I HIT IT WITH MA SWORD! (like this!): A Slayer's Handbook

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Ok, so at the moment, this is just LBD's guide, but I will be updating it for the modern age.

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To kill or not to kill. Quite simply, not a question.


So I hear you greenhorns have come to me because you want to learn how to kill. I'll tell you right now, though: killing's not easy, and it's not pretty, either. There's a reason the people who are good at it get all the glory: you won't find many creatures that will just stand there and let you kill 'em, you've gotta earn it! And that means I'll be toughening your raw hides up until you can face creatures everyone else fears and put their heads on your trophy case! Are you in, or out? Thought so. Now listen here...


Selling Points: Why You Would Want To Play A Slayer



There are many different sorts of Strikers out there, so the Slayer has to bring something new and interesting to the table in order to stand out and carve out a niche. Here are some things I consider that are perks to life as a Slayer:

Slayers are tough 
- Most Strikers can bring the pain, but not all are equipped to handle pain coming in their direction all that well. The Slayer is    not one of those Strikers. Strong armor proficiencies combined with Defender hit points combine to make bringing you down quite a bit of work. If you like being able to take it as well as dish it out, give the Slayer a look.

Slayers are reliable - Slayers can be accurate pretty much out of the box, and have some neat ways to buff themselves, as well as a host of Utility powers and class features to keep them in fights they probably were supposed to be out of. If you like being mentioned in the same breath as death and taxes, you'll be well served here.

Slayers hit hard at a moment's notice - Don't the let their seemingly simpler class design fool you - Slayers have some tricks up their sleeves, and one of them is bringing the pain to the enemy hard and fast. If you like laying down the lumber before your opponent even realizes that he's in a fight, the Slayer has something for you.


This Handbook will use the following system for ratings:


Red - I pitty the fool who takes this option.
Purple - You better have a really good reason, cause this is only situational
Black - Well, I can't give you greif about it, but...
Blue - ...You'll probably want this instead.
Sky Blue - And you do not have this yet why?


This Handbook covers the following sources:


AP - Arcane Power
AV - Adventurer's Vault
AV 2 - Adventurer's Vault 2
D XXX - Dragon Magazine, issue XXX
DMA 2009 - Dragon Magazine Annual 2009
DP - Divine Power
DSCS - Dark Sun Campaign Setting
FRPG - Forgotten Realms Player's Guide
HoS - Heroes of Shadow
HotFK - Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms
HotFL
 - Heroes of the Fallen Lands
MM - Monster Manual
MM 2 - Monster Manual 2
MOTP - Manual of the Planes
MP - Martial Power
MP 2 - Martial Power 2
PHB - Player's Handbook
PHB 2 - Player's Handbook 2
PHB 3 - Player's Handbook 3
PHR: DB - Player's Handbook Races: Dragonborn
PHR: TF - Player's Handbook Races: Tieflings
PHH 1 - Player's Handbook Heroes: Series 1
PHH 2 - Player's Handbook Heroes: Series 2
PrP - Primal Power
PsP - Psionic Power
SAC - Seekers of the Ashen Crown Adventure Module
MME Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium
HoF - Heroes of the Feywild
HoEC - Heroes of the Elemental Chaos


Glossary

AP - Action point.

BBEG - Big bad evil guy.

Burst/Nova/Spike Damage - Generally understood to mean the highest amount of damage a character can inflict in the space of a single round. Usually, calculations for this allow 1 round of setup before the actual damage.

CA - Combat advantage.

DPR - Damage per round, which is generally meant to mean the character's expected damage value using At-Will powers against a standard enemy of the same level (eloquently described by Adslahnit as the Official CharOp Inanimate Block of TofuTM).

E-class - Refers to the class design for Martial characters introduced in the Essentials product line, which usually focuses on basic attacks and has limited options for Encounter or Daily resources.

ED - Epic destiny.

HP - Hit points.

LX - Level X.

MAD - Multiple attribute dependency, which is defined as needing 3 or more ability scores for a given build.

MBA - Melee basic attack.

MC - Multiclass or multiclassing.

NAD - Non-AC defense.

OA - Opportunity attack.
 
PP - Paragon path.

RBA - Ranged basic attack.

SAD - Single attribute dependency, which is defined as a build that really only needs 1 ability score.

THP - Temporary hit points.





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Power Source and Role: Why You're Expected to Kill

A Slayer is unique among the builds of Fighter in that its role is that of a Martial Striker, not a Martial Defender. This means that, as the build name implies, your job is to bring monsters down. This is something that you're well suited to, thanks to some pretty neat features for extra damage and the ability to grab some of the Fighter's excellent damage support. Here's how the Slayer measures up on the parameters expected of a Striker:

Burst/Spike/Nova Damage - Also known as the most damage you can come up with on short notice, this is a particular point of pride for Slayers, due to being able to load up a lot of damage dice on charges, as well as pick up a variety of multiple-attack Encounter powers from the Fighter class. Depending on the build, however, you can go from being rather uninspiring all the way to being just plain awesome at this.

Damage Per Round (DPR) - Commonly known as the round-by-round expected damage you can put out, and needless to say you're pretty good at it, since a lot of your class features and the like are geared toward making this better, by giving you a combination of accurate and damaging attacks. You need to exell at this considering you don't get dailies.

