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The Time Bomb: Ranger/Adroit Explorer/Eternal Seeker

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This build uses the following sources:
AP - Arcane Power
AV
- Adventurer's Vault
AV 2 - Adventurer's Vault 2
D XXX - Dragon Magazine, issue XXX
DSCS - Dark Sun Campaign Setting
FRPG - Forgotten Realms Player's Guide
HotFL - Heroes of the Fallen Lands
MOTP
- Manual of the Planes
MP
- Martial Power
MP 2 - Martial Power 2
PHB - Player's Handbook
PHB 2 - Player's Handbook 2
PHB 3 - Player's Handbook 3
PsP - Psionic Power

Level 1 Snapshot

Race: Human (PHB)
Class: Ranger (PHB)
Bonus Feature: Prime Shot (PHB)
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Style (PHB)
Background: Auspicious Birth (D 366)
Theme: Noble Adept (DSCS)

Ability Scores, with racial adjustments:
Strength 20 (+5)
Constitution 13 (+1)
Dexterity 13 (+1)
Intelligence 10 (+0)
Wisdom 10 (+0)
Charisma 8 (-1)

HP: 37 --> 12 base, +20 Strength, +5 Toughness
Bloodied: 18 HP or less
Healing Surges: 7 --> 6 base, +1 Constitution
Healing Surge Value: 9 HP

AC: 17 --> 10 base, +7 armor
Fortitude: 17 --> 10 base, +5 ability (Strength), +1 class, +1 racial
Reflex: 13 --> 10 base, +1 ability (Dexterity), +1 class, +1 racial
Will: 11 --> 10 base, +0 ability (Wisdom), +1 racial

Initiative: +1 --> +1 ability (Dexterity)

Speed: 5 --> 6 base, -1 armor

Racial Powers:
Heroic Effort (HotFL)

Theme Powers:
Adept's Insight (DSCS)

At-Will Attack Powers:
L1 - Careful Attack (PHB)
L1 - Twin Strike (PHB)

Encounter Attack Powers:
L1 - Off-Hand Strike (MP)

Daily Attack Powers:
L1 - Jaws of the Wolf (PHB)

Skills:
Athletics (+10) --> +5 ability (Strength), +5 trained
Dungeoneering (+5) --> +0 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained
Endurance (+6) --> +1 ability (Constitution), +5 trained
Heal (+5) --> +0 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained
Nature (+5) --> +0 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained
Perception (+5) --> +0 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained

Feats:
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Chainmail) (PHB)
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Scale) (Human Bonus Feat) (PHB)
L1
- Toughness (Ranger Bonus Feat) (PHB)

Gear (Expected GP = 100):
Broadsword (2) (AV) (20 gp each, 40 gp total)
Scale armor (PHB) (45 gp)
Standard adventurer's kit (PHB) (15 gp)
0 gp

Discussion:

The initial ability score distribution is important for the Time Bomb. Strength gets the majority of the build points (16 out of 22, for a 18 before racial modifiers) because most of the attack rolls this character will make are modified by that ability. Constitution and Dexterity follow (3 out of 22 each, for a 13 before racial modifiers) because of different reasons: Dexterity is important for feat qualification and for well-roundedness on the defensive side of the ball. Constitution is important because of feat qualification purposes, as well as making this build a bit tougher. While Wisdom received 0 points here, it will be a target of your ability score boosts as you level up. Intelligence and Charisma aren't used for much in this build, so the remaining 10 and 8 can go in either.

Early in the Time Bomb's career, we want to establish two things: damage (accomplished by having Broadswords over Longswords), and defense (by grabbing Scale armor to make up for the lower Dexterity score). The skills were taken based on synergy with the character’s primary ability scores and racial bonuses.

As far as powers go, the at-will power Twin Strike is a no-brainer for a damage-based character, and Careful Attack provides some extra accuracy to hit those high-AC opponents. Off-Hand Strike also helps to pile on the damage by providing an extra attack once per encounter. Jaws of the Wolf is an absolutely brutal Daily power; it likely packs enough punch to finish a standard opponent of your level in one fell swoop, and will be doing so for the first half of Heroic Tier.


Level 2

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Sword) (PHB)
New Utility Power: Invigorating Stride (MP 2)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 1,920):
L2 (520 gp): +1 Dwarven Scale Armor (PHB)
L1 (360 gp):
+1 Magic Bastard Sword (PHB)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Magic Bastard Sword (PHB)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
TOTAL:
1,600 gp

Discussion:
Plenty of stuff occurs at this level. You pick up Bastard Swords, a neat action economy power in Invigorating Stride, and you get some magic items as well. You may not be able to cherry-pick your stuff at this point, but the Dwarven Armor is cheap and will serve you well.


Level 3

Changes:
+5 HP
New Encounter Attack Power: Ruffling Sting (MP)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 2,560):
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L2 (520 gp):
+1 Dwarven Scale Armor (PHB)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
TOTAL: 2,560 gp

Discussion:
At this level, the Battlecrazed weapon property packs on some extra damage on your attacks when you're Bloodied, and Ruffling Sting gives you some more nova firepower.


Level 4

Changes:
+6 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (21), +1 Wisdom (11)
New Feat: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blades) (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 3,200):
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L2 (520 gp): +1 Dwarven Scale Armor (PHB)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
TOTAL: 2,560 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Weapon Focus gives you some more punch, and you'll invest in your Strength and Wisdom ability scores. Save your gold; you'll get something nice next level.


Level 5

Changes:
+5 HP
New Daily Attack Power: Frenzied Skirmish (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 4,480):
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L2 (520 gp): +1 Dwarven Scale Armor (PHB)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
TOTAL: 4,360 gp

Discussion:
At this level, the Iron Armbands of Power put some extra steam on all your attacks, and the Frenzied Skirmish power gives you some good approaching ability with a side of status effects.


Level 6

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Heavy Blade Expertise (HotFL)
New Utility Power: Death Threat (D 377)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 6,400):
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L2 (520 gp):
+1 Dwarven Scale Armor (PHB)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
TOTAL: 5,200 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Death Threat provides some action advantage when you drop a foe, the Casque of Tactics gives you a nice bump to initiative, and the Heavy Blad Expertise feat hands out a welcome bonus to hit as well.


Level 7

Changes:
+5 HP
New Encounter Attack Power: Lashing Leaves (D 377)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 9,600):
L7 (2,600 gp): +2 Dwarven Drakescale Armor (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp):
Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L1 (360 gp): +1 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
TOTAL: 7,280 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Lashing Leaves gives you some extra nova punch, and your armor upgrade will help you stay safe as well.


Level 8

Changes:
+6 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (22), +1 Wisdom (12)
New Feat: Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 12,800):
L7 (2,600 gp): +2 Dwarven Drakescale Armor (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): +1 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
TOTAL: 8,720 gp

Discussion:
At this level, you upgrade your Strength and Wisdom scores (and this time, the modifier goes up), and you upgrade your Neck Slot item as well.


