Archives of Nethys

Prestige Classes

Mammoth Rider

Source Adventurer's Guide pg. 128, Paths of Prestige pg. 36 (Amazon)
From the inhospitable arctic wastes of the far north come the mighty mammoth riders, fearsome warriors who have trained the great beasts that wander the chilly wilds to serve as their faithful steeds. Toughened by their harsh environment, mammoth riders tame their surroundings through tenacious determination and sheer force of will, fighting alongside their bestial companions to take down huge game and carve out a hard existence in the icy north.


To qualify to become a mammoth rider, a character must fulfill the following criteria.
Base Attack Bonus: +6.
Skills: Handle Animal 9 ranks, Ride 9 ranks, Survival 5 ranks.
Special: Animal companion (or mount from a class feature that progresses as an animal companion) with at least 6 Hit Dice.

Class Skills

The Mammoth Rider's class skills are Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Ride (Dex), and Survival (Wis)..

Skill Points at each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
Hit Die: d12.

Class Features

LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveRef SaveWill SaveSpecial
1st+1+1+0+1Gigantic steed (+2 Str, +2 Con), steed, wild coercion
2nd+2+1+1+1Born survivor, colossus hunter
3rd+3+2+1+2Gigantic steed (+4 Str), rapid straddle, rugged steed +1
4th+4+2+1+2Mistrust of magic, undaunted
5th+5+3+2+3Gigantic steed (+6 Str, +4 Con), rugged steed +2, valiant devotion
6th+6+3+2+3Born survivor, hunter’s instinct
7th+7+4+2+4Gigantic steed (+8 Str), rugged steed +3, steed’s reach
8th+8+4+3+4Combined might
9th+9+5+3+5Gigantic steed (+10 Str, +6 Con), pulverizing assault, rugged steed +4
10th+10+5+3+5Mammoth lord

The following are class features of the mammoth rider prestige class.

Gigantic Steed (Ex): The size of a mammoth rider’s steed (see below) increases to Huge. The creature takes a –1 penalty on attack rolls and to AC, and a –2 penalty to Dexterity (to a minimum of 1); its base damage increases by one size category; and its reach increases to 10 feet. It also gains a +2 size bonus to its Strength and Constitution. At 3rd level and every 2 levels thereafter, the Strength bonus increases by an additional 2; the bonus to Constitution increases by an additional 2 at 5th and again at 9th level.

Steed (Ex): A mammoth rider can choose from among the following animal companions to serve as her loyal steed: amargasaurusB6, arsinoitheriumB2, aurochs, baluchitheriumB3, brontotheriumB6, camelB2, cat (big), deinotheriumB6, dire polar bearB5, elasmotheriumB6, elkB3, horse, kentrosaurusB6, mastodon, megalocerosB2, moaB5, rhinoceros, styracosaurusB4, triceratops, uintatheriumB5, wolf, woolly mammoth (use the statistics for a mastodon), or woolly rhinoceros. A GM might expand this list to include other possible steeds. This steed functions as a druid’s animal companion, replacing any animal companion or mount gained from another class. The mammoth rider’s class levels stack with other classes that grant an animal companion to determine her effective druid level.

Wild Coercion (Ex): A mammoth rider gains the wild empathy ability; this functions exactly like the druid ability of the same name. For the purposes of this ability, her class level stacks with all other classes that have the wild empathy ability. In addition, a mammoth rider can use her wild empathy to demoralize an animal or magical beast, or force it to be friendly to her, as if using Intimidate rather than Diplomacy. She adds her Strength modifier to these checks in addition to her Charisma modifier.

Born Survivor (Ex): At 2nd level and again at 6th level, a mammoth rider gains a bonus feat from the following list: Great Fortitude, Improved Great Fortitude, Improved Iron Will, Improved Lightning Reflexes, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes. She must meet the prerequisites for these feats.

Colossus Hunter (Ex): At 2nd level, a mammoth rider gains a +1 bonus on weapon attacks and damage rolls against Large and Huge creatures, and a +2 bonus on weapon attacks and damage rolls against Gargantuan and Colossal creatures.

Rapid Straddle (Ex): At 3rd level, a mammoth rider can attempt Ride checks to fast mount or fast dismount her steed even if it’s more than one size category larger than her, provided she still has a move action available that round.

Rugged Steed (Ex): At 3rd level and every 2 levels thereafter, the natural armor bonus of a mammoth rider’s steed increases by 1.

Mistrust of Magic (Ex): At 4th level, as long as a mammoth rider doesn’t have levels in a class that grants arcane spellcasting ability, she gains a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against arcane spells. If she has no levels in classes granting divine spellcasting ability, she gains a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against divine spells. If she has no levels in classes granting psychic spellcasting ability, she gains a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against psychic spells.

Undaunted (Ex): At 4th level, a mammoth rider adds her Strength bonus to the DC of Intimidate checks attempted against her. Additionally, creatures attempting to intimidate a mammoth rider don’t gain a bonus for being larger than her.

Valiant Devotion (Ex): At 5th level, a mammoth rider’s steed gains a +4 morale bonus against charm, compulsion, and fear effects.

Hunter’s Instinct (Ex): At 6th level, a mammoth rider gains the quarry class feature; this functions exactly like the ranger ability of the same name. If she already has the quarry class feature from another class, she instead gains the improved quarry class feature. A mammoth rider can use these abilities on any creature, not just a favored enemy.

Steed’s Reach (Ex): At 7th level, a mammoth rider’s steed’s reach improves to 15 feet.

Combined Might (Ex): At 8th level, a mounted mammoth rider strikes with the combined power of herself and her steed. Once per round, when the mammoth rider hits with a melee attack from astride her steed during a charge, she adds half her steed’s Strength bonus to the damage roll in addition to her own, provided her steed is currently capable of taking a free action.

Pulverizing Assault (Ex): At 9th level, if a mammoth rider is mounted on her steed and directs it to charge or make a constrict, powerful charge, or trample attack, then the first time that her steed deals damage with that attack this round, the target must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC = 10 + half the steed’s Hit Dice + the steed’s Strength modifier) or be staggered for 1d4 rounds.

Mammoth Lord (Ex): At 10th level, a mammoth rider becomes immune to the dazed, fatigued, shaken, sickened, staggered, and stunned conditions. If she succeeds at a Fortitude or Will save against an attack that has a reduced effect on a successful save, she instead avoids the effect entirely. If a mammoth rider and her steed both hit an opponent on the same turn, the foe must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC = 10 + half the steed’s Hit Dice + the steed’s Strength modifier) or be stunned for 1 round. Whether or not the target succeeds, it is immune to this ability for 24 hours thereafter.