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Arcane Trickster

Hit Die: d4.


To qualify to become an arcane trickster, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.

  • Alignment: Any nonlawful.
  • Spells: Ability to cast mage hand and at least one arcane spell of 3rd level or higher.
  • Special: Sneak attack +2d6.

Class Skills

The arcane trickster’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disable Device (Int), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str), Knowledge (all skills taken individually) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Open Lock (Dex), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Search (Int), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Speak Language (Int), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex), and Use Rope (Dex).

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Table: The Arcane Trickster
Level Base Attack Fort
Special Spells per Day
1st +0 +0 +2 +2 Ranged legerdemain 1/day +1 level of existing class
2nd +1 +0 +3 +3 Sneak attack +1d6 +1 level of existing class
3rd +1 +1 +3 +3 Impromptu sneak attack 1/day +1 level of existing class
4th +2 +1 +4 +4 Sneak attack +2d6 +1 level of existing class
5th +2 +1 +4 +4 Ranged legerdemain 2/day +1 level of existing class
6th +3 +2 +5 +5 Sneak attack +3d6 +1 level of existing class
7th +3 +2 +5 +5 Impromptu sneak attack 2/day +1 level of existing class
8th +4 +2 +6 +6 Sneak attack +4d6 +1 level of existing class
9th +4 +3 +6 +6 Ranged legerdemain 3/day +1 level of existing class
10th +5 +3 +7 +7 Sneak attack +5d6 +1 level of existing class

Class Features

All of the following are Class Features of the arcane trickster prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Arcane tricksters gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Spells per Day: When a new arcane trickster level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in a spellcasting class he belonged to before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained, except for an increased effective level of spellcasting. If a character had more than one spellcasting class before becoming an arcane trickster, he must decide to which class he adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.

Ranged Legerdemain: An arcane trickster can perform one of the following class skills at a range of 30 feet: Disable Device, Open Lock, or Sleight of Hand. Working at a distance increases the normal skill check DC by 5, and an arcane trickster cannot take 10 on this check. Any object to be manipulated must weigh 5 pounds or less.

An arcane trickster can use ranged legerdemain once per day initially, twice per day upon attaining 5th level, and three times per day at 9th level or higher. He can make only one ranged legerdemain skill check each day, and only if he has at least 1 rank in the skill being used.

Sneak Attack: This is exactly like the rogue ability of the same name. The extra damage dealt increases by +1d6 every other level (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, and 10th). If an arcane trickster gets a sneak attack bonus from another source the bonuses on damage stack.

Impromptu Sneak Attack: Beginning at 3rd level, once per day an arcane trickster can declare one melee or ranged attack he makes to be a sneak attack (the target can be no more than 30 feet distant if the impromptu sneak attack is a ranged attack). The target of an impromptu sneak attack loses any Dexterity bonus to AC, but only against that attack. The power can be used against any target, but creatures that are not subject to critical hits take no extra damage (though they still lose any Dexterity bonus to AC against the attack).

At 7th level, an arcane trickster can use this ability twice per day.


Hit Die: d4

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier

Spells: The epic arcane trickster’s caster level increases by 1 per level gained above 10th. The epic arcane trickster continues to gain new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) at each new level, up to the maximum spells per day and spells known of the arcane spellcasting class to which the arcane trickster belonged before adding the prestige class.

Sneak Attack: The epic arcane trickster’s sneak attack damage increases by +1d6 every 2 levels above 10th.

Impromptu Sneak Attack: The arcane trickster may use this ability one additional time per day for every 4 levels above 7th.

Ranged Legerdemain: The arcane trickster may use this ability one additional time per day for every 4 levels above 9th.

Bonus Feats: The epic arcane trickster gains a bonus feat selected from the list of epic arcane trickster feats) every 4 levels after 10th.

Epic Arcane Trickster Bonus Feat List: Automatic Silent Spell Automatic Still Spell, Blinding Speed, Epic Skill Focus, Improved Combat Casting, Improved Sneak Attack, Improved Spell Capacity, Lingering Damage, Self-Concealment, Sneak Attack of Opportunity, Spell Knowledge, Spell Opportunity, Spell Stowaway.

Table: Epic Arcane Trickster

Level Special
11th Impromptu sneak attack 3/day
12th Sneak attack +6d6
13th Ranged legerdemain 4/day
14th Sneak attack +7d6
15th Impromptu sneak attack 4/day
16th Sneak attack +8d6
17th Ranged legerdemain 5/day
18th Sneak attack +9d6
19th Impromptu sneak attack 5/day
20th Sneak attack +10d6

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