Is Samurai an option?


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Hello, I am looking pretty hard at making the transition from 1e to 2e. Samurai was an alternate cavalier option in 1e. With the way class feats work now, is a samurai "class" still an option.

Pathfinder is very new to me overall, so I apologize for any ignorance buried in this question.


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If you mean the same as PF1 or 5e no. But you can easily flavor a fighter as samurai with katana and all.

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Yeah, mechanically there is no Cavalier. But creating a Champion (probably Paladin) or Fighter who uses a katana is pretty easy, and will have some very similar thematic stuff available if you build for it.

What part of the Samurai class is important to you, both thematically and mechanically? We can probably suggest build elements to do some of the same stuff.


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Ranger could also grab a horse for mounted archery or polearm use, if that is your flavor.


Deadmanwalking wrote:

Yeah, mechanically there is no Cavalier. But creating a Champion (probably Paladin) or Fighter who uses a katana is pretty easy, and will have some very similar thematic stuff available if you build for it.

What part of the Samurai class is important to you, both thematically and mechanically? We can probably suggest build elements to do some of the same stuff.

It is definitely more for thematic purposes than mechanical. I am currently running an underground campaign in 1e and when one of my players offered up the Samurai as a character option, I suggested that the core mounted feats of the class would be difficult in this campaign.

Since I am considering on running the new AP in 2e, I wanted to determine if it's a feasible option still. If I can dig in and combine feats to flavor up one, I think he will be happy with the changes.


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I hoping that the Swashbuckler would do very well for Samurai Jack and the like.


Darthdavid wrote:
If you mean the same as PF1 or 5e no. But you can easily flavor a fighter as samurai with katana and all.

The option to flavor one up is good. Thank you. I know challenge and its variations are core to the 1e Samurai. I am sure my player will appreciate a more thematic build if feats similar to 1e mechanics are not available. I will go ahead and grab a core HB and dig around.


There is no Cavalier or Samurai class.

But if you want a Samurai character there's nothing stopping you from picking a fighter or a champion and building something that would suit you.

If they're after similar mechanics from the PF1 Samurai....well there just isn't anything like it and probably wont be.

The closest you might get is a ranger and their ability to add bonus damage on hunted prey.


Can grab that feat that boosts will save to have something like Resolve, at least! Or TWF if he was into the Daisho stuff. Fighter can pull it off pretty well.


You could also multiclass Ranger with Fighter. Samurai were expected to be good with the bow and be able to hunt.

Animal Companion for Mount, Hunter's Edge reflavoured as their fighting style.
Then Fighter for the Heavy Armour etc.

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