You learn your first operative exploit at 2nd level, and an additional exploit every 2 levels thereafter. Operative exploits require you to have a minimum operative level, and they are organized accordingly. Some require you to meet additional prerequisites, such as having other exploits.
You must be least 2nd level to choose these exploits.
Your vast experience makes identifying new creatures easier for you. Double your operative’s edge bonus to your skill checks when identifying a creature and its abilities. If you successfully identify a creature, you gain a +2 enhancement bonus to your skill check when you make a trick attack against that creature.
You’ve learned to customize your armor. You can adjust armor (Core Rulebook 196) to fit you without needing to attempt an Engineering check. This also allows you to add one upgrade slot to the armor, though any upgrade that uses that slot functions only when you wear the armor. Such upgrades are useless to anyone else.
You gain a bonus combat feat. You must meet all of that feat’s prerequisites.
You are adept at concealing your weapons and other items. Double your operative’s edge bonus to Sleight of Hand checks when attempting to hide a small object on your body. Additionally, you can draw a hidden weapon as quickly as a non-hidden weapon.
As part of any attack you make, you can add the operative weapon special feature to your unarmed attacks. When you do this, it loses the archaic weapon special feature. When you do this, if you would normally add 1-1/2 times your character level to damage as a special form of specialization (such as from a racial trait such as a vesk’s natural weapons), you instead add only your character level to damage. This is true regardless of how many abilities or effects you have modifying your specialization that apply to your unarmed attacks.
You can attempt an Engineering check to disable a device on a lock or trap in half the normal time. If this would reduce the duration to less than 1 round, you can disable the device as a standard action.
Whenever you take damage, you can attempt to feign death as a reaction. You immediately fall prone and attempt a Bluff check against each opponent that is aware of you. The DC for this check is equal to 10 + your opponent’s total Sense Motive skill bonus, or 15 + 1-1/2 × the opponent’s CR, whichever is greater. Any opponent that you succeed against believes that you are dead and acts accordingly unless it inspects your body as a standard action and succeeds at a Medicine, Perception, or Sense Motive check at the same DC to uncover your deception. Maintaining this ruse is a full action each turn.
You can take 1 minute to tend your wounds and spend 1 Resolve Point to recover a number of Hit Points equal to three times your operative level.
You can create holographic duplicates or psychic projections of yourself that conceal your true location. Once per day as a standard action, you can create 1d4 images of yourself that last for 1 minute per operative level. This ability otherwise functions as mirror image. You can use this exploit an additional time per day at 6th level, and again at 10th level.
You’ve trained to resist various chemical and biological weapons, toxins, and pathogens you come across in the course of your missions. You add your operative’s edge bonus to Fortitude saves against poison and disease.
You’ve learned how to handle any situation. You can use all skills untrained, and you double your operative’s edge bonus when using a skill in which you have no ranks.
As a move action, or at the beginning of any action you take that allows you to move (even if you do not choose to use that action to move), you may attempt to kick an unattended, unsecured object of no more than 2 bulk that is on the ground in your square or an adjacent square up into your hands. You must attempt a DC 15 Acrobatics check, and on a success you are holding the object in one or more of your free hands. If you hold it with enough hands to allow you to wield it, you can choose to be wielding it.
You treat all small arms that do not have the automatic weapon special property as having the quick reload weapon special property.
You can see in the dark as if you had low-light vision and darkvision with a range of 60 feet.
You can use a small arm to make a melee attack. Treat this as an attack using Improved Unarmed Strike (whether or not you have that feat), but the attack is not archaic, deals lethal damage, and has the operative weapon special property. If you have an ability that gives you a special version of Weapon Specialization that allows you to add 1-1/2 × your level to natural or unarmed attacks as damage (such as vesk natural weapons), you add your level to pistol whip unarmed strikes; otherwise you add half your level as normal for an operative weapon. When you make an unarmed attack, you must decide before making the attack roll whether you are making a normal unarmed attack or using pistol whip to attack with a small arm.
Once per day as a standard action, you can quickly change your appearance. This functions as disguise self and lasts for 1 minute per operative level. You can use this exploit an additional time per day at 6th level, and again at 10th level.