Level 9

Changes:
+5 HP
New Daily Attack Power: Attacks on the Run (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 16,000):
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L7 (2,600 gp): +2 Dwarven Drakescale Armor (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
TOTAL: 15,440 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Attacks on the Run provides high-quality punch, and your main weapons get upgraded as well.


Level 10

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Two-Weapon Defense (PHB)
New Utility Power: Resume the Hunt (MP 2)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 22,400):
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L7 (2,600 gp):
+2 Dwarven Drakescale Armor (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL:
20,320 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Resume the Hunt is a great way to re-establish yourself after a kill, and the Boots of Eagerness will get you some extra mobility when you need it. Additionally, the Ruby Scabbards will give you a small extra damage bump as well. Last but not least, the Blood Fury Long Knife gives you a way to switch your Bloodied status on for a turn.


Level 11 Snapshot

Race: Human (PHB)
Class: Ranger (PHB)
Bonus Feature: Prime Shot (PHB)
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Style (PHB)
Paragon Path: Adroit Explorer (PHB 2)
Background: Auspicious Birth (D 366)
Theme: Noble Adept (DSCS)

Ability Scores, with racial adjustments:
Strength 23 (+6)
Constitution 14 (+2)
Dexterity 14 (+2)
Intelligence 11 (+0)
Wisdom 13 (+1)
Charisma 9 (-1)

HP: 95 --> 12 base, +23 Strength, +50 levels, +10 Toughness
Bloodied: 47 HP or less
Healing Surges: 8 --> 6 base, +2 Constitution
Healing Surge Value: 23 HP

AC: 26 --> 10 base, +8 armor, +5 levels, +2 enhancement, +1 shield
Fortitude: 25 --> 10 base, +6 ability (Strength), +5 levels, +2 enhancement, +1 class, +1 racial
Reflex: 22 --> 10 base, +2 ability (Dexterity), +5 levels, +2 enhancement, +1 class, +1 racial, +1 shield
Will: 19 --> 10 base, +1 ability (Wisdom), +5 levels, +2 enhancement, +1 racial

Initiative: +8 --> +2 ability (Dexterity), +5 levels, +1 item

Speed: 5 --> 6 base, -1 armor

Racial Powers:
Heroic Effort (HotFL)

Theme Powers:
Adept's Insight (DSCS)

At-Will Attack Powers:
L1 - Careful Attack (PHB)
L1 - Twin Strike (PHB)

Encounter Attack Powers:
L1 - Off-Hand Strike (MP)
L3 - Ruffling Sting (MP)
L7 - Lashing Leaves (D 377)
L11 - Ruffling Sting (MP)

Daily Attack Powers:
L1 - Jaws of the Wolf (PHB)
L5 - Frenzied Skirmish (PHB)
L9 - Attacks on the Run (PHB)

Utility Powers:
L2 - Invigorating Stride (MP 2)
L6 - Death Threat (D 377)
L10 - Resume the Hunt (MP 2)

Skills:

Athletics (+16) --> +6 ability (Strength), +5 trained, +5 levels
Dungeoneering (+11) --> +1 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +5 levels
Endurance (+14) --> +2 ability (Constitution), +5 trained, +5 levels, +2 item
Heal (+11) --> +1 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +5 levels
Nature (+11) --> +1 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +5 levels
Perception (+11) --> +1 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +5 levels

Feats:
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Chainmail) (PHB)
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Scale) (Human Bonus Feat) (PHB)
L1 - Toughness (Ranger Bonus Feat) (PHB)
L2 - Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Sword) (PHB)
L4 - Weapon Focus (Heavy Blades) (PHB)
L6 - Heavy Blade Expertise (HotFL)
L8 - Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB)
L10 - Two-Weapon Defense (PHB)
L11 - Prime Punisher (D 373)

Changes:
+6 HP
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (23), +1 Constitution (14), +1 Dexterity (14), +1 Intelligence (11), +1 Wisdom (13), +1 Charisma (9)
New Encounter Attack Power: Ruffling Sting (MP)
New Feat:
Prime Punisher (D 373)
New Paragon Path: Adroit Explorer (PHB 2)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 32,000):
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp):
+2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp):
Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L7 (2,600 gp): +2 Dwarven Drakescale Armor (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 26,520 gp

Discussion:
Plenty of changes occur here. The Adroit Explorer Paragon Path gives you another minor action attack, as well as some sweet resistance when you burn an AP. The Prime Punisher feat begins the Ranger's transformation into a 1-on-1 combatant, and the Strikebacks and the Backlash Tattoo gives you a vicious reprisal shot when you get hit or Bloodied, respectively.


Level 12

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Called Shot (D 368)
New Utility Power: Destined for Greatness (PHB 2)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 48,000):
L12 (13,000 gp): +3 Dwarven Wyvernscale Armor (PHB)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 45,920 gp

Discussion:
At this level, the Called Shot feat will give you a massive damage bonus against an isolated opponent, and Destined for Greatness gives you a nice recovery ability. You round this level out by upgrading your armor and picking up a strong item in the Dice of Auspicious Fortune.


Level 13

Changes:
+5 HP
New Encounter Attack Power: Off-Hand Diversion (MP) (replaces Off-Hand Strike)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 64,000):
L12 (13,000 gp): +3 Dwarven Wyvernscale Armor (PHB)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): +2 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 45,920 gp

Discussion:
At this level, you make your first power-swap, which nets you a nice power in Off-Hand Diversion. Apart from that, this level is quiet: what comes ahead is more appealing than what you can grab now.


Level 14

Changes:
+6 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (24), +1 Dexterity (15)
New Feat: Armor Specialization (Scale) (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 80,000):
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): +3 Dwarven Wyvernscale Armor (PHB)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L6 (1,800 gp): +2 Amulet of Protection (PHB)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 79,520 gp

Discussion:
This level features a boost to your ability scores, a defensive upgrade thanks to Armor Specialization (Scale), and a welcome weapons upgrade.


Level 15

Changes:
+5 HP
New Daily Attack Power: Blade Cascade (PHB) (replaces Jaws of the Wolf)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 112,000):
L15 (25,000 gp): +3 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): +3 Dwarven Wyvernscale Armor (PHB)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L6 (1,800 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 102,720 gp

Discussion:
Your first level of Daily power-swaps drops the mighty Blade Cascade into your lap, and you finally have the gold needed to upgrade from the plain ol' Amulet of Protection into the much more awesome Torc of Power Preservation.


Level 16

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Two-Weapon Opening (PHB 2)
New Utility Power: Ranger's Parry (MP 2)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 160,000):
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): +3 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): +3 Dwarven Wyvernscale Armor (PHB)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L4 (840 gp): Casque of Tactics (Heroic Tier) (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 145,920 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Two-Weapon rewards a critical hit with an additional attack, Ranger's Parry provides you with a quality defensive utility, and the Iron Armbands of Power put some more thump behind your attacks.


