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I'm considering the Guide Archetype. Ranger's Focus seems like a slightly more versatile and powerful combination of Favoured Enemy + Quarry with the downside of being much more limited in uses.

However the problem that concerns me is how this impacts Master Hunter:

He can, as a standard action, make a single attack against a favored enemy at his full attack bonus. If the attack hits, the target takes damage normally and must make a Fortitude save or die. http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/ranger#TOC-Master-Hunter-Ex-

Since Ranger's Focus replaces Favoured Enemy my hope would be that this feature of Master Hunter would continue to work on a Focused Enemy.

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It doesn't.

The ability asks for a Favored Enemy. It doesn't give any allowances for replacement abilities, similar abilities, other archetypes, nothing. Your DM may houserule it to work that way - and that's something you'll have to talk over with them - but the black-and-white in the book makes Master Hunter useless unless you've got a Favored Enemy to target.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah it's too bad. It definitely feels like an oversight, but I agree that without it being specified anywhere it's hard to argue to allow it. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 11, 2014 at 0:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Such oversights are sadly common. Paizo's standards on that kind of thing are...well, let us just say that they have a design team, but not a development team. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 11, 2014 at 1:47

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