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Investigator Class Details | Talents | Archetypes

Investigator Talents

Description Source: Advanced Class Guide
At 3rd level and every 2 levels thereafter, an investigator gains an investigator talent. Except where otherwise noted, each investigator talent can only be selected once.

Investigator talents marked with an asterisk (*) add effects to an investigator’s studied combat or studied strike. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual attack, but the decision can be made when the damage is dealt.

Studied Combat/Strike Talents

Blinding Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator deals damage with studied strike, the opponent must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or be permanently blinded. A successful saving throw reduces this to dazzled for 1d4 rounds. The DC for this Fortitude save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the investigator’s level + his Intelligence modifier. This talent has no effect on creatures that do not rely on eyes for sight or creatures with more than two eyes (although multiple critical hits might cause blindness, at the GM’s discretion). Blindness can be cured by heal, regeneration, remove blindness, or similar abilities. An investigator must be at least 17th level to select this talent.
Confusing Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator deals damage with studied strike, the opponent must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or become confused for 1d4+1 rounds. A successful saving throw reduces the duration to 1 round. The DC for this Fortitude save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the investigator’s level + his Intelligence modifier. Constructs, mindless creatures, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures, and creatures immune to critical hits are not affected by this ability. An investigator must be at least 19th level to select this talent.
Deafening Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When an investigator deals damage with studied strike, the opponent must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or be permanently deafened. A successful Fortitude saving throw reduces the duration of this effect to 1 round. The DC for this save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the investigator’s level + his Intelligence modifier. This talent has no effect on deaf creatures. Deafness can be cured by heal, regeneration, remove blindness, or similar effects. An investigator must be at least 15th level to select this talent.
Domino Effect* (Ex) (Advanced Class Origins pg. 15 (Amazon)): When the investigator uses studied strike, he uses his opponents against each other and sets himself up for his next move. Whenever he successfully deals damage to an opponent with studied strike, as a free action the investigator can apply the effects of studied combat to an opponent adjacent to the first. An investigator must be at least 5th level to select this talent.
Prolonged Study* (Ex) (Advanced Class Origins pg. 15 (Amazon)): The investigator can study his opponents for long periods of time. The effects of his studied combat ability last for a number of rounds equal to twice his Intelligence modif ier (minimum 2) or until he deals damage with a studied strike, whichever comes f irst. The investigator must be at least 13th level to select this talent.
Repositioning Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator deals damage with studied strike, he can perform a repositionAPG combat maneuver as a free action against the creature damaged by studied strike. This reposition does not provoke attacks of opportunity. An investigator must be at least 13th level to select this talent.
Sapping Offensive* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator damages a studied target, that creature cannot make attacks of opportunity for 1 round. An investigator must be at least 5th level to select this talent.
Sickening Offensive* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator damages a studied target, that creature is also sickened for 1 round. An investigator must be at least 7th level to select this talent.
Slowing Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Origins pg. 15 (Amazon)): When the investigator deals damage with studied strike, the opponent must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC = 10 + 1/2 the investigator’s class level + his Intelligence modif ier) or be slowed by the crippling blow. A slowed opponent’s movement speeds are each reduced by 5 feet (to a minimum of 5 feet) until the creature is healed through the application of any spell that cures hit point damage or with a successful DC 15 Heal check. Multiple slowing strikes stack, to a minimum of 5 feet. An investigator must be at least 7th level to select this talent.
Stealing Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator deals damage with studied strike, he can perform a stealAPG combat maneuver as a free action against the creature damaged by studied strike. This steal does not provoke attacks of opportunity. An investigator must be at least 13th level to select this talent.
Timed Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Origins pg. 15 (Amazon)): The longer the investigator studies his opponent, the greater the damage he ultimately deals with his studied strike. When the investigator makes a studied strike, he deal a number of points of additional damage equal to the number of consecutive rounds he studied the target with studied combat.
Toppling Strike* (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator deals damage with studied strike, he can perform a trip combat maneuver as a free action against the creature damaged by studied strike. This trip does not provoke attacks of opportunity. An investigator must be at least 9th level to select this talent.

