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Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

I guess I'm always a bit taken a back by how popular the bard is.
Is it fun? Yes
Is it good in a party? Yes
Is it full of interesting options for makings lots of different exciting bard builds? I'd say no, not without archetypes, which is why I don't really get why so many people are enamored with them. I always look at the class and feel like there is only really one thing to do with the class features you're given. Compared with an Occultist or an Alchemist.

This is intresting to me because my brain went the other direction. For the full Bab no casting. Everyone loves the barbarian because of beast totem pounce and spell sunder. It's the majority of the builds I see and it's great but it's also common. Brawlers don't have a lot of support but strangler, wild child, mutgnic mauler, Snakebite, and exemplar are each unique and exciting.

Slayers excel and so many different build types and have small stackable archtypes.

Shadow Lodge

Garbage-Tier Waifu wrote:


  • 0.75/6: Arsenal Chaplan Warpriest. Cannot be matched for pure DPS by even full BAB classes....
  • I see that they get Weapon Training and can save a feat (by not have to manually take Quicken Blessing), but that doesn't seem sufficient to merit the title of DPR champ. What am I missing?

    (Fabulous handle, BTW. <thumbs up>)


    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    Weirdo wrote:


    I'm not surprised to see that it's one of the better liked classes in that category - but I'm surprised that it's 50% ahead of the next runner up

    I guess I'm always a bit taken a back by how popular the bard is.

    Is it fun? Yes
    Is it good in a party? Yes
    Is it full of interesting options for makings lots of different exciting bard builds? I'd say no, not without archetypes, which is why I don't really get why so many people are enamored with them. I always look at the class and feel like there is only really one thing to do with the class features you're given. Compared with an Occultist or an Alchemist.
    {. . .}

    On the other hand, it has a ton of archetypes, several of which are actually pretty good . . . .

    Lantern Lodge

    avr wrote:


    They're more or less required to use a single one-handed or light weapon with a decent crit range (OK, you could make a str-based swashbuckler who carries a heavy pick and dresses in full plate armor, but that gets people's hackles up.) That's a fairly tight restriction on the build. It also limits the usefulness of power attack or piranha strike to improve damage and makes sure they stay a step behind the other full BAB types in DPR. Not a huge step but it's there.

    Fort saves aren't that critical. Also, they can shore up that weakness with charmed life. People say it's a hindrance but they are looking at it incorrectly. On fights where you are worried and need to use charmed life, don't use your reaction to parry save it for charmed life.

    Also, the DPR difference is a myth. Swashbucklers are actually ahead of a two-hander in DPR. Essentially every 4 levels the two hander is getting +3 damage off power attack. A Swashbuckler is getting +2 from power attack +4 from precise strike. Other classes have ways to add their level to damage but they are limited. Combine this snowballing damage bump plus the extra attacks / durability from parrying and a higher AC... You're looking at a nice package.

    The swashbuckler is all about managing your reactions / swift actions properly. Do I think it could function better? Absolutely but it's far from the worst class.

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    Swashbucklers should get an immediate action AND a swift action every round, instead of one or the other. Or a way to use AoOs to activate their fast abilities. Oh well....

    I guess swashbucklers are about very short term resource management. Instead of spells per day or ki points per day, or rounds of rage per day, etc., they have to manage their swift/immediate action each round. That's an interesting take on the class you have there kaisc006. Neat! :-D


    Sir Thugsalot wrote:
    Garbage-Tier Waifu wrote:


  • 0.75/6: Arsenal Chaplan Warpriest. Cannot be matched for pure DPS by even full BAB classes....
  • I see that they get Weapon Training and can save a feat (by not have to manually take Quicken Blessing), but that doesn't seem sufficient to merit the title of DPR champ. What am I missing?

    (Fabulous handle, BTW. <thumbs up>)

    (thanks)

    It's the combination of weapon training, divine buffs (divine power+fates favoured, prayer, etc.) and swift action buffs all at once that makes for some serious DPS power. Specifically, they're really crazy archers. And get fighter specific feats on top.


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    kaisc006 wrote:
    Fort saves aren't that critical.

    Are you serious? Fort saves include save-or-sucks, which are bad enough, but they also include save-or-dies.

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    Also, they can shore up that weakness with charmed life. People say it's a hindrance but they are looking at it incorrectly. On fights where you are worried and need to use charmed life, don't use your reaction to parry save it for charmed life.

    Which can mean taking more hits delivering poison (or other Fort save effect), either directly or because the enemy lives longer and can make more attacks/cast more spells.

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    Also, the DPR difference is a myth.

