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I don't know why you only get one slam, it seems pretty dumb to me. But it's the rule. You should have the other hand free to use a shield or whatever since you're not using it to attack.
If it were up to me, you'd just get 2 slams and the damage would drop by one die size if two slams proved "too good."
As I understand it, Slam can only be taken once per pair of limbs, but is not actually using both limbs. It is not, for example, getting 1.5x str to damage and triple power attack like a single natural weapon or manufactured weapon wielded in two hands gets.
As for Reach evo with held weapons...I think it would apply for a weapon held in the specific limb that has reach, but would not work for a 2H weapon (since then one of the limbs does not provide the reach for it). By strict RAW, it might not work at all, but that's how I'd handle it.
In any case, more reach is a big advantage and the evo is still very very low-priced. Even if you can only take it one time it's a great deal for threatening a bigger area. You can still enlarge person the eidolon to potentially give it more reach, too. Plus the size evolutions.
Monk will still suck in a high point buy game, but not as badly, so it's definitely a step in the right direction. Hell, it's a really dull and boring way to "fix" the class that still doesn't accomplish its goal, but you could just award +1 to all six stats for each level in the monk class you take and the class still wouldn't be any better than middle tier.
(It's true, monk doesn't have to suck any more. But that requires playing it in a way that doesn't feel like the normal monk type character -- as an archer, or lance charger, or so forth. In armor if possible. Or by finding tricks to infinitely generate ki. If you just want to be a guy who punches and kicks. runs fast, has good defenses, and is supposedly good at mage hunting...you're going to have a bad time.)
They only took it back because of massive backlash. The same reason they went back on the flurry of blows nerf. They *really* wanted those things to become RAW, I give them no credit for failing to achieve their evil ambitions.
And yes, gun rules are, but that's getting really off-topic.
This pisses me off. The only thing broken about Paragon Surge was using it to spont. cast entire spell lists on a whim. Using it as intended to simply get whatever feat you need at the moment (ad qualify for) was fine and not in need of fixing. Instead, they left that Energy Attunement feat in for a handy loophole and nerfed the spell to hell for gish/martial types trying to use it.
All they had to do was say, "You cannot gain spells known through use of this spell" and it'd have been fine. Ugh, this reeks of when they realized the gun rules were broken and rather than nerf guns, decided to nerf free actions in general.
And the tin foil hat guy is on to something. This nerf makes the Arcanist look more appealing. It also makes the Brawler's spontaneous grabbing of a fighter feat a bit more unique and special. It really does seem like some of these nerfs are driven by the desire to make the new classes more appealing.
There are options in D&D 3E if you can use them. It had nice prestige classes and items for throwers, and its version of Far Shot was much more thrower-friendly, too.
Check out Bloodstorm Blade. It's a 10 level class, but people generally only took 4 levels of it for the abilities to treat (for 1 round as a swift action) thrown attacks as melee (so you can 2H power attack, make weapon-based combat maneuvers from range, etc...) and the ability to instantly regain the weapon after each attack, allowing for full attacks with the same weapon. The other 6 levels are actually also pretty decent, but 3E was nice to martials and had lots of good options for them, so most people preferred 5 levels in Master Thrower or whatever to 6 more in BB.
Yeah, you have to find a creature type that's only in one terrain type naturally so there can be no argument. That's a good example. I used to joke, "finally, a reason to take FE on Humanoids (gnolls)!" (since that's GOT to be the most narrow, specific, useless FE choice there is) But...iirc they hail from more than one terrain type. Stupid worthless gnolls, can't provide one decent reason to hate them.
:P ..... It's definitely been around a while since this was a 6 month thread necro.
Yes, it's been known for quite a long time. And I'm sure I wasn't the first to notice, either.
HW in a game with limited terrain types can be amazing, it's long been the only noncaster Prestige Class actually worth taking levels in, though I think recently there were one or two others added that don't suck. Or at very high levels, a wand of instant enemy (I learned about this more recently; DO NOT give up favored enemy for an archetype!) means you pwn any solo boss. Instant Enemy will make it count as your FE for all purposes....including its native terrain type. Cha-ching!
Wow, that's like the best of both worlds. Before the argument was "cost of wands of CLW vs. having the extra feat not spent on Glorious Heat to save money w/ an item creation feat." Now, you can take the best item creation feat in the game and right from level 3 make these boots for only 2500 gp, and then go on to make all sorts of other stuff at half cost.
