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Hi.

I'd like to discuss ways to make fighters awesome.
To be a fighter you need to:
1. Kick.a$$ all day long.
2. Not allow yourself to be stopped from Kicking A$$.

Point 1. Is easily achieved. Getting +4 to hit and damage as part of.your class means you don't have to try hard to get your kill on.
Point 2. FAR MORE DIFFICULT.

Now point 1.-In my opinion a Well built fighter should be able to Kill an equal CR opponent in 2 rounds.
That is 1 round to move+standard attack.
Round 2 full attack and it dies..

Usually simply high Str+weapon training+ gtr weapon fcs/spec and duelist gloves add enough pluses WITHOUT ALLIED BUFFS to get the job done. Run the math on any level appropriate foe. DPR avereages don't lie.
Now IF you want to boost your two hit into the stratosphere (beyond even the smite bursting,pally on Instant enemy ranger) there are 2 easy methods.
These are by no means the only ones but they are easy to do and the payoff is big.
Be a sexy orc descendant-.human Start with a Cha of 15 and use magic items to raise it. The Eldritch Heritage (feat at level 9) Chain will give you Touch of Rage a boost that kicks in at +3 to hit/damage/WILL saves and scales up to +10 if you complete the feat chain. On top of that you get +6 inherent to STR and Power of Giants. You need quicken SLA for touch of rage to be usable but for such a big bonus it's worth it. You slap +10 to hitAND Damage on a fighters full attack and you die.

2. For those not allowed the orc bloodline. Play a race that has lowlight or darkvision.
Then be a LORE WARDEN.
+2 Gloves
+2 Know thy enemy
+4 Weapon Training
+2 Gtr Weapon Focus
+2 Moonlight Stalker=+12 to hit in ANY CONCEALMENT and +14 to damage.
Now tell that Pally to sit in the corner and cry.
But concealment requires a buff? Even if you dumped Cha to the floor, by the time you can get moonlight stalker (think around 8 or 9) you'll have enough money for a command word ite
of Blur. It's only a 1st level spell.

Now to me fighters are not the basic, easy to play class everyone makes them out to be.
As the ONLY Full BAB class that has 0 class access to healing and no reroll/will boosters actually playing one without being confused/dominated requires quite a bit of thought.
So the second point- Not getting mind controlled is far harder.
It's for this reason I actully prefer the Eldritch Heritage Chain. That will bonus is HUGE. Slap that on a fighter with Improved Iron Will and you are set (of course you need the traditional will boosters)

But this problem is actually why I prefer Dwarf fighters. Dwarves get get +5 to all saves vs magic for the cost on a feat and a trait. (Steel soul and glory of old) A big bonus on a fighter.

Alternatively Half Elves are wonderful Vs Will saves. Iron Will + Duel Minded+Elven Immunities and a +1 Will trait means a Half-Elven fighter can start with +5on all Will Saves and +7 Vs mind effecting enchantments and compulsions.

As for the whole 2 weapon vs 2handed vs Archery thing. Well that doesn't matter.
Any of these builds DONE RIGHT will 2 round a CR foe. Plus, remember in real games CR foes.get ganged.up on by 4 heros not 1. Still it is a nice feeling when it ALWAYS seemes to be you laying all the smack down. But hey that's what fighters do.

Feel free to post any questions on specific builds and I'll try to assist. TWF is my specialty but I'm not a bad hand at optimising


what do you think of unbreakable?
you give up weapon training while retaining armor training 1 & 2,
but the effects of weapon training (big att and dmg) are easily boostable via other sources, as you recognize, e.g. bloodline feats, wpon focus/spec, etc.
in return it seems like you get alot of abilities, including lots of free feats (on top of normal fighter bonus feats)
as an archetype it's not the highest DPR, but as long as you can get DPR 'high enough', it's staying in the game that counts.


Ha ha str ranger (or perhaps that should be str fighter), I agree with a lot of what you say. The fighter is one of my old favourites, I prefer the beta fighter personally. There is so much you can do, but it isn't always about killing tough opponents in two rounds. No, I almost jumped into a game and brought in a horse archer fighter. The dm had said, we will be fighting giants, and that was all good and supposedly scary, but the great benefit of the fighter, is if you know what you are facing, you can build a fighter to slay the main beast (the ranger also does well if there is a single main enemy type). If I made a bow cav fighter, and could keep my distance and dodge thrown rocks, killing giants would just be a matter of time and ensuring I had enough arrows and movement space.

Fighters are sometimes mocked as simple and basic, but there is a lot to learn playing a fighter, and I've always felt pretty smug beating down more complex types or spellcasters with a humble fighter or fighter barb.


Quandary wrote:

what do you think of unbreakable?

you give up weapon training while retaining armor training 1 & 2,
but the effects of weapon training (big att and dmg) are easily boostable via other sources, as you recognize, e.g. bloodline feats, wpon focus/spec, etc.
in return it seems like you get alot of abilities, including lots of free feats (on top of normal fighter bonus feats)
as an archetype it's not the highest DPR, but as long as you can get DPR 'high enough', it's staying in the game that counts.

Unbreakable is ok. But it really does suffer in the DPR department. Certainly is harder to put down but I'd only use it for a Dwarf with the +5 to saves. Such a build would rarely, If ever be stopped by a failed save. But I'd probably focus on 2 handed with feats like Standstill and Pindown to make me harder to ignore.


I could not find this warrior of the old trait you mention, the only one I coul find is this

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/traits/race-traits/warrior-of-old

Warrior of Old (Elf)
As a child, you put in long hours in combat drills, and though time has made this training a dim memory, you still have a knack for quickly responding to trouble.

Benefit: You gain a +2 trait bonus on Initiative checks.


