Low Level Nova (3.5e Optimized Build)

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Author: Ghostwheel (talk)
Date Created: August 31, 2009
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An example of a low-level nova-er, dealing 20d6+12 damage at level 3.


  • Player's Handbook 2
  • Complete Adventurer
  • Expanded Psionics Handbook
  • Spell Compendium

Game Rule Components[edit]


  • Blade of Blood
  • Shocking Grasp
  • True Strike


Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): (Assuming 32 Point Buy) 18 12 14 14 8 8

Race (Templates): Maenad

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Fort Ref Will
1st Duskblade 1 +1 +2 +0 +2 Power Attack Arcane Attunement, Armored Mage (Light)
2nd Duskblade 2 +2 +3 +0 +3 Combat Casting
3rd Duskblade 3 +3 +3 +1 +3 Psionic Weapon Arcane Channeling
Optional Feats include...
  • Improved Buckler Defense (CW)
  • Arcane Strike (CW)
  • Battle Caster (CA)
  • Versatile Spellcaster (RotD)
  • Knowledge Devotion (CC)
    • If you do take this, pick up the Collector of Stories skill trick (CS)
  • Shock Trooper (CW) with Leap Attack (CV)
    • If you pick up Leap Attack, think about also picking up the Extreme Leap skill trick (CS) to move even farther
    • Combat Brute (CW) for the next round after charging
  • Greater Psionic Weapon (XPH)
  • Deep Imapct (XPH)


  • Triple Weapon Capsule Retainer
  • Quickspark/Quickflame/Quickfrost Weapon Capsules
  • Potion of Divine Sacrifice
  • Deep Crystal Greatsword



  • Prep: Drink a potion of Divine Sacrifice
  • Round 1: Cast True Strike, move close to your foe.
  • Round 2: Cast Blade of Blood, sacrificing 5 HP. Attack your foe with a Channeled Shocking Grasp. Power Attack for -3 to get +6 damage. Take 10 damage from Divine Sacrifice. Expend your 2 PP to activate Deep Crystal.

Damage Potential[edit]

  • 2d6 (Greatsword) + 2d6 (Psionic Weapon) + 3d6 (Triple Weapon Capsule) + 3d6 (Channeled Shocking Grasp) + 3d6 (Blade of Blood) + 6 (Two-handed Str) + 6 (Power Attack) + 5d6 (Divine Sacrifice) + 2d6 (Deep Crystal) = 20d6+12 or 82 damage on average

Further Optimization[edit]

  • Not really much to add at this low of a level.


  • Low HP
  • Uses up 2-3 spells (depending on whether you cast True Strike first)

DM Counters[edit]

  • Usual non-AC defenses apart from concealment (True Strike penetrates concealment)
  • Mobility after True Strike has been cast

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Article BalanceHigh +
AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionDuskblade 3 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Build +
RaceMaenad +
RatingUndiscussed +
SummaryAn example of a low-level nova-er, dealing 20d6+12 damage at level 3. +
TitleLow Level Nova +