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Elementalist

Elementalists are masters at manipulating energy, turning the study of elemental power into less an academic exercise and more a martial art. These warrior mages can be found the world over, either as specialist battle casters or as members of cultures where no division is placed between the studies of magic and warfare.

Role: An elementalist’s abilities are best suited to dealing damage to his enemies, but a skilled elementalist can also learn to manipulate a battlefield and defend his allies against other wielders of destructive magics.

Alignment: Any

Hit Die: d8

Starting Wealth: 3d6 x 10 gp (average 105 gp). In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.

Class Skills

The elementalist’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Fly (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Arcane; Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks Per Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Table: The Elementalist
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Base Caster Level Magic Talents
1st +0 +2 +2 +2 Casting, spell pool, weave energy +0 (1) 0 (+2)
2nd +1 +3 +3 +3 Evasion, combat feat +1 1
3rd +2 +3 +3 +3 Favored element +2 2
4th +3 +4 +4 +4 Dodge bonus +1 +3 3
5th +3 +4 +4 +4 Elemental defense
+3 3
6th +4 +5 +5 +5 Combat feat +4 4
7th +5 +5 +5 +5 Elemental movement +5 5
8th +6/+1 +6 +6 +6 Dodge bonus +2 +6 6
9th +6/+1 +6 +6 +6 Favored element +6 6
10th +7/+2 +7 +7 +7 Combat feat +7 7
11th +8/+3 +7 +7 +7 Elemental defense, improved evasion +8 8
12th +9/+4 +8 +8 +8 Dodge bonus +3 +9 9
13th +9/+4 +8 +8 +8 Elemental movement +9 9
14th +10/+5 +9 +9 +9 Combat feat +10 10
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +9 +9 Favored element +11 11
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +10 Dodge bonus +4 +12 12
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +10 Elemental defense
+12 12
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +11 Combat feat +13 13
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +11 Elemental movement +14 14
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +12 Dodge bonus +5, energy body +15 15

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

An elementalist is proficient with all simple weapons and light armor.

Casting

An elementalist may combine spheres and talents to create magical effects. An elementalist is considered a Mid-Caster and uses Charisma as his casting stat modifier. (Note: All casters gain 2 bonus talents and may select a casting tradition the first time they gain the casting class feature.)

Spell Pool: An elementalist gains a small reservoir of energy he can call on to create truly wondrous effects, called a spell pool. This pool contains a number of spell points equal to his class level + his Charisma modifier (minimum: 1). This pool replenishes once per day after roughly 8 hours of rest.

Magic Talents

An elementalist gains 1 magic talent every time he gains a caster level, according to Table: Elementalist.

Weave Energy

An elementalist gains the Destruction sphere as a bonus magic talent and uses his class level as his caster level with the Destruction sphere. This stacks normally with caster levels gained from other sources.

Evasion (Ex)

At 2nd level an elementalist learns to avoid damage from many area-effect attacks. If an elementalist makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the elementalist is wearing light armor or no armor and carrying no more than a light load. A helpless elementalist does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Combat Feat

An elementalist’s martial focus grants him a bonus combat feat at 2nd level and every 4 levels thereafter, chosen from those for which he qualifies.

Favored Element (Su)

At 3rd level, the elementalist chooses one damage type he may inflict with his Destruction sphere (the basic destructive blast, or a blast type talent he possesses). When creating a destructive blast of this type, it deals an additional +1/2 damage per elementalist level.

At 9th and 15th level, the elementalist chooses an additional favored element, gaining the same bonus. In addition, the bonus granted by his previous favored elements increase by an additional +1/2 damage per elementalist level.

Dodge Bonus

At 4th level, an elementalist gains a +1 dodge bonus to their AC. This increases by one for every 4 levels thereafter, to a maximum of +5 at 20th level.

Elemental Defense (Su)

At 5th level, an elementalist gains resistance 5 to acid, cold, electricity, and fire. At 11th level, this resistance increases to 10. At 17th level, this resistance increases to 15.

Elemental Movement

At 7th level, the elementalist gains one of the following: a 30 ft. Swim speed, a 20 ft. fly speed with maneuverability (average), a 15 ft. burrow speed, or a +20 bonus to his base move speed. At 13th and 19th levels, the elementalist gains an additional elemental movement and all elemental movements possessed increase by 10 ft.

Improved Evasion (Ex)

At 11th level, an elementalist’s evasion ability improves. He still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks, but henceforth he takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless elementalist does not gain the benefit of improved evasion.

Energy Body

At 20th level, the elementalist’s body has become one with the energy he weaves. His elemental defense increases to resistance 20, and he gains immunity to sneak attacks and critical hits, and gains DR 10/magic.

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