Help / Suggestion for my duelist


May or may not have actual duelist level

GM isn't positive yet but we may be starting at level 6 with 25 pt buy (we always play high pt buy, the GM likes high fantasy and dangerous and high powered encounters)


Starting Stats---Str:10 Dex:16 Con:13 Int:11 Wis: 16 Cha:11

Human bonus +2 Dex, Belt +2 Dex, Headband +2 Wis, Lvl 4 +1 Con increase

Stats at lvl 6---Str:10 Dex:20 Con:14 Int:11 Wis:18 Cha:11

Level Progression should work out to Monk (MoMS & Sacred Mountain) 2/Fighter(swordlord)3/Swordlord PrC 1

Lvl 1 : Dodge
Lvl 1 human bonus: Crane Style
Lvl 1 monk bonus: Crane Wing
Lvl 2 monk bonus: Crane Riposte
Lvl 2 MoSM bonus: Toughness
Lvl 3 fighter bonus: Weapon Finesse
Lvl 3: Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Dueling Sword)
Lvl 4 fighter bonus: Weapon Focus (Dueling Sword)
Lvl 5: Dazzling Display
Lvl 6: Dueling Mastery (from PrC)

As it stands this gives me Dex to damage and the following for AC at level 6 (using the items listed)

Wis to AC from Monk +4 AC, Dex to AC +5 AC, +1 natural armor, Dodge +1 AC, Fight defensive=-1 atk/+4 AC or total defence +7 AC, +2 shield bonus, full attack=+1 AC 3rd lvl, +1 every 4 after, bracers of armor +2 AC, ring of protecton +1 AC, amulet of NA +1 AC

AC at lvl 6=31 fighting defensive (why not?), 33 if full attacking, 32 total defense

No actual armor

Any suggestions for the build are welcome, as well as traits since I have yet to actually look into what I think would fit the character.

Probably won't be digging in much more of the PrC, either going for 2 more levels of monk for Bastion Stance or continue with fighter, may or may not add duelists when I get to level 9

I plan to take the Disarm feats, or at least the improved ones, may switch up and go Lore Warden instead of Swordlord for my fighter archetype.

Also I think I remember reading about some errata or something to do with one of the Crane feats. My GM said he didn't like it so we are sticking with how it is in his current book.

Thanks for the help guys

It is good. I suggest dropping Sacred Mounain because Evasion can have a great impact on a Dex based PC. After these lvls, I suggest going up to 7th lvl of the aldori swordlord fighter archetype for the steel net feature and then continue with the duelist prestige class.

Wearing armor is also better than going armorless, as it is easier to enchant it. A Leather armor wil suit you fine for the 6th lvl, as will a Haramaki at higher lvls.

This way you will also afford to raise your Dex bonus even higher, as well as starting with 13 Str and Int in order to be able to qualify for Power Attack and Combat Experise (necessary for Improved Disarm and Spring and Whirlwind Attack). The latter are nice because they are full-round actions that let you take advantage of steel net without forcing you to stand still.

My proposed stat array as a result is:

STR 13
DEX 18
CON 12
INT 13
WIS 10
CHA 10

If you would rather keep high Wisdom and you do not care for Power Attack (bad decision) and Combat Expertise (you intend to use Lunge for disarming without provoking), use this stat array:

DEX 20
CON 12
INT 10
WIS 16
CHA 10

A compromise:

STR 13
DEX 20
CON 12
INT 10
WIS 14

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