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Conflict is an inevitable result of life. On every world that harbors complex living organisms, creatures battle one another for dominance, resources, territory, or ideals. Whether you’ve taken up arms to protect others, win glory, exact revenge, or simply earn a living, you are the perfect embodiment of this truth. You’re an expert at combat of all types but tend to prefer heavy armor and weapons—the bigger, the better. You may be a career soldier, a fresh mercenary recruit, or a lone wolf who rejects authority, but whether rushing in for hand-to-hand combat or firing Tactical barrages, you’re a consummate warrior, never hesitating to put yourself in the line of fire to protect your friends.

Hit Points: 7

Stamina Points: 7 + Constitution modifier

Key Ability Score: Your Strength helps you attack up close in melee and carry heavier weapons and armor, while your Dexterity helps you fire weapons from a distance and dodge returning fire, so you should choose either Strength or Dexterity as your key ability score. Once made, this choice cannot be changed. A high Constitution score allows you to soak up more damage.

Class Skills: Acrobatics (Dex), Athletics (Str), Engineering (Int), Intimidate (Cha), Medicine (Int), Piloting (Dex), Profession (Cha, Int, or Wis), Survival (Wis)

Skill Ranks per Level: 4 + Intelligence modifier

Proficiencies: Armor-light and heavy; Weapons-basic and advanced melee weapons, small arms, longarms, heavy weapons, sniper weapons, and grenades

Table 4–9: Soldier
Class Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Bonus Ref Save Bonus Will Save Bonus Class Features
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Primary fighting style, primary style technique
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Combat feat
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Gear boost, weapon specialization
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Combat feat
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Primary style technique
6th +6 +5 +2 +5 Combat feat
7th +7 +5 +2 +5 Gear boost
8th +8 +6 +2 +6 Combat feat
9th +9 +6 +3 +6 Primary style technique, secondary fighting style, secondary style technique
10th +10 +7 +3 +7 Combat feat
11th +11 +7 +3 +7 Gear boost, soldier’s onslaught
12th +12 +8 +4 +8 Combat feat
13th +13 +8 +4 +8 Primary style technique, secondary style technique
14th +14 +9 +4 +9 Combat feat
15th +15 +9 +5 +9 Gear boost
16th +16 +10 +5 +10 Combat feat
17th +17 +10 +5 +10 Primary style technique, secondary style technique
18th +18 +11 +6 +11 Combat feat
19th +19 +11 +6 +11 Gear boost
20th +20 +12 +6 +12 Combat feat, kill shot

Class Features

Primary Fighting Style 1st Level

You have a preferred fighting style that represents the type of soldier you are. Each fighting style is composed of various style techniques that you learn as you gain experience. You must pick one fighting style upon taking your first soldier level, and once made, this choice cannot be changed. Descriptions of the fighting styles you can choose from appear on pages 112–115.

Primary Style Technique 1st Level

At 1st level and every 4 levels thereafter, you gain a style technique unique to your primary fighting style.

Combat Feat 2nd Level

At 2nd level and every 2 levels thereafter, you gain a bonus feat in addition to those gained from normal advancement. These bonus feats must be selected from those listed as combat feats.

Whenever you gain a new bonus feat, you can also choose to replace one of the bonus feats you have already learned with a different bonus feat. The feat you replace can’t be one that was used as a prerequisite for another feat or other ability. You can change only one feat at any given level, and you must choose whether or not to swap the feat at the time you gain the new bonus feat.

Gear Boost 3rd Level

At 3rd level and every 4 levels thereafter, you learn a trick called a gear boost that make you better with a particular type of weapon or armor. Choose from the gear boosts listed below. Some gear boosts require you to reach a certain soldier level to select them; this level is indicated in parentheses after the boost’s name.

