Battle Dancer

(Dragon Compendium variant, p. 26)

An elegant warrior who pairs martial arts with graceful maneuvers in battle.

Hit die



Any Chaotic

Starting gold


Skill points

4 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A battle dancer is proficient with all simple weapons. She is not proficient with any type of armor or shield.

AC Bonus (Ex): When unarmored and unencumbered, the battle dancer adds her Charisma bonus (if any) to her AC. She uses the captivating and confusing movements of the battle dance to evade her foes' attacks. In addition, a battle dancer gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC at 5th level. This bonus increases by 1 for every five battle dancer levels thereafter (+2 at 10th, +3 at 15th, and +4 at 20th level). This bonus reflects the battle dancer's intense training in unarmed and unarmored combat.

These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when the battle dancer is flat-footed. She loses these bonuses when she is immobilized or helpless, when she wears any armor, when she carries a shield, or when she carries a medium or heavy load.

Unarmed Strike: A battle dancer uses unarmed strikes in a manner similar to a monk. She can land a blow with her fist that has the same power as an axe stroke. At 1st level, the battle dancer gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat.

The battle dancer's unarmed attacks deal lethal damage, but she can choose to deal nonlethal damage without penalties on her attack rolls. Treat her attacks as both natural and manufactured weapons for purposes of spells and effects that can enhance either type of attack.

The battle dancer's knowledge of martial arts allows her strikes to deal far more damage than an untrained person's blows.
Note that, unlike a monk, the battle dancer does not gain the ability to use a flurry of blows, but she can make an off hand attack as normal using a weapon or unarmed strike.

Dance of Reckless Bravery (Su): A 2nd-level battle dancer with 5 ranks in Tumble gains the ability to inspire bravery in her allies. All ofthe battle dancer's allies within 30 feet of her gain a +4 bonus on saves against fear effects for a number of rounds equal to 5 + the battle dancer's Charisma modifier. The battle dancer can use this ability only when she is within an opponent's threatened area. It requires a move action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity.

Bonus Speed (Ex): The battle dancer moves with speed and agility earned through countless hours of practice, physical training, and study of the precise, fluid movements of her battle dances. She gains a +10- foot bonus to speed at 4th level. She gains additional +10-foot bonuses at 10th level and 16th level.

Dance of the Vexing Snake (Su): A 5th-level battle dancer with 8 ranks in Tumble gains the ability to dodge her opponent's blows with her sudden, unpredictable maneuvers. She can use the Tumble skill to move at her normal speed without penalty, and she can Tumble a distance up to her current speed.

Dancer's Strike (Su): The magic of the battle dancer's arcane maneuvers allows her to manifest auras of energy around her feet and hands. These auras can defeat an opponent's damage reduction. The battle dancer can generate this aura as a standard action at will. It persists for a number of rounds equal to 5 + the battle dancer's Charisma modifier before it fades.

At 6th level, the battle dancer's aura makes her unarmed strikes count as magic damage.

At 12th level, the battle dancer chooses one aspect of her alignment, such as good or chaotic. Her aura allows her strikes to count as that alignment (as well as magic). She must choose one aspect of her alignment, and once she has made a choice she cannot alter it.

At 18th level, the battle dancer can choose any one special material or alignment that overcomes damage reduction (such as adamantine, cold iron, holy, or even lawful). Her aura now includes that material or alignment. Once she has made this choice, she cannot change it.

Dance of the Floating Step (Su): The battle dancer moves with such grace and speed that she can dance across water. An 8th-level battle dancer with 11 ranks in Tumble can cross the surface of a liquid, such as water or magma, without taking damage or sinking below the surface. If she ends her movement on such a liquid, she takes damage and sinks as normal. The battle dancer must begin her movement on a stable, firm surface.

Dance of the Springing Tiger (Su): An 11th-level battle dancer with 14 ranks in Tumble can spring upon an opponent with the ferocity of a tiger. When charging, she can attempt a DC 20 Tumble check. If she succeeds, she may make a full attack rather than a standard attack as part of her charge.

Dance of the Crushing Python (Su): The battle dancer's speed and mighty unarmed strikes combine to make her a fearsome opponent. She can step into an opponent's reach and confuse it with a series of feints and quick blows, distracting it from other threats. A 14th-level battle dancer with 17 ranks in Tumble can rain a series of hammering blows upon a foe. She must use the Tumble skill to enter her opponent's space without provoking an attack of opportunity. If she succeeds, she may then attack her opponent while in its space. If the battle dancer's attack hits, her opponent takes a -2 penalty to AC and it cannot make attacks of opportunity until the start of the battle dancer's next action. After the battle dancer completes her attack, she enters a square of her choice adjacent to the target.

Dance of the Soaring Eagle (Su): A 17th-level battle dancer with 20 ranks in Tumble gains a fly speed equal to her base land speed with average maneuverability. If a flying battle dancer charges an opponent below her, she gains a +4 bonus on attack rolls and a +2 bonus on damage in place of the normal benefits of charging. She may use her dance of the springing tiger in conjunction with an aerial charge.

Dance of Death's Embrace (Su): A 20th-level battle dance with 23 ranks in Tumble can perform a vicious, deadly dance to defeat her opponent. Before using this dance, the battle dancer selects a single target within 30 feet. As a full-round action, the battle dancer performs an elaborate dance that requires a DC 35 Tumble check to complete. If she succeeds, any time she makes a successful attack against her designated target she deals +2d6 points of damage. In addition, any critical threat the battle dancer makes against her designated target is automatically confirmed as a critical hit. This ability lasts until the end of the battle dancer's next turn.


Unarmed AC
Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special Damage Bonus
1st +1 +0 +2 +0 AC bonus, unarmed strike 1d6 +0
2nd +2 +0 +3 +0 Dance of reckless bravery 1d6 +0
3rd +3 +1 +3 +1 1d6 +0
4th +4 +1 +4 +1 Bonus speed +10 feet 1d8 +0
5th +5 +1 +4 +1 Dance of the vexing snake 1d8 +1
6th +6/+1 +2 +5 +2 Dancer's strike (magic) 1d8 +1
7th +7/+2 +2 +5 +2 1d8 +1
8th +8/+3 +2 +6 +2 Dance of the floating step 1d10 +1
9th +9/+4 +3 +6 +3 Improved evasion 1d10 +1
10th +10/+5 +3 +7 +3 Bonus speed +20 feet 1d10 +2
11th +11/+6/+1 +3 +7 +3 Dance of the springing tiger 1d10 +2
12th +12/+7/+2 +4 +8 +4 Dancer's strike (alignment) 2d6 +2
13th +13/+8/+3 +4 +8 +4 2d6 +2
14th +14/+9/+4 +4 +9 +4 Dance of the crushing python 2d6 +2
15th +15/+10/+5 +5 +9 +5 2d6 +3
16th +16/+11/+6/+2 +5 +10 +5 Bonus speed +30 feet 2d8 +3
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +5 Dance of the soaring eagle 2d8 +3
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +6 +11 +6 Dancer's strike (any) 2d8 +3
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +6 +11 +6 2d8 +3
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +6 +12 +6 Dance of death's embrace 2d10 +4

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Balance DEX no yes
Climb STR no yes
Escape Artist DEX no yes
Hide DEX no yes
Jump STR no yes
Listen WIS no no
Move Silently DEX no yes
Open Lock DEX yes no
Perform CHA no no
Sleight of Hand DEX yes yes
Swim STR no yes
Tumble DEX yes yes

Spells for Battle Dancer