Vanguard

A vanguard is a commander who leads from the front, rather than the back, of a battle. Vanguards command small contingencies of troops, sometimes as few as one or two soldiers, transforming them into a tight, elite team.

Aid Allies (Ex): At 2nd level, whenever the vanguard uses the aid another action, his ally receives a +3 bonus to his armor class, attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. At 8th level, and every six levels thereafter, this bonus increases by an additional +1. This does not stack with other things that increase the vanguard’s aid another bonus.

This replaces enhanced tactics.

Expert Aid (Ex): At 4th level, the vanguard may use the aid another action as a move action rather than a standard action. At 10th level, the vanguard may use aid another on an adjacent ally as a swift action. At 16th level, the vanguard may use aid another as an immediate action. The vanguard cannot use the same application of aid another on the same ally more than once per round.

Magnanimous Aid (Ex): At 6th level, whenever the vanguard uses the aid another action to increase an ally’s attack or AC, that bonus applies to all attacks made/received from the specified creature, rather than only the first attack. When using the aid another action to increase an ally’s saving throw, that bonus applies to all saving throws of that particular type the target makes during the next round.

At 12th level, any bonuses to attack or AC granted by the vanguard’s aid another action applies to attacks against or originating from all creatures for the next round, rather than only vs. a single target. Bonuses to saving throws apply to all saving throws made the following round, regardless of type.

At 18th level, the bonuses granted by the vanguard’s aid another action last for 2 rounds rather than 1.

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