Bladesingers a-go-go: a list of builds

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Although the Bladesinger is a widely despised class here at here Char-Op due to bad design choices, I have something of a weak spot for the class. I can't resist tinkering with something that's broken but can be fixed up to something decent. Call it the Seeker-fallacy, if you will. 

Anyway, here's a list of several Bladesinger builds I've come up with that each have a different schtick. Enjoy if you like 'em , criticise 'em if you don't. Thanks for reading! 

The Arcane INTimidator




This build goes for an explosive opening round by immediately trying to intimidate one bad guy out of the fight. It does so by using the Yakuza theme encounter power (roll an Intimidate check as a free action against an enemy you bloody to make it surrender) in combination with the Spook cantrip (use Arcana for Intimidate checks once per encounter), an unreal Arcana score and a nova turn that looks like this: 

Minor action: Activate Bladesong. 
Move action: Fey Step next to an enemy. 
Free action: make a melee basic attack (Eladrin Swordmage Advance). If you hit with your Frost Weapon, inflict cold vulnerability (Lasting Frost) and gain combat advantage (Wintertouched).
No action: Lightning Ring, Arcane Admixtured to cold for extra cold damage. 
Standard action: make a melee basic attack with combat advantage, doing extra cold damage. 
No action: Unseen Hand, Arcane Admixtured to cold for extra cold damage, which also triggers Lightning Ring for even more cold damage. 

Thanks to the damage bonuses from Bladesong, frostcheese, Light Blade Expertise, Weapon Focus and Bracers of Mighty Striking, most standard monsters should be bloodied after this. If not, just use an action point. If you miss with an attack, just reroll it with Life's Losing Hand (Yakuza utility 2). 

Although enemies get a +10 bonus to Will vs your Arcana check, you can usually make them surrender on a roll of 5-10. 

Build: (only relevant information shown)
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====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ======
level 21
Eladrin, Wizard (Bladesinger), [any paragon path], Sage of Ages
Blade Magic Option: Rapier
Arcane Admixture Damage Type: Arcane Admixture Cold
Arcane Admixture II Option: Arcane Admixture Cold II
Theme: Yakuza


FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 13, CON 12, DEX 22, INT 26, WIS 10, CHA 12

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 11, CON 10, DEX 14, INT 18, WIS 8, CHA 10

TRAINED SKILLS
Arcana +39

POWERS
Yakuza Utility: Ruthless Demonstration
Eladrin Racial Power: Fey Step
Wizard Utility: Spook
Wizard Utility: Bladesong
Wizard Attack: Frost Bite
Wizard Attack: Lightning Ring
Wizard Attack: Unseen Hand
Yakuza Utility 2: Life's Losing Hand

FEATS
Level 1: Light Blade Expertise
Level 2: Skill Focus (Arcana)
Level 4: Blade Initiate
Level 6: Eladrin Swordmage Advance
Level 8: Weapon Focus (Light blade)
Level 10: Wintertouched
Level 11: Lasting Frost
Level 12: Nimble Blade
Level 14: Arcane Admixture
Level 16: Arcane Admixture II

ITEMS
Runic Leather Armor +5 x1
Frost Rapier +5 x1
Bracers of Mighty Striking (epic tier)
Gloves of Ice (paragon tier)
====== End ======




Thanks to your high INT-score you have a full choice of Wizard encounters in your second turn to back up your nova turn, and you can follow those up with minor action MBAs to milk your Bladesong for all it's worth. Finally, Sage of Ages does its thing as always. 

The Lightning Monk




Wouldn't it be cool if you could use Lightning Ring and Unseen Hand simultaneously so Lightning Ring's damage would trigger immediately? Well, there is a way to do so on every melee basic attack. Paragon multiclass into Monk and at level 11 switch out your Magic Missile at-will power for Centered Flurry of Blows. 

Whenever you hit with a melee basic attack, you first set up a Lightning Ring around the enemy and then Flurry of Blows to immediately move them out of it again. Deadly Draw gives you combat advantage, and the new Babau Gauntlets (Dragon 408) let you make DEX-based MBA's. Because come on, who needs INT anyway? 

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====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ======

level 11
Human, Wizard (Bladesinger), Paragon Multiclassing
Blade Magic Option: Rapier
Human Power Selection Option: Heroic Effort
Theme: Purple Dragon Knight

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 13, CON 15, DEX 23, INT 11, WIS 9, CHA 13

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 12, CON 12, DEX 18, INT 10, WIS 8, CHA 12

POWERS
Human Racial Power: Heroic Effort
Wizard Utility: Bladesong
Wizard Attack: Lightning Ring
Monk Feature: Centered Flurry of Blows
Monk Attack 1: Drunken Monkey
Wizard Attack 3: Radiant Pillar
Wizard Attack 7: Phantom Foes

FEATS
Light Blade Expertise
Level 2: Monastic Disciple
Level 6: Novice Power
Level 8: Acolyte Power
Level 10: Adept Power
Level 11: Deadly Draw

ITEMS
Babau Gauntlets 


====== End ======




Because of the intensive multiclassing, you gain access to different Monk powers, some of which are just delicious. You compensate for your low INT by only taking Wizard encounter powers that don't require an attack roll. 

Be aware that although the strict wording of paragon multiclassing lets you take any at-will power from your multiclass, the Character Builder only lets you take a level 1 at-will attack power. So if your DM adheres to the CB, you're out of luck. 

