Damage Inc. - An exercise in Brutality

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Damage Inc. - An exercise in Brutality


I walk amongst the dead.  My dead.  The songs of my life are the crunching of bone and the rending of flesh.  And the screams... the screams are the choir of my sermon.  Let us pray.

Special Thanks:

LDB:
for helping me vastly improve this build.
All of the Char Op Community: for good times and great advice
My Girlfriend: for putting up with me going on and on about Novas and having my nose in my laptop 24-7


Several things have changed with this build.  Namely the race choice, and Paragon Path.

Human and Adroit Explorer have achieved what is this builds core synthesis.  I seek to offer a viable alternative utilizing the Vistani Blood Line Feats while achieving the same results.

The Longtooth Shifter and Blood Fury Hunter Paragon path seek to further enhance damage as well as lend fluff to the bloodied build concept.

With that said, the defenses in the end for Damage Inc. are slightly lower than I would like, however the concept of this build is to provide a Stellar Damage Burst Specialist while still maintaining a level of Practical Optimization.

Level 1 Snapshot


Damage Inc., level 1
Longtooth Shifter, Ranger
Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Ranger: Prime Shot


FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 20, Con 13, Dex 13, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 8.


STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 13, Dex 13, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 8.



AC: 16
Fort: 16
Reflex: 12
Will: 11
HP: 30
Surges: 7
Surge Value: 7


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +6
Acrobatics +5
Athletics +11
Perception +6
Stealth +5


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf


ITEMS
Chainmail
Longsword (2)



Level 2

AC: 19
Fort: 18
Reflex: 14
Will: 13
HP: 35
Surges: 7
Surge Value: 8

TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +7, Acrobatics +7, Athletics +13, Perception +7, Stealth +7

FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt


ITEMS
Magic Scale Armor +1, Magic Longsword +1 (2), Lucky Charm +1



Level 3

AC: 19
Fort: 18
Reflex: 14
Will: 13
HP: 40
Surges: 7
Surge Value: 10

TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +7, Acrobatics +7, Athletics +13, Perception +7, Stealth +7


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting


ITEMS
Magic Scale Armor +1, Blood Fury Longsword +1, Battlecrazed Longsword +1, Brooch of Shielding +1



Level 4

+1 STR
+1 WIS
AC: 20
Fort: 19
Reflex: 15
Will: 14
HP: 45
Surges: 7
Surge Value: 11

TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +8, Acrobatics +8, Athletics +14, Perception +8, Stealth +8


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting


ITEMS
Lucky Charm +1, Blood Fury Bastard sword +1, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +1, Scale Armor of Dwarven Vigor +1



Level 5

AC: 22


Fort: 19


Reflex: 15


Will: 14
HP: 50


Surges: 7


Surge Value: 12


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +8, Acrobatics +8, Athletics +14, Perception +8, Stealth +8


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance


ITEMS
Lucky Charm +1, Magic Drakescale Armor +2, Blood Fury Bastard sword +1, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +1



Level 6

AC: 23


Fort: 21


Reflex: 17


Will: 16


HP: 55


Surges: 7


Surge Value: 13


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +9, Acrobatics +9, Athletics +15, Perception +9, Stealth +9


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat


ITEMS
Blood Fury Bastard sword +1, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +1, Amulet of Protection +2, Drakescale Armor of Resistance +2



Level 7

Damage Inc., level 7


AC: 23


Fort: 21


Reflex: 17


Will: 16
HP: 60


Surges: 7


Surge Value: 15


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +9, Acrobatics +9, Athletics +15, Perception +9, Stealth +11


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves


ITEMS
Magic Drakescale Armor +2, Blood Fury Bastard sword +1, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +2, Elven Cloak +2



Level 8

+1 STR


+1 WIS


AC: 24


Fort: 23


Reflex: 18


Will: 18


HP: 65


Surges: 7


Surge Value: 16


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +11, Acrobatics +10, Athletics +17, Perception +11, Stealth +10


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves


ITEMS
Magic Drakescale Armor +2, Amulet of Protection +2, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +2, Blood Fury Scimitar +1, Magic Bastard sword +2, Iron Armbands of Power (heroic tier)



Level 9

AC: 24


Fort: 23


Reflex: 18


Will: 19


HP: 70


Surges: 7


Surge Value: 17


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +11, Acrobatics +10, Athletics +17, Perception +11, Stealth +10


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run


ITEMS
Magic Drakescale Armor +2, Amulet of Protection +2, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +2, Blood Fury Scimitar +1, Magic Bastard sword +2, Iron Armbands of Power (heroic tier), Circlet of Indomitability (heroic tier)



Level 10

AC: 28
Fort: 24
Reflex: 20
Will: 20

HP: 75


Surges: 7


Surge Value: 18


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +12, Acrobatics +11, Athletics +18, Perception +12, Stealth +11


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting
Level 10: Two-Weapon Defense


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Resume the Hunt


ITEMS
Amulet of Protection +2, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +2, Blood Fury Scimitar +1, Magic Bastard sword +2, Iron Armbands of Power (heroic tier), Circlet of Indomitability (heroic tier), Magic Wyvernscale Armor +3



Level 11 Snapshot

Damage Inc., level 11
Longtooth Shifter, Ranger, Bloodfury Hunter
Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Ranger: Prime Shot


FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 23, Con 14, Dex 14, Int 11, Wis 15, Cha 9.


STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 13, Dex 13, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 8.