Debilitating Effects - While you might not be able to slap on a variety of different status effects, the fact that (if you choose the proper weapon) all of your Encounter powers will have the effect will save you from rock bottom. That said, you're still not very good at this, unless you go out of your way to pick up powers from your parent class that impose effects, in which case you'll be a bit better.

Survivability - Not only do you have access to most heavy armor, Defender-level hit points, and a ton of base surges, but you also have a Utility power list that is stellar at keeping you up and running. Toss in some useful class features toward this end and you'll find that a Slayer is extremely hard to drop.

Targeting Capacity - A propensity for charging right into combat combined with a built-in damage bonus to all of your powers, and even the occasional feature for mitigating the consequences of zipping about the battlefield combine to show that a Slayer will rarely find reaching and taking out his chosen target to be a hassle.

Secondary Role Effectiveness

Controller - Hahahaha... No. You can't control and you can't er, so don't even try.

Defender - Given what your base class is, is it really any surprise at all you can do this well? Grab some marking powers if you should ever need additional disuassion from enemies attacking your squishier party-mates. A theme like gaurdian or wearbear could help you out a bit here, too.

Leader - Yet another role you're probably not going to be filling very well. You're the one getting the suport, not giving it! Let warlords do the dirty work.



Baseline Mechanics: How You Kill

Your class design is distinctive to the other Martial classes in the Essentials product line in that you don't have all that many powers, but you do get a bunch of different class features. As such, your identity is pretty well-defined as a tough and reliable Striker.

As far as the features themselves, you'll find there's a pretty nice bag of features to be had here, starting off with your above-average HP and surges all the way up to the L29 feature.

Game Mechanics

Hit Points - 15 + Con score at level 1, and 6 at each level thereafter. You get some good HP, especially considering that you're a Striker by trade.

Healing Surges - 9 + Con modifier. Standard fare for Defenders, which means it's well above what a Striker normally expects to have. Double-digit surges even in the early part of your career is trivially easy to achieve for a Slayer.

Defenses - You get a bonus to Fortitude! Whopdedo...

Proficiencies

Armor - Scale armor is real nice to have right out of the gate, though you don't get access to Shields (not that you'll want or need them).

Weapons - Military melee + military ranged is about as good as it's going to get on default proficiencies. Really though, you should be geting a weapon proficiancy feat if you want to slay better (which you do).



Class Features

L1 - Heroic Slayer - Adding your Dexterity modifier to damage on all weapon attacks just because you can is a cool story, bro. One of the better Striker mechanics in the business, considering it scales very well.

L1 - Power Strike - While it's not exactly the flashiest thing in the world, extra damage is neat to have, and applying it after you score a hit is a nice perk. Its being changed to a No Action attack power also makes it not conflict with any other goodies you may pick up, which is good.

L1 - Weapon Talent - +1 to hit on all weapon attacks just for being a member of the class is a nice door prize for anybody. 

L4 - Quick Swap - A nice little extra when O-Classes get nothing

L7 - Weapon Specialization

Brutal Axe (HotFL) - The ability to knock prone this regularly (3 or 4 times per encounter, depending on your choice of Paragon Path) can be harnessed for some pretty sweet overall boosts from other pieces of support, as well as some decent off-tanking potential.

Rapid Quarterstaff (D 391) - A bit of splash damage when you use Power Strike with a staff. Not a bad side of minion-munching to go with your main damage dish.

Sweeping Sword (HotFL) - A mass slide 1 on a Power Strike can't be all that bad, even if it is more limited in its use than the alternative.


L9 - Inexorable Slayer - A bonus to saving throws can help keep you up and running, despite adverse effects designed to keep you down. You might want to invest some more in to saving throws becasue of this.

L19 - Armored Mobility - A nice bit of resistance against AOOs. Useful, but remeber, monster MBAs scale better than PCs MBAs without a strength bonus, so wizards can still do damage to you when you run away from them.

L23 - Relentless Slayer - Immunity to one of the more annoying status effects for you is pretty darn cool.

L24 - Unfettered Slayer - Most of you probably already have this, but it can help those who don't.

L29 - Spirit of War - Oh wow. An extra save at the beginning of your turn just cause you're a boss? This is totaly trampleing all over the Warden, but hey, it's a capstone.



Skills: What You Do (Other Than Kill)


This is an area where you really got the short end of the stick: 3 skills is very much on the low side compared to most other characters (though it is right at what is expected for a Fighter), and the list isn't exactly varied. D&D has something against fighters and knoledge or fighters and pretty faces. Still, the ones that are there are useful to you, so it's not a total waste.

Class Skills

Athletics - The majority of Slayers will have Strength as their highest ability score, and this skill is plenty useful for moving around. Rating gold not because it is just so great, but because you really should choose this.

Endurance - It's kind of hard to bill yourself as a tough guy if you can't keep yourself from catching filth fever or choking to death in a swamp. Plus, you should be giving a bit of lip service to Constitution anyway.

Heal - Your tertiary stats are very much up in the air, so if you have the Wisdom to make this something other than a waste, you won't be bad off by taking it.

Intimidate - A skill that aligns very well with the Slayer thematically, it also opens up a handful of powers that can be rather useful to you, and that's the reason why it gets the nod over the other two.

