Skilled at tracking down targets, slayers are consummate hunters, living for the chase and the deadly stroke that brings it to a close. Slayers spend most of their time honing their weapon skills, studying the habits and anatomy of foes, and practicing combat maneuvers.
Role: The slayer is elusive, and good at finding the opportune time and location to strike. Combining the deadliest talents of rangers and rogues, a slayer’s abilities are all about getting into combat, dealing with a target, and then getting back out again.
Hit Die: d10.
Starting Wealth: 5d6 × 10 gp (average 175 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.
The slayer’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Disguise (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (dungeoneering) (Int), Knowledge (geography) (Int), Knowledge (local) (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special|
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+0||Studied target, track|
|3rd||+3||+3||+3||+1||Sneak attack +1d6|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+1||2nd studied target|
|6th||+6/+1||+5||+5||+2||Slayer talent, sneak attack +2d6|
|9th||+9/+4||+6||+6||+3||Sneak attack +3d6|
|10th||+10/+5||+7||+7||+3||3rd studied target, advanced talents, slayer talent|
|12th||+12/+7/+2||+8||+8||+4||Slayer talent, sneak attack +4d6|
|13th||+13/+8/+3||+8||+8||+4||Slayer’s advance 1/day|
|14th||+14/+9/+4||+9||+9||+4||Quarry, slayer talent|
|15th||+15/+10/+5||+9||+9||+5||4th studied target, sneak attack +5d6|
|17th||+17/+12/+7/+2||+10||+10||+5||Slayer’s advance 2/day|
|18th||+18/+13/+8/+3||+11||+11||+6||Slayer talent, sneak attack +6d6|
|20th||+20/+15/+10/+5||+12||+12||+6||5th studied target, master slayer, slayer talent|
The following are the class features of the slayer.
The slayer’s favored target advancement doesn’t mention that the skill bonuses increase from +1 at levels 5, 10, 15, and 20. Should they increase?
Yes, they should increase along with slayer ability DCs, attack, and damage. This will be reflected in future errata.
Editor Notes: The errata says “‘favored target’ advancement” but we think they meant “studied target.”
[Errata] A slayer can study an opponent he can see as a move action. The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks attempted against that opponent, and a +1 bonus on weapon attack and damage rolls against it. The DCs of slayer class abilities against that opponent increase by 1. A slayer can only maintain these bonuses against one opponent at a time; these bonuses remain in effect until either the opponent is dead or the slayer studies a new target.
If a slayer deals sneak attack damage to a target, he can study that target as an immediate action, allowing him to apply his studied target bonuses against that target (including to the normal weapon damage roll).
At 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th levels, the bonuses on weapon attack rolls, damage rolls, and skill checks and to slayer DCs against a studied target increase by 1. In addition, at each such interval, the slayer is able to maintain these bonuses against an additional studied target at the same time. The slayer may discard this connection to a studied target as a free action, allowing him to study another target in its place.
A slayer adds 1/2 his level (minimum 1) to Survival skill checks made to follow tracks.
As a slayer gains experience, he learns a number of talents that aid him and confound his foes. Starting at 2nd level and every 2 levels thereafter, a slayer gains one slayer talent. Unless otherwise noted, a slayer cannot select an individual talent more than once.
Talents marked with an asterisk (*) add effects to a slayer’s sneak attack. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual attack, and the decision of which to use must be made before the attack roll is made.
- A complete listing of slayer talents can be found here: Slayer Talents
At 3rd level, if a slayer catches an opponent unable to defend itself effectively from his attack, he can strike a vital spot for extra damage. The slayer’s attack deals extra damage anytime his target would be denied a Dexterity bonus to AC (whether the target actually has a Dexterity bonus or not), or when the slayer flanks his target. This additional damage is 1d6 at 3rd level, and increases by 1d6 every 3 levels thereafter. Should the slayer score a critical hit with a sneak attack, this additional damage is not multiplied. Ranged attacks can count as sneak attacks only if the target is within 30 feet.
With a weapon that deals nonlethal damage (like a sap, whip, or unarmed strike), a slayer can make a sneak attack that deals nonlethal damage instead of lethal damage. He cannot use a weapon that deals lethal damage to deal nonlethal damage in a sneak attack, not even with the usual –4 penalty.
The slayer must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach such a spot. A slayer cannot use sneak attack while striking a creature with concealment.
At 10th level and every 2 levels thereafter, a slayer can select one of the following advanced talents in place of a slayer talent.
