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Patient Ambusher (Hunter Archetype)

Wandering the wilds, some hunters eschew the bond of innate teamwork with their animal companions. Instead, these hunters master the creation and deployment of intricate ranger traps, often using themselves or their animal companions to lure foes into their snares.

Class Skills: A patient ambusher adds Disable Device to her list of class skills.

This alters the hunter's class skills.


A patient ambusher adds 1/2 her hunter level on Perception checks to locate traps and on Disable Device skill checks (minimum +1). A patient ambusher can use Disable Device to disarm magic traps.

This ability replaces nature training.


At 3rd level, a patient ambusher learns how to create a snare trap. The patient ambusher can use this and other learned traps a total number of times per day equal to 1/2 her patient ambusher level + her Wisdom modifier.

This ability replaces the hunter tactics class feature.

Learned Traps

At 3rd level and every 3 hunter levels thereafter, a patient ambusher can learn a new type of trap. Once a trap is learned, it can't be unlearned and replaced with a different type of trap. The patient ambusher cannot select an individual trap more than once.

This ability replaces teamwork feats.

Launch Trap

At 10th level, a patient ambusher can affix a magical ranger trap to an arrow, a crossbow bolt, or a thrown weapon, allowing her to set the trap remotely or use it as a direct attack. Attaching the trap to the projectile is part of the full-round action of creating a new trap. The trapped projectile is fired or thrown in the normal manner. If fired at a square, the trap is treated as if the hunter had set the trap in that square, except the DC is 5 lower than normal. If the trap is fired at a creature, the target takes damage from the ranged weapon and is treated as if it had triggered the trap (attempting a saving throw, if any). The attack has a maximum range of 60 feet, and range increments apply to the attack roll. The duration of the trap starts when it is created, not when it is used.

This ability replaces raise animal companion.