Streetwise - If you want to be a tough-talking mercenary type with some less-than-reputable connections, this skill will help you do it. How often that turns out to be useful varies.


Recommended Non-Class Skills

Acrobatics - Pretty much every Slayer will have the Dexterity for this to be worth using, and this movement-related skill is a good complement to Athletics.

Perception - One of the most useful skills in the game, and it can help turn you into a decent scout when complemented with Stealth. Only consider it if you have the Wisdom.

Stealth - Another useful skill that keys off Dexterity, this can help add scouting to your repertoire. Really not flavor appropreate for I hit it with ma sword, but whatever.

Thievery - While not exactly a conceptual slam dunk, the fact of the matter is that you can be good at this and it can be useful. When in doubt, smash the lock.
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Ability Scores: What it Takes to Kill


A very interesting feature of the Slayer's dependence on basic attacks is that given the advent of the Melee Training feat, you could potentially key most of your attack rolls off of any of the six ability scores. However, one thing is constant, and that is that Dexterity must be high for a Slayer (16-18 before racial adjustments).

Given that the Strength-primary Slayer has access to the most DPR and burst damage buttons and doesn't give up anything to get his Weapon Mastery feats, I consider Strength to be my primary attack stat of choice (16-18 before racial adjustments). However, if you find a build that can replicate Strength's damage potential, or at least come close while bringing something else to the table, you could conceivably make the switch.

Of course, regardless of the build, you should also pay a bit of lip service to Constitution, and to Wisdom or Charisma (at least a 10-12 before racial adjustments). Intelligence is unlikely to be useful to you, since it's redundant with Dexterity defensively, which in turn reduces the appeal to branch out for it.


Races: Born to Kill

As noted above, the flexibility implied in the Slayer's composition because of its basic attack-centric nature means that it's pretty hard to find that a race that is actively bad at it. However, some races are definitely more equal than others.

Races - Player's Handbook

Dragonborn - There's some tasty feat support to be had here (namely Draconic Arrogance), and while Dragon Breath doesn't pack the "wow" factor it does for a traditional Fighter, Dragonfear is a perfectly acceptable substitute. A really good race for a Slayer.

Dwarf - Getting the Strength bonus is important for a traditional Slayer, and a Constitution bonus makes getting Plate easier (and second wind as a minor can be good, I've heard). Losing the speed kind of stinks for a Striker that likes to zip to and fro, but Stand Your Ground means it won't get any worse. Plus, there are some awesome pictures of raging dwarfs on the internet.

Eladrin - A Dexterity bonus is solid, and the racial bonus to Will defense can help patch up what is a bit of a weak point for Slayers. The feat support can work well for you, too.

Elf - A Dexterity bonus and higher-than-average move speed are major perks (as is Elven Accuracy), and Wisdom can help supplement the lower Will defense. Pretty similar to Eladrin overall, which is actually a good thing.

Half-Elf
 - Dilettante opens up some nice possibilities to steal an At-Will from another class, but unfortunately that puts you behind on feats and costs you some ability score power. While certainly not a bad alternative, it's only my choice if I'm going for a more unconventional sort of Slayer.

Halfling - Being Small hurts a lot for the typically two-handed-weapon-wielding Slayer, but you can scrounge up a viable build using Light Blade support and the right Paragon Path. Serviceable.

Human - The ability to take an At-Will from the Fighter's list can lead to some great things on a Slayer (and you won't be bad off if you chose Heroic Effort, either), and a bonus feat can help put a build together that much faster. This is a very nice choice.

Tiefling - Charisma can be useful to patch up your Will defense, but Intelligence is as niche as it gets for a Slayer. While the racial features can be of some use, some of the racial support that made them acceptable as old-school Fighters is nowhere to be found, so it's not the best idea.


Races - Player's Handbook 2

Deva - Intelligence and Wisdom are frankly marginal ability score bumps, and while the racial goodies are nice, they're not nice enough to justify this choice.

Gnome - Getting Dexterity helps, but being small and slow isn't doing you any favors in this line of work. As in, no gouge.

Goliath - The bonus to Strength and the propensity for wielding large weapons line right up with what you want to do, plus a racial power to resist all certainly comes in handy.

Half-Orc - Simply put, a front-runner. When are they not for a melee class? It's one of the few races with the ideal ability score bonuses, and its proclivities toward charging and piling on extra damage are nothing short of beautiful. A prime pick.

Shifter, Longtooth - A Strength bonus certainly helps the cause, Wisdom can pitch in for a Slayer trying to swipe some Polearm goodies, and regeneration will keep you upright like few things can. A good choice.

Shifter, Razorclaw - Dexterity and Wisdom can see a bit of use on the average Slayer, and a boost to AC and speed once your HP dips below half is nothing to sneeze at, either. Solid enough.


Races - Player's Handbook 3

Githzerai - A bonus to Dexterity works out solidly, and the feat support lends itself to what you want to do. Not a bad pick at all.

Minotaur - The Strength bonus is there, and either of the secondary ability scores will help you out. The racial power is not all that great, but there's a useful feat or two to be found in the racial support.

Shardmind - LOLOL, you're not serious, right? The emphasis on mental stats is unnecessary on a Slayer, and the rest of the racial "goodies" are not oriented toward your sort of character. At all. I wouldn't. Ever.