- A complete listing of slayer advanced talents can be found here: Slayer Advanced Talents
At 11th level, a slayer can move at his normal speed while using Survival to follow tracks without taking the normal –5 penalty. When moving at up to twice his normal speed while tracking, he takes only a –10 penalty instead of the normal –20.
At 13th level, a slayer can once per day move up to twice his base speed as a move action. He may use Stealth as part of this movement, but takes a –10 penalty to his check for doing so. At 17th level, he can do this twice per day.
At 14th level, a slayer can as a standard action denote one target within his line of sight as his quarry. Whenever he is following the tracks of his quarry, a slayer can take 10 on his Survival skill checks while moving at normal speed, without penalty. In addition, he gains a +2 insight bonus on attack rolls made against his quarry, and all critical threats against his quarry are automatically confirmed. A slayer can have no more than one quarry at a time, and the target must be selected as a studied target. He can dismiss this effect at any time as a free action, but he cannot select a new quarry target for 24 hours. If the slayer sees proof that his quarry is dead, he can select a new quarry target after 1 hour.
At 19th level, the slayer’s ability to hunt his quarry improves. He can now select a quarry as a free action, and can now take 20 while using Survival to track his quarry, while moving at normal speed without penalty. His insight bonus to attack his quarry increases to +4. If his quarry is killed or dismissed, he can select a new one after 10 minutes have passed.
At 20th level, the slayer becomes a master at capturing or killing his studied targets. As a standard action, he can make a single attack against a studied target at his full attack bonus, choosing one of the following effects: kill, knock unconscious for 1d4 hours, or paralyze for 2d6 rounds. If the attack succeeds, the target takes damage normally and must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or suffer the additional effect. The DC for this save is 10 + 1/2 the slayer’s level + the slayer’s Intelligence modifier. Whether or not the target succeeds, it cannot be targeted by this ability again (by any slayer) for 24 hours.
Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a favored class, some races have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their favored classes. The following options are available to the listed race who have slayers as their favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed favored class reward.
|Dwarf||Gain a +1/3 bonus on Knowledge (dungeoneering) checks and on Survival checks when underground. If the slayer has a +1 bonus on Knowledge (dungeoneering) checks from this ability, the slayer is also considered trained in that skill.||PZO1129|
|Elf||Increase the studied target bonus on Perception and Survival checks by ¼. When the slayer gains the stalker class feature, the slayer also gains this increase to the studied target bonus on Stealth checks.||PZO1129|
|Gnome||Gain +1/6 of a new slayer talent.||PZO1129|
|Half-Elf||Gain a +1/2 bonus on Bluff checks to feint and Diplomacy checks to gain information.||PZO1129|
|Half-Orc||Gain a +1/3 bonus on critical hit confirmation rolls made while using sneak attack (maximum bonus of +5). This bonus doesn’t stack with those gained through Critical Focus and similar effects.||PZO1129|
|Halfling||Add a +1/4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against the slayer’s studied target.||PZO1129|
|Human||Gain +1/6 of a new slayer talent.||PZO1129|
|3rd Party Publishers|
|Jon Brazer Enterprises|
|Android||Add +1/4 bonus to the slayer’s nanite surge against the slayer’s studied target.||JBE:BoHR:AFCO|
Slayers excel at hunting down targets and taking them out. Some do this for a bounty, some to cleanse the world of the filth of the undead, and some because it’s what they’re good at. The most fearsome hunt and kill because they like it.
|Archetype / Alternate Class Feature||Class Features Changed or Replaced|
|Class Skills||Weapon & Armor||Studied Target||Track||Slayer Talent||Sneak Attack||Stalker||Advanced Talents||Swift Tracker||Slayer’s Advance||Quarry||Improved Quarry||Master Slayer|
|3rd Party Publishers|
|Flaming Crab Games|
|Black Powder Hood||X||C||C||C||C||C||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Rogue Genius Games|
|X=replaced, (X)=optional replacement, C=changed
* = The ability this replaces counts as the unmodified original ability for the purpose of stacking with other archetypes.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Class Guide © 2014, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Dennis Baker, Ross Byers, Jesse Benner, Savannah Broadway, Jason Bulmahn, Jim Groves, Tim Hitchcock, Tracy Hurley, Jonathan H. Keith, Will McCardell, Dale C. McCoy, Jr., Tom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Thomas M. Reid, Sean K Reynolds, Tork Shaw, Owen K.C. Stephens, and Russ Taylor.