Totem Warrior

Class Features

Hit Dice: The totem warrior’s hit dice depend on the totem chosen. (See the specific totem sections.)

Skills: All totem warriors have Climb, Craft, Handle Animal, Heal, Jump, Knowledge (Nature), Listen, Ride, Spot, Survival, and Swim. Some totem warriors gain additional class skills based on their totem. (See the specific totem sections.)

Skill Points: 4+Intelligence bonus

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The totem warrior’s proficiencies depend on the totem chosen. (See the specific totem sections starting on the next page.)

Totem Powers: At 1st level, totem warriors gain a special ability based on their chosen totem. The totem warrior gains an additional power at 4th level, and at every four levels thereafter (8th, 12th, 16th, 20th, and 24th).

Bonus Feats: At 2nd level, the totem warrior gets a bonus feat. The totem warrior gains an additional bonus feat at 6th level, plus 10th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd level. These are in addition to the feats a character gets every third level. Draw these bonus feats from the following list: Bloody Strike, Combat Reflexes, Defensive Move (Mobility), Exotic Armor Proficiency, Exotic Weapon Proficiency, Expertise (Defensive Move, Defensive Stance, Improved Disarm, Improved Trip, Whirlwind Attack), Improved Critical, Improved Initiative, Point Blank Shot (Far Shot, Precise Shot, Shot on the Run), Power Attack (Cleave, Improved Bull Rush, Sunder), Quick Draw, Stunning Blow, Sturdy, Tough Hide, Track, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus, Weapon Specialization.

Some of these feats are ceremonial feats. The character need not go through the ceremony (or pay for it) to get a bonus ceremonial feat; even Unbound characters can gain ceremonial bonus feats in this way. The totem warrior cannot acquire some of these bonus feats until she has gained one or more prerequisite feats; these feats are listed parenthetically after the prerequisite feat. A totem warrior can select feats marked with an asterisk (*) more than once, but it must be for a different weapon each time. The character still must meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat, including ability score and base attack bonus minimums (but not truenames).

Totem Animal Companion: At 3rd level, the totem warrior gains a special animal companion imbued with the direct manifestation of the totem she reveres. The animal appears first in a dream, and then—if the totem warrior is in or near its natural habitat—she finds it waiting for her when she wakes up.

If the character does not treat the animal well—as a companion, not a slave—the animal leaves. The animal’s loyalty is natural (not magical) and lasting.

The character can teach the totem animal three specific and even fairly complex tricks or tasks for each point of Intelligence it possesses. Examples include fetching an item or carrying a message. From 3rd level on, the animal gains a Hit Die with each class level the character advances, along with all the subsequent benefits that entails—better saves, attack bonus, and so on. Further, for every four levels it advances, the animal may raise one ability score by 1 point (like a character) and increase its Intelligence score by 1.

If the animal dies, a new animal will come to the totem warrior in 1d10 + 10 days, if the warrior spends that time in the animal’s natural environment. The new animal has the stats of the animal that died, and it continues gaining Hit Dice as the character gains levels.

Totem Animal Bond (Su): The 7th-level and higher totem warrior enjoys an empathic bond with her totem animal companion as long as they are within one mile of each other. The warrior knows the animal’s general condition and well-being and can understand basic, emotional messages from it: “danger,” “safety,” “food,” or “water.” The totem warrior can send similar mental messages or information to the animal as well.

Further, the totem warrior gains an empathic rapport with all animals of the creature’s general type:

Totem Animal Bond
TotemRapport With…
BearAll bears
HawkAll birds
SharkAll fish
SnakeAll reptiles
WolfAll canines
WolverineAll small mammals

This rapport allows the warrior to stop an animal of the appropriate type from attacking her by making a Handle Animal check (DC 10 + the animal’s HD + animal’s Charisma modifier). If the animal is not hostile, she can make a similar check to try to gain some very general information from it about the surroundings: “safe,” “full of danger,” “sparsely populated,” “crowded,” and so on.