3.5 Loyalist wrote:

Ha ha str ranger or perhaps that should be str fighter

Fighters are sometimes mocked as simple and basic, but there is a lot to learn playing a fighter, and I've always felt pretty smug beating down more complex types or spellcasters with a humble fighter or fighter barb.

I use STR Ranger as a Tag because a 18 Str, 14Dex Ranger TWF has to be my favorite build.

But it won't beat a fighter in a fair match.

I think bad fighters are easy. Too many people only focus on the to hit and parade builds that have massive weaknesses. Building a Good Fighter, one that has high DPR and doesn't get dominated daily is hard.


Nicos wrote:

I could not find this warrior of the old trait you mention, the only one I coul find is this

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/traits/race-traits/warrior-of-old

Warrior of Old (Elf)
As a child, you put in long hours in combat drills, and though time has made this training a dim memory, you still have a knack for quickly responding to trouble.

Benefit: You gain a +2 trait bonus on Initiative checks.

Sorry..Edited.

GLORY of Old


A greatsword fighter is just terrible without their sword, at range before they have put feats into bow, at range if they don't have their bow, and sometimes in a grapple against something really good at grappling. High speed scouts, barbs or monks skirmishing them to death can also work well. Their saves are also not so great unless fort is made exceptional via feats, and what about the rest?

Mmmm, anything can be beaten.

Cheliax

3.5 Loyalist wrote:


Mmmm, anything can be beaten.

Nor should it need to be, remember this is a co-operative game, not a competitive one. A distinction many seem to forget.

Shadow Lodge

:D


I am not co-operating with the enemy two-hander orcs. Fighters are on the other side as well.

The game is indeed competitive, for some moreso than others. In the nature of envious and greedy humans and all that. Players are often competing and rating themselves in comparison to the others, hence the fixation on damage, to hit, special abilities, spells, etc etc.

Or as one player said to another:

Competitive player: what is the dex of your ninja, my rogue's is 18.
Non-competitive player: 10.
Competitive player: really?
Non-competitive player: yep.

The ninja (who did not have a 10 dex) then proceeded to be a total badass, and put the rogue with higher scores to envious shame.


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3.5 Loyalist wrote:

A greatsword fighter is just terrible without their sword, at range before they have put feats into bow, at range if they don't have their bow, and sometimes in a grapple against something really good at grappling. High speed scouts, barbs or monks skirmishing them to death can also work well. Their saves are also not so great unless fort is made exceptional via feats, and what about the rest?

Mmmm, anything can be beaten.

Ahhh, but a well built fighter doesn't suck in your scenario.

Assume I built A greatsword Dwarf with powerattack, +5 to all saves via the aforememtiomed glory of old/steel soul combo. Let's run with level 2.

Save vs spells- +5 racial says his save Is likely just as high or better than a barb's fort and equal to a clerics will.

Grapple? Ok so no greatsword, but a well built fighter ALWAYS wears a Cestus and is still a full bab, high str char. No worse off than any other melee class. Slight edge to a Barbarian.

Bow? again FULL bab! At later levels? Well your second weapon group should be bows. So weapon training +3 and gloves is still +5 to hit AND damage with 4 attacks per round. Not shabby at all. Not ideal, but hardly sucks. Deadly aim is just 1 feat.

This is actually a good scenario. People should build fighters that specialise at one thing, but doing that doesn't mean.you suck at everything else.

Take my first example LORE WARDEN.
In an ideal scenario he gets +12 to hit/+14 damage with his favored weapon in concealment (blur is easy UMD wand).
+10 hit/+12 damage without
Feats used wpn fcs, gtr wpn fcs, wpn spl, gtr wpn spl, blindfight, moonlight stalker- 6 feats. (Combat Expertise for free as class ability)

With a bow? 2nd weapon group so ANY FOUND BOW
+3 weapon train
+2 gloves
+2 know thy enemy = +7 to hit and damage with no concealment
+2 moonlight stalker=+9 with blur
Deadly aim is 1 feat

In a grapple? 3rd weapon group (close)
+6 with no concealment and +7 with.
He knew.power attack anyway.

So for 8 feats you are crazy good with a greatsword and only very good at range or any grapple weapon.

Add steel soul to the dwarf combo and that +5 racial took care of giving you GOOD saves.
So Melee, ranged, grapples and saves and.you still have about 10 feats spare.
Throw in Lunge for AOO.free manuveres at +14 to hit EVERYROUND.
Maybe Iron Will and Improved.
Dazing Assault and Pindown
Now you got a lockdown machine.
How about Quickdraw.

Now the naysayers will say a Pally can have all that?
Yes he can. But all at once? All the time? And with less than 1 round buff.
I like pallies and rangers but in order to burst past a fighter in an area of damage I need to buff. And it's damn hard to do it in all areas at once. In real games fighters always lead the kill count. Why? cause they are awesome out of the can.IF built right.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

One failed Will save later....


Gorbacz wrote:
One failed Will save later....

No.worse off than a ranger failing. Took imp Iron will and.has +5 racial, +2 feat and maybe wis mod.

How many rangers bother with imp iron will?

Never said they were infallible. I said if well built you can specialize in a style and not have glaring weaknesses. +7 to will before adding class saves and gear is not weak.

Fighters are awesome because you can be truly scary at your thing.
But if properly optimised you do not have to be a one trick pony.

I just put foreward only 1 example of a build that was earth shattering with a weapon of choice. Good at range. Freakish at all manuveres (Lore Warden's get +8 to CM's which stacks with to hit) and had good defences.


Gorbacz wrote:
One failed Will save later....

everyone is suceptible to fail a save (maybe with the eceptions of monk and paladins)

Andoran

Put up a full level 10 build please?


