Arcane Warrior (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Introduction[edit]

An arcane warrior who uses his magic to beef himself into a martial force to be reckoned with.

References[edit]

  • Complete Warrior
  • Complete Mage
  • Complete Adventurer
  • Spell Compendium

Game Rule Components[edit]

Progression[edit]

Race (Templates): Human

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Wizard 1 +0 +0 +0 +2 Scribe Scroll, Power Attack, Arcane Strike Summon Familiar
2nd Wizard 2 +1 +0 +0 +3
3rd Wizard 3 +1 +1 +1 +3 Improved Bull Rush
4th Wizard 4 +2 +1 +1 +4
5th Wizard 5 +2 +1 +1 +4
6th Fighter 1 +3 +3 +1 +4 Improved Sunder, Leap Attack
7th Wizard 6 +4 +4 +2 +5
8th Spellsword 1 +5 +6 +2 +7 Ignore Spell Failure 10%
9th Abjurant Champion 1 +6 +6 +2 +9 Shock Trooper Abjurant Armor, Extended Abjuration
10th Abjurant Champion 2 +7 +6 +2 +10 Swift Abjuration
11th Abjurant Champion 3 +8 +7 +3 +10
12th Abjurant Champion 4 +9 +7 +3 +11 Combat Brute Arcane Boost
13th Abjurant Champion 5 +10 +7 +3 +11 Martial Arcanist
14th Eldritch Knight 1 +11 +9 +3 +11 Close-Quarters Fighting
15th Eldritch Knight 2 +12 +10 +3 +11 Optional
16th Eldritch Knight 3 +13 +10 +4 +12
17th Eldritch Knight 4 +14 +11 +4 +12
18th Eldritch Knight 5 +15 +11 +4 +12 Optional
19th Eldritch Knight 6 +16 +12 +5 +13
20th Eldritch Knight 7 +17 +12 +5 +13

Final progression: Wizard 6 / Fighter 1 / Spellsword 1 / Abjurant Champion 5 / Eldritch Knight 7

Highlights[edit]

At level 20...

  • 17 BAB
  • 18 Caster Level
  • Level 9 spells

Tactics[edit]

  • Buff up (Haste, Shield, etc)
  • Charge (Wraithstrike)
  • Full Attack (Combat Brute + Wraithstrike)
  • Exploit your buffs to deal with any kind of enemy you face, especially the combination of Wraithstrike and Power Attack

Further Optimization[edit]

  • Spiritual Weapon with Intelligence will reduce MAD
  • Greater Luminous Armor (BoED) to get incredibly high armor
  • If you specialize as a Conjurer, the Immediate Magic variant (PHB2) will let you easily escape from negative effects and attacks a number of times per day
  • Other useful spells:
    • Greater Invisibility
    • Bite of the ... (Spell Compendium)
    • Heart of ... (Complete Mage)
    • Greater Magic Weapon
    • Protection from Evil
    • Mind Blank
    • Displacement
    • Mirror Image
    • Alter Self (Troglodyte for +6 armor)
    • Nerveskitter (Spell Compendium)
    • Polymorph
    • Enlarge Person
    • Heroics (Spell Compendium)
    • Blade of Fear and Pain (Spell Compendium)
    • Bladeweave (Spell Compendium)
    • Thunderlance (Spell Compendium)

Limitations[edit]

  • Getting debuffed will ruin your day
  • Running out of spells

DM Counters[edit]

  • Dispel buffs
  • Target that low Reflex save

Variants[edit]

  • For a spontaneous caster, replace the levels of Wizard with Sorcerer, or even Batle Sorcerer
  • The level of Fighter can be switched for any class that grants proficiency with all simple and martial weapons, and all armor
  • Levels in Eldritch Knight can be replaced with those in Knight Phantom
  • Most of the feats are optional, and can be substituted for whatever the player wants



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Article BalanceVery High +
AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionWizard 6 / Fighter 1 / Spellsword 1 / Abjurant Champion 5 / Eldritch Knight 7 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Character Build +
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RatingUnrated +
SummaryAn arcane warrior who uses his magic to beef himself into a martial force to be reckoned with. +
TitleArcane Warrior +