Bard Class Features/Abilities

Bard Features
Archaeologist Features
Thundercaller Features
Flame dancer Features
Tranquil Whisperer Features
Dirge Bard Features
Beast Tamer Features

 

Bard Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

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Bardic Knowledge

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks and may make all Knowledge and Lore skill checks untrained.

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Inspire Competence

A bard of 3rd level or higher can use his performance to help allies succeed at a task. They must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the bard. They get a +2 competence bonus on all skills checks as long as they continue to hear the bard's performance. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the bard has attained beyond 3rd (+3at 7th. +4 at 11th, +5 at 15th, and +6 at 19th).

 

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Jack of All Trades

The bard gains a +1 bonus on all skill checks.

 

 

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

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Inspire Courage

 A 1st-level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), bolstering them against fear and improving their combat abilities. To be affected, an ally must be able to perceive the bard's performance. An affected ally receives a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against charm and fear effects and a +1 competence bonus on attack and weapon damage rolls. At 5th level, and every six bard levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1, to a maximum of +4 at 17th level.

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Well-Versed

At 2nd level, the bard becomes resistant to the bardic performance of others, and to sonic effects in general. The bard gains a +4 bonus on saving throws made against bardic performance, sonic, and language-dependent effects.

 

Inspire Greatness

A bard of 9th level or higher can use his performance to inspire greatness in all allies within 30 feet, granting extra fighting capability. A creature inspired with greatness gains 2 bonus Hit Dice (d10s), the commensurate number of temporary hit points (apply the target's Constitution modifier, if an, to these bonus Hit Dice), a +2 competence bonus on attack rolls, and a +1 competence bonus on Fortitude saves.

Shooting Performance

Prerequisites: Bard level 1

A bard of 12th level or higher can use his performance to create an effect equivalent to a mass cure of serious wounds, using the bard's level as the caster level. In addition, this performance removes the fatigued, sickened, and shaken condition from all those affected. Using this ability requires 4 rounds of continuous performance.

Inspire Heroics

A bard of 15th level or higher can inspire tremendous heroism in all allies within 30 feet. Inspired creatures gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws and a +4 dodge bonus to AC. The effect lasts for as long as the targets are able to witness the performance.

Fascinate

At 6th level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 30 feet. Each creature within range receives a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect. If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the bard cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature stands quietly and observes the performance for as long as the bard continues to maintain it. Any damage to the target automatically breaks the effect.

 

Dirge of Doom

A bard of 8th level or higher can use his performance to foster a sense of growing dread in his enemies, causing them to take become shaken. To be affected, an enemy must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the bard's performance. The effect persists for as long as the enemy is within 30 feet and the bard continuous the performances.

Frightening Tune

A bard of 14th level or higher can use his performance to cause fear in his enemies. To be affected, an enemy must be able to hear the bard perform and be within 30 feet. Each enemy within range receives a Will save (DC10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Charisma modifier) to negate the effect. If the save succeeds, the creature is immune to this ability for 24 hours. If the save fails, the target becomes frightened and flees for as long as the target can hear the band's performance.

Deadly Performance

A bard of 20th level can use his performance to cause one enemy to die from joy or sorrow. To be affected, the target must be able to see and hear the bard perform for 1 full round and be within 30 feet. The target receives a Will Save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect . If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the target is staggered for 1d4 rounds, and the bard cannot use deadly performance on that creature again for 24 hours. If a creature's saving throw fails, it dies.

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Bardic Performance (Move Action)

A 7th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a move action instead of a standard action.

 

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Bardic Performance (Swift Action)

At 13th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a swift action.

Lore Master

At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge or Lore skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally. 

 

 

 

Archaeologist Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

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Bardic Knowledge

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks and may make all Knowledge and Lore skill checks untrained.

Danger Sense

At 3rd level, a archaeologist gains a +1 bonus on Reflex saves to avoid traps and a +1 dodge bonus to AC against attacks made by traps. These bonuses increase by 1 every 3 bard levels thereafter (to a maximum of +6 at 18th level).

 

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Jack of All Trades

The bard gains a +1 bonus on all skill checks.

