Dear fellow Pathfinders,as my group is slowly moving towards Second Edition I start looking at Character Options.
right now I am searching for a frontline melee fighter (at least competent in that field) who brings utility to a group outside of combat.
Focus should be on Str and/or Dex, Con and Int, so classes relying on Wis or Cha are not really on my list.
Any ideas for a class and/or build (up to 10 level) ?
The Outwit Ranger taking the Monster Hunter line of feats is an almost perfect fit. They have a 10HP progression and Martial proficiencies, making them a frontliner. It does focus on Wisdom instead of intelligence, but the level 10 feat Master Monster Hunter lets you use Nature to identify any creature type, so you should be the primary enemy identification character in the party at that point. With access to Legendary perception at the highest levels and a great perception progression, you can often act as the scout for the party as well.
Similarly, the Thaumaturge is a Charisma focused class, but access to Esoteric Lore lets them use their Charisma for a large array of Recall Knowledge checks. It's pretty debatable if you can consider them a frontliner with 8HP progression, but they do get Martial proficiences. Perhaps someone with more experience could help here if the Thaumaturge sounds interesting.