Other Talents

Alchemist Discovery (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): The investigator can select one of the following alchemist discoveries as an investigator talent: combine extracts, concentrate poison, dilution, elixir of life, enhance potion, eternal potion, extend potion, infusion, mutagenUM, and poison conversionUC. When selecting an alchemist discovery, he must be high enough level to qualify for that discovery, using his investigator level as his alchemist level to determine if he qualifies. This talent can be selected multiple times; each time grants a new alchemist discovery.
Amazing Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When using inspiration, the investigator rolls a d8 instead of a d6. At 20th level, the investigator rolls 2d8 and adds both dice to the result. An investigator must be at least 7th level to select this talent.
Applied Engineering (Ex) (Advanced Class Origins pg. 15 (Amazon)): The investigator can leverage his knowledge of engineering to solve tasks that normally require brute strength or keen eyes. He can expend one use of inspiration as a full-round action to study an object or area and attempt a Knowledge (engineering) check. On his next turn, he can use the result of that Knowledge (engineering) check in place of a Strength check to break the object or in place of a Perception check to locate hidden doors or compartments in that area.
Combat Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When an investigator uses inspiration on an attack roll or saving throw, he expends one use of inspiration instead of two. An investigator must be at least 9th level to select this talent.
Device Talent (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): The investigator can use the Use Magic Device skill even if not trained in that skill. If the investigator is trained in Use Magic Device, he can use the inspiration ability with that skill without expending uses of inspiration.
Effortless Aid (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): The investigator can use an aid another action as a move action instead of as a standard action. An investigator can expend one use of inspiration to instead perform an aid another action as a swift action.
Eidetic Recollection (Su) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can always choose to take 10 on any of his Knowledge checks, even if he’s in immediate danger or distracted. An investigator may expend one use of inspiration to take 20 on a Knowledge skill check even if he’s in immediate danger or distracted. An investigator must be at least 11th level to select this talent.
Eldritch Conduit (Su) (Magic Tactics Toolbox pg. 7): Survival in the Mana Wastes between the nations of Nex and Geb can depend heavily on locating sufficient magical equipment, which sometimes involves stealing power from a wand or scroll to power a more necessary one. As a full-round action, a rogue with this talent can use two potions, two wands, or two scrolls. Each item is expended or loses a charge as if used normally. The rogue chooses to gain the magical effect of one, but calculates its effects using the caster level of the other. The rogue must still succeed at a Use Magic Device check to operate scrolls or wands unless some other ability allows him to do so, but makes only one skill check to operate both items.
Empathy (Ex, Su) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When attempting a Sense Motive check, the investigator makes two d20 rolls and takes the higher result. If an investigator uses inspiration on a Sense Motive check, he rolls the inspiration dice twice and takes the higher result. Once per day, the investigator can expend one use of inspiration to target a single creature that he can see and hear within 30 feet. Upon doing so, the investigator detects the surface thoughts of the target’s mind, as if he concentrated for 3 rounds while using the detect thoughts spell, unless the creature succeeds a Will saving throw. The DC of this save is 10 + 1/2 the investigator’s level + his Intelligence modifier. If the target fails, the investigator can continue to detect the surface thoughts of the target creature for a number of rounds equal to 1/2 his investigator level. An investigator must be at least 5th level to select this talent.
Expanded Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can use his inspiration ability when attempting Diplomacy, Heal, Perception, Profession, and Sense Motive checks without expending uses of inspiration, provided he’s trained in the skill.
