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Ancestral Arms, Exotic Weapons, and BAB 0

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Grand Lodge

3 people marked this as FAQ candidate.

The wording of the Half-elf alternate racial trait Ancestral Arms says that you gain Exotic or Martial weapon proficiency with one weapon as a bonus feat at 1st level.

However, Exotic Weapon proficiency requires BAB 1. Does this mean that a Half-elf with a class that gives less than full BAB cannot take Ancestral Arms in an exotic weapon?

Liberty's Edge

Id say no as the trait isn't the feat nor does it grant the feat persay.

It does, actually.

Ancestral Arms: Some half-elves receive training in an unusual weapon. Half-elves with this racial trait receive Exotic Weapon Proficiency or Martial Weapon Proficiency with one weapon as a bonus feat at 1st level. This racial trait replaces the adaptability racial trait.

Since it's a bonus feat though, and a racial one as well, I'd let them have the proficiency.

It lacks the "The character must still meet the prerequisites." clause that bonus feats that respect said prereqs have, as well.

The general rule (and there's exceptions) seems to be that if something grants a specific feat, you get it regardless of prerequisites, and if something grants a choice of feats, you have to qualify for the one you take.

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