 

 

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

Archaeologist's Luck

Fortune favors the archaeologist. As a swift action, an archaeologist can call on fortune's favor, giving him a +1 luck bonus on attack rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + his Charisma modifier. At each level after 1st, an archaelogist can use archaeologist's luck for 2 additional rounds per day. Maintaining this bonus is a free action, but it ends immediately if the archaeologist is killed, paralyzed, stunned, knocked unconscious, or otherwise prevented from taking a free action to maintain it each round. Archaeologist's luck is treated as bardic performance for the purposes of feats, abilities, effects, and the like that affect bardic performance. Like bardic performance, it cannot be maintained at the same time as other performance abilities. This bonus increases to +2 at 5th level, +3 at 11th level, and +4 at 17th level.

Uncanny Dodge

The character can react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does she lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. She still loses her Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. A character with this ability can still lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against her.
If a character already has uncanny dodge from a different class, she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead.

 

Advanced Talents

After 10th level, a character can choose one of the advanced rogue talents in place of a rogue talent.

Clever Explorer

At 2nd level, an archaeologist gains a bonus equal to half his class level on Trickery and Perception checks.

Confident Explorer

A 6th level, an archaeologist can always take 10 trickery checks. He can chose not to take 10 and roll normally.

Lore Master

At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge or Lore skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally. 

 

Thundercaller Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Thunder Call

At 3rd level, the thundercaller can use her performance to unleash a deafening peal of thunder, blasting an area in a 10-foot range with a tremendous cacophony. Every creature in the area takes 1d8 points of sonic damage and must succeed at a Fortitude save to avoid being stunned for 1 round. Creatures that cannot hear are not stunned but are still damaged. At 7th level, the sonic damage that is dealt by this blast of sound increases to 3d8. This damage further increases to 5d8 at 11th level, 7d8 at 15th level, and 9d8 at 19th level.

Bound to the Land

A thundercaller gains a bonus equal to 1/2 her level on Lore (Nature) checks.
This ability replaces bardic knowledge.

 

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Jack of All Trades

The bard gains a +1 bonus on all skill checks.

 

 

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

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Inspire Courage

 A 1st-level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), bolstering them against fear and improving their combat abilities. To be affected, an ally must be able to perceive the bard's performance. An affected ally receives a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against charm and fear effects and a +1 competence bonus on attack and weapon damage rolls. At 5th level, and every six bard levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1, to a maximum of +4 at 17th level.

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Well-Versed

At 2nd level, the bard becomes resistant to the bardic performance of others, and to sonic effects in general. The bard gains a +4 bonus on saving throws made against bardic performance, sonic, and language-dependent effects.

 

Inspire Greatness

A bard of 9th level or higher can use his performance to inspire greatness in all allies within 30 feet, granting extra fighting capability. A creature inspired with greatness gains 2 bonus Hit Dice (d10s), the commensurate number of temporary hit points (apply the target's Constitution modifier, if an, to these bonus Hit Dice), a +2 competence bonus on attack rolls, and a +1 competence bonus on Fortitude saves.

Shooting Performance

Prerequisites: Bard level 1

A bard of 12th level or higher can use his performance to create an effect equivalent to a mass cure of serious wounds, using the bard's level as the caster level. In addition, this performance removes the fatigued, sickened, and shaken condition from all those affected. Using this ability requires 4 rounds of continuous performance.

Inspire Heroics

A bard of 15th level or higher can inspire tremendous heroism in all allies within 30 feet. Inspired creatures gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws and a +4 dodge bonus to AC. The effect lasts for as long as the targets are able to witness the performance.

Fascinate

At 6th level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 30 feet. Each creature within range receives a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect. If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the bard cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature stands quietly and observes the performance for as long as the bard continues to maintain it. Any damage to the target automatically breaks the effect.

 

Incite Rage - Enemies

At 6th level, the thundercaller can induce a furious rage in all enemies within 30 feet. This effect functions as the rage spell and lasts as long as the target can hear the thundercaller's performance. Unwilling creatures can be affected if they fail a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the thundercaller's level + the thundercaller's Charisma modifier).
Success renders the target immune to this power for 24 hours. The thundercaller cannot target herself with this ability.
Each affected creature gains a +2 morale bonus to Strength and Constitution, a +1 morale bonus on Will saves, a –2 penalty to AC, and cannot cast spells.

