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PFS StandardSwordmaster

Source Character Guide pg. 115 2.0
Though the ultimate goal of the Pathfinder society is to learn, knowledge cannot be spread if those who discover it fail to come back alive. The Master of Swords teaches recruits to survive, to defend other Pathfinders, and to defeat the Society’s enemies. The swordmaster embodies these skills, focusing on practicality and ignoring ideals or methods that interfere with their ability to overcome any challenge.

Pathfinder Society Archetypes

The following archetypes are uncommon, but are available to members of the Pathfinder Society. Qualifying characters with the Pathfinder agent archetype can select one of these dedication feats even if they have not gained three feats from the Pathfinder agent archetype, and each of these archetypes’ feats fulfills the Pathfinder Agent Dedication’s special requirement despite not being from the Pathfinder agent archetype.

PFS StandardSwordmaster Dedication Feat 6

UncommonArchetypeDedication
Source Character Guide pg. 115 2.0
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites member of the Pathfinder Society affiliated with the School of Swords; Strength 14, Constitution 14, or Dexterity 14
Access A character who is a member of the Pathfinder Society has access to this option.

Your Swords training taught you to never lose hold of your weapon. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to your Reflex DC when foes attempt to Disarm you. If you have the Deft Cooperation feat and critically succeed on a check to Aid an ally’s attack roll or skill check, you gain a +2 circumstance bonus from Deft Cooperation (instead of a +1 bonus) the first time you attempt an attack roll or attempt a skill check where the bonus would apply.

Special You cannot select another dedication feat until you have gained two other feats from the Swordmaster archetype.

PFS StandardImprovised Crafting Feat 8

ArchetypeExplorationManipulateSkill
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; expert in Crafting

You've learned to repair your equipment even in challenging circumstances, making use of what you have available. You can attempt to Repair an item without a repair kit, instead improvising tools out of your gear or found items. This adds 5 minutes to the time it takes to Repair the item. You can also Repair an item while on the move without needing a stable surface. This adds 10 minutes to the times it takes to Repair the item.

PFS StandardPhysical Training Feat 8

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; expert in Acrobatics and Athletics

You spend a lot of time focusing on your physical fitness. You increase your proficiency rank in Acrobatics and Athletics from expert to master.

PFS StandardProtect Ally Single ActionFeat 8

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

You place your body between your friends and your enemies, protecting your allies against oncoming attacks. You choose one adjacent ally. That ally gains a +1 circumstance bonus to AC until the start of your next turn or until that ally is no longer adjacent to you, whichever comes first. You can only protect a single ally in this way. If you choose to Protect a different Ally, the previous ally loses the bonus to AC.

PFS StandardQuick Stow (Swordmaster) Single ActionFeat 8

ArchetypeManipulate
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

You know that situations can change rapidly and might leave you needing to change equipment in the middle of combat. Your training has taught you how to swap your equipment on the fly. You Interact to stow a weapon and then Interact again to draw a readied item or weapon.

PFS StandardReflexive Grip Feat 8

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

You keep hold of your weapons even when knocked out. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to your Reflex DC when defending against checks to Disarm you. In addition, when you fall unconscious, you don't drop any weapons that you're currently wielding, though somebody else can remove them from you.

PFS StandardArmored Rest Feat 10

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; trained in light, medium, or heavy armor

You've slept many nights in your armor and gotten used to it. You can sleep in armor overnight without being fatigued the next day. If you were already fatigued before sleeping, the armor doesn't prevent you from recovering from being fatigued.

PFS StandardHarrying Strike Single ActionFeat 10

ArchetypeAttackPress
Source Character Guide pg. 115 2.0
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

Your attack prevents a foe from pursuing your allies. Make a melee Strike, adding the following effects in addition to the normal effects of the Strike.

Critical Success The target takes a –15-foot status penalty to its Speeds until the start of your next turn.
Success The target takes a –10-foot status penalty to its Speeds until the start of your next turn.
Failure The target takes a –5-foot status penalty to its Speeds until the start of your next turn.

PFS StandardMartial Exercise Feat 10

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

You've become comfortable in using weapons that you might not have picked up before training with the Swords. Choose one weapon group, such as hammer or sword. Whenever your proficiency rank in any weapon increases to expert or beyond, you also gain that new proficiency rank with both simple and martial weapons of your chosen weapon group.

PFS StandardPracticed Defender Feat 10

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

After extensive practice with the Swords, you're comfortable enough with your shield to move at a normal pace with it raised. You may use the Defend exploration activity while traveling at your full travel speed instead of half your travel speed.

