Sacred Fist of the Silver Flame (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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"Training, discipline, and faith in the Silver Flame. Only with these can evil be vanquished."

Introduction[edit]

Combining the Monk and Paladin with a hint of psionics for a wisdom-based character.

References[edit]

  • Unearthed Arcana (Flaws)
  • Dragon Compendium
  • Book of Exalted Deeds
  • Oriental Adventures
  • Expanded Psionics Handbook
  • Faiths of Eberron
  • Secrets of Sarlona
  • Tome of Battle

Game Rule Components[edit]

Powers[edit]

Progression[edit]

Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): (Assuming 32 Point Buy) 10 12 16 8 18 8

Race: Human

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Monk of the Passive Way 1 +0 +2 +2 +2 Alertness, Combat Expertise, Iron Will, Intuitive Attack, Wild Talent Flurry of Blows, Unarmed Strike
2nd Paladin 1 +1 +4 +2 +2 Aura of Good, Detect Evil, Smite Evil 1/day
3rd Paladin 2 +2 +5 +2 +2 Ascetic Knight Divine Grace, Lay on Hands
4th Paladin 3 +3 +5 +3 +3 Aura of Courage, Divine Health
5th Paladin 4 +4 +6 +3 +3 Turn Undead
6th Monk of the Passive Way 2 +5 +7 +4 +4 Serenity, Monastic Training (Warmind) Evasion
7th Shiba Protector 1 +5 +9 +4 +6 No Thought Build begins to become truly combat-worthy
8th War Mind 1 +6 +11 +6 +6 Chain of Personal Superiority +2
9th War Mind 2 +7 +12 +7 +6 Tashalatora Chain of Defensive Posture +2
10th War Mind 3 +8 +12 +7 +7 Enduring Body I
11th War Mind 4 +9 +13 +8 +7
12th War Mind 5 +10 +13 +8 +7 Practiced Manifester (Warmind) Sweeping Strike
13th Argent Fist 1 +10 +15 +8 +9 Improved Natural Attack (Unarmed Strike) Ki Focus, Stunning Smite
14th Argent Fist 2 +11 +16 +8 +10 Holy Armor, Ki Strike (Silver)
15th Argent Fist 3 +12 +16 +9 +10 Link Power Balm of the Silver Flame
16th Argent Fist 4 +13 +17 +9 +11 Smite Evil 2/day
17th Argent Fist 5 +13 +17 +9 +11 Wrath of the Silver Flame
18th Argent Fist 6 +14 +18 +10 +12 Snap Kick
19th Argent Fist 7 +15 +18 +10 +12 Ki Strike (Cold Iron)
20th Argent Fist 8 +16 +19 +10 +13 Mettle

At level 20: Monk 2 / Paladin 4 / Shiba Protector 1 / War Mind 5 / Argent Fist 8

Items of Note[edit]

  • Monk's Belt

Highlights[edit]

  • Assumed stats at level 20:
    • Damage is 8d8 when Expanded (2d10->4d8 (Improved Natural Attack)->8d8 (Size))
    • Wisdom: 18 (Base) + 6 (Item) + 5 (Level) + 5 (Tome) = 34
    • Dexterity: 12 (Base) + 6 (Item) - 4 (Expansion) = 14
    • Strength: 10 (Base) + 6 (Item) + 2 (Chain of Personal Superiority) + 4 (Expansion) = 22
    • AC: 10 (Base) + 2 (Dex) + 2 (Monk) + 12 (Wis - Monk) + 13 (+5 Full Plate) + 5 (+5 Ring of Protection) + 5 (+5 Belt of Natural Armor) + 2 (Chain of Defensive Posture) - 2 (Size) + 4 (Force Screen) = 53
    • Saves: +19+1 (Chain of Personal Superiority)/+10/+13+2 (Iron Will) (Base) +7/+2/+12 (Ability Scores) + 5 (+5 Cloak of Resistance) + 12 (Serenity) = Fort +44, Ref +29, Will +44 with both Evasion and Mettle
    • Attack: 16 (BAB) - 1 (Flurry) - 2 (Snap Kick) + 12 (Intuitive Attack) + 12 (Shiba Protector) + 5 (Amulet of Mighty Fists) = +42/+42/+42/+37/+32/+28
    • Damage: 8d8 + 6 (Strength) + 12 (Shiba Protector) + 5 (Amulet of Mighty Fists) = 8d8+23 (55 damage on average)
      • On a full attack vs. an AC of 40, that's 272.25 damage on average, all the while enjoying a great AC, incredible saves, and more. In fact, you could double this damage with good use of Sweeping Strike, for a total of 544.5 damage against an AC of 40.

Combat Sequence[edit]

  • Charge in and try to keep enemies nearby so you can full-attack them with Snap Kick
  • Try to attack foes who are adjacent to each other, since you can hit both with each attack through the use of Sweeping Strike.

Further Optimization[edit]

  • Spiritual Weapon is a good replacement for Intuitive Attack to allow one to add Wisdom to both attack and damage.
  • Haste is always nice

Limitations[edit]

  • Due to the large number of attacks adding up for the damage, high DR can severely limit this build

DM Counters[edit]

  • Usual melee defences apart from AC (illusions, concealment, distance, etc)

Variants[edit]

  • If your DM waives the Human prerequisite on Shiba Protector, any race that begins with power points is possible.



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AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionMonk 2 / Paladin 4 / Shiba Protector 1 / War Mind 5 / Argent Fist 8 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Character Build +
RaceHuman +
RatingUnrated +
SummaryCombining the Monk and Paladin with a hint of psionics for a wisdom-based character. +
TitleSacred Fist of the Silver Flame +