Wilden - A bonus to Dexterity is fairy solid, but the racial powers are the real draw here. Aspect of the Destroyer and the Hunter can do some cool stuff for you.


Races - Other Rulebooks

Bladeling (MOTP) - The ability bonuses could be worse, but plenty of people have those already, and their racial powers are better.

Changeling (EPG) - A Dexterity bonus is a fairly good start, and the ability to manufacture your own combat advantage is not all that bad. Real value here is always roleplaying, which makes it unrateable.

Drow (EPG) - It boosts Dexterity, and it has some very nice powers, namely Cloud of Darkness. You could definitely do worse than pick this.

Genasi (FRPG) - A Strength bump is sweet, though Intelligence doesn't do much for you. The manifestations can do some cool stuff for you, though, especially aggressive ones like Stormsoul. It can be a very good choice.

HamadryadAbbility scores don't line up, but you do get an OK power, and a decent saving throw bonus. However, you medatate instead of sleeping, which makes it all worth it, right?

Kalashtar (EPG) - The ability score bonuses don't do much for you, and the racial abilities are not much better. Not my thing. Hopefully not yours, either.

Mul (DSCS) - Very similar to the Dwarf, and can in fact take feats from the Dwarf's support. Incredible Toughness is one heck of a power, too.

Pixie (HoFW) - Counting as small hurts, although the feat suport and fly speed can add some shinanagins. The ability bumps are avarage, making this race black, but close-ish to blue.

Revenant (HoS) - Bumps to Dexterity and Constitution, and the ability to steal another race's goodies (coughHalfelfcough). Can be pretty good at this.

Satyr (HoFW) - Black is being generous, as this race's only benifits are the power that can set up a charge and the ability score bumps, although you can make use of pleasent recovery. 

Shade (HoS) - Decent ability scores, and a free skill training (much appreciated on a Slayer), but losing a surge for no good reason doesn't help this race any.

Thri-Kreen (DSCS) - Another race with the perfect ability score bonuses, it also has some quick-swapping goodies and a minor action racial power, which is pretty darn good.

Vryloka (HoS) - The dip in surge value while bloodied is annoying, but nearly everything else about the race is beautiful on a Slayer. A good pick.

Warforged (EPG) - Strong and tough, and some racial powers for still more survivability. A very good pick for this sort of thing, especially consdering the native charge love it gets.


Races - Dragon Magazine

Gnoll (D 367) - Bonuses to Dexterity and Constitution are solid enough, and the charging focus is preaching to the choir. A pretty good choice.

Hengayokai - Not bad, when you consider the buff to speed and animal form mobility. Also, you practicly get to chery pick what skill bonus you want. Ability scores are OK to. Black is Black is Black. However, the main thing here is roleplaying, making this unrateable.

Shadar-Kai (D 372) - Dexterity is cool, Intelligence is marginal, and the teleport can help out a bit. Solid enough.


Races - Monster Manuals

Bugbear (MM) - Both the racial bonuses you want, AND Oversized?! Argueably broken on any weapon with 2d6 damage, as the next bump is 2d8.

Bullywug (MM 2) - The ability bonuses are just OK, and the features are marginal. Rather average.

Doppelganger (MM) - Yet another race that pushes being actively bad for you.

Duergar (MM 2) - The ability scores are solid, but unexceptional, and you don't have the true Dwarf support to make up for it.

Githyanki (MM) - Not the ability scores I'd want, and though an initiative bump and the power are nothing to cry about, I wouldn't throw a parade for them either.

Goblin (MM) - The bonuses to Dexterity and Charisma make it average, but the inability to wield Large weapons is certainly a point against it, especially without the racial support to compensate. However, with the advent of the Dungeon Survival Handbook, this might very well change.

Hobgoblin (MM) - Bonuses to Constitution and Charisma aren't exactly the most widely applicable things out there, and while the racial power is nice it's not a world-beater either. I wouldn't.

Kenku (MM 2) - Dexterity and Charisma are OK, and an extra bonus to hit while flanking makes it fairly respectable overall.

Kobold (MM) - Being small hurts, but Dexterity and Constitution are solid enough, and the ability to shift as a minor does count for something. Workable. Note: I will be updating the kobold when the DSH hits the shelves.

Orc (MM) - Strength, Constitution, and self-healing at least count for something.
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Slayer Stances: Kill, and Look Good Doing It

As mentioned before, the Essentials model for Martial Classes is distinctive because of its reliance on the basic attack. To supplement it, you get a choice between a handful of At-Will Stances, each with a different effect. You get to pick two from this list at L1, and another at L7 and L17, so don't sweat it if you didn't have room for a Stance you liked at the beginning of your career; you'll have another go.

Battle Wrath (HotFL) - A straight extra-damage Stance, this power actually shines pretty brightly during Heroic Tier for a Slayer (so it's a pretty good pick to start your career with), and though it loses a bit of steam at higher levels, it's still a good choice overall.

Berserker's Charge (HotFL) - A sizable bonus to accuracy and speed while charging. Note that it's not restricted to basic attacks, so any goodies you lift from elsewhere can get in on the fun. If there was one Stance that I would recommend to virtually any Slayer, this would be it.

