Kirito-Themed Character [Gestalt]


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I wanted to build and play a character using the two-hand speed fighter style of Kirito from SAO/ALO. This does nto need to be exactly like Kirito but something close to it in mechanics anyway.

Now I was thinking Paladin on one side, mostly due to my love of the Paladin fluff, possibly the Paladin of Freedom variant rules from 3.5 (Changes the first aura you get then everything is the same).

As for my second class I was thinking Swashbuckler, only for the focus on critical hits and speed fighting with the blade.
Now I found a 3rd Party archetype called the Two-Weapon Duelist that allows you to wield two weapons and still use Precise Strike, but you must hit with both weapons before you can apply the precise strike deed effect, so if you fail to hit your offhand you do not deal precise strike.

Effortless Lace would allow me to use two longswords as light for the purpose of Two-Weapon fighting, and Slashing Grace would make them work with the deed.

There are two feats in the 3rd Party book I found to be powerful, Two-Weapon Panache and Improved Two-Weapon Panache. One allows you to use Precise strike while attacking with an offhand. So it does nothing for the person taking the two weapon duelist archetype. But Improved allows you to apply Precise Strike to both your primary and offhand attacks.

What do you all think? What race would be best suited? What feats should I focus on? What traits? I am gonna pick up flaws so I have extra feats too.


I don't have access to the 3rd party book to check out this archetype you're referring to, but it's still probably easier to use sawtooth sabers for TWF purposes so you don't need effortless lace.

Not gonna make any suggestions for gestalt as that's too messy for me to bother with, but slayer/ranger would be better over paladin, can get more skills and TWF fighting feats.

Grand Lodge

Sawtooth Sabre, for 2wf ease and damage
Half Elf, for proficiency with the above weapon and low light and perception bonus
Slayer, to ignore the dex req on 2WF feats, also tracking, sneak attack, study target, full BaB, lots of skills other talents down the line.
Hunter (probally divine verminous hunter) for light spells, dark vision, fast healing, a domain (your pick here really, many good options). Killing off the pet is probally your best bet, as it gives you constant focus.

You only need 1 level of the hunter, it does not scale too quickly. So you could take things like investigator, fighter, barbarian... for inspiration, armor/weapon training, and RAGE.

Remember, Kirito was not especially agile, he focused on STR completely. Slayer allowing you to ignore the Dex Req would allow you to focus more on the STR too, where as swashbuckler is gonna want to push you deeper into Dex.


Kirito in the anime, his whole focus was he had the fastest reaction time and speed to follow which is why he was given dual wielding unique skill, it is what forced Kayaba to use his system assist ability to cheat to avoid being hit during their duel.

And he was not particularly Strong in SAO, in GGO he has a higher then normal Str type.

The reason I was thinking Paladin//Swashbuckler was Cha to all saves, all good saves to boot, Full BABa, Descent amount of skills.
TwF dealing a lot of damage overall especially with Precise Strike adding level to damage with every two hits. At level 7 he could add Precise Strike to every hit via a feat chain. Paladin allows him to focus on one particular bad guy and deal level to damage twice, with crit focus Paladin's smite multiplies on crits so a weapon that does a x2 on a crit will double level to damage from the paladin's smite even if it does not double the twf precise strike.

Kirito reall does not focus on sneak Attack damage as he fights mostly face to face, the increase in skills from Slayer is a good idea though.

Hunter using animal focus Tiger and Frog would do really well for a kirito focus, because of his speed and original use of only one hand with no other weapons or shield.
Though the divine hunter verminous hunter do well, killing off the companion to gain aspects for themselves does render most of those archetypes powers useless, trading out things I could otherwise possibly use.


He was also the fastest player on the servers due to his reaction time, and in Pathfinder your Reflex save and your Dodge bonus are directly keyed off Dex. Damage from Dex also makes more sense in that regard, because the Seed system gave scaling benefits from high reflexes. And while his game stats kept changing, the player behind the game - Kirigaya Kazuto - was defined by his dexterity and fine control.