AC: 28
Fort: 27
Reflex: 24
Will: 23
HP: 86
Surges: 8
Surge Value: 21


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +12, Acrobatics +12, Athletics +18, Perception +12, Stealth +12


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting
Level 10: Two-Weapon Defense
Level 11: Paragon Defenses


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Resume the Hunt


ITEMS
Battlecrazed Bastard sword +2 (2), Blood Fury Scimitar +1, Iron Armbands of Power (heroic tier), Circlet of Indomitability (heroic tier), Magic Wyvernscale Armor +3, Amulet of Protection +3



Level 21 Snapshot

Damage Inc., level 21
Longtooth Shifter, Ranger, Bloodfury Hunter, Eternal Seeker
Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Ranger: Prime Shot


FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 26, Con 15, Dex 17, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 10.


STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 13, Dex 13, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 8.



AC: 37
Fort: 37
Reflex: 34
Will: 32
HP: 142
Surges: 8
Surge Value: 35


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +18, Acrobatics +18, Athletics +25, Perception +18, Stealth +18


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting
Level 10: Two-Weapon Defense
Level 11: Paragon Defenses
Level 12: Prime Punisher
Level 14: Vistani Heritage
Level 16: Called Shot
Level 18: Improved Initiative (retrained to Superior Initiative at Level 21)
Level 20: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blade)
Level 21: Rending Tempest


POWERS
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Resume the Hunt
Ranger encounter 13: Off-Hand Diversion (replaces Off-Hand Strike)
Ranger daily 15: Blade Cascade (replaces Jaws of the Wolf)
Ranger utility 16: Ranger's Parry
Ranger daily 19: Cruel Cage of Steel (replaces Snarling Wolf Stance)


ITEMS
Blood Fury Scimitar +1, Magic Nagascale Armor +5, Battlecrazed Bastard sword +4 (2), Amulet of Protection +4, Iron Armbands of Power (paragon tier), Circlet of Indomitability (paragon tier), Boots of Quickness (paragon tier), Gauntlets of Destruction (paragon tier), Dice of Auspicious Fortune (paragon tier)



Level 30 Snapshot


Damage Inc., level 30

Race: Longtooth Shifter
Class: Ranger
Paragon Path: Bloodfury Hunter
Epic Destiny: Eternal Seeker
Seeking Destiny: Bountiful Seconds


Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Ranger: Prime Shot

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 26  (+8)
Con 15  (+2)
Dex 18 (+4)
Int 12 (+1)
Wis 22 (+6)
Cha 10 (+0)


STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 16 (+3)
Con 13 (+1)
Dex 13 (+1)
Int 10 +(0)
Wis 14 (+2)
Cha 8 (-1)



AC: 45
Fort: 44
Reflex: 42 
Will: 41
HP: 187
Surges: 8
Surge Value: 46


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +24
Acrobatics +23
Athletics +31
Perception +24
Stealth +23
Insight +24


UNTRAINED SKILLS
Arcana +16, Bluff +15, Diplomacy +15, Dungeoneering +19, Endurance +19, Heal +19, History +16, Intimidate +15, Religion +16, Streetwise +15, Thievery +18


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Heavy Blade Expertise
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting
Level 10: Two-Weapon Defense
Level 11: Improved Defenses - HotFL
Level 12: Prime Punisher
Level 14: Vistani Heritage
Level 16: Called Shot
Level 18: Improved Initiative (retrained to Superior Initiative at Level 21)
Level 20: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blades)
Level 21: Rending Tempest
Level 22: Martial Mastery
Level 24: Power Attack
Level 26: Headsman's Chop
Level 28: Vistani Foresight
Level 30: Monastic Disciple


POWERS
Monastic Disciple: Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Seeker's Lore: Rune of the Hero's Resolve
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Resume the Hunt
Ranger encounter 13: Off-Hand Diversion (replaces Off-Hand Strike)
Ranger daily 15: Blade Cascade (replaces Jaws of the Wolf)
Ranger utility 16: Ranger's Parry
Ranger daily 19: Cruel Cage of Steel (Snarling Wolf Stance)
Ranger utility 22: Master of the Hunt
Ranger encounter 23: Nonchalant Collapse (replaces Lashing Leaves)
Ranger daily 25: Ranger's Resurgence (replaces Cruel Cage of Steel)
Ranger encounter 27: Hurricane of Blades (replaces Ruffling Sting)
Ranger daily 29: Ultimate Confrontation (replaces Ranger's Resurgence)


ITEMS


Magic Items (Expected GP = 14,625,000):

L30 (3,125,000 gp): +6 Torc of Power Preservation (AV2)
L29 (2,625,000 gp): +6 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)

L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV2)
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Crown of Victory (AV )
L26 (1,125,000 gp): +6 Dragonrider Elderscale Armor (AV)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)

L25 (625,000 gp):  Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L24 (525,000 gp): +5 Battlecrazed Bastard Sword (AV)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp):  Javelin +4
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV)

L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L8 (3,400 gp): Boots of Quickness (Heroic Tier)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Handaxe (AV 2)

TOTAL:  14,606,080

Novas



Level 11 Encounter Nova

Turn 1 (Setup):

+7 Initiative

Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife
Move ActionMove into position
Standard/Minor Action - Longtooth Shifting +2 to damage rolls while bloodied


 Turn 2 (Action):


Action Point - Shifter's Action + WIS mod (+2) to damage until the EOT

Standard Action – Lashing Leaves (+18 vs AC)
•    1d10+1d6+16
•    1d10+1d6+16

Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+18 vs AC with CA)
•    1d10+1d6+16


Standard Action – Twin Strike (+18 vs AC with CA)
•    1d10+1d6+10 damage

•    1d10+1d6+10 damage

Move Action/Minor Action – Off-Hand Strike (+18 vs AC with CA)
•    1d10+1d6+16


Total Damage: 6d10+6d6+84 damage (144 average damage)

