Dragoon (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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"The rush of the wind and the pull of the ground; I never wanted anything more than this."

Introduction[edit]

Death from above! Drop down upon enemies with your spear for fairly massive damage.

References[edit]

  • Unearthed Arcana
  • Unapproachable East
  • Player's Handbook 2
  • Races of the Wild
  • Book of Exalted Deeds
  • Complete Warrior
  • Complete Adventurer
  • Oriental Adventurers
  • Magic Item Compendium

Game Rule Components[edit]

Progression[edit]

Race (Templates): Raptoran

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Scout 1 +0 +0 +2 +0 Battle Jump, Sacred Vow, Leap of the Heavens Skirmish (+1d6), Trapfinding
2nd Psychic Warrior 1 +0 +2 +2 +0 Power Attack
3rd Scout 2 +1 +2 +3 +0 Improved Bull Rush Battle Fortitude +1, Uncanny Dodge
4th Scout 3 +2 +3 +3 +1 Fast Movement +10', Skirmish (+1d6/+1 AC), Trackless Step
5th Scout 4 +3 +3 +4 +1 Expeditious Dodge
6th Psychic Warrior 2 +4 +4 +4 +1 Leap Attack, Mobility
7th Scout 5 +4 +4 +4 +1 Evasion, Skirmish (+2d6/+1 AC)
8th Scout 6 +5 +5 +5 +2 Flawless Stride
9th Scout 7 +6 +5 +5 +2 Shock Trooper Skirmish (+2d6/+2 AC)
10th Scout 8 +7 +5 +6 +2 Spring Attack Camouflage
11th Scout 9 +7 +6 +6 +3 Skirmish (+3d6/+2 AC)
12th Scout 10 +8 +6 +7 +3 Vow of Obediance Blindsense 30'
13th Vassal of Bahamut 1 +9 +8 +7 +3 Imperious Aura, Platinum Armor
14th Scout 11 +10 +8 +7 +3 Battle Fortitude +2, Fast Movement +20', Skirmish (+3d6/+3 AC)
15th Scout 12 +11 +9 +8 +4 Improved Skirmish, Improved Buckler Defense
16th Blade Dancer 1 +12 +9 +10 +4 Acrobatics (+10), Leap of the Clouds, Fast Movement
17th Blade Dancer 2 +13 +9 +11 +4 Enchanted Blade I
18th Blade Dancer 3 +14 +10 +11 +5 Bounding Assault
19th Blade Dancer 4 +15 +10 +12 +5 Ride the Wind, Fast Movement
20th Blade Dancer 5 +16 +10 +12 +5 Acrobatics (+20), Acrobatic Attack

Final progression: Scout 12 / Fighter 2 / Vassal of Bahamut 1 / Blade Dancer 5

Items[edit]

  • Boots of Landing

Highlights[edit]

  • Strength: 34 (+12) = 18 (Base) + 6 (Item) + 5 (Level) + 5 (Tome)
  • Dexterity: 18 (+4) = 14 (Base) + 4 (Item)
  • AC: (Before Shock Trooper) 43 = 10 (Base) + 13 (+5 Platinum Armor) + 4 (Dexterity) + 6 (+5 Buckler) + 5 (Amulet of Natural Armor) + 5 (Ring of Deflection)
  • Speed: 90' = 70' (Battle Dancer) + 20' (Scout)
  • Jump Check: +112 = 23 (Ranks) + 20 (Acrobatics) + 10 (Racial) - 1 (ACP) + 30 (Magic) + 2 (Synergy) + 28 (Speed) which will allow you to easily leap 30' high
  • Attack: +35 = 12 (Strength) + 2 (Charge) + 16 (BAB) + 5 (Magic)
  • Damage: 1d8 (Spear) + 3d6 (Skirmish) + 2d6 (Improved Skirmish) + 3d6 (Falling Damage) + 18 (Strength) + 64 (Power Attack via Shock Trooper and Leap Attack) + 5d6+5 (Magic) = 1d8+13d6+87 (142 on average) x2 (Battle Jump) = 284 x2 (Bounding Assault) = 568 Damage

Tactics[edit]

  • Bounce between foes, jumping high and crashing down upon them
  • Run away from them with Bounding Assault, rinse and repeat

Further Optimization[edit]

  • Valorous Weapon for double damage
  • Halberd of Vaulting (Arms and Equipment Guide)
  • Find a way to gain pounce to full attack on each charge, increasing the damage dramatically
  • Piercer Cloak (MIC) will increase your damage by 2d6 three times per day

Limitations[edit]

  • Low Will save
  • Very cramped quarters

DM Counters[edit]

  • Concealment, cover, mobility, illusions, etc
  • Target that low Will save

Variants[edit]

  • Powerful Charge, Speed of Thought, Up the Walls, and Martial Study (Moment of Perfect Mind) can all substitute instead of Improved Buckler Defense

Note[edit]

This build assumes that you may enter Blade Dancer with access to psionic powers rather than spells.


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AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionScout 12 / Fighter 2 / Vassal of Bahamut 1 / Blade Dancer 5 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Character Build +
RaceRaptoran +
RatingUnrated +
SummaryDeath from above! +
TitleDragoon +