Death from Above p. 86

Tiger Claw

Level: Swordsage 4 , Warblade 4
Prerequisite: 1 Tiger Claw maneuvers
Initiation Action: 1 standard action
Range: Melee attack
Target: One creature

With a war cry, you leap into the air and lift your weapon high overhead. As you arc downward, your weight and momentum lend bone crushing force to your attack.

Like a thunderbolt, you slam into your foe from above. You leap upon your enemy and drive him into the ground. The impact of your attack gives you extra force, allowing you to score a deadly hit.

To use this maneuver, you must be adjacent to a foe. As part of this maneuver, you attempt a Jump check. The DC of the Jump check is equal to the target's Armor Class, and does not change if you do not have a running start. If this check succeeds, you can make a single melee attack against an opponent that you were adjacent to when you began this maneuver. This attack occurs in the air as you soar over your opponent, also as part of the maneuver. Your attack deals an extra 4d6 points of damage, and your opponent is considered flat-footed against this attack. You then land in any square adjacent to the target of this attack, though no more than 20 feet away from your starting position.

If your Jump check fails, you remain in the last square you occupied before the Jump check and can make a single attack normally. The maneuver is still considered expended.

This maneuver has been updated by errata. See Death from Above (Original) for details.