You are trained in using your agility in melee combat, as opposed to brute strength.
Benefit: With a light weapon, elven curve blade, rapier, whip, or spiked chain made for a creature of your size category, you may use your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier on attack rolls. If you carry a shield, its armor check penalty applies to your attack rolls.
Special: Natural weapons are considered light weapons.
If I have Weapon Finesse, can I apply my Dex bonus to my combat maneuver checks instead of my Strength bonus??
It depends on what combat maneuver
you're attempting. Disarm
, and trip
are normally the only kinds of combat maneuvers
in which you’re actually using a weapon to perform the maneuver, and therefore the weapon’s bonuses apply to the roll. Therefore, if you're attempting a disarm
, or trip
maneuver, you can apply your Dex
bonus instead of your Str
mod on the combat maneuver check (assuming you're using a finessable weapon, of course). For other combat maneuvers, you use the normal rule for determining CMB (Str
instead of Dex
The Agile Maneuvers
feat applies to all combat maneuvers, not just disarm
, and trip
, so it is still a useful option for a Dex
-based creature that uses combat maneuvers.