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Beastborn Shifter

More attuned to nature than the more abstract forms other alchemists take, beastborn shifters focus on more traditional forms, instead trying to perfect their own evolution.

Bestial Transformation (Su)

At 1st level, beastborn shifters gain the ability to turn themselves into any small or Medium animal and back again, although they are limited to the following forms; badger, bird, camel, cat (small), dire rat, dog, dolphin, horse, manta ray, pony, snake (viper or constrictor), or wolf. This ability functions like the beast shape I spell, except as noted here. The effect lasts for a number of hours equal to their beastborn shifter class level + their Intelligence modifier (minimum 1), and they split the duration of this ability however they want. Each use of this ability uses up at least an hour of its duration, regardless of how long they stay in it. A beastborn shifter can change form while in their bestial transformation but doing so reduces their total duration by 1 hour. Bestial transformation is treated as wild shape for the purpose of feats which would affect it.

A beastborn shifter loses their ability to speak while in animal form because they are limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, but they can communicate normally with other animals of the same general grouping as their new form. (The normal sound a wild parrot makes is a squawk, so changing to this form does not permit speech.) In addition, a beastborn shifter can change their form while in bestial transformation as a standard action a number of times per day equal to 1/2 their character level + their Intelligence modifier (minimum 1); doing so does not consume any duration of their bestial transformation ability.

  • At 3rd level, a beastborn shifter is no longer limited in which forms they can take from the options provided by beast shape I.
  • At 6th level, a beastborn shifter can use bestial transformation to change into a Large or Tiny animal. When taking the form of an animal, a beastborn shifter’s bestial transformation now functions as beast shape II.
  • At 8th level, a beastborn shifter can use bestial transformation to change into a Huge or Diminutive animal or a small or medium magical beast. When taking the form of animals or magical beasts, a beastborn shifter’s shifter shape now functions as beast shape III.
  • At 12th level, a beastborn shifter can use bestial transformation to transform into a Tiny or Large magical beast. When taking the form of magical beasts, a beastborn shifter’s bestial transformation now functions as beast shape IV.
  • At 16th level, a beastborn shifter can use bestial transformation to transform into a Diminutive or Huge magical beast. When taking the form of magical beasts, a beastborn shifter’s bestial transformation now functions as magical beast shape I.

This ability replaces alchemical discipline and discipline breakthrough.

Lycanthropic Defense (Ex)

At 9th level, the beastborn shifter gains DR 5/silver. At 19th level, this increases to DR 10/silver.

This ability replaces discipline defense.

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