I want to make a martial character with some bardic influence. I know there's the skald but the impression I got from my read of the class was that it was more support and less warrior when my goal is the other way around. Or is there a way to build the skald to be the other way around? Failing that any archetypes from other classes that might better fit?
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Skalds and bards can both be built very combat martial like character.
The key thing is build for combat with a little CHA for abilities.
If non-pfs there's a paladin archetype that gets inspire courage.
the exemplar brawler gets some bardic performance.
There's a prestige class that takes inspire and banner and is a full bab inspire class.
Skalds and bards can both be built very combat martial like character.The key thing is build for combat with a little CHA for abilities.
there's a paladin archetype that gets inspire courage.
Oath of the People's Council to be precise.
Well, there are two bard archetypes that shift you towards being a personal powerhouse instead of buffing. The dawnflower dervish and the sorrow soul both do the same thing- they allow you to hoard the bonuses from inspire courage for yourself and get twice the normal bonus (sorrow soul more clearly keeps the option for normal performance, but in return it spend a lot more performance rounds to get the double bonus).
this allows you to get 15+8.... which puts you on par with barbarians in terms of attack bonus. Additionally, your damage bonus is huge (and you can get arcane strike on top of it), and it applies to every single hit. This means that it works very, very well for many hit builds like archery or TWF (twf can work if you use the cestus, which doesn't interfere with your casting).
The sorrow soul also provides you with an option that allows you to spend 3 performance round to get a defensive bonus (starts off with immediate action bonus to saves, then a spell resistance option, and at high levels it allows you to get DR 10/-).
Note- dawnflower dervish is more dance-y than poet-y. But it doesn't require you to spend a bunch of feats on extra performance rounds.
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The battle scion skald archetype is modeled on an Arthurian/Celtic warrior-poet feel and mentions "warrior-poet" in its flavor text. It can gain and grant combat feats, which can allow for some fun teamwork action.
After taking a glance at that archetype yeah it does seem to be about what I'm looking for.