be wielding a bow. As a full-round action, she can make all of her attacks with her bow at a –2 penalty and can also cast any spell from the mystic archer spell list with a casting time of 1 standard action (any attack roll made as part of this spell also takes this penalty). If she casts this spell defensively and fails, the spell is wasted, but the attacks still take the penalty.

A mystic archer can choose to cast the spell first or make the weapon attacks first, but if she has more than one attack, she cannot cast the spell between weapon attacks.

This replaces the use of wild shape gained at level 8.

Mystic Spellstrike (Su)

At 5th level, whenever a mystic archer casts a spell casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the druid spell list, she can deliver the spell through any bow she is wielding as part of a ranged attack. Instead of the free melee touch attack normally allowed to deliver the spell, a mystic archer can make one free ranged attack with her weapon (at her highest base attack bonus) as part of casting this spell. If successful, the mystic archer can choose to have the ranged attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell.

This attack uses the weapon’s critical range, modified by the keen weapon property or similar effects, but the spell effect only deals ×2 damage on a successful critical hit, while the weapon damage uses its own critical modifier. Only damage is ever multiplied this way; other spell effects remain unchanged on a critical hit. If the mystic archer makes this attack in concert with mystic archery, this ranged attack takes all the penalties accrued by mystic archery.

An ally target can choose to automatically be hit by a mystic spellstrike, in which case it does no weapon damage.

This otherwise functions as a magus' spellstrike ability, see FAQ/Errata for that ability for more information. This replaces the new wild shape abilities gained at level 6.

Woodland Stride(Su)

This is the same as the druid ability of the same name, except it is gained at level 7.

Summoning Arrow (Su)

At 8th level, a mystic archer gains the ability to place an summoning spell upon an arrow. When the arrow is fired, the creature is summoned where the arrow lands. This ability allows the archer to use the bow's range rather than the spell's range. A spell cast in this way uses its standard casting time and the mystic archer can fire the arrow as part of the casting. The arrow must be fired when the casting is completed or the spell is wasted. If the arrow misses, the spell is wasted. If the arrow hits a creature, the creatures(s) summoned will also attack that creature. This replaces the use of wild shape gained at level 8.

Imbue Arrow (Su)

At 11th level, a mystic archer gains the ability to place an area spell upon an arrow. When the arrow is fired, the spell's area is centered where the arrow lands, even if the spell could normally be centered only on the caster. This ability allows the archer to use the bow's range rather than the spell's range. A spell cast in this way uses its standard casting time and the mystic archer can fire the arrow as part of the casting. The arrow must be fired during the round that the casting is completed or the spell is wasted. If the arrow misses, the spell is wasted. This replaces a thousand faces.

Swift Tracker (Ex)

Beginning at 12th level, a mystic archer can move at his normal speed while using Survival to follow tracks without taking the normal –5 penalty. He takes only a –10 penalty (instead of the normal –20) when moving at up to twice normal speed while tracking. This replaces the use of wild shape gained at level 12.

Seeker Arrow (Su)

At 13th level, a mystic archer can launch an arrow at a target known to her within range, and the arrow travels to the target, even around corners. Only an unavoidable obstacle or the limit of the arrow's range prevents the arrow's flight. This ability negates cover and concealment modifiers, but otherwise the attack is rolled normally. Using this ability is a swift action and lasts until the end of the mystic archer's turn. A mystic archer can use this ability once per day at 13th level, and one additional time per day at level 16 and 19. This replaces the new wild shape abilities gained at level 12.

Hail of Arrows (Su)

Once per day as a full-round action, a mystic archer of 17th level or higher can fire an arrow at each and every target within range, to a maximum of one target for every mystic archer level she has earned. Each attack uses the mystic archer's primary attack bonus, and each enemy may only be targeted by a single arrow. This replaces the use of wild shape gained at level 16.

Arrow of Death (Su)

At 20th level, a mystic archer can create a special type of slaying arrow that forces the target, if damaged by the arrow's attack, to make a Fortitude save or be slain immediately. The DC of this save is equal to 20 + the mystic archer's Wisdom modifier. It takes 1 hour to make a slaying arrow, the mystic archer must know the target's name or have seen the target, and the arrow only functions for the archer who created it. The archer can only have one such arrow in existence at a time for each individual target.

Table: Mystic Archer

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Spells per Day
0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Nature bond, nature sense, orisons, spontaneous casting, wild empathy 3 1
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 Archery style feat, mystic archery 4 2
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Trackless step 4 2 1
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 Resist nature's lure 4 3 2
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Mystic spellstrike 4 3 2 1
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 Archery style feat 4 3 3 2
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 Woodland stride 4 4 3 2 1
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 +6 Summoning arrow 4 4 3 3 2
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 +6 Venom immunity 4 4 4 3 2 1
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 +7 Archery style feat 4 4 4 3 3 2
11th +8/+3 +7 +3 +7 Seeker arrow 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
12th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 Swift tracker 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
13th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 Imbue arrow 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
14th +10/+5 +9 +4 +9 Archery style feat 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +5 +9 Timeless body 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Seeker arrow (2/day) 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Hail of arrows 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 1
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +11 Archery style feat 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +11 Seeker arrow (3/day) 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +12 Arrow of death 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Summary of Changed Class Abilities

  • Wild Shape
  • A Thousand Faces
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