Dwarf Invulnerable Dragon


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This is one of the builds that I am considering for an upcoming PFS Emerald Spire game. The build is largely inspired by Tankster. The theme of the build is a Dwarf who has the latent blood of several dragon breeds within him. Extreme Endurance I attribute to latent Silver Dragon blood, Dragon Totem I will be taking for Red Dragon and Draconic I will be taking for Blue Dragon. I considered replacing the Silver with White so he could be an American Dragon ... (pun), ok, bad joke.

Without further ado, here is my build concept:

Spoiler:

Str 16
Dex 14
Con 15+2
Int 8
Wis 10+2
Cha 8-2

Fighter levels are Unarmed Fighter
Barbarian levels are Invunlerable Rager

1st
Fighter 1
Improved Unarmed Strike (bonus), Crane Style (bonus), Endurance (1st)
2nd
Barbarian 1
Fast Movement, Rage, Invulnerability
3rd
Barbarian 2
Rager Power: Animal Fury, DR 1/-, Die Hard (3rd)
4th
Fighter 2
Harsh Training, Stalwart (bonus)
5th
Barbarian 3
Extreme Endurance: Cold, Combat Reflexes (5th)
6th
Barbarian 4
Rage Power: Reckless Abandon, DR 2/-
7th
Barbarian 5
Power Attack (7th)
8th
Barbarian 6
Rage Power: Dragon Totem, DR 3/-, Cold Resistance: 1
9th
Barbarian 7
Steel Soul (9th)
10th
Barbarian 8
Rage Power: Dragon Totem Resilience, DR 4/-
11th
Barbarian 9
Cold Resistance: 2, Improved Stalwart (11th)
12th
Barbarian 10
Rage Power: Dragon Totem Wings, DR 5/-
13th
Barbarian 11
Greater Rage, Extra Rage Power: Guarded Life (13th)
14th
Barbarian 12
Rage Power: Lesser Draconic Blood, DR 6/-, Cold Resistance: 3
15th
Barbarian 13
Extra Rage Power: Increased Damage Reduction (15th)
16th
Barbarian 14
Indomitable Will, Rage Power: Draconic Blood, DR 7/-
17th
Barbarian 15
Cold Resistance: 4, Extra Rage Power: Increased Damage Reduction (17th)
18th
Barbarian 16
Rage Power: Greater Beast Totem, DR 8/-
19th
Barbarian 17
Tireless Rage, Rage Power: Greater Draconic Blood (19th)
20th
Barbarian 18
Rage Power: Increased Damage Reduction, DR 9/-, Cold Resistance: 5

Here is a breakdown of how he will look at 7th level:

Spoiler:

@7th:
DR 6/-

AC:
17 = 10 +7 (+1 Breastplate), +1 Defender of the Society, +2 Dex, +1 Shield (Bill), -2 Reckless Abandon, -2 Rage

Attack: (considering +2 Str Belt)
+13 = 7 BAB, -2 (Fighting Defensively), +6 Str, +2 Reckless Abandon

Damage: (considering +2 Str Belt)
1d8 +15 (+9 Str, +6 Power Attack)

Mechanically the obvious concept is that the only feat that I really need to deal damage is Power Attack and I can reserve all of my other feats and rage powers to further the Invulnerable Dragon theme.

How do you all think this might work for Emerald Spire? Without spoilers I know that it is a dungeon crawl so the dwarfy dark vision will be a plus. Also, it isn't a mounted build and I have heard that is terrible. Barbarians also tend to do well in dungeon crawls.

I like the build well enough but it does step on the toes mechanically of another build that I am already playing. Also, the only other person that I know will be playing in the game is set on playing a high AC Swashbuckler mish mash of classes.

I know it is a 20th level build but that is possible in PFS now. I actually was recently at a convention that had a table of 19th level characters all hit 20th that night. And starting with a module is a good way to get me on my way to that magical number.


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Lune wrote:

This is one of the builds that I am considering for an upcoming PFS Emerald Spire game. The build is largely inspired by Tankster. The theme of the build is a Dwarf who has the latent blood of several dragon breeds within him. Extreme Endurance I attribute to latent Silver Dragon blood, Dragon Totem I will be taking for Red Dragon and Draconic I will be taking for Blue Dragon. I considered replacing the Silver with White so he could be an American Dragon ... (pun), ok, bad joke.

Without further ado, here is my build concept:
** spoiler omitted **...

Aren't you only allowed one totem line on any given barbarian?


Captain Morgan wrote:
Lune wrote:

This is one of the builds that I am considering for an upcoming PFS Emerald Spire game. The build is largely inspired by Tankster. The theme of the build is a Dwarf who has the latent blood of several dragon breeds within him. Extreme Endurance I attribute to latent Silver Dragon blood, Dragon Totem I will be taking for Red Dragon and Draconic I will be taking for Blue Dragon. I considered replacing the Silver with White so he could be an American Dragon ... (pun), ok, bad joke.

Without further ado, here is my build concept:
** spoiler omitted **...

Aren't you only allowed one totem line on any given barbarian?

yes you can only have one totem line


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When I opened this, I thought this was about a dragon who made himself invulnerable to dwarves....

I'm sad you can't take multiple totem lines as a barbarian, otherwise this would be just as good.


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Snakers wrote:
When I opened this, I thought this was about a dragon who made himself invulnerable to dwarves....

i thought that as well lol


Why are you taking Increased damage reduction? It does not work with Invulnerable Rager and you have not calculated it into the DR on your build in any case. Also Greater beast totem without the lesser one? And as pointed out you can only have one totem.
Are these remnants of an earlier build left accidentally?
How do you get 1d8 unarmed damage at level 7?


Ah, yeah. So no greater beast totem. I think that may have been some kind of copy/paste error as I can't imagine what I was thinking with that one rage power with no supporting powers.

He does not fight unarmed. He uses a Bill.

Increased damage reduction most certainly does work with invulnerable rager. Why would you think it doesn't? Tankster uses it and that is what this build is based on.


WagnerSika wrote:
Why are you taking Increased damage reduction? It does not work with Invulnerable Rager

since when? invulnerable rager has dr increased damage reduction increased dr while raging i don't see a problem here unless its some obscure pfs rule


It's an FAQ because it's not the same ability. Yeah, it's dumb, but so are a lot of FAQrattas.


Lune wrote:

Ah, yeah. So no greater beast totem. I think that may have been some kind of copy/paste error as I can't imagine what I was thinking with that one rage power with no supporting powers.

He does not fight unarmed. He uses a Bill.

Increased damage reduction most certainly does work with invulnerable rager. Why would you think it doesn't? Tankster uses it and that is what this build is based on.

FAQ


FAQ That corrected dragon totem to be energy resistance and not increasing DR. Also probably doesn't play nice with Invulnerable anymore because of the other FAQ.


Wow. Aint that some BS. That isn't providing clarity at all. That is the job of a FAQ. That is a straight up CHANGE in rules. This does not fall under the perview of a FAQ or the rules clarification team. I hate that BS!


Welcome to Paizo. :)


Well, it's more of fixing a typo that "changes" what the ability does then just changing the ability.


Now an Unchained barb with its +2 dr rage powers gets really good DR and can take an archetype instead of invulnerable.


I would believe that if they didn't also make an extra "typo" when they suggested taking the rage power in the archetype.


that is an editing mistake. The freelance authors they get to make a class write stuff and not all of it gets caught on the editing skim they do before printing it.

Like I agree it's unexpected and not the common assumption, and I'm not fond of it. But for your build you'll need to follow these FAQs since it's PFS. So I hope it doesn't kill your character idea.

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