The Blade Cascade




I hope you like your Bladesingers with liberal application of cheese, because this build takes Dilettante and Paragon Multiclassing and stretches it to its thinnest. It attacks no less than 3 times per turn, using the following sequence: 

1. Throw and Stab lets you attack one enemy at range with your Drow Long Knife
2. T&S then lets you move to another enemy to make an MBA
3. You make your MBA with your Drow Long Knife
4. Cast a Bladespell
5. Because you attacked with an MBA, you can attack the enemy again with your off-hand Drow Long Knife using Dual Weapon Attack. You qualify for DWA because you also wield Wrist Razors in your arm slot. 

You get T&S from your Dilettante, which becomes an at-will thanks to Versatile Master. You paragon multiclass to Ranger for some spiffy powers and to swap Magic Missile for Dual Weapon Attack. Adept Dilettante lets you use your CON for the Throw part of Throw and Stab, and Babau Gauntlets let you make your MBA using DEX instead of STR. So statwise, you only have to put points in CON and DEX. 

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====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ======

level 11
Half-Elf, Wizard (Bladesinger), Paragon Multiclassing
Blade Magic Option: Wrist Razors
Theme: Purple Dragon Knight

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 11, CON 19, DEX 21, INT 11, WIS 9, CHA 14

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 10, CON 14, DEX 18, INT 10, WIS 8, CHA 11

POWERS

Wizard Utility: Bladesong
Ranger Feature: Dual Weapon Attack
Dilettante Attack 1: Throw and Stab

FEATS
Level 1: Superior Weapon Training (Drow Long Knife)
Level 2: Expertise
Level 4: Adept Dilettante
Level 6: Novice Power
Level 8: Acolyte Power
Level 10: Adept Power
Level 11: Versatile Master

ITEMS
Wrist Razors
Drow Long Knife 
Babau Gauntlets 


====== End ======


 

Because Lasting Frost only lets you apply vulnerability to the first enemy you hit with a cold power each turn, and Throw and Stab forces you to attack 2 different enemies, frostcheese won't work. Instead, you could use Shadow Sever and Headman's Chop for extra damage on Dual Weapon Attack. Or get creative, replace your Drow Long Knife with a Throwing Hammer, and use Dazzling Sunray and Hammer Shock to accompany your MBA with a hefty -4 attack penalty. 

Like the Lightning Monk, the Cascade gains access to different Ranger powers, among which a minor or out-of-turn encounter attack power. This build also compensates for its low INT by only taking Wizard encounter powers that don't require an attack roll. 

Lastly, this build also won't work in the Character Builder.  

The Wand Collector




 This isn't a build, as much as it uses a fun trick. Not many people know the wand creation rules as they're written in the Player's Handbook (page 242): 

"You can design your own wand. A wand can contain an encounter power of any class capable of using wands. When you craft a wand, you can choose any encounter power that you know or that is available to your class. You can’t choose anything other than a class power (you can’t choose a paragon path power, for instance)."

See where this is going? Bladesingers can use wands, and Bladesong is a class encounter power. So if you take the Ritual Caster feat and invest a little money in the Enchant Magic Item ritual, then you can construct a bunch of Wands of Bladesong. Each of those lets you use Bladesong one more time per day. After you've created your wands, retrain Ritual Caster and enjoy your new collection! 

The War Wizard of Cormyr




(also discussed here)

This is a Bladesinger with the Arcane Fundamentals - Beast Switch combo.

The build

====== Created Using Wizards of the Coast D&D Character Builder ======

Franco Dellamar, level 18
Human, Wizard (Bladesinger), War Wizard of Cormyr
Blade Magic Option: Dagger
Arcane Admixture Damage Type: Arcane Admixture Cold
Arcane Admixture II Option: Arcane Admixture Cold II
Human Power Selection Option: Bonus At-Will Power
Cormyr (General) (Cormyr (General) Benefit)
Theme: Purple Dragon

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 13, CON 11, DEX 21, INT 23, WIS 13, CHA 9

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 12, CON 10, DEX 16, INT 16, WIS 12, CHA 8


AC: 34 Fort: 26 Ref: 31 Will: 28
HP: 108 Surges: 7 Surge Value: 27

TRAINED SKILLS
Acrobatics +20, Arcana +20, Athletics +17, History +20, Insight +17, Perception +15

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Bluff +8, Diplomacy +8, Dungeoneering +10, Endurance +9, Heal +10, Intimidate +10, Nature +10, Religion +15, Stealth +14, Streetwise +8, Thievery +14

POWERS
Basic Attack: Melee Basic Attack
Basic Attack: Ranged Basic Attack
Purple Dragon Utility: Focused Discipline
Wizard Utility: Suggestion
Wizard Utility: Spook
Wizard Utility: Mage Hand
Wizard Utility: Bladesong
Wizard Attack: Lightning Ring
Wizard Attack: Frost Bite
Wizard Attack: Unseen Hand
Wizard Attack 1: Beast Switch
Wizard Attack 1: Burning Hands
Wizard Attack 1: Ray of Enfeeblement
Wizard Attack 1: Magic Missile
Wizard Utility 2: Memory to Mist
Wizard Utility 2: Jump
Wizard Attack 3: Call the Night Winds
Wizard Attack 3: Color Spray
Wizard Utility 6: Dimension Door
Wizard Utility 6: Warp in the Weave
Wizard Attack 7: Charm of the Defender
Wizard Attack 7: Phantom Foes
Wizard Utility 10: Mirror Image
Wizard Utility 10: Arcane Gate
War Wizard of Cormyr Attack 11: Lightning Ripple
War Wizard of Cormyr Utility 12: One-Way Barrier
Wizard Attack 13: Prismatic Burst
Wizard Attack 13: Thunderlance
Wizard Utility 16: Fly
Insight Utility 16: Words of Truth