Level 17

Changes:
+5 HP
New Encounter Attack Power: Untamed Outburst (MP) (replaces Lashing Leaves)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 240,000):
L17 (65,000 gp): +4 Dwarven Wyrmscale Armor (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): +3 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L11 (9,000 gp):
Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 218,080 gp

Discussion:
Untamed Outburst is a worthy replacement for Lashing Leaves, and an armor upgrade and some more initiative aren't all bad, either.


Level 18

Changes:
+6 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (25), +1 Dexterity (16)
New Feat: Improved Defenses (HotFL)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 320,000):
L17 (65,000 gp): +4 Dwarven Wyrmscale Armor (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): +3 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): +3 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp):
Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 231,080 gp

Discussion:
This level features some more ability score bonuses, some attention to your non-AC defenses in Improved Defenses, and a small reliability-boosting item in the Stone of Earth.


Level 19

Changes:
+5 HP
New Daily Attack Power: Cruel Cage of Steel (PHB) (replaces Frenzied Skirmish)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 400,000):
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L17 (65,000 gp): +4 Dwarven Wyrmscale Armor (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): +3 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L5 (1,000 gp): Ruby Scabbard (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 399,080 gp

Discussion:
This level features one heck of a mean power in Cruel Cage of Steel, as well as a weapons upgrade.


Level 20

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Daily Attack Power: Bloodied Greatness (PHB 2)
New Feat:
Power Attack (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 560,000):
L20 (125,000 gp): +4 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L17 (65,000 gp): +4 Dwarven Wyrmscale Armor (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Strikebacks (AV)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 547,080 gp

Discussion:
At this level, the Adroit Explorer leaves behind a parting gift in Bloodied Greatness, and it's a good one. Also, your Neck slot item and scabbards are upgraded here.


Level 21 Snapshot

Race: Human (PHB)
Class: Ranger (PHB)
Bonus Feature: Prime Shot (PHB)
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Style (PHB)
Paragon Path: Adroit Explorer (PHB 2)
Epic Destiny: Eternal Seeker (PHB)
Background: Auspicious Birth (D 366)
Theme: Noble Adept (DSCS)

Ability Scores, with racial adjustments:
Strength 26 (+8)
Constitution 15 (+2)
Dexterity 17 (+3)
Intelligence 12 (+1)
Wisdom 14 (+2)
Charisma 10 (+0)

HP: 153 --> 12 base, +26 Strength, +100 levels, +15 Toughness
Bloodied: 76 HP or less
Healing Surges: 8 --> 6 base, +2 Constitution
Healing Surge Value: 38 HP

AC: 36 --> 10 base, +10 armor, +10 levels, +4 enhancement, +1 feat, +1 shield
Fortitude: 37 --> 10 base, +8 ability (Strength), +10 levels, +4 enhancement, +3 feat, +1 class, +1 racial
Reflex: 33 --> 10 base, +3 ability (Dexterity), +10 levels, +4 enhancement, +3 feat, +1 class, +1 racial, +1 shield
Will: 30 --> 10 base, +2 ability (Wisdom), +10 levels, +4 enhancement, +3 feat, +1 racial

Initiative: +15 --> +3 ability (Dexterity), +10 levels, +2 item

Speed: 6 --> 6 base

Racial Powers:
Heroic Effort (HotFL)

Theme Powers:
Adept's Insight (DSCS)

At-Will Attack Powers:
L1 - Careful Attack (PHB)
L1 - Twin Strike (PHB)

Encounter Attack Powers:
L3 - Ruffling Sting (MP)
L13 - Off-Hand Diversion (MP)
L17 - Untamed Outburst (MP)
L21 - Off-Hand Diversion (MP)

Daily Attack Powers:
L9 - Attacks on the Run (PHB)
L15 - Blade Cascade (PHB)
L19 - Cruel Cage of Steel (PHB)
L20 - Bloodied Greatness (PHB 2)

Utility Powers:
L2 - Invigorating Stride (MP 2)
L6 - Death Threat (D 377)
L10 - Resume the Hunt (MP 2)
L12 - Destined for Greatness (PHB 2)
L16 - Ranger's Parry (MP 2)

Skills:
Athletics (+23) --> +8 ability (Strength), +5 trained, +10 levels
Dungeoneering (+17) --> +2 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +10 levels
Endurance (+21) --> +2 ability (Constitution), +5 trained, +10 levels, +4 item
Heal (+17) --> +2 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +10 levels
Nature (+17) --> +2 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +10 levels
Perception (+17) --> +2 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +10 levels

Feats:
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Chainmail) (PHB)
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Scale) (PHB)
L1 - Toughness (Ranger Bonus Feat) (PHB)
L2 - Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Sword) (PHB)
L4 - Weapon Focus (Heavy Blades) (PHB)
L6 - Heavy Blade Expertise (HotFL)
L8 - Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB)
L10 - Two-Weapon Defense (PHB)
L11 - Prime Punisher (D 373)
L12 - Called Shot (D 368)
L14 - Armor Specialization (Scale) (PHB)
L16 - Two-Weapon Opening (PHB 2)
L18 - Improved Defenses (HotFL)
L20 - Power Attack (PHB)
L21
- Rending Tempest (MP)

Changes:
+6 HP
Ability Score Bonuses: +1 Strength (26), +1 Constitution (15), +1 Dexterity (17), +1 Intelligence (12), +1 Wisdom (14), +1 Charisma (10)
New Encounter Attack Power: Off-Hand Diversion (MP) (replaces Ruffling Sting)
New Epic Destiny:
Eternal Seeker (PHB)
New Feat:
Heavy Blade Mastery (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 800,000):
L20 (125,000 gp): +4 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L17 (65,000 gp):
+4 Dwarven Wyrmscale Armor (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp):
Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 672,080 gp

Discussion:
Another bringer of major upheaval, this level brings the freeform power selection that is the Eternal Seeker, as well as an upgrade for the power granted by your Paragon Path, an insane nova boost in the form of Rending Tempest and some more reliable damage dice, thanks to the Gauntlets of Destruction. Last but not least, the Ring of Giants and the War Ring add some extra thump to your criticals.


Level 22

Changes:
+5 HP
New Feat: Heavy Blade Mastery (PHB)
New Utility Power: Adamant Recovery (MP)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 1,200,000):
L22 (325,000 gp): +5 Dwarven Nagascale Armor (PHB)
L20 (125,000 gp): +4 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 932,080 gp

Discussion:
At this level, Adamant Recovery gives you an emergency button in case you get dropped, Heavy Blade Mastery gets you a better crit rate, and an armor upgrade is also very welcome.


