Ranger/Doomguard Marauder/Eternal Defender (Inspired by LDB's Ranger/Pit Fighter/Demigod build)

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Hey guys, this is my 1st new thread on CharOp board. :P
1st of all, thx LDB for his awesome Ranger/Pit Fighter/Demigod nova build, my current build is completely based on his work.

1760 Lightning damage NOVA!
90 At Will

In a nutshell, my build employs Strike of Unmaking (Doomguard Marauder's lvl 12 utility) to ingore resistance, and thus takes advantage of Shocking Flame (Stormsoul Genasi racial feat) and Promise of Storm (Stormsoul Genasi racial enounter), and finally I use Eternal Defender ED to dual wield Fullblade for a bit more dpr. Now Since we got Dragon shard for better nova/ at will DPR, I switched back to Demigod/chosen for better utility and defense.

Here is the build:
[sblock Ranger/Doomguard Marauder/Demigod/Chosen lvl 30]
====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ======
Nova Build, level 30
Genasi, Ranger, Doomguard Marauder, Demigod
Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Divine Spark: Divine Spark Dexterity
Divine Spark: Divine Spark Strength
Elemental Manifestation: Stormsoul
Background: Chessenta (Chessenta Benefit)

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 28, Con 15, Dex 24, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 10.

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 13, Dex 14, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 8.


AC: 45 Fort: 44 Reflex: 42 Will: 36
HP: 187 Surges: 8 Surge Value: 46

TRAINED SKILLS
Dungeoneering +23, Stealth +27, Perception +23, Acrobatics +27, Athletics +32, Intimidate +22

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Arcana +17, Bluff +15, Diplomacy +15, Endurance +19, Heal +18, History +17, Insight +18, Nature +20, Religion +17, Streetwise +15, Thievery +22

FEATS
Level 1: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 2: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 4: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blade)
Level 6: Two-Weapon Fighting
Level 8: Two-Weapon Defense
Level 10: Battle Awareness
Level 11: Shocking Flame
Level 12: Prime Punisher
Level 14: Prime Quarry
Level 16: Called Shot
Level 18: Two-Weapon Opening
Level 20: Novice Power
Level 21: Prime Hunter
Level 22: Heavy Blade Mastery
Level 24: Martial Mastery
Level 26: Armor Specialization (Hide)
Level 28: Robust Defenses
Level 30: Rending Tempest

POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Hit and Run
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Yield Ground
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Two-Wolf Pounce
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Claws of the Griffon
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Shed the Mark
Ranger encounter 13: Off-Hand Diversion (retrained to Trip Up at Novice Power) (replaces Off-Hand Strike)
Ranger daily 15: Blade Cascade (replaces Jaws of the Wolf)
Ranger utility 16: Evade the Blow
Ranger encounter 17: Two-Weapon Eviscerate (replaces Ruffling Sting)
Ranger daily 19: Cruel Cage of Steel (replaces Two-Wolf Pounce)
Ranger utility 22: Forest Ghost
Ranger encounter 23: Nonchalant Collapse (replaces Claws of the Griffon)
Ranger daily 25: Attacks on the Run (replaces Attacks on the Run)
Ranger encounter 27: Death Rend (replaces Two-Weapon Eviscerate)
Ranger daily 29: Follow-up Blow (replaces Attacks on the Run)

ITEMS
Iron Armbands of Power (epic tier), Boots of Eagerness (heroic tier), Coif of Mindiron (epic tier), Torc of Power Preservation +6, Belt of Titan Strength (epic tier), Golden Ring of Teros (epic tier), Gauntlets of Destruction (paragon tier), Ring of Draconic Zeal (paragon tier), Magic Elderhide Armor +6, Eberron Shard of Lightning (epic tier) (2), Lightning Bastard sword +6 (2)
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And the 2-round nova goes as following (it's LDB's work again) LDB's original work
[sblock Nova damage calculation]
Character:
L30 Stormsoul Genasi/Doomguard Marauder/Demigod (Str 28)

Relevant Feats:
Battle Awareness (Heal) (MP)
Called Shot (D 368)
Prime Quarry (MP)
Martial Mastery (MP)
Novice Power (trip up) (PHB)
Prime Hunter (MP)
Prime Punisher (D 373)
Rending Tempest (MP)
Shocking Flame (FRPG)
Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB)
Weapon Expertise (heavy blades) (PHB 2)
Weapon Focus (heavy blades) (PHB)
Weapon Proficiency (fullblade) (PHB)

Relevant Gear:
+6 lightning fullblade (2) (PHB)
Belt of titan strength (PHB)
+6 torc of power preservation (AV)
Eberron Shard of Lightning (epic tier)
Turn 1 (Setup):

Minor Action – Follow-Up Blow
Minor Action – Promise of Storm
Minor Action
– Desingate the target as your quarry

Turn 2 (Action):

Free Action - Item Daily Power: Belt of Titan Strength
Free Action - Item At-Will Power: Lightning Weapon (main hand)
Free Action - Item At-Will Power: Lightning Weapon (off hand)

Minor Action - Off Hand Diversion (+39 vs. AC, 1d10+3d8+48)

Free Action - Encounter Utility Power: Strike of Unmaking

Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA, 2d10+3d8+48)

Free Action – Trip Up (+41 vs. AC with CA, 2d10+3d8+49)
Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA, 3d10+3d8+48)

ACTION POINT (recover Trip Up via Martial Mastery, activate Destructive Action)