Duelist's Assault (HotFL) - Twice the extra damage of Battle Wrath, if you can get yourself some isolation. Not something that will usually happen for you without a bit of setup, but it can be a fine choice later on in your career.

Mobile Blade (HotFL) - A move action after an attack can certainly help your tactical movement (especially to generate space for yourself after a charge). However, you'll provoke because of it.

Poised Assault (HotFL) - A straight-up bonus to hit for all of your basic attacks. While it sounds good at first look, the fact of the matter is that early in your career it's out-classed by Battle Wrath, and Berserker's Charge offers a bigger bonus to hit on charges. That said, it's probably a good idea if you're making a habit of dropping Power Strikes on people while you're not charging.

Unfettered Fury (HotFL) - Slapping on a penalty to hit on yourself is not worth the extra damage done. Of all the Stances, this is the one that I don't like.

Overall I would sugest going with Berserker's Charge and Battle Wrath at level one (or Poised Assult, if it fits your style). Pick up Duelist's Assault at level seven (or Battle Wrath if you didn't get it at level one), and at 17, grab Poised Assult (or Duelist's, if you didn't get that at 7). Then, at level 19, retrain Poised Assult (or Battle Wrath if you want the attack bonus) for Mobile Blade now that you have the resources to avoid the brunt of OAs.

Fighter At-Will Powers



While a typical Slayer has nothing to do with these powers, a Human member of the class can choose to take one of these instead of the Heroic Effort power. For their benefit, we will mention them and how they apply to a Slayer:

Fighter At-Wills


Free Hand:



Grappling Strike (MP 2)
 - While grabbing could have some interesting off-Defender potential (and you have the ability score focus to be decent at grappling), the problem is that this power requires a free hand, which cuts into your damage potential. Not what I'd pick.

Slash and Pummel (MP 2) - Essentially an MBA, without the cool stuff applied to it, that requires you to cut into your damage for a secondary attack that won't break even. No.


Shield:



Resolute Shield (D 382) - Costs you feats and damage for the ability to use an effect that doesn't even key off an important ability score for you. Avoid like the plague.

Shield Feint (D 385) - Costs feats and damage, but a setup buff at least has a little redeeming value to it.

Tide of Iron (PHB) - Again, burns feats and damage, but a push effect as an At-Will has at least a tiny something going for it.


Two-Handed Weapon:



Wicked Strike (D 379) - While this does count as a basic attack, you're sacrificing to-hit as compared to an MBA for extra damage using an ability modifier you won't even use all that often, and to boot you can't even use it against enemies until you mark them, which is not something you can do At-Will. Garbage.


Two Weapons:



Dual Strike (MP)
 - This power is very contrary to the Slayer credo (hit two targets for small damage rather than one target for big damage), but it's certainly better for one looking for a bit of multi-targeting options.


Any Weapon:



Brash Strike (MP) - The bonus to hit is sweet. Granting CA kind of isn't, so look for something to fix that up. That said, the extra damage won't be a whole lot of help.

Cleave (PHB) - A bit of extra damage to a second target. While this At-Will is pretty customizable, the options for what you want to do with it (hit hard) are a bit more limited on the Slayer chassis.

Crushing Surge (MP) - You won't wring much, if any, use out of this.

Footwork Lure (MP) - Looks plain at first glance, but it can be pretty good if your Slayer was searching for a way to do Polearm tricks.

Knockdown Assault (PHH 1) - While it is true that the damage is kind of sad, the ability to knock prone at will opens up other cool stuff, especially when you can use it on a charge.

Reaping Strike (PHB) - An MBA (minus the perks) with a little miss damage. Profoundly underwhelming.

Sure Strike (PHB) - Less damage than your MBA, with none of the boosts? What could possess you to think this is a good idea for a Slayer is beyond me.

Threatening Rush (MP) - A charge-friendly attack that trades in a cut of your damage for a mass mark. If you wanted to supplement your friendly neighborhood Defender, this is a good way to do it.

Vicious Offensive (DSCS) - Hit one, mark another. Not all that much on the "wow" factor if you ask me.

Weapon Master's Strike (D 382) - There is the occasional cool effect that you want to use on this power, and it's liked by some people, but it mostly doesn't have anything to offer you, apart from a bit of extra stickiness.
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Utility Powers: Aides to the Kill

Note: many of these are made for the O-fighter. I will only be rating the ones worth looking at (anything not red). All stances are out because it interfears with what you do, and shield powers are similarly useless.

Level 2, Utility



Ironically enough, the Slayer's first level of Utilities is the one that is the most wide-open. I prefer the sweet and simple usage of Single Out, but a case can be made for Pass Forward and other goodies.

Level 2 Utility List


Battle Leader (HotFL) - Requires Diplomacy, which will cost you a feat, and a mass shift 1 is not really worth that. If you have a way to get Diplomacy, it's a bit better.

Close the Gap (PHH 2) - Kind of hard for you to use, since you don't have a mark. Themes or multiclass can make this better.

Create Opening (MP) - Marking someone and allowing an ally to shift his speed is decidedly NOT worth drawing a free attack on you.

Crowd Fighting (HotFL) - A bit of damage for a secondary target when an enemy misses you (requires Streetwise as well). It's OK.

Eldritch Tactics (D 395) - An Eladrin-specific option. The ability to swap positions with an ally who managed to get in over his head can be useful.