Level 23

Changes:
+5 HP
New Encounter Attack Power: Nonchalant Collapse (MP) (replaces Ruffling Sting)
New Feat: Headsman's Chop (PHB 3) (replaces Power Attack)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 1,600,000):
L22 (325,000 gp): +5 Dwarven Nagascale Armor (PHB)
L20 (125,000 gp): +4 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L19 (105,000 gp): +4 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 932,080 gp

Discussion:
This level allows us to pick up a premium nova minor action power in Nonchalant Collapse, which in turn gives us a reliable source of inflicting the prone status condition during a nova (which we will take advantage of by taking Headsman's Chop instead of Power Attack). This is a quiet level on the item front, though.


Level 24

Changes:
+6 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (27), +1 Wisdom (15)
New Feat: Martial Mastery (MP)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 2,100,000):
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L22 (325,000 gp): +5 Dwarven Nagascale Armor (PHB)
L20 (125,000 gp): +4 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 1,772,080 gp

Discussion:
A very eventful level for your offense, this level combines a weapons upgrade with Martial Mastery's power recovery tricks.


Level 25

Changes:
+5 HP
New Daily Attack Power: Circling Cascade (MP 2) (replaces Attacks on the Run)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 2,800,000):
L25 (625,000 gp): +5 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L22 (325,000 gp): +5 Dwarven Nagascale Armor (PHB)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp):
Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 2,272,080 gp

Discussion:
At this level, you pick up another triple-slashing Daily in Circling Cascade. Additionally, you upgrade your Neck slot item.


Level 26

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Prime Quarry (MP)
New Utility Power: Rune of the Hero's Resolve (PHB 3)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 4,000,000):
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): +5 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L24 (525,000 gp):
+5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L23 (425,000 gp): Eye of Awareness (AV)
L22 (325,000 gp): +5 Dwarven Nagascale Armor (PHB)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L14 (21,000 gp): Casque of Tactics (Paragon Tier) (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 3,977,080 gp

Discussion:
This level gets you a brand new nova toy in the awesome Rune of the Hero's Resolve, as well as some extra accuracy in Prime Quarry, and more damage with better Iron Armbands of Power plus the Belt of Titan Strength.


Level 27

Changes:
+5 HP
New Encounter Attack Power: Hurricane of Blades (PHB 2) (replaces Untamed Outburst)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 6,000,000):
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): +5 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L23 (425,000 gp): Eye of Awareness (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L9 (4,200 gp): Boots of Eagerness (AV)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 5,681,080 gp

Discussion:
This level marks the addition of Hurricane of Blades' huge nova power to your arsenal, as well as your final armor upgrade and a sweet Head slot item in the Eye of Awareness.


Level 28

Changes:
+6 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
Ability Score Boosts: +1 Strength (28), +1 Wisdom (16)
New Feat: Quick Draw (PHB)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 8,000,000):
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): +5 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L23 (425,000 gp): Eye of Awareness (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Planestrider Boots (MOTP)
L18 (85,000 gp):
Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 5,761,880 gp

Discussion:
You get your last ability score buffs here, the Quick Draw feat to get a small initiative bump (plus help with the item-shuffling you'll soon be doing), and some more mobility when approaching a target thanks to the Planestrider Boots.


Level 29

Changes:
+5 HP
New Daily Attack Power: Ultimate Confrontation (MP 2) (replaces Circling Cascade)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 10,000,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): +6 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L29 (2,625,000 gp): +6 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): +5 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L23 (425,000 gp): Eye of Awareness (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Planestrider Boots (MOTP)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Long Knife (AV 2)
TOTAL: 9,961,880 gp

Discussion:
At this level, you get your big-boy nova power in Ultimate Confrontation, as well as your last weapons upgrade. Only one more to go...


Level 30 Snapshot

Race: Human (PHB)
Class: Ranger (PHB)
Bonus Feature: Prime Shot (PHB)
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Style (PHB)
Multiclass: Monk (PHB 3)
Paragon Path:
Adroit Explorer (PHB 2)
Epic Destiny: Eternal Seeker (PHB)
Seeking Destiny: Bountiful Seconds (PsP)
Background: Auspicious Birth (D 366)
Theme: Noble Adept (DSCS)

Ability Scores, with racial adjustments:
Strength 28 (+9)
Constitution 15 (+2)
Dexterity 17 (+3)
Intelligence 12 (+1)
Wisdom 16 (+3)
Charisma 10 (+0)

HP: 200 --> 12 base, +28 Strength, +145 levels, +15 Toughness
Bloodied: 100 HP or less
Healing Surges: 8 --> 6 base, +2 Constitution
Healing Surge Value: 50 HP

AC: 46 --> 10 base, +13 armor, +15 levels, +6 enhancement, +1 feat, +1 shield
Fortitude: 45 --> 10 base, +9 ability (Strength), +15 levels, +6 enhancement, +3 feat, +1 class, +1 racial
Reflex: 40 --> 10 base, +3 ability (Dexterity), +15 levels, +6 enhancement, +3 feat, +1 class, +1 racial, +1 shield
Will: 40 --> 10 base, +3 ability (Wisdom), +15 levels, +6 enhancement, +3 feat, +2 item, +1 racial

Initiative: +25 --> +3 ability (Dexterity), +15 levels, +5 item, +2 feat

Speed: 6 --> 6 base

Racial Powers:
Heroic Effort (HotFL)

Theme Powers:

Adept's Insight (DSCS)

At-Will Attack Powers:
L1 - Careful Attack (PHB)
L1 - Twin Strike (PHB)

Encounter Attack Powers:
L13 - Off-Hand Diversion (MP)
L21 - Off-Hand Diversion (MP)
L23 - Nonchalant Collapse (MP)
L27 - Hurricane of Blades (PHB 2)

Daily Attack Powers:
L15 - Blade Cascade (PHB)
L19 - Cruel Cage of Steel (PHB)
L20 - Bloodied Greatness (PHB 2)
L29 - Ultimate Confrontation (MP 2)

Utility Powers:
L2 - Invigorating Stride (MP 2)
L6 - Death Threat (D 377)
L10 - Resume the Hunt (MP 2)
L12 - Destined for Greatness (PHB 2)
L16 - Ranger's Parry (MP 2)
L22 - Adamant Recovery (MP)
L26 - Rune of the Hero's Resolve (PHB 3)

Skills:
Athletics (+32) --> +9 ability (Strength), +5 trained, +15 levels, +3 item
Dungeoneering (+23) --> +3 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +15 levels
Endurance (+28) --> +2 ability (Constitution), +5 trained, +15 levels, +6 item
Heal (+23) --> +3 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +15 levels
Insight (+23) --> +3 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +15 levels
Nature (+23) --> +3 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +15 levels
Perception (+23) --> +3 ability (Wisdom), +5 trained, +15 levels