Attack Bonus:

+18 Base

18 (+20 with CA)


 Damage Bonuses:

+6 (Strength)
+2 enhancement (+2 weapon)
+2 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+2 feat (Weapon Focus)
+2 Longtooth Shifting
+2 Shifter's Action


Level 11 Daily Nova

Turn 1 (Setup):

+7 Initiative

Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Long Knife
Move Action - Close the gap
Standard/Minor Action - Longtooth Shifting +2 to damage rolls while bloodied


 Turn 2 (Action):


Action Point - Shifter's Action + WIS mod (+2) to damage until the EOT

Standard Action – Attacks on the Run - Move your speed (close with your target) - (+18 vs AC)
•    3d10+1d6+16
•    3d10+1d6+16

Minor Action – Ruffling Sting (+18 vs AC with CA)
•    1d10+1d6+16


Standard Action – Jaws of the Wolf (+18 vs AC with CA)
•    2d10+1d6+16 damage

•    2d10+1d6+16 damage

Move Action/Minor Action – Off-Hand Strike (+18 vs AC with CA)
•    1d10+1d6+16


Total Damage: 13d10+6d6+96 damage (188 average damage)

Attack Bonus:

+18 Base

18 (+20 with CA)


 Damage Bonuses:

+6 (Strength)
+2 enhancement (+2 weapon)
+2 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+2 feat (Weapon Focus)
+2 Longtooth Shifting
+2 Shifter's Action



The Mini (No Action Point or Set Up Round) Nova at Level 30


+28 Initiative

Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free ActionRing of Free Time – Gain a minor action

Minor Action - Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Hand Axe+1---------normal minor action

 Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+39 vs. Fort)--------Ring of Free Time minor action
•    2d10+3d6+34 damage, reroll all 1’s


Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+39 vs AC with CA)-----------Normal Standard Action
•    3d10+3d6+39 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+36 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+36 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+36 damage, reroll all 1’s


 Minor Action – Off hand Diversion (+39 AC with CA)-------------Bountiful Seconds minor action 



  • 2d10+3d6+36 damage, reroll all 1’s


Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
12


Total Damage: 16d10+18d6+229 damage (average damage: 397)
+9 (Strength)
+6 enhancement (+6 weapon)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+5 Called Shot
+6 Power Attack
+1 Two-Weapon Fighting

31 (36 when prone)


Situational Damage Bonuses
Sapphire Scabbards - +3 to first attack with each weapon
+5 Headman’s Chop – when prone after Nonchalant Collapse


Attack Bonuses:
+36 Base
+2 Bestial Accuracy
+1 Prime Shot
+2 CA (after Nonchalant Collapse)
-2 Power Attack
Total: +39


The Encounter Nova at Level 30

Turn 1 (Setup):

+28 Initiative

Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Hand Axe +1
Minor Action – Hunter’s Quarry -----------Bountiful Seconds Minor Action
Move Action/Minor ActionLongtooth Shifting
Standard Action/Minor ActionUnleash the Beast 

Turn 2 (Action):

Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free Action – Item Encounter Power: Sapphire Scabbard
Free ActionRing of Free Time – Gain a minor action


Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+38 vs. Fort)--------normal minor action
•    2d10+3d6+33 damage, reroll all 1’s

Action Point (Gain one extra action next turn as well as 20 resist ALL until the end of next turn and +WIS (+6) to all damage via Shifter’s Action.) Regain Nonchalant Collapse via Martial Mastery


Standard Action – Twin Strike (+39/+38 vs AC with CA) -------------normal standard action
•    3d10+3d6+56 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+52 damage, reroll all 1’s

Standard ActionHurricane of Blades (+39 vs AC with CA)-----------Action Point Standard Action
•    3d10+3d6+53 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+53 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+53 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+53 damage, reroll all 1’s

Minor Action – Off hand Diversion (+38 AC with CA)-------------Bountiful Seconds minor action
• 2d10+3d6+52 damage, reroll all 1’s


 Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+38 vs. Fort with CA)--------Ring of Free Time minor action
•    3d10+3d6+52 damage, reroll all 1’s

Action Point (Gain one extra action next turn as well as 20 resist ALL until the end of next turn.) Regain Nonchalant Collapse via Martial Mastery


 Move/Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+38 vs. Fort with CA)
•    3d10+3d6+52 damage, reroll all 1’s


Standard Action – Twin Strike (+39/+38 vs AC with CA) -------------normal standard action
•    3d10+3d6+53 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    3d10+3d6+52 damage, reroll all 1’s

Hunter’s Quarry

•    3d6 damage, reroll all 1’s

Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
•    12

Total Damage: 33d10+39d6+626 damage (average damage: 980)

+9 (Strength)
+6 enhancement (+6 weapon)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+5 Called Shot
+6 Power Attack
+2 Longtooth Shifting
+4 Unleash the Beast
+1 Two-Weapon Fighting


Situational Damage Bonuses
Sapphire Scabbards - +3 to first attack with each weapon
+5 Headman’s Chop – when prone after Nonchalant Collapse
+6 Shifter's Action (after AP)

Attack Bonuses:
+36 Base
+2 Bestial Accuracy
+1 Prime Shot
+2 CA (after Nonchalant Collapse)
-2 Power Attack
Total: +39


The Daily Nova at Level 30


Turn 1 (Setup):

No Action – Begin the Hunt - +2 to attack quarry until end of the encounter

+34 Initiative
+32 with no Begin the Hunt Cheez

Action Point – Gain a Standard Action - +6 to damage with Shifter’s Action

Minor Action – Item Encounter Power: Blood Fury Hand Axe+1


Move/Minor Action – Master of the Hunt

Bountiful Seconds Minor Action – Longtooth Shifting 
Dynamic Transformation - 
shift 2 squares

Standard Action/Minor Action - Use this action for Hunters Quarry if Begin the Hunt is not an option.  If Begin the Hunt is an option (such as against a solo) then this action will be used to Twin Strike after Ultimate Confrontation.

