Hunter, Shaman (4e Class Variant)
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Creating a Hunter (Shaman)
|“||Hunters are shamans who rely upon their natural, innate primal abilities to enhance their martial skill.||”|
|Role: Leader, controller. You both heal and boost your allies strength, assisting them while also controlling the battlefield.|
|Power Source: Primal, Martial. The spirits of the natural world give you power and manifest on your behalf, which enhance your natural fighting abilities.|
|Key Abilities: Wisdom, Dexterity, Constitution|
|Armor Proficiencies: Cloth, Leather, Hide, Light Shield, Heavy Shield|
|Weapon Proficiencies: Simple Melee, Military Melee, Simple Ranged, Military Ranged|
|Bonus to Defense: +1 Reflex, +1 Will|
|Hit Points at 1st Level: 12 + Constitution score|
|Hit Points per Level Gained: 5|
|Healing Surges per Day: 7 + Constitution modifier|
|Trained Skills: Nature. From the class skills list below, choose 3 more trained skills at 1st level.|
Class Skills: Acrobatics (Dex), Athletics (Str), Diplomacy (Cha), Endurance (Con), Heal (Wis), History (Int), Insight (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Nature (Wis)
|Build Options: Hunter|
|Class Features: Healing Spirit, Speak with spirits, Spirit Hunter, Spirit Totem, Primal Focus|
Creating a Hunter
Shamans are primal warriors, relying not only upon their natural, primal power to deal damage, but their inherent skills with weaponry. They enhance their weapons with the primal power, Hunters either deal damage by melee weapons or ranged weapons,
Wisdom should be your primary ability. As almost all of your powers utilize wisdom for the attack and damage roll, wisdom is your most important ability. Your second most important ability is your dexterity modifier, which boosts your secondary powers and defenses. Your tertiary favored ability is constitution, which has significantly less importance. Races which have dexterity or wisdom as their primary attributes are ideal for the class, such as the Elf, Dark Elf, Wisden or Thri-keen, however a wisdom primary class can be effective as well.
Hunters are as much about helping their allies as they are about controlling the battlefield. While they are not oriented to dealing damage, their damage is above average for most leaders, and their powers often allow them to target multiple opponents at once. This gives them the ability to control the battlefield more effectively, and boost their allies damage in combat. Damage oriented feats, such as weapon proficiency and expertise feats can enhance the raw damage of the Hunter, and two-weapon fighting, or feats which boost dual-wielding can be beneficial as well. Your damage will always be slightly less than a striker, but can be beneficial to the group to help clear minions or monsters faster. Class specific feats such as Totem Master (4e Feat) which allows you to summon two different types of totems at once or Obelisk (4e Feat) which allows you to make the totem count as a 4 x 4 zone and provides and additional boost to your allies, are also recommended.
As you use dexterity as your secondary ability, it is highly recommended that you start with light armor, either leather or hide armor, to receive the best bonus to defense possible. As your damage relies heavily on your weapons as well, it's recommended that you focus on a two one-handed weapons, a two-handed weapon, or a ranged weapon. Superior weapons and armor can be beneficial to boost damage, although are not necessary given your role. Items which boost healing powers, or elemental powers can be useful depending on the powers you choose. Implements are also a good choice, however that may be more difficult to obtain and conflict in part with your magic weapons.
When you wear or hold your totem, you can add its enhancement bonus to the attack rolls and the damage rolls of powers that have the implement keyword. You can also add its enhancement bonus to the attack rolls and the damage rolls of weapon attacks you make using a weapon with which you have proficiency.
You can also use a weapon as an implement if you are proficient with that weapon. When wielding the weapon as an implement, the weapon's characteristics-proficiency bonus, damage die, and weapon properties like defensive or high crit-are irrelevant to your implement powers. Only the weapon's enhancement bonus applies to implement rolls.
If you have both an implement and a magic weapon, you choose before you use an attack power whether to draw on the magic of the implement or the weapon. Your choice determines which enhancement bonus, critical hit effects, and magic item properties and powers you can apply to that power. You can't, for example, use the enhancement bonus of implement and the critical hit effect of your magic weapon with the same attack.
You must choose the "Hunter" fighter path to gain all of the following features. You cannot simply choose some of the features as new additions to the Shaman, but instead are given these powers by choosing the path. You use all of the same Shaman encounter, utility and daily powers in addition to the newer Hunter powers, but must use the described class features. You can choose at-will powers from the shaman class in addition to the newer at-wills presented, however the compatibility between the powers of each path depends heavily on your chosen features (for instance, beast keyword powers are not usable by the hunter). Despite your focus on extra controller oriented abilities, you are still predominately a leader, with many healing powers.