    Directly untrue. If you want to specify a level and some other conditions we can make some comparisons, but you're missing other bonuses to damage here. Fighter weapon training, ranger favored enemy and barbarian rage get more support in the system, and inquisitors, magi, gunslingers, warpriests etc. are naturally buff; swashbucklers are in fact low on the DPR totem pole.

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    The swashbuckler is all about managing your reactions / swift actions properly. Do I think it could function better? Absolutely but it's far from the worst class.

    Which class do you think is the worst?

    Shadow Lodge

    Swashbuckler was an OK dip for a DEX martial (so long as they don't mind using a rapier), but an awful straight-class, and especially so in any point-buy system where you need to squeeze your starting attribute points in a vice until they yelp and cough up one or more dump stats to fuel some good ones. Difference between CHA:7 and CHA:12 in a Swashbuckler? +1 miserable panache point, but *six* build points that could be transferred elsewhere to turn two 12s into two 14s, or convert a 15 into a 17 in the prime stat.

    Now along comes Unchained Rogue to totally slurp Swashbuckler's milkshake, and they're not even the best finesse-granting dip anymore.

    Lantern Lodge

    avr wrote:
    Are you serious? Fort saves include save-or-sucks, which are bad enough, but they also include save-or-dies.

    Pretty much any save group has some bad spells but Fort doesn't come up as often as others. Plus most swashbucklers can have around 16 CHA which will only put them at max 3-4 down from a fighter. I'll take a 20% chance of being worse than the fighter at a save while pumping out more damage at a higher AC all the time.

    Yes people say Reflex is the worst one because it avoids hp damage but as a full BAB avoiding hp damage means you're in the fight longer. Also charmed life gives the swashbuckler flexibility to apply it to all their saves. I agree that it shouldn't be a reaction that is should be just an X amount of times per day or even the equivalent of divine grace. But I don't think it's so terrible more like icing on an already powerful chassis.

    avr wrote:
    Fighter weapon training, ranger favored enemy and barbarian rage get more support in the system, and inquisitors, magi, gunslingers, warpriests etc. are naturally buff; swashbucklers are in fact low on the DPR totem pole.

    Swashbucklers essentially get weapon training too. I don't want to put in the time to make a build but like I showed before it's pretty simple to see how a swashbuckler gets higher on the DPR curve. With just their precise strike feature they are already ahead of a fighter +3 damage every four levels. That's hard to keep up.

    Plus they have a very high AC. There's a reason I have to have my attack bonus, damage, and AC written out because in PFS almost every DM will inevitably ask how I have it that high... And there isn't any cheese involved. Literally just basic feats like power attack, dodge, slashing grace (he uses scimitar), toughness and straight bonuses on weapons / armor. Granted he's a paladin 2 / noble fencer 7 but his damage would be even higher with if he was a full swash.

    avr wrote:
    Which class do you think is the worst?

    Out of the full BAB, no spellcasting I would say Cavalier. One of their main niches is mounted combat which is highly situational or cheesed into situations where it shouldn't happen (taking your horse/pony into a dungeon). Also there is an emphasis on charging which is again situational. Then they get teamwork feats which are pretty meh. Challenge is nice, but a swashbuckler is getting level to damage all the time. They are a "confused" full BAB in my opinion. Full BAB should just care about killing what's in front of them.


    @kaisc006: I guess we just have different experiences around fort saves.

    About the DPR; swashbucklers get what is essentially weapon training, but without the option to use gloves of duelling, and without the fighter advanced weapon training options. The latter is the main reason for the renaissance of interest in the fighter I think. It also doesn't qualify for weapon mastery feats. Precision damage doesn't multiply on crits which complicates the DPR calculations for a swashbuckler too, especially since they're trying to crit-fish to regain panache. You're right as far as you go - but you don't go far enough.

    Fair enough about the cavalier. You can do interesting things with that class but I'd never call it a powerhouse.

    @Sir Thugs': Cha 12 gives a swashbuckler the same panache as 7, i.e. one point. You need Cha 14 to get two. It doesn't contradict your argument of course, it reinforces it, though people wanting to play a swashbuckler often want a decent Cha regardless of mechanical implications.

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    To try to re-rail this thread, favorites only:

    Full BAB, no casting: Swashbuckler. Other may win the DPR race, but killing enemies on a riposte is quite fun regardless.

    Full BAB, 4th level casting: Paladin

    3/4 BAB, no casting: Unchained Rogue. Finesse training and the ability to sneak attack in concealment are huge boosts.

    3/4 BAB, 4th-level casting: Medium. Champion spirit is fun, pity it's so hard to build around any other.

    3/4 BAB, 6th-level casting: Bard. Do anything. Do more of anything with archetypes.