Action Point Standard Action – Ultimate Confrontation (+28 with Lucklender Javelin +4/+26 if you use the charges/use your rolls in Dice of Auspicious Fortune)

Turn 2 (Action):

Free Action – Item Daily Power: Belt of Titan Strength
Free Action Ring of Free Time gain a minor action

Note: Sapphire Scabbards
will be used here not for damage, but to draw our Bastard Swords after hurling the Javelin.

Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+39 vs. Fort - +37 with no Begin the Hunt Cheez)) --------normal minor action
•    3d10+3d6+ 56 damage, reroll all 1’s

Action Point –
gain Standard Action - +6 to damage with Shifter’s Action – Regain Nonchalant Collapse via Martial Mastery 


Standard Action – Attacks on the Run  (+40 vs. AC/+38 with No Begin the Hunt Cheez) --- Normal Standard Action (Close with Enemy)
•    5d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    6d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
 
Ring of Free Time Minor Action – Rune of Hero’s Resolve


Rune of Hero’s Resolve Standard ActionBlade Cascade (+40/+39 vs AC with CA/+38/+37 No Begin The Hunt Cheez)
•    7d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+63 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+63 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s


Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+39 vs. Fort/+37 No Begin the Hunt Cheez) ------------Bountiful Seconds minor action
•    8d10+3d6+63 damage, reroll all 1’s


Eternal Seeker Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+40vs. AC with CA/+38 No Begin the Hunt Cheez)--------------From Action Pointing Last turn
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s


Free Action – Regain Hurricane of Blades via Torc of Power Preservation+6


Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+40 vs. AC with CA/+38 with no Begin the Hunt Cheez) -----Action Point Standard Action
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+64 damage, reroll all 1’s


 Move/Minor Action – Off-Hand Diversion (+39 vs. AC/+37 with No Begin the Hunt Cheez)
•    7d10+3d6+63 damage, reroll all 1’s


Hunters Quarry – 3d6


Stone Fist Flurry of Blows - 12



Total Damage: 132d10+57d6+1152 damage, reroll all 1’s (2,172 average damage)



Damage Bonuses:
+10 power (Belt of Titan Strength)
+9 (Strength)
+6/+5 enhancement (+6/+5 weapon)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+5 Called Shot
+1 Two-Weapon Fighting
+6 Master of the Hunt
+6 Power Attack


 Situational Damage Bonuses
+5 Headman’s Chop – when prone after Nonchalant Collapse
+6 Shifter’s Action (After AP)
+2 Longtooth Shifting (while bloodied after Shifting)


To Hit Breakdown
+35 Base
+2 Bestial Accuracy
+2 CA (when prone)
+1 Prime Shot
-2 Power Attack
38

Let’s Kill.



Level 30 "Solar Flare" No set Up Round Nova

No Action - Begin the Hunt - Quarry enemy, +2 to initiative, +2 to attacks till EOT
Initiative +34

Free Action – Item Daily Power: Belt of Titan Strength
Free Action Ring of Free Time gain a minor action
Minor Action - Bloody Fury Weapon power (become bloodied)-------Ring of Free Time Minor Action

Action Point - +6 damage via Shifter's Action

Free Action - Charm of Abundant Action

Action Point


Standard Action – Ultimate Confrontation (+30 with Lucklender Javelin +4)
•    4d6+18 damage, reroll all 1’s 

Move Action - Close with enemy

Minor Action – Nonchalant Collapse (+38 vs. Fort) ---------------------normal minor action
•    3d10+3d6+45 damage, reroll all 1’s - knock target prone

Minor Action – Rune of Hero's Resolve------------Bountiful Seconds Minor Action

Rune of Hero's Resolve Standard Action – Blade Cascade (+39/+38 vs AC with CA)
•    5d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    6d10+3d6+56 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    7d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+56 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s


Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+39 vs. AC with CA)--------------Action point Standard Action
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s


Free Action – Regain Hurricane of Blades via Torc of Power Preservation+6

Standard Action – Hurricane of Blades (+39 vs. AC with CA) ----------------Action Point 2 Standard Action
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s
•    8d10+3d6+57 damage, reroll all 1’s

Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
12

Hunter's Quarry
3d6

Total Damage:
101d10+49d6+814 damage, reroll all 1’s (1,616 average damage)


Damage Bonuses:


+10 power (Belt of Titan Strength)
+9 (Strength)
+6/+5 enhancement (+6/+5 weapon)
+6 item (Iron Armbands of Power)
+3 feat (Weapon Focus)
+5 Called Shot
+1 Two-Weapon Fighting
+6 Power Attack

 Situational Damage Bonuses
+5 Headman’s Chop – when prone after Nonchalant Collapse
+6 Shifter’s Action

To Hit Breakdown
+36 Base
+2 CA (when prone)
+1 Prime Shot
+2 Begin the Hunt
-2 Power Attack
39

Original Build and Variants



The original Human/Adroit Explorer build


Build Summary

Damage Inc. is a striker pure and simple.  The goal of the build is to produce as much damage as quickly as possible and move on to the next poor bastard.  He is a single target destroyer that utilizes the features of the Ranger Class, the Action Point features of the Adroit Explorer Paragon Path, and the versatility of the Eternal Seeker Epic Destiny to acquire the action optimization of Bountiful Seconds (the Master of Moments ED feature), as well as Haste, and the Barbarian attack Hurricane of Blades.