If 6th level casters aren't banned, I'd go with Summoner or Synthesist Summoner for sure. Extremely powerful and well rounded, and doesn't need magic items much. Alchemist would also be pretty solid.
You're going to need healing, so someone should probably play Paladin (but neither of you want to) or Inquisitor. Or both play Synthesists and use Lesser Restore Eidolon as your healing.
If you can't have any spells at all...that's really rough. You really can't afford to get hit much at all and you need to kill things dead quickly. I'd suggest an archer ranger (take trapper or skirmisher to get rid of the spellcasting) and a Zen Archer monk, both picking up the Target of Opportunity teamwork feat as soon as possible, and just try to shoot everything to death. If you do want a melee type, your only decent options are either Invulnerable Rager Barbarian (go with the superstitious rage power line...you have no friendly spells to get anyway) or Lore Warden Fighter that's focused on reach-tripping.
Since we're still on the topic of Powerful/Deadly Sneak and how bad they suck...
Check out this 3E feat.
Not how it does not require full attacking, nor incurs any penalty on your attack rolls. Also note how it just straight up lets you reroll (so instead of a 2 or 3, you could potentially get a 4, 5, or 6, too) though you only can reroll once (even if it's another 1).
It's pretty much just plain better than the rogue talents and has no possible drawback at all, at worst it just does nothing.
People *still* didn't take it. It was considered a subpar feat. I've played at least a dozen rogues between campaigns and one shots in 3E, and I never took it, nor did I ever see anyone else. It's just...underwhelming.
Of course, 3E had much better feats for martials in general (pathfinder had to balance "broken" things like that, you know), so that was part of it. In any case...if you're looking for a quick hotfix for the rogue talents...just replace both of them with Deadly Precision.
Snake Style is a crutch and not worth it, especially to a bard -- wis is their dump stat.
In any case, DD Bard's defenses are fine at low levels (dex ~ 18 and chain shirt, possibly Dodge). Later on, they can get Osyluth Guile, too.
But in general, feats are better spent on offense and money on defense. +1 armor is 1000; +1 deflection is 2000; +1 natural armor is 2000; +1 insight AC (iuon stone) is 5000; +1 luck AC (+2 with fate's favored trait) is about 5000... You get the point. Tons of crap adds to AC and stack together, and as long as you diversify across items, you can get a lot of AC bang for your buck and avoid the exponential price increases of higher bonuses.
Meanwhile, feats for offense and defense tend to be priced more evenly (feat for +1 AC or feat for +1 to hit) and there's some real gems for offensive feats, like Enforcer.
And since this thread has been necro'd....
Crane Wing sucks now, it's not worth it, especially when you're actually paying all four feats for it on your own. Don't take it or any of its pre-reqs (well, Dodge for Osyluth Guile is still ok). Flagbearer is the only remaining decent option for your "can't have a weapon or shield" hand I'm aware of.
It's not scary, and the game should dramatically pare back all the stupid personal range buffs. Being able to share more buffs with the weakest classes in the game isn't bad for the game, quite the opposite.
Also: Mage armor is pretty great for a wildshaping druid, too, until he can afford Wild armor.
Ok, let's ignore the comparisons in DPR to power attack for whatever reason. Let's look at *just* the DPR of Powerful Sneak itself.
As others have shown, it adds a paltry +0.167 damage per SA die on average. But it *also* inflicts a -2 to hit which means, unless you only miss on a 1-2 or only hit on a 19-20 (which, if anything other than a very rare situation, means you've got other problems / fights are so easy you can afford to make bad decisions), powerful sneak means you're hitting 10% less often, which means you're effectively doing 10% less damage. That's a loss of 0.35 damage per SA die (1d6 average is 3.5), already about DOUBLE the bonus damage you're getting! And that's ignoring the 10% hit to base weapon damage, strength and enhancement bonuses (if any), other random damage boosts like bardic music, etc...
"But I don't care about theory-crafted averages, I never do 12.167 damage in a real game!"
Right you are, Pathfinder is a game of absolutes. Either you hit or you miss. The monster is downed or up and trying to kill you. This is why powerful sneak is even worse than painted above. Because you're not "just" going to do 10% less damage consistently. You're going to occasionally just miss entirely and do *no damage*. Quite likely (since it was a sneak attack), the damage lost making a difference in whether the monster gets another turn to ream the party or not. On the other hand, since the talent just converts 1's to 2's, it's only ever going to add a few points of damage in the "ideal" case where you roll incredibly poorly. In which case, your damage will still end up pretty low and the monster will likely still be up.
