Random Encounters — Improvised Mimicry

Welcome to Random Encounters, the blog where we take a popular internet meme, animal video, or the like and turn it into a game rule for Pathfinder or Starfinder.

Ok, this mama leopard acting surprised to show the kitten leopard that it was doing a good job is hilarious, but the kitten mimicking the jump is even cuter.

Ok yeah, there needs to be a feat for that. But what class? Ok, if we’re doing a feat where someone is tricky and copies the other person… that seems like a Bard feat to me. It’s all about getting the subtleties of the performance down just right.

Improvised Mimicry ♦♦Feat 8


Prerequisites expert in Performance, Untrained Improvisation

You study another creature you can observe. If that creature performs an action or activity requiring two actions or less, you can use your reaction to mimic that activity. Resolve both actions simultaneously, applying the results of the action after determining the outcome. If this action or activity is a Cast a Spell activity, you must spend a spell slot of the appropriate level spell but that spell does not need to be on your spell list. If the action is casting a Focus Spell, you must spend the appropriate amount of Focus Points to cast the spell. For any action or activity that has a Spell or Class DC, use your Occult DC instead. Use your own statistics and bonuses for performing the action.


Vanessa Hoskins

Vanessa has been creating games and adventures since she was 10 and raided the family board games for dice while using her vast LEGO collection for minis and locations. Today, she has authored several Pathfinder and Starfinder Society scenarios including an interactive special. She’s also crafted adventures and encounters for multiple 3rd party publishers in addition to her devious class options appearing in both Paizo and 3rd party products. When not writing, running, or playing role-playing games, she enjoys narrative based video games, musical theatre, and spending time with her wife and their adorable cats.


  1. Rob Pontious

    “Look what I can do,” in Stuart’s voice is all I can hear as the bard mimics the enemy and I LOVE IT