I'd reword it a bit, but overall this PC will probably still lag behind full casters a fair bit. They will lag behind optimized melee ubercharges some, and will probably compete alright with rogues and the like (who aren't terribly optimized). Better then straight out ranger, but straight out ranger is pretty bad.
It all depends on what balance level you are going for. **** TLDR
Things to change because its super awkwardly worded and not very well made.
Animal Companion - The class can be entered after 4 levels of Ranger. Level 4 ranger gets their crappy companion, and then level 1 in this class gives a good one. Thats awkward, and would be less so if you entered the class at 3, or rangers got them at 5. As it stands its fairly complicated to calculate ... Also, the example given to explain animal companions isn't a legal build. Druid 3 cannot enter the class due to the BAB requirements.
Natural Bond - This is super awkward. A ranger 4/this 10 has a druid level of 15 for their companion. Natural Bond adds +3, but not above your ECL meaning it does nothing (rules are unclear if natural bond recovers penalties for gaining an improved companion, but I think the general assumption is no)
All those random feats at the end are basically worthless, because they are feats you want to take earlier.
Ranged Power - Doesn't work with Manyshot, and this class looks like it should focus on that. Not too bad otherwise. Maybe increase the damage a little, but the animal companion is buffed with my other changes so you might be OK here.
Minimal changes I originally wrote up at first glance. Further down are some more thought out ones Spoiler:
- Prereq to BAB +5. (very rare to enter a prestige class before 6th level)
- Animal Companion. Each level of this class grants +1 to your effective druid level for the purposes of your animal companion. Druids now get normal full progression, and rangers get slightly behind.
- Natural Bond - This is super awkward as written. Change it to "Enhanced Companion" and say you can increase your effective druid level by +3 regardless of your actual class level or HD".
- Random Feats - Add a line about how if you already have it, you get any fighter bonus feat, but don't count as a fighter for the purposes of requirements"
- Ranged Power - Reword to apply to each arrow or projectile launched, not just attack roll.
Generally a animal companion is about as good as many unoptimized melee classes. So that class feature really doesn't need to be pumped too much.
Actually, to rework this I think I'd do something like this
- Preq - BAB +5 (this is the only one)
- BAB - Full
- Skill - as written
- Saves - Good fort and ref
- Level 1 - Enhanced Companion - Each level of this class gives +1 to your effective Druid level for your animal companion. If you don't have you, you can get one.
- Level 1 - You deal an extra 1d6 damage on each arrow that successfully hits a target you attack. This increases at level 3 and 5 by another D6
- Level 2 - You get Manyshot. You don't need any of its prereqs and if you have it you get a bonus feat of your choice.
- Level 4 - Speak with Animal - You can speak with animals 3/day as per the spell. Your CL is your bowman class level +10. It is Wisdom based.
Thats it and the class is 5 levels long. Its 5 levels that are interesting at each one, and you are encouraged to take it the whole way through. It also gives room to take some other relavent prestige classes. Martial guys are generally encouraged to only take a level or two of most classes, and tieing them to 10 is a big commitment. By the end of 10 levels it has to offer something really awesome and this just doesn't.
This is why people take 2 levels of fighter (sometimes 4), 1 of barbarian, 4 (or less) of paladin, and 2 of ranger. Then 1-3 of a bunch of prestige classes. Not because they are munchkins, but because the levels past that are generally not worth it. You get a lot of power by bouncing around and you still generally aren't at the highest levels of it compared to a caster.
Really though, to know if this is approperiate for your group we need to know some of the other classes and builds used in this game. If they are "Druid 20, wizard 5/prestige class, Rogue 20 TWF" the asnwer is probably sucks in comparison. If they say "Druid 10/Wizard 6/fighter 4, paladin 20, and Monk 15/sorcerer 5" we know this will probably be too strong.
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