Totem Spirit Companion (Su): The 9th-level totem warrior and beyond can speak directly with the spirit of her totem once per day, asking a yes or no question. The totem spirit is not omniscient. It knows all observable facts about the present, and thus can always answer questions like, “Is there a hostile creature on the other side of this wall?” or “Is Veruth the giant in his castle right now?” It has a 75 percent chance, plus 1 percent per level of the totem warrior, to know the answer to a question about the past, such as, “Was this forest destroyed by goblins?” It never knows the answer to a question pertaining to the future or to the thoughts of another, such as, “Can I climb Mount Realmor?” or “Does Veruth know where the king’s jewels are?”

Totem Animal Speech (Su): Beginning at 11th level, the totem warrior can speak to and understand (as if it could speak) her totem animal companion and all animals of its general type (see previous table).

Totem Body (Su): At 25th level, the totem warrior becomes so closely bonded with her totem and with the natural world (and the spirits within it) that if she is slain she automatically and instantly is reborn on the spot as a newly created animal appropriate to her totem (advanced as an animal companion appropriate for her level), but with all her memories and intellect still intact, as if she had used her totem power ability to change into the shape of her totem animal. The totem warrior’s original body remains undisturbed. In animal form, the totem warrior can take whatever actions she wishes, perhaps avenging her death and remaining in the animal form forever or attempting to restore her real body back to life (at which point her animal body disappears). No magic, other than that which will restore the dead to life, can transform the animal form of the warrior back to her original form. If the totem warrior’s new animal form dies, she is simply dead (as normal).

Bear Totem

The bear totem warrior often seems contemplative and slow to act, but proves dangerous when provoked. He has great strength and power. As he gains levels, he looks more and more like a bear—his body grows thick hair, his shoulders broaden, his limbs thicken, his teeth get a little larger and pointed, and his lower face extends into a bit of a snout.

Hit Dice: d12

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The bear totem warrior is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, as well as medium and light armor, and shields.

Animal Companion: Black bear. The bear itself does not have to be a black bear, but use the stats for a black bear. At 6 HD, the bear becomes size Large.

Totem Powers: The bear totem warrior earns these powers as he gains levels:

  • 1st Level—Hide of the Bear (Ex): The bear totem warrior gains a +1 natural armor bonus to Armor Class until 8th level, whereupon the bonus becomes +2. It increases by +1 every four class levels thereafter.
  • 4th Level—Strength of the Bear (Ex): The bear totem warrior can call upon his totem spirit to imbue him with great physical power. He gains a +2 enhancement bonus to Strength for 10 minutes per totem warrior level. This ability, usable once per day, is a free action to activate.
  • 8th Level—Reach of the Bear (Ex): Due to his skills at lunging and making long, wide attacks, the bear totem warrior gains +5-foot reach when making one attack in a given round. Because such sweeping attacks leave him somewhat open, though, he suffers a –2 circumstance penalty to Armor Class until his next turn any time he uses this ability. The ability does not change the bear warrior’s size and is usable only by characters of at least size Small. The ability does not change the bear warrior’s threatened area, nor does it apply to off-hand attacks.
  • 12th Level—Shape of the Bear (Su): The bear totem warrior can take on the form and stats of a bear totem animal companion appropriate to his level: in other words, a black bear’s stats with +1 HD for every level he has above 3rd. He can take this form once per day for up to 10 minutes per class level.
  • 16th Level—Claws of the Bear (Su): At will, as a free action, the bear totem warrior can produce claws that inflict 1d12 points of damage. The warrior is proficient with the claws but does not gain any special skill in using them both in the same round (he does not get Ambidexterity or Two-Weapon Fighting for free). Because these claws are treated as weapons, the bear warrior is always considered armed. If he is size Tiny or smaller, the claws inflict only 1d10 points of damage.
  • 20th Level—Ferocity of the Bear (Ex): Once per day, the bear totem warrior can take on a bear’s ferocity, gaining a +8 enhancement bonus to Strength and Constitution for 1 round per class level. Activating this ability is a free action.
  • 24th Level—Size of the Bear (Ex): The bear totem warrior increases one size category permanently. Adjust attack bonuses and Armor Class accordingly, as well as reach, grapple check modifiers, and certain skill modifiers (such as Sneak and Tumble).

