EZG reviews Prestigious Roles: Beast Hunter
This supplement is 5 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 2 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
The Beast hunter-PrC requires the ranger trap ability of the Feat Learn ranger Trap as well as otherwise moderate prerequisites. The PrC gets d10, 4+Int skills per level, no new proficiencies, full BAB-progression, no spell-progression and medium fort and ref-saves. Beast Hunters choose a favored monster at 1st level and selects a creature type, getting bonuses to atk, damage and skills related to said creature. S/he also gets more of these at 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th level, with bonuses of prior chosen foes increasing favored enemy-style. The Beast Hunter also becomes a superb tracker, increasing his tracking prowess greatly over the course of the 10 levels of the PrC. The Beast Hunter also gets access to a total of no less than 5 ranger traps over the course of 10 levels.
The class also learns to use survival (Vs. DC 10+ CR) to partially bypass a creature’s DR, become immune to fear-effects and as a capstone, they learn to counter ANY attack of a favored monster with an AoO that also may impose 1d4 rounds of one of 1d12 randomly rolled conditions – I actually like this ability, I just wished it had been available earlier.
Editing and formatting are top-notch this time around – kudos to Amora Game for getting it right! Layout adheres to an easy-to-read, nice 2-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Designer Greg LaRose has taken the concept of the big-game-hunter and translated it into a working PrC that wilders heavily in the Ranger’s territory – one the one hand, that means the class works rather well and there’s not much to complain about. On the other hand, I really would have wished the class had some more unique, interesting options – the capstone may be nice, but overall, the PrC feels somewhat lacking in regards to actual signature tricks -something to set them apart properly at earlier levels, not only at their capstone. That being said, at $1, this pdf is very fairly priced and makes for a neat option if you want to go into a ranger-like PrC. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at solid 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 due to the low price-point.