Order of the Bow Initiate

(Complete Warrior variant, p. 68)

By learning the meditative art of the Way of the Bow, the archer improves his discipline, precision, and spirituality.


Base Attack Bonus: +5

Skills: Craft (bowmaking) 5 ranks , Knowledge (religion) 2 ranks

Feats: Point Blank Shot , Precise Shot , Rapid Shot , Weapon Focus (longbow, shortbow, or composite version of either)

Hit die


Skill points

2 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency:* Order of the Bow initiates gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Ranged Precision (Ex): As a standard action, an initiate may make a single precisely aimed attack with a ranged weapon, dealing an extra 1d8 points of damage if the attack hits. When making a ranged precision attack, an initiate must be within 30 feet of his target. An initiate's ranged precision attack only works against living creatures with discernible anatomies. Any creature that is immune to critical hits (including undead, constructs, oozes, plants, and incorporeal creatures) is not vulnerable to a ranged precision attack, and any item or ability that protects a creature from critical hits (such as armor with the fortification special ability) also protects a creature from the extra damage.

Unlike with a rogue's sneak attack, the initiate's target does not have to be flat-footed or denied its Dexterity bonus, but if it is, the initiate's extra precision damage stacks with sneak attack damage. Treat the initiate's ranged precision attack as a sneak attack in all other ways.

The initiate's bonus to damage on ranged precision attacks increases by +1d8 every two levels.

An initiate can only use this ability with a ranged weapon for which he has taken the Weapon Focus feat.

Close Combat Shot (Ex): At 2nd level, an initiate can attack with a ranged weapon while in a threatened square and not provoke an attack of opportunity.

Greater Weapon Focus (Ex): At 4th level, an Order of the Bow initiate gains the Greater Weapon Focus feat with a single ranged weapon for which he has taken the Weapon Focus feat even if he has not attained 8th level as a fighter.

Sharp-Shooting: At 6th level, an initiate gains the Sharp-Shooting feat (see Chapter 3 of this book) even if he does not meet the prerequisites.

Extended Precision (Su): A 10th-level Order of the Bow initiate's senses and feel for "the shot" become so attuned that he may make ranged precision attacks (and sneak attacks, if he has the ability) at a range of up to 60 feet


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +0 +2 +2 Ranged precision +1d8
2nd +2 +0 +3 +3 Close combat shot
3rd +3 +1 +3 +3 Ranged precision +2d8
4th +4 +1 +4 +4 Greater Weapon Focus
5th +5 +1 +4 +4 Ranged precision +3d8
6th +6 +2 +5 +5 Sharp-Shooting
7th +7 +2 +5 +5 Ranged precision +4d8
8th +8 +2 +6 +6
9th +9 +3 +6 +6 Ranged precision +5d8
10th +10 +3 +7 +7 Extended precision

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Climb STR no yes
Craft INT no no
Knowledge (religion) INT yes no
Ride DEX no no
Spot WIS no no
Swim STR no yes

Also appears in

  1. Sword and Fist: A Guidebook to Monks and Fighters

Spells for Order of the Bow Initiate

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