This 256-page rulebook will contain 10 new classes, each a mix of two existing classes, taking a bit from each class and adding new mechanics to give you a unique character. Around the office we’re calling them “hybrid classes.” You can think of the magus (from Ultimate Magic) as our first test of this concept. It takes some rules from the fighter, some rules from the wizard, and then adds its own unique mechanics
At this point, you’re probably wondering what new classes you can expect to see in the Advanced Class Guide. So far, we’ve announced five of the ten classes.
Bloodrager: This blend of sorcerer and barbarian can call upon the power of his blood whenever he goes into a rage. He also has a limited selection of spells he can call upon, even when in a mindless fury!
Hunter: Taking powers from both the druid and the ranger, the hunter is never without her trusted animal companion, hunting down foes with lethal accuracy.
Shaman: Calling upon the spirits to aid her, the shaman draws upon class features of the oracle and the witch. Each day, she can commune with different spirits to aid her and her allies.
Slayer: Look at all the blood! The slayer blends the rogue and the ranger to create a character that is all about taking down particular targets.
Warpriest: Most religions have martial traditions, and warpriests are often the backbones of such orders. This mix of cleric and fighter can call upon the blessings of the gods to defeat enemies of their faiths.
Of course, those are just half the classes in this book. There are four more we have yet to reveal.
"Four?" you say. "But I thought there were ten!" And you would be right—because I’m about to let you in on another of the classes that will appear in this book, which we haven’t announced until this moment!
Swashbuckler: Break out your rapier and your wit! The swashbuckler uses panache and daring to get the job done, blending the powers of the fighter and the gunslinger! For those of you who don’t use guns in your campaign, fear not—the base class is not proficient in firearms (although there will certainly be an archetype in the book that fix that).