You learn your first mechanic trick at 2nd level and an additional trick every 2 levels thereafter. Mechanic tricks all require you to meet a minimum mechanic level, and they are organized accordingly. Some mechanic tricks require you to satisfy other prerequisites, such as having other tricks.
You must be 2nd level or higher to choose these mechanic tricks.
You have a soft touch and naturally conceal signs of your tampering. Do not increase the DC of Engineering checks to hide your attempts to disable a device.
As a move action, you can fortify an item you touch against attack. The item’s hardness increases by an amount equal to your mechanic level (to a maximum of double its normal hardness) for 1 round. If the item is one you are wearing or holding, you can use this ability as a purely defensive reaction to an attack against it.
In a process that requires an hour of uninterrupted work, you can hide a non-consumable piece of technological gear inside a larger technological object (something of higher bulk). For instance, you can conceal a personal comm unit inside a pair of hoverskates (Starfinder Armory 104) or a detonator inside a basic medkit. The concealed item easily passes casual inspection, but someone using a scanner or performing a close inspection can discover it with a successful Perception check (DC = 10 + your total Engineering skill modifier – the concealed item’s bulk [minimum 1]). Both devices retain their normal functionality and require their own batteries, but if the concealed device requires a skill check to use, the user takes a –2 penalty to that skill check. You can’t conceal weapons or armor or conceal items in weapons or armor. Starting at 5th level, you can conceal the functional parts of a technological item or a ranged weapon inside a technological object of the same size, as long as that object is at least 1 bulk. For instance, you can conceal an azimuth laser pistol inside a large-enough musical instrument (Armory 105) or a pulsecaster pistol inside a beacon. Concealing a weapon in this way imposes a –2 penalty to attack rolls with that weapon and reduces its range by half. This requires an additional hour of work and an amount of UPBs equal to 10% of the concealed item. In either case, do not combine the bulk of the two devices; only the higher bulk counts toward a character’s bulk limit.
You can hack a computer within 30 feet of a foe to distract that foe, such as with a sudden noise or an image. You must be able to access the computer (whether it is your own computer or you are within range to access one manually or via remote hack). This functions as a feint action except that it uses your Computers skill instead of Bluff, so you can apply the benefits of Improved Feint and Greater Feint if you have them.
As a standard action, you can use your custom rig to activate an energy shield around yourself. This shield provides you with a number of temporary Hit Points equal to your Intelligence modifier plus your mechanic level. The shield remains active for 1 minute per mechanic level or until all of its temporary Hit Points are depleted, whichever comes first. Once used, you cannot use this ability again until you spend 1 Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points after a 10-minute rest; your shield automatically shuts off during this period of rest.
Whenever you attempt to hack a system and fail the check, you immediately become aware of any countermeasures that were activated due to your failure. You can then select one of these countermeasures and attempt another Computers check (with the same DC as the original). If you succeed at this second check, you can prevent that countermeasure from activating, as if you had not attempted to access the system at all. Any other countermeasures have their normal effect.
As a standard action, you can attempt to hack into the cybernetics installed in a creature you can see within 60 feet with a Computers check (DC = 15 + 1-1/2 × the target’s CR). If you succeed, choose one of the target’s cybernetic implants; your exocortex forms a secret wireless link to that augmentation, allowing you to record what it experiences. You can see what a cybernetic eye sees, hear what a cybernetic ear hears, copy the data a datajack downloads, or track the movement of a cybernetic hand (potentially learning combinations or keystrokes). You can maintain this link until your target moves more than 500 feet from you, you fall unconscious or asleep, or you choose to end it (this takes no action). You must have an exocortex to learn this trick.
With 1 minute of work, you can use your custom rig to create a basic computer interface on a natural unworked surface, such as on the ground, a tree, or a rock face. The interface requires a power source and uses 1 charge per hour. If you are a plant creature, this instead takes a standard action and does not require a power source. The interface is attuned to unmodified material of the type on which it is placed. You know the general direction and distance of attuned materials, and you can use the interface to surveil its surroundings at distance of up to 50 feet × your mechanic level. The surveillance square has ordinary vision but can see only out to 30 feet.
Once per day, as a reaction when you fail a saving throw against a mind-affecting effect, you can shunt that effect into your exocortex instead. When you do so, you are not affected by the mind-affecting effect, but for the normal duration of that effect, you lose the Skill Focus feat granted by your exocortex’s memory module and cannot use any of the exocortex’s abilities in any way (including any proficiencies and mods it grants you). When a mind-affecting effect is shunted into the exocortex, spells such as dispel magic or break enchantment can be cast on you to end the effect as if you were affected by it. Once the duration of the mindaffecting effect has ended, your exocortex resumes its normal functions. You must have an exocortex to learn this trick.