Feats:
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Chainmail) (PHB)
L1 - Armor Proficiency (Scale) (PHB)
L1 - Toughness (Ranger Bonus Feat) (PHB)
L2 - Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Sword) (PHB)
L4 - Weapon Focus (Heavy Blades) (PHB)
L6 - Heavy Blade Expertise (HotFL)
L8 - Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB)
L10 - Two-Weapon Defense (PHB)
L11 - Prime Punisher (D 373)
L12 - Called Shot (D 368)
L14 - Armor Specialization (Scale) (PHB)
L16 - Two-Weapon Opening (PHB 2)
L18 - Improved Defenses (HotFL)
L21
- Rending Tempest (MP)
L22
- Heavy Blade Mastery (PHB)
L23 - Headsman's Chop (PHB 3)
L24
- Martial Mastery (MP)
L26
- Prime Quarry (MP)
L28 - Quick Draw (PHB)
L30 - Monastic Disciple (Insight) (PHB 3)

Changes:
+5 HP
+1 to attacks, defenses, and checks
New Feat: Monastic Disciple (Insight) (PHB 3)

Magic Items (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L30 (3,125,000 gp): +6 Torc of Power Preservation (AV)
L29 (2,625,000 gp): +6 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)

L29 (2,625,000 gp): +6 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)

L28 (2,125,000 gp): Charm of Abundant Action (AV)

L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)

L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)

L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L23 (425,000 gp): Eye of Awareness (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp):
Planestrider Boots (MOTP)
L18 (85,000 gp):
Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): War Ring (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)

L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV)

L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
L3 (680 gp):
+1 Blood Fury Drow Long Knife (AV 2)

TOTAL: 14,608,880 gp

Discussion:
Well, this is the end - a go-blow-up-a-god sort of power trip. All your items are purchased, upgraded, and ready to go. Enjoy your summit of power; you've earned it.



Build Goal and Tactics

The goal of this build is to be a burst damage specialist, which means put out big damage on a moment's notice. To do that, this build prizes powers that can produce multiple attacks per standard action, or powers that let you attack outside your standard action altogether. This build also focuses on getting extra actions, in order to pull all these attack stunts off.

This build's tactics differ little f
VARIANTS
Data: DPR and Nova Damage

An important part of being a Striker is knowing how much damage you can produce. Here, we will be examining the build's Damage Per Round (or DPR) values, as well as Daily and Encounter novas, each of which makes the use of an action point.


DPR



Level 1

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +7 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10 damage

Critical: 10 damage
Hunter's Quarry: +1d6 damage

DPR: (2)*(0.60)*(5.5) + (2)*(0.05)*(10) + ([0.60]2 + 2*[0.35]*[0.60])*(3.5) + (1-[1-0.05]2)*(6) = 10.92 DPR


Level 6

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +13 vs. AC
Hit: 1d10+4 damage
Critical: 1d6+14 damage
Hunter's Quarry: +1d6 damage

DPR: (2)*(0.65)*(9.5) + (2)*(0.05)*(17.5) + ([0.65]2 + 2*[0.30]*[0.65])*(3.5) + (1-[1-0.05]2)*(6) = 17.53 DPR


Level 11

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +18 vs. AC (+19 vs. AC if no allies are adjacent)
Hit: 1d10+7 damage
Critical: 2d6+17 damage
Hunter's Quarry: +2d6 damage

DPR: (2)*(0.70)*(12.5) + (2)*(0.05)*(24) + ([0.70]2 + 2*[0.25]*[0.70])*(7) + (1-[1-0.05]2)*(12) = 26.95 DPR


Level 16

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +23 vs. AC (+24 vs. AC if no allies are adjacent)
Hit: 1d10+15 damage
Critical: 3d6+25 damage
Two-Weapon Opening, Hit: 1d10+22 damage
Two-Weapon Opening, Critical: 3d6+32 damage
Hunter's Quarry: +2d6 damage

DPR: (2)*(0.70)*(20.5) + (2)*(0.05)*(35.5) + (0.05)*(0.70)*(27.5) + (0.05)*(0.05)*(42.5) + ([0.70]2 + 2*[0.25]*[0.70])*(7) + (1-[1-0.05]2)*(12) = 40.37 DPR


Level 21

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +28 vs. AC (+29 vs. AC if no allies are adjacent)
Hit: 2d10+17 damage, reroll all 1's
Critical: 5d6+45 damage, reroll all 1's
Two-Weapon Opening, Hit: 3d10+25 damage, reroll all 1's
Two-Weapon Opening, Critical: 5d6+63 damage, reroll all 1's
Hunter's Quarry: +3d6 damage, reroll all 1's
Rending Tempest: +1d10 damage, reroll all 1's

DPR: (2)*(0.70)*(29) + (2)*(0.05)*(65) + (0.05)*(0.70)*(43) + (0.05)*(0.05)*(83) + (0.75)*(0.70)*(6) + (0.75)*(0.05)*(10) + ([0.70]2 + 2*[0.25]*[0.70])*(12) + (1-[1-0.05]2)*(18) = 64.17 DPR


Level 26

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +32 (+34 vs. AC if no allies are adjacent)
Hit: 2d10+20 damage, reroll all 1's
Critical: 6d6+50 damage, reroll all 1's
Two-Weapon Opening, Hit: 3d10+28 damage, reroll all 1's
Two-Weapon Opening, Critical: 6d6+68 damage, reroll all 1's
Hunter's Quarry: +3d6 damage, reroll all 1's
Rending Tempest: +1d10 damage, reroll all 1's

DPR: (2)*(0.65)*(32) + (2)*(0.10)*(74) + (0.10)*(0.65)*(46) + (0.10)*(0.10)*(92) + (0.75)*(0.65)*(6) + (0.75)*(0.10)*(10) + ([0.65]2 + 2*[0.25]*[0.65])*(12) + (1-[1-0.10]2)*(18) = 76.38 DPR


Level 30

Twin Strike: 2 attacks, +36 vs. AC (+38 vs. AC if no allies are adjacent)
Hit: 2d10+21 damage
, reroll all 1's
Critical: 7d6+53 damage, reroll all 1's
Two-Weapon Opening, Hit: 3d10+30 damage, reroll all 1's
Two-Weapon Opening, Critical: 7d6+72 damage, reroll all 1's
Hunter's Quarry: +3d6 damage, reroll all 1's
Rending Tempest: +1d10 damage, reroll all 1's

DPR: (2)*(0.65)*(33) + (2)*(0.10)*(81) + (0.10)*(0.65)*(48) + (0.10)*(0.10)*(100) + (0.75)*(0.65)*(6) + (0.75)*(0.10)*(10) + ([0.65]2 + 2*[0.25]*[0.65])*(12) + (1-[1-0.10]2)*(18) = 79.29 DPR



Encounter Novas



Level 1

Minor Action - Hunter's Quarry
Standard Action - Twin Strike (+7 vs. AC)
•    1d10 damage
•    1d10 damage
ACTION POINT
Standard Action - Twin Strike (+7 vs. AC)
•    1d10 damage
•    1d10 damage
Minor Action - Off-Hand Strike (+7 vs. AC)
•    1d10+5 damage
Hunter's Quarry
•    1d6 damage

