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Mantis Mercenary

(Oriental Adventures variant, p. 231)

Mantis mercenaries make use of peasant weapons and a rolling motion.


Base Attack Bonus: +5

Alignment: Any neutral

Race: Human (Mantis)

Feats Dodge, Weapon Focus (one of the following weapons: chain chijiriki, Jitte, kama, kusari-gama, nunchaku, sai, shikomi-zue, sianham, or tonfa).

Hit die


Skill points

2 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Mantis mercenaries are proficient with the following peasant and exotic weapons: chain, chijiriki, jitte, kama, kusari-gama, nunchaku, sai, shikomi-zue, siangham, and tonfa. They do not gain any additional armor proficiency.

Riding the Waves (Ex): Mantis mercenaries gain a +5 competence bonus on Balance checks made to keep their footing on an unsure surface, such as an uneven floor, ice, or a ship's deck in a storm.

Two-Weapon Fighting: When wearing light armor or no armor, a Mantis mercenary can fight with two weapons as if he had the feats Ambidexterity and Two-Weapon Fighting. He loses this special bonus when fighting in medium or heavy armor, but not when using a double weapon (such as a kusari-gama).

Voice of the Storm (Su): A Mantis mercenary of at least 3rd level can summon the power of Osano-Wo, the Fortune of Storms, and channel it through his body for a moment. Once per day, a Mantis mercenary can add his class level as an enhancement bonus to his Strength. Activating this power is a free action, and the power lasts 1 round.

Yoritomo's Rolling Wave (Ex): At 5th level, a Mantis mercenary learns the unique bobbing motion invented by Yoritomo. When using the Dodge feat, a Mantis mercenary adds his Intelligence or Wisdom bonus (whichever is higher) to the dodge bonus to AC granted by the feat.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Riding the waves, two-weapon fighting
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Voice of the storm
4th +4 +4 +1 +1
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Yoritomo's rolling wave

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Climb STR no yes
Craft INT no no
Intimidate CHA no no
Jump STR no yes
Profession WIS yes no
Swim STR no yes

Spells for Mantis Mercenary

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