Level 1 Snapshot

Race: Human
Class: Ranger

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

HP: 30

AC: 16
Fortitude: 17
Reflex: 13
Will: 11

Initiative: +1

Speed: 6

At-Will Attack Powers:
L1 – Twin Strike
L1 – Heroic Effort (Essentials)
L1 – Shield of Blades

Encounter Attack Powers:
L1 – Off Hand Strike

Daily Attack Powers:
L1 –Jaws of the Wolf 

Skills:
Nature (+6)
Athletics (+9)
Perception (+6)
Endurance  (+4)
Dungeoneering (+6)
Acrobatics – (+5)

Feats:
L1 – Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Sword)
L1 – Armor Proficiency (Chain Mail)

Gear (Expected GP = 100):
2 Bastard Swords  (AV) (30 gp)
Hide Armor (PHB) (20 gp)
Standard adventurer's kit (PHB) (15 gp)


Level 11 Snapshot

Damage Inc., level 11
Human, Ranger, Adroit Explorer
Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Ranger: Prime Shot
Ambitious Effort: Ambitious Effort Existing Power
Ambitious Effort Existing Power: Ruffling Sting


FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 23, Con 14, Dex 14, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 11.


STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 13, Dex 13, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 8.



AC: 28
Fort: 27
Reflex: 24
Will: 22
HP: 86
Surges: 8
Surge Value: 21


TRAINED SKILLS
Endurance +11
Nature +11
Acrobatics +11
Athletics +15
Perception +11
Stealth +11


UNTRAINED SKILLS
Arcana +4
Bluff +5
Diplomacy +5
Dungeoneering +6
Heal +6, History +4
Insight +6
Intimidate +5
Religion +4
Streetwise +5
Thievery +6


FEATS
Human: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 1: Armor Proficieny (Chain Mail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale Mail)
Level 4: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 6: Two Weapon Fighting
Level 8: Two Weapon Defense
Level 10: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blade)
Level 11: Improved Defenses


POWERS
Bonus At-Will Power: Shield of Blades
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Ranger at-will 1: Heroic Effort (Essentials)
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Invigorating Stride
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Resume the Hunt


ITEMS
Battlecrazed Bastard sword +2 (2), Magic Braidmail Armor +3, Iron Armbands of Power (heroic tier), Circlet of Indomitability (heroic tier), Amulet of Protection +3



Level 30 Snapshot

Race: Human
Class: Ranger
Multiclass:  Monk
Paragon Path: Adroit Explorer
Epic Destiny: Eternal Seeker
Seeker's Destiny - Bountiful Seconds
Seekers Lore: Haste


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

HP: 187

AC: 46
Fortitude: 44
Reflex: 41
Will: 43

Initiative: +31

Speed: 6 

At-Will Attack Powers:

L1 – Twin Strike
L1 – Heroic Effort (Essentials)
L1 – Shield of Blades

Encounter Attack Powers:
L13 - Off-Hand Diversion (MP)
L23 - Nonchalant Collapse (MP)
L29 – Hurricane of Blades  (PHB2)

Daily Attack Powers:

L15 - Blade Cascade (PHB)
L19 - Cruel Cage of Steel (PHB)
L20 – Bloodied Greatness (PHB 2)
L29 - Ultimate Confrontation

Utility Powers:
L2 – Invigorating Stride
L6 – Death Threat (AP)
L10 – Resume the Hunt (AP)
L12 – Destined for Greatness (PHB 2)
L16 – Ranger’s Parry (PHB 2)
L22 – Master of the Hunt (MP 2)
L26 - Rune of Hero's Resolve (Eternal Seeker level 22 Utility power)

Trained Skills:
Athletics (+32) 
Dungeoneering (+18) 
Perception (+23)
Acrobatics (+23)
Stealth (+23)
Endurance (+22)
Nature (+23)

Feats:

L1 – Weapon Proficiency (Bastard Sword)
L1 – Armor Proficiency (Chain Mail)
L2 – Armor Proficiency (Scale Mail)
L4 – Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
L6 – Two Weapon Fighting
L8 – Two Weapon Defense
L10 – Weapon Focus (Heavy Blade)
L11 – Improved Defenses
L12 – Prime Punisher 
L14 – Called Shot
L16 – Improved Initiative Retrained to Superior Initiative at Level 21
L18 –Power Attack
L20 – Quick Draw
L21 – Martial Mastery
L22 – Epic Will
L24 – Rending Tempest
L26 –Armor Specialization(Scale Mail)
L28 – Headsmans Chop
L30 – Monastic Disciple

Magic Items (Expected GP = 14,625,000):

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

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

L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV2)
L28 (2,225,000 gp): Charm of Abundant Action
L26 (1,125,000 gp): +6 Dragonrider Elder Scale Armor
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)

L25 (625,000 gp):  Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L25 (625,000 gp): Torc of Power Preservation +5
L23 (425,000 gp): Eye of Awareness
L21 (225,000 gp): Ring of Heroic Insight
L20 (125,000 gp):  Lucklender Javelin +4
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L18 (85,000 gp): Boots of Quickness (Paragon Tier)  (AV)

L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L15 (25,000 gp): Sapphire Scabbard (AV)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV)

L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L3 (680 gp): +1 Blood Fury Scimitar (AV 2)


Total Gold Cost:  14,617,680


Discussion:
Time to Kill.



