Many feats have other, less powerful, feats as prerequisites. This ensures that a character’s feat ability improves as he specializes.
Your character may gain feats from 3 sources.
- A character gains 1 feat from his Specialty. This feat may be specific or chosen from a designated feat tree, as noted in the Specialty description.
- Level-granted feats are gained as a character’s career level increases, as shown on Table: Level-Dependent Benefits. Level-granted feats may be chosen from any feat tree.
- Many classes grant bonus feats. These are almost always specific feats.
Unless otherwise specified, no feat may be gained more than once.
A character must meet a feat’s prerequisites before he may choose it. A feat may be gained immediately after its prerequisites are met (e.g. as a character applies the effects of a new level).
Example: As Kevin applies the effects of Level 12, he raises his Strength score to 13. If he also gains a Melee Combat feat, he may take the All-Out Attack feat.
If a character loses one or more prerequisites for one of his feats — due to attribute damage, for example — he keeps the feat but may not benefit from it or use its abilities again until he regains all of its prerequisites.
Some class abilities grant a character one or more “temporary feats.” Unless otherwise specified, a character must meet all prerequisites for a temporary feat before he may benefit from it or use its abilities.
Further, while a temporary feat may be used to meet the prerequisites of another temporary feat, it may never be used to meet the prerequisites for any permanent or virtual feat. Neither may a temporary feat be used to meet expert class requirements. Finally, if another character’s ability grants you a temporary feat that you already possess, you gain no additional benefit — even if the feat in question may be chosen multiple times.
Some feats and class abilities grant a character one or more “virtual feats.” All virtual feats feature some restriction (e.g. its abilities apply only to attacks with a specific weapon, or to skill checks with a specific vehicle).
A virtual feat may be used to meet the prerequisites of other feats, but any restrictions that apply to a virtual feat also apply to each feat for which it is fulfilling a prerequisite. Virtual feats may never be used to meet expert class requirements.
Feats as Class abIlItIes
When a class ability grants a choice of feats (usually from a feat tree), the character must meet all of a feat’s prerequisites before choosing it.
When a class ability grants a specific feat, the feat’s prerequisites are waived. If the character already possesses a feat granted by a newly acquired class ability, he may choose 1 feat from the same tree. He must meet all of this feat’s prerequisites before choosing it. Example: At Career Level 8, Kevin multi-classes as a Faceman. This typically grants him the Flawless Identity feat, but since he already chose that feat at Career Level 6, he instead gains any 1 Tradecraft feat for which he meets all listed prerequisites. He chooses Career Agent.
Feats and aCtIon dICe
When a feat grants a character 1 or more action dice, the character never gains XP as a result.