Striker

“Who needs a weapon when I am one?”

To a striker, only one thing matters; rhythm. Combat is a delicate dance for these daredevils, weaving in and out of skirmishes wearing little or no armor and often only bringing their fist to bare. But to a striker, combat isn’t worth it without risk, as they thrive on taking risks and living to tell the tale. While other warriors may boast of their ability to hold others at bay, a striker delights in risking life and limb in the pursuit of the combat high which drives them, willing to do anything in order to reach that state of excitement, even at the cost of their lives.

Starting Wealth: 3d6 × 10 gp (average 105 gp). In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Role: A striker is meant to stay in the front lines, gaining tension to tear through her foes with devastating counter attacks.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Die: d10

Class Skills: The striker’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Fly (Dex), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Stealth (Dex), Survival, (Wis), and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks Per Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Proficiencies: Strikers are proficient with simple weapons, as well as light armor and bucklers. In addition, if this is this character’s first level in any class, they may select a martial tradition of their choice. When wearing medium or heavy armor, using a shield, or carrying a medium or heavy load, a striker loses her AC bonus.

Class Abilities

Table: Striker
Class Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Reflex Save Will Save Special Combat Talents
1 +1 +2 +2 +0 AC bonus, bare knuckles, combat training, tension, tension techniques 1
2 +2 +3 +3 +0 Striker art, tension boost 2
3 +3 +3 +3 +1 Drill knuckle, uncanny dodge 3
4 +4 +4 +4 +1 Desperate tension 4
5 +5 +4 +4 +1 Striker art, tension training 5
6 +6/+1 +5 +5 +2 Drill knuckle 6
7 +7/+2 +5 +5 +2 Pummeling punisher, tension boost 7
8 +8/+3 +6 +6 +2 Striker art 8
9 +9/+4 +6 +6 +3 Drill knuckle 9
10 +10/+5 +7 +7 +3 Rising tension 10
11 +11/+6/+1 +7 +7 +3 Striker art, tension training 11
12 +12/+7/+2 +8 +8 +4 Drill knuckle, improved uncanny dodge 12
13 +13/+8/+3 +8 +8 +4 Tension boost 13
14 +14/+9/+4 +9 +9 +4 Striker art 14
15 +15/+10/+5 +9 +9 +5 Drill knuckle 15
16 +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +10 +5 Rising tension 16
17 +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +5 Striker art, tension training 17
18 +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +6 Drill knuckle 18
19 +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +6 Tension boost 19
20 +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +6 Striker art, ultimate tension 20

Combat Training

A striker may combine combat spheres and talents to create powerful martial techniques. Strikers are considered Expert practitioners and use Constitution as their practitioner modifier.

AC Bonus (Ex)

When wearing light armor or no armor, not carrying a shield, and unencumbered, the striker adds her Constitution bonus (if any) to her AC and her CMD; this bonus cannot exceed her class level. (A 1st level striker with 16 Constitution still gains only a +1 bonus to her armor class from this class feature.) This AC bonus does not stack with any class features which share the same name as it.

This bonus to AC applies even against touch attacks or when the striker is flat-footed. She loses these bonuses when she is immobilized or helpless, when she wears medium or heavy armor, uses a shield, or when she carries a medium or heavy load.

Bare Knuckles (Ex)

The striker gains their choice of Boxing, Brute, or Open Hand as a bonus sphere. If she already possesses Boxing, Brute, or Open Hand, she can choose to gain either a sphere she does not have or a talent from the sphere she does possess.

Tension (Ex)

A striker is at home in battle, thriving on the raw energy of combat to fuel her attacks. A striker begins the day with no tension, but can gain tension in the following ways (a striker cannot gain tension from each of these more than once per round and a striker must be in combat to gain tension):

  • Offensive Pressure: Whenever the striker successfully damages a creature with an unarmed strike or makes successful combat maneuver check against a creature to initiate a combat maneuver, she gains 1 tension.
  • Defensive Determination: Whenever the striker takes damage from an attack originating from a creature (including spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities), she gains 1 tension. A striker does not gain tension from attacks made against her while she is flat-footed or unaware.
  • Maneuvering Momentum: Whenever the striker moves 10 ft. or more during her turn (this cannot be forced movement), she gains 1 tension.

Her tension goes up or down throughout the day, but usually cannot go higher than her Constitution modifier (minimum 1), though some feats, abilities, and magic items may affect this maximum. At 3rd level and every three levels afterward, her maximum tension increases by 1. If a striker spends 1 minute or longer outside of combat, she loses all tension she possesses.

Tension Techniques (Ex)

A striker can spend tension in order to accomplish incredible feats and each tension technique can only be used once per round (if an ability does not have an associated action listed, using it is a free action which can be done during anyone’s turn):

1 Tension

  • Expert Guard: For each tension a striker spends on this tension technique, she gains a +1 circumstance bonus on all saves until the beginning of her next turn.
  • Fiery Offense: For each tension a striker spends on this tension technique, she gains a +1 circumstance bonus to attack and damage rolls made with unarmed strikes until the beginning of her next turn.
  • Light Step: The striker spends a swift action and selects a single creature, all movement she makes until the beginning of her next turn does not provoke attacks of opportunity from that creature.
  • Stalwart Form: For each tension a striker spends on this tension technique, she gains DR 1/- until the beginning of her next turn; this damage reduction stacks with similar damage reduction.
  • Timely Dodge: For each tension a striker spends on this tension technique, she gains a +1 dodge bonus to her armor class until the beginning of her next turn.