Nicos wrote:
everyone is suceptible to fail a save (maybe with the eceptions of monk and paladins)

Man, I wish I didn't fail saves...


TheOrangeOne wrote:

Put up a full level 10 build please?

Sigh!

I'll knock one up today. But I hope this isn't gonna get into a 'oh, but this can beat your fighter', thing.

You can do that with ANY class.

I will however, put up a level 10 WELL ROUNDED, BALANCED and EFFECTIVE build for the sake of demonstration.

Andoran

You could always e-mail it to me :)


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20pt buy
Race:Dwarf
Ability Scores
Str 16
Dex 14
Con 14
Int 14
Wis 12
Cha 6
Traits: Glory of Old (+1 to Spell Saves), Dangerously Curious (UMD is a class skill)
Skills per level:4(class)+2(Int)= 6 per level (Max UMD)
Class: Lore Warden

1- Weapon Focus: Dwarven Waraxe
2- Combat Expertise, Power Attack
3- +2 Maneuvers, Steel Soul
4- Weapon Specialisation
5- Weapon Training 1: AxesIron Will
6- Lunge
7- +4 Maneuvers, Know thy EnemyDeadly Aim
8- Gtr Weapon Focus
9- Weapon Training 2: Bows, Improved Iron Will
10-Blindfight
11- Hairs Breath, +6 ManeuversPindown
12-Dazing Assault
13- Weapon Training 3: Close weaponsMoonlight Stalker
14-Know thy Enemy-Swift, Gtr Weapon Spl

There ya go.
+5 to all saves vs spells and poision by level 3
+7 to will by 5, with a reroll at 9.
Freaky high damage with a Dwarven Waraxe (allows you to use a shield+ combat Exp when you feel like high AC)
Combat Manuveres are great for you when you lunge.
Can Reliably UMD low level wands, scrolls (use blur for Moonlight Stalker)

Silver Crusade

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That's all cool and well, but some of us want our Fighters awesome right out of the box (Core Rulebook) and not having to dumpster-dive all the splatbooks + an archetype from a campaign setting specific sourcebook.

You know, like full casters or Rangers or Paladins, who work perfectly with just the CRB.


Gorbacz wrote:


You know, like full casters or Rangers or Paladins, who work perfectly with just the CRB.

Full casters are always great, But paladins and rangers have some of their more powerful option outsise the CRB; oath of vengance,instant enemy etc.

I think fighters work just well with the CRB.

Andoran

That was a bit rude.

Shadow Lodge

You must be new around here.


TheOrangeOne wrote:
That was a bit rude.

What was rude?


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STR Ranger wrote:
3.5 Loyalist wrote:

Ha ha str ranger or perhaps that should be str fighter

Fighters are sometimes mocked as simple and basic, but there is a lot to learn playing a fighter, and I've always felt pretty smug beating down more complex types or spellcasters with a humble fighter or fighter barb.

I use STR Ranger as a Tag because a 18 Str, 14Dex Ranger TWF has to be my favorite build.

But it won't beat a fighter in a fair match.

I think bad fighters are easy. Too many people only focus on the to hit and parade builds that have massive weaknesses. Building a Good Fighter, one that has high DPR and doesn't get dominated daily is hard.

This, so much this. A successful fighter needs so much more, and people only parade their damage potential like it was something special or somehow made for a real character.

That being said, I commend you STR Ranger! You really have a great head for Fighters. Good job sir. I particularly like your lore warden build. A minor nitpick is that Blur is a 2nd level spell, not 1st (unless it's on a spell list I'm not aware of). Not a huge difference (a 3 minute blur at-will is 10,800 gp, which is reasonable), but I'm anal about that stuff. :P


Gorbacz wrote:

That's all cool and well, but some of us want our Fighters awesome right out of the box (Core Rulebook) and not having to dumpster-dive all the splatbooks + an archetype from a campaign setting specific sourcebook.

You know, like full casters or Rangers or Paladins, who work perfectly with just the CRB.

Define: awesome. What do you want the class to do? I can build a decent fighter that can do things in and out of combat with acceptable saving throws. I'm sure others can do it as well.


Ashiel wrote:
STR Ranger wrote:
3.5 Loyalist wrote:

Ha ha str ranger or perhaps that should be str fighter

Fighters are sometimes mocked as simple and basic, but there is a lot to learn playing a fighter, and I've always felt pretty smug beating down more complex types or spellcasters with a humble fighter or fighter barb.

I use STR Ranger as a Tag because a 18 Str, 14Dex Ranger TWF has to be my favorite build.

But it won't beat a fighter in a fair match.

I think bad fighters are easy. Too many people only focus on the to hit and parade builds that have massive weaknesses. Building a Good Fighter, one that has high DPR and doesn't get dominated daily is hard.

This, so much this. A successful fighter needs so much more, and people only parade their damage potential like it was something special or somehow made for a real character.

That being said, I commend you STR Ranger! You really have a great head for Fighters. Good job sir. I particularly like your lore warden build. A minor nitpick is that Blur is a 2nd level spell, not 1st (unless it's on a spell list I'm not aware of). Not a huge difference (a 3 minute blur at-will is 10,800 gp, which is reasonable), but I'm anal about that stuff. :P

I aim to please.

I would like the base fighter to have more stuff. But I think I've shown they can be good.
One just has to understand the limitations on a class whose role is 'I do damage


STR Ranger wrote:
Ashiel wrote:
STR Ranger wrote:
3.5 Loyalist wrote:

Ha ha str ranger or perhaps that should be str fighter

Fighters are sometimes mocked as simple and basic, but there is a lot to learn playing a fighter, and I've always felt pretty smug beating down more complex types or spellcasters with a humble fighter or fighter barb.