"But I don't trust math at all, I hates the maths!"
Well, then you're beyond reason and I could care less about convincing you. But I will still refute your arguments, for the sake of other people who may read this thread and can actually be swayed by logic, rather than let them be duped into thinking this is actually a good rogue talent instead of the massive trap that it actually is.
And Deadly Sneak is also bad, just less bad than Powerful Sneak, and not worth paying two talents for even if your non-SA damage is so non-existent that Deadly Sneak manages to break even on gain vs. loss, which it probably won't for you.
Yeah, Zen Archer is good the first 6 levels, then it begins to peter out quickly. After level 8, all you have to really look forward to is Abundant Step and some Qinggong ki powers, until level 17 and Ki Focus bow suddenly means you can full attack with a stunning arrow, a serenity arrow, a punishing arrow, and a perfect strike arrow. All in the same turn, once per day per monk level. That's a biiiiig level gap that most campaigns never cross.
So, assuming you'll never see level 17 or won't see much of it, I always advise dumping Zen Archer after 6 levels, and coming back for 7-8 once you have enough BAB built up for the 2nd flurry attack at -5 to hit can reliably land.
Good candidates for multiclassing?
Azullius Koujou wrote:
Barkskin later on just saves you money. Still better than the stuff you give up for it. I have a guide for Qinggong if you want. True Strike has less value to a zen archer, though... I rated it well for its use on combat maneuvers and the fact that you can take Quicken SLA feat on it later.
As for Arcane Strike, the Tiefling SLA qualifies you for it. Note that as a swift, you can't use it and a ki point for an extra attack, so you'll probably only be using it 1/2 or 2/3 (depending on how long your combats go) of the combat rounds. Still decent at least.
You can upgrade gear; keen wouldn't be one of the things I'd want on a bow, but it's not horrible. Just slap Adaptive on it for 1000 gp. I'm not sure if you can upgrade the str rating, but you should just use Adaptive anyway.
Stats look good.
Sir Thugsalot wrote:
Absolutely, Adaptive property is important for all archers, even if only to protect against a slight loss of str (if you lose even +1 worth of your amount, you're now not syched with the rating on the bow and *also* eat a -2 penalty to hit) and not because you're getting strength buffs. Bracers of Falcon's Aim and getting Gravity Bow from...somewhere...are also good spell/equip items to aim for.
Fair enough, Dangerously Curious takes a while to accumulate the +19 bonus to be worth it. There is also Pragmatic Activator to use Int instead of Cha for UMD; might be better than +1 trait bonus and +3 class skill from dangerously curious.
Sir Thugsalot wrote:
Zen Archer gets Weapon Focus at level 2 as a bonus feat. As for Deflect Arrows...it just doesn't come up that often in my experience. And you can get it packaged w/ Snatch Arrows if you just wait till level 10... In a game where enemy archers are common, it's much better.
I do wish it was more tied to the number of spells and level of spells on the target. My biggest issue w/ Reciprocal Gyre is that it has the exact same nasty status effect and duration whether you have a enlarge person and nothing else active, or if you can form the entire alphabet with all your active spells. And really, it's the status effect that's the worst part of it, though I have had characters who would eat the entire 25d12 damage given their prodigious amount of buffs.
If you can use the Local feat Noble Scion (not the one on d20pfsrd it removed it for reasons I do not fathom; check archives of nethys), there is an option for house...Narikopolus (spelling?) that gives +2 damage with a bow rated to your strength and can only be taken at level 1. It makes a good level 1 Zen Archer feat if you can get it. Otherwise... It gets tougher. Perhaps get a style feat, or work towards one you like. Not many are useful to a zen archer (crane was, but since the crane wing nerf, it is not), I guess Monkey Style is decent (can't shoot a bow while prone, after all). Also consider Additional Traits, since many traits are better than half a feat (or even a whole feat), so another 2 of them is handy. Stuff like Dangerously Curious, Lessons of Chaldira, Defensive Strategist, Wisdom in the Flesh, Fate's Favored... Most of those are religion traits and you can only pick one of them, though.
Level 3 is Deadly Aim.
If there's another archer in the party, Target of Opportunity is a great teamwork feat. It won't let you use ki the next round for an extra shot, but on the other hand...it gives you an extra shot w/0 having to spend ki. Lookout is also a good teamwork feat if you can coordinate with the other player.
Your bonus feats are pretty simple until level 10.
