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Arcane Archer

Description: (Prestige class) Master of the elven warbands, the arcane archer is a warrior skilled in using magic to supplement their combat prowess. Beyond the woods, arcane archers gain renown throughout entire kingdoms for their supernatural accuracy with a bow and their ability to imbue their arrows with magic. In a group, they can strike fear into an entire enemy army.

Fighters, rangers, paladins, and barbarians become arcane archers to add a little magic to their combat abilities. Conversely, wizards and sorcerers may take this prestige class to add combat capabilities to their repertoire. Monks, clerics, druids, rogues and bards rarely become arcane archers.


Race: Elf or half-elf.

Base attack bonus: +6.

Feats: Point blank shot, Weapon focus (longbow or shortbow).

Spellcasting: Ability to cast 1st-level arcane spells or higher.

Class StatsEdit

Hit die: 8
Proficiencies: Weapons (simple, martial), armor (light, medium) and shields (not including tower shields)
Skill points: 4 + Int modifier
Class skills: Craft alchemy, Craft weapon, Hide, Listen, Move silently, Spot, Survival
Base attack bonus progression: High
Saving throwshigh:Fortitude, Reflex

Feats ProgressionEdit

Level Features Gained
1 Enhance arrow +1
2 Imbue arrow x3
3 Enhance arrow +2
4 Seeker arrow x1
5 Enhance arrow +3
6 Seeker arrow x2
7 Enhance arrow +4
8 Hail of arrows x1
9 Enhance arrow +5
10 Arrow of death x1

Feat DescriptionsEdit

Enhance ArrowEdit

Beginning at 1st level, the arcane archer imbues every non-magical arrow they fire with an enhancement bonus. This bonus is +1 at 1st level, +2 at 3rd level, +3 at 5th level, +4 at 7th level, and +5 at 9th level (this adds to both attack bonus and damage dealt). Enhance arrow's enchantment bonus stacks with a magical bow's enhancement bonus. Therefore, for example, a +5 bonus on the arrow and a +3 bonus on the bow equals a +8 to attack and damage.
Note: This ability actually works with magical arrows as well. Essentially, as long as the Arcane Archer has a bow equipped, they will always be able to apply the entire bonus.

Imbue ArrowEdit

Three times per day, a 2nd-level archer may choose to fire a special arrow imbued with the fireball spell. When the arrow hits its target, the fireball spell detonates from that point, inflicting damage as per the spell as though it were cast by a wizard of the arcane archer's class level.

Seeker ArrowEdit

Once per day, a 4th-level arcane archer may fire an arrow that unerringly flies to its target, ignoring any and all cover, concealment, or other factors. When this ability is used, no attack roll is made; the target is automatically hit and takes damage as normal. At 6th level, this ability may be used twice a day.

Hail of ArrowsEdit

At eighth level, the arcane archer gains the ability to perform this special ability, which automatically fires one arrow at every target within range as a full-round action. This ability may be used once per day.

Arrow of DeathEdit

At 10th level, an arcane archer can enchant an arrow once per day that forces a target, if damaged by the arrow to make a Fortitude save or be slain. The Difficulty class of this Fortitude save is set to 20 and can't be modified.

Notes Edit

  • Despite listing Heal as a class skill in the class description, Heal is not a class skill of the Arcane Archer.
  • As noted in the description, the prerequisite for this class is, literally, the ability to cast 1st level arcane spells (e.g. a 2nd level bard with a CHA of 11 will meet this requirement, but a 1st level bard with a CHA of 12 will not).

NWN comparisonEdit

  • This class was introduced in the Shadows of Undrentide NWN expansion.
  • In NWN1 the "Enchant Arrow" feat added +1ab +1 damage, it still does in NWN2, but the +1 damage is not shown.
  • In NWN1, you were not limited to 10 levels of Arcane Archer; the enchant arrow bonuses continued to increase every odd level (+6 at level 11, +7 at level 13 etc), and so did the number of targets of Hail of Arrows and the damage inflicted by Imbue Arrow. It made this class much more appealing than what it is in NWN2.

DnD 3.5 comparisonEdit

  • Use Rope and Ride are class skills that arcane archer does not have in NWN2.
  • In NWN2 Arrow of Death is an ability, in D&D 3.5 the player has to create the arrow (takes 1 day), and the Arrow of Death lasts no longer than one year, and the archer can only have one such arrow in existence at a time.
  • In both NWN1 and NWN2, the Imbue Arrow ability launches a Fireball spell that is centered on the target struck by the arrow used during this ability's attack. However, in D&D 3.5, the player selects any known area spell to imbue into the arrow. Thus, in D&D 3.5 the player could use a Lightning Bolt, Vitriolic Sphere, Cloudkill, or any other similar area effect spell with the Imbued Arrow as a full action. This is not implemented in NWN1 and NWN2.

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