(Miniatures Handbook variant, p. 24)

A warchief leads a primitive, aggressive tribe of humanoids, especially when they turn to marauding.


Base Attack Bonus: +3

Special: Must have led a tribe in battle.

Hit die


Skill points

2 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Warchiefs gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Tribal Frenzy (Ex): A warchief is able to inspire his followers to acts of extreme battle frenzy. The warchief may activate this frenzy as a standard action. He may then maintain it as a free action. It ends at the conclusion of any turn in which the warchief does not maintain it. The frenzy affects any creature that is a member of the warchief's race and tribe, that starts its turn within 30 feet of the warchief, and that is able to hear the warchief. The frenzy grants a +2 enhancement bonus to the Strength score of each affected ally (not including the warchief himself).

At the start of each of their turns, everyone affected by the Strength boost takes 1 point of damage for each Hit Die they have. Thus, an orc warchief can grant +2 Strength to each member of the pack of 1st-level orc warriors he commands, but they each take 1 point of damage per round as long as the Strength boost remains in effect.

Every two levels (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th), the bonus to Strength increases by +2.

Ability Boost (Ex): As a warchief gains levels in this prestige class, his Charisma score increases as noted below. These increases stack.

Devoted Bodyguards (Ex): Beginning at 8th level, once per round, whenever a warchief is hit by an attack, he may make a DC 15 Reflex save to have that attack affect an adjacent tribe member instead. The attack is treated as though it had hit the chosen bodyguard instead of the leader, regardless of the bodyguard's Armor Class or any other defensive effects. A tribe member may not serve as a bodyguard if it is dazed, stunned paralyzed, or otherwise unable to act.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Tribal frenzy (Str +2)
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 Ability boost (Cha +2)
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Tribal frenzy (Str +4)
4th +3 +4 +1 +4
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Tribal frenzy (Str +6)
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 Ability boost (Cha +2)
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 Tribal frenzy (Str +8)
8th +6 +6 +2 +6 Devoted bodyguards
9th +6 +6 +3 +6 Tribal frenzy (Str +10)
10th +7 +7 +3 +7 Ability boost (Cha +2)

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Bluff CHA no no
Climb STR no yes
Craft INT no no
Diplomacy CHA no no
Handle Animal CHA yes no
Intimidate CHA no no
Jump STR no yes
Ride DEX no no
Sense Motive WIS no no
Swim STR no yes

Spells for Warchief

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