I use STR Ranger as a Tag because a 18 Str, 14Dex Ranger TWF has to be my favorite build.

But it won't beat a fighter in a fair match.

I think bad fighters are easy. Too many people only focus on the to hit and parade builds that have massive weaknesses. Building a Good Fighter, one that has high DPR and doesn't get dominated daily is hard.

This, so much this. A successful fighter needs so much more, and people only parade their damage potential like it was something special or somehow made for a real character.

That being said, I commend you STR Ranger! You really have a great head for Fighters. Good job sir. I particularly like your lore warden build. A minor nitpick is that Blur is a 2nd level spell, not 1st (unless it's on a spell list I'm not aware of). Not a huge difference (a 3 minute blur at-will is 10,800 gp, which is reasonable), but I'm anal about that stuff. :P

I aim to please.

I would like the base fighter to have more stuff. But I think I've shown they can be good.
One just has to understand the limitations on a class whose role is 'I do damage

The only thing that concerns me is the "hack fix" nature of the Fighter. The Fighter in your examples basically relies on a lot of non-core material like Eldritch Heritage and specific race/class/feat combos. Paladins by their nature kind of pimp Eldritch Heritage, and Rangers get similar benefits to Lore Warden with a buff-round (Lore Warden 7th should get +2 to hit and damage for 1 standard action, whereas Ranger can do similar or scarier things with the same 1 standard action buff round).

Since I don't feel that Fighters do enough damage to make up for the other tricks martials have; can you play around with the Fighter and impress me, sir? You've displayed a wonderful example of shoring up some of the Fighter's defenses. Can you make them look really appealing as an adventurer (I say adventurer because adventuring requires a lot of things)?

Osirion

Since the fighter isn't proficient with armor.. Around what AC would you have at level 10 with average gold etc?

Silver Crusade

20pt buy
Race:Human
Ability Scores
Str 16
Dex 16
Con 14
Int 12
Wis 12
Cha 07
Traits: Armor Expert, Dangerously Curious
Skills per level:2(class)+ 1(int) + 1(favored)
Class: Mobile Fighter

1- Power Attack, Point-blank Shot, Precise Shot
2- Rapid Shot
3- Weapon Focus: Longbow
4- Weapon Specialization: Longbow
5- Deadly Aim
6- Manyshot
7- Snap Shot
8- Greater Weapon Focus: Longbow
9- Improved Snap Shot
10-Combat Reflexes
11-Improved Precise Shot
12-Greater Snap Shot
13-Greater Weapon Specialization: Longbow

It's a pretty straight-forward build, using an archetype and focusing on ranged attacks. Leaping Attack(ex) gives you the Weapon Training benefits of ANY weapon you use if you move at least 5 feet, giving you a lot of versatility.

It's an archetype that doesn't give up armor training 1 and 2, which a lot of the more 'gimmicky' archetypes will throw out of the window.

Of course, the real bread-winner is Rapid Attack(ex), allowing you to give up your first highest BAB attack to make a full attack in a movement. This allows a ranged attacker to start behind total cover, move into view, make several ranged attacks, and then move back to total cover all in one turn.

So long as your opponents have no line of sight or line of effect to you, the need for saving throws is drastically reduced.


Also you can you rapid shot with rapid attack in my view to only give up one attack and still move and fire. Although if you still wanted weapon training and to go with something like celestial armor you could use something like the dawnflower dervish for the switch hitter build.

Silver Crusade

doctor_wu wrote:
Also you can you rapid shot with rapid attack in my view to only give up one attack and still move and fire. Although if you still wanted weapon training and to go with something like celestial armor you could use something like the dawnflower dervish for the switch hitter build.

If you read it carefully, the Rapid Attack doesn't specify your *first* attack as the attack that you give up, just the highest BAB attack. In which case, the extra attack from Rapid shot would be considered your first, and you declare that attack as the one to fire two arrows via Many Shot. So, by 11, you're making 3 attacks with 4 arrows during a rapid attack.


Volkspanzer wrote:
doctor_wu wrote:
Also you can you rapid shot with rapid attack in my view to only give up one attack and still move and fire. Although if you still wanted weapon training and to go with something like celestial armor you could use something like the dawnflower dervish for the switch hitter build.
If you read it carefully, the Rapid Attack doesn't specify your *first* attack as the attack that you give up, just the highest BAB attack. In which case, the extra attack from Rapid shot would be considered your first, and you declare that attack as the one to fire two arrows via Many Shot. So, by 11, you're making 3 attacks with 4 arrows during a rapid attack.

Yeah that is what I thought as well you get one shot two arrows with manyshot for two arrows then two iteratives.


Volkspanzer wrote:

20pt buy

Race:Human
Ability Scores
Str 16
Dex 16
Con 14
Int 12
Wis 12
Cha 07
Traits: Armor Expert, Dangerously Curious
Skills per level:2(class)+ 1(int) + 1(favored)
Class: Mobile Fighter

1- Power Attack, Point-blank Shot, Precise Shot
2- Rapid Shot
3- Weapon Focus: Longbow
4- Weapon Specialization: Longbow
5- Deadly Aim
6- Manyshot
7- Snap Shot
8- Greater Weapon Focus: Longbow
9- Improved Snap Shot
10-Combat Reflexes
11-Improved Precise Shot
12-Greater Snap Shot
13-Greater Weapon Specialization: Longbow

It's a pretty straight-forward build, using an archetype and focusing on ranged attacks. Leaping Attack(ex) gives you the Weapon Training benefits of ANY weapon you use if you move at least 5 feet, giving you a lot of versatility.

It's an archetype that doesn't give up armor training 1 and 2, which a lot of the more 'gimmicky' archetypes will throw out of the window.