Storm Call

At 8th level, the thundercaller can use her performance to summon bolts of lightning that deal 3d6 points of electricity damage. The lightning storm lasts for as long as she continues her performance, calling down one bolt of lightning per round on a random enemy within 50 feet of the thundercaller.
If in a stormy area (including a whirlwind formed by an air elemental of at least Large size), each bolt deals 3d10 points of electricity damage instead of 3d6.

Deadly Performance

A bard of 20th level can use his performance to cause one enemy to die from joy or sorrow. To be affected, the target must be able to see and hear the bard perform for 1 full round and be within 30 feet. The target receives a Will Save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect . If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the target is staggered for 1d4 rounds, and the bard cannot use deadly performance on that creature again for 24 hours. If a creature's saving throw fails, it dies.

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Bardic Performance (Move Action)

A 7th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a move action instead of a standard action.

 

Storm Call, Greater

At 14th level, whenever a thundercaller uses her Storm Call ability, the amount of damage dealt by bolts of lightning increases to 5d6 (or 5d10 when outdoors in stormy weather).
Bard replaces following features: Bardic Knowledge, Inspire Competence, Inspire Competence, Dirge of Doom, Inspire Competence, Frightening Tune, Inspire Competence, Inspire Competence

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Bardic Performance (Swift Action)

At 13th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a swift action.

Lore Master

At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge or Lore skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally. 

 

 

Flame dancer Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

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Bardic Knowledge

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks and may make all Knowledge and Lore skill checks untrained.

Lore Master

At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge or Lore skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally. 

 

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Jack of All Trades

The bard gains a +1 bonus on all skill checks.

 

 

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

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Inspire Courage

 A 1st-level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), bolstering them against fear and improving their combat abilities. To be affected, an ally must be able to perceive the bard's performance. An affected ally receives a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against charm and fear effects and a +1 competence bonus on attack and weapon damage rolls. At 5th level, and every six bard levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1, to a maximum of +4 at 17th level.

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Well-Versed

At 2nd level, the bard becomes resistant to the bardic performance of others, and to sonic effects in general. The bard gains a +4 bonus on saving throws made against bardic performance, sonic, and language-dependent effects.

 

Inspire Greatness

A bard of 9th level or higher can use his performance to inspire greatness in all allies within 30 feet, granting extra fighting capability. A creature inspired with greatness gains 2 bonus Hit Dice (d10s), the commensurate number of temporary hit points (apply the target's Constitution modifier, if an, to these bonus Hit Dice), a +2 competence bonus on attack rolls, and a +1 competence bonus on Fortitude saves.

Shooting Performance

Prerequisites: Bard level 1

A bard of 12th level or higher can use his performance to create an effect equivalent to a mass cure of serious wounds, using the bard's level as the caster level. In addition, this performance removes the fatigued, sickened, and shaken condition from all those affected. Using this ability requires 4 rounds of continuous performance.

Inspire Heroics

A bard of 15th level or higher can inspire tremendous heroism in all allies within 30 feet. Inspired creatures gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws and a +4 dodge bonus to AC. The effect lasts for as long as the targets are able to witness the performance.

Fascinate

At 6th level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 30 feet. Each creature within range receives a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect. If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the bard cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature stands quietly and observes the performance for as long as the bard continues to maintain it. Any damage to the target automatically breaks the effect.

 

Fire Dance

At 3rd level, a fire dancer's performance can bend flames away from others. Any ally within 30 feet of the bard who can hear or see the performance gains resist fire 10 as long as the performance is maintained. At 6th level, this resistance increases to 20. At 11th level, this resistance increases to 30.

Fan the Flames

At 8th level, a fire dancer adds burning hands, flaming sphere, and fireball to his list of bard spells known (as 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-level spells, respectively).