Forceful Drag (MP 2) - You don't grab people too often by default, especially because the style costs you damage. Nah.

Full Extension (MP 2) - A bit of extra reach is nice for when your mobility fails you, but it's not the strongest benefit out there.

Get Over Here (PHB) - You give up your move action to allow an ally to reposition. While moving him to any other adjacent square is not much of a move, it's not a terrible power either.

Glowering Threat (HotFL) - If you wanted to help hold down the frontline, this is your power, as it imposes a huge penalty to hit that can stack and work in combo with a mark from you or an ally.

Mighty Leap (MP 2) - A decent jump-buffing Utility. Your Athletics check has to be fairly absurd for it to consistently beat your base speed, though, let alone beat it by enough to be worht taking.

Minor Resurgence (HotFL) - A handful of THP as a minor. Not bad, but not all that awesome.

No Opening (PHB) - Canceling one instance of CA against one enemy per encounter is a rather marginal benefit, even for a Utility power at a level this low.

Pass Forward (MP) - A sweet repositioning power, it can help you effectively guarantee you will be in a flanking position, or at the very least you'll make it easy for your ally to step into one, which makes it nice to have.

Push Forward (HotFL) - A decent shift that lands you adjacent to someone. Not bad.

Quick Escape (MP 2) - While action economy on a grab is kind of marginal, a saving throw against effects that can inconvenience you pretty badly in immobilized and restrained is pretty darned valuable. Actually a pretty decent power.

Shrewd Repositioning (MP) - It burns up your Immediate Action, and only offers a marginal shift in response. While you can potentially use this to reposition or disengage from an enemy you want to leave to another, there are better powers for these purposes on this list.

Sidestep Maneuver (DSCS) - You get some minor repositioning and an attack buff out of an Opportunity Action you weren't going to use anyway. I'm of the opinion it won't be triggered all that much anyway (enemies typically try to avoid you).

Single Out (HotFL) - 2 turns of CA as a minor, no questions asked. This makes for a nice setup to your charging in headfirst, and it's there for you every encounter. My favorite of the powers at this level.

Snagging Grip (MP 2) - Forcing an enemy to move with you if you get bounced and knocking it prone if you hit the floor is pretty solid.

Sudden Sprint (HotFL) - A move equal to your Dexterity modifier as a minor action can be a useful engaging power, though engaging as a Slayer shouldn't be hard at all.

Unstoppable (PHB) - While this power does offer a solid amount of THP, it only does so once per day, which isn't exactly mind-blowing.

Who's Next? (D 379) - A decent upgrade to your move action when you drop an enemy, it can be useful despite its conditionality.



Level 6, Utility



At this level, I favor the ability to get a condition off of you before it really has an impact in Ignore Weakness, though Kirre's Roar provides a quality off-tanking option for you as well. These are the frontrunners, though there are a couple of other things you could look at.

Level 6 Utility List

Agile Approach (MP) - A small shift would be a nice thing, but you'd use it to generate some charge space, since getting to your target is not a problem. Unnecessary.

Battle Awareness (PHB) - A big bonus to initiative once per day. It can see use if you really, really want to go first (though you have good initiative pretty much by default).

Bewitching Glare (D 395) - An Eladrin-specific option. The ability to inconvenience your foe at range, then yank him to you if he misses is more of a Defender thing to do, but it's a solid option for an off-tank.

Daring Shot (PHH 1) - A mass mark, which is solid for off-tanking, and a little THP to make up for the extra attention you're drawing. It's all right.

Dauntless Endurance (HotFL) - Reroll a saving throw. That's a pretty good thing to have every encounter, but some may want to retain it in late Paragon.

Get Up! (HotFL) - This is actually a pretty useful power, since healing an ally as a minor probably doesn't impede you in any way, and it's about as close to being a Leader as you'll get. Note that it requires you be trained in Heal.

Helping Hands (HotFL) - Granting an ally a save is some OK off-Leader potential.

Ignore Weakness (HotFL) - Now this is what I'm talking about! Shaking off an effect before it becomes relevant is pretty darned amazing if you ask me. Even better.in the later levels

Intimidating Reminder (D 385) - Requires a Shield, and all it does is -2 to Fortitude while occupying your Stance slot. Including this just for LOLZ.

Kirre's Roar (DSCS) - Resist all equal to your Dexterity is sweet, and a mass mark this large can help you define the frontline. A decent power, even if you don't want to off-tank.

Knight's Challenge (HotFL) - Conditional targeting, and it yanks a target to you (you want to charge into them). Not really made with you in mind.

Line Breaker (HotFL) - If you really need to punch through the enemy's line, this provides a big bonus to all defenses against OA's.

Line in the Sand (D 379) - It sounds nice at first blush (free CA!), but the zone doesn't travel with you. That's not worth being a Daily if you ask me.

Makeshift Shield (MP 2) - This looks positively brilliant for a Slayer... until you see the requirement of needing to have a hand free. You could maybe do some shenanigans with quick-swapping or the like to use the power, but that poses other consequences (weak OA's and granted attacks, for one). If your DM lets a grip switch on a two-handed weapon qualify for this power, it gets so much better it hurts. Your opponent.

