Thanks everyone. Now I just have to decide if I want to go with a Dwarf Eagle druid (:P) or go with a Tengu. (Our local group is having an ideal of a "all Tengu" party.) :)
In any case, I just got all 3 lotr books in paperback for $1 each. Going to read them again soon.
I just want a character that can ride a giant eagle (Roc) in PFS.
I wanted to make a Giant Eagle(lotr) summoner type character for PFS ever since I watched the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
My first ideal of a Sky Druid fall threw, when I found out that human's racial heritage feat does not allow race-specific archetypes. (in PFS)
Currently I'm thinking default druid or Eagle shaman (for it more closer to my ideal flavour.)
Should I just stick with default druid? ToT
I'm sticking with the Bar build you gave...... just played #1-43 The Pallid Plague (1-7)... There are SOME THINGS... that you DO NOT want to grapple... :S
My Barbaric Marriage Broker, worshipper of Shelyn, loves her Glaive-guisarme now... reach attack!
Thanks again for all the advice!
My head GM, ruled that bonuses from a Cestus/gauntlet/spiked gauntlet is applicable to Grapples. (Ruling is that you use you hands to grapple and Cestus can be used to deal unarmed attacks, so therefore its bonuses are applicable to the grapple.)
And as Bruno stated above, I can get it enchanted with Masterwork Transformation (which is PFS legal.)
Dusty Rose Ioun Stone - This is really great! But with this bonuses... a total of +3 to CMD and +2 to CMB, won't this make the Brutal Pugilist totally redundant?
Pauldrons of the Serpent is very nice for me to avoid npcs breaking my grapple, but given that Cloak of Resistance uses the same slot.... which one is more important?
As for Mithral Breastplate, the ruling I got on it is that it is still a medium armor as far as armor enchantments are concern as, only issues like weight is considered light. Elven Chain is considered light in ALL situations, even proficiencies, so I can use that instead... will have to depend on how much gold I have.
Thanks for the reply Brother Bruno.
Going with superstition then.
Since ghost touch makes your weapon (example, Cestus) corporal to incorporeal creatures, why can't it be used for grappling? (Unless grappling assumes you use your whole body and needs like EVERYTHING on you to be ghost touched to grapple an incorporeal creature.
On Weapon: For my Cestus, what enchantments would you recommend for it?
On Armour: Brawling is a must some time down the line. But what should the base armour be? Elven Chainmail? For max armor? And how much should I just focus on things like Ring of Protection? (Or any other examples of AC+ items that add to CMD)
I think I will invest in a reach weapon for Spell Sunder. Hit at range, then move in to grapple. Not as easy as a Tetori's monk's inescapable grapple, but oh well.
(!) Btw, I did consider going Tetori Monk (for better saves and CMD), once I realize that 1 level of Inquisitor is all I needed for Diplo.
Some follow up questions (for grappling in PFS)
1) Since I am not going Tedori (who is able to suppress magical effects/spells on grapples at lv 9), how should I handle effects like Freedom of Movement? Should I get a Dispel Enchantment on my Cestus?
And will it work on enemies with the constant freedom of movement effect? (The dispel)
2) In the same vein, should I get enchantments like Ghost Touch and Phase Locking? For incorporeal and vs teleporting?
3) I'm thinking of dropping Animal Fury for Superstition and progress up the rage tree for Witch hunter and (most importantly) Spell Sunder. Is this a good or bad ideal?
Hoping to over come Superstition's limitation with a wand of lesser restoration. (which inquisitors can use.)
Edit: Oh and my ability scores should have 2 points more to spend. As an Angel-blood Aasimar, I get +2 to Str and Cha. When I drop Cha to 7(9) I get 4 more points to spend. 2 when onto Int, but how should I spend the other 2? Place them in Str?
Thanks Bruno! I TOTALLY LOVE it! I will be going with this build.
The combat optimization part of me still screams that I should take growth domain. I may end up with a lv of Cleric instead... Conversation AND Growth! :D
I may switch lv 3 and 4 around, just to get in the "act" of a marriage broker faster, but this is totally what I am going for!
THANK YOU!!! :D
*Jaw drops.... wow... THANK YOU Bruno!
Never did see this combo.... it looks really good!
Please, help me get over some issues...
1) The 2 levels of Samurai is not just for the tie up ability, but also the for the resolve ability and diplo.
Is this really not a good ideal? Cos... I was thinking of being able to tie up people in 1 turn at lv 4-5... would be kinda of useful... and there are RP considerations (Character is a "Marriage Broker", who wants to get enemy NPCs married... :D .... so tieing them up helps to keep them down, while I drown them out with potential marriage options... *cue evil laugh. )
Also if I am dropping Inquisitor, Samurai gives me Diplomacy without needing to get a trait for it... Marriage Broker... Intimidate and Diplo are both a must. :D
2) Following the above build, won't it be better to take 1 level of Bar at lv 8? And then take a lv of Fighter at lv 9, instead? So I can make use of the extra feat from fighter to take up Final Embrace straight away?
3) I can totally see why you suggest dropping inquisitor levels. Getting Enlarged Person is not too hard with the right items. The Cracked Vibrant Purple Prism Ioun Stone is PERFECT.... you can load True Strikes and even Enlarge Person in a pinch into it for (IF you really need it) situations... Thanks!
4) Finally, you mention that Turtle Style may not be good... so what other style should I switch to instead? And should I swap Snapping Turtle Clutch for say... Dazzling Display instead?
I need some advice on my character grapple build for PFS.
Currently this is what I come up with.