Your visual data processor allows you to see better in conditions of poor lighting, granting you low-light vision and darkvision to a range of 60 feet. You must have the visual data processor mechanic trick to learn this trick.
As a standard action, you can use your custom rig to overcharge and attack with a ranged energy weapon or a melee weapon with the powered special property (see page 181) that you’re holding. If you hit, you deal 1d6 additional damage of the same type the weapon normally deals. This attack uses three times as many charges from the battery or power cell as normal and can’t be used if the weapon doesn’t have enough charges. This trick has no effect on a weapon without a battery or power cell. You can instead use this ability as a move action on a touched powered weapon that is unattended or attended by an ally to grant the same effect to that weapon’s next attack before the beginning of your next turn.
How does the mechanic’s overcharge mechanic trick work with powered melee weapons?
When you use the overcharge mechanic trick with a powered melee weapon, subtract 3 rounds (18 seconds) from the powered weapon’s duration (instead of using additional charges). This trick can’t be used if the weapon’s battery does not have at least 3 rounds of duration left.
You have augmented the performance of your AI for maximum response timing. You gain a +2 insight bonus to initiative checks, and either you (if you have an exocortex) or your drone (if you have a drone) gains a +2 insight bonus to Reflex saves.
As a full action or as a move action by spending 1 Resolve Point, you can cause a powered weapon (either a ranged energy weapon or a melee weapon with the powered special property) in your possession to explode. You can use the weapon as if it were a grenade of the weapon’s item level or lower dealing the weapon’s normal damage type, except the weapon has a range increment of only 10 feet unless it is a thrown weapon. If someone tries to attack with the weapon, it explodes as a grenade would instead, centered on the user, and the user doesn’t receive a Reflex save to negate the grenade’s effect (if any). Once you’ve primed a weapon to explode in this way, it’s difficult to reverse the effect, requiring 8 hours of work and a successful Engineering check (DC = 15 + your Engineering bonus); failing the check by 5 or more detonates the weapon. Once detonated, the weapon is destroyed, just like a grenade.
You can use your custom rig to recharge batteries. You can spend 10 minutes in contact with a battery and restore its charges to full. Once you have used your portable charging station a number of times per day equal to your Intelligence bonus (minimum 1), you can’t do so again for 24 hours.
You can use your custom rig to supply limited power for up to 1 minute to a computer or starship system that lacks power. If this system is part of a much larger network, this trick does not supply power to the entire network, just to a limited point of access (typically a terminal), which might greatly limit functionality. Once you have used portable power on a system, you cannot do so again on that system for 24 hours.
Once per day as a reaction when you fail a Reflex saving throw against an attack or spell that deals damage, if your drone is within 10 feet of the line between you and the damaging effect, you can direct your drone to interpose itself between you and the source of that damage. Your drone takes the damage the attack would have dealt to you, and you take no damage. If your drone is reduced to 0 Hit Points, it is destroyed until you repair it or build a new drone. You must have the drone option of the artificial intelligence class feature to choose this trick.
As a standard action, you can temporarily patch up a broken
weapon or technological item to suppress the penalties from
the broken condition for 1 minute per mechanic level. This
does not restore any Hit Points to the item, and it does not
function on an item reduced to 0 Hit Points.
Additionally, when filling the engineer role during starship combat, once per combat you can perform the hold it together action in the same round you perform another engineering action.
When you attempt to patch a system on a starship, you reduce the number of actions required to do so by one. This does not reduce the time needed to patch a glitching system, but you can patch two systems with one action.
When you attempt to repair an item, you can do so in half the time normally required (to a minimum of a full action).
As a full action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to modify a
touched vehicle’s engine with your custom rig to get a little
more or less power out of it for 1 minute per mechanic level
or until you undo it as a full action. The vehicle gains a +10
foot enhancement bonus to its speed and a +50 feet (+5 mph)
enhancement bonus to its full speed (to a maximum of double)
and its Piloting modifier is reduced by 2. You can also penalize
its speed to increase its piloting modifier.
Additionally, when filling the engineer role during starship combat you use the recalibrate engine ability in place of any other engineering action. The ship gains a +2 enhancement bonus to its speed for 1 turn, and the Piloting check made in the Helm phase to determine the order of movement of starships gains a +2 enhancement bonus, but all other Piloting checks made that turn take a –5 penalty.
