New Combat Options

In addition to what is presented in the combat section of Pathfinder Core Rulebook, Hearth & Blade grants players two new combat options: Risky Strike and Defensive Stance.

New may be a misnomer: Risky Strike is an amalgamation of Power Attack and Deadly Aim, whereas Defensive Stance fuses together Fight Defensively and Combat Expertise. Both are usable by any character with a BAB of at least +1, and neither requires a feat to access.

Note: Power Attack, Deadly Aim, Fight Defensively, and Combat Expertise do not exist in Hearth & Blade. These two options are meant to supplant them completely.

Risky Strike

Prerequisite: BAB +1

You can choose to take a –1 penalty on all attack rolls to gain a +2 bonus on all damage rolls.

When your base attack bonus reaches +4, the penalty increases by –1 and the bonus to damage increases by +2.

You must choose to use Risky Strike feat before making an attack roll and its effects last until your next turn. The bonus damage does not apply to touch attacks or effects that do not deal hit point damage.

Defensive Stance

Prerequisite: BAB +1

You can choose to take a –1 penalty on melee attack rolls and combat maneuver checks to gain a +1 dodge bonus to your Armor Class.

When your base attack bonus reaches +4, the penalty increases by –1 and the dodge bonus increases by +1.

You must choose to use Defensive Stance before making an attack roll and its effects last until your next turn.