Race: Aasimar Angelblooded (RP reasons)
Alternate Racial Traits: Scion of Humanity & Truespeaker
Traits: Heirloom Weapon (Cestus) + 2 to Grapple CMB, Bred for War (via adopted)
Lv 12 Class break down:
8 Barbarian (Brutal Pugilist) - Bonues to CMB/CMD and Rage
Ability Scores (After Racial):
STR: 16 DEX: 14 CON: 14 INT: 10 WIS: 14 CHA: 12
Lv break down (advice needed):
Any advice on the above build is appreciated.
Edited: Taking out Dazzling Display tree, for Hamatula Strike
It is kinda of the same here in Singapore. We did ran a bunch of Season 4 during our very first con here in Singapore, but not much during normal weekly games.
Most of the games have been seasons 0-1, a reasonable number of 2-3s and just a few 4s.
Of the season 4s, Wraith's Shadow, needs a mention, as it was ran during the con with 4 players and totally spooked all the players in regards to the difficulty of some season 4 scenarios.
That said, there are some season 4 scenarios that are very memorable, for all the right reasons. The Blakros Matrimony was ran very nicely during the con. Gave both RP and Combat challenges with a interesting and more importantly, engaging story.
I read that Storm Giants often own large estates, farmlands...etc, employ humans and elves for work and "take charge" and protect their lands. Plus they are CG.
So where in Golarion can you find Storm Giant enclaves?
And how is the relationship between them and the people who work for them?
Aka, how do Storm Giants fit into the world of Golarion? (And her sister planets.)
Actually, I'm making a monk/bar/inquisitor and maybe unarmed fighter/Cavalier build... that is focused on grappling... I know is very messy.
I was thinking of manoeuvre master for its lv 4 ability to use ki to double roll a grapple. Also manoeuvre master is quite front loaded for an archetype.
Going to post my build question in another thread. Thank you Drakkiel for the answer. Need to think if MM is worth placing levels in it.
I am trying to make a grapple focus character and is looking to take a couple of levels in Manoeuvres Master.
How many grapples can I make at lv 1, using Flurry of Maneuvers as a fullround action?
We recently have a similar question on mounts and what are legal sources for mounts. After some debate and a PM to Mr Brock.
In the case of mounts, the Mammoth Rider or the Cavaliers Archetype Beast Rider are examples of "another legal source" as stated in the PFS FAQ.
The books are all sources/resources, but having a book does not mean all options in the books are legal or accessible to use.
For example, having the Advance Race Guide, does not means you have legal access to make Goblins, Kitsune, Najaji or Sylph characters. In this case, a boon is required to access these races and make them legal to use
So even thought it is stated in the Bestiary that a Roc is a valid Animal Companion. It is not a valid Animal Companion for a Ranger, which is still limited to the the "list" of animal companions on the Ranger class page.
Please Don't Kill Me wrote:
The Weapon Style trait from Lantern Lodge gives you proficiency in a single weapon with the monk quality... in case you where wondering, yes, the Dan Bong has the monk quality...
My char is from the Lantern Lodge!!! Thanks! You just saved me a feat! :)
Wait, wait.... what?!?!?
One of my fellow players suggested that maybe the rules could be changed to that players can play each Sub-tier of a scenario once, instead of only each scenario once.
That would help to expand more options for players.
So what if I'm using a Dan Bong? (Exotic Monk weapon, getting proficeny by dipping into Unarmed fighter.)
This weapon helps you with grapple checks. If I get a heirloom version of a Dan Bong, can I pick the +2 to CMB?
(I understand if there is a RAW vs RAI logic loop here.)
Sorry for getting the terms mixed up. As Weirdo wrote, I am looking at the Enlightened Warrior Race Trait.
So back to question 2: Does Taking Adopted means you tied up both the Social and Race Traits selection options? (As you can only pick 1 trait from each "category" of traits.)
@Gauss, what you wrote, makes sense, but just wish to get a clarification. Cos I'm thinking of getting the human Bred for War trait to increase my CMB.
However, to make a Bar-Monk I require the Enlightened Warrior racial trait, that is limited to Agathion-Blooded Aasimars. It allows them to retain monk levels even if NG or N.
As an Aasimar Angel-Blooded , can I use the Adopted social trait, to pick Aasimar Agathion-Blooded as my adopted race and select the Enlightened Warrior racial trait?
This is for a PFS character.
Hope they give Lantern Lodge a good ending. Heard they will become a NPC-faction?
From what I understand, a book is a resource, while classes, boons, archetypes, feats...etc, are sources.
The player is seeing the FAQ wording of "source" as meaning the books, in this case, the Bestiary 2 & 3 and Animal Archive.
Can anyone point to a faq, post, book or link that clearly states what is define as a "source" in PFS?
There seems to be a conflict on the interpretation/understanding of this part of the PFS FAQ on mounts, (the bold sections.)
PFS FAQ wrote:
So the player and our local VC, both interpreted this as sources like Bestiary 2 & 3 and Animal Archive. Therefore since these books are available for PFS use, the mounts inside are usable by class with a mount.
Can anyone please clarify this?
Ok, let me get it right.
1) There are a lot of mounts available to all classes/players. These are purchased mounts.
2) Class features like Bonded Mount, Paladin's bond and Cavalier's mount, have a small selection of mounts that each class feature give "ACCESS" to.
Unless an archetype or otherwise (like a boon), give ACCESS to more mount options, they are stuck with that list of accessible mounts.
Let me get this right. Even thought there are more Animal Companions and purchasable mounts available. (Bestiary 2 & 3 and Animal Archive...etc)
The Mounts that you "have access" to via Bounded Mount, Divine Bond (Sp) and Cavalier's mount are limited by their respective class features. Unless! An Archetype like the Beast Rider Cavalier give you access to them.
Am I right in this?
PS: If ANYONE knows a post that clarify this please link me to it.