When you spend 10 minutes to repair your drone, you repair 25% of its maximum Hit Points instead of 10%. You must have a drone to learn this trick.
You know how to modify the functions of UPBs to radically
alter how items work. With 10 minutes of work, you can
modify a technological item so that it temporarily functions
as any other lower-level technological item of the same or
lower bulk (losing its original function while in this new form).
The item must have an item level and bulk no greater than
half your mechanic level. If the new item requires a battery
that has more charges than the original device’s battery (or
another source of power or fuel not present in the original
item), you must also provide the appropriate battery or power
source. Any charges or similar expenditure from the new item
come from the original item (if possible) or the new power
source you install (if one was required). The new item retains
the original item’s bulk. Any damage dealt to the new item
is retained when it returns to its original form. If the item is
broken or destroyed in its modified form, it remains broken
or destroyed when it returns to its original form and must be
repaired or replaced normally.
This change lasts for 10 minutes per mechanic level or until you undo it with 10 minutes of work. You cannot modify or produce armor, augmentations, hybrid or magic items, items with limited uses or charges (such as batteries, drugs, or fuel), or weapons, although you can produce an item that uses charges from a battery or fuel if there is a separate battery or power source to power it. At 5th level, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to use this ability to modify an item whose level is equal to your mechanic level, giving it the function of a lower-level item.
You can use your knowledge of machines and technology to repair androids and robots. Whenever you attempt a Medicine check to assist an android, SRO, or other creature with the constructed racial trait or construct (technological) subtype, you can use your Engineering skill instead of Medicine to achieve the same results (Starfinder Core Rulebook 143). Your custom rig acts as a medkit for this purpose (or an advanced medkit, if you are 5th level or higher).
You notice even the smallest shifts in movement, temperature, and vibration, gaining the insight bonus from your bypass class feature to Perception skill checks.
You must be 8th level or higher to choose these mechanic tricks.
As a standard action, you can use your custom rig to modify
a touched suit of light armor, heavy armor, or powered armor,
granting it a number of temporary Hit Points equal to half
your mechanic level. Any damage to the armor or its wearer
is subtracted from these temporary Hit Points first. These
temporary Hit Points last 1 minute or until reduced to 0.
Once you use this ability, you can’t do so again unless you
expend a Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points following a
Additionally, when acting in the engineer role during starship combat, instead of taking any other action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to modify a single quadrant of your starship. You bolster that section of the ship’s armor or defensive countermeasures, increasing the ship’s Armor Class or Target Lock (respectively) in that quadrant by 2 for a number of rounds equal to your mechanic level; alternatively, you can restore a number of Shield Points in that quadrant equal to your mechanic level.
Your energy shield grants you a number of temporary Hit Points equal to your Intelligence modifier + double your mechanic level. In addition, if you have already used your shield, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to use it again without having to regain Stamina Points first. This replenishes your shield’s temporary Hit Points to full. You must have the energy shield mechanic trick to learn this trick.
As a full action while in contact with your drone, you can reconfigure it into a mechanical drone suit (or a backpack-like apparatus, for the Tiny hover drone) that you can wear. While in this form, the drone can’t take any actions or use any of its abilities, but you gain either the drone’s flight system mods if you have a hover drone, reactive camouflage (and an invisibility field if your drone has it) if you have a stealth drone, or reductive plating if you have a combat drone. You can end the meld and return the drone to its normal form as a full action. Though it normally acts on your turn just after you, the drone can take no actions on that turn other than transforming back.
When you are within 10 feet of a trapped or malfunctioning machine or computer, you receive a free Computers, Engineering, or Perception check (as decided by the GM) to notice the trap or defect, whether or not you are actively looking. In addition, due to your intimate knowledge of your ship, you receive one of these checks whenever you board your ship to notice if anything is wrong with the ship’s systems.
Whenever you use the Computers skill to access a system and you fail to overcome its defenses by 4 or less, you do not trigger any countermeasures and there is no log of your attempt. If you fail by 5 or more, any countermeasures take effect against you as normal.
Your custom rig can project holographic images as a standard action as often as you like, as per 2nd-level holographic image except it can create speech and has a range of only 120 feet.
You further improve the response time of your AI. If you have a drone, your drone gains a +1 insight bonus to AC. In addition, if your drone is subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex save for half damage, it takes no damage if it succeeds at its saving throw. If you have an exocortex, you gain a +1 insight bonus to AC. In addition, whenever you fail a Reflex saving throw, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to reroll the saving throw (see page 243) and take the higher result. You must have the overclocking mechanic trick to learn this trick.