Deadly Performance

A bard of 20th level can use his performance to cause one enemy to die from joy or sorrow. To be affected, the target must be able to see and hear the bard perform for 1 full round and be within 30 feet. The target receives a Will Save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect . If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the target is staggered for 1d4 rounds, and the bard cannot use deadly performance on that creature again for 24 hours. If a creature's saving throw fails, it dies.

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Bardic Performance (Move Action)

A 7th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a move action instead of a standard action.

 

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Bardic Performance (Swift Action)

At 13th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a swift action.

 

 

 

 

Tranquil Whisperer Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

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Bardic Knowledge

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks and may make all Knowledge and Lore skill checks untrained.

Inspire Tranquility

A 1st-level tranquil whisperer can use his performance to inspire tranquility in his allies (including himself), bolstering their defenses. To be affected, an ally must be able to perceive the bard's performance. An affected ally receives a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against mind-affecting effects and suppresses the effects of all kinds of rage. At 5th level, and every six bard levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1, to a maximum of +4 at 17th level.

 

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Jack of All Trades

The bard gains a +1 bonus on all skill checks.

 

 

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

Saving Tranquility

At 7th Level, Inspire Tranquility also grants a moral bonus to saving throws against mind-affecting effects equal to the AC bonus.

Tranquil Senses

At 13th Level, Inspire Tranquility also grants blindsense with 10 feet range.

 

Inspire Greatness

A bard of 9th level or higher can use his performance to inspire greatness in all allies within 30 feet, granting extra fighting capability. A creature inspired with greatness gains 2 bonus Hit Dice (d10s), the commensurate number of temporary hit points (apply the target's Constitution modifier, if an, to these bonus Hit Dice), a +2 competence bonus on attack rolls, and a +1 competence bonus on Fortitude saves.

Shooting Performance

Prerequisites: Bard level 1

A bard of 12th level or higher can use his performance to create an effect equivalent to a mass cure of serious wounds, using the bard's level as the caster level. In addition, this performance removes the fatigued, sickened, and shaken condition from all those affected. Using this ability requires 4 rounds of continuous performance.

Inspire Heroics

A bard of 15th level or higher can inspire tremendous heroism in all allies within 30 feet. Inspired creatures gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws and a +4 dodge bonus to AC. The effect lasts for as long as the targets are able to witness the performance.

Fascinate

At 6th level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 30 feet. Each creature within range receives a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect. If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the bard cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature stands quietly and observes the performance for as long as the bard continues to maintain it. Any damage to the target automatically breaks the effect.

 

Dirge of Doom

A bard of 8th level or higher can use his performance to foster a sense of growing dread in his enemies, causing them to take become shaken. To be affected, an enemy must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the bard's performance. The effect persists for as long as the enemy is within 30 feet and the bard continuous the performances.

Frightening Tune

A bard of 14th level or higher can use his performance to cause fear in his enemies. To be affected, an enemy must be able to hear the bard perform and be within 30 feet. Each enemy within range receives a Will save (DC10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Charisma modifier) to negate the effect. If the save succeeds, the creature is immune to this ability for 24 hours. If the save fails, the target becomes frightened and flees for as long as the target can hear the band's performance.

Tranquil Apotheosis

At 20th level, tranquil whisperer's mind changes completely. He gains immunity to confusion and mind-affecting effects, and counts as an outsider.

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Bardic Performance (Move Action)

A 7th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a move action instead of a standard action.

 

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Bardic Performance (Swift Action)

At 13th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a swift action.

Lore Master

At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge or Lore skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally. 

 

 

 

Dirge Bard Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

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Bardic Knowledge

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks and may make all Knowledge and Lore skill checks untrained.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

 

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Inspire Competence

A bard of 3rd level or higher can use his performance to help allies succeed at a task. They must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the bard. They get a +2 competence bonus on all skills checks as long as they continue to hear the bard's performance. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the bard has attained beyond 3rd (+3at 7th. +4 at 11th, +5 at 15th, and +6 at 19th).

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Inspire Courage

 A 1st-level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), bolstering them against fear and improving their combat abilities. To be affected, an ally must be able to perceive the bard's performance. An affected ally receives a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against charm and fear effects and a +1 competence bonus on attack and weapon damage rolls. At 5th level, and every six bard levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1, to a maximum of +4 at 17th level.