Greater Combat Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): Choose a single weapon type (such as sword cane or short sword). As long as the investigator has at least 1 inspiration point in his inspiration pool, he no longer has to expend a use of inspiration to use that ability with attacks made with this weapon. An investigator must have the combat inspiration investigator talent and be at least 19th level to select this talent.
Hidden Agendas (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator learns to obscure his thoughts and endeavors from prying eyes and even intrusive magic. When an investigator uses inspiration while attempting a Bluff check to pass secret messages or attempting a Linguistics check to create forgeries, he can roll his inspiration dice twice and take the higher result. In addition, the investigator can use inspiration when attempting a saving throw against a divination spell or effect without expending a use of inspiration. An investigator must be at least 11th level to select this talent.
Inspirational Expertise (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When an investigator succeeds at a Knowledge check to identify a monster’s special powers or vulnerabilities, he can expend one use of inspiration as a swift action to grant allies within 30 feet that can hear him a +4 insight bonus on attack rolls against that monster or type of monster for 1 round. An investigator must be at least 7th level to take this talent.
Inspired Alertness (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): Whenever the investigator becomes flat-footed, he can expend one use of inspiration to ignore that condition. He must be conscious to do so, and must decide to do so when he becomes flat-footed. Using this ability doesn’t require an action.
Inspired Intelligence (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can add his inspiration die to all Knowledge, Linguistics, or Spellcraft checks without expending a use of inspiration, even those he’s not trained in.
Inspired Intimidator (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When the investigator succeeds at an Intimidate check to demoralize an opponent, he can expend one use of inspiration to automatically increase the result of the check by 5 for the purpose of determining the duration of the demoralize effect. He can choose to spend multiple uses to inspiration in this manner to further increase the duration of the demoralize effect. He must be trained in Intimidate to take this talent. The underworld inspiration investigator talent has no effect on this talent.
Item Lore (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can use Spellcraft to identify the properties and command words of magic items without the use of detect magic or similar spells. An investigator must be at least 7th level to take this talent.
Just a Face in the Crowd (Su) (Magic Tactics Toolbox pg. 7): Survival in the Mana Wastes between the nations of Nex and Geb can depend heavily on locating sufficient magical equipment, which sometimes involves stealing power from a wand or scroll to power a more necessary one. As a full-round action, a rogue with this talent can use two potions, two wands, or two scrolls. Each item is expended or loses a charge as if used normally. The rogue chooses to gain the magical effect of one, but calculates its effects using the caster level of the other. The rogue must still succeed at a Use Magic Device check to operate scrolls or wands unless some other ability allows him to do so, but makes only one skill check to operate both items.
Occult Dungeoneer (Su) (Magic Tactics Toolbox pg. 7): Street thieves in Absalom expect wares to be securely locked, and sometimes it takes high-quality tools and magic training to ensure there’s a meal at the end of the day. A rogue with this ability can use spell-trigger and spell-completion items as if the following spells were on a spell list to which he has access: detect secret doors, detect traps, knock, locate object, and obscure object. If the spell-trigger device allows a wielder to apply his own caster level (such as with a staff ), the rogue may use his class level as his caster level. The rogue may also use knock as a supernatural ability once per day, using his rogue level as his caster level.
One of Those Faces (Sp) (Spymaster's Handbook pg. 21): Investigators and slayers can also select this talent if they have the Brute, Failed Apprentice, Militia Veteran, Rapscallion, River Rat, Vagabond Child, or Well-Informed trait from Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player’s Guide, or Narrows Survivor or Wealthy Dabbler trait from Pathfinder Player Companion: Taldor, Echoes of Glory.