    3/4 BAB, 9th-level casting: Oracle. Be a healer, a debuffer, a support or a frontliner depending on chosen mystery.

    1/2 BAB, 9th-level casting: Sorcerer. Best spell list, without those pesky spellbooks or component pouches to keep track of.

    Shadow Lodge

    Garbage-Tier Waifu wrote:
    Sir Thugsalot wrote:
    Garbage-Tier Waifu wrote:
  • 0.75/6: Arsenal Chaplan Warpriest. Cannot be matched for pure DPS by even full BAB classes....
  • I see that they get Weapon Training and can save a feat (by not have to manually take Quicken Blessing), but that doesn't seem sufficient to merit the title of DPR champ. What am I missing?
    It's the combination of weapon training, divine buffs (divine power+fates favoured, prayer, etc.) and swift action buffs all at once that makes for some serious DPS power. Specifically, they're really crazy archers. And get fighter specific feats on top.

    I get the impression that some players are running their warpriests wrong....

    1) Sacred Weapon: "...At 4th level, the warpriest gains the ability to enhance one of his sacred weapons with divine power as a swift action. This power grants the weapon a +1 enhancement bonus..."

    --a) d20pfsrd.com unhelpfully and erroneously hotlinked and italicized "divine power" straight to the spell (no doubt confusing probably everyone who kites it all off the internet).

    --b) The "divine power" referred to here grants an enhancement bonus (which can't exceed +5 after all stacking), which Fate's Favored (and/or Sacred Tattoo) flat won't with (because they're Luck-based).

    --c) The spell Divine Power confers a Luck bonus, but it takes a standard-action to cast....

    --d) ...unless the warpriest unloads it through his Fervor ability (which is the one massively schweet thing about this class, IMO, far more so than the fighter gimmicks, the gain of which is trivial compared to the loss of full 9-levels spellcasting.).

    2) Blessings: unless stated otherwise, these take a standard-action to activate (which makes them utterly worthless in combat given that the duration of almost all of them is one minute), an impediment which the warpriest might ameliorate by taking the Quicken Blessings feat...twice, if we wants to do 'em both fast. *And* they eat up twice as many daily usages to swift. Wow...are these poor bastard warpriests living in New York? Talked about getting taxed out the wazoo.

    --a) "At 7th level, an arsenal chaplain gains Quicken Blessing (War) as a bonus feat even if he does not meet the prerequisites, but cannot grant a War blessing to himself as a swift action with Quicken Blessing until he is at least 10th level." ...well that's nice, Paizo; why not just give it to them at 10th then, a level after a straight clerics with actually useful domain powers are casting augmented sacred summons to bring in snarling monsters that will go harass distant targets without him having to spend any money at all on bows and ammunition?

    3) Unless I missed it somewhere, warpriests don't get to stack the Luck bonuses from Divine Favor, Divine Power, and Prayer.

    Shadow Lodge

    avr wrote:
    @Sir Thugs': Cha 12 gives a swashbuckler the same panache as 7, i.e. one point. You need Cha 14 to get two.
    Ouch. You're right. (That's nine build points between the 7 and the 14.)
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    It doesn't contradict your argument of course, it reinforces it, though people wanting to play a swashbuckler often want a decent Cha regardless of mechanical implications.

    I still can't see much use from it other than as a dip class to get a finesse bard or paladin going. (A halfling Mouser, I think, would be particularly effective. ...is there anything in the game that will let you dismount without provoking?)

    Shadow Lodge

    Favorites:

    1/1 Fighter, just because you're forced to roleplay how *rotten* your skills are, and how much you really need someone else in the party to figure out that whatchamacallit or talk to the thinginmahface. Yeah, that thing. I don't what it's called. Do you? No, I don't speak that language either.

    1/1 4th casting: paladin, but only because I've never gotten around to ranger.

    3/4 no casting: Rogue (chained or core, I like 'em both)

    3/4 6th level casting: Bard, if only because there's a greater buildup of goodies for 'em than Inquisitors.

    3/4 9th level casting: Clerics, because I'm in love with domain powers.

    1/2 9th level casting: Wizard. (I can make myself look like a witch anytime I want to.) <make a will save> You see a witch.


    Grandlounge wrote:

    This is intresting to me because my brain went the other direction. For the full Bab no casting. Everyone loves the barbarian because of beast totem pounce and spell sunder. It's the majority of the builds I see and it's great but it's also common. Brawlers don't have a lot of support but strangler, wild child, mutgnic mauler, Snakebite, and exemplar are each unique and exciting.

