LVL 4 Bard Shenanigans


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So the TL:DR

Online group is getting together an IRL session for a members birthday.

Adding the Birthday Boys buddy to the lvl 4 party as a one shot, he will not be staying with the party when we go back to online sessions.

Birthday Boys buddy is kinda dumb and doesn't have a lot of experience with dice games.

So, why I'm here.

The party is good balance wise

Me: mostly optimized Angel Blooded Aasimar Oradin
Dwarf Cleric
Sorcerer
Min Maxed Monk
Halfing TWF Unchained Rogue

So we don't need the game to fill any specific slot

Whats like, the most fun/shenanigans you can have with a lvl 4 Bard, like spells/gimmicks without getting too game breaking?

I want the new guy to have fun/be useful without trying and not be a liability.


I don't know if it constitutes gamebreaking, but optimizing Save DCs on spells like Hideous Laughter and other comical save/suck spells would be "shenanigan"-y.

Easiest way to do that is be a Kitsune with Spell Focus (Enchantment). You could even worship Desna and take the Divine Fighting Technique feat and get Charisma to Attack and Damage rolls with a Starknife, and gain proficiency with a trait, providing martial competency while being purely SAD.


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Darksol the Painbringer wrote:

I don't know if it constitutes gamebreaking, but optimizing Save DCs on spells like Hideous Laughter and other comical save/suck spells would be "shenanigan"-y.

Easiest way to do that is be a Kitsune with Spell Focus (Enchantment). You could even worship Desna and take the Divine Fighting Technique feat and get Charisma to Attack and Damage rolls with a Starknife, and gain proficiency with a trait, providing martial competency while being purely SAD.

Cacophonous Call is also a good option for other save/suck on the same build when you don't want to take the penalty for lack of language.

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I'm a fan of the Half-Orc archeologist bard running around with Fate's Favored and a greataxe. Lingering Performance and Power Attack are all you need for feats. You get fun bard spells but if you go this route your charisma is likely not terribly high (When I made mine he only had 14 cha) so spells are reserved for buffing, not for save-or-sucks.

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Also, at low levels, bards can have some nice fun with whips. Start bardic performance, next round go around tripping all the enemies that are by the rogue and monk.

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