The Cavalier is the classic knight in shining armor. Leading the cavalry charge against the enemy lines and bringing victory to his liege or order. Off the battlefield, he is expected to be a gentleman, a representative of the cause he is sworn to. All cavaliers are either sworn vassals of a noble or members of a knightly order. While not all of his colleagues are cavaliers (warriors, fighters and the occasional paladin make up the rest), he is generally considered to be one of the best and brightest and usually bears some form of rank among them. (Cavaliers usually make up the leaders and upper echelons of heavy cavalry units.)

Because of his intense training and responsibilities, a Cavalier is an expert in horsemanship and mounted combat. He is deadly on horseback, especially when charging the enemy, and his skill with horses allows him to bring out the full potential of his mount.

Hit Die:

Alignment: Any Lawful
Base Attack Bonus +8
Handle Animal 4 Ranks
Knowledge nobility and royalty 4 Ranks
Ride 6 Ranks
Feats: Spirited Charge, Weapon Focus (Lance), Mounted Combat, Ride-by-Attack

Class Skills: (2 + Int modifier per level)
Diplomacy, Handle Animal, Intimidate, Knowledge nobility and royalty, Profession and Ride.

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Reflex Save Will Save Special
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Special Mount, mounted weapon bonus (lance) +1, Ride bonus +2, courtly knowledge
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Deadly charge 1/day, mounted weapon bonus (sword) +1
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Burst of speed
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Deadly charge 2/day, Ride bonus +4
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Mounted weapon bonus (lance) +2
6th +6 +5 +2 +5 Deadly charge 3/day, full mounted attack, mounted weapon bonus (sword) +2
7th +7 +5 +2 +5 Ride bonus +6
8th +8 +6 +2 +6 Deadly charge 4/day
9th +9 +6 +3 +6 Mounted weapon bonus (lance) +3, Ride bonus +8
10th 10 +7 +3 +7 Unstoppable charge 5/day, mounted weapon bonus (sword) +3