    Slayers excel and so many different build types and have small stackable archtypes.

    you make a valid point, for the barb I think part of the attraction is all the movie characters that get attributed to them (Conan) and that the flavor of rage is fun and easy to understand mechanically and flavor wise.

    I actually really like the Brawler, its my second choice for fave in that chassis, I just find them kind of intimidating, Martial flex feels like potentially a huge amount of power that could easily not be taken advantage of.

    @Sir Thugsalot

    Regarding war-priests I think most people understand the sacred weapon divine power and the spell version. They're just more than happy to use fervor for Divine Favor and Divine Power, because a luck bonus to hit and damage and eventually bonus attacks is massive.


    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:


    @Sir Thugsalot

    Regarding war-priests I think most people understand the sacred weapon divine power and the spell version. They're just more than happy to use fervor for Divine Favor and Divine Power, because a luck bonus to hit and damage and eventually bonus attacks is massive.

    What I said also was not the sequence of buffs but a suggestion of what buffs you could apply (also, divine power does nothing for saves and prayer inflicts penalties on your enemies, so it has its uses even in this build). And I don't actually know all the buffs and build setup for archer AC Warpriest, I just know it is on paper the highest and achieving that is apparently realistic in an actual combat situation.


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    Least Favorite:

    Full BAB, no spells: Gunslinger (I don't mind firearms, but Paizo rules are an unbalanced mess, and having to have a class just so you're not a total loser with them sucks. Also since the nerfs no reason to go more than 5 lvls in it), secondary is swashbuckler (all the reasons have been given in the thread), and an honorable mention goes to the brawler (mainly because I think Martial Flexibility is something that should have been a core fighter thing, and whole class without it is a fighter archetype).
    Full BAB, 4th spells: Antipaladin (surprised it hasn't been mentioned, having an almost unplayable code of conduct, while simultaneously being worse than paladin...), secondary Child of Whoever fighter as a: Why?
    3/4 BAB, no casting: monk (I just don't care about the class mechanics or flavor at all).
    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: I could go the easy way and name an occult class (probably mesmerist or spiritualist), but since I'm not familiar with them probably hunter or summoner (I don't like pet classes at all).
    3/4 BAB, 9th casting: druid (don't like pets, don't like changing into beasts, don't like the spell list very much, and class abilities other than those are legacy crap).
    1/2 BAB, 9th casting: Probably witch, hexes are either one trick pony OP, or flavorful crap.


    Follow up from my group about "favorites" and some of the comments made regarding people's perceptions of things...

    First, we run APs exclusively. Because of player's guides, the Ranger actually becomes more useful because Favored Enemy will often work out really well in execution. It also covers several skills that the other three characters often do not get involved with, but are nice to have at times. Before the Investigator came around, he even served as the trap finder.

    For us, Bards are popular *because* of archetypes. There have been very few (if any) vanilla Bards played. I think there was one in Council of Thieves when the the game was new.

    Things like Occultists and Investigators are still sort of "new" and haven't had time to build up a good rep yet. The Investigator is most often played by the person that plays the Bards, so it will probably equalize over time. Bards are indeed force multipliers, but their role can get stale quickly if you aren't archetyping. The Occultist has been played once and was noted as "high overhead". It requires more than the usual character/build planning and was viewed as "complex", even after playing it. The player that created it generally enjoys that sort of thing though.

    Clerics are popular because of how our game deals with them. Spell lists and Domains have been tweaked by deity and so each one feels distinct if you pick a different deity. Other groups that have seen the system feel it weakens the class overall, which we are ok with. We made a few changes to Wizards as well to accomplish similar things.

    War for the Crown will actually see a couple first time plays... Mesmer and Vigilante, but also a Ranger and Investigator again.


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    @sir thugsalot

    The set up as other have said involves fervor swift casting fate's favored OR divine power. Then the continued acceleration of attack and damage. The swift casting is in addition to the weapon training + dueling gloves, weapon focus, weapon spec while still having the feats for more feat intensive combat styles.

    Each consecutive round using other spells, blessing, or weapon enhancments like, contagious zeal, weapon of awe, righteous might, or holy, as examples, keeps them ahead of other Gish classes because they never give up a full attack.

    Long term buffs at high levels like eaglesoul, hunter's blessing further add to their abilities.

    Spells (align weapon / instant weapons) and sacred weapon give them early access to overcoming Dr which helps even in adverse conditions for other builds. Two strong saves means it's easy to build stat arrays that do leave you with crippling weaknesses.


    I just like bards a lot.

    Honestly any hybrid 3/4 caster class is amazing and would love whole games of just those for a party.

    Then again bards for a whole party would kick ass too.