FEATS
Level 1: War Wizard's Expertise
Level 1: Dual Implement Spellcaster
Level 2: Superior Implement Training (Accurate dagger)
Level 4: Silvery Glow
Level 6: Improved Defenses
Level 8: White Lotus Riposte
Level 11: Arcane Admixture
Level 11: Lasting Frost
Level 12: White Lotus Master Riposte
Level 14: Battle Awareness
Level 16: Arcane Admixture II
Level 18: Wintertouched

ITEMS
Vanguard Accurate dagger +4
Bestial Leather Armor +4
Bracers of Mighty Striking (paragon tier)
Acrobat Boots
Horned Helm (paragon tier)
Orb of Spatial Contortion +4 
Siberys Shard of the Mage (paragon tier)
Gloves of Ice (paragon tier) 
Steadfast Amulet +3 
====== End ======


 The tricks

- Beast Switch and Lightning Ring are both Arcane Admixtured to cold for Lasting Frost, Wintertouched and Gloves of Ice
- Attack with an Accurate Dagger and use a Headband of Intellect for accurate Beast Switch 
- DIS, Silvery Glow, Lasting Frost, Bracers of Mighty Striking, Siberys Shard of the Mage, Horned Helm, Vanguard Dagger and Gloves of Ice pump static damage
- Thanks to White Lotus (Master) Riposte and Battle Awareness (not to mention the fact that the enemy is prone), you are all but guaranteed to deal damage out of turn. Steely Retort gives you an OA as well when your Bladesong is active

Damage calculations

Beast Switch

Charging, with Bladesong active and cold vulnerability: 

Attack: 6 (int) + 9 (lvl) + 4 (enhancement) + 2 (Expertise) + 1 (Accurate Dagger) + 1 (Focused Discipline) + 1 (charge) + 2 (Wintertouched) + 2 (Bladesong) = +28 vs Fort. Hits on a 3. 

Damage: 5.5 (damage die) + 6 (int) + 4 (enhancement) + 4 (DIS) + 3 (Silvery Glow) + 3 (Shard) + 4 (Bracers) + 5 (cold vulnerability) + 2 (Gloves) +7 (Horned Helm) + 4.5 (Vanguard Dagger) + 10 (Bladesong) = 58. 

Lightning Ring increases the damage by 2 + 5 (dex) + 5 (cold vulnerability) = 12. The target is now prone, adjacent to you. If it moves before the end of your next turn, it takes another 12 damage (which happens when you hit it with Beast Switch again). 

Out of turn damage: 

White Lotus Riposte: 6 (int) + 5 (vulnerability) = 11. 

White Lotus Master Riposte/OA: 46.5 (see above, minus Horned Helm and Vanguard Weapon), but no Bladespell. However, you do trigger Lightning Ring's movement effect for 12 damage when you slide with Beast Switch. 

So assuming that you hit with Beast Switch, you deal a minimum of 128.5 damage (2 Beast Switch + 1 Lightning Ring + 1 Lightning Ring movement effect) if the enemy moves away from you. This increases to 186 when the enemy attacks and hits you thanks to the Riposte and the OA of Steely Retort. This is enough to kill any standard non-brute enemy at level 18.


Other stuff
- Orb of Spatial Contortion has got to be a lot of fun with Color Spray, Burning Hands or Lightning Ripple. War Wizard's Expertise makes it so you won't hit your allies.
- Frostbite and Unseen Hand could be situationally useful against enemies other than your Beast Switch target

The Generator




The cornerstone of this build was suggested by monkey2k in the Bladesinger handbook. Thanks, it's a great find!

The Generator aims to combine Lightning Ring and the elemental feats Lightning Soul and Fiery Blood to damage itself multiple times per turn, thereby discharging a boatload of lightning and fire damage on nearby enemies.

For this, you only need the Lightning Soul feat, the Fiery Blood feat and the Arcane Admixture feat to make Lightning Ring also deal fire damage. The Purple Dragon theme helps immensely for the free shift after hitting with an MBA, but you can also use White Lotus Master Evasion if you can spare the feats.

This is how it works: 

  1. Hit with an MBA. 

  2. Target yourself with Lightning Ring. Ideally, your Dex mod is only 1, so you deal 1 lightning and fire damage to yourself. 

  3. This damage triggers both Lightning Soul and Fiery Blood, so you deal another 15 damage to the enemy. 

  4. Now you shift 1 square as a free action thanks to the Purple Dragon stance. This triggers the secondary effect of Lightning Ring, so you take another 1 lightning and fire damage. 

  5. Finally, this triggers Lightning Soul and Fiery Blood again, so you deal another 15 damage to the enemy. 

Your MBA is now 1[W]+INT+30, with the investment of only 3 paragon feats. But we can do better than that. 

Breach Warden

Jay_Ibero_911
pointed out to me that Wardens have the Breach Warden paragon path, with the Elemental Breach level 11 feature that lets you deal damage equal to your Constitution to a marked enemy every time you take damage of a certain type of your choice. Fortunately, Lightning is among those types you can choose, so if your Constitution is high enough, this could mean even more damage. But how to mark consistently? 

That's where the Half-elf comes in. The Defending Dabbler feat lets you mark any enemy you hit with your Dilettante power. And it just so happens there's an awesome Dilettante power you can poach: Eldritch Strike, which is not only Arcane but also lets you use Constitution as your attack and damage stat. 