Hawk Totem

The hawk totem warrior is fast and graceful, with extreme maneuverability. Because hawks fly through the air to attack, hawk totem warriors specialize in ranged weapons that also travel through the air. They eventually even gain the ability to fly. As they increase in level, they look more like hawks—with a large, stately nose in profile, large eyes, and a straight back.

Hit Dice: d8

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The hawk totem warrior is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and light and medium armors as well as shields.

Additional Class Skills: Balance (Dex), Knowledge (geography) (Int), and Search (Int).

Special: All hawk totem warriors gain a +1 dodge bonus to Armor Class.

Animal Companion: A 2 HD hawk with these stat modifications: HD 2d8 (8 hp); Attacks claws +6 melee (1d4–1 damage); Fortitude save bonus +3, Reflex save bonus +6; Strength 8. At 4 HD, it becomes size Small, at 8 HD it becomes size Medium, and at 12 HD it becomes size Large.

Totem Powers: The hawk totem warrior earns these powers as she gains levels:

  • 1st Level—Accuracy of the Hawk (Ex): The hawk totem warrior gains the Point Blank Shot feat for free.
  • 4th Level—Shape of the Hawk (Su): The hawk totem warrior can take on the form and stats of a hawk totem animal companion appropriate to her level: in other words, the special 2 HD hawk (see above) with +1 HD for every level she has above 3rd. She can take this form once per day for up to 10 minutes per class level.
  • 8th Level—Eyes of the Hawk (Ex): The hawk totem warrior gains a +4 competence bonus to Search and Spot and the Far Shot feat for free.
  • 12th Level—Flight (Su): Once per day, as a standard action, the hawk totem warrior grows wings that last for 10 minutes per class level. These wings allow her to fly at double her normal speed with average maneuverability.
  • 16th level—Speed of the Hawk (Su): Up to 1 round per four class levels per day, the hawk totem warrior can take an additional standard action during a round.
  • 20th Level—Swooping Strike (Ex): While flying, a hawk totem warrior can make a charge attack that inflicts damage as if the weapon inflicted a critical hit—even if striking a foe normally immune to critical hits. If the swooping strike attack inflicts an actual critical hit, increase the critical’s multiplier by +1; thus, a longsword inflicts a × 3 critical hit, while a greataxe inflicts a × 4 critical hit. If the swooping strike attack misses, the ability is still considered used for that day. A swooping strike does not trigger special effects that occur only when critical hits occur, such as the decapitating power of a vorpal weapon. The hawk totem warrior can use this ability only once per day for every point of her Dexterity bonus (minimum once per day).
  • 24th Level—Grace of the Hawk (Ex): The hawk totem warrior gains a permanent, inherent +4 bonus to Dexterity. Further, her wings (as described under the 12th-level hawk totem power, flight) become a permanent, natural part of her at all times.

Shark Totem

The power of the shark totem warrior is greatest on the sea. He is a terrifying hunter with thick skin and a savage, frenzied attack. As he gains levels, the shark warrior begins to look more like a shark, with an angular face, loss of hair, and a greying pallor to his smooth flesh.

Hit Dice: d10

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The shark totem warrior is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and light and medium armors as well as shields.

Additional Class Skill: Knowledge (sailing and navigation) (Int).

Special: All shark totem warriors gain a +2 inherent bonus to Swim checks.

Animal Companion: Medium shark. At 7 HD the shark becomes size Large. At 10 HD it becomes size Huge.