When you successfully hack into a creature’s cybernetics using implant ghost, you can instead choose for your exocortex to broadcast garbage signals to the chosen implant, inflicting deleterious effects, depending on the system in which the implant is installed. If the implant is installed in an arm, hand, or brain, the target takes a –2 penalty to attack rolls. If the implant is installed in the ears or eyes, the target takes a –4 penalty to Perception checks. If the implant is installed in a foot or leg, the target takes a –2 penalty to Reflex saves, and if the implant is installed in any other system, the target takes a –2 penalty to Fortitude saves. A different penalty can be imparted at the GM’s discretion. Once established, this link lasts 1 round for every mechanic level you has, unless the target moves more than 100 feet from you, you fall unconscious, or you choose to end it (this takes no action). You must have an exocortex and the implant ghost mechanic trick to learn this trick.
The additional damage of the overcharge mechanic trick increases to 2d6. You must have the overcharge mechanic trick to learn this trick.
Your visual data processor now allows you to see invisible creatures as per see invisibility. You must have the visual data processor mechanic trick to learn this trick.
You can modify a weapon or armor upgrade (either of which must not be archaic or analog) with the tech tinkerer mechanic trick. You can turn a weapon into another weapon or an armor upgrade into another armor upgrade, or turn either a weapon or an armor upgrade into a technological item. If you turn a weapon into another weapon that uses a different type of ammunition, you must provide that ammunition separately. You must have the tech tinkerer mechanic trick to learn this trick.
As a standard action, you can use your custom rig to modify a
touched ranged small arm, longarm, or heavy weapon. You can
increase its range increment by 20 feet (or double, whichever is
less), but doing so reduces the weapon’s damage dice by 1 when
wielded by anyone other than you (for example, a weapon that
would normally deal 3d8 damage deals 2d8 damage instead;
a weapon reduced to 0 dice does 1 damage) or reduce its save
DC by 2 for weapons that don’t use damage dice. You can
instead reduce the range increment of such a weapon with a
range increment of at least 40 feet to one-quarter its normal
range and either increase its damage by 1d6 of its usual type or
increase its save DC by 1 (for weapons that do not use damage
dice). The item must be unattended or held by a willing
creature. This change lasts for 1 minute per mechanic level
or until you reverse the effect with a move action.
Additionally, when filling the engineer role during starship combat, instead of taking any other action you can spend 1 Resolve Point to modify a single non-capital weapon. You either extend or shorten the weapon’s range by one step; doing so reduces its damage dice by 1 (such as 4d4 to 3d4, with weapons reduced to 0 dice doing 1 damage) or increases its damage by 1d6, respectively. You can’t reduce a weapon’s range below short or extend it beyond long. Any change lasts for 1 round per mechanic level or until you undo the recalibration as a push engineer action.
Even when your energy shield is inactive, the ambient energy protects you from a particular type of energy attack. Choose acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic. You gain resistance 5 against that energy type. You must have the energy shield mechanic trick to learn this trick.
You’re always crafting rudimentary bots in your spare time, and can use them to scout. It takes you 10 minutes and 1 Resolve Point to create a scoutbot. A scoutbot is a Small technological construct, its EAC and KAC are equal to 10 + your mechanic level, and it has 1 Hit Point per mechanic level you have (and no Stamina Points). It has a land speed of 30 feet, and you can control its movements with your custom rig as a move action. It has a camera that streams visual and auditory data back to your rig. The scoutbot uses your saving throw bonuses if necessary. It is untrained in all skills and has a +0 bonus in all of them, though you can use your own Perception skill when examining the feed from its stream. Once created, the scoutbot lasts for 1 minute per mechanic level you have before falling apart unless otherwise destroyed.
You can use your overload or override class feature to damage a creature. When you successfully use overload to cause a short in an electronic device in someone’s possession and the item’s owner fails their Reflex saving throw, that creature takes electricity damage as a result of the power surge. This surge deals 1d6 electricity damage per 4 levels of mechanic you have. When you use your override class feature to affect an android, drone, robot, or other creature with the technological subtype, that creature takes 1d6 electrical damage per 2 levels of mechanic you have and can attempt a Reflex saving throw (DC = 10 + half your mechanic level + your Intelligence modifier) to negate this damage.
Choose two mechanic tricks you meet the prerequisites for but don’t have. Once per day as a move action, you can gain one of these tricks for 10 minutes. Each time you gain a mechanic level, you can replace one of these mechanic tricks with another that you meet the prerequisites for but don’t have.
You must be 14th level or higher to choose these mechanic tricks.