Here's a skeleton for a Half-elf Breach Warden Generator build: (only relevant information shown)

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Nature's Generator, level 12
Half-Elf, Wizard (Bladesinger), Breach Warden
Blade Magic Option: Longsword
Arcane Admixture Damage Type: Arcane Admixture Fire
Background: Cormyr (General) (Cormyr (General) Benefit)
Theme: Purple Dragon

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 14, CON 21, DEX 9, INT 19, WIS 14, CHA 11

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 13, CON 16, DEX 8, INT 16, WIS 11, CHA 10

POWERS
Purple Dragon Utility: Focused Discipline
Wizard Utility: Bladesong
Wizard Attack: Lightning Ring
Dilettante Attack: Eldritch Strike

FEATS
Level 1: Melee Training: Constitution (retrained to Versatile Master at 11)
Level 2: War Wizard's Expertise
Level 4: Defender of the Wild
Level 6: Defending Dabbler
Level 8: White Lotus Riposte
Level 10: - (retrained to Arcane Admixture at level 12)
Level 11: Lightning Soul
Level 12: Fiery Blood

MBA damage: 1d8 + Con(5) + Lightning Soul(2x10) + Fiery Heart(2x5) + Elemental Breach(2x5) = 1d8+45. 


The Intelligence score of this build is high because you need AC (you're marking enemies, after all) and it's nice not being restricted to Wizard powers without attack rolls. You can't choose Dex because otherwise you're only damaging yourself needlessly with Lightning Ring.

White Lotus Riposte creates a small Catch-22 that punishes marked enemies for attacking you. 

The only "problem" with this build is that you trade your paragon path for what basically amounts to 2xCon extra damage to all your basic attacks. The rest of the path is close to useless. 

Genasi

Genasi have the lovely Shocking Flame feat, which adds 2 fire or lightning damage to all attacks when manifesting Firesoul or Stormsoul. This conveniently turns your MBA into a fire or lightning attack, so it not only benefits from Lightning Soul/Fiery Blood's feat bonus to damage, but can also be increased in the following ways: 


  • The Lyrandar Wind-Rider paragon path gives you +1 to attack and +Con to damage when manifesting Stormsoul. 

  • The Gifts for the Queen item set increases your damage rolls by 1 point for every item you have of the set (minimum 2) when manifesting Stormsoul. 

  • Firewind Blade lets you deal extra damage to adjacent enemies when manifesting Firesoul. 

  • The Elemental Tempest paragon path or the epic feat Double Manifestation lets you manifest both souls at once, but you do have to find a way around your fire & lightning resistance, otherwise the damage from Lightning Ring won't trigger. Burn Everything is the only way I could find. 


You could also be a Magmasoul Genasi. Then you get this little racial trait that lets you add 1d6 to all melee attacks until EONT if you take fire damage. 

Other tricks:

By using a Lightning Weapon or Spellsoul Blade, your MBAs also gain the Lightning keyword. This lets you boost them with Lightning Soul and opens up the Mark of Storm feat. Mark of Storm lets you slide the enemy one square, which you can then change to prone if you use a Lightning Flail and Flail Expertise. 

By the way, you can tack this combo (minus the Genasi part) on the Blade Cascade in the previous post, since that build doesn't have a clear-cut Bladespell to go with it yet. This lets you really deal obscene amounts of damage. 


The Beastblade




Thanks to Koshinuke for suggesting this one. 

This build starts working at level 11 and comes to fruition at level 16. It's yet another Half-elf Versatile Master build, but this time it's centered around using a Druid at-will power and the Blightbeast paragon path. 

Your Dilettante power here is Savage Rend, an implement MBA that slides the target 1 square. Since you can use light and heavy blades as implements for your attack powers, you can use Savage Rend and still get a Bladespell when you use it. 

If you pick up Initiate of the Old Faith, you get the Druid's Wild Shape power so you can actually use Savage Rend and qualify for Blightbeast. 

The Blighted Wild Shape level 11 feature of the Blightbeast path lets you deal extra necrotic damage equal to your Constitution with powers that have the beast form keyword. The Blightborn level 16 feature inflicts vulnerable 5 necrotic to enemies without necrotic resistance when you hit them with a beast form power. This gives you a nice doubletap with Shadow Sever, a Bladespell that deals necrotic damage. 

Shadow Sever also prones. Combined with the slide from Savage Rend, you can prone + slide any enemy you hit to position them in such a way that they can't charge you and draw an opportunity attack when they charge your allies. 

Here's a skeleton build:  

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Beastblade, level 16
Half-Elf, Wizard (Bladesinger), Blightbeast
Blade Magic Option: Longsword
Theme: Werebear

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 11, CON 16, DEX 20, INT 12, WIS 22, CHA 9

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 10, CON 13, DEX 16, INT 11, WIS 16, CHA 8

POWERS
Wizard Utility: Bladesong
Wizard Attack: Shadow Sever
Dilettante Attack: Savage Rend

FEATS
Level 1: Melee Training: Wisdom (retrained to Versatile Master at 11)
Level 2: Versatile Expertise
Level 4: Superior Will
Level 6: Cunning Stalker
Level 8: Improved Defenses  
Level 10: Enraged Boar Form 
Level 11: Ferocious Tiger Form
Level 12: Stalking Panther Form
Level 14: Implement Focus 
Level 16: Resilient Focus

ITEMS
Claw Gloves
 

You can choose your feats pretty freely. I went with a bunch of interesting Beast Form feats, because why not. Your theme should be Werebear so you get an AC and Fort bonus.

Too bad that you can't pump your Constitution, because your AC will suffer otherwise. Fortunately pumping Dexterity increases your damage by the same amount and it raises your AC and Ref at the same time so you won't have a bad NAD. 
Another drawback is your low Intelligence, which means you can only choose Wizard powers that don't require an attack roll. You could of course pump Int over Dex, but that means no damage with your Bladespells. Up to you, but I choose Dex. 