    Somewhere in here I already did a review of which classes would be best for an all one-class party (although if I remember correctly I didn't make it all the way to Hybrid and Occult classes or Vigilante). Time to dig this up and finish the job when I'm not on a phone (which I will be for the next several days).


    The remaining reason why warpriests are weirdly good is the human favored class bonus. 1/6 of a combat feat may only be a single feat in the level range usually played but that's still nice, and for those who do play to 12th or 18th level (or who plan that far at least) it keeps them up with the fighters.


    Human favored class bonuses do that for a number of classes. All spontaneous casters that get extra spells, shamans get spells of other lists, brawler's get better CMD, Slayer get 1/6th of a talent.

    Other races get good fcb for some classes but human seem to be ahead of the pack overall.


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    weakest

    Full BAB, no spells: Brawler
    Full BAB, 4th spells: Bloodrager
    3/4 BAB, no casting: Rogue, mainly because they don't have a lot of competition
    3/4 BAB, 4th casting: Child of Acavnen and Amaznen Fighter
    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: Summoner
    3/4 BAB, 9th casting: Cleric
    1/2 BAB, 9th casting: Sorcerer (Lack of Archetype support really hurts them)

    strongest

    Full BAB, no spells: Fighter
    Full BAB, 4th spells: Paladin
    3/4 BAB, no casting: Chained Monk
    3/4 BAB, 4th casting: Medium, easily
    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: Occultist (Implements is the only reason this class edges out Bard imho)
    3/4 BAB, 9th casting: Shaman (While Druid is a close second, the ability to mix and match whatever class features you want on a daily basis is ridiculous)
    1/2 BAB, 9th casting: Psychic (They have better defensive options than a Wizard does, and I think undercasting does not get the respect it deserves; that being said, I think they suffer from the slayer problem: They are mechanically good, but I have absolutely no desire to play one)

    favorite

    Full BAB, no spells: Fighter
    Full BAB, 4th spells: Paladin
    3/4 BAB, no casting: Chained Monk
    3/4 BAB, 4th casting: Medium (I'll paraphrase Lord Vader here: If only you knew the power of possession!)
    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: Bard. Hands down and easily.
    3/4 BAB, 9th casting: Cleric
    1/2 BAB, 9th casting: Wizard (Easily)


    ^Child of Acavna and Amaznen Fighter is actually full BAB. Unfortunately, that's where its virtues end.


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    So it is. Now that I think about it, are there any other 3/4ths bab 4th level spell classes besides medium?


    Vrog Skyreaver wrote:

    weakest

    Full BAB, no spells: Brawler

    Really? howcome?

    Quote:


    Full BAB, 4th spells: Bloodrager

    Thats a rare opininon

    Quote:


    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: Summoner

    Nope to weird, you're gonna have to explain this one xD

    Quote:


    strongest

    1/2 BAB, 9th casting: Psychic (They have better defensive options than a Wizard does, and I think undercasting does not get the respect it deserves; that being said, I think they suffer from the slayer problem: They are mechanically good, but I have absolutely no desire to play one)

    O.o really? Undercasting is nice for a spontaneous casters, but it still doesn't really compete with being a prepared caster. Plus their spell list is worse than the wizard one


    I would also like to know in what way shape or form(eh?) the summoner is the weakest 3/4|6 class. I understand there aren't many(summoner, bars, occultist and mesmerist[which is basically bard]?), but summoner is, if not the strongest, certainly not the weakest.


    What do you mean there aren't many? O.o

    Bard, Alchemist, Investigator, Inquisitor, Summoner, War Priest, Mesmerists, Occultists, Spiritualists, Magus, Hunter and Skald are all in that Chassis.

    There are loads.

    Also the Mesmerist is quite far from the bard. Lol.


    I can see the brawler being thought weak. Without a pretty good knowledge of the feats you're after via flexibility it risks being very hard to play. It doesn't get an attack/damage bonus (at least, if you don't know about the dedicated adversary feat) and uses light armor without any serious defence bonus.

    Maybe it's the unchained summoner that's thought weak by Vrog? I could see that maybe.

    & no, there are no other 3/4 BAB, 4-level casters unless you count the gillman's eldritch raider rogue archetype, which can pay rogue talents to get up to 3rd level spells as SLAs. So close...


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    Yep, Mesmerists are way cooler than Bards.


    captain yesterday wrote:
    Yep, Mesmerists are way cooler than Bards.

    I'll agree with this. Recently played one in the tank role and boy was it silly when the melee monster had to move through the area of the AoO build to attempt to attack the back-line archer (meek facade)

    At -3 attack and 20% miss chance from lock gaze.


