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In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?

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Also review your area on the map. Remember you can do a 5-foot step that doesn't provoke an attack of opportunity and fire from that space as long as you are no longer in an opponent's threat area. –  os2soliz Sep 13 '13 at 20:14

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Pathfinder has Point Blank Master:

Point Blank Master (Combat)

You are adept at firing ranged weapons in close quarters.

Prerequisite: Weapon Specialization with selected ranged weapon.

Benefit: Choose one type of ranged weapon. You do not provoke attacks of opportunity when firing the selected weapon while threatened.

Normal: Using a ranged weapon while you are threatened provokes attacks of opportunity.

Special: Starting at 6th level, a ranger with the archery combat style may select Point Blank Master as a combat style feat, but he must have Weapon Focus instead of Weapon Specialization in the selected weapon.

These more specific feats are also available for characters who can't meet its requirements:

  • Close-Quarters Thrower for one kind of thrown weapon.
  • Sword and Pistol for characters using a one-handed ranged weapon, including small crossbows, together with a melee weapon. (This feat has the benefit of not being restricted to one type of weapon, also)
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For 3.5e, I can't find a feat. There is another way, however:

The Master Thrower prestige class (Complete Warrior) has the Defensive Throw ability, which lets you make a concentration check to use thrown weapons without provoking an op.

The Order of the Bow Initiate prestige class (Complete Warrior) has Close Combat Shot, which lets you use ranged weapons without provoking an op.

The spell Arrow Mind (Complete Adventurer/Spell Compendium) lets you avoid provoking an op with the listed types of bows

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There's the Arrow Mind spell, too. CAdv/SpC, if I recall. –  Ernir Sep 6 '13 at 21:47

There's Point Blank Master in Pathfinder. It requires Weapon Specialization (which requires Fighter level 4), unless you're a level 6+ Ranger and taking it as a bonus feat at which point you only need Weapon Focus.

I don't see a similar feat in 3.5.

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While not a feat, and quite specific, Pathfinder's Skirmisher archetype for Rangers has the following trick:

Defensive Bow Stance (Ex): The Ranger can use this trick as a swift action. Until the start of his next turn, his ranged attacks do not provoke attacks of opportunity.

If you don't find it necessary to spend a feat, and don't mind the loss of your few Ranger spells, the trick is a good alternative usable on a times per day basis.

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In the Class Acts section of Dragon Magazine #335 (Sept. 2005) John E. Ling's "Favored Enemy Feats" presents this feat:

No Threat to Me [General]
You've learned to safely make a ranged attack when in close combat with your favored enemies.
Prerequisite: Base attack bonus +7, Point Blank Shot, favored enemy.
Benefits: Select one of your favored enemies. You may make a ranged attack without provoking an attack of opportunity from a creature of the chosen type. Creatures of other types that threaten you can make attacks of opportunity as normal whenever you use a ranged weapon.
Special: You can gain this feat multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Instead, each time you take the feat you must choose a different favored enemy type.

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