Totem Powers: A shark totem warrior earns these powers as he gains levels:

  • 1st Level—Skin of the Shark (Ex): The shark totem warrior gains a +1 natural armor bonus to Armor Class until 8th level, whereupon the bonus becomes +2. It increases by +1 every four class levels thereafter.
  • 4th Level—Breathe Water (Su): The shark totem warrior can breathe water as easily as air.
  • 8th Level—Shape of the Shark (Su): The shark totem warrior can take on the form and stats of a shark totem animal companion appropriate to his level: in other words, a Medium shark’s stats with +1 HD for every level he has above 3rd. He can take this form once per day for up to 10 minutes per class level.
  • 12th Level—Senses of the Shark (Ex): The shark totem warrior gains the Scent ability.
  • 16th Level—Savagery of the Shark (Ex): The shark totem warrior learns to inflict savage, bloody wounds. On the first attack the totem warrior makes in a round, the foe (if struck) bleeds at the rate of 1 hit point per round until the wound is bound or he receives magical healing.
  • 20th Level—Blood Frenzy (Ex): If blood is present within 10 feet of the shark totem warrior, he can go into a frenzied state, gaining a +4 circumstance bonus to Strength and Constitution for up to 1 round per class level. He can use this ability once per day.
  • 24th Level—Bite of the Shark (Ex): The shark totem warrior’s head and mouth widen, the mouth filling with rows of daggerlike teeth akin to those of a shark. The shark totem warrior gains a bite attack that he can make at his highest attack bonus in addition to other attacks made during a full attack action (with no penalty to the other attacks). The bite attack inflicts 1d8 points of damage (plus Strength modifiers). In addition, the shark totem warrior gains the Weapon Focus, Weapon Specialization, and Improved Critical feats for this natural weapon attack (giving the attack a +1 bonus, the damage a +2 bonus, and making the threat range of the attack 19–20).BRSmall shark totem warriors inflict 1d6 points of damage with their bite, and Tiny warriors inflict 1d4 points. Large shark totem warriors inflict 2d6 points of damage.

Snake Totem

The snake totem warrior strikes quickly and darts away to ready another strike. She is cunning and extremely tricky. As she gains levels, she begins to look more snakelike. She loses her hair, and her teeth sprout fangs. Her flesh even transforms to a scaly— and protective—coating, which she sheds every year or so.

Hit Dice: d8

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The snake totem warrior is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, as well as agile exotic weapons, medium and light armors, and shields.

Special: All snake totem warriors gain a +1 inherent bonus to Reflex saving throws and a +1 dodge bonus to Armor Class.

Animal Companion: Small viper. At 2 HD, the viper becomes size Medium. At 6 HD, the viper becomes size Large.

Totem Powers: A snake totem warrior earns these powers as she gains levels:

  • 1st Level—Quickness of the Snake (Ex): The snake totem warrior gains a +2 competence bonus to Initiative checks.
  • 4th Level—Shape of the Snake (Su): The snake totem warrior can take on the form and stats of a snake totem animal companion appropriate to her level: in other words, a Small viper’s stats with +1 HD for every level she has above 3rd. She can take this form once per day for up to 10 minutes per class level.
  • 8th Level—Scales of the Serpent (Ex): The snake totem warrior gains a +3 natural armor bonus to Armor Class, which increases by +1 every four class levels thereafter. Small, multihued scales visibly cover the snake warrior’s skin.
  • 12th Level—Hypnotism (Sp): The snake totem warrior’s mesmerizing stare causes one or two creatures within 30 feet to stop and stare blankly at her, hypnotized, for 2d4 rounds unless they make a Will saving throw (DC 10 + half the totem warrior’s class levels + totem warrior’s Charisma bonus). The snake warrior can use their rapt attention to make her suggestions and requests seem more plausible. Only creatures that can see the snake warrior are affected. They do not need to understand her language to be hypnotized.

