General Prestige Class : Dragonslayer
They come from all walks of life, from all cultures and societies. They may be poor or wealthy, strong or wise, good or evil, skilled with blade or spell. But all dragonslayers share a singular courage and strength of heart - a necessary commodity in their line of work. Characters of any class may pursue the path of the dragonslayer. Fighters, barbarians, and paladins enjoy the class's increased combat prowess against these powerful enemies. Sorcerers, clerics, wizards, and druids can continue to improve their spellcasting ability while gaining new powers suitable for use in battling dragons. Even bards, monks, rangers, and rogues have much to gain from this class, though the dragonstalker class is often more their style. Multi-class characters, such as fighter/sorcerers or barbarian/clerics, can make particularly good dragonslayers, bringing a variety of talents to the task.
NPC dragonslayers have few close associates who aren't as skilled as they are in the art of battling dragons. Unless a dragonslayer can trust you with his life, he isn't likely to spend much time in your company. This attitude can lead to a life of solitude, as the dragonslayer travels wherever the cause takes him. A few dragonslayers actively seek out others who share their bravery and dedication, even training those who show promise.
To qualify to become a Dragonslayer, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.
All of the following are class features of the dragonslayer prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A dragonslayer gains proficiency with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor, and with shields and tower shields.
Spellcasting: Each time a character attains an odd-numbered dragonslayer level, the character gains new spells per day and spells known as if he had also gained a level in a spellcasting class he belonged to before he added the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved chance of controlling or rebuking undead, metamagic or item creation feats, and so on). This essentially means that the character adds the level of dragonslayer to the level of whatever spellcasting class the character has, then determines spells per day and caster level accordingly.
If a character takes one or more levels in this class before having any levels in a spellcasting class, he does not receive this spellcasting benefit. If he thereafter takes levels in one or more spellcasting classes, he becomes eligible to receive the spellcasting benefit for any level in the dragonslayer class that he has not already attained. For example, a 5th-level fighter/1st-level dragonslayer does not receive the spellcasting benefit for being a 1st-level dragonslayer because he did not belong to a spellcasting class before taking a level the prestige class. If he then picks up one or more levels of wizard before advancing to 3rd level in the dragonslayer class, he receives the spellcasting benefit of a 3rd-level dragonslayer (when he attains that level) but does not receive the 1st level benefit retroactively.
Aura of Courage (Su): At 1st level, a dragonslayer gains immunity to fear (magical or otherwise). Allies within 10 feet of the dragonslayer gain a +4 morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects.
Damage Bonus (Ex): A dragonslayer gains a bonus on weapon damage rolls against dragons equal to his class level.
Overcome Draconic Spell Resistance (Ex): Beginning at 2nd level, a dragonslayer may add his class level to any caster level checks made to overcome a dragon spell resistance.
Damage Reduction (Ex): At 3rd level, a dragonslayer gains damage reduction 1/-. This improves to damage reduction 2/- at 6th level, and to damage reduction 3/- at 9th level.
Energy Resistance (Su): At 5th level, a dragonslayer gains resistance to acid 5, cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5, and sonic 5. These resistances improve to 10 at 10th level. These resistances don't stack with any other similar effects.
Lightning Reflexes: A dragonslayer gains Lightning Reflexes as a bonus feat at 6th level.
Improved Critical (Ex): A 7th-level dragonslayer gains the effect of the Improved Critical feat for any weapon he uses against a dragon. This benefit does not stack with any other ability that increases the threat range of a weapon.
True Strike (Sp): At 10th level, a dragonslayer may use true strike once per day as a move action.
|Dragonslayer||Hit Die: d10|
|1st||+1||+2||+0||+2||Aura of courage, damage bonus||+1 level of existing class|
|2nd||+2||+3||+0||+3||Overcome draconic spell resistance||-|
|3rd||+3||+3||+1||+3||Damage reduction 1/-||+1 level of existing class|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+4||Energy resistance 5||+1 level of existing class|
|6th||+6||+5||+2||+5||Damage reduction 2/-, Lightning Reflexes||-|
|7th||+7||+5||+2||+5||Improved Critical||+1 level of existing class|
|9th||+9||+6||+3||+6||Damage reduction 3/-||+1 level of existing class|
|10th||+10||+7||+3||+7||Energy resistance 10, true strike||-|