Foghammer wrote:Pupsocket wrote:Foghammer wrote:It's great for breaking full attacks.
Dodging Panache is strange. The [not!]5-foot step plus bonus to AC make it great for setting up flanking because you keep your actual 5-foot step, but as written, it seems like you HAVE to move to get the AC bonus. If you're flanking already, this seems like not such a great tactical option.
That is actually a pretty awesome use I hadn't considered, but I am looking at it from the standpoint of someone who [sadly] rarely plays beyond 8th level. Full attacks don't come up too often in our games, but that is an excellent point.
How does that interact with the Step Up feat line, I wonder. It's NOT a 5-foot step, so it wouldn't let them follow, right?
The problem is that the person doing the full attack can simply choose to use a 5-foot step to follow the swashbuckler and then continue the full attack. Step Up isn't necessary.
Well, I guess in order to get it to work, the swashbuckler has to set things up so that the enemy always has to use a 5-foot step in order to even start the full attack. So I guess a smart player could do some fun things here.
Ah... derp. That's true. You would have to get your swashbuckler in, attack, and then when possible, use your normal 5-ft step to back off, then the enemy 5-foots back into melee range, attacks, and then you dodge away out of reach. That's not really a "rinse-repeat" tactic, but it could be useful if you can think to set it up.