Alternatively, you can pick the Blood Moon Stalker paragon path for the sweet action point feature that lets you make no less than 3 melee basic attacks (or 2 MBAs and 1 daily, or 2 dailies and 1 MBA, but you get the idea). 
Get proficiency with holy symbols for the Symbol of Victory power so you can get an additional action point per day if you score a critical hit, which shouldn't be a problem with the level 16 feature that grants you a doubled crit range with beast form powers. 
Here's my attempt at a DPR one.

guides
List of no-action attacks.
Dynamic vs Static Bonuses
Phalanx tactics and builds
Crivens! A Pictsies Guide Good
Power
s to intentionally miss with
Mr. Cellophane: How to be unnoticed
Way's to fire around corners
Crits: what their really worth
Retroactive bonus vs Static bonus.
Runepriest handbook & discussion thread
Holy Symbols to hang around your neck
Ways to Gain or Downgrade Actions
List of bonuses to saving throws
The Ghost with the Most (revenant handbook)
my builds
F-111 Interdictor Long (200+ squares) distance ally teleporter. With some warlord stuff. Broken in a plot way, not a power way.

Thought Switch Higher level build that grants upto 14 attacks on turn 1. If your allies play along, it's broken.

Elven Critters Crit op with crit generation. 5 of these will end anything. Broken.

King Fisher Optimized net user.  Moderate.

Boominator Fun catch-22 booming blade build with either strong or completely broken damage depending on your reading.

Very Distracting Warlock Lot's of dazing and major penalties to hit. Overpowered.

Pocket Protector Pixie Stealth Knight. Maximizing the defender's aura by being in an ally's/enemy's square.

Yakuza NinjIntimiAdin: Perma-stealth Striker that offers a little protection for ally's, and can intimidate bloodied enemies. Very Strong.

Chargeburgler with cheese Ranged attacks at the end of a charge along with perma-stealth. Solid, could be overpowered if tweaked.

Void Defender Defends giving a penalty to hit anyone but him, then removing himself from play. Can get somewhat broken in epic.

Scry and Die Attacking from around corners, while staying hidden. Moderate to broken, depending on the situation.

Skimisher Fly in, attack, and fly away. Also prevents enemies from coming close. Moderate to Broken depending on the enemy, but shouldn't make the game un-fun, as the rest of your team is at risk, and you have enough weaknesses.

Indestructible Simply won't die, even if you sleep though combat.  One of THE most abusive character in 4e.

Sir Robin (Bravely Charge Away) He automatically slows and pushes an enemy (5 squares), while charging away. Hard to rate it's power level, since it's terrain dependent.

Death's Gatekeeper A fun twist on a healic, making your party "unkillable". Overpowered to Broken, but shouldn't actually make the game un-fun, just TPK proof.

Death's Gatekeeper mk2, (Stealth Edition) Make your party "unkillable", and you hidden, while doing solid damage. Stronger then the above, but also easier for a DM to shut down. Broken, until your DM get's enough of it.

Domination and Death Dominate everything then kill them quickly. Only works @ 30, but is broken multiple ways.

Battlemind Mc Prone-Daze Protecting your allies by keeping enemies away. Quite powerful.

The Retaliator Getting hit deals more damage to the enemy then you receive yourself, and you can take plenty of hits. Heavy item dependency, Broken.

Dead Kobold Transit Teleports 98 squares a turn, and can bring someone along for the ride. Not fully built, so i can't judge the power.

Psilent Guardian Protect your allies, while being invisible. Overpowered, possibly broken.

Rune of Vengance Do lot's of damage while boosting your teams. Strong to slightly overpowered.

Charedent BarrageA charging ardent. Fine in a normal team, overpowered if there are 2 together, and easily broken in teams of 5.

Super Knight A tough, sticky, high damage knight. Strong.

Super Duper Knight Basically the same as super knight with items, making it far more broken.

Mora, the unkillable avenger Solid damage, while being neigh indestuctable. Overpowered, but not broken.

Swordburst Maximus At-Will Close Burst 3 that slide and prones. Protects allies with off actions. Strong, possibly over powered with the right party.

Bravo on show-casing some of the most versatile (FoB, bladespell) and brutal (DWA) striker features in print via PMCing.

Those At-Will combo's look pretty fun in the mid/upper tiers.
Another variant/tweak you could consider is a cross between 'Lightning Monk' and 'The Blade Cascade.'  Half-Elf, PMC to get the monk's flurry of blows, T&S/Versatile Master for Dilettante, Blurred Strike Ki Focus.  Now you can get 2 attacks from T&S, 1 Bladespell, and 2 FoB's every round.  Probably not as damaging as The Blade Cascade, but may allow you to strike more opponents (especially if you can attack with FoB at range) with additional positioning control.

With the KAM nerf, looks like Blade Cascade got further elevated in its ability to spam attacks compared to peers...
I have a Half-orc Bladesinger who just made it to Paragon in LFR.  I am having a hard time deciding on his paragon path, due to his INT stat being 11.    I am thinking of the Half-orc racial paragon path but I am also considering the Fighter PP, Kensai, it get a good bonus to hit with my MBAs.

I am going to take him down the Lasting Frostcheese feat path, so he'll be doing lots of damage with arcane admixtured Chill Lightning Ring.    
If you want to take a wizard path, Spellstorm Mage is very decent. It's one of the few PPs where no feature or attack is wasted because of your low INT, and it even recharges Bladesong once per day. Traveller's Harlequin is cool for multiclass shenanigans. Otherwise you should probably stick to Kensei, yeah. 
Going to revive this thread a bit as I begin to look at my options for a Dwarven Bladesinger. Initial thoughts include going with a khopesh, dwarven weapon, and dual implement spell caster to beef up a str based mba. But Im looking at level 6-8 so I am short on feats and still want to boost skills. My other thought is not stressing about damage and trying to go with a heavy out-of-combat Arcana user.