The Practically Optimized less "Nova-centric" version


This version is intended to present a more playable version, less geared towards max damage output.  I will post Novas and DPR soon.

Damage Inc., level 30
Longtooth Shifter, Ranger, Bloodfury Hunter, Eternal Seeker
Build: Two-Blade Ranger
Fighting Style: Two-Blade Fighting Style
Ranger: Prime Shot
Seeking Destiny - Bountiful Seconds


FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 28
Con 15
Dex 17
Int 12
Wis 18
Cha 10.


STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 13, Dex 13, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 8.



AC: 46
Fort: 43
Reflex: 40
Will: 43
HP: 187
Surges: 8
Surge Value: 46


TRAINED SKILLS
Nature +24
Acrobatics +23
Athletics +34
Perception +24
Stealth +23
Thievery +23


FEATS
Level 1: Armor Proficiency (Chainmail)
Level 2: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 4: Weapon Proficiency (Bastard sword)
Level 6: Weapon Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting
Level 10: Two-Weapon Defense
Level 11: Improved Defenses (HotFL)
Level 12: Prime Punisher
Level 14: Vistani Heritage
Level 16: Called Shot
Level 18: Improved Initiative (retrained to Superior Initiative at Level 21)
Level 20: Weapon Focus (Heavy Blade)
Level 21: Rending Tempest
Level 22: Armor Specialization (Scale)
Level 24: Epic Will
Level 26: Martial Mastery
Level 28: Vistani Foresight
Level 30: Monastic Disciple


POWERS
Monastic Disciple: Stone Fist Flurry of Blows
Ranger at-will 1: Careful Attack
Ranger at-will 1: Twin Strike
Seeker's Lore: Rune of the Hero's Resolve
Ranger encounter 1: Off-Hand Strike
Ranger daily 1: Jaws of the Wolf
Ranger utility 2: Begin the Hunt
Ranger encounter 3: Ruffling Sting
Ranger daily 5: Snarling Wolf Stance
Ranger utility 6: Death Threat
Ranger encounter 7: Lashing Leaves
Ranger daily 9: Attacks on the Run
Ranger utility 10: Resume the Hunt
Ranger encounter 13: Off-Hand Diversion (replaces Off-Hand Strike)
Ranger daily 15: Blade Cascade (replaces Jaws of the Wolf)
Ranger utility 16: Ranger's Parry
Ranger daily 19: Cruel Cage of Steel (replaces Snarling Wolf Stance)
Ranger utility 22: Master of the Hunt
Ranger encounter 23: Nonchalant Collapse (replaces Lashing Leaves)
Ranger encounter 27: Hurricane of Blades (replaces Ruffling Sting)
Ranger daily 29: Ultimate Confrontation (replaces Attacks on the Run)


ITEMS
Boots of Quickness (paragon tier)
Gauntlets of Destruction (paragon tier)
Dice of Auspicious Fortune (paragon tier)
Ring of Free Time (epic tier)
Battlecrazed Bastard sword +6 (2)
Magic Elderscale Armor +6
Eye of Awareness (epic tier)
Iron Armbands of Power (epic tier)
Torc of Power Preservation +5
Charm of Abundant Action (epic tier)
Belt of Titan Strength (epic tier)
Stone of Earth (paragon tier)
Sapphire Scabbard (paragon tier) (2)
Ring of Heroic Insight (epic tier)

I have added you to the nova section in my DPR thread.  Tell me if I have anything wrong.
DPR King Candidates 3.0
How much damage should I shoot for?
You're fired : 1 Kills Per 5 Rounds = .2 KPR Fair Striker : 2 Kills Per 5 Rounds = .4 KPR Highly Optimized : 3 Kills Per 5 Rounds = .6 KPR Nerfbat please : 4 Kills Per 5 Rounds = .8 KPR It's OVER 9000!!!!!: 5 Kills Per 5 Rounds = 1+ KPR
DPR? KPR? KP4R? Bless you
DPR = Damage Per round ~= Chance to hit * damage on a hit KPR = Kills Per Round. 1 Kill = 8*Level+24 damage = DPR/(8*level+24) KPNR = Kills Per N Rounds. How many standards can you kill in N rounds?
Yay!  Thanks man.  Everything looks great, the only thing I could see is the Deadly Little Miho descriptors stating 5 soul shards when the damage we are using is based on having only 1 (to prevent situational), but that's really nothing obviously.

I'll Have Damage Inc's Paragon Nova up soon but I don't think he'll be messing with Miho's.  Again thank you!
Why do you start with Cruel Cage of Steel instead of Nonchalant collapse? You miss out on 15 from Headsman's Chop? (Not that +-15 really matters at this level :3 )
If you look past the plot and the voice acting, Metroid: Other M was an okay game. Not a great game, but an adequate one. Not using the Metroid item collect jingle though? That, was a mistake.
Why do you start with Cruel Cage of Steel instead of Nonchalant collapse? You miss out on 15 from Headsman's Chop? (Not that +-15 really matters at this level :3 )

I have to build up the strikes for Ultimate Confrontation and Rending Tempest.  When you hit with an attack power after Ultimate Confrontation the (W) damage increases by one.  Cruel Cage of Steel is 3 attacks so that builds it up.  Also it is +2 to hit so it helps balance out that i don't have CA yet.  It's better I lose the 15 damage from Headman's chop so that Nonchalant collapse as a minor action deals an additional 5(W).  The order of your attacks is very very important, otherwise you are losing damage potential.

Notice how the (W) damage scales and you'll see what I mean.