Rapid Advance (HotFL) - You don't have the Constitution modifier to make the bonus anything more than an afterthought.

Rejoin the Fray (MP 2) - A shift on a heal, or stand up + shift if you were prone. That's pretty decent.

Settling the Score (MP) - A solid bonus to hit all encounter long when an enemy hits you. It can see some use.

Strong Focus (MP) - Your Wisdom will at best be average, and it's not like this power is all that useful even if your Wisdom is great. Avoid.

Unbalancing Dodge (MP 2) - A pretty solid penalty to attacks and defenses on an enemy that misses you. Another power that can see good use.

Unbreakable (PHB) - A bit of damage reduction against an incoming attack. Scales very poorly, since you're not paying much attention to your Constitution.

Veteran's Gambit (HotFL) - A bit of extra defenses for a turn against an enemy after he hits you. It's OK, I guess, but I would have liked to have gotten a shot to avoid the triggering attack instead.

Vigiliant Protector (MP) - Requires a Shield, is a Stance, and wants you to give up AC. The trifecta of taboo for a Slayer. I had to include this one just for laughs.



Level 10, Utility



At this level, you pick up another sweet power to keep conditions off you in Clearheaded. That said, there are a few other sweet picks to be had here for you, so you could look around and see what's available.

Level 10 Utility List

Another Day (DSCS) - Some Immediate Action repositioning when you get hit. It can help set up a charge, which is nice.

Arcane Instincts (D 395) - An Eladrin-specific option. Laying on some resistance to an elemental burst that just tagged the whole party is pretty solid to have.

Battlefield Healing (HotFL) - Healing is awesome. Healing at the expense of your attack... not so much.

Body Shield (MP 2) - Grabbing shenanigans are decidedly not what you're built to do.

Clearheaded (HotFL) - The ability to wriggle free of these dangerous conditions before they significantly affect your turn is nothing short of amazing for a Striker, or any character, really. However, if you picked up something simmilar for the past two slots, you may want something different.

Defensive Advance (HotFL) - The ability to engage with a bonus to defenses is nice, but you usually want to rev back and then charge in. Still can be useful, though.

Defensive Resurgence (MP) - A healing surge as a minor is sweet, and an AC bonus is some pretty major icing on top of it, especially considering how high your Dexterity will be. Something to look at.

Fearsome Threat (HotFL) - CA unless they come for you. Can be a decent way to get yourself some CA.

Fighter's Grit (MP 2) - The ability to ignore some conditons for a while can be a good way to keep you up and running.

Fist of Lightning (MP 2) - Don't fight unarmed.

Grappler's Stance (MP 2) - Grabbing people isn't what you do, especially at the expense of your Stances.

Grim Presence (HotFL) - Conditional targeting, and a mass push is all you get to show for it. Meh.

Hold Your Ground (HotFL) - Negating forced movement proning is pretty solid for what you do. But hey, maybe the monster'll set you up for a charge.

Hunker Down (MP) - Almost laughably unsuited for what a Slayer is gonna do.

Into the Fray (PHB) - A minor action move is neat, though you like charging up to people rather than moving them. Still can be useful, though.

Iron Defiance (HotFL) - Shaving off half of an attacks' damage can be pretty useful.

Mighty Surge (D 379) - A healing power with a buff is certainly sweet to have. Getting the buff every time you heal is icing on the cake.

Shield Deflection (D 385) - Despite its name, this power does not require a shield, and as such can be rather useful.

Shooter's Nemesis (MP) - Healing in response to getting hit with a ranged attack is sort of conditional, but healing outside your turn is hardly bad at all.

Stalwart Guard (PHB) - Handing around a small AC bonus in exchange for your Stance slot is a bit too conditional to be a good choice if you ask me, not to mention that it's not really in line with what you're trying to do.

Steely Persuasion (MP 2) - A minor bonus to a skill check. Nah.

Strength from Pain (MP) - A hefty bonus to damage when you dip below half HP, though it doesn't stack with many of your stances. Not all that great.

Temporary Relief (HotFL) - Negating ongoing damage and saving against it in, all in one fell swoop. That's pretty neat to have. Just above the blue threshold.



Level 16, Utility



Not much of a choice here - someone decided to write this as a class feature for Slayers, so you're stuck with what they gave you. While Relentless Advance isn't a waste of space, it's not exactly the flashiest thing in the world, either.

Relentless Advance (HotFL) - A bit of repositioning when you score a kill once per encounter. Solid enough.


Level 22, Utility



Again, not a whole lot of choice, since it was written as a class feature. Fortunately for you, Slayer's Defiance can be pretty awesome.

Slayer's Defiance (HotFL) - A hefty dose of autodamage for two turns, which will in all likelihood do wonders for your nova damage. Highly recommended.
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Skill Powers: The Skills To Kill

Skill powers here have been categorized into whether the skill is a class skill for your not. Within these categories, they have been split up into levels. You'll mostly be looking at Skill powers for your most lackluster Utility levels (L2 and L16), but there's good stuff at plenty of different levels here.


Class Skills



Athletics Powers


Level 2:



Bounding Leap
 (PHB 3)
 - A power that subs your move action for a jump that carries a bonus. Unless you optimize your Athletics check or roll very well, this is only worth it later on in your career when you can reliably clear an Athletics check equal to your speed + 1 (DC 30 for speed 5, DC 35 for speed 6, and a whopping DC 40 for speed 7). At least it’s useful out of combat...