Anchoring Arcana (Su; 7th level)

As a full action, you can make a single attack with a magic weapon against a single foe. If the attack is a ranged attack, the target must be within the first range increment. Even if the attack normally affects an area or multiple targets, it affects only your selected target. If your attack hits, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to force the target to attempt a Will saving throw (DC = 10 + half your soldier level + your key ability score modifier). If the target fails its save, it can’t voluntarily move from its current space for 1d4 rounds. This has no effect on involuntary movement, but it does prevent the creature from teleporting or moving to another plane. Once you’ve struck a foe with this attack, whether it succeeds at or fails its saving throw, it is immune to this ability for 24 hours.

Armored Advantage (Ex)

When you are wearing armor, you gain a +1 insight bonus to your Kinetic Armor Class.

Brutal Blast (Ex)

You gain a +2 insight bonus to damage rolls with weapons that have the blast special property (such as a scattergun). This extra damage applies only to creatures within 10 feet of you; creatures farther away take the normal amount of damage. This bonus increases by 1 for every 4 soldier levels you have.

Bullet Barrage (Ex)

You gain a +1 insight bonus to damage rolls for weapons in the projectile category. This bonus increases by 1 for every 4 soldier levels you have.

Electric Arc (Ex; 7th level)

When you hit a target with a weapon in the shock category, electricity arcs out from your original target to deal electricity damage to a secondary subject within 10 feet of the original target. This damage is equal to the weapon’s level. The secondary subject must be the creature nearest to the original target (your choice if multiple creatures are equidistant).

This gear boost does not function for weapons that have the explode or blast special property. If you use this gear boost with a weapon with the arc critical hit effect, your secondary subject for electric arc must be the same as your secondary subject for the arc critical effect.

Flash Freeze (Ex; 7th level)

When you hit a creature with a weapon in the cryo category, that creature’s speeds are reduced by 10 feet for 1 round, to a minimum of 10 feet.

Heavy Onslaught (Ex; 11th level)

Your attacks with heavy weapons bypass part of the target’s damage reduction. If your heavy weapon does not already overcome the target’s damage reduction, treat the target’s damage reduction as though it were 5 lower. At 15th level, treat the target’s damage reduction as 10 lower.

Laser Accuracy (Ex)

You gain a +1 insight bonus to attack rolls with weapons in the laser category.

Melee Striker (Ex)

Add an additional bonus equal to half your Strength bonus to damage rolls with melee weapons.

Plasma Immolation (Ex; 7th level)

You are expert at setting things on fire with plasma. If your attack roll with a weapon in the plasma category is a 19 (the d20 shows a 19), and the attack hits your target, the target gains the burning condition. The condition deals 1d4 fire damage if the weapon has an item level of 1st-6th, 1d8 if its item level is 7th-14th, and 2d8 if its item level is 15th or higher.

Powerful Explosive (Ex; 7th level)

When you attack with a weapon with the explode special property and a radius of 10 feet or greater, you can increase the radius of the explosion by 5 feet.

Sonic Resonance (Ex; 7th level)

When you hit a creature within 30 feet of you using a weapon in the sonic category, the sonic energy continues to resonate within that creature, giving it the flat-footed condition for 1 round. If you hit multiple creatures at the same time (such as with an automatic, blast, or explode weapon), only the creature nearest to you or to the center of the explosion (your choice if multiple creatures are equidistant) is affected.

Weapon Specialization (Ex) 3rd Level

You gain Weapon Specialization as a bonus feat for each weapon type this class grants you proficiency with.

Secondary Fighting Style 9th Level

You choose another fighting style. Once you choose this second style, it cannot be changed.

Secondary Style Technique 9th Level

At 9th level and every 4 levels thereafter, you gain a style technique unique to your secondary fighting style. For the purposes of these style techniques, treat your soldier level as equal to your soldier level – 8.

Soldier’s Onslaught (Ex) 11th Level

When you make a full attack, you can make up to three attacks instead of two attacks. You take a –6 penalty to these attacks instead of a –4 penalty.