I can't take credit for the initial use of Cruel Cage of Steel with this Nova... that honors falls on Lord DuskBlade and his excellent build The Time Bomb which can be found here...

community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758...

My approach is considerably different but as you can see the intital (W) damage build up is essential to the nova/build.
AWESOME. I'm thinking about switching this to a bugbear to up the damage even more using oversized bastard swords.
AWESOME. I'm thinking about switching this to a bugbear to up the damage even more using oversized bastard swords.



Correct me if I am wrong, but I think you need to be human for the paragon path Adroit Explorer.
Haha, quite right. I just realized that and came back to apologize.
But if you start Nonchalant Collapse, it's the same number of attacks, each with the same [W] bonus... Sure, Cruel Cage adds 3[W], but Nonchalant adds 1[W] to each of the three attacks of the Cruel Cage...

The order of your attacks is actually completely irrelevant, just the number. Four attacks hit in a row will always add 10[W], total. *confused*
What is the nova like at level 13?
its pretty darn good... I will have the char fully updated shortly, have been busy on a new handbook.
But if you start Nonchalant Collapse, it's the same number of attacks, each with the same [W] bonus... Sure, Cruel Cage adds 3[W], but Nonchalant adds 1[W] to each of the three attacks of the Cruel Cage...

The order of your attacks is actually completely irrelevant, just the number. Four attacks hit in a row will always add 10[W], total. *confused*



Don't be confused... you are quite correct!  I crunched the math and the result still came to 20(W)... congratulations you just helped me make my Nova even better, Thank you!  i will update the Nova when i update all the stages of the build.
You have to be holding the charm of abundant action when you use it spend an action point. Crown of Victory?

Hap
You have to be holding the charm of abundant action when you use it spend an action point. Crown of Victory?

Hap



Quick Draw

level 11 snapshot and Daily nova up as per request
This build has been added to The Hall of Heroes thread.
You have to be holding the charm of abundant action when you use it spend an action point. Crown of Victory?

Hap



Quick Draw




That's one expensive item to be dropping on the floor...

Hap
Go ahead grab it... I dare you!

Even though you do not explicitly state it, this is theorycrafting, right ? This character needs a couple of eastern european gymnasts and a wheelchair to make it through heroic.


By the way, your starting ability scores of level 1 and level 11 do not match (Con/Wis)


This takes us right back to Ruinsfates' statement that was stickied just a few days ago.


Even though you do not explicitly state it, this is theorycrafting, right ? This character needs a couple of eastern european gymnasts and a wheelchair to make it through heroic.


By the way, your starting ability scores of level 1 and level 11 do not match (Con/Wis)


This takes us right back to Ruinsfates' statement that was stickied just a few days ago.




Thank you for pointing out the Starting Score typo... it has been corrected.

As far as the rest of your post you have contributed absolutely nothing positive to my build nor did you specifically state anything wrong with the build.  The defenses are lowish until two-weapon defense kicks in at level 4 and chain mail at level 8.  Granted.  I have play tested this character all the way to level 11 twice now and the character performed optimally under even the worst of circumstances.  A good defense is a great offense.

My defenses by mid tier heroic are above average for a striker and I think I have dilligently made sure this char was above Glass Cannon standards.

If you have nothing positive to contribute nor viable construtive criticism I would appreciate it if you keep your opinions to yourself. 

It's your choice, but you are coming off as a hater.
My apologies for coming accross as a hater, and for not being explicit.

I didn't work out the level by level AC, but you are starting with 14, which I consider seriously low for anyone in melee, and that doesn't improve much untill you've already seen a couple dozen encounters. You also start out with a very low constitution, so this character can also not really take a few hits and keep going.

I am not a hater, at least not of anything posted on these boards, because that requires emotional involvement. I find that word much too strong.

However, I do think this build is not strong, and I do see it as a glass canon.
He does have a point regarding the fragility of this character early on. Fortunately, it's also very easy to fix that, at least to some extent.

Starting with a 20/13/13/10/10/8 array and pumping Wis throughout Heroic has the same end result as your array in the end, but it has the advantage of letting you get Chainmail at L1, which makes it plenty easier to survive.

Also, looking through your nova, I noticed that you count the Ring of Heroic Insight and the Belt of Titan Strength. These are both power bonuses to damage, so you may want to fix that.
My apologies for coming accross as a hater, and for not being explicit.

I didn't work out the level by level AC, but you are starting with 14, which I consider seriously low for anyone in melee, and that doesn't improve much untill you've already seen a couple dozen encounters. You also start out with a very low constitution, so this character can also not really take a few hits and keep going.

I am not a hater, at least not of anything posted on these boards, because that requires emotional involvement. I find that word much too strong.

However, I do think this build is not strong, and I do see it as a glass canon.



I then rescind my previous closing statement.  The character starts a bit weak in heroic.  I'll give you that.  It would be a simple matter of switching a few feats/scores around perhaps to be more equipped from level 1 to 4.  However I found that having a good party also helped in my survival.

I have played this char and It hits a good stride before paragon.

Thank you for clarifying your opinion.

He does have a point regarding the fragility of this character early on. Fortunately, it's also very easy to fix that, at least to some extent.

Starting with a 20/13/13/10/10/8 array and pumping Wis throughout Heroic has the same end result as your array in the end, but it has the advantage of letting you get Chainmail at L1, which makes it plenty easier to survive.



and yup thats the plan.
Let me mention my edit here again.

The Ring of Heroic Insight provides a power bonus to damage rolls, and thus does not stack with the Belt of Titan Strength. You may want to fix that in your Nova calculations.

I would ask you to make these practical considerations as soon as possible, as I am interested in adding the build to my Handbook's reference list.
Ok less squishy in heroic.