I like the idea of being able to use whatever mba I want to trigger things, but the lack of stat overlap is going to suck.

/race is non-negotiable 
Do you really, really want to deal a lot of damage? If that's so, DIS and DWT seem pretty good. Also be aware that none of the Bladesinger's class features actually require you to use a Blade, except for the implement part. You could just as well use a Waraxe or a Craghammer, which also opens up other avenues. That does mean you lose out on DIS though, since axes and hammers aren't considered implements for Bladesingers. 

On the other hand, if you do go with DWT and a khopesh, it means you lose out on 1 point of accuracy (only +2 prof) and Nimble Blade. Since hitting is everything to a Bladesinger (Bladespells, Bladesong), I'm not sure you should be doing that. 

Also, you say you're going with an Arcana user. First off, check out the Arcane INTimidator for a good in-combat use of the skill. Second, that means you can't use a STR-based MBA. High INT, STR and DEX is impossible for a Dwarf. So you have to choose: STR-MBA or high INT. If you want both, then you just dump STR because your MBA already works off your INT anyway.

Hope this helps.
It does. The problem with going Int though is that it costs me +1 to hit so via Str I can get +12 at lvl 6 (without magic weapons) while Int leaves me at +11, this means trying the Khoepsh route is even worse because that would drop me to +10.


It's going to be a tough decision because I'm stuck with a non-optimized race so that really limits what my potential is. I'm thinking I will avoid Heavy Blade Ex. since I already get the OA protection.   The hard thing to decide is whether I want to hit harder, or be more useful out of combat. It seems like the Bladesinger has the potential to be very effective both in and out of combat which is nice to see!
If I use a 'Novice Power' feat to make a power switch, dropping one of my encounters (which I use as a daily) to pick up an encounter from someone else, should I still use it as a daily?
I was tinkering with a twist on the generator idea, magmasoul genasi bladesinger/breach warden. Since you are already damaging yourself, breach warden adds on another damage instance, although it requires a decent amount of marking abilities to make it work. You get one from the warden MC itself, and a few are available through skill powers, but that's where I'm having a hard time digging up more marks.
I was tinkering with a twist on the generator idea, magmasoul genasi bladesinger/breach warden. Since you are already damaging yourself, breach warden adds on another damage instance, although it requires a decent amount of marking abilities to make it work. You get one from the warden MC itself, and a few are available through skill powers, but that's where I'm having a hard time digging up more marks.



Half-elf and grab an mba.  Take defending dabbler.  You could grab eldritch strike and base it on con, and do con dex.  Or grasping claws and do dex/wis.  There is also Overwhelming Strike+Power of Skill.  A paladin at will or a cleric one.
Nice. I like the Defending Dabbler - Breach Warden idea. Gonna work on that when I have time. 
If I use a 'Novice Power' feat to make a power switch, dropping one of my encounters (which I use as a daily) to pick up an encounter from someone else, should I still use it as a daily?


Unfortunately, nobody knows. Ask your DM if he's ok with it. It breaks the class mold, but I'd be okay with it because a) you spend 2 feats to get it, and b) you're playing a Dwarf Bladesinger, for chrissakes! Have some mercy!
All right, updated the Generator to include Breach Warden. The damage from your MBA climbs by 10 points at level 12 to 1d8+45, which is pretty awesome for a Bladesinger. And that's not including Bladesong (+5) Werecheese (+1d10), charging (1d6+1d8) or Lightning Weapon/Spellsoul Blade (+3).
Half-elf
-Grasping Claws
-Wild Dilettante(Allows you to use grasping claws while not in beast form)
-Versatile Dilettante
-Werebear(bonus defenses)
-World serpent's grasp(mba slows, bladespell prones)
-Unseen hand(slide 3 squares)
-Claw gloves

Now your mba works off a main stat for you since you are con/wis.  Take the MC druid feat that gives you wild shape.  Grasping claws slows, follow it up with unseen hand to prone the target and slide it 3 squares away.  Unless the creature as reach, it can't reach you as it is still slowed so it can only charge 2 squares.


Edit:  Did some more thinking
PP
Blightbeast
-Grasping Claws now does +con mod necrotic damage when in beast form
-Ignores necrotic resist with powers with the beast form keyword
-Gives vulnerable 5 necrotic until end of next turn if the target does not have necrotic resist
-You can take necrotic bladespell which knocks prone if the target of the bladespell was the same size or smaller than the target of the original attack
-All powers are wis based so they line up with your at will

Bloodmoon Stalker
-AP feature: possibly use 3 mbas in a round which means 3 bladespells
-Crit on 19-20
-More wis based powers

-World serpent's grasp(mba slows, bladespell prones)

Grasping claws slows, follow it up with unseen hand to prone the target and slide it 3 squares away.  Unless the creature as reach, it can't reach you as it is still slowed so it can only charge 2 squares.


This doesn't work unfortunately, because WSG requires hitting a slowed target and Bladespells don't hit (or miss). They just happen. I haven't found a way to use WSG consistently on a Bladesinger yet. 

I do like the Blightbeast + Shadow Sever double tap though, nice find.
Additionally, if you use Savage Rend instead of Grasping Claws, you can prone and slide the target 1 square from level 11 on, which means no effective melee attacks for them. Which means you're actually being somewhat of an effective controller *gasp*

EDIT: I put up the Beastblade in the second post. Looks good! 
Something that I just noticed that really bugs me, is that Bladesingers can only use their Bladespells on their turns. This class isn't exactly a monster and creating such a small, forced limitation seems kind of arbitrary and dumb on the developer's side of things. Or are Bladesingers just that abusable?
Something that I just noticed that really bugs me, is that Bladesingers can only use their Bladespells on their turns. This class isn't exactly a monster and creating such a small, forced limitation seems kind of arbitrary and dumb on the developer's side of things. Or are Bladesingers just that abusable?