Do not bother with the Snap Shot line unless your DM houserules them. It requires burning two completely worthless feats and doesn't pay off till BAB +9 (Improved Snap Shot), which...you'll have to wait for longer than ranger and fighter despite being the only one with a similar class feature already.
I never even considered that walking around with my sling pre-loaded was an issue. Certainly not in a dungeon, if not for 8 hours of overland travel. Do people have issue with pre-loaded crossbows too?! You can loosely wrap the straps around the sling pocket enough to secure it if you keep it on your person in a manner where it won't be tumbling around much. Seems like a ridiculously trivial thing to not allow "because realism."
Yeah, of course it's not as helpful to visually obvious buffs. But even then, it might not be so easy for the enemy to figure out. My robed dude is flying, for example. Is it Fly? Is it Overland Flight? Is it the Flight hex, and thus not even dispellable? Without detect magic / arcane sight to examine, it might well be hard to tell.
Dump charisma to the moon, try to keep str at 10-12 if you're not starting at level 3; wisdom is still handy for will and perception but you need no more than 12 at most.
Yeah, it works for CMB. But sadly most maneuvers are limited to one size larger or only work on foes w/ manufactured weapons. The only real option for such a character is grapple, which PF actually removed all size restrictions on, oddly enough. You could hypothetically make a pixie that suplexes the tarrasque.
PF has opened up an "interesting" new tactic of using "buffer buffs." Note how the dispel order goes by CL, not spell level. Most spells will often be from the same source (you?) and thus, same CL. This can be exploited at high levels when you've got a dozen long duration buffs and some short range ones running...
Say you've got some specific, higher level buffs you'd really not like to lose, that are of utmost importance to you. You can use the rules for intentionally casting at a lower CL than you have (as long as it's high enough to cast the spell) to cast them a 1 CL below your max! Why do this? Because then you can put up all your low level buffs (that can be cheaply replaced with pearls of power) at max CL, and bam! Unless the enemy knows which buffs to specifically target, the insignificant buffs act as a buffer for the important ones!
I've done this before in high level PF games; it really is quite effective at lowering your risk to dispels. I throw up completely pointless 1st level or even 0 level spells for no other reason than to act as a buffer, it's hilarious.
Yeah yeah, ring of counterspells. But that'll only save you once, DM could be persistent so it helps to have extra contingencies. I had both.
It wasn't any help in 3E; dispel can just take a crack at every spell you have to try and get rid of it. Also, Reciprocal Gyre existed to punish mages for being heavily buffed with spells. I highly encourage porting the spell over to PF, btw.
Since this has been necro'd, I'll repeat myself. Once more, for emphasis:
In any case, this is ONLY an issue for the Magus, so while I agree primary casters are quite powerful and don't mind harsh rules readings to nerf them... Wizards don't care about this tail nonsense anyway. Their hands are totally free between the mithral buckler strapped to their arm and the complete lack of need for a weapon. Trying to come down against using the tail for rods doesn't actually hurt the powerful casters. It would just hurt the Magus, which is a perfectly middle tier, reasonably balanced fighter/mage hybrid class.
PF did buff regular dispel to scale all the way up to +20 (in 3.5, dispel magic capped at +10 and greater went to +20....that was basically the only difference between the two spells, in fact), but other than that, it's all nerf.
That's a pretty hefty nerf.
3.5 Dispel Magic wrote:
PF Dispel Magic wrote:
Targeted Dispel: One object, creature, or spell is the target of the dispel magic spell. You make one dispel check (1d20 + your caster level) and compare that to the spell with highest caster level (DC = 11 + the spell's caster level). If successful, that spell ends. If not, compare the same result to the spell with the next highest caster level. Repeat this process until you have dispelled one spell affecting the target, or you have failed to dispel every spell.
PF Greater Dispel Magic wrote:
Targeted Dispel: This functions as a targeted dispel magic, but it can dispel one spell for every four caster levels you possess, starting with the highest level spells and proceeding to lower level spells.
Confusion, due to how it works, is exponentially better when it hits multiple foes nearby, as they will likely start killing each other. On one enemy, it's much less effective.
Confusion bomb used to trade needing to hit touch AC and being single target for not having a save. While as the spell hits a radius. Now, you need to hit *and* have them fail a save, and you still have to toss out a bunch of them before you match the effect of the actual spell.
Yeah, I'll pass.
Glorious Heat (used with orisons like Spark) was never broken. Infinite out of combat healing already exists by level 5, it's called wands of Cure Light Wounds. Someone taking a craft feat (say...wondrous items) instead of GH would have to pay for wands of CLW, but the savings on gear would more than make up for it.