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    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

    What do you mean there aren't many? O.o

    Bard, Alchemist, Investigator, Inquisitor, Summoner, War Priest, Mesmerists, Occultists, Spiritualists, Magus, Hunter and Skald are all in that Chassis.

    There are loads.

    Also the Mesmerist is quite far from the bard. Lol.

    Whoooops! Guess too much crb only campaigns have drained my knowledge to... well, potato level.

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    Potato disciple wrote:
    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

    What do you mean there aren't many? O.o

    Bard, Alchemist, Investigator, Inquisitor, Summoner, War Priest, Mesmerists, Occultists, Spiritualists, Magus, Hunter and Skald are all in that Chassis.

    There are loads.

    Also the Mesmerist is quite far from the bard. Lol.

    Whoooops! Guess too much crb only campaigns have drained my knowledge to... well, potato level.

    At least you can power a clock...


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    SmiloDan wrote:
    Potato disciple wrote:
    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

    What do you mean there aren't many? O.o

    Bard, Alchemist, Investigator, Inquisitor, Summoner, War Priest, Mesmerists, Occultists, Spiritualists, Magus, Hunter and Skald are all in that Chassis.

    There are loads.

    Also the Mesmerist is quite far from the bard. Lol.

    Whoooops! Guess too much crb only campaigns have drained my knowledge to... well, potato level.

    At least you can power a clock...

    Linkified for your convenience.


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    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    Vrog Skyreaver wrote:

    weakest

    Full BAB, no spells: Brawler

    Really? howcome?

    They aren't as good as Monks and they don't have the archetype support that either of their parent classes have.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:


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    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: Summoner

    Nope to weird, you're gonna have to explain this one xD

    Almost all of the summoners I have seen and played with have little to no contingencies for the inevitable situation where their eidolon dies. Their spell list is kinda meh, too, imho.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

    O.o really? Undercasting is nice for a spontaneous casters, but it still doesn't really compete with being a prepared caster. Plus their spell list is worse than the wizard one

    I think that's debatable.

    Potato disciple wrote:


    I would also like to know in what way shape or form(eh?) the summoner is the weakest 3/4|6 class. I understand there aren't many(summoner, bars, occultist and mesmerist[which is basically bard]?), but summoner is, if not the strongest, certainly not the weakest.

    3/4th's bab, 6th level spells covers some of the strongest classes in the game: Inquisitor, Bard, Alchemist, Occultist; Even if you just compare them to the other classes with the same chassis that are pet orientated, they still come out even with hunter and well below spiritualist.


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    captain yesterday wrote:
    Yep, Mesmerists are way cooler than Bards.

    I would vehemently argue that.


    Vrog Skyreaver wrote:


    They aren't as good as Monks and they don't have the archetype support that either of their parent classes have.

    I mean other than the archetype support thing this is very arguable. And there are other full babs to consider, like the Swash, Samurai and Cavalier.

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    Almost all of the summoners I have seen and played with have little to no contingencies for the inevitable situation where their eidolon dies. Their spell list is kinda meh, too, imho.

    They get scaling summon monster spell like abilities as standard actions that scale with wizard spell progression and are for when their eidolon isn't up.

    Their spell list is amazing xD they get all the classic control spells like the pit line, grease and glitter dust, Aqueas orb. They get some nice blasts like snow ball and then there the early access...

    They get early access to some amazing spells, just to name a few
    Haste (they actually get this sooner than even wizards do)
    Black Tentacles (same level as a wizard)
    Dimension Door (same level as a wizard)
    Obsidian Flow (same level as a wizard)
    Magic Jar (Same level as the sorc)
    Overland Flight (Same level as the sorc)
    Teleport (Same level as the sorc)
    Tar Pool
    Create Demiplane
    Dominate Monster (quicker than a wizard does)

    thats just a few, they're all amazing and they all get them at lower than typical spell level. Meaning a lot of them come online at the same level they would for a wizard which is crazy for a 6th caster, or in some cases even earlier.

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    I think that's debatable.

    I'm beginning to get the sense you and I have very different standards for what makes a class powerful. We may never agree.

    Wizards/Sorcs get better evocations, plenty save or sucks that target every save where as psychics struggle with mostly will saves, better control spells (the fog and pit line are absent from psychic list), and most of the psychics mind effecting stuff(not all, but most).

    They psychics get some kewl immediate action defenses, and a few mind effecting attacks wizards don't get, like mind thrust and psychic crush and Ego Whip. But they are largely inferior to wizard options filling the same roll. And they miss out on some big defense options most notable Emergency force sphere.