It cuts them off from out-of-turn shenanigans like Repel Charge + Bladespell, Battle Awareness + Bladespell etc. That's annoying, but far from the worst thing to be "wrong" with the class in my opinion. But yeah, annoying and unnecessary nonetheless.
Half-elf
-Grasping Claws
-Wild Dilettante(Allows you to use grasping claws while not in beast form)
-Versatile Dilettante
-Werebear(bonus defenses)
-World serpent's grasp(mba slows, bladespell prones)
-Unseen hand(slide 3 squares)
-Claw gloves


Wild Dilettante doesn't work that way.
With this feat You can give the beast form keyword to a power (implement power) that doesn't have the beast form keyword. For example a half-elf druid with Swordbust, you can use Swordbust in Beast form. Werethemes solve this problem in level 10.

Versatile Diletantte? you mean Versatile Master?


Bloodmoon Stalker
-AP feature: possibly use 3 mbas in a round which means 3 bladespells
-Crit on 19-20


This doesn't work because with werebear because you are not in beast form. You are in Hybrid form.
Blightbeast also doesn't work with hybrid form. It requires beast form

And beast form doesn't let you use bladesong or bladespells so you need to be a werebear.
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All right, updated the Generator to include Breach Warden. The damage from your MBA climbs by 10 points at level 12 to 1d8+48, which is pretty awesome for a Bladesinger. And that's not including Bladesong (+5) or Werecheese (+1d10).




I hadn't even considered switching to half-elf for at-will marking. Loses the minor magma soul damage bonus, but enables so much more. If using an arcane MBA you can add in white lotus evasion/master evasion for a free action shift after you hit to trigger the secondary lightning ring damage without needing more actions.

Also, the Breach Warden PP isn't entirely useless beyond the one feature. The AP feature will tack on extra damage as well and the 16th level feature can help setup a nova too (especially with some way to reduce second wind action cost, like the wizard utility herbal healing). The utility  is a free damage boost, and the daily form has some nice benefits even if you can't make use of the attack without strength. Just reserve maneuver the encounter power and it's a pretty solid winner.

Bloodmoon Stalker
-AP feature: possibly use 3 mbas in a round which means 3 bladespells
-Crit on 19-20


This doesn't work because with werebear because you are not in beast form. You are in Hybrid form.
Blightbeast also doesn't work with hybrid form. It requires beast form

And beast form doesn't let you use bladesong or bladespells so you need to be a werebear.


Actually, you can use Bladesong and Bladespells while in Beast Form from Wild Shape.
Wild Shape prohibits you from using weapon or implement attack powers without the Beast Form keyword. But Bladesong is a utility power, and Bladespells are neither weapon nor implement attacks. 

About the whole "Blightbeast doesn't work in hybrid form" thing, do you also think that Claw Gloves don't work with the hybrid? Because if you do, I (and others) disagree and I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't rehash the debate in this thread ;)
All right, updated the Generator to include Breach Warden. The damage from your MBA climbs by 10 points at level 12 to 1d8+48, which is pretty awesome for a Bladesinger. And that's not including Bladesong (+5) or Werecheese (+1d10).




I hadn't even considered switching to half-elf for at-will marking. Loses the minor magma soul damage bonus, but enables so much more. If using an arcane MBA you can add in white lotus evasion/master evasion for a free action shift after you hit to trigger the secondary lightning ring damage without needing more actions.


Awesome, Master Evasion also enables charging for even more damage. Thanks! 

EDIT: added WLE/ME and charging to the list of Other Tricks for the build. 

Bloodmoon Stalker
-AP feature: possibly use 3 mbas in a round which means 3 bladespells
-Crit on 19-20


This doesn't work because with werebear because you are not in beast form. You are in Hybrid form.
Blightbeast also doesn't work with hybrid form. It requires beast form

And beast form doesn't let you use bladesong or bladespells so you need to be a werebear.


Actually, you can use Bladesong and Bladespells while in Beast Form from Wild Shape.
Wild Shape prohibits you from using weapon or implement attack powers without the Beast Form keyword. But Bladesong is a utility power, and Bladespells are neither weapon nor implement attacks. 

About the whole "Blightbeast doesn't work in hybrid form" thing, do you also think that Claw Gloves don't work with the hybrid? Because if you do, I (and others) disagree and I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't rehash the debate in this thread ;)


Ahhh I mean bladespells, dont know why I said bladesong too. Bladespells ARE ATTACK powers, but You are right, they aren't weapon or implement powers. You win :D

The other question is not very clear, when werethemes came out I though they worked with claw gloves, but when I did my Werebear Battlemind build, I explored this features, and I am more inclined that it does not work.

The theme power says


Bear Shape

Surrendering to the beast within causes you to shed your humanoid form and become a savage bear.


Encounter        Polymorph
Minor Action      Personal


Effect: You change from your humanoid form to a beast form—a bear (bold by me)



So it should work, but the theme level 10 feature says:


Werebear Level 10 Feature (10th level): When you use the bear shape power, you can assume the form of a humanoid-bear hybrid, instead of a bear. While in hybrid form, your equipment does not become part of your new form, and you are not forced to drop any items you are holding. You are also not limited to using implement and weapon attack powers that have the beast form keyword (bold by me)



So it overrides the beast form with hybrid form. I agree its not clear, what do the RAW experts say?

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I agree its not clear, what do the RAW experts say?


We've danced this dance before, and it didn't end well. That's why I asked to kindly rehash the discussion somewhere else. But I'll make a note of it in the build description.

