Clever Critfighter (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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"With these two blades, no foe can withstand my barrage of infinite attacks!"

Introduction[edit]

Extra actions along with martial strikes combined with great critical confirmation makes for very tasty damage.

References[edit]

  • Unearthed Arcana (Flaws)
  • Races of Destiny
  • Dungeonscape
  • Tome of Battle
  • Complete Scoundrel
  • Complete Champion
  • Player's Handbook 2
  • Class Chronicles (Font of Inspiration)

Game Rule Components[edit]

Skill Tricks[edit]

  • Collector of Stories

Maneuvers[edit]

  1. Moment of Perfect Mind, Wolf Fang Strike, Leading the Attack, Blood in the Water
  2. White Raven Tactics
  3. Insightful Strike
  4. Leading the Attack->Death From Above, Wolverine Stance
  5. Pouncing Charge
  6. Wolf Fang Strike->Ruby Nightmare Blade
  7. Avalanche of Blades
  8. Insightful Strike->Dancing Mongoose
  9. Swooping Dragon Strike
  10. Death From Above->Raging Mongoose OR Diamond Nightmare Blade, Pearl of Black Doubt

Progression[edit]

Race (Templates): Human

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Factotum 1 +0 +0 +2 +0 Two-Weapon Fighting, Font of Inspiration, Font of Inspiration, Able Learner Inspiration, Cunning Insight, Cunning Knowledge, Trapfinding
2nd Factotum 2 +1 +0 +3 +0 Arcane Dilletante (1 spell)
3rd Factotum 3 +2 +1 +3 +1 Knowledge Devotion Brains Over Brawn, Cunning Defense
4th Factotum 4 +3 +1 +4 +1 Arcane Dilletante (2 spells), Cunning Strike
5th Warblade 1 +4 +3 +4 +1 Battle Clarity, Weapon Aptitude
6th Factotum 5 +4 +3 +4 +1 Font of Inspiration Opportunistic Piety
7th Factotum 6 +5 +4 +5 +2
8th Warblade 2 +6 +5 +5 +2 Uncanny Dodge
9th Factotum 7 +7 +5 +5 +2 Improved Two-Weapon Fighting Arcane Dilletante (3 spells)
10th Factotum 8 +8 +5 +6 +2 Cunning Surge
11th Warblade 3 +9 +5 +7 +3 Battle Ardor Build begins to realize its full potential
12th Chameleon 1 +9 +5 +7 +3 Font of Inspiration Aptitude Focus 1/day (+2)
13th Chameleon 2 +10 +5 +7 +3 Bonus Feat (See variants at the bottom)
14th Warblade 4 +11 +6 +7 +3
15th Warblade 5 +12 +6 +7 +3 Iron Heart Aura, Stormguard Warrior
16th Warblade 6 +13 +7 +8 +4 Improved Uncanny Dodge
17th Warblade 7 +14 +7 +8 +4 Battle Cunning
18th Warblade 8 +15 +8 +8 +4 Robilar's Gambit
19th Warblade 9 +16 +8 +9 +5 Combat Reflexes
20th Warblade 10 +17 +9 +9 +5

Final progression: Factotum 8 / Chameleon 2 / Warblade 10

Items[edit]

Highlights[edit]

  • Strength: 28 (+9) = 16 (Base) + 6 (Item) + 4 (Tome) + 2 (Level)
  • Intelligence: 30 (+10) = 16 (Base) + 6 (Item) + 3 (Level) + 5 (Tome)
  • Attack: +41/+41/+36/+36/+31/+31/+26 = 17 (BAB) + 9 (Strength) + 10 (Cunning Insight) + 5 (Magic) - 2 (Two-Weapon Fighting) + 2 (Combat Focus)
  • AC: 46 = 10 (Base) + 10 (Cunning Defense) + 13 (+5 Mithral Full Plate) + 5 (Natural Armor) + 5 (Deflection) + 3 (Dexterity)
  • TWF + Blood in the Water + Raging Mongoose + Keen Kukris = pwn
  • Stormguard Warrior + Above = massive damage next round. Perhaps take Diamond Nightmare Blade with floating feat for even more damage next round.
  • Stormguard Warrior + Robilar's Gambit = awesomesauce
  • Damage following a round of Avalanche of Blades + Stormguard Warrior (+30 damage to each blow) with Cunning Surge for extra strikes:
    • Diamond Nightmare Blade: 1d4 (Base) + 5d6+5 (Magic) + 9 (Str) + 30 (Stormguard Warrior) + 10 (Cunning Insight) = 74 x4 = 296
    • Ruby Nightmare Blade: 1d4 (Base) + 5d6+5 (Magic) + 9 (Str) + 30 (Stormguard Warrior) + 10 (Cunning Insight) = 74 x2 = 148
    • Swooping Dragon Strike: 1d4 (Base) + 5d6+5 (Magic) + 9 (Str) + 30 (Stormguard Warrior) + 10 (Cunning Insight) + 10d6 = 109
    • Full Attack + Dancing Mongoose: 1d4 (Base) + 5d6+5 (Magic) + 9 (Str) + 30 (Stormguard Warrior) + 10 (Cunning Insight) = 74
      • 74 x 4 x 19/20 + 74 x 2 x 17/20 + 74 x 2 x 12/20 + 74 x 7/20 = 281.2 + 125.8 + 88.8 + 25.9 = 521.7
    • Total damage in a single round: 1074.7

Tactics[edit]

  • Omnislash-crit-OMNOMNOM with Cunning Surge fueling extra actions/strikes

Further Optimization[edit]

  • Surging Inspiration will let you regain IP mid-battle
  • Use Arcane Dilettante to cast Haste and Wraithstrike

Limitations[edit]

  • Casters-OMNOMNOM

DM Counters[edit]

  • Concealment, cover, mobility, illusions, etc

Variants[edit]

  • Instead of going with the two-weapon fighting chain, instead pick up a falchion and power attack to focus on more single attacks that may do more damage.
  • Replace Stormguard Warrior and Robilar's Gambit with Font of Inspiration for even more Inspiration points.
  • Use the bonus feat from Chameleon to qualify for Robilar's Gambit. Once you gain the bonus Warblade feat for Combat Reflexes switch it out for Font of Inspiration or Greater Two-Weapon Fighting.
  • Replace the last level of Warblade with Bloodclaw Master to gain your full Strength to your offhand weapon. Note that doing this causes you to lose a point of BAB and forces you to take Raging Mongoose rather than Diamond Nightmare Blade.



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AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionFactotum 8 / Chameleon 2 / Warblade 10 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Character Build +
RaceHuman +
RatingUndiscussed +
SummaryExtra actions along with martial strikes combined with great critical confirmation makes for very tasty damage. +
TitleClever Critfighter +