(Races of the Wild variant, p. 135)

The halfling whisperknife seeks to repay murder, theft, or humiliation in the same coin.


Base Attack Bonus: +4

Race: Halfling

Skills: Balance 3 ranks , Climb 3 ranks , Hide 6 ranks , Jump 3 ranks , Move Silently 3 ranks , Tumble 3 ranks

Feats: Point Blank Shot , Quick Draw , Two-Weapon Fighting , Weapon Finesse

Special: Sneak attack +1d6.

Hit die


Skill points

6 + Int

Class Features

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

Rapid Shot: Whenever you are throwing light weapons, you are treated as having the Rapid Shot feat, even if you do not have the normal prerequisites for that feat. Most whisperknives, true to their names, throw daggers in this way.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): You cannot be caught flat-footed and react to danger before your senses would normally allow you to do so. You retain your Dexterity bonus to AC even if caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, you still lose your Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized.

If you already have uncanny dodge from another class, you instead gain improved uncanny dodge (see below), and the levels from that class stack with your levels of whisperknife to determine the minimum level a rogue must be to flank you.

Sneak Attack (Ex): Beginning at 2nd level, you deal an extra 1d6 points of damage when you are flanking an opponent or at any time when the target would be denied its Dexterity bonus. This extra damage applies to ranged attacks only if the target is within 30 feet. At 5th level the extra damage increases to 2d6, and at 8th level it increases to 3d6. See the rogue class feature, page 50 of the Player's Handbook.

Defensive Throw (Ex): At 3rd level, you learn special defensive techniques for attacking with thrown weapons. You no longer provoke attacks of opportunity for attacking with a thrown weapon (however, if you attack with a different sort of ranged weapon, such as a bow, you still provoke attacks of opportunity).

Improved Catch (Ex): Also at 3rd level, you become so skilled with thrown weapons that you can take better advantage of a weapon with the returning special ability. When you make a ranged attack with a returning weapon, you can move after the attack, and the weapon will still return to you as long as line of sight between you and the weapon exists at the beginning of your next turn.

Close Defense (Ex): Beginning at 4th level, you know how to fight in a crowd of larger opponents. If you are adjacent to a Medium or larger foe, you gain a +2 dodge bonus to Armor Class against attacks from all foes adjacent to you. If the Medium or larger foe moves away or falls, you lose the benefit of close defense (although you might be able to move next to the same foe again on your next turn and reestablish it). Enemies making ranged attacks or attacks with reach weapons aren't affected by close defense.

Fast Movement (Ex): At 6th level, you have mastered the art of unusually swift movement. Your land speed is faster than the norm for halflings by 10 feet. This benefit applies only when you are wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor and not carrying a heavy load. Apply this bonus before modifying your speed because of any load carried or armor worn.

Poison Use (Ex): Starting at 6th level, you are trained in the use of poison and never risk accidentally poisoning yourself when applying poison to a blade.

Vengeful Strike (Su): Beginning at 7th level, as a standard action you can execute a single vengeful strike in place of a sneak attack. You coldly whisper the name of your intended victim to your weapon, and then you make a single melee or ranged attack. You gain a +2 morale bonus on the attack roll. If you hit, your foe must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + your class level + your Dex modifier) or be stunned for 1d4 rounds.

You must know the victim's name in order to make a vengeful strike; "that orc over there" is not good enough. Creatures without names (most creatures of Intelligence 2 or lower) are not subject to a vengeful strike. You usually use this ability against a person or creature you know to have harmed halflings.

You can use this ability once per day at 7th level and three times per day at 10th level.

Superior Catch (Ex): When you reach 8th level, your improved catch ability is extended. You can use two returning weapons for two attacks each in a single round, or you can use one returning weapon for three attacks in the same round, as long as your target is no farther away than one range increment. (If your target is farther away than one range increment, you can still use your superior catch ability, but only for a single attack each turn.)

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): When you reach 9th level, you can no longer be flanked. See the barbarian class feature, page 26 of the Player's Handbook.

Ranged Flank (Ex): At 9th level, you know how to flank a foe by using a ranged weapon. You must be within 10 feet of the enemy in question, and you flank as if you were wielding a reach weapon (see Reach Weapons, page 137 of the Player's Handbook). You do not threaten the foe and may not make attacks of opportunity against the foe unless you are actually adjacent to the foe and armed with a melee weapon.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +0 +2 +0 Rapid Shot, uncanny dodge
2nd +2 +0 +3 +0 Sneak attack +1d6
3rd +3 +1 +3 +1 Defensive throw, improved catch
4th +4 +1 +4 +1 Close defense
5th +5 +1 +4 +1 Sneak attack +2d6
6th +6 +2 +5 +2 Fast movement, poison use
7th +7 +2 +5 +2 Vengeful strike 1/day
8th +8 +2 +6 +2 Superior catch, sneak attack +3d6
9th +9 +3 +6 +3 Improved uncanny dodge, ranged flank
10th +10 +3 +7 +3 Vengeful strike 3/day

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Balance DEX no yes
Bluff CHA no no
Climb STR no yes
Disable Device INT yes no
Handle Animal CHA yes no
Hide DEX no yes
Intimidate CHA no no
Jump STR no yes
Knowledge (local) INT yes no
Listen WIS no no
Move Silently DEX no yes
Open Lock DEX yes no
Search INT no no
Sense Motive WIS no no
Sleight of Hand DEX yes yes
Spot WIS no no
Swim STR no yes
Tumble DEX yes yes

Spells for Whisperknife