Haunted Eyes

At 2nd level, a dirge bard gains a +4 bonus on saves against fear, energy drain, death effects, and necromantic effects.

Secrets of the Grave

At 2nd level, a dirge bard gains a bonus equal to half his bard level on Lore (Religion) checks. A dirge bard may use mind-affecting spells to affect undead as if they were living creatures, undead creatures are treated as humanoids for the purposes of determining which spells affect them. In addition, he adds the following necromantic spells to his list of spells known:
Cause Fear at 2nd level
Command Undead at 6th level
Fear at 10th level\nWaves of Fatigue at 14th level
Banshee Blast at 18th level

 

Haunting Refrain

At 5th level, a dirge bard is able to stir primal terrors in the hearts of listeners. He gains a bonus on Intimidate checks equal to half his level. In addition, he gains a +2 bonus to DC on spells with fear effect, and this bonus increases by 1 every 5 levels beyond 5th.

Dance of the Dead

At 10th level, a dirge bard can use his bardic performance to cause dead bones or bodies to rise up and move or fight at his command. This ability functions like the animate dead spell, but the created skeletons or zombies remain fully animate only as long as the dirge bard continues the performance. Once it stops, any created undead collapse into carrion. Unlike animate dead, dance of the dead does not have the evil descriptor.

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Bardic Performance (Move Action)

A 7th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a move action instead of a standard action.

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Bardic Performance (Swift Action)

At 13th level, a bard can start a bardic performance as a swift action.

 

Lore Master

At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge or Lore skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally. 

Inspire Greatness

A bard of 9th level or higher can use his performance to inspire greatness in all allies within 30 feet, granting extra fighting capability. A creature inspired with greatness gains 2 bonus Hit Dice (d10s), the commensurate number of temporary hit points (apply the target's Constitution modifier, if an, to these bonus Hit Dice), a +2 competence bonus on attack rolls, and a +1 competence bonus on Fortitude saves.

Shooting Performance

Prerequisites: Bard level 1

A bard of 12th level or higher can use his performance to create an effect equivalent to a mass cure of serious wounds, using the bard's level as the caster level. In addition, this performance removes the fatigued, sickened, and shaken condition from all those affected. Using this ability requires 4 rounds of continuous performance.

Inspire Heroics

A bard of 15th level or higher can inspire tremendous heroism in all allies within 30 feet. Inspired creatures gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws and a +4 dodge bonus to AC. The effect lasts for as long as the targets are able to witness the performance.

 

Fascinate

At 6th level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 30 feet. Each creature within range receives a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect. If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the bard cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature stands quietly and observes the performance for as long as the bard continues to maintain it. Any damage to the target automatically breaks the effect.

Dirge of Doom

A bard of 8th level or higher can use his performance to foster a sense of growing dread in his enemies, causing them to take become shaken. To be affected, an enemy must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the bard's performance. The effect persists for as long as the enemy is within 30 feet and the bard continuous the performances

Frightening Tune

A bard of 14th level or higher can use his performance to cause fear in his enemies. To be affected, an enemy must be able to hear the bard perform and be within 30 feet. Each enemy within range receives a Will save (DC10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Charisma modifier) to negate the effect. If the save succeeds, the creature is immune to this ability for 24 hours. If the save fails, the target becomes frightened and flees for as long as the target can hear the band's performance.

Deadly Performance

A bard of 20th level can use his performance to cause one enemy to die from joy or sorrow. To be affected, the target must be able to see and hear the bard perform for 1 full round and be within 30 feet. The target receives a Will Save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect . If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the target is staggered for 1d4 rounds, and the bard cannot use deadly performance on that creature again for 24 hours. If a creature's saving throw fails, it dies.

 

Beast Tamer Features

Bard Proficiencies

A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Cantrips

Bards can cast a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.

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Bardic Knowledge

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks and may make all Knowledge and Lore skill checks untrained.

Spontaneous Summoning

A beast tamer can channel stored spell energy into summoning spells that she hasn't prepared ahead of time. She can spend a prepared spell in order to cast any summon nature's ally spell of the same level or lower.