If you have a drone, your drone gains an additional basic mod. If you have an exocortex, you gain an additional basic mod. It can’t be a basic mod taken a second time as an advanced mod. You can rebuild this extra mod when you gain a mechanic level as with any other mod, but you can’t rebuild this mod to convert it into the advanced version of the mod.
Choose an additional energy type from resistant energy. You gain resistance 15 against both this and your original energy type. You must have the energy shield and resistant energy mechanic tricks to learn this trick.
You are adept at recalibrating and enhancing a starship’s
systems. When acting in the engineer or chief mate
(see pages 146–148) roles during starship combat,
instead of taking any other action, you can spend 1
Resolve Point to temporarily boost your starship’s
capabilities. Choose one of the following options.
Any change lasts for 1 turn of starship combat per
mechanic level. A ship can benefit from only one of these
options at a time; if it gains another of these benefits
from any source, any previous inventive engineer
Amplify Shields: You double the regeneration speed of your ship’s shields.
Angle Shields: Select one weapon arc of your starship. Any attack made against you from a starship in that arc takes a –1 penalty to the attack roll.
Countermeasures: Your starship’s TL increased by 1.
Low Power Mode: You reduce the PCU cost of a specific system by 10 (minimum 5 PCU).
Speed Boost: You increase your ship’s speed by 2 hexes.
As a move action, you can use your custom rig’s holographic projector to project a holographic image in a direct overlay over an invisible creature within 120 feet, and your custom rig’s computer moves the image to follow the invisible creature, effectively negating the creature’s invisibility as long as it remains within 120 feet of you. If it moves beyond that range, it breaks the effect until you use this ability again. You must have the holographic projector, invisibility bypass processor, and visual data processor mechanic tricks to learn this trick.
When you use your drone meld trick, your drone retains access to one of its basic mods. If the mod grants the drone abilities, attacks, or senses, you can use that ability, attack, or sense. If the mod lets the drone take an action without you commanding it to (such as the medical subroutine mod), the drone can end the drone meld and perform that action if the circumstances that would normally cause it to do so are fulfilled. If the mod requires equipment or tools that are not granted as part of the mod, you must have the appropriate equipment or tolls, separate from your drone, to use the mod. You can’t choose a mod that requires another mod. You must have the drone meld mechanic trick to learn this trick.
You can spend 24 hours of uninterrupted work to exchange all your drone or exocortex mods at any time, even if you haven’t gained a level. Any other drone features (such as its chassis or bonus feats) can still be exchanged only when you gain a level.
You can spend 8 hours of uninterrupted work to rebuild your experimental prototype at any time, even if you haven’t gained a level. You may do this even if it is broken or destroyed, and can even rebuild it from scratch if you have appropriate spare parts or scrap. This allows you to exchange any customizations you have selected. You must have an experimental prototype to learn this trick.
Whenever you use the Engineering skill to sabotage or disable a device, you can roll twice and take the better result. In addition, if you have the appropriate tools (including your custom rig), performing these tasks takes half the normal amount of time, to a minimum of 1 move action.
Whenever you create a scoutbot, you can give it one basic drone mod. You must have the scoutbot mechanic trick to learn this trick.
The additional damage of the overcharge mechanic trick increases to 4d6. You must have the overcharge and improved overcharge mechanic tricks to learn this trick. You can select this trick multiple times. Each time you do after the first, increase the damage by 1d6 (to a maximum of 7d6 if you select it all four times).
You excel at operating starship computer systems, and
you can exploit your ship’s programming in ways others
can’t. When acting in the science officer role during
starship combat, instead of taking any other action, you
can spend 1 Resolve Point to temporarily enhance your
starship’s computer. Any change lasts for 1 round per
mechanic level. A ship can benefit from only one of these
options at a time; if it gains another of these benefits
from any source, any previous superior science officer
Improved Sensors: Your scan actions reveal an additional piece of information about the starship being scanned. For instance, if your Computers skill check to scan a starship succeeds by 5 or more, you learn two pieces of information instead of one.
Targeted Sensors: When you perform a scan action, you can choose which information category to learn information about, regardless of the normal order of information you would learn (Starfinder Core Rulebook 325).
Upgrade Node: You divert additional power to your starship’s computer, granting the computer’s bonus to one additional starship combat check per round.
If you have a drone, you can grant the effects of haste to your drone for 1 minute as a move action. If you have an exocortex, you can gain the effects of haste for 1 minute as a move action. Once you or your drone has used this ability, you cannot use it again until you spend 1 Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points from a 10-minute rest. You must have the overclocking and hyperclocking mechanic tricks to learn this trick.