Kill Shot (Ex) 20th Level

As a standard action, you can make a single attack against an enemy. If the attack hits and does not kill your enemy, you can expend 1 Resolve Point to force the creature to succeed at a Fortitude save or die. Once you’ve used this ability on a creature (regardless of whether or not you forced it to attempt a Fortitude save), that creature is immune to your kill shot for 24 hours.

Fighting Styles

The following fighting styles represent those most commonly chosen by soldiers. Each fighting style lists the style techniques you learn as you gain levels.

Arcane Assailant

The arcane assailant fighting style supplements its combat effectiveness with magic powers, drawing on traditions of warrior-wizards. This allows you to use magic runes to augment your weapons and call on legendary powers, giving you access to arcane options even when you don’t have a magic weapon in your possession.

Rune of the Eldritch Knight (Su) 1st Level

You can imbue a weapon with a magic sigil, the rune of the eldritch knight, allowing the weapon to act as a magic weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR and affecting incorporeal creatures. This takes 10 minutes, and you can imbue only a single weapon at a time. If you imbue a new weapon with the rune of the eldritch knight, any previously imbued weapon loses this benefit. When calculating the Hit Points and hardness of a weapon imbued with the rune of the eldritch knight, treat its item level as 5 higher.

Secret of the Magi (Su) 5th Level

When you imbue a weapon with the rune of the eldritch knight, in addition to its normal benefits, the rune grants the weapon one of the following weapon fusions of your choice: ethereal, flaming, frost, merciful, or shock. The weapon can’t gain a fusion it already has, and this bonus fusion doesn’t count toward the maximum total level of fusions the weapon can have at once. The bonus fusion ends when the weapon ceases to be imbued with the rune of the eldritch knight.

Power of Legend (Su) 9th Level

You can call on the link between you and the legendary heroes who wielded powerful magic weapons eons ago to overcome adversity. As a move action when wielding a magic weapon or a weapon imbued with the rune of the eldritch knight, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to end one of the following conditions affecting you: bleeding, burning, confused, exhausted, fatigued, flat-footed, off-target, shaken, or sickened. Alternatively, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to change the cowering condition to the frightened condition or change the frightened condition to the shaken condition. In this case, the new condition lasts for the same duration the original condition would have and can’t be further affected by this ability.

Secret of the Archmagi (Su) 13th Level

You can imbue two weapons with the rune of the eldritch knight. If you attempt to imbue a third weapon, the weapon infused first loses its rune and all benefits. In addition to the normal benefits, the runes grant the weapons one or more of the following weapon fusions of your choice: bane, corrosive, ethereal, flaming, frost, holy, merciful, shock, thundering, or unholy. You can grant no more than 10 total levels’ worth of fusions between the two weapons, and the bane fusion counts as a 10th-level fusion for this purpose.

Arcane Attack (Su) 17th Level

As a standard action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to use a weapon imbued with the rune of the eldritch knight to make an attack that strikes true. This attack ignores all cover and concealment, including total concealment (though you must at least be aware of a creature’s presence to target it with this attack). If the attack is a ranged attack, the target must be within the first range increment. The attack only affects your selected target, even if it normally affects an area or multiple targets. You still must make a normal attack roll, and if your attack misses, it has no effect.

Armor Storm

The armor storm fighting style Focuses on using armor as a weapon by maximizing the damage of armor-based weapons while withstanding enemy fire. You learn to increase the effectiveness of attacks made with your armor and to add equipment normally beyond your armor’s capacity.

Hammer Fist (Ex) 1st Level

You treat any unarmed attack you make while wearing heavy or powered armor as being made with a battleglove with an item level equal to or lower than your soldier level, and you calculate damage for these attacks as if you had the melee striker gear boost. If you have the melee striker gear boost, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with your unarmed attacks when using this ability. These unarmed attacks don’t benefit from other abilities that apply specifically to unarmed attacks (such as the Improved Unarmed Strike feat).