 

Summon Nature's Ally I

This spell summons to your side a natural mite. The summoned ally appears where you designate and acts according to its initiative check results. It attacks your opponents to the best of its ability.

Summon Nature's Ally II

This spell summons to your side a natural giant frog or 1d3 natural mites. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

Summon Nature's Ally III

This spell summons to your side a natural leopard, 1d3 natural giant frogs, or 1d4+1 natural mites. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

Summon Nature's Ally IV

This spell summons to your side a natural dire boar, 1d3 natural leopards, or 1d4+1 natural giant frogs. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

 

Summon Nature's Ally V

This spell summons to your side a natural manticore, 1d3 natural dire boars, or 1d4+1 natural leopards. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

Summon Nature's Ally VI

This spell summons to your side a natural smilodon, 1d3 natural manticores, or 1d4+1 natural dire boars. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

Summon Nature's Ally VII

This spell summons to your side a natural mastodon, 1d3 natural smilodons, or 1d4+1 natural manticores. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

Summon Nature's Ally VIII

This spell summons to your side a natural nereid, 1d3 natural mastodons, or 1d4+1 natural smilodons. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

 

Summon Nature's Ally IX

This spell summons to your side a natural hamadryad, 1d3 natural nereids, or 1d4+1 natural mastodons. The summoned allies appear where you designate and act according to their initiative check results. They attack your opponents to the best of their ability.

Augment Summoning

Each creature you conjure with any summon spell gains a +4 enhancement bonus to Strength and Constitution for the duration of the spell that summoned it.

Inspire Ferocity

At 10th level inspire ferocity grants all affected allies the effect of the magic fang spell. In addition, all natural attacks count as if they were silver and cold iron.
At 14th level inspire ferocity makes all natural attacks by affected allies count as if they were adamantine.
At 18th level inspire ferocity grants all affected allies the effect of the greater magic fang spell.

Inspire Greatness

A bard of 9th level or higher can use his performance to inspire greatness in all allies within 30 feet, granting extra fighting capability. A creature inspired with greatness gains 2 bonus Hit Dice (d10s), the commensurate number of temporary hit points (apply the target's Constitution modifier, if an, to these bonus Hit Dice), a +2 competence bonus on attack rolls, and a +1 competence bonus on Fortitude saves.

 

Shooting Performance

A bard of 12th level or higher can use his performance to create an effect equivalent to a mass cure of serious wounds, using the bard's level as the caster level. In addition, this performance removes the fatigued, sickened, and shaken condition from all those affected. Using this ability requires 4 rounds of continuous performance.

Inspire Heroics

A bard of 15th level or higher can inspire tremendous heroism in all allies within 30 feet. Inspired creatures gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws and a +4 dodge bonus to AC. The effect lasts for as long as the targets are able to witness the performance.

Fascinate

At 6th level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 30 feet. Each creature within range receives a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect. If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the bard cannot attempt to fascinate that creature again for 24 hours. If its saving throw fails, the creature stands quietly and observes the performance for as long as the bard continues to maintain it. Any damage to the target automatically breaks the effect.

Deadly Performance

A bard of 20th level can use his performance to cause one enemy to die from joy or sorrow. To be affected, the target must be able to see and hear the bard perform for 1 full round and be within 30 feet. The target receives a Will Save (DC 10 + 1/2 the bard's level + the bard's Cha modifier) to negate the effect . If a creature's saving throw succeeds, the target is staggered for 1d4 rounds, and the bard cannot use deadly performance on that creature again for 24 hours. If a creature's saving throw fails, it dies.

 

Beast Call

Starting at 1st level, a beast tamer can cast summon nature's ally I as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Charisma modifier. She can cast this spell as a standard action, and the creatures remain for 1 minute per level (instead of 1 round per level). At 3rd level and every 2 bard levels thereafter, the power of this ability increases by 1 spell level, allowing her to summon more powerful creatures (to a maximum of summon nature's ally IX at 17th level). A beast tamer cannot have more than one summon spell active in this way at a time; if she uses another, any existing summon immediately ends.

Bard Talent

As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.

 

 

 




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