If the warrior uses this ability in combat, the targets gain a +2 bonus to their saving throws. If the hypnosis affects only a single creature not in combat at the time, the saving throw has a penalty of –2. While hypnotized, a creature suffers a –4 penalty to Spot and Listen checks. Any potential threat allows the creature a second saving throw. Any obvious threat automatically breaks the hypnotism, as does shaking or slapping the creature. A hypnotized creature’s ally may shake it free of the hypnosis as a standard action. While the subject is hypnotized, the snake totem warrior can make a suggestion or request (provided she can communicate with it), which the subject will carry out to the best of his ability. The suggestion must be brief and reasonable—a subject will not harm himself or his friends. The suggested course of activity can continue for up to one hour. If the subject can complete the suggested activity in a shorter time, the effect ends when he finishes what the snake warrior asked him to do. The warrior can instead specify conditions that will trigger a special activity during the duration. If the condition does not occur before the duration expires, the hypnotized creature does not perform the activity. A very reasonable suggestion causes the hypnotized creature to attempt the save with a penalty (such as –1, –2, etc.), at the DM’s discretion. Even once the hypnosis ends, the affected creature reacts to the snake warrior as though she were two steps more friendly than her actual attitude. A creature that fails its saving throw does not remember that the snake warrior hypnotized it. The snake warrior can use this ability once per day.

  • 16th Level—Poison Immunity (Ex): The snake totem warrior is immune to the effects of all poisons.
  • 20th Level—Reflexes of the Snake (Ex): The snake totem warrior gains a +2 competence bonus to Armor Class and to Reflex saving throws. Further, she never loses her Dexterity bonus to Armor Class when caught flat footed.
  • 24th Level—Bite of the Snake (Ex): The snake totem warrior’s head and mouth widen, her mouth bristling with snakelike fangs. The snake totem warrior gains a bite attack that she can make at her highest attack bonus in addition to other attacks made during a full attack action (with no penalty to the other attacks). The bite attack inflicts 1d6 points of damage (plus Strength modifiers). In addition, the snake totem warrior gains the Weapon Focus and Weapon Specialization feats for this natural weapon attack (giving the attack a +1 bonus and the damage a +2 bonus). The bite carries with it a virulent venom that inflicts 1d6 points of temporary Constitution damage as primary and secondary damage, with a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + half the snake totem warrior’s class levels + her Constitution modifier). She has enough venom for a number of bites each day equal to her Constitution bonus. If she has no Constitution bonus, she can produce only enough venom to inject once per week.

Small snake totem warriors inflict 1d4 points of damage with their bites, and Tiny warriors inflict 1d3 points. Large snake totem warriors inflict 1d8 points of damage.

Wolf Totem

The wolf totem warrior, known for his nobility mixed with savagery, is fast, intelligent, and relentless. As he progresses through levels, he looks more and more wolfish—with a narrowing of his face, a greying/silvering of his hair, and a slight point to his ears. He even sports enlarged canine teeth.

Hit Dice: d10

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The wolf totem warrior is proficient with all simple and martial weapons and heavy, medium, and light armor, and shields.

Additional Class Skills: Knowledge (geography) (Int), Sneak (Dex).

Special: All wolf totem warriors gain a +1 inherent bonus to Will saving throws.

Animal Companion: Wolf. At 8 HD, it becomes size Large.