You have trained in methods to resist telepathic intrusion. Once per day, you can cast mental silence as a spell-like ability, using your character level as your caster level. You gain an additional use of this exploit at 6th level, and again at 10th level.
You gain the Special Weapon Proficiency feat with carbonedge shuriken (and no other model of shuriken) as a bonus feat. Additionally, you can add your Dexterity modifier rather than your Strength modifier to ranged attack rolls with carbonedge shuriken, and you make melee attack rolls with carbonedge shuriken as if they were basic melee operative weapons. You can use the trick attack class feature with a carbonedge shuriken. At 3rd level, you gain the Weapon Specialization feat with carbonedge shuriken (and no other model of shuriken) as a bonus feat. At 12th level, you deal an additional 1d4 damage with carbonedge shuriken and treat them as having the injection weapon special property. At 17th level, the additional damage dealt with carbonedge shuriken increases from 1d4 to 2d4.
You double your operative’s edge bonus to Perception checks to notice traps. Additionally, you automatically receive a Perception check to notice a trap when you pass within 10 feet of it.
When you make a trick attack, if you choose the target of your attack before you move, your movement doesn’t provoke attacks of opportunity from that target. When you use your standard action to move, you can choose one creature; you don’t provoke attacks of opportunity from that creature for this movement.
When you attack while you’re driving a vehicle, you halve the vehicle’s penalty to your attack roll (to a minimum of no penalty if the vehicle normally imposes a –1 penalty). When you’re in a chase, you gain a +2 bonus to skill checks you attempt when taking the evade or trick pilot actions.
When you attempt a skill check opposed by a foe’s Perception check, you gain a +2 enhancement bonus to your skill check’s result. In addition, the DC to follow your tracks with the Survival skill increases by 4.
You must be least 6th level to choose these exploits.
For your debilitating trick, you can afflict your target with an amount of bleed damage equal to your operative level.
You can spend 1 Resolve Point as a reaction to reroll one of your specialization’s associated skill checks (see page 243).
You can use trick attack with sniper weapons. You do not add trick attack damage to your attack, but the target is still flatfooted, and you can use debilitating tricks.
The operative's debilitating sniper operative exploit allows trick attack to be used with a sniper weapon (though it does no extra damage), but sniper weapons are unwieldy and require taking a move action to aim them.
If you have debilitating sniper, or any other special ability that specifically allows you to use trick attack with a sniper weapon, using trick attack with a sniper rifle counts as taking a move action to aim the weapon to use the range increment listed in the sniper weapon special ability. You can do this even with unwieldy sniper weapons.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to disarm the target. Choose an item the target is holding that would be subject to a standard disarm combat maneuver. The target must succeed at a Reflex save or drop that item. If the target gains a bonus to its KAC against disarm combat maneuvers it adds this bonus to its saving throw, and if it is immune to the disarm combat maneuver it is immune to this operative exploit. Once you have used this ability to attempt to disarm a creature, that creature is immune to your disarming attack for 24 hours.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to hinder your opponent’s ability to cast spells and spell-like abilities. The target must succeed at a Will save or be unable to cast spells or spell-like abilities for 1 round. Once you’ve used this ability to attempt to hinder an opponent’s spellcasting, that creature is immune to your disrupting shot for 24 hours. You must have the deactivating shot and staggering shot exploits to choose this exploit.
You can sense your surroundings without needing to see them. You gain blindsense with a range of 60 feet. You must have darkvision and low-light vision, or the nightvision exploit, to learn this exploit.
As long as you are not flat-footed, off-kilter, or off-target, when attacking with a sniper rifle you use the range increment value listed with the sniper special property.
For your debilitating trick, you can reduce your target’s speeds by half and prevent it from using the guarded step action until the beginning of your next turn.
You can move even faster than other operatives. You gain double the benefits of your quick movement ability, up to a maximum additional increase of +20 feet. You must have quick movement to learn this exploit.