Each day, you can use disguise self as a spell-like ability for up to 10 minutes per character level. This duration need not be continuous, but it must be used in 10-minute increments. Additionally, once you have used this ability, whenever you use it for the next 24 hours you must take the same alternate appearance.
Perceptive Tracking (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): The investigator can use Perception instead of Survival to both find and follow tracks, using the same DCs listed under the Survival skill (Core Rulebook 107). An investigator must be trained in Perception to select this talent.
Quick Study (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can use his studied combat ability as swift action instead of a move action.
Rogue Talent (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can select one of the following rogue talents in place of an investigator talent: acrobatic assistCAC, assault leaderAPG, black market connectionsUC, camouflageAPG, canny observerAPG, charmerAPG, coax informationAPG, combat swipeAPG, convincing liarUC, cunning triggerAPG, deft palmUC, demand attentionCAC, expert leaperAPG, fast fingersAPG, fast getawayAPG, fast picksAPG, fast stealth, firearm trainingUC, got your backCAC, guileful polyglotAPG, gritUC, hard to foolAPG, hold breathUC, honeyed wordsAPG, iron gutsUC, lasting poisonAPG, ledge walker, major magic, minor magic, nimble climberAPG, peerless maneuverAPG, quick disable, quick disguiseAPG, quick trapsmithAPG, resilience, rogue crawl, rope masterUC, stand up, strong strokeUC, terrain masterUC, trap spotter, or wall scramblerUC. Any talent effects based on rogue level use the investigator’s class level. If the rogue talent has a prerequisite (such as the major magic rogue talent requiring the minor magic talent), the investigator must fulfill the prerequisite before selecting that rogue talent. This talent can be selected multiple times; each time, it grants the investigator a new rogue talent.
Scrying Familiarity (Ex) (Spymaster's Handbook pg. 23): You are well acquainted with scrying sensors. You can roll twice and take the better result on saving throws against divination (scrying) spells and effects, on Perception checks to notice scrying sensors, and on caster level checks to overcome spell resistance when you use a scrying spell or effect. If you notice a magical sensor, you can attempt a Stealth check opposed by the caster’s caster level check to avoid being detected by the sensor.
Spell Storing (Su) (Magic Tactics Toolbox pg. 7): The rogue can store within himself a single targeted harmless spell of up to 2nd level. The spell must have a casting time of 1 standard action. Anytime a spell that meets these conditions is cast on the rogue, and he does not already have a spell stored, he can choose to store it rather than have it take effect immediately. Anytime afterward, as a standard action, the rogue can have the spell take effect (acting in all ways as if it had just been cast on him). A rogue must have 1 rank of Use Magic Device to select this talent.
Studied Defense (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When an investigator with this talent uses his studied combat ability, he can chose to apply that ability’s insight bonus to his AC against attacks made by the target of his studied combat instead of to attack rolls against the target of his studied combat. (The insight bonus on damage rolls remains.) He must choose which type of bonus he gains when using studied combat, and it cannot be changed until he uses studied combat again. An investigator must be at least 9th level to select this talent.
Tenacious Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): When an investigator rolls his inspiration die, he can roll an additional inspiration die and take the higher result. The investigator must at least 13th level to select this talent.
The Whole Time (Su) (Magic Tactics Toolbox pg. 7): Mercenaries in the employ of the Aspis Consortium often use wands of invisibility to attack protected targets, then blend into the crowd to escape or disguise the source of the next attack. A rogue with this ability is practiced at attacking from magical concealment. He can use spell-trigger and spellcompletion items as if the following spells were on a spell list to which he has access: greater invisibility, invisibility, and vanishAPG.

Additionally, if the rogue becomes visible as a result of a weapon or spell attack, he can sheathe his weapon as a free action and instantly adopt a neutral posture. With a successful Bluff or Disguise check (opposed by witnesses’ Sense Motive or Perception checks, whichever is higher), there is no obvious sign that the rogue is the source of the attack (though a lack of any other reasonable candidate can still lead observers to draw the correct conclusion).
Unconventional Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator with this talent can pick any one skill. He can add his inspiration die to checks attempted with that skill without expending a use of inspiration.
Underworld Inspiration (Ex) (Advanced Class Guide pg. 32 (Amazon)): An investigator can use his inspiration on Bluff, Disable Device, Disguise, Intimidate, or Sleight of Hand checks without expending uses of inspiration, provided he’s trained in the skill.