Class Feature: Healing Spirit
The Healing Spirit power of the Hunter functions almost identically to the original "Healing Spirit" power of the Shaman, in the Player's Handbook II guide, however the 1d6 benefit can be your totem instead of one creature adjacent to your spirit companion. For the purpose of meeting prerequisites, the power functions as the same.
Class Feature: Speak with spirits
You gain the speak with spirits power, which is identical to the Shaman power in Player's Handbook II. You are aware of the constant presence of spirits that float at the edges of reality. You can focus your inner energy and open your mind to these spirits, letting them guide your actions or fill you with insights.
|Speak with spirits||Shaman Utility 1|
|You commune with the spirits, letting them guide your words and actions.|
|Effect: During this turn, you gain a bonus to your next skill check equal to your Wisdom modifier.|
Class Feature: Spirit Totem
You gain access to the "Spirit Totem" power. The Spirit Totem power gives you the ability to summon a Totem within 20 squares of you, and provides a bonus to all chosen creatures within 20 squares of the totem. The exact bonus depends on the totem you choose, which includes the Fire, Water, Air, or Earth totem. You may move the totem your speed as a move action. The totem is immune to damage and cannot be destroyed, and enemies may not move through the squares the totem occupies, but allies or you can. A totem is dismissed at the end of the encounter, or can be dismissed with a minor action. Only the effect of one totem blessing may be applied to any creature at any given point in time, even if multiple totems are on the field. If multiple totems are summoned, such as by multiple shamans, only one totem blessing is applicable to a creature even if they are within range of another totem's blessing. TIP: As the totem can block enemy movements, strategic placement to trap the enemy is an effective party of using the Totem. If the totem can attack the enemy, this further can hampen their movements.
Fire Totem: Enemies that end their turn adjacent to the fire totem take fire damage equal to your wisdom modifier. In addition, the fire totem can make opportunity attacks against any creature moving past it, using your implement bonus and wisdom modifier vs. reflex for the attack, and dealing your wisdom modifier and implement bonus as damage. Enemies struck by the attack stop moving, but can continue moving if they have remaining actions during their turn. You and your allies within 20 squares of the totem deal one extra fire damage with all damage rolls, which increases to two at level 11, and three at level 21.
Water Totem: Allies that end their turn adjacent to the water totem can choose to regain hitpoints equal to your wisdom modifier, or instead gain temporary hitpoints equal to your wisdom modifier. Your and your allies within 20 squares of the totem gain regeneration 1, which increases to regeneration 2 at level 11, and regeneration 3 at level 21.
Air Totem: Spaces in or within two squares of the Air Totem are treated as light cover and concealment for your allies, and lightly obscured spaces for your enemies. Your or your allies that end their turn adjacent to the Air Totem can ignore all opportunities attacks until the end of their next turn. All allies within 20 squares of the totem can shift two extra squares when taking a shift action, and can ignore difficult terrain when they shift. In addition, if an ally is hit with an attack, you can choose for the ally to deal thunder and lightning damage to the target equal to your dexterity modifier.
Earth Totem: Spaces within two squares of the earth totem are treated as difficult terrain for your enemies. In addition, enemies adjacent to the Earth Totem are slowed until the end of their next turn. You or your allies adjacent to the totem gain a +1 bonus to all defenses (when adjacent to the totem). You and your allies within 20 squares of the totem gain Resist 2 to all damage, which increases to Resist 4 at level 11, and Resist 6 at level 21.
Class Feature: Primal Focus
You gain either the "Primal Hunter" or "Dual Focus" class feature.
Primal Hunter: You gain a +4 bonus against opportunity attacks occurred while moving or using a ranged weapon. In addition, you can draw or sheathe a weapon one per turn as a free action, and gain the "Quick Draw" feat, even if you don't meet the prerequisites.
Dual Focus: You gain two-weapon defense as a bonus feat, even if you don't meet the prerequisites. In addition, you can use a one-handed melee weapon in your offhand, as if it were an offhand weapon.
Level 1: At-Will Powers
Benefit: You can choose to gain two of the following at-will powers, or select other Shaman at-will powers, such as in PHB2 or Primal Power. At level 21, the damage increases to double that damage die.
You can choose the following powers in addition to other Shaman powers at the appropriate levels.