Psion Prestige Class : Fist of Zuoken

The Fists of Zuoken are members of an order of martial artists devoted to mastering their own physical and mental development while protecting psions and other psionic creatures. The fists of Zuoken believe that mental powers are to be nurtured in all who possess them. In addition to their formidable prowess in combat, fists of Zuoken develop mental powers that surprise and astound their enemies.

Almost all fists of Zuoken are monks who are affiliated with a specific order created to guard centers of psionic learning - usually fortresses in the middle of forbidding wastelands. Naturally, the monks learned from the psionic masters as well, and thus the fists of Zuoken were born.

The most common place to find NPC fists of Zuoken is a monastery where psionic learning is undertaken; such a place often employs fists of Zuoken as guards. But if psionic creatures are undergoing persecution elsewhere, the fists of Zuoken often come to their rescue, leaving only ruined bodies and burnt-out minds in their wake.


To qualify to become a Fist of Zuoken, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:

Class Skills

The fist of Zuoken's class skills are Autohypnosis, Concentration, Craft, Escape Artist, Hide, Jump, Knowledge (psionics), Knowledge (religion), Listen, Move Silently, Psicraft, Sense Motive, Spot, and Tumble.

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Class Features

All the following are class features of the Fist of Zuoken prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Fists of Zuoken gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Monk Abilities: A Fist of Zuoken's class levels stack with his monk levels for the purpose of determining his unarmed damage and bonuses to Armor Class and unarmored speed. His class levels do not apply to other monk abilities such as flurry of blows, slow fall, and so on.

Power Points/Day: A Fist of Zuoken can manifest powers. His ability to manifest powers is limited by the power points he has available. His base daily allotment of power points is given on the table below. In addition, he receives bonus power points per day if he has a high Wisdom score. His race may also provide bonus power points per day, as may certain feats and items. If a Fist of Zuoken has power points from a different class, those points are pooled together and usable to manifest powers from either class. Bonus power points from having a high ability score can be gained only for the character's highest psionic class.

Powers Known: A Fist of Zuoken chooses his powers from the psychic warrior power list. At 1st level, a Fist of Zuoken knows one psychic warrior power of your choice. Each time he attains a new level, he learns one new power. A Fist of Zuoken can manifest any power that has a power point cost equal to or lower than his manifester level. The total number of powers a Fist of Zuoken can manifest per day is limited only by his daily power points. In other words, a 5th-level Fist of Zuoken (with a total of 15 power points, not counting any gained for a high Wisdom score) could manifest a power costing 1 power point fifteen times in one day, a power costing 5 power points three times in one day, or any combination of power point costs that does not exceed 15 power points in total.

A Fist of Zuoken simply knows his powers; they are ingrained in his mind. He does not need to prepare them (in the way that some spellcasters prepare their spells), though he must get a good night's sleep each day to regain all his spent power points.

The Difficulty Class for saving throws against Fist of Zuoken powers is 10 + the power's level + the Fist of Zuoken's Wisdom modifier. For example, the saving throw against a 2nd-level power has a DC of 12 + Wis modifier.

Maximum Power Level Known: A Fist of Zuoken gains the ability to learn one 1st-level power when he takes his first level in the prestige class. As he attains each new odd-numbered level, a Fist of Zuoken gains the ability to master more complex powers. A 3rd-level Fist of Zuoken can learn powers of 2nd level or lower, a 5th-level Fist of Zuoken can learn powers of 3rd level or lower, and so on.

To learn or manifest a power, a Fist of Zuoken must have a Wisdom score of at least 10 + the power's level. For example, a Fist of Zuoken with a Wisdom score of 13 can manifest powers of 3rd level or lower.

Bonus Psionic Feat: At 5th and 10th level, a Fist of Zuoken can take any psionic feat from the psionic feats described in Chapter 3 as a bonus feat. He must still meet the prerequisites for the feat.

Multiclass Note: A monk who becomes a Fist of Zuoken may continue advancing as a monk.

EcolaterHit Die: d6
CLBABFortRefWillSpecialPoints/DayPowers KnownMax Pwr Lvl
1st+0+0+2+2Monk abilities111st
5th+3+1+4+4Bonus psionic feat1553rd
10th+7+3+7+7Bonus psionic feat71105th

Source: Expanded Psionics Handbook

Psion Prestige Classes