Total Damage: 5d10+1d6+5 damage (36 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+5 (Strength)


Level 6

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry


Turn 2 (Action):
Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+13 vs. AC)
•    1d10+9 damage
Minor Action – Off-Hand Strike (+15 vs. AC with CA)
•    1d10+9 damage
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+13 vs. AC)
•    1d10+4 damage
•    1d10+4 damage
ACTION POINT
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+13 vs. AC)
•    1d10+4 damage

•    1d10+4 damage
Hunter's Quarry
•    1d6 damage



Total Damage: 6d10+1d6+34 damage (70.5 average damage)



Damage Bonus Sources:
+5 (Strength)
+2 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+1 enhancement (+1 Weapon)
+1 feat (Weapon Focus)


Level 11

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
ACTION POINT
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
Standard Action – Lashing Leaves (+19 vs. AC)
•    1d10+1d6+14 damage
•    1d10+1d6+14 damage
•    All subsequent attacks receive +2 damage

Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+19 vs. AC)



•    1d10+1d6+15 damage
Minor Action – Off-Hand Strike (+21 vs. AC with CA)

•    1d10+1d6+15 damage
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+19 vs. AC)

•    1d10+1d6+9 damage
•    1d10+1d6+9 damage

Hunter's Quarry
•    2d6 damage



Total Damage: 6d10+8d6+74 damage (137 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+6 (Strength)
+2 enhancement (+2 weapon)
+2 feat (Weapon Focus)

+2 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+2 (Lashing Leaves)

+1 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 16

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
ACTION POINT
Standard Action – Lashing Leaves (+24 vs. AC)
•    1d10+2d6+23 damage
•    1d10+2d6+23 damage
•    All subsequent attacks receive +2 damage

Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+24 vs. AC)
•    1d10+2d6+24 damage
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+26 vs. AC with CA)

•    1d10+2d6+17 damage
•    1d10+2d6+17 damage

Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+26 vs. AC with CA)
•    1d10+2d6+24 damage
Hunter's Quarry
•    2d6 damage



Total Damage: 6d10+14d6+128 damage (210 average damage)



Damage Bonus Sources:
+7 (Strength)


+5 (Called Shot)
+4 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+3 enhancement (+3 weapon)

+2 feat (Weapon Focus)

+2 (Lashing Leaves)
+1 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 21

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
ACTION POINT
Standard Action – Untamed Outburst (+31 vs. AC)
•    2d10+2d6+28 damage, reroll all 1's

•    3d10+2d6+28 damage, reroll all 1's

Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+31 vs. AC with CA)

•    2d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+31 vs. AC with CA)
•    3d10+2d6+17 damage, reroll all 1's
•    3d10+2d6+17 damage, reroll all 1's
Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+31 vs. AC with CA)



•    2d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's
Hunter's Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1's



Total Damage: 15d10+15d6+140 damage, reroll all 1's (290 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+8 (Strength)


+5 (Called Shot)


+4 enhancement (+4 weapon)

+4 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+3 feat (Weapon Focus)


+3 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 26

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+34 vs. Fort)



•    2d10+3d6+28 damage, reroll all 1's
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
ACTION POINT (recover Nonchalant Collapse via Martial Mastery)
Standard Action – Untamed Outburst (+38 vs. AC with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+36 damage, reroll all 1's

•    3d10+3d6+36 damage, reroll all 1's

Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+36 vs. Fort with CA)

•    3d10+3d6+33 damage, reroll all 1's
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+31 vs. AC with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's
•    3d10+3d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's
Hunter's Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1's



Total Damage: 17d10+21d6+183 damage, reroll all 1's (369 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+8 (Strength)


+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+5 enhancement (+5 weapon)

+5 (Called Shot)
+5 (Headsman's Chop)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)


+3 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 30

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter’s Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+38 vs. Fort)
•    2d10+3d6+30 damage, reroll all 1’s

Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+40 vs. AC with CA)

•    3d10+3d6+29 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+29 damage, reroll all 1’s
Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+40 vs. AC with CA)
•    2d10+3d6+35 damage, reroll all 1’s
ACTION POINT (regain Nonchalant Collapse via Martial Mastery)
Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+40 vs. Fort with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+35 damage, reroll all 1’s
Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+40 vs. AC with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+35 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+35 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+35 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+35 damage, reroll all 1’s
Hunter’s Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1’s

Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
•    12 damage

Total Damage: 25d10+30d6+310 damage, reroll all 1’s (580 average damage)

Damage Bonuses:
+9 (Strength)
+6 enhancement (+6 weapon)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+5 (Called Shot)
+5 (Headsman's Chop)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+3 power (Sapphire Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)



Daily Novas



Level 1

Minor Action - Hunter's Quarry
Standard Action - Jaws of the Wolf (+7 vs. AC)
•    2d10+5 damage
•    2d10+5 damage
ACTION POINT
Standard Action - Twin Strike (+7 vs. AC)
•    1d10 damage
•    1d10 damage
Minor Action - Off-Hand Strike (+7 vs. AC)
•    1d10+5 damage
Hunter's Quarry
•    1d6 damage

Total Damage: 7d10+1d6+15 damage (57 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+5 (Strength)


Level 6

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry

Turn 2 (Action):
Standard Action – Frenzied Skirmish (+13 vs. AC)
•    1d10+9 damage
•    1d10+9 damage
Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+15 vs. AC with CA)
•    1d10+9 damage
Minor Action – Off-Hand Strike (+15 vs. AC with CA)
•    1d10+9 damage
Standard Action – Jaws of the Wolf (+15 vs. AC with CA)

•    2d10+9 damage
•    2d10+9 damage
ACTION POINT

Hunter's Quarry
•    1d6 damage



Total Damage: 8d10+1d6+54 damage (101.5 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+5 (Strength)
+2 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+1 enhancement (+1 Weapon)
+1 feat (Weapon Focus)


Level 11

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
ACTION POINT
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
Standard Action – Jaws of the Wolf (+19 vs. AC)
•    2d10+1d6+14 damage

•    2d10+1d6+14 damage
Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+19 vs. AC)
•    1d10+1d6+13 damage
Minor Action – Off-Hand Strike (+21 vs. AC with CA)
•    1d10+1d6+13 damage
Standard Action – Attacks on the Run (+19 vs. AC)
•    3d10+1d6+13 damage
•    3d10+1d6+13 damage
Hunter's Quarry
•    2d6 damage



Total Damage: 12d10+8d6+80 damage (174 average damage)



Damage Bonus Sources:
+6 (Strength)
+2 enhancement (+2 weapon)
+2 feat (Weapon Focus)

+2 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+1 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 16

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Ruby Scabbard
ACTION POINT
Standard Action – Attacks on the Run (+24 vs. AC)

•    3d10+2d6+23 damage
•    3d10+2d6+23 damage

Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+24 vs. AC)
•    1d10+2d6+22 damage


Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+26 vs. AC with CA)
•    1d10+2d6+22 damage
Standard Action – Blade Cascade (+26 vs. AC with CA)
•    2d10+2d6+22 damage
•    2d10+2d6+22 damage



•    2d10+2d6+22 damage

•    2d10+2d6+22 damage

•    2d10+2d6+22 damage

Hunter's Quarry
•    2d6 damage



Total Damage: 18d10+20d6+200 damage (369 average damage)

Damage Bonus Sources:
+7 (Strength)
+5 (Called Shot)


+4 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+3 enhancement (+3 weapon)
+2 feat (Weapon Focus)

+1 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 21

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter's Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
ACTION POINT
Standard Action – Cruel Cage of Steel (+31 vs. AC)

•    2d10+2d6+28 damage, reroll all 1's
•    3d10+2d6+28 damage, reroll all 1's
•    2d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's
Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+31 vs. AC with CA)


•    2d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's


Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+31 vs. AC with CA)
•    2d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's

Standard Action – Blade Cascade (+31 vs. AC with CA)


•    3d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's


•    3d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's



•    3d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's
•    3d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's

•    3d10+2d6+25 damage, reroll all 1's


Hunter's Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1's

Total Damage: 26d10+23d6+256 damage, reroll all 1's (504 average damage)


Damage Bonus Sources:
+8 (Strength)
+5 (Called Shot)
+4 enhancement (+4 weapon)
+4 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+3 power (Ruby Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 26

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter’s Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife

Turn 2 (Action):
Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+34 vs. Fort)
•    2d10+3d6+38 damage, reroll all 1’s
Standard Action – Circling Cascade (+36 vs. AC with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s
Minor Action – Rune of Hero's Resolve (gain a standard action)
Standard Action – Blade Cascade (+36 vs. AC with CA)

•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1’s
ACTION POINT (regain Nonchalant Collapse via Martial Mastery)
Standard Action – Untamed Outburst (+38 vs. AC with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1's

•    3d10+3d6+43 damage, reroll all 1's
Hunter’s Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1’s


Total Damage: 32d10+39d6+468 damage, reroll all 1's (816 average damage)

Damage Bonuses:
+10 power (Belt of Titan Strength)

+8 (Strength)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+5 enhancement (+5 weapon)
+5 (Called Shot)
+5 (Headsman’s Chop)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)

+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)


Level 30

Turn 1 (Setup):
Minor Action – Hunter’s Quarry
Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife
Standard Action – Ultimate Confrontation (+28 vs. AC, very unlikely to hit, even on a natural 20, and thus will not be included in the final damage calculation)
•    4d6+14 damage, reroll all 1’s
ACTION POINT

Free Action – Draw Charm of Abundant Action
ACTION POINT via Charm of Abundant Action
Move Action – Move up to the target

Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+38 vs. AC)
•    3d10+3d6+33 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    4d10+3d6+33 damage, reroll all 1’s
Standard Action – Twin Strike (+38 vs. AC)

•    5d10+3d6+30 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    6d10+3d6+30 damage, reroll all 1’s

Hunter’s Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1’s

Turn 2 (Action):
Gain 2 additional Standard Actions via Eternal Action
Free Action – Item Daily Power: Belt of Titan Strength
Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+38 vs. Fort)
•    7d10+3d6+40 damage, reroll all 1’s
Standard Action – Cruel Cage of Steel (+42 vs. AC with CA)
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    7d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
Minor Action – Rune of the Hero's Resolve (gain a Standard Action)
Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+40 vs. AC with CA)

•    7d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
Standard Action – Blade Cascade (+40 vs. AC with CA)
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+40 vs. AC with CA)
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
Free Action – Item Daily Power: Torc of Power Preservation (recover Hurricane of Blades)


Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+40 vs. AC with CA)

•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s

•    8d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s
Hunter’s Quarry
•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1’s
Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
•    12 damage

Total Damage: 159d10+72d6+943 damage, reroll all 1’s (2,329 average damage)

Damage Bonuses:
+10 power (Belt of Titan Strength)

+9 (Strength)
+6 enhancement (+6 weapon)

+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)

+5 (Called Shot)
+5 (Headsman’s Chop)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)

+3 power (Sapphire Scabbard)
+1 (Two-Weapon Fighting)

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You know, when WotC nerfed Free Action attacks, my first thought was that Minor Action attacks were now better than Free Action attacks, as it would end up being far easier to go nova with them.

The Master of Moments ED certainly seems to have backed up that notion.

All hail the return of the Godkiller nova!
Just in case, there was a Taclord in a party I recommend using Action Points on higher priority powers, like Jaws of the Wolf at 1st level and Cruel Cage of Steel at 30th level.
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Just in case, there was a Taclord in a party I recommend using Action Points on higher priority powers, like Jaws of the Wolf at 1st level and Cruel Cage of Steel at 30th level.


Given the sheer number of attacks in this nova that are generated by APs (six power usages from APs?), I'd say it's an exceptionally Warlord-friendly build in general.
What encounter power will our intrepid Time Bomb be selecting at 7?
Just in case, there was a Taclord in a party I recommend using Action Points on higher priority powers, like Jaws of the Wolf at 1st level and Cruel Cage of Steel at 30th level.


Given the sheer number of attacks in this nova that are generated by APs (six power usages from APs?), I'd say it's an exceptionally Warlord-friendly build in general.



The recent FAQ entry will indicate that only the first attack on an action point will get the taclord goodies. (Which I hate.)

That ruling doesn't make a lick of sense, but whatever.

The Time Bomb's L7 Encounter power should be Lashing Leaves; I don't really get minor action-happy until Level 24, when the pieces truly come together and that extra attack power is genuinely necesary.
That ruling doesn't make a lick of sense, but whatever.



I completely agree.

The Time Bomb's L7 Encounter power should be Lashing Leaves; I don't really get minor action-happy until Level 24, when the pieces truly come together and that extra attack power is genuinely necesary.



Cool - thanks. Looks like a fun build.

Another interesting thing MoM can do at level 24 ...

(1) - multi into Artificer
(2) - Mark of Making feat
(3) - Master Crafter (iirc) feat

optional
(4) - Intelligence +2 race
(5) - 18 and all raises in Int


OK what do you get?
You can make Travel Rituals over 30th level ... as in Out-of-Category.
Sarrukh in FRCS can make rituals above 30th.
You win.
And you can do it free 1/day.

Only problems :
How much does a level 31+ ritual cost to make?
How much does a level 31+ ritual cost to master?
What does a level 31+ travel ritual do?

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Another interesting thing MoM can do at level 24 ...

Only problems :
How much does a level 31+ ritual cost to make?
How much does a level 31+ ritual cost to master?
What does a level 31+ travel ritual do?


Another problem:
There is no such thing as a level 31+ ritual.


Sarrukh in FRCS can make rituals above 30th.