Totem Powers: The wolf totem warrior earns these powers as he gains levels:

  • 1st Level—Speed of the Wolf (Ex): The wolf totem warrior gains +10 feet to his ground speed.
  • 4th Level—Cunning of the Wolf (Ex): The wolf totem warrior enjoys a +2 enhancement bonus to Wisdom.
  • 8th Level—Shape of the Wolf (Su): The wolf totem warrior can take on the form and stats of a wolf totem animal companion appropriate to his level: in other words, a wolf ’s stats with +1 HD for every level he has above 3rd. He can take this form once per day for up to 10 minutes per class level.
  • 12th Level—Senses of the Wolf (Ex): The wolf totem warrior gains the scent ability (see scent tracker spell) and a +4 competence bonus to Listen, Search, and Spot checks.
  • 16th Level—Moon Affinity (Su): The wolf totem warrior enjoys low-light vision and the ability to ask his totem spirit companion an additional yes or no question once each night under the light of the moon.
  • 20th Level—Wolfpack (Sp): With a baying howl, the wolf totem warrior summons a pack of wolves. At his summons, 10 + 1d6 dire wolves appear and do as he commands. They disappear after 1 round per class level. The wolf totem warrior can use this ability once per day.
  • 24th Level—Howl of Terror (Su): Three times per day, the wolf totem warrior can loose a howl that causes foes to freeze in fear. Those within 50 feet of the warrior who can hear the howl must make a Will saving throw (DC 10 + half the totem warrior’s class levels + his Charisma modifier) or be paralyzed for 1d4 rounds and shaken for the next 10 rounds after that.

Wolverine Totem

The wolverine totem warrior is fast and savage, utterly without fear. This ferocious character has terrible claws and a tenacity that allows her to keep fighting when she should be down and out. As she gains levels, the wolverine totem warrior begins to look like her namesake, becoming slightly furry with a narrowed face.

Hit Dice: d10

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The wolverine totem warrior is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, and heavy, medium, and light armor, and shields.

Additional Class Skills: Sneak (Dex) and Tumble (Dex).

Special: All wolverine totem warriors gain a +1 inherent bonus to Reflex saving throws.

Animal Companion: Wolverine. At 8 HD, the wolverine becomes size Large.

Totem Powers: A wolverine totem warrior earns these powers as she gains levels:

  • 1st Level—Claws of the Wolverine (Ex): At will, as a free action, the wolverine totem warrior can produce claws that inflict 1d6 points of damage. The warrior is proficient with the claws but gains no special skill in using both of them in the same round (she does not get Ambidexterity or Two-Weapon Fighting for free). Treat these claws as weapons, so the wolverine totem warrior is always considered armed. If she is size Large or larger, the claws inflict 1d8 points of damage each. If she is size Tiny or smaller, they inflict 1d4 points of damage each.
  • 4th Level—Shape of the Wolverine (Su): The wolverine totem warrior can take on the form and stats of a wolverine totem animal companion appropriate to her level: in other words, a wolverine’s stats with +1 HD for every level she has above 3rd. She can take this form once per day for up to 10 minutes per class level.
  • 8th Level—Quickness of the Wolverine (Ex): The wolverine totem warrior gains a +2 competence bonus to initiative checks.
  • 12th Level—Tenacity of the Wolverine (Ex): The wolverine totem warrior remains conscious and able to take actions after reaching the dying condition. Each round she acts while in this state, she has no chance to stabilize on her own and loses 1 hit point. At a hit point total below her (negative) Constitution score, she is dead, just as any other character would be. (See the “Death, Dying, and Healing” section in Chapter Seven: Playing the Game.)
  • 16th Level—Ferocity of the Wolverine (Ex): Once per day, the wolverine totem warrior can take on a wolverine’s ferocity, gaining a +6 enhancement bonus to Strength and Constitution for 1 round per level. She enjoys a +4 resistance bonus to saving throws against fear effects at all times. Activating this ability is a free action for the totem warrior.
  • 20th Level—Reflexes of the Wolverine (Ex): The wolverine totem warrior gains a +2 competence bonus to Armor Class and to Reflex saving throws. Further, she never loses her Dexterity bonus to Armor Class when caught flat footed.
  • 24th Level—Toughness of the Wolverine (Ex): The wolverine totem warrior gains a permanent, one-time bonus to her hit points equal to her natural (not magically enhanced nor altered by class abilities) Constitution modifier times 10.
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Totem Warrior

Leriel Brandon