For your debilitating trick, you can prevent your target from using reactions (see page 244) until the end of your next turn.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to knock the target prone. The target must succeed at a Reflex save or fall prone. If the target gains a bonus to its KAC against trip combat maneuvers, it adds this bonus to its saving throw, and if it is immune to the trip combat maneuver it is immune to this operative exploit. Once you’ve used this ability to attempt to knock a target prone, that creature is immune to your knee shot for 24 hours. This exploit counts as staggering shot for the purpose of meeting the prerequisites of other operative exploits.
If you fail your Will saving throw against a mind-affecting
effect with a duration of 1 round or more, you can attempt
another saving throw against the effect 1 round later at the
same DC. You get only one extra chance to save per effect.
If you succeed at a saving throw against a charm or compulsion effect, you can prevent the effect’s originator from knowing you succeeded. You gain basic knowledge of what the mental effect would have made you do or feel, and you can attempt a Bluff check to pretend you are under that effect. If the mental effect would provide a link between you and the originator (like the dominate person spell), you can choose to allow the link without the control.
As a standard action, you can make a charge without the normal penalty to attack rolls when attacking on a charge, provided that you use an operative melee weapon to make the attack at the end of the charge. If the attack hits, you can substitute a debilitating trick effect for the damage the attack would deal.
When you hit an enemy with a trick attack using a ranged weapon that targets KAC, you can forgo the effects of your debilitating trick to instead ricochet the projectile to a second target. Make a ranged attack at –6 against the second target and deal normal damage (without trick attack benefits) if the attack hits. You must have line of effect and line of sight both from you to the second target, and from the first target to the second target. When determining your attack penalties from range against the second target, count the full distance from you to the first target, and then the second target.
As a full action, you can move up to twice your speed, ignoring difficult terrain. When moving in this way, any liquid or solid surface will support you, regardless of your weight. You can move across water, lava, or even the thinnest tree branches, and environmental circumstances such as the slipperiness of the area you’re moving through or the current wind speed do not adjust the DCs of any Acrobatics or Athletics checks you attempt during this movement. While moving this way, you do not take damage from surfaces or hazards that react to being touched while moving in this way, such as from lava, and you don’t trigger any traps that use a locationbased trigger. This ability doesn’t allow you to move across gases or vacuums, nor does it allow you to move across walls or vertical surfaces (though you can do so if you have an ability that allows you to, such as spider climb). At the end of your turn, this ability ends, and you are subject to any consequence of your location.
You can disable mechanical devices with Engineering and computer systems with Computers in half the usual time. In the rare cases when disabling a system or device would normally be a full action, you can do it as a standard action, and if it would normally be a standard action, you can do it as a move action.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to stagger your target. The target must succeed at a Fortitude save or be staggered until the beginning of your next turn. Once you’ve used this ability to attempt to stagger a creature, that creature is immune to your staggering shot for 24 hours.
If you succeed at a Fortitude save against an effect that normally requires multiples successful saves to cure (such as a disease or poison), that effect immediately ends and is cured with a single successful save.
You move at your full speed when moving over difficult terrain, and without penalty when using Acrobatics or Stealth at your full speed.
Your ranged attacks with small arms do not provoke attacks of opportunity.
You must be least 10th level to choose these exploits.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to temporarily blind a target. The target must succeed at a Fortitude save or gain the blinded condition for 1 round. Once you’ve used this ability to attempt to temporarily blind a creature, that creature is immune to your blinding shot for 24 hours. You must have the bleeding shot exploit to learn this exploit.
You can bend light around yourself and muffle any minor
sounds you make, allowing you to nearly vanish when
not moving. Even when you move, you appear only as an
outline with blurry features. This cloaking field doesn’t
make you invisible, but it does make it easier to sneak
around. Activating the cloaking field is a move action. While
the cloaking field is active, you can use Stealth to hide, even
while being directly observed and with no place to hide.
Attacking doesn’t end the cloaking field, but it does end
that particular attempt to hide. If you remain perfectly still
for at least 1 round, you gain a +10 bonus to Stealth checks
(which doesn’t stack with invisibility) until you move.
Your cloaking field lasts for up to 10 rounds before it becomes inactive. While inactive, the cloaking field recharges automatically at the rate of 1 round of cloaking per minute.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to temporarily
suppress one magic item or deactivate one weapon, piece of
equipment, or armor upgrade worn or carried by the target.