PFS StandardEmergency Medical Assistance Two ActionsFeat 12

ArchetypeManipulateSkill
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; master in Medicine
Requirements An adjacent ally is suffering persistent damage.

You've learned a variety of methods for helping allies who are bleeding, burning, or otherwise suffering persistent damage, from brushing off acid to patting down fires. Your ally immediately attempts a flat check to remove all types of persistent damage, and your use of this feat automatically counts as especially effective aid, reducing the DC from 15 to 10 for all future flat checks to remove the persistent damage.

PFS StandardRecollect Studies Single ActionFeat 12

ArchetypeSkill
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; expert in a skill used to Recall Knowledge
Requirements You're fighting a creature of your level or lower that could be identified by Recall Knowledge with a skill in which you're an expert.

You paid attention during your studies and remember the right way to attack various creatures. Choose a creature that meets the requirements. You learn the resistances, immunities, or weaknesses of the creature (your choice) without needing to successfully Recall Knowledge.

PFS StandardRugged Survivalist Feat 12

ArchetypeSkill
Source PFS Guide pg. 52
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; master in Survival

You've studied survival skills with the School of Swords experts and are comfortable spending long periods of time in the wilderness. You don't get fatigued more quickly due to precipitation during overland travel, though you can otherwise be fatigued as normal. You can go 3 days + your Constitution modifier without water before you take damage from thirst and you can go 5 days + your Constitution modifier without food before you take damage from starvation.

PFS StandardShoulder Catastrophe ReactionFeat 12

Archetype
Source Character Guide pg. 115 2.0
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication
Trigger An enemy critically succeeds at a Strike against an adjacent ally.

You’ve trained to protect your allies by diverting the worst attacks to yourself. The enemy doesn’t double the damage from the triggering Strike but instead applies the normal damage to both you and your ally. Both of you take any effects that would happen on a hit that dealt damage, such as poison, but neither of you are subject to any effects that would happen only on a critical success.

PFS StandardTense Negotiator Feat 12

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 53
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; master in Diplomacy

You often find that the best way to win a conflict means avoiding a fight in the first place. You're good at talking to potential opponents without making things worse. If you would critically fail at a check to Make an Impression, you instead fail. You can attempt checks to make Requests of creatures who're indifferent or unfriendly toward you.

PFS StandardArmored Exercise Feat 14

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 53
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication; trained in light, medium, or heavy armor

You've spent time training in your armor alongside other agents from the Swords. Your proficiency rank for light, medium, and heavy armor increases to expert for whichever of those you already had the trained proficiency rank in.

PFS StandardDeath's Door ReactionFeat 14

Archetype
Source Character Guide pg. 115 2.0
Archetype Swordmaster
Frequency once per 10 minutes
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication
Trigger You take damage that would reduce you to 0 Hit Points.

You continue to fight when others would fall. Just before taking the triggering damage, you gain temporary Hit Points equal to twice your level. If you have Hit Points remaining after gaining these temporary Hit Points, you aren’t knocked unconscious, nor do you suffer the other effects of being reduced to 0 Hit Points. Any temporary Hit Points that remain after applying the damage last for up to 4 rounds.

PFS StandardForceful Shot Single ActionFeat 14

ArchetypeAttackPress
Source PFS Guide pg. 53
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication

Your ranged attacks push your foes away from your allies. Make a ranged Strike, adding the following effects in addition to the normal effects of the Strike.

Critical Success The target is pushed 10 feet away from you.
Success The target is pushed 5 feet away from you.
Failure The target is flat-footed for 1 round.

PFS StandardFocus Ally ReactionFeat 16

ArchetypeFortune
Source PFS Guide pg. 53
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Swordmaster Dedication
Trigger An adjacent ally fails, but doesn't critically fail, a saving throw against an effect with the incapacitation trait.

You're so focused on your allies that you can help them to recenter when something would take them out of the fight. Your ally rerolls the failed saving throw. That ally must take the second result.

PFS StandardStave Off Catastrophe Feat 18

Archetype
Source PFS Guide pg. 53
Archetype Swordmaster
Prerequisites Shoulder Catastrophe

You fully protect your allies from the worst blows. When you use the Shoulder Catastrophe reaction, you can choose to take the full critical damage and effects from the attack, including effects that apply on a critical hit, and have your ally take no damage and avoid the attack's effects.