I have a Halfling rogue that I'm not all that excited about. He just hit 3XP, but I haven't played him at 2nd level yet, so I'm going to retrain him.
Potential solution #1: Retrain him by giving him the Scout archetype from the APG. I know a lot of people don't like rogues no matter what they look like, but I'd like to stick with the class if I can. The Scout archetype was the best fit for his background / personality.
Problem: Unless I'm missing something, my retrained Scout wouldn't have Knowledge (nature) or Survival as class skills, since he'd still be a rogue. If he's going to be an outdoorsy-type character, these skills would probably be helpful, and it would be a lot more fun to have the class skill +3 bonus along with them.
Potential solution #2: Retrain him by switching him to the ranger class.
Problem: I like the ranger class a lot, but I don't really want to make this particular character a ranger. I don't mind changing all of his stats and mechanics, but I've grown attached to his personality and background, and I don't know that they'd jive here.
How you can help me: Which of these solutions seems like the better choice? Or is there another solution I'm overlooking?
* I thought about mutli-classing him, but if he's going to pursue ranger from here on out, I'd really like to have the favored class bonus of +1hp or +1 skill point, which he wouldn't have, since he'd still have some rogue in him. (Or can I retrain him by simply changing his favored class to ranger, keep the 1 level of rogue, and go with ranger from now on?)
Thanks for your time and thoughts!