Ubermount (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Introduction[edit]

Get an epic-level mount well before level 21.

References[edit]

  • Unearthed Arcana (Flaws, Titan Bloodline)
  • Complete Adventurer (Beastmaster p. 26, Wild Plains Outrider p. 92, Devoted Tracker p. 108, Leap Attack p. 110)
  • Complete Warrior (Halfling Outrider p. 38, Combat Brute p. 110, Shock Trooper p. 112)
  • Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Strongheart Halfling)

Game Rule Components[edit]

Progression[edit]

Race (Templates): Strongheart Halfling

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Paladin 1 +1 +2 +0 +0 Mounted Combat, Skill Focus (Handle Animal), Track, Mounted Archery Aura of Good, Detect Evil, Smite Evil 1/day, +2 on Jump checks
2nd Paladin 2 +2 +3 +0 +0 Power Attack Divine Grace, Lay on Hands
3rd Titan Bloodline 1 +2 +3 +0 +0 Improved Bull Rush Strength +1
4th Paladin 3 +3 +3 +1 +1 Aura of Courage, Divine Health, Levitate 1/day
5th Titan Bloodline 2 +3 +3 +1 +1 Titan Affinity +2
6th Beastmaster 1 +4 +5 +3 +1 Devoted Tracker Animal Companion, Wild Empathy, +1 Natural Armor
7th Paladin 4 +5 +6 +3 +1 Turn Undead, +2 on Concentration checks
8th Paladin 5 +6 +6 +3 +1 Improved Sunder Smite Evil 2/day, Special Mount
9th Halfling Outrider 1 +7 +6 +5 +1 Alertness, Shock Trooper Mount, Ride Bonus, Constitution +1 Build comes into its own
10th Titan Bloodline 3 +7 +6 +5 +1 Spell Resistance 2+HD
11th Wild Plains Outrider 1 +8 +8 +5 +1 Animal Companion, Ride Bonus, Wild Plains Stalker, Titan Affinity +4
12th Halfling Outrider 2 +9 +8 +6 +1 Leap Attack Defensive Riding, Use Oversized Weapon
13th Halfling Outrider 3 +10 +9 +6 +2 Unbroken Charge, +2 on Knowledge (any one) checks
14th Halfling Outrider 4 +11 +9 +7 +2 Stand on Mount, Daylight or Deeper Darkness 1/day
15th Halfling Outrider 5 +12 +9 +7 +2 Ride-By Attack Leap from the Saddle, Intelligence +1
16th Halfling Outrider 6 +13 +10 +8 +3 Remove Curse or Bestow Curse 1/day
17th Halfling Outrider 7 +14 +10 +8 +3 Evasion, Titan Affinity +6
18th Fighter 1 +15 +12 +8 +3 Combat Brute, Spirited Charge +1 Natural Armor
19th Halfling Outrider 8 +16 +12 +9 +3 Full Mounted Attack, +2 on Sense Motive Checks
20th Wild Plains Outrider 2 +17 +13 +9 +3 Wild Plains Swiftness, Damage Reduction 5/Lawful

Final progression: Titan Bloodline 3 / Paladin 5 / Beastmaster 1 / Halfling Outrider 8 / Fighter 1 / Wild Plains Outrider 2

Highlights[edit]

Mount/Animal Companion Boosts by Level 20:

  • From Animal Companion: 4+3 (Beast Master (+3) + Bloodline) + 8+3 (Halfling Outrider + Bloodline) + 2+3 (Wild Plains Outrider) = 23
    • This gives +12 HD, +12 Natural Armor, +6 Strength, 7 bonus tricks, and all the abilities as though the character were a level 23 druid for the purpose of the animal companion/mount
  • From Mount: 5+3 (Paladin + Bloodline) + 8+3 (Halfling Outrider + Bloodline) = 19
    • This gives +8 HD, +10 Natural Armor, +4 Strength, Intelligence of 9, and all the abilities as though the character were a level 18 paladin for the purpose of the animal companion/mount
  • Total comes out to +20 HD, +22 Natural Armor, and +10 Strength if a basic (level one) animal companion is taken, enough to push even the most basic animal to epic levels
  • Remember that your animal companion/mount gains feats as normal, and thus can take Epic feats once its HD reach 21

Tactics[edit]

  • Charge

OR

  • Send animal companion in and watch the carnage

Further Optimization[edit]

  • Pick up a Valorous lance to double damage on charges
  • Pick up a wand of Rhino's Rush (Spell Compendium) to double damage on charges
  • Pick up a wand of Find the Gap (Spell Compendium) to make the first attack every round a touch attack

Limitations[edit]

  • Low Will save
  • Getting separated from the animal companion

DM Counters[edit]

  • Normal melee counters (mobility, illusions, concealment, etc)
  • Target that low Will save

Variants[edit]

  • Psychic Warrior can replace Fighter, though one point of BAB will be lost
  • To change up your animal companion a bit, you can pick up Celestial Mount for the Celestial template or Exalted Companion to get a magical beast (both from Book of Exalted Deeds) or Dragon Steed to get a dragonnel (Draconomicon), which can later be upgraded to a Young Gold Dragon (which would still be advanced by 20 HD, as above)
  • Page 204 of the Dungeon Master's Guide also details some alternate mounts



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Article BalanceNone Assigned +
AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionTitan Bloodline 3 / Paladin 5 / Beastmaster 1 / Halfling Outrider 8 / Fighter 1 / Wild Plains Outrider 2 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Character Build +
RaceStrongheart Halfling +
Rated ByHavvy +
RatingRating Pending +
SummaryGet an epic-level mount well before level 21. +
TitleUbermount +