2 Tension

  • Critical Knuckle: The striker increases the critical threat range of her unarmed strikes by 1 until the beginning of her next turn; this bonus stacks with other increases to the striker’s unarmed strikes critical threat range, but is applied last.
  • Perfect Offensive: The striker automatically confirms a critical threat made with an unarmed strike.
  • Swift Focus: The striker spends a swift action to regain martial focus.

3 Tension

  • Rapid Pummel: Whenever a striker makes an attack action with an unarmed strike or attempts a combat maneuver check as a standard action, she can spend a swift action to make an additional attack with an unarmed strike with a -2 penalty (she can wait until the results of the attack roll before deciding to use this tension technique) once per turn.
  • Second Chance: The striker can reroll a saving throw after the result has been revealed, although she must accept the result of the reroll, even if it is worse.
  • Speed Step: The striker can spend a swift action to move up to her speed with whatever methods of moment she possesses.

Striker Art (Ex)

At 2nd level and every three levels thereafter, a striker gains a striker art from the following list (striker arts with the [Tension] tag add new tension techniques):

Adrenaline Surge [Tension]

For every tension the striker spends on this tension technique, she gains a number of temporary hit points equal to her Constitution modifier (minimum 1); these temporary hit points last for 1 minute or until lost, whichever comes first, and stack with other sources of temporary hit points including itself.

Armored Striker

The striker retains her AC bonus class feature while wearing medium armor. This talent can be selected a second time, allowing the striker to retain her AC bonus class feature while wearing heavy armor.

Blindside Offense

Whenever the striker successfully attacks a creature who is unaware of her presence, who consider her an ally, or who cannot see her, she gains 1 additional tension from her offensive pressure.

Blink Step (Requires Striker 5)

The striker can use her speed step tension technique as a free action.

Critical Tension [Tension] (Requires Striker 8)

The striker can spend 4 tension to treat a successful attack with an unarmed strike as a critical threat and gains a bonus to the confirmation roll equal to her Constitution modifier, although the critical hit multiplier of the weapon used for this attack is reduced to x2 if it wasn’t already (this striker art cannot be used with the perfect offensive tension technique).

Dispelling Knuckle [Tension] (Requires Striker 5)

The striker can spend 3 tension whenever she makes a successful attack against a creature or object to treat the results of that attack roll as a caster level check against 1 spell as though using the targeted dispel option of dispel magic or the Counterspell feat; if this attempt fails, the striker cannot use this striker art against that creature or object for 24 hours. At 8th level and every 4 levels afterwards, she can dispel an additional spell with this ability as though using greater dispel magic or the Improved Counterspell feat.

Enduring Critical

Whenever the striker uses her critical knuckle tension technique, its effects lasts for an additional number of rounds equal to her Constitution modifier.

Exploited Opening [Tension]

Whenever the striker makes an attack of opportunity, she can spend 2 tension to make an additional attack with an unarmed strike with a -2 penalty.

Extra Boost (Requires Striker 5)

The striker gains an additional tension from her tension boost class feature. At 11th level and again at 17th level, the striker can select this striker art an additional time.

Favored Weapon

The striker can select a single light melee weapon or ranged weapon which can be used with 1 hand (such as a light crossbow or pistol), or any improvised weapon they would treat as a light melee weapon, treating it as though it was her unarmed strike for how much damage it deals and striker class features (but not for combat spheres and talents); a weapon used with this talent has its critical multiplier reduced to x2.

High Tension (Requires Striker 5)

The striker increases her maximum tension by 1. This striker art can be gained once at 5th level, plus an additional time for every 6 levels thereafter.

Lightning Dodge [Tension]

For each 2 tension the striker spends on this tension technique, she gains a +3 circumstance bonus to her AC until the beginning of her next turn.

Lucky Chance

The striker reduces the tension needed for her second chance tension technique by 1. Also she can spend an additional tension while using this tension technique to gain a bonus on the reroll equal to her Constitution modifier.

Improved Determination (Requires Striker 5)

The striker can gain up to 2 tension from their defensive determination ability, although she cannot gain tension from the same creature dealing damage to her two or more times.

Invigorated Spirit [Tension]

The striker can spend 2 tension to ignore temporary penalties to her physical ability scores for 1 minute.

Iron Body [Tension]

For each 2 tension the striker spends on this tension technique, she gains DR 3/- until the beginning of her next turn; this damage reduction stacks with similar damage reduction.

Iron Soul [Tension]

The striker can spend 2 tension as an immediate action to ignore any of the following conditions for a number of rounds equal to her Constitution modifier (minimum 1): blinded, deafened, entangled, fatigued, sickened, shaken, or staggered. Once a specific instance of a condition has been ignored by this striker art, it cannot be ignored again for 24 hours or until she has rested for 8 hours (whichever comes first).