Roll 1d20 + your operative level; the DC is equal to 10 + the
item level. If you succeed, you deactivate the device (or
suppress the item’s magical properties) until the beginning of
your next turn. The device’s owner can spend a move action
and attempt an Engineering check (for technological devices)
or a Mysticism check (for magic items) against your operative
exploit DC to try to reactivate the device.
You can instead use this debilitating trick to temporarily deactivate a construct that has either the magical subtype (such as a golem) or the technological subtype (such as a robot). You don’t need to attempt a check, but the creature can attempt a Fortitude save to negate the debilitating effect. If it fails, it’s stunned until the beginning of your next turn. Once you’ve used this ability to attempt to deactivate a construct, that creature is immune to your deactivating shot for 24 hours.
Your hacking skills make your code incredibly difficult for countermeasures to pin down. Whenever you would trigger a system’s countermeasure while hacking the system, there is a 50% chance that you manage to elude the countermeasure and it doesn’t trigger. You still haven’t disarmed the countermeasure, and it might trigger in the future.
You’ve been on enough solo missions to know that you can’t let your guard down, even while sleeping. You take no penalties to Perception checks for being asleep, though you still can’t succeed at purely visual Perception checks while asleep. You can always act on the surprise round, though if you choose to do so when you would otherwise be surprised, you use your initiative result or the initiative result of the first creature that would have surprised you – 1, whichever is lower.
After failing a saving throw against a magical effect with a duration longer than 1 round, you can attempt a second saving throw the following round to shake off the effect. If you succeed on this second saving throw, you gain a +2 insight bonus to saves against magical effects produced by the creature whose effect you just saved against; this bonus lasts for 24 hours.
When you hit an enemy with a trick attack, you can forgo your trick attack damage to increase the duration of the debilitating trick effect by 1 round. If you have the double debilitation ability, the duration of both debilitating tricks increases. Debilitating tricks with no duration (such as bleeding shot or knee shot) are unaffected.
By picking up on subtle clues and hidden traces in your immediate surroundings, you can see things as they really are. As a full action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to gain the effects of true seeing for 1 round with a range of 60 feet.
As a standard action, you can spend 1 Resolve Point to create a single holographic duplicate or psychic projection of yourself that moves away from you for 1 round per operative level. The double climbs walls, jumps across pits, or simply passes through obstacles, moving at twice your speed in one direction indicated by you when the ability is activated. Its course cannot be changed. Those who interact with the double can attempt a Will save to recognize that it is not real. You must have the holographic clone exploit to learn this exploit.
When you fail a Reflex save against an effect that has a partial effect on a successful save, you take the partial effect instead of the full effect. You must have evasion to learn this exploit.
When you use the trick attack action or take a standard action to move up to your speed, your movement doesn’t provoke attacks of opportunity. You still provoke attacks of opportunity normally when making ranged attacks or casting spells. You must have the uncanny mobility exploit to learn this exploit.
You have access to a secret intelligence network that gets
you snippets of information and rumors you can sometimes
use to reveal secrets or weaknesses of your rivals. This may
be a collection of operatives and spies you have infiltrated, a
connection to a formal information broker you trade tidbits
of knowledge with, or an assemblage of allies and informants
you’ve carefully curated over your travels.
You can make an inquiry to your intelligence network as long as you have access to an infosphere or communication device with at least system-wide range. This gives you the same information you would gain from casting the vision spell, except you make a special class level check (1d20 + your operative level) in place of a caster level check, it does not require a Resolve Point, and it takes 1d4 weeks for your network to get an answer to you. Your network can work on only one question at a time, and if you make a new request before a previous one is fulfilled, all time spend on the original question is lost, and you take a –1 penalty to your new class level check due to confusion and lack of focus among your network.
