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Vanguard

Vanguards are the first in the door. They live in the middle of the fray, launching assault after assault to drive their foes back.

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Vanguard feats

You can take each feat only once, unless the feat’s description says otherwise. You must meet any prerequisite specified in a feat to take that feat. If you ever lose a feat’s prerequisite, you can’t use that feat until you regain the prerequisite.

You have undergone extensive physical training to gain the following benefits:

  • You become capable, or proficient if you are already capable, with the Athletics skill.
  • When you are prone, standing up uses only 1 meter of your movement.
  • You can make a running long jump or a running high jump after moving only 1 meter on foot, rather than 2 meters.

You are proficient with improvised weapons and you can roll a d4 in place of the normal damage of your unarmed strike.

Choose two weapon groups to become capable, or proficient if you are already capable, with via the Weapons skill.

If you are a Monk, weapons in these groups are considered monk weapons for you if they lack the heavy and special properties.

You can select this feat multiple times.

You’ve learned to put the weight of a weapon to your advantage, letting its momentum empower your strikes. You can use your Strength and a half instead of Strength for the damage rolls of melee weapons that you are wielding in two hands.

Prerequisites: Proficiency with chain, scale, or plate armor

While you are wearing chain mail, scale mail, or plate armor that you are proficient with, the armor’s soak value is 3 instead of 1.

When you roll damage for a melee weapon attack, you can roll the weapon’s damage dice twice and use either total.

You can use two-weapon fighting even when the one-handed weapons you are wielding aren’t light.

Vanguard fighting styles

If your class or archetype has fighting styles, you can learn them.

Once on your turn, when you use an action to make a weapon attack with an unarmed strike, you can make one additional unarmed strike.

When you roll damage for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding in two hands, you can roll one extra die of the weapon’s base damage dice and discard the lowest of the weapon’s base damage dice. The weapon must have the two-handed or versatile property for you to gain this benefit.

Vanguard maneuvers

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack against a creature after you move at least 4 meters straight toward it. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, if the creature is your size or smaller, the creature must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or you can push it up to 2 meters away from you and knock it prone.

Enhance

You can increase the damage, target a creature of a larger size, and push the creature an additional 1 meter for each additional stamina die expended.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to disorient the creature. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it can’t take reactions for the duration.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

  • Stagger. You can expend 1 additional stamina die so the creature is staggered instead of not being able to take reactions.

  • Incapacitate. You can expend 2 additional stamina die so the creature is incapacitated instead of not being able to take reactions.

  • Stun. You can expend 4 additional stamina die so the creature is stunned instead of not being able to take reactions.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack that deals slashing damage in an attempt to cripple the creature. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it is slowed 1 for the duration.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended and the slowed level by 1 for every two additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to knock the creature back. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, if the creature is your size or smaller, it must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or you push it up to 2 meters away from you.

Enhance

You can increase the damage, target a creature of a larger size, and push the creature an additional 1 meter for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack with a melee weapon that deals slashing damage and then slice through the target. Each creature within 1 meter of the target and within your weapon’s reach must succeed on a Reflex saving throw, taking slashing damage equal to the stamina die on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack with a weapon that deals bludgeoning damage against an object or structure in an attempt to smash it. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less) and the attack deals double damage to objects and structures.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can use the Dash action. If you move at least 4 meters straight toward a creature, you can make a melee weapon attack against it. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less).

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action while you have two hands free, you can attempt to grab and throw a creature that is your size or smaller. The creature must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or you throw it up to 2 meters away from you where it falls prone and takes bludgeoning damage equal to the stamina die.

Enhance

You can increase the damage, target a creature of a larger size, and throw the creature an additional 2 meters for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack and a Brawn check to Trip.

Enhance

You can add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less) for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack with a weapon that you wield in two hands that deals slashing damage and then whirl your weapon around. Each creature within your weapon’s reach must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or take slashing damage equal to the stamina die.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack against two different creatures.

Enhance

You can attack an additional creature for each additional stamina die expended.

Augment sizes

1 stamina die2 stamina dice3 stamina dice4 stamina dice5 stamina dice
Cone3 meters long5 meters long10 meters long10 meters long20 meters long
Cylinder1-meter-radius, 3 meters high2-meter-radius, 6 meters high3-meter-radius, 9 meters high4-meter-radius, 12 meters high5-meter-radius, 15 meters high
Line5 meters long, 1-meter wide5 meters long, 2-meter wide10 meters long, 2-meter wide10 meters long, 2-meter wide20 meters long, 2-meter wide
Sphere1-meter-radius2-meter-radius3-meter-radius4-meter-radius5-meter-radius
Wall5 meters long, 2 meters high, 30 centimeters thick5 meters long, 4 meters high, 60 centimeters thick10 meters long, 6 meters high, 90 centimeters thick10 meters long, 8 meters high, 120 centimeters thick20 meters long, 10 meters high, 150 centimeters thick