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    3/4th's bab, 6th level spells covers some of the strongest classes in the game: Inquisitor, Bard, Alchemist, Occultist; Even if you just compare them to the other classes with the same chassis that are pet orientated, they still come out even with hunter and well below spiritualist.

    Most people agree that the summoner is the strongest class in that Chassis though.. I don't even like them but I can see they're strong.

    They're definitely not well below the spiritualist.
    The Phantom is less customisable than the Eidolan and has a lower melee potential. The Phantoms get incorporeal which is strong but Eidolans get so much more. And the Spiritualist spell list just can't compete with the summoner's early access.
    I should know I've made and played two spiritualist's myself xD

    Like I said, I get the feeling we're probably not going to agree on this.


    High level brawlers have crazy flexibility, I really don't think they're weak. You might get a book thrown at you though.


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    FangDragon wrote:

    High level brawlers have crazy flexibility, I really don't think they're weak. You might get a book thrown at you though.

    I first interpreted this as brawler flexes Throw Anything and Improvised Weapon Mastery.


    I think that speaks to their brilliance xD

    Sovereign Court

    As others have said, there's quite the disagreement here about what is or isn't powerful.
    I don't feel like having that argument, so I'm going to list only my favourite from each.

    Full BAB, no spells: Unchained Monk
    Full BAB, 4th spells: Bloodrager
    3/4 BAB, no casting: With archetypes Monk, otherwise... Kineticist, I guess?
    3/4 BAB, 4th casting: Medium (only ever a level 1 dip)
    3/4 BAB, 6th casting: Warpriest*
    3/4 BAB, 9th casting: Druid
    1/2 BAB, 9th casting: Sorcerer

    *The 3/4 BAB, 6th casting category is a tough one for me, as it's where many of my absolute favourite classes live.
    If I have to pick just one, it's probably Warpriest, as listed, but it's more realistically a tie between Warpriest, Magus, Hunter, and Summoner.
    Basically the only ones here I dislike are Investigator, Occultist, and Mesmerist.


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    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    I mean other than the archetype support thing this is very arguable. And there are other full babs to consider, like the Swash, Samurai and Cavalier.

    I like both Samurai and Cavaliers, but Samurai really has the short end of the archetype stick (second only to Ninja), and Cavaliers have a problem where there is a good likelihood that, assuming you go the mounted combat route, as much as half your adventuring career you will not be able to make effective use of your abilities, unless you play a small-sized race, which can have it's own problems.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    They get scaling summon monster spell like abilities as standard actions that scale with wizard spell progression and are for when their eidolon isn't up.

    This feeds right into the other problem that monster summoning focused classes have: You either have more bookwork to do than most other people, you create a small list of creatures that you pick from when summoning, or you fumble around, slowing down the game for everyone else while you try to pick the right creature to summon, then modify their stats on the fly.

    There's also the issue with players who summon taking up more playtime than the rest of the party, so you either hamper yourself by not being the most effective summoner you can, or you hog the spotlight.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    Their spell list is amazing xD they get all the classic control spells like the pit line, grease and glitter dust, Aqueas orb. They get some nice blasts like snow ball and then there the early access...

    All of the control spells you listed (with the exception of Glitterdust) are low-level control at best. Once anyone can reasonably fly, the pit spells stop being a problem; Grease really stops being a problem around level 3 if you put ranks in acrobatics.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

    They get early access to some amazing spells, just to name a few

    Haste (they actually get this sooner than even wizards do)
    Black Tentacles (same level as a wizard)
    Dimension Door (same level as a wizard)
    Obsidian Flow (same level as a wizard)
    Magic Jar (Same level as the sorc)
    Overland Flight (Same level as the sorc)
    Teleport (Same level as the sorc)
    Tar Pool
    Create Demiplane
    Dominate Monster (quicker than a wizard does)

    Only Dominate Monster and Haste on your list are early access spells, and the Dominate spells take too long to cast to really be effective, not to mention that the DC is going to be lower than any other class that can cast the spell, Meaning that it's reasonable that your one-round casting spell gets resisted.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    I'm beginning to get the sense you and I have very different standards for what makes a class powerful. We may never agree.

    It is too early to assume that, we've just started the discussion! but to help manage expectations, I'll explain what I believe makes a powerful class:

    My definition of a strong class:

    First, the class has to contribute meaningfully to combat. They don't have to be the most damaging member of the party, but if they are seriously damaging or dropping an enemy a round, or making it so one or more enemies are significantly hindered, then they qualify here for me.

    Secondly, they have to have good defenses. I consider a good regular AC to be 20+level. It's not always obtainable, but that's the goal. Additionally, they ideally have to have either two good saves, or good save synergy (for example, being a wisdom based caster, even if they do not have will primary).