You can take on the appearances of other creatures and even specific individuals. This functions as the quick disguise exploit, but the duration increases to 10 minutes per operative level. Alternatively, for 1 minute per operative level, you can take on the appearance of a specific individual that you have seen before. If you have heard the individual talk and can speak her language, you can also modulate your speech to match hers. This disguise is so convincing that creatures familiar with the individual must succeed at a Will saving throw before they can attempt a Perception check to pierce the disguise. You must have the quick disguise exploit to learn this exploit.
If you succeed by 10 or more at the skill check to deal additional damage on a trick attack, you ignore cover or concealment (but not total cover or total concealment) for that attack.
You can use psychokinetic hand as a spell-like ability at will. You can affect objects weighing up to 10 pounds per operative level you have, or 1 bulk per operative level you have. Additionally, you can use this spell-like ability with the Sleight of Hand skill and to perform the disable device task of the Engineering and Mysticism skills.
You can traverse surfaces—even perfectly smooth or vertical ones—with as little effort as a spider. You gain spider climb as a constant spell-like ability. If your spider climb spell is dispelled or dismissed, you can spend 5 minutes of uninterrupted concentration to reestablish it. You must have a climb speed to choose this exploit.
For your debilitating trick, you can try to stun your target. The target must succeed at a Fortitude save or be stunned until the start of your next turn. Once you’ve used this ability to try to stun a creature, it’s immune to your stunning shot for 24 hours. You must have the staggering shot exploit to learn this exploit.
You can spend credits to store supplies in your utility belt, effectively depositing credits for later use. The maximum amount is equal to 1,000 credits per operative level you have (2,000 credits per level at 13th level, and 5,000 credits per level at 17th level). As a move action, you can produce any item with light or negligible bulk from your utility belt that does not have a price that exceeds the amount of credits currently deposited in the belt and that has an item level no greater than your operative level –2. This reduces the number of credits stored in the belt by a value equal to the item’s price. Once you have spent the credits deposited in the belt, you must spend 1d4 hours buying supplies in a typical settlement before you can use the utility belt again.
You gain a climb speed and a swim speed equal to your land speed. This speed is not increased by the quick movement class feature or improved quick movement exploit.
You must be least 14th level to choose these exploits.
You can take an unexpected or socially unacceptable action with such total confidence and lack of doubt that the target can’t immediately react to it. You can make an Intimidate check to demoralize a foe, but rather than cause them to be shaken on a successful check, you cause them to be dazed for 1 round, and staggered for 1 additional round for every 5 by which your result exceeds the DC. Once you have used this ability against a specific target, you cannot target them with it again for 24 hours.
Select an operative specialization other than your own. Once
this choice has been made, it cannot be changed. You gain the
11th level ability granted by the specialization. You are not
considered to have the second specialization you selected for
purpose of any prerequisite.
You must have Skill Focus in the associated skills of the selected specialization, and must have taken its specialization exploit as one of your normal operative exploits.
Your cloaking field lasts for up to 100 rounds (10 minutes), and it recharges at the rate of 2 rounds of cloaking per minute while inactive. You can spend 1 Resolve Point as a move action to recharge 20 rounds immediately, and you can do this even while the cloaking field is active. You must have the cloaking field exploit to learn this exploit.
For your debilitating trick, you can attempt to knock the target out in one blow. The target must succeed at a Fortitude save or fall unconscious for 1 minute. Once you’ve used this ability to attempt to knock a creature out, that creature is immune to your knockout shot for 24 hours. You must have the staggering shot and stunning shot exploits to learn this exploit.
When you use triple attack or quad attack to attack the same target with all of your attacks, after your full attack is complete, if at least two of your attacks hit, you can apply a debilitating trick to the target.
Your mastery of stealth and understanding of the shadows of the Material Plane is so great, you can actually physically walk into the edges of the Plane of Shadow. You must expend 1 Resolve Point to use this ability. It functions as shadow walk, except you can only use it on yourself and items or creatures you can carry, the duration is no more than 1 hour, and you must emerge from the Plane of Shadow back into the plane from which you departed.
You are invisible to technological surveillance systems and most forms of divination magic, per nondetection.
Your enhanced senses grow even more discerning. Your blindsense becomes blindsight with a range of 60 feet. If you have darkvision, its range increases by 30 feet. You must have the enhanced senses exploit to learn this exploit.