Standard Action - Cruel Cage of Steel (+43 vs. AC with CA, 3d10+2d12+3d8+49,
3d10+2d12+3d8+48, 2d10+2d12+3d8+49)
Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA,
3d10+2d12+3d8+48)

Standard Action - Blade Cascade (+41 vs. AC with CA,
3d10+2d12+3d8+49, 3d10+2d12+3d8+48, 3d10+2d12+3d8+49, 3d10+2d12+3d8+48, 3d10+2d12+3d8+49)
Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA, 5d12+3d8+43)

Minor Action - Nonchalant Collapse (+41 vs. Fort with CA,
3d10+2d12+3d8+48)
Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA,
3d10+2d12+3d8+48)

Free Action – Trip Up (+41 vs. AC with CA,
2d10+2d12+3d8+49)
Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA,
3d10+2d12+3d8+48)

Free Action – Item Daily Power: Torc of Power Preservation (recover Trip Up)

Free Action – Trip Up (+41 vs. AC with CA,
2d10+2d12+3d8+49)
Follow-Up Blow (+39 vs. AC with CA,
3d10+2d12+3d8+48)

Hunter's Quarry (3d6)


Total Damage: 54d10+32d12+60d8+3d6+968 (average 1,760 lightning damage, which cannot be resisted)




Damage Bonus Sources:

+9 (Str)
+5 (Called Shot)
+4 (Shocking Flame)
+1 (TWF, main hand only)
+6 enhancement (+6 weapon)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+10 power (Belt of Titan Strength)
+5 Eberron Shard of Lightning (epic tier)
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At-Will DPR analysis

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +36 vs. AC (+39 vs. AC if no other creatures are adjacent)
Main Hand: 2d10+30 lightning damage, reroll all 1's

Main Hand, Critical: 6d6+52, reroll all 1's

Off Hand: 2d10+29 damage, reroll all 1's
Off Hand, Critical: 6d6+51, reroll all 1's
Basic Melee, Two-Weapon Opening: 3d10+38 damage, reroll all 1’s
Basic Melee, Two-Weapon Opening, Critical: 6d6+68 damage, reroll all 1’s
Hunter's Quarry: +3d6 damage, reroll all 1's


DPR vs. 44 AC(assume monster is isolated and has no lightning resistance) = 90


Comparison with LDB's Ranger/Pit Fighter/Demigod

Pros:
- My build has slightly higher average nova burst damage ( 1760 vs LDB's 1694).

- Strike of Unmaking could potentially offer better team synergy, i.e. it removes monster's resistance like radiant, insubstantial etc for one round per encounter.

- If the team's leader does not have a good/reliabe way to boost +hit, Doomguard's lvl 16 feature, Inevitable Doom (When you miss with a melee weapon attack, you gain a +2 untyped bonus to your next melee attack roll against that creature.) may offer some edge in personal dpr boost.

- Eternal Defender lvl 24 feature also make this characeter reach +1, though we wont get prime shot feature if we are not adject to the target, but sometime, reach +1 may be very useful.

+1 Fortitude over LDB's build (detailed analysis by LDB can be found here.)
+4 Reflex

Cons:
slightly lower at-will dpr (90 vs LDB's 92)
-1 AC
-4 Will (since we have the godly Coif of Mindiron (epic tier), it may not be as bad as it seems in an actual encounter.)
LDB's build has an enounter regen of 8 while bloodied and a massive daily regen of 28 to increase the chance of survival.

Comments about optional gears:
War ring = extra dmg when crit
Ring of Draconic Zeal (paragon tier) = daily extra MBA, this is handy when u rolled lots 2s, 3s for your fullblade during the nova round.
Boots of Eagerness (heroic tier) = extra move action per encounter
Golden Ring of Teros (epic tier) = + 2 AC and Fort while not bloodied
Hero's Gauntlets (paragon tier) = again if you dont have a good + hit boost, this is handy to increase the accuracy of Blade Cascade, and you get 1/2 your healing surge value as temp hp.

Also, we might consider Demigod/Chosen for better utility and higher Will Defense at the cost of slightly lower nova damage.( as LDB pointed out anything above 1660 damage is over kill)

Any thoughts/comments are welcomed Smile
Thanks for the write-up, man. It's appreciated.

Now, you may want to work on fleshing out the lower levels. Again, I recommend Demigod or Chosen for your defensive adjustments.

At the very least, I suggest you list the order in which you plan to take your feats and powers.
Hey, I found something very pretty for this Ranger.

Eberron Shard of Lightning

When you bind this flashing dragon shard crystal to your weapon, sparks fly whenever it strikes an enemy.


Level: 22
Price: 325,000 gp
Implement (Dragonshard Augment)

Property: You gain a +5 bonus to damage rolls with lightning attacks that use the augmented weapon.


How's that for awesome? Now you should definitely go for Demigod, you have plenty of damage potential. Also, you're probably right up there with the Pit Fighter in DPR thanks to this.
Personally I prefer ring of free time over golden ring of teros... not only does it give unconditional always-on resist 5 all. It also has a free action encounter power(which can be used once per round for the entire encounter if you've passed a milestone) which gives you a minor action. Useful for nova, if nothing else, it means you can add an off-hand attack(nonchalant collapse for example) to the nova.

@lordduskblade: Wow, thx for mentioning the shard, I have updated my build to demigod/chosen now



@Kaerius: I definitely agree with you on Ring of the Free Time.  However, unfortunately Frown, this build is limited by amount of gold/gears generally available to a lvl 30 character, and I simply can not afford another lvl 29 item.