I have a player asking about how Explosive Missile works. They are looking at a build that combines Fighter (With Archer variant) combined with levels of Alchemist. There's been some discussion over how this ability works.
The first theory is that this ability simply extends the reach of the bomb with the bows range. It remains a ranged touch attack, the bow damage is ignored, and the bomb triggers on impact.
The second theory is that the bomb is sort of an enhancement on the arrow. The bow attack functions on normal and on impact, triggers the attached payload. Additionally, in this scenario would a miss result in a scatter? What happens to the bomb on a miss?
In an example case, lets say a Fighter[Archer] 2 / Alchemist 4 is using this ability to deliver a normal alchemist bomb against 3 goblins standing in a row at a distance of 30 feet. How does this attack resolve?