Lasting Flame

The circumstance bonus on attack and damage rolls granted by the striker’s fiery offense tension technique now lasts until the end of her next turn.

Mobile Step

The striker can use her light step tension technique as a free action.

Piercing Fist

Whenever the striker uses a tension technique to make multiple attacks with her unarmed strike against the same creature, total the damage from each additional hit before applying that creature’s damage reduction and energy resistance.

Speed Pummeling (Requires Striker 5)

The striker can use her rapid pummeling tension technique as a free action.

Steel Heart (Requires Iron Soul)

The striker adds the following conditions she can ignore with her iron soul striker art, although she must spend 1 additional tension when ignoring the following conditions: dazed, exhausted, frightened, nauseated, paralyzed, or stunned (if a condition would cause the striker to be unable to act, as long as she can take purely mental actions, she can use this striker art).

True Desperation (Requires Striker 8)

The striker gains an additional tension from her desperate tension class feature. A striker must be 8th level or higher to select this striker art.

Vital Tension [Tension] (Requires Striker 5)

The striker can spend 1 tension to be treated as though she had the Vital Strike feat for a number of rounds equal to her Constitution modifier. At 10th level, she is instead treated as though she possessed the Improved Vital Strike feat. At 15th level, she is instead treated as though she possessed the Greater Vital Strike feat.

Wild Charge [Tension] (Requires Striker 5)

Whenever the striker uses the charge action, for each tension a striker spends on this tension technique, she deals additional damage equal to her Constitution modifier (minimum 1) on the first successful attack she makes with an unarmed strike as long as it is made before the end of her turn.

Tension Boost (Ex)

At 2nd level, a striker gains 1 tension at the start of her first turn in combat (including surprise rounds). At 7th level and every six levels thereafter, she gains an additional tension at the start of her first turn in combat.

Drill Knuckle (Ex)

At 3rd level, a striker gains the ability to break through even the hardiest of foes. A striker ignores up to 2 points of damage reduction or hardness whenever she makes an attack with an unarmed strike. At 6th level and every 3 levels thereafter, she can ignore an additional 1 point of damage reduction or hardness.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

At 3rd level, a striker gains the ability to react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does she lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. She still loses her Dexterity bonus to armor class if immobilized. A striker with this ability can still lose her Dexterity bonus to armor class if a creature successfully uses the feint action against her. If a striker already has uncanny dodge from a different class, she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge (see below) instead.

Desperate Tension (Ex)

At 4th level, if the striker starts her turn with 0 tension, she gains 1 tension (this is gained before the tension gained from tension boost, rising tension, or ultimate tension).

Tension Training (Ex)

At 5th level and every six levels thereafter, a striker learns new ways to gain tension; she can select one of the following new methods through which to gain tension (a striker cannot gain tension from any of these more than once per round); a striker cannot regain tension if any of these tension training abilities are used against a helpless or unaware creature, or on a creature that has fewer Hit Dice than half the striker’s character level:

  • Critical Offense: Whenever the striker confirms a critical hit with an unarmed strike while in the heat of combat, she gains 1 tension.
  • Deadly Offense: Whenever the striker reduces a creature’s hit points to 0 or less with an unarmed strike, she gains 1 tension.
  • Deceptive Taunt: Whenever a striker makes a successful Bluff check to feint in combat against a creature, she gains 1 tension.
  • Threatening Taunt: Whenever the striker makes a successful Intimidate check to demoralize a creature, she gains 1 tension.
  • Victorious Defense: Whenever the striker makes a successful saving throw against a non-harmless effect, she gains 1 tension.

Pummeling Punisher (Ex)

At 7th level, whenever a striker uses her rapid pummel tension technique, she can spend an additional 2 tension to make two attacks instead of one; both of these attacks suffer a -4 penalty.

Rising Tension (Ex)

At 10th level, a striker gains 1 tension at the start of her turn. At 16th level, she instead gains 2 tension at the start of her turn.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex)

At 12th level and higher, a striker can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the striker by flanking her, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target has striker levels.

If a character already has uncanny dodge (see above) from another class, the levels from the classes that grant uncanny dodge stack to determine the minimum rogue level required to flank the character.

Ultimate Tension (Ex)

At 20th level, a striker gains 7 tension at the start of her first turn in combat (including surprise rounds). She also has no limit to how much tension she can possess, and if she possesses the high tension striker art, she can immediately swap it for another striker art. The striker also reduces the cost of all abilities which require tension by 1, to a minimum of 1.


Archetypes

-Black Powder Brawler

Black Powder Brawlers are experts with the use of firearms, and integrate them into their combat style instead of relying on their fists.

-Chaos Shifter

Chaos Shifters use mutagenic formulas to become true monsters on the battlefield.

-Shadowed Fist

Shadowed Fists are stealthy strikers that can learn the arts of the ninja to help them assassinate their foes.

-Skirmishing Scout

Skirmishing Scouts are darting combatants who are always on the move.

-Strong Style Grappler

Strong Style Grapplers focus on grappling foes to quickly and effectively bring them down.


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