Blast from the Past: Chosen of Bel (Bulldancer)

I was searching through my old files and found a class that I created for D & D 3.5, now I need to update it for Pathfinder. Here is the original, I’ll update it and post it later.

I took my idea from the Minoan bull dancers/bull leapers, in the painting above. This is still in practice in Spain, France, and India, it was also the precursor of bullfighting.

Chosen of Bel (Bull Dancer)

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1 +0 +2 +2 +0 Oath to Bel, Dancer Training
2 +1 +3 +3 +0 Dodge, Skill Finesse
3 +2 +3 +3 +1 Uncanny Dodge, Bonus feat
4 +3 +4 +4 +1
5 +3 +4 +4 +1 Skill Focus, Invoke the God +2
6 +4 +5 +5 +2
7 +5 +5 +5 +2 Evasion
8 +6/+1 +6 +6 +2
9 +6/+1 +6 +6 +3 Bonus Feat, Painful Strike
10 +7/+2 +7 +7 +3
11 +8/+3 +7 +7 +3 Improved dodge
12 +9/+4 +8 +8 +4
13 +9/+4 +8 +8 +4 Skill Focus, Invoke the God +4
14 +10/+5 +9 +9 +4
15 +11/+6/+1 +9 +9 +5 Acrobatic Strike
16 +12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +5
17 +12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +5 Bonus Feat
18 +13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +6
19 +14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +6 Amazing Agility
20 +15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +6 Skill Focus, Invoke the God +6


Hit Die: d8

Recommended Attributes: Because of the bull dancer’s chosen profession, she focuses on Dexterity-based skills. A good Charisma score is also an important ability because it enhances her performance of the bull dance in devotion to her deity; this allows the spectators/worshipers to enjoy the performance more as well. Constitution helps her to survive longer in the bullring because it adds to her hit point total. Wisdom helps here heal faster and to help her treat teammates’ injuries.

 Skill Points: 4 + Int mod

 Class Skills: Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Jump (Str), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Perform (Cha), Ride (Dex), Tumble (Dex).

 Weapons and Armor: Chosen of Bel train in the use of all simple and martial weapons, no armor or shields.


Class Features

Oath to Bel (Ex): The bull dancer takes Bel as her patron; she enjoys the following benefits from this devotion to her patron deity:

  • +1 bonus to attack, damage, all saves, ability and skill checks while performing her duties to Bel. This includes dancing in the bullring or in any life or death situation (sacrificing herself or her opponent to Bel).
  • Natural Healing: Gains the ability to heal faster than normal, character level + Wisdom modifier.
  • Unarmored Defense Focus: This ability grants and +1 AC bonus to the character, this bonus goes up every 2 levels (+2 at 3rd, +3 at 5th, +4 at 7th, etc).

Dancer Training: The bull dancer gains a +2 to all Dexterity-based, +2 to Perform, +2 to Acrobatics, and is treated as being armed (as Improved Unarmed Strike).

Dodge: During her action, she can designate an opponent and receive a +1 dodge bonus to AC against attacks from that opponent. She can select a new opponent on any action.

Skill Finesse: The bull dancer can switch the key ability of the Jump skill from Strength to Dexterity.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 3rd level, a dancer gains the extraordinary ability to react to danger before her senses would normally allow. She retains his Dexterity bonus to AC regardless of being caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker.

If a dancer already has uncanny dodge from a different class (a 2nd level barbarian, or at least four levels of rogue) she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead.

Improved Skill Focus: You have a natural aptitude with one or more related skills. The character gains the ability to apply a +2 bonus to any two skills with the same key ability.

Invoke the God (Ex): When a bull dancer invokes Bel, they are granted a +2 bonus to Charisma and Perform checks.

Evasion (Ex): A dancer can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If a dancer makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, the dancer instead takes no damage. Evasion can only be used if the dancer is wearing light or no armor.

Bonus Feats: The bull dancer gains bonus feats at the 3rd, 9th, and 17th levels. The following feats may be chosen:

Alertness, animal affinity, blind fighting, close-quarters fighting, combat reflexes, deflect arrows (snatch arrows), endurance, great fortitude, improved balance, improved initiative, kick up, lightning reflexes (greater improved initiative, lightning initiative, superior dodge), mobility (spring attack,), quickdraw, toughness (improved, superior, ultimate), weapon finesse, weapon focus, willow step. The bull dancer may choose any feat that has Dexterity as a prerequisite.

Painful Strike: The bull dancer learns to aim their blows at sensitive areas, to cause tremendous pain to the target. By taking a full attack action, the character may make one attack at their best attack bonus. If they hit, the opponent must make a Fort save DC 10 + ½ the bull dancer’s level or be overcome with pain. You foe receives a –2 circumstance penalty to all attack and damage rolls, ability and skill checks, and saving throws for a number of rounds equal to the bull dancers Dexterity bonus. With animals (bulls especially), this attack enrages them to the point of mindlessly attacking the bull dancer.

Improved Dodge: Your dodge ability now applies to all opponents attacking you in a round. In addition, the bonus increases to +3

Acrobatic Strike: The character uses her acrobatic skill to put their opponent off guard and strike at his vulnerable points, launching an attack from an unexpected direction. As a full-round action, you may make a Tumble check (DC 20 + your opponent’s base attack bonus). If you succeed, you may make a single melee attack at your highest base attack bonus. If you fail your Tumble check the attack misses, you fall prone, and may not attack.

Amazing Agility: The bull dancer has trained her body so well that she has an innate sense of balance, always landing on her feet. Others notice that she moves with an inborn grace. The character may always take 20 on any Balance or Tumble check, even if stress and distraction would normally prevent her from doing so. In addition, she can fall an additional 10 ft before suffering damage.


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