Enhanced Tank (Ex) 5th Level

You gain the Powered Armored Proficiency feat and access to improved armor. This might be the result of your own engineering abilities, having earned the trust of contacts that can get you experimental equipment, or a powerful patron giving you gear not available to the general public to help you achieve mutual goals. You can add one more upgrade to your armor than its normal maximum number of upgrade slots. If you add this bonus upgrade to heavy armor, you can select an upgrade normally limited to powered armor. An upgrade placed in this bonus slot costs half the normal credit amount.

Smash Through (Ex) 9th Level

While you are wearing heavy armor or powered armor, you gain a +4 bonus to attack rolls to perform a bull rush combat maneuver. If you successfully push the target back 10 feet or more, you can also damage the target with an unarmed attack (and can use your hammer fist ability when doing so).

Mobile Army (Ex) 13th Level

You become a master of all weapons associated with your armor. You deal 1d6 additional damage with any attack from a weapon that is part of your armor, including unarmed attacks using the hammer fist ability and weapons that have been attached to your armor as an armor upgrade. The additional damage is of the same type as the weapon’s normal type. Also, while wearing heavy or powered armor, you gain a +2 bonus to your KAC against combat maneuvers.

On the Bounce (Ex) 17th Level

You learn to control your armor with such ease, you are actually more maneuverable in it than out of it. While wearing heavy armor or powered armor, you can move up to your speed when you make a full attack. You can move before or after all your attacks, but not both. If you have the Shot on the Run feat, you can divide your movement to move both before and after making a full attack as long as all the attacks are ranged attacks. If you have the Spring Attack feat, you can divide your movement to move both before and after making a full attack as long as all the attacks are melee attacks. If you have both feats, your attacks can be any combination of melee and ranged attacks.

Blitz

The blitz fighting style is all about using speed and aggression to get into the thick of melee. You increase your speed and responsiveness, gain abilities that make you better at melee combat than your enemies, and keep on fighting even when surrounded by foes.

Rapid Response (Ex) 1st Level

You gain a +4 bonus to initiative checks and increase your land speed by 10 feet.

Charge Attack (Ex) 5th Level

As a standard action, you can make a charge without the charge penalties, and you can substitute a bull rush for the melee attack at the end of the charge. When you gain the soldier’s onslaught class feature, you can make two attacks instead of one at the end of your charge, both with a –4 penalty.

Keep Fighting (Ex) 9th Level

As a move action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points equal to 2d6 + your soldier level. You can’t use this ability again until after you regain Stamina Points from a 10-minute rest. The number of Stamina Points you regain increases by 1d6 at 10th level, 15th level, and 20th level.

Perfect Opportunity (Ex) 13th Level

When you hit a creature with an attack of opportunity, that creature can’t move out of the squares you threaten until the start of its next turn. In addition, when an enemy takes a guarded step out of a square you threaten, you can make an attack of opportunity against it with a –2 penalty to the attack roll. If the target provoked an attack of opportunity by moving, hitting with your attack of opportunity ends the target’s movement immediately, preventing it from carrying out the rest of its movement.

Against the Odds (Ex) 17th Level

You gain a bonus to melee damage rolls equal to double the number of enemies within 10 feet of you. Enemies who don’t constitute a significant threat (those with a CR equal to your level – 4 or less, or as determined by the GM) don’t count when calculating this bonus.

Bombard

The bombard fighting style emphasizes attacking multiple targets, often using grenades, and leverages substantial physical strength to control large weapons with significant recoil. At higher levels, you can use launchers, missiles, and other heavy weapons.

Grenade Expert (Ex) 1st Level

You increase the range increment of your thrown grenades by 5 × your Strength bonus. In addition, you’re able to salvage enough materials to create a grenade without paying for it. Creating a grenade takes 10 minutes. You can create any grenade whose item level is less than or equal to your soldier level, but this grenade is unstable and only you can use it effectively. If anyone else tries to use the grenade, it is a dud. You can have only one grenade created by this ability at one time (if you create a new grenade using this ability, the old grenade no longer works).