I loved using Glorious Heat with Spark on my Druid. I took out candles and dished out "hippy healing" by lighting them. Way more interesting than poking someone with a wand over and over.
I would be proud of them nerfing a caster thing, except...as is usually the case when they nerf a caster thing, it hurts noncasters more (infinite healing and little to no per day resources means they can actually fight "all day"). The other time they nerf caster stuff is when it's an anti-caster caster thing, like Dispel Magic.
You apply it to a damage roll. You do not roll damage unless you hit. If your first unarmed strike of the round misses, it did not have a damage roll to apply the bonus to. So it has to be the first successful unarmed strike, by logic.
How is that so?
Natural Attacks wrote:
Creatures with natural attacks and attacks made with weapons can use both as part of a full attack action (although often a creature must forgo one natural attack for each weapon clutched in that limb, be it a claw, tentacle, or slam). Such creatures attack with their weapons normally but treat all of their available natural attacks as secondary attacks during that attack, regardless of the attack’s original type.
He's not get hand-based attacks like claws since he's using his hands to sword-fight and cast...that's why I'm going with the bite. I'm not even really using it "with spell combat"...I'm using it at the end of my full attack I made as part of spell combat.
As for what I want him to do...I want a competent melee character with various options, less concerned with sheer damage output. The fatigue, demoralize, and rime spell would all be debuffing effects, so they all would fit pretty well.
There isn't much of a reason, really. In D&D 3E, they recognized this and made the feat Hand Crossbow Focus, which is basically Rapid Reload and Weapon Focus in one feat. Which is nice since crossbow is probably the most feat-heavy weapon in the game.
Also note that Rogues, Drow, and some others get hand crossbow proficiency. Almost everyone also gets light crossbow prof, but there are ways to use it w/o needing to spend a feat on exotic weapon prof.
So, I'm trying to make a Tiefling Hexcrafter Bladebound (and might as well...) Fiend Flayer Magus for a game that's starting at level 2 and going until 7th-9th level. Going Dervish Dance. Given that level range, I'm considering blasphemy and not taking either of the traits that gives -1 spell level, since intensified shocking grasp does nothing till 6th anyway. Taking Scaled Skin, Maw (I assume since spell combat is a full attack again, I can chain the bite to the end), prehensile tail, and vestigial wings variants.
But I am stuck on what to do... One of my traits will be Blade of Mercy, I just like it for thematic reasons for my character. Feats will be Finesse (1st), DD (3rd), and then from 5th on...just Extra Arcana / Extra Hex. Arcana Hexes will probably be Slumber (4th), Flight (5th; feat), Divinatory Strike (6th; it's just too cool not to take), and then maybe Prehensile Hair or one of the arcanas that actually spends pool points.
I'm torn on what to do with my other trait and my 5th level bonus feat, though.
Option 1: Two-World Magic for Touch of Fatigue, to combine w/ spell combat / spellstrike for a nice debuff (it's just nifty...I already have brand for infinite extra attacks) and Enforcer feat.
Option 2: Either metamagic reducer trait on Frostbite, then Rime Spell at 5th level.
If it matters, I have 25 point but and figure my stats will be Str 12, Dex 18, Con 14, Int 18, Wis 12, Cha 5 after race. I could drop str and wis for less horrible charisma...but I don't think it's worth it, even if it means my intimidate modifier is awful.
Which route should I go?
EDIT: Bonus question! I can't afford a mithral buckler yet, is it worth 5% ASF for +1 AC from a regular masterwork buckler? I'm...really having trouble finding stuff to buy when I can't spend more than 500 gp on any one item. Probably will just get a lot of scrolls of infernal healing and other 1st level spells.
Hmm, this looks promising, too. Psionic Trip, obviously it's from 3rd party psionics. Expend your psionic focus when you trip someone to also throw them a distance away. Best used with Half-Giant, so you count as size large (huge with enlarge person), and Psionic Meditation. Possibly as a Psychic Warrior for Hustle so you can recover the focus as a swift action for 3 power points.
Psionic Bullrush works the exact opposite; when you bull rush someone and expend focus, they also go prone. But since sending someone far with bull rush is hard (winning by another 5 points per 5 ft...) and it doesn't improve at all with level, *and* because trip replaces individual attacks and is weapon-based...I'd go with the former feat route since you actually have both options to choose.
