The fastest path into this advanced class is from the Dedicated hero basic class, though other paths are possible.


To qualify to become a Tracer, a character must fulfill the following criteria.

Base Attack Bonus: +2.

Skills: Investigate 6 ranks, Knowledge (behavioral sciences or streetwise) 6 ranks, Survival 6 ranks.

Feat: Track.

Class Information

The following information pertains to the Tracer advanced class.

Hit Die

The Tracer gains 1d8 hit points per level. The character’s Constitution modifier applies.

Action Points

The Tracer gains a number of action points equal to 6 + one-half his character level, rounded down, every time he attains a new level in this class.

Class Skills

The Tracer’s class skills are as follows.

Climb (Str), Computer Use (Int), Disable Device (Int), Disguise (Cha), Drive (Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Hide (Dex), Investigate (Int), Jump (Str), Knowledge (behavioral sciences, civics, streetwise, tactics) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Navigate (Int), Pilot (Dex), Research (Int), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str).

Skill Points at Each Level: 5 + Int modifier (4 + Int modifier for nonhumans).

Table: The Tracer
Class LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveRef SaveWill SaveSpecialDefense BonusReputation Bonus
1st+1+0+2+0Target species, Urban Tracking+1+0
2nd+2+0+3+0Swift strike +1d6+2+1
3rd+3+1+3+1Bonus feat+2+1
4th+4+1+4+1Uncanny stealth (full speed)+2+1
5th+5+1+4+1Swift strike +2d6+3+2
6th+6+2+5+2Bonus feat+3+2
7th+7+2+5+2Uncanny stealth (charge/run)+ 4+2
8th+8+2+6+2Swift strike +3d6+4+3
9th+9+3+6+3Bonus feat+4+3
10th+10+3+7+3Swift tracking+5+3

Class Features

The following class features pertain to the Tracer advanced class.

Target Species

At 1st level, a Tracer selects a species or specific kind of creature his "target species". The Tracer must have previously encountered at least one member of the target species to select it. An expert tracker, the Tracer gains a +2 bonus on Bluff, Intimidate, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against members of the target species. Likewise, he gets a +2 bonus on weapon damage rolls against such creatures.

As a free action, a Tracer may spend an action point to change his target species.

Urban Tracking

At 1st level, a Tracer gains the bonus feat Urban Tracking.

Swift Strike

At 2nd level, the Tracer becomes skilled at taking down unwary targets quickly. He deals +1d6 points of damage on successful melee and ranged weapon attacks made against a flat-footed opponent. This extra damage can be lethal or nonlethal, as determined by the choice of weapon and the manner in which it’s used.

The extra damage increases to +2d6 at 5th level and +3d6 at 8th level.

Bonus Feats

At 3rd, 6th, and 9th level, the Tracer gets a bonus feat. The bonus feat must be selected from the following list, and the Tracer must meet all the prerequisites of the feat to select it.

Advanced Combat Martial Arts, Advanced Firearms Proficiency, Aircraft Operation (spacecraft), Alertness, Armor Proficiency (light), Armor Proficiency (medium), Armor Proficiency (powered), Athletic, Combat Throw, Dead Aim, Double Tap, Elusive Target, Far Shot, Improved Combat Martial Arts, Improved Combat Throw, Improved Initiative, Low Profile, Nerve Pinch, Precise Shot, Shot on the Run, Skip Shot, Spacer, Stealthy, Trustworthy, Unbalance Opponent.

Uncanny Stealth

Tracers learn to move quickly yet quietly.

At 4th level, a Tracer no longer suffers the –5 penalty on Hide and Move Silently checks while moving at full speed. At 7th level, a Tracer suffers only a –10 penalty on Hide and Move Silently checks while running or charging (instead of the normal –20 penalty).

Swift Tracking

At 10th level, the Tracer can move a full speed without penalty when using the Survival skill to track. He can move at twice normal speed while tracking, but takes a –10 penalty on the check when doing so.

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