Heavy Fire (Ex) 5th Level

You can use your physical power to steady your weapon and make your attacks more dangerous. As a full action, you can make a single ranged attack that deals additional damage equal to your Strength bonus to all targets. You can use this ability in conjunction with the automatic, explode, or unwieldy special property.

Debilitating Attack (Ex) 9th Level

When you hit an enemy with a ranged attack or an attack with a weapon with the blast or explode special property, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to inflict a debilitating effect on that enemy for a number of rounds equal to your Strength bonus. You can choose to make the target deafened, flat-footed, or off-target, or to reduce its speeds by half (to a minimum of 10 feet). The target can negate this effect with a successful Fortitude save (DC = 10 + half your soldier level + your Strength modifier).

Explosives Acumen (Ex) 13th Level

You increase the DC to avoid attacks you make using weapons with the explode special property by 1. You reduce the amount of any damage you take from any weapon with the explode special property by an amount equal to your Strength bonus.

Impactful Attack (Ex) 17th Level

As a full action, you can make a ranged attack that knocks enemies back. Targets you hit are knocked back 5 feet from you. If you use a weapon with the explode special property, all targets that fail their saving throws are instead knocked back 5 feet from the center of the explosion. An enemy that you critically hit or that rolls a natural 1 on its saving throw is also knocked prone. You can’t make an impactful attack with an automatic weapon, but you can use this ability with a weapon that has the blast special property.

Guard

The guard fighting style Focuses on defense. You become Adept at wearing armor, protecting against attacks, and enduring damage and other setbacks from attacks that get through your defenses.

Armor Training (Ex) 1st Level

You reduce the armor check penalty of armor you wear by 1 (to a minimum of 0) and increase the maximum Dexterity bonus allowed by your armor by 1.

Guard’s Protection (Ex) 5th Level

When an ally adjacent to you is damaged by an attack, you can use your reaction to intercede. You take half the damage, and your ally takes the other half. This has no effect on spells, and any conditions delivered by the attack apply to both of you. In addition, you are now proficient with powered armor.

Rapid Recovery (Ex) 9th Level

You can spend Resolve Points to ignore detrimental conditions.

As a move action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to suppress one of the following conditions for 10 minutes: exhausted, fatigued, frightened, nauseated, shaken, sickened, or staggered. After 10 minutes, if the condition’s duration hasn’t ended, the condition’s effects return. You can suppress only one condition at a time; if you are both fatigued and shaken, you can avoid the effects of only one of them, and if you are affected by two different instances of the same condition, you’re still affected by the second one.

Kinetic Resistance (Ex) 13th Level

You gain DR 3/—. At 17th level, this DR increases to 5/—.

Impenetrable Defense (Ex) 17th Level

As a standard action, you can set up a strong defense for yourself and an adjacent ally. Until the start of your next turn, you gain three benefits: your damage reduction increases to DR 10/—; you and the chosen ally each gain a +4 bonus to AC; and if you use guard’s protection, you direct all the damage to yourself such that your ally takes none.

Hit-and-Run

The hit-and-run fighting style Focuses on Tactical movement as you move in and out of combat. You use ranged weapons but fight close up, and you can even mix ranged and melee attacks. Your abilities allow you to move even when you make full attacks and to avoid getting locked down by your enemies.

Opening Volley (Ex) 1st Level

You gain Opening Volley as a bonus feat. If you already have this feat, choose a bonus combat feat instead. At 9th level, you can use Opening Volley on both your first and second turns in combat.

Nimble Fusillade (Ex) 5th Level

When you make a full attack, you can also either take a guarded step or move up to half your speed. This movement can come before, between, or after your attacks, but it can’t be split up.

Duck and Weave (Ex) 9th Level

When you move or make a ranged attack, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to avoid provoking attacks of opportunity from that movement or ranged attack.