Of course, the real bread-winner is Rapid Attack(ex), allowing you to give up your first highest BAB attack to make a full attack in a movement. This allows a ranged attacker to start behind total cover, move into view, make several ranged attacks, and then move back to total cover all in one turn.

So long as your opponents have no line of sight or line of effect to you, the need for saving throws is drastically reduced.

You have made a fighter that does big damage and gets to full attack all the time.

It's good but your will save blows.
Same build as Half Elf with dual minded and a +1 will trait would be +5 better on will saves and +7 vs enchantment.

Other than that it's pretty good.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

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I would like to point out to the original builder that many of your adjustments to the class for builds are NOT about the class. They are about races.

Half-orcs get a bloodline Str boost. Dwarves are res to magic. Half-elves have good will saves.

None of that has anything to do with the class of the fighter. Indeed, all those benefits can work as well or better for other classes.

Saying 'my fighter is awesome because my Dwarf has +5 to magic saves' makes no sense...the dwarven barbarian gets the same benefit.

Bringing up Lore Wardens to make the fighter awesome effectively is pigeonholing an archetype. 'Lore Warden fighters are awesome' is not 'fighters are awesome'.

I like fighters, but it's arguments like these that get me tired. A correct way to do things is simply to put down 'These are good Fighter builds to play' and go from there.

But there's nothing you've posted that says 'Fighters are awesome'. I'm seeing more 'Dwarves, Half-orcs, and Half-elves are awesome.'

===Aelryinth

Silver Crusade

STR Ranger wrote:


You have made a fighter that does big damage and gets to full attack all the time.
It's good but your will save blows.
Same build as Half Elf with dual minded and a +1 will trait would be +5 better on will saves and +7 vs enchantment.

Other than that it's pretty good.

Pretty solid advice, all things considered. It would definitely help in those levels before 11. Afterwards, I'll be hiding behind solid objects, all of the time.

Aelryinth wrote:

I would like to point out to the original builder that many of your adjustments to the class for builds are NOT about the class. They are about races.

Half-orcs get a bloodline Str boost. Dwarves are res to magic. Half-elves have good will saves.

None of that has anything to do with the class of the fighter. Indeed, all those benefits can work as well or better for other classes.

While the above may indeed be true, you have to consider all aspects of a character when making it effective at what it does.

If you look at the fighter as a class, there are elements to consider:

Consider first what a fighter can potentially do:

1. They reliably deal damage.
2. They reliably execute a combat maneuver.
3. They can reliably take physical punishment (up to a point).

Consider what a fighter can't do (or can't do well):
1. Cast spells.
2. Execute a large number of skills.
3. Reliably save against most magic as a class.

When considering what a fighter can potentially do, consider all of the archetypes in comparison to the vanilla option. Most of the archetypes of a fighter will pigeon-hole most of the 'tried-and-true' features of a fighter for gimmicky abilities. This usually makes a fighter even narrower in scope than it already is. Exceptions to this case would be the Lore Warden or Mobile Fighter. There may be others, but I haven't delved too deep.

If you want your fighter to be awesome, they not only have to strengthen what they do, but minimize what they can't deal with. If you're not going to consider the fact that they have poor will saves into your build, your fighter is going to be a poor example for making the case that a fighter is indeed awesome.

Other examples of making your fighter NOT awesome is minimizing their BAB benefits. If you're going to sink-hole a ton of feats for TWF as a regular fighter, prepare to be disappointed when you find your opponents don't sit there for your full-attacks.

Indeed, moving beyond 5-feet as a fighter is the quickest way to make a fighter much less effective. Either removing the need to move more than 5 feet or skirting around this limitation is key.


Aelryinth wrote:

I would like to point out to the original builder that many of your adjustments to the class for builds are NOT about the class. They are about races.

Half-orcs get a bloodline Str boost. Dwarves are res to magic. Half-elves have good will saves.

None of that has anything to do with the class of the fighter. Indeed, all those benefits can work as well or better for other classes.

Saying 'my fighter is awesome because my Dwarf has +5 to magic saves' makes no sense...the dwarven barbarian gets the same benefit.

Bringing up Lore Wardens to make the fighter awesome effectively is pigeonholing an archetype. 'Lore Warden fighters are awesome' is not 'fighters are awesome'.

I like fighters, but it's arguments like these that get me tired. A correct way to do things is simply to put down 'These are good Fighter builds to play' and go from there.

But there's nothing you've posted that says 'Fighters are awesome'. I'm seeing more 'Dwarves, Half-orcs, and Half-elves are awesome.'

===Aelryinth

How about fighter (including archetypes) are awesome?

I won't submit a build for EVERY archetype to back up my statement.
I NEVER said Lore Warden was the only good archetype.
If you want other examples of good fighters i have made, check my guide on 2 weapon fighting for fighters. I go through Two Weapon Warriors, Dawnflower Dervish and Mobile Fighters there.
You want a core example? Remember FIGHTERMAN? He was an all core Archer build who could kill a balor in two rounds by himself and he had good saves/options.

I am saying that Fighters are AWESOME at what they do.
I am acknowledgeing the class has limitations (just like wizards do, or any other class for that matter) and saying if you wanna be well built and not suck you have to find ways around your weaknesses rather than just focusing on to hit.

@Ashiel. Play around with the class? To make it interesting?
Not sure if you want my suggestions for 'fixing' the fighter or if you simply want me to show a build that does stuff out of combat.

IF you're asking for a 'fix' I believe Paizo has a wonderful oppourtunity to give fighters nice things via style feats. So far style feats are for monks but some could be made with fighters inmind.
I'd love to see this in the Knights of the inner sea book.