Damn I missed that power bonus again!  You already got me once with the Scabbards!  Anyway it's fixed.... sigh only 2086 now... I'll inform borg285.

Thanks guys for the helpful observations.

I apolgize as well baldhermit.  I am certainly not above constructive criticism, after all that's why we are here right?  I just get a little prickly when someone says "You Suck!" with no explanation.

Oh and thanks LDB!

oooh I just realized I can squeak out 15 more damage with headsmans chop by using Non-Chalant collapse first which was pointed out earlier in the thread.  Sweet.  2,101 woo hoo!
Apologies MC Drowbane. I should have been not so obtuse.

The build looks pretty good now.
Apologies MC Drowbane. I should have been not so obtuse.

The build looks pretty good now.



No worries my man!  If it wasn't for your candid observations I wouldn't have been inspired to rework it and it would have indeed been everything I was trying to avoid (fragile).

It's still not the most bolstered striker build for sure, but at least it's not flimsy.

One of my greatest downfalls when making things like this is neglecting early heroic and saying "well he'll be better later."  That of course is not practical optimization.

I appreciate you and LDB's input, the build is only better because of it.
No worries, bro.

One last thing: I would suggest you toss the third At-Will (I don't really see you using it) for Heroic Effort (which I definitely see you using).
oh ya thats definitely in there.  I didn't post that?  My bad... correcting now.  Ya that is human buttery goodness on a biscuit!

EDIT: Oh I see I updated Miho and not Damage.  Tsk...
Found another thing: Invigorating Stride would suit this build well. While your Wisdom won't be all that hot in Heroic (you can waive the shift if it's not convenient anyway), the ability to second wind as a move instead of a standard will do wonders for your ability to do your job while you heal (just ask any Dwarf).
Vastly improved with the AC addressed earlier via armor feats. You have L2 listed as "Scale Specialization" right now, though that's obviously just 'Scale Prof' labeled incorrectly.

In a live game, I think you'd put Expertise ahead of the TWF tree, as well, and then simply slide those down a slot each.



re: baldhermit...

baldhermit is a landmine. People who don't lurk in IRC probably don't know the name, and are likely to dismiss his comments, but... the guy won't speak with conviction unless he's sure he's right. People who write him (or other 'landmines') based on lack of name recognition may actually be shooting themselves in the foot.

MC-Drowbane, kudos for easing up, and seeing where bald was coming from. He's an awesome guy, and I'm sure you'll come to love the guy if you interact with him much in the future. You're right-- in the end, addressing the defenses early in the build's life gave it a lot more validity.
Aww shucks Auspex.

I can't help it, but theoretical builds that claim to have practical uses get on my nerves.
Aww shucks Auspex.

I can't help it, but theoretical builds that claim to have practical uses get on my nerves.



Hey, I get it... I'm wired the same way If something can't take a punch, I don't care how hard it hits.

This build needed to address the 'D'. Way better off now.
Aww shucks Auspex.

I can't help it, but theoretical builds that claim to have practical uses get on my nerves.



Definitely don't want that!

Anyway took your suggestions to heart Auspex and fixed the typo.  Invigorating Stride looks good LDB.  Seems a much better option than Begin the Hunt or even Endure Pain.  That power (BTH) seems so awesome on paper and then *pow* it just doesnt translate.
  Thanks guys.
This basically amounts to a nitpick, but I feel I have to mention it.

Barbarian Multiclass is not needed in this build; the Eternal Seeker L21 feature will allow you to pick up Hurricane of Blades regardless of whether you have it or not. A Psionic Multiclass feat (I prefer Monk), however, is: otherwise, you can't pick up the L24 feature from the Master of Moments. As such, I suggest you change your MC from Barbarian to Monk.

Apart from that, it's all good. I'll be adding this build to the Handbook, and changing the sample build to resemble this more. Good work.
This basically amounts to a nitpick, but I feel I have to mention it.

Barbarian Multiclass is not needed in this build; the Eternal Seeker L21 feature will allow you to pick up Hurricane of Blades regardless of whether you have it or not. A Psionic Multiclass feat (I prefer Monk), however, is: otherwise, you can't pick up the L24 feature from the Master of Moments. As such, I suggest you change your MC from Barbarian to Monk.

Apart from that, it's all good. I'll be adding this build to the Handbook, and changing the sample build to resemble this more. Good work.



Ya I didn't MC for the Hurricane of Blades.  Eternal Seeker takes care of that, The barbarian MC feat is merely for the 2 damage per attack per Encounter with my nova. 

Im getting Bountiful seconds as well from Eternal Seeker.  Am I missing something?  That's why I don't pick the MC feat until level 30, it's basically just an Epic Nova capstone.
The L30 Eternal Seeker feature (Seeking Destiny) specifies that the L24 feature you pick up must be from an ED you qualify for. You need a Psionic MC to qualify for Master of Moments, so you need to take a Psionic MC feat at L30. Either way, Stone Fist Flurry of Blows will add a decent amount of free damage.
The L30 Eternal Seeker feature (Seeking Destiny) specifies that the L24 feature you pick up must be from an ED you qualify for. You need a Psionic MC to qualify for Master of Moments, so you need to take a Psionic MC feat at L30. Either way, Stone Fist Flurry of Blows will add a decent amount of free damage.



Damn... I swear the Character Builder makes me look stupid all the time.  Who works on this thing?  A pack of feral diaper wearing monkeys?

EDIT: Ok it's me who is stupid for not fully reading the power correctly and theres nothing wrong with being a feral monkey.

And the nova slides down 28 points... *sigh*
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