Limiting your class to martial only is a challenge, but with Pathfinder Unchained coming out the Rogue will soon have free Weapon Finesse, Dex to damage and what I understand to be more debuff mechanics. That's in addition to evasion and Sneak Attack. The Slayer will give full BAB, Studied Target, a ranger's Two-weapon Fighting feat progression, d10 HD and stacking Sneak Attack.

Studied Target makes sense, because Kirito is smart and analyzes his opponents in a fight. You'd have to build towards a way to reliably apply Sneak Attacks - I'd think the Blade of Mercy trait, Enforcer and Shatter Defenses could be valid since he doesn't like killing. Thug Rogue would synergize with that.

Alternatively, Rogue/(Unchained Version) monk may also be a valid choice due to the monk's shiny new full BAB. It would be a much more mobile playstyle due to the Flying Kick flurry, which would let you move equal to your bonus movement once per flurry. On the other hand, you wouldn't need a second weapon because of the flurry. Maybe go Master of Many Styles+Kata Master monk archetypes to replace the flurry, and take TWF. With full BAB the Opportune Parry/Riposte would be equivalent to a Swashbuckler's.

I would not pick Paladin, because Heathcliff is your paladin.


I know this isn't very helpful, but I think building Kirito is kind of like building Deadpool: way to awesome to attempt :P


Definitely a Level-20 Gestalt, using Pathfinder Unchained, and maybe without Mythic levels.

But if we're talking about the kid Kazuto being suddenly tossed into Golarion fantasyland, I can see this happening with a martial Gestalt.

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I'm not familiar with the anime, but just based off of what I've read in this thread it sounds like a fighter/monk[sohei] might be a good fit...

you'd have full BAB, all good saves, 4+ skills... the sohei can flurry in armor (which synergizes nicely with fighter), and can flurry with any weapon that they have weapon training for (normally they have limited options for weapon training, but since you get it as a fighter feature as well you can pick anything!); they also add 1/2 their level to all their initiative checks.

you want to be Dex focused so make a human (or half-human, or aasimar with 'scion of humanity')... for 4 of your first feats take: weapon finesse, weapon focus [sawtooth sabre], slashing grace [sawtooth sabre], and martial versatility [slashing grace]... that weapon focus is just a feat tax- you'll never use a sawtooth sabre- but with that combo of feats you get to use Dex for attack rolls and damage rolls for every weapon in the 'light blades' fighter weapon group (the only exception is the sawtooth sabre which only gets Dex to damage but not to attack rolls). Fight with a wakizashi or a kukri (or whatever you want), or two if you like the look (you'll be flurrying with them, not actually using TWF, so you only actually need one of them to make all those attacks).

Grand Lodge

I do not know, reaction time to me says more INT then DEX, especially in a system that reads nerve pulses.

I would not dump DEX at all, but I doubt a score above 14 is really needed. His skill points would greatly surpass his ability mod, which is also accurate to the anime where we see in a flash back a boar gut him. The thing I remember most when he was in battle or others were looking at his gear, he always had a really heavy weapon and treated the weight like it was nothing. This tells me he had a very high STR score.

Your choice in the end.


Dafydd wrote:

I do not know, reaction time to me says more INT then DEX, especially in a system that reads nerve pulses.

I would not dump DEX at all, but I doubt a score above 14 is really needed. His skill points would greatly surpass his ability mod, which is also accurate to the anime where we see in a flash back a boar gut him. The thing I remember most when he was in battle or others were looking at his gear, he always had a really heavy weapon and treated the weight like it was nothing. This tells me he had a very high STR score.

Your choice in the end.

That was due to another skill called Extended Weight Limit, basically it acts like Ant Haul for the person, or Muleback Cords? The one that treats your Str score as six higher for weight limits.

But all these are really helpful, I have the Unchained preordered so I may wait and see what the new Rogue and such has to offer.

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