I am currently playing a Swashbuckler from the Advanced Class Guide beta. A question was raised after I declared the Total Defense action, and whether or not I could activate Opportune Parry and Riposte if I was attacked. Here is a summary of what we discussed so far.
- When you take the Total Defense action, you no longer threaten adjacent squares, which is a prerequisite of an attack of opportunity.
- However, the class ability states that it expends a use of an attack of opportunity, not that OPaR is an AoO itself.
- I believe its purpose is to limited the number of OPaRs that can be made in a round. Just as I can only make a number of AoOs in a round equal to my Dex modifier, I can only make a number of OPaRs in a round equal to my Dex modifier, regardless of the number of panache points I have (the ACG notes that grit feats apply to panache, so I could take Extra Grit (Panache) and have panache points exceeding my Dex modifier).
- Also, the Bodyguard feat likewise allows the expenditure of an AoO without actually making an AoO, or even being eligible for an AoO due to distance.
So for both Opportune Parry and Riposte and the Bodyguard feat, do you have to satisfy the requirements of making an AoO in order to expend an AoO?
Opportune Parry and Riposte (Ex): At 1st level, when an opponent makes a melee attack against the swashbuckler, he can spend 1 panache point and can expend a use of an attack of opportunity to attempt to parry that attack. The swashbuckler makes an attack roll as if he were making an attack of opportunity. If his attack roll is greater than the roll of the attacking creature, the attack automatically misses. For each size category the attacking creature is larger than the swashbuckler, the swashbuckler takes a –2 penalty on his attack roll. The swashbuckler must declare the use of this ability after the creature’s attack is announced, but before that attack roll is made. Immediately after a swashbuckler performs a successful parry, as long as he has 1 panache point he can make an attack as an immediate action against the creature whose attack he blocked, provided that creature is within her reach.