Elusive Target (Ex) 13th Level

On any turn in which you move, you gain a +1 insight bonus to your AC until the start of your next turn.

Harrying Shot (Ex) 17th Level

As a full action, you can make one attack and give the benefit of harrying fire against any creature you hit with that attack. If you use a blast weapon or automatic weapon, the benefit applies against all targets hit. You can also take your nimble fusillade movement before or after this attack.

Sharpshoot

The sharpshoot fighting style enables you to excel at making accurate attacks, usually with ranged weapons at a long distance. You can ignore cover and other impediments to your shots, and your attacks are improved by your intense Focus.

Sniper’s Aim (Ex)

1st Level When you make a ranged attack against a target with cover, reduce the AC bonus from cover by 2. You can’t use sniper’s aim against an enemy with total cover.

Focus Fire (Ex) 5th Level

When you make a full attack with a ranged weapon, you can make both attacks with a –3 penalty instead of a –4 penalty as long as they both target the same creature. If your first attack kills or knocks out the target, you can instead make the second attack against a different creature at a –4 penalty. Once you have the soldier’s onslaught class feature, you can use this ability with it, making three attacks against the same creature at a –5 penalty; if your first or second attack kills or knocks out your target, you can make your remaining attacks against a different creature at a –6 penalty.

Intense Focus (Ex) 9th Level

When you make a ranged attack against a target with cover or concealment, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to negate its AC bonus from cover and reduce its concealment by one category (from total concealment to concealment or from concealment to no concealment). This benefit applies to all ranged attacks you make against that target this round. You can’t use intense Focus more than once per round, nor can you use it against an enemy with total cover.

Focused Damage (Ex) 13th Level

When you use Focus fire, each attack against the first target deals 2d6 additional damage. Additional creatures you attack after killing or knocking out your first target don’t take this extra damage.

Prepared Shot (Ex) 17th Level

As a standard action, you can study a target before you attack. The target must be within line of sight of you and either flat-footed or unaware of your presence. On the first attack you make against that target on your next turn, you gain a +2 bonus to your attack roll. If your attack hits, the target is staggered for 1 round; if you score a critical hit, the target is instead stunned for 1 round. Once you make a prepared shot, you can’t use this ability again against the same target for 24 hours. You can’t make an attack on the same round you study the target, even if an ability would let you attack without spending a standard or full action.

Soldier Class Builds

Bodyguard

Theme: Mercenary

You excel at protecting others, usually taking the hits meant for your charges.

Ability Scores

Dexterity is most important because you need it both to hit and to increase your AC, but you also need plenty of Constitution and enough Strength to comfortably carry and use heavy weapons and armor.

Fighting Style

Guard

Gear Boosts

  • Armored advantage
  • Flash freeze (7th)

Feats

Skills

Close Combatant

Theme: Mercenary

You specialize in taking the fight to your foes, moving quickly and aggressively to strike them down with melee weapons.

Ability Scores

Strength is most important because you need it to hit your foes and deal more damage, but don’t ignore Dexterity or Constitution.

Fighting Style

Blitz

Gear Boosts

  • Armored Advantage
  • Melee Striker

Feats

Skills

Sniper

Theme: Outlaw

You are skilled at dealing death from afar.

Ability Scores

Dexterity is your most important ability score because you need it both to hit and to increase your AC, but you’re flexible in terms of your other ability scores.

Fighting Style

Sharpshoot

Gear Boosts

  • Bullet barrage
  • Laser accuracy

Feats

Skills

Spellsoldier

Theme: Priest

You specialize in the use of magic to improve your combat ability.

Ability Scores

Dexterity is your most important ability score because you need it both to hit and to increase your AC, but Strength is also important for your heavy weapons, and you need a bit of Wisdom for Connection Inkling.

Fighting Style

Arcane assailant

Gear Boosts

  • Anchoring arcana (7th)
  • Heavy onslaught (11th)

Feats

Skills