Check out the 3rd party psionics stuff. Soulknife (who doesn't even USE psionic powers unless you take a certain archetype) has a blade skill called Focused Offense. As long as he has psionic focus, he uses Wis for attack *and* damage rolls with his mindblade. Then add in the Soulbolt archetype, which turns the mindblade into a ranged weapon but otherwise works as a mindblade. Two levels of Soulbolt, and you have a ranged attacker getting Wisdom to attack and damage.
You should tell the ranger's player about the enemies they are going to be facing.
I will also agree with this. It's a significant class feature, and really.. the character lives in the campaign world, he should have some idea of what enemies are common anyway. You can wait till a later level to "reveal" the best one if you must; as long as the one he picks at level 1 is still fairly common, it's not going to waste. If you wait till beyond level 5 to let him discover the most common type of enemy, he'll no longer have a chance to max out that particular favored enemy (at 5th level you get a new one and can add +2 to either the old one or the new one; all FE choices past 5th level miss this +2 so it's impossible for them to ever reach the highest FE bonus you can get w/o retraining).
Ideally, you'd just crack open Tome of Battle from 3E and the entire Setting Sun discipline is judo.
If PF only...I'd try to just fluff something else as "throwing," it'd probably have to be bull rush. The only good bull rushing build, IMO, is to use Shield Slam to get it on every hit, so you'd probably want Ranger 6 for it and shield master. Alternatively, you could go barbarian and take the knockback rage power, but that's only once per round. Might be enough... Then there's maneuver master monk for flurry of maneuvers and some other CMB bonuses. It's not worth taking past level 6, but...neither is the Ranger idea and Barbarian could be dropped even earlier than that. You could also go Synthesist Summoner if Push is an evolution...I forget.
There is also the Squash Flat feat, which lets you also trip someone when you win the bull rush by 5 or more. That would help to replicate a throw pretty well. You force them to move away from you and send them sprawling to the ground.
Don't do Ki Throw, though. It's really bad and way too costly in ki...
Granted, I haven't DM'd that much compared to how much I've played.
An ~10 month long campaign, my current campaign that's been going on for almost 8 months, and a few one-shots.
I'm quite happy with the number. I consider it best to take PCs to the edge, to make them fear death and defeat...but never quite cross the threshold. Walking that tight rope without fudging is hard, way harder than just indifferently wasting characters.
Now, I do "cheat" in some ways... One of the one shots was an arena fight monitored so that none of the participants could die. And in my current campaign each person in the party has both a 1/day ability to turn a death strike into one that leaves them at -9 hp (it's D&D 3.5, you die at -10) and stable and one of the players has a limited use immediate action ability to "see the future" and change it (he can force a reroll, let an ally move out of the way, etc...). The former's from the campaign setting, the latter I added in. I also point out spells like Breath of Life or the 3E Revivify and Close Wounds and encourage their use.
Also, I did kill off a PC a week after the player left after throwing a fit at another player and refused to come back. But...that's what happens when you go up close to a raging barbarian to deliver a color spray and he makes the save. ;)
You do have to watch out, though. Sometimes paizo might add a feat to a class's bonus list but not edit the class list to include it or mention it at all in the new book's class entry. For example, APG added Point Blank Master to the Ranger's bonus feat list at 6th (but oddly it requires having Weapon Focus when ranger usually can ignore all requirements...and WF isn't the only requirement of PBM normally) for archery style. Archery style nor the Ranger class entry in APG reflect this. Also still curious is if the Crossbow style also gets it added or not.
I don't know of any feats that got covertly added to the monk list offhand, but it is possible one does exist or will in the future...
Any spell that has an attack roll and can auto-miss on a 1 or threaten a "crit" (whether or not it has any damage to actually multiply) and auto hit on a 20 should be considered weapon-like, so effects that apply to weapon attack/damage should apply.
That's my view, though. The RAW in PF is pretty convoluted and stupid, you're probably out of luck if your DM plays by strict RAW.
Haste is a bit of a waste if you cast it at level 4. Blessing of Fervor is more useful for a combat Oracle and overlaps.
No, Haste is better for a combat character, BoF is slightly better for casters. Most groups prefer haste, though when they're going to be cast at the same spell level anyway...it is a bit of a waste to make it your one and only wizard spell of 3rd level that you pick up.
Not sure what spells to choose overall, but I definitely 2nd Emergency Force Sphere. It's so stupidly good.
Contingency would also be a great pick-up. Then you can get the healing and status effect removal cleric spells combined with it. At high levels, Contingent Heal is nice.