Barbarians get 1 less rage power then fighters get feats. Some rage powers are WAY better than feats.
I'd like to see style feats as good as Reckless Abandon or Ghost Rager.
Almost on the level of TOB type stuff. Without paizo resorting to straight copying TOB. You get me. I wanna see something like Avalanche of Blades or Iron Heart Surge as Fighter Style feats.

If you simply mean a fighter build that does something good out of combat. Well, for example my Lore Warden build could Dump Weapon Spl and Greater Weapon Spl. He'd still get +12 to hit and +10 damage. Sub in Master Craftsman and Craft Magic Arms and Armor and you add magic crafter dude to your role. This is pretty powerful considering how rare those +5 Menacing, Speed Weapons are. It garuntees the group can get thier custom stuff and saves the fighter TONS of cash which he can spend on other stuff.


Aelryinth wrote:

I would like to point out to the original builder that many of your adjustments to the class for builds are NOT about the class. They are about races.

Half-orcs get a bloodline Str boost. Dwarves are res to magic. Half-elves have good will saves.

None of that has anything to do with the class of the fighter. Indeed, all those benefits can work as well or better for other classes.

Saying 'my fighter is awesome because my Dwarf has +5 to magic saves' makes no sense...the dwarven barbarian gets the same benefit.

Bringing up Lore Wardens to make the fighter awesome effectively is pigeonholing an archetype. 'Lore Warden fighters are awesome' is not 'fighters are awesome'.

I like fighters, but it's arguments like these that get me tired. A correct way to do things is simply to put down 'These are good Fighter builds to play' and go from there.

But there's nothing you've posted that says 'Fighters are awesome'. I'm seeing more 'Dwarves, Half-orcs, and Half-elves are awesome.'

===Aelryinth

Hmm, true that. You make very good points Aelryinth. I go to ponder.

Qadira

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Fighters are awesome because everyone else has to do things to be on par with them. They use spells to up their to hit and damage, They use spells to add to movement, They use spells that act as feats, and use more spells because they don't have the HP to take two hits.

I have fun playing a fighter because he has so much room for badassness. He doesn't cower in the back/middle like the wizard, he doesn't fear death because he sees it everyday in the mirror. He doesn't get weaker through out the day, he is strong and tough, and when fighting equal cr mobs is not getting hit much. When a worthy challenge appears I enjoy getting hit instead of the weaker party members. I enjoy the rush of pride as we defeat the our toughest foes, guided by my constant strength and skill.

I enjoy playing a fighter because my build is just one feat power attack, I have 19 or 20 more to build a character with. Feats that show my talents or feats that I learned through sweat and blood from my mistakes.

I love my fighter because he isn't babied by a god like a paladin, he isnt sworn to a lord like a cavalier, and he enjoys the company of people more than animals like the ranger. He is free and owns his own destiny.

He could choose to study art science or lore, he could try to become the best swordsman in the world, or he could enjoy looking for the best ingredients for his food/beer/exotic habits. He lives in the world and not at the end of a rope trick.

The fighter is awesome.

other class comments :

I play a wizard in carrion crown and enjoy cowering in the back and being ignored when I warn the party not to open doors or approach something until I am certain it is safe, and then they regret it. I enjoy being above the pary literally (also). The one thing I dislike about the wizard is GMs always pass saves they roll, no matter what version of dnd or who is GMing, or what the monster is.

I also enjoy the other classes I have played over they years, inquisitor, psion, samurai, rogue, monk, ect.

Silver Crusade

If you want to ask if the fighter class in general is good, then perhaps we should look at the most common features of a fighter across all archetypes?

As far as I know, all fighter archetypes have a full BAB progression and combat bonus feats. The vast majority of them have proficiencies in all simple and martial weapons, all forms of armor, and all shields, and most have some form of passive bonus to attack and damage rolls with a particular weapon group.

Based solely on this, I'd say fighters are horrible. But that's hardly the end-all-be-all of what makes a fighter.

Silver Crusade

Gorbacz wrote:
One failed Will save later....

This applies to every class so what's your point?

Silver Crusade

Aelryinth wrote:

I would like to point out to the original builder that many of your adjustments to the class for builds are NOT about the class. They are about races.

Half-orcs get a bloodline Str boost. Dwarves are res to magic. Half-elves have good will saves.

None of that has anything to do with the class of the fighter. Indeed, all those benefits can work as well or better for other classes.

Saying 'my fighter is awesome because my Dwarf has +5 to magic saves' makes no sense...the dwarven barbarian gets the same benefit.

Bringing up Lore Wardens to make the fighter awesome effectively is pigeonholing an archetype. 'Lore Warden fighters are awesome' is not 'fighters are awesome'.

I like fighters, but it's arguments like these that get me tired. A correct way to do things is simply to put down 'These are good Fighter builds to play' and go from there.

But there's nothing you've posted that says 'Fighters are awesome'. I'm seeing more 'Dwarves, Half-orcs, and Half-elves are awesome.'

===Aelryinth

But fighter archtypes are fighter options just like feats. Making a great fighter using a fighter archtype is still making a great fighter.

Everyone has to choose race so I'm not sure why this is a problem. If you can choose a race to help take care of some of the weaknesses of the class then what's the problem?

Silver Crusade

The way some of you want the fighter class designed, there would be no need for any other class to exist.

The fighter was never designed to do everything. It does what it was designed to do.

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Archetypes are not like feats. If they were, you could just grab and go from every single archetype and build the fighter you should be able to build.

You'd get the improved power attack of the 2h fighter and the saves of the unbreakable. You'd get the mobility of the dervish and the crit power of the weapon master. you'd be able to pick your capstones at 19 and 20 instead of having to plan 20 levels ahead of time for them.

So, no, archtypes are not feats. They should be.

