Actually, archery builds suck from a teamwork standpoint. Sure, they deal out great damage, but what role do they fill?
Well, my straight fighter archer also servers as the party scout and diplomat. Maxed perception and stealth + darkvision for scouting (half orc) and is good in that area even without class skills. He has diplomacy as class through a trait and keeps it maxed as well. Int 12 + racial bonus per level gives him 4 skill points per level.
Other classes could be better with these skills, but in our party my straight fighter still has the best diplomacy and stealth.
Thirded. Immunity is immunity. Tireless rage doesn't make you immune to fatigue, it makes you not become fatigued in the first place. This makes you become fatigued even if it normally wouldn't, but immunity still prevents it outright.
I disagree. Furious finish basically says you're fatigued no matter what. It's a limiting mechanic that isn't intended to be bypassed by a lame exception, which is, in my opinion, a bit of a lame bypass for fatigue immunity anyway. Not as bad as rage cycling, but still lame.
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Does the second option of this martial artist ability require the monk to make a wisdom check to be successful?
This part: A martial artist may instead use this ability as a swift action to analyze the movements and expressions of one creature within 30 feet, granting a bonus on Sense Motive checks and Reflex saves and a dodge bonus to AC against that opponent equal to 1/2 his monk level until the start of his next turn.
Sorry to pull this thread from the dead, but what about eldritch heritage? Now normally we don't get too excited about a bloodlines' 1st level powers, but what so many folks are discussing here is essentially a filler action where you hope your summoner casts a couple of spells and spends filler actions that do something - hope the bow shot hits even if it doesn't do much damage and the like.
A handfull of the bloodlines can provide a reasonable power to fill that gap. With the summoner's CHA it should provide at least 7 uses per day.
Bedrock/Deep Earth - gives you a 30' range trip ability (decent skill focus and Iron Hide later with Bedrock)
Seaborn gives you a water blast gives you what is essentially another ranged trip ability (swim as skill focus, OK if situational later power)
Protean provides a tanglefoot bag essentially. (Planes as the skill and reality wrinkle later).
Groveborn gives you a 15' trip or disarm (nature is the skill and lush summons is the later power you can grab at 11th to add +2 natural armor to your summons)
Maestro is pretty cool. It gives you a 1 round daze limited by language (you should have a lot) and HD (you're stuck with perform as your skill but perfect voice can be nice later).
Accursed gives you horrific visage (perception! as the skill focus and dread gaze at 11th).
Primal is mildly tempting with a ray, but only because you get to add elementalist summoning at 11th (+d6 to all 5 attacks from your celestial dire tiger probably isn't necessary, but hey, why not)?