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

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

References

  • 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

Progression

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

  • Boots of Landing

Highlights

  • 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

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

Further Optimization

  • 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

  • Low Will save
  • Very cramped quarters

DM Counters

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

Variants

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

Note

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


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