EDIT: No I won't since it turns out it doesn't really matter. There's no reason to shapechange into the hybrid form if you only use Savage Rend, since it's a Beast Form power. The only reason why you'd want to shapechange into a hybrid is to cast your Wizard daily powers, but chances are slim you'll actually want to do it that often.
The Babau Gauntlets were erratad to only allow you to make one Dex-based MBA per round, so the Lightning Monk build might not be as useful anymore.  There's always Melee Training (Dex), I guess.)
The Babau Gauntlets were erratad to only allow you to make one Dex-based MBA per round, so the Lightning Monk build might not be as useful anymore.  There's always Melee Training (Dex), I guess.)



I thought it was per turn.
Yup, once per turn.
I agree its not clear, what do the RAW experts say?


It's very clear, you are in Beast Form when in Hybrid form. Everyone who disagreed was borderline trolling with their arguments.
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I agree its not clear, what do the RAW experts say?


It's very clear, you are in Beast Form when in Hybrid form. Everyone who disagreed was borderline trolling with their arguments.


This makes sense. Thank you!
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I agree its not clear, what do the RAW experts say?

The RAW experts say "we asked the author of the article what he meant, and he said you were still in Beast Form for the purposes of things that said you had to be in Beast Form." I guess you can argue it is ambigious (though I don't think it is), but when the guy who physically wrote the text tells you which RAW interpretation is correct, the argument is dead.
Would 'Watery Double' allow me to make MBAs against creature adjacent to the conjuration? I can see that being quite handy if it works.
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Encounter        Arcane, Conjuration
Minor Action      Ranged 10


Effect: You conjure a watery double of yourself in an unoccupied square within range. The double occupies its space, and it lasts until the end of your next turn. Until the conjuration ends, you can use your space or the double’s space as the origin for your wizard attack powers.




Edit: Also does this sentence about spells books ("You cannot prepare more than one attack power and one utility power of any given level on the same day.") mean that I can't prepare Moonstride as my level 2 Utility and have Shield as my level 6 slot because it's actually a level 2 power?

MBA is not a wizard power.
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Yea, that's what I was figuring. Bummer though.
Would 'Watery Double' allow me to make MBAs against creature adjacent to the conjuration? I can see that being quite handy if it works.
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Encounter        Arcane, Conjuration
Minor Action      Ranged 10


Effect: You conjure a watery double of yourself in an unoccupied square within range. The double occupies its space, and it lasts until the end of your next turn. Until the conjuration ends, you can use your space or the double’s space as the origin for your wizard attack powers.




Edit: Also does this sentence about spells books ("You cannot prepare more than one attack power and one utility power of any given level on the same day.") mean that I can't prepare Moonstride as my level 2 Utility and have Shield as my level 6 slot because it's actually a level 2 power?




If you are a War Wizard of Cormyr (paragon path) and pick Beast Switch as your Arcane Fundamentals feature, then you have a Wizard attack power (an at-will!) that is a melee attack that can be used as a basic attack.  With that, you would be able to use Beast Switch from your Watery Double's space.  However, nothing in that power states that you can consider yourself to be in that square in reqards to OAs and stuff.

So, it's kind of pointless unless you have a party member who likes handing out basic attacks. 

Also, yes.  That sentence means exactly what it says.  The oWizard's spell book doesn't have that same wording, so it wouldn't apply; however, the oWizard spellbook specifically does not allow you to pick lower-level spells in a higher-level spellbook slot.  It also doesn't allow you to memorize the same spell twice, but it *does* allow you to memorize two spells of the same level.
The RAW experts say "we asked the author of the article what he meant, and he said you were still in Beast Form for the purposes of things that said you had to be in Beast Form." I guess you can argue it is ambigious (though I don't think it is), but when the guy who physically wrote the text tells you which RAW interpretation is correct, the argument is dead.


Is good to hear that the author responded. Should be like this every time the RAW is ambiguous or not clear. Thank You for put this here again.
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Is good to hear that the author responded. Should be like this every time the RAW is ambiguous or not clear. Thank You for put this here again.

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

For anyone who wants to reference it, as needed.
If you are a War Wizard of Cormyr (paragon path) and pick Beast Switch as your Arcane Fundamentals feature, then you have a Wizard attack power (an at-will!) that is a melee attack that can be used as a basic attack.  With that, you would be able to use Beast Switch from your Watery Double's space. 


Be aware that just taking WWoC doesn't give you the Beast Switch power. You have to be a Human and take it as your bonus at-will power before you can turn it into an MBA with WWoC.

EDIT: added some pwetty pictuwes for each build.
If you are a War Wizard of Cormyr (paragon path) and pick Beast Switch as your Arcane Fundamentals feature, then you have a Wizard attack power (an at-will!) that is a melee attack that can be used as a basic attack.  With that, you would be able to use Beast Switch from your Watery Double's space. 


Be aware that just taking WWoC doesn't give you the Beast Switch power. You have to be a Human and take it as your bonus at-will power before you can turn it into an MBA with WWoC.

EDIT: added some pwetty pictuwes for each build.



Yeah, forgot to mention that, sorry.
What do you think of Sarifal Feywarden on a Generator build?  Would the vulnerability of Sarifal's Blessing not apply because Lightning Soul damage isn't an attack?

If it doesn't work for a generator, it seems like it could still be pretty good for a multi-attacker like Blade Cascade, although you get pretty action starved.

Also, is there another good way in Paragon to get a free action move after an MBA besides Purple Dragon or Shadowrift Blade?  I'd like one that can work even at times when I can't charge like when using Eladrin Swordmage Advance.

edit - found one possibility in Spiral Dance Assault although 1/round is meh
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