    Thirdly, they have to be able to meaningfully participate in social situations. They don't need to be the master diplomancer, but being able to make themselves heard and understood, as well as sway people's opinion.

    Fourth, be able to meaningfully contribute to exploration encounters. Again, they don't need to be able to blow things out of the water, but being able to hold their own here is, I consider, an oft overlooked piece of the puzzle.

    Finally, they have to have escape buttons, or barring that, ways to deal with situations where things go wrong. Healing, condition removal, protection, and escape/evasion abilities.

    The stronger a class is in those five pillars, the stronger I feel a class is.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:

    Wizards/Sorcs get better evocations, plenty save or sucks that target every save where as psychics struggle with mostly will saves, better control spells (the fog and pit line are absent from psychic list), and most of the psychics mind effecting stuff(not all, but most).

    They psychics get some kewl immediate action defenses, and a few mind effecting attacks wizards don't get, like mind thrust and psychic crush and Ego Whip. But they are largely inferior to wizard options filling the same roll. And they miss out on some big defense options most notable Emergency force sphere.

    And Psychics can potentially heal themselves, get Freedom of Movement, or add two stats to their AC, not unlike a Monk. Psychics also get Mental Block, one of the most insane I can't believe they thought this spell was a good idea spells.

    Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
    They're definitely not well below the spiritualist. The Phantom is less customisable than the Eidolan and has a lower melee potential. The Phantoms get incorporeal which is strong but Eidolans get so much more. And the Spiritualist spell list just can't compete with the summoner's early access.

    The spiritualist gets access to healing spells (including Heal), disintegrate, and negative energy spells (including Harm), as well as lesser restoration and restoration. Their spell list doesn't suck by any means.

    Response comparing Chained Eidolon to the Phantom:

    Let's compare the two, shall we:

    Base Statistics:
    *The Eidolon is a d10 HD, Full-BAB Outsider that gets 4+int skills, has two good saves, and gets a pool of evolution points to modify their pet. They also have a maximum number of attacks, dependent on the level of the summoner. It chooses one of three distinct forms to be the chassis of the creature (serpentine, quadruped, or Biped).

    *The Phantom is a d10 HD, full bab Outsider that gets 2+int skills, and has two goods saves. Instead of getting Evolution points, Phantoms get an emotional focus, which determines what the creature's combat focus will be. The Phantom is always a humanoid-shaped creature, which appears as it did in life.

    Winner: They're both pretty close at this point. I would call this a tie.

    Manueverability:
    The Eidolon can get increased ground speed, winged flight, a burrow speed, or a swim speed.

    The Phantom has can walk through walls in both it's builds, can fly in it's incorporeal form.

    Winner: I'd give the edge to the Phantom, as burrowing and swimming are less useful options when compared to walking through pretty much anything.

    Melee combat:
    The Eidolon's primary combat style involves lots of melee attacks made with natural weapons, with a capped number of attacks at 7. Roughly half the Eidolon's natural attacks are secondary attacks. Additionally, in order for an Eidolon to have attacks that count as magic, they must either use evolution points, feats (plural), or magic items.

    The Phantom gets two slam attacks that have scaling damage, based on the level of the Spiritualist. Phantom slam attacks are automatically magic attacks.

    Winner: Eidolon, as it can take enough Primary natural attacks to meet it's max.

    Utility:
    The Eidolon can get the ability to scout (primarily via flight, although burrowing with tremorsense can work as well) and can get some very limited spellcasting. Additionally, Eidolons have no class skills, meaning that while they can assign skill points to any skill, they do not get the trained bonus.

    The Phantom's combat role changes completely based on it's emotional focus, but before we get into some specifics, let me start by pointing out that it can act as both offensive caster and medic, as long as the Spiritualist is within 30' (50' at higher levels), and since the spiritualist gets all of the healing spells up to 6th level (including Heal) on their spell list, the Phantom can be an incorporeal healer, running around the battlefield delivering touch-based healing as an immediate action.

    As promised, on to the Emotional Focuses:
    Depending on your emotional focus, you can be a beatstick melee character (Wrath, which gets strength bonuses and Power Attack for free at first level), a melee support (Kindness, which gets the ability to grant an ally a free attack against a target they hit (the ally makes the attack as an immediate action), Debuffer (Pride gets a no save shaken aura, and Remorse has an aura that hands out penalties to skill checks, caster level checks, CMB checks, and CMD), and spellcaster (Besides delivering their master's touch spells for them, at high levels they get the ability to do some powerful spellcasting of their own (Anger gets Wail of The Banshee, for example).

    Winner: Phantom.

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