Oh, and STR Ranger, Reckless Abandon was called Robilar's Gambit in 3.5. It was a feat long before it was a barbarian power. It was considered essential for any serious fighter build...any melee build, really.

I'm not sure if Ghost Touch was ever a melee ability. It might be in Heroes of Horror or Lords of Darkness or whatever the undead book is.

==Aelryinth


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Most classes stand on their own. As strange as it is, I could make an orcish wizard, a dwarf rogue, or a goblin bard and still make them viable and awesome. Most races add icing to a cake, not add the missing ingredients to let you bake the cake in the first place.

A Fighter that does what it's designed to do is the 1E Fighter who existed to Fight. He did so better than pretty much every class, and also had the best saving throws in the game next to the Paladin (Paladin had Fighter saves +2, more or less). In that game, being a Dwarf meant your already formidable defenses were even more draconic in nature. In 3.x/PF, it means you might have a half-decent chance (but even then you're only looking at +8 instead of +6).

I was initially impressed with the bloodline bit, but then found you needed a standard action to activate your Will-save bonus, and it only lasts 1 round. Which means that it's very questionable in usefulness. If it were usable as an immediate action, then I'd be all over it, but it's too situational to really put faith in at this point.

Fighters have two things. Raw hitting/damaging and fair to good AC. Virtually all their combat options are based around either one or the other. Now if they were more akin to their 1E counterparts, I don't think people would complain as much (by comparison, Fighters were actually very awesome in 1E when placed next to other classes).

The problem is that the game has evolved -- greatly -- but Fighters have devolved. They can no longer move + attack effectively. Their saves went from being the best in the game to being barely better than a commoner. Their weapon specialization capability is a pale imitation of its former glory (creatures had way less HP and their specialization provided both bonus damage and extra attacks per round).

If you wanted to see a 3.x/PF version of a classical Fighter, it would look more like this.
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HD: d10
BAB: Perfect
Fort: Good
Ref: Good
Will: Good
Skills: 2 + Int Modifier

Proficiencies: Fighters are proficient in all simple and martial weapons, light, medium, and heavy armor, and all shields (including Tower Shields). At 1st, 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 20th a Fighter gets proficiency in an exotic weapon of his choice.

Weapon Specialization (Ex): At 1st, 3rd, 5th, and every odd level thereafter, a Fighter may specialize in a weapon of his choice. Specializing in a weapon provides a +1 bonus to hit and +2 bonus to damage. A Fighter may select the same weapon to specialize in multiple times, providing further bonuses to hit and damage. Sufficiently high specialization increases the threat range of the weapon. Upon specializing further in a weapon, the Fighter also learns to make extra attacks with the weapon each round. This extra attack is made in addition to any other attacks and at the Fighter's highest base attack bonus. A Fighter does not have to take a full-attack action to get the extra attacks (an attack action is sufficient). Sufficiently high specialization increases the threat range of the weapon. These threat range modifications are applied after other effects that improve threat range (such as the Improved Critical feat or keen weapon enhancement). The benefits of weapon specialization are as follows below:

1 Specialization: +1 hit, +2 damage
2 Specializations: +2 hit, +2 damage, +1 threat range,
3 Specializations: +2 hit, +4 damage, +1 attack, +1 weapon threat range
4 Specializations: +3 hit, +4 damage, +1 attack, +1 weapon threat range
5 Specializations: +3 hit, +6 damage, +2 attacks, +2 weapon threat range

Combat Style Mastery: At 2nd, 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th and 20th level, a Fighter gains a bonus combat feat chosen from any of the style sets below. A Fighter needn't qualify for these feats:

Archery
Far Shot, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, and Rapid Shot.
At 6th level, he adds Improved Precise Shot and Manyshot to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Pinpoint Targeting and Shot on the Run to the list.

Crossbow
Deadly Aim, Focused Shot, Precise Shot, and Rapid Reload.
At 6th level, he adds Crossbow Mastery and Improved Precise Shot to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Pinpoint Targeting and Shot on the Run to the list.

Mounted Combat
Mounted Combat, Mounted Archery, Ride-By Attack, and Trick Riding.
At 6th level, he adds Mounted Shield and Spirited Charge to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Mounted Skirmisher and Unseat to the list.

Natural Weapon
Aspect of the Beast, Improved Natural Weapon, Rending Claws, and Weapon Focus.
At 6th level, he adds Eldritch Claws and Vital Strike to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Multiattack and Improved Vital Strike to the list.

Two-Handed Weapon
Cleave, Power Attack, Pushing Assault, and Shield of Swings.
At 6th level, he adds Furious Focus and Great Cleave to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Dreadful Carnage and Improved Sunder to the list.

Two-Weapon Combat
Double Slice, Improved Shield Bash, Quick Draw, and Two-Weapon Fighting.
At 6th level, he adds Improved Two-Weapon Fighting and Two-Weapon Defense to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Greater Two-Weapon Fighting and Two-Weapon Rend to the list.

Weapon and Shield
Improved Shield Bash, Shield Focus, Shield Slam and Two-Weapon Fighting.
At 6th level, he adds Saving Shield and Shield Master to the list.
At 10th level, he adds Bashing Finish and Greater Shield Focus to the list.

Uncanny Defense (Ex): Fighters are able to shrug off far more than most due to their hearty and resilient nature. Beginning at 5th level, a Fighter gains a bonus to all saving throws equal to 1/2 his Constitution modifier (minimum +1), and gains bonus hit points equal to 1/2 his Constitution modifier per fighter level (so a 20th level Fighter with a +8 Constitution modifier has 80 bonus hit points).

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That would put it in the direction of its 1E counterpart in comparison to the current edition. But only as a starting point. Still it lacks options, but it's more reminiscent of the traits they got back in the day (more HP/level than others due to Con, more attacks that even Rangers & Paladins, and stellar saving throws).