So ... we still don't know what they are or what they do, but they exist.

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Would a core battlemind build perhaps, do this better?  Brutal barrage certainly offers plenty of multi-attacking for your standard actions, and battleminds can manage an at-will minor action attack.  This removes the need for power recovery, and as such, allows your PP to be either Lyrandar Wind Rider or Resurgant Wilder.  And allows your MC feat to be, say, Avenger.
It would not, and the reasons are as follows:

1) The individual attacks from Brutal Barrage do exceedingly little damage as compared to an actual attack with actual [W], and even Brilliant Recovery doesn't pack the same punch as a Ranger MBA (feats like Called Shot and Prime Punisher make sure of this).

2) Brilliant Recovery requires a miss to succeed (though I recognize this may be sort of trivial).

3) Powers like Ultimate Confrontation (which is a must, considering how much damage it contributes) will give you a very small window of operation as a non-Ranger (one turn).

4) That minor action At-Will only comes online at Level 27. While this build does manage its ultimate goal of godslaying damage rather late, it gives Elites and Standards nightmares throughout its career.
Interesting build but it seems to me to be effective after heroic . Especially if you have access to good magic items (and it seems to be rare in DSCS.) If I was DM I would try to defend my monsters with daze efects and damage reduction.


This build has been added to The Hall of Heroes thread.
Just wanted to point out that MC-DrowBane's build Damage, Inc. has motivated some major changes in this build, which have significantly increased the build's overall nova damage output.
It's minor, but it looks like you've forgotten the Sapphire Scabbard when calculating your Daily nova?
A Beginners Primer to CharOp. Archmage's Ascension - The Wizard's Handbook. Let the Hammer Fall: Dwarf Warpriest/Tactical Warpriest/Indomitable Champion, a Defending Leader. Requiem for Dissent: Cleric/Fighter/Paragon of Victory Melee Leader Ko te manu e kai i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga e, nano te ao katoa. It's the proliferation of people who think the rules are more important than what the rules are meant to accomplish. - Dedekine
It's a power bonus to damage rolls, and as such doesn't stack with the Belt of Titan Strength.
Just wanted to point out the build is now featuring level-by-level information for levels 1 through 21, complete with nova and DPR reports at levels 1,6,11,16, and 21.
Your level 30 Encounter nova has very confused action use. Not to mention that 2x Hurricane of Blades might do more than a Twin Strike and a Nonchalant Collapse.

Perhaps you meant:

Minor: Nonchalant Collapse
Standard: Hurricane of Blows 
AP (recover Hurricane of Blows)
Standard: Hurricane of Blows
Move: Off-Hand Diversion

Laz 
Hurricane of Blades is Primal, and thusly can't be recovered through Martial Mastery.
A Beginners Primer to CharOp. Archmage's Ascension - The Wizard's Handbook. Let the Hammer Fall: Dwarf Warpriest/Tactical Warpriest/Indomitable Champion, a Defending Leader. Requiem for Dissent: Cleric/Fighter/Paragon of Victory Melee Leader Ko te manu e kai i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga e, nano te ao katoa. It's the proliferation of people who think the rules are more important than what the rules are meant to accomplish. - Dedekine
Exactly the problem. Hurricane of Blades can't be recovered via Martial Mastery, as it is a Primal power.
Whoops... Silly me. Even so, you have Nonchalant Collapse listed as a Standard rather than a minor (or in this case, move) action.
Ah, that's a mistake. Let me fix that. Thank you.

Also, the write-up is now officially finished! Levels 1-30 are posted.
Just wanted to point out that Awesomologist hooked me up with an awesome new pic. Thanks, buddy.
Nice build LDB (as always). Minor quibble: saphire scabbard seems to only add to the next damage roll (singular), you seem to add it for the whole turn. Also, if you two feats to spare, you can add another AP per day (vistanti foresight) for full 5 encounter novas per day...
131d10+57d6+817 damage, reroll all 1’s

Now the real question.  If your DM says you only get 2min per turn, do you think you can roll 131 d10's, 57 d6's, as well as rerolling all 1's within 2min?

The ultimate "time bomb", running out of time to roll all of your damage dice and forfeiting your turn.
If you have all the attacks programmed into your iPads Dicenomicon, you'll have enough time left over to get a drink

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@SongNSilence: Thank you.

Though I mention the Scabbard in the nova discussion damage bonuses, I'm only applying it to the next attack. I have 2 Scabbards (1 for each sword), so I get the effect twice (notice how every attack after the one I use it on is 3 less damage).

@sean-crees: As Toxicated mentions, you're probably better off programming the nova into a computer or some such. Otherwise, rolling this could take a while.
I need help understanding: I see how you regained Nonchalant Collapse, but from where did the third minor action come?  The L30 nova uses the Nonchalant Collapse and Rune of Hero's Resolve.
The Eternal Seeker's Seeking Destiny feature allows you to pick up any level 24 feature from any Epic Destiny that you meet the requisites to. This build picks the Master of Moments' Bountiful Seconds (hence the Multiclass feat into Monk at level 30 in order to fulfill the Master of Moments' "any psionic class" pre-requisite), which gives you an additional minor action permanently.
When you get to level 23, would it be worth while to pick up tumbling strike from the rogue? It is a minor action attack that does more damage than nonchalant collapse and allows movement in addition including the ability to ignore difficult terrain (if needed).  It does require that you have training in acrobatics, but you could find a skill somewhere that you could retrain into arcobatics (maybe heal?). In addition it does not require that you actually be using a rogue weapon to use the power.

knocking prone with non chalant collapse is one of the important opening strategies of the nova.
When'd this switch to Eternal Seeker from Master of Moments? D: I like MOM.
I do too, but Eternal Seeker has too much awesome to be denied, and can steal the money feature from MOM to boot (the money feature being the extra minor action).

@Nyteloki: Tumbling Strike is a no-go, for several reasons. The first being that it's a Dexterity-based attack roll, and this build has just enough Dexterity to squeak into his feat pre-requisites, so he'd have a heck of a hard time landing it. The second thing is accurately mentioned by MC-DrowBane, and that is that Nonchalant Collapse triggers Headsman's Chop, for +5 damage on every attack after that, so Nonchalant Collapse actually adds plenty more damage. The third is that it would require me to reshuffle feats in order to get Acrobatics training in time, and that's really not worth it for the build.
Question about Free Action – Draw Charm of Abundant Action

sort of relating back to our previous conversation.  Wouldn't you need a minor action to sheathe a weapon before using "quick draw" feat to pull out the charm as a free action.  Then another minor action to stowe the charm and then using "quick draw" to draw your weapon back out?

Or is it stated somewhere that you can hold both your weapons and the charm at the same time?

There is a head item "crown of victory" that costs about the same and allows you to use two action points per encounter. 
Ah, thanks for pointing that out. We'll just use the Charm of Abundant Action before busting out the nova, and expend an additional minor action attack.
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