Vanguards often have a background as soldiers, elite guards, or otherwise as parts of an organized fighting unit on the battlefield. Their skill set helps them charge in and break enemy fortified positions, as well as being able to hunker down and hold positions of their own. They know how to fight in ranks effectively, and can help protect their allies.
- Hit Die: d12
- Alignment: Any
- Weapon Proficiencies: Simple and martial weapons.
- Armor Proficiencies: All armors and shields.
- Skill points at 1st Level: 4 + Int modifier
- Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier
Progression Table Edit
|1||+1||+2||+0||+0||Bonus feat, Shielded Halberdier|
|3||+3||+3||+1||+1||Hedgehog Stance +1|
|4||+4||+4||+1||+1||Quick Brace, bonus feat, Razor Stance|
|7||+7/+2||+5||+2||+2||Whirlwind, Hedgehog Stance +2, Siege Tower Stance|
|11||+11/+6/+1||+7||+3||+3||Hedgehog Stance +3|
|14||+14/+9/+4||+9||+4||+4||Bonus feat, Stance of the Mountain|
|15||+15/+10/+5||+9||+5||+5||Hedgehog Stance +4|
|19||+19/+14/+9/+4||+11||+6||+6||Hedgehog Stance +5|
Special Features Edit
Shielded halberdier Edit
The vanguard can use any shield (except tower shields) while wielding his polearm or spear even if the weapon is normally a 2 handed weapon.
Versatile Brace Edit
The vanguard may deal double damage on an attack of opportunity against a charging enemy, even if the enemy is not charging the vanguard directly. For instance, if an adjacent ally is being charged.
Quick Brace Edit
The vanguard does not need to ready an action to deal double damage when attacking an enemy charging at him. Attacking the charging enemy spends an attack of opportunity.
Hedgehog Stance Edit
The vanguard is an expert at making attacking difficult for his enemies. This grants a Tactical bonus to melee AC to himself and all allies within reach. If the vanguard elects to use this stance, the effects last from the start of his current turn, until the start of his next turn (1 full round).
Razor Stance Edit
The vanguard may use this stance to focus on a more offensive strategy. Instead of gaining a Tactical bonus to AC, this applies instead to the vanguard's to-hit and damage rolls. Note that this bonus also extend to allies. If the vanguard elects to use this stance, the effects last from the start of his current turn, until the start of his next turn (1 full round).
Functions as the feat (Core Rules). The vanguard does not need to meet the prerequisites for the feat to gain this class feature.
Powerful Brace Edit
The vanguard deals three times the damage on attacks of opportunities against charging enemies, instead of double damage.
The vanguard deals double damage when charging with a polearm.
Functions as the Whirlwind, except the vanguard may elect to hit enemies at his reach range, instead of adjacent enemies.
Siege Tower Stance Edit
Grants the benefits of both the Hedgehog and Razor stances, except that the vanguard may not move at all, not even a 5 foot step.
Stance of the Mountain Edit
Functions as the Siege Tower Stance, except it gives twice the numerical benefits.