Fighters get NO magic. Like it or not, magic equates to options in 3.x/PF. Options equate to power. It's like Xykon notes. Sometimes power comes in the form of 9th level spells, and sometimes it comes in a +8 Perception. Power depends on the situation.


Urgh, more and higher numbers is not the answer guys. It means you don't escape the numbers tread-mill and the need to power-game just to keep up.

Fighters don't need all good saves, why are you getting rid of some weaknesses? Do you want chars to have all good numbers and no weaknesses? Then you get more sameyness and more of the classes blurring into one-another.

I'm not saying everyone should do exactly what I have done, but here are some ideas. I've gone back to early 3.5 and built my games up from there. Course you could do it for core, but most importantly, keep the numbers simple for players and their enemies. Restrain the giant dr, ac and hp in monsters and opponents, give them strengths and weaknesses, and ensure they always have at least something for the players to exploit. Then you will find, that a low save can often get you by with some problems only if you are countered (and you should have a weakness), a decent save will do pretty well because the DCs aren't skyrocketing. Keep the ability scores away from the ridiculous numbers (oh another routine 20 or 30, yay?) and you will find that the classes don't need much changing to keep up and contribute.

Pathfinder has had some real valid criticism due to its crunchiness. We can minimise that and step off the stack more abilities, higher saves, higher dcs, higher everything tread-mill.

Thank you for your time reading this.


3.5 Loyalist wrote:

Urgh, more and higher numbers is not the answer guys. It means you don't escape the numbers tread-mill and the need to power-game just to keep up.

Fighters don't need all good saves, why are you getting rid of some weaknesses? Do you want chars to have all good numbers and no weaknesses? Then you get more sameyness and more of the classes blurring into one-another.

I'm not saying everyone should do exactly what I have done, but here are some ideas. I've gone back to early 3.5 and built my games up from there. Course you could do it for core, but most importantly, keep the numbers simple for players and their enemies. Restrain the giant dr, ac and hp in monsters and opponents, give them strengths and weaknesses, and ensure they always have at least something for the players to exploit. Then you will find, that a low save can often get you by with some problems only if you are countered (and you should have a weakness), a decent save will do pretty well because the DCs aren't skyrocketing. Keep the ability scores away from the ridiculous numbers (oh another routine 20 or 30, yay?) and you will find that the classes don't need much changing to keep up and contribute.

Pathfinder has had some real valid criticism due to its crunchiness. We can minimise that and step off the stack more abilities, higher saves, higher dcs, higher everything tread-mill.

Thank you for your time reading this.

My point wasn't exactly about bigger numbers. I was demonstrating the kind of pros that the pre-3.x/PF Fighter had going for it, only in ways that people more familiar with PF would understand better (and I noted that it needs actual class features/options because more numbers doesn't equate to good).

Ironically, said Fighter in my example still is loaded with weaknesses. Not being a caster of any sort is a damn big one. No casting = no options in 3.x/PF. The above Fighter still would have to rely on magic items almost 100% to function at high levels. The only thing he has going for him is the improved specialization and saving throws that aren't sucky and more like the old Fighter's saving throws (as in, really good more or less naturally).


Higher numbers makes using Combat Expertise along with Power Attack a viable option. You can be on the offensive and defensive at the same time. Higher numbers also help if you need to deal with high CMDs when you are using a maneuver.

What I would like to see though, instead of higher numbers, is the ability to deal with certain things without having to spend feats on it. For example, the monk can bypass some types of damage reduction starting at a relatively early level (the fighter can't do that until level 12 when he can take Penetrating Strike and it's limited to only 5 points). If the fighter was able to be able to bypass DR/material by dividing his Base Attack by 3 and consulting the table from Overcoming Damage Reduction:

DR Type...................Weapon Enhancement Bonus Equivalent
magic**...................+2
cold iron/silver..........+3
adamantine*...............+4
alignment-based...........+5
epic**....................+6
* Note that this does not give the ability to ignore hardness, like an actual adamantine weapon does
**Added to the progression table.

So starting at level 9, they can bypass cold iron/silver. At level 12, adamantine, and at level 15 they can bypass alignment-based. You could also allow them to bypass epic at level 18. The paladin can already do this so it's not a problem. I would add one at level 6: They can bypass DR/Magic without needing a magic item.

This would go a long way to improving them and giving them a unique ability that grows with them. They still wouldn't be able to bypass DR/- but that's ok. They can still just deal a lot of damage.

I would also like to see them be able to choose any two from the following skills to make them class skills: Acrobatics, Bluff, Diplomacy, Escape Artist, Heal, Knowledge (any), Perception, and Stealth. Then give them 2 more points per level.

I don't want complex changes to the class. The changes should be simple and have a consistent progression.

By the gods, it needs a way to get a decent mount that doesn't require the Leadership feat.

I think the class works fine for what it does. I can make a very effective fighter that does fine in and out of combat. I can do it with as few or as many books are allowed. I can make a certain fighter that enhances his race and I can make one that is enhanced by his race. That doesn't mean that I think it's perfect though.


Bob_Loblaw wrote:


I would also like to see them be able to choose any two from the following skills to make them class skills: Acrobatics, Bluff, Diplomacy, Escape Artist, Heal, Knowledge (any), Perception, and Stealth. Then give them 2 more points per level.

I don't want complex changes to the class. The changes should be simple and have a consistent progression.

By the gods, it needs a way to get a decent mount that doesn't require the Leadership feat.

I agree wholeheartedly with this. In fact taht are the only changes I would do to the fighter class ,well, maybe the posibility of some bonus to the will save but that is all.

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