Scrambling Climb (PHB 3) - It's a great movement Utility if you have to climb up stuff a lot. The question is, will you? Not in most campaigns.


Level 6:



Mighty Sprint (PHB 3) 
- Speed +4 is nice. Ignoring difficult terrain is also nice. An Athletics bonus for whatever stunt you may want to pull off along the way is just gravy. This is a pretty solid pick.

Sudden Leap (PHB 3) - Essentially, this is flanking without provoking OA's, no matter how big your opponent is, once per encounter. I think it's rather unnecessary, given the existence of Pass Forward.


Level 10:



Incredible Stride (PHB 3) - A +4 speed bonus as a Stance is a nice and meaty mobility buff, but its being a Stance kind of sucks.


Endurance Powers


Level 2:



Endure Pain (PHB 3) - A whole turn's worth of resistance when you are hit. Too bad it's a Daily...

Grit and Spittle (D 385) - Though it burns up a healing surge (you have a few to spare, though), granting yourself mass saves is great to have on a Slayer. Very close to sky blue.

Invigorating Presence (PHB 3) - A second wind with some mass THP attached once per day. Starts out strong, but it loses steam later on.


Level 6:



Third Wind (PHB 3) - A very solid self-healing ability. Not a bad pick.

Walk it Off (PHB 3) - Having a chance to negate ongoing damage before it happens is nice, but rarely will you see ongoing damage that is lethal enough to be a serious concern.


Level 10:



Reactive Surge
 (PHB 3)
 - Healing in response to getting Bloodied every Encounter? Downright amazing for you.


Level 16:



Diehard (PHB 3) - Being dazed sure beats being dead.


Heal Powers


Level 2:



Healer’s Gift
 (PHB 3)
 - Burn a Utility slot for a very marginal improvement over First Aid? No. Gods, no.


Level 6:



Delay Poison 
(PHB 3)
 - Certainly better in campaigns where poisons are more prevalent and lethal and/or an enemy attacks only using poison damage, but usually ongoing 5-10 damage won't kill you.

Physician's Care (PHB 3) - Healing is nice, but not as a standard action.

Swift Recovery (PHB 3) - This is a pretty solid power. The range does it no favors, but it can see use.


Level 10:



Time Out (PHB 3) - This is sweet if you have a Dwarf or Warden ally, and can be better if you have both; otherwise, the times it comes up are few and far between (very hit-or-miss, this one).


Level 16:


Miraculous Treatment (PHB 3) - Again, healing is awesome, but not if it sacrifices your ability to attack.


Intimidate Powers


Level 2:



Ominous Threat (PHB 3)
 - A decent off-tanking ability, it marks and gets a mark off your buddy.


Level 6:



Demoralize Foe (PHB 3)
 - A free debuff when you hit is always nice for messing with your opponent.

Everybody Move (PHB 3) - A mass push 1. It can be useful for rearranging the battlefield or allowing allies to escape situations they really don't want to be in.

Try the Stick (PHB 3) - Subbing Intimidate for Diplomacy can work for you: though your Intimidate likely isn't all that high, at least it's trained.


Level 10:



Snap Out of It (PHB 3) - Flavor gold, and a decent way to aid your Leader in keeping everyone grounded.


Streetwise Powers


Level 2:



City Rat (PHB 3) - I'm not sure how often you will be skulking about, but even then your Streetwise (based off Charisma) shouldn't be so much better than your Stealth (based off Dexterity), even if Stealth is untrained, to justify taking this.

Nose for Trouble (PHB 3) - Your initiative check will rarely lose to your Streetwise check.


Level 6:



City Dweller (PHB 3) - Once per day is too steep a limitation for this level of power.

Slow Pursuit (PHB 3) - Rather conditional, but creating difficult terrain can help mess with people.


Level 10:



Navigate Crowds
 (PHB 3)
 - An excellent mobility power for you, this can get you right in the thick of things quickly, or it can set up a charge, depending on your needs.



Recommended Non-Class Skills



I’m only going to talk about the powers whose parent skills are recommended, so that limits it somewhat. Only powers black or above are rated.

Acrobatics Powers


Level 2:



Agile Recovery (PHB 3) - Forever changes standing up to a Minor Action. Pretty cool.


Level 6:



Graceful Maneuver (PHB 3) - Shifting a bit can help set up a charge, and as such it can't be all bad.

Perfect Balance (PHB 3) - It provides a small speed advantage while traversing narrow or difficult terrain, and doesn't require checks. Decent.

Tumbling Dodge (PHB 3) - An example of a power that gets better as time goes on. Right now, you're likely getting a +2 bonus to all defenses at best (which is still good), whereas later on you'd be looking at +4 or so. Nice. Very close to sky blue.


Level 10:



Rapid Escape (PHB 3) - The definitive answer to being grabbed; it allows you to escape as a Minor Action, grants you CA if you do escape, AND it’s an At-Will. It faces stiff competition and grabbing ain’t exactly the most common status effect under sun and moon, but this is awesome when it does come up. Purple balances out dark blue, so black.


Level 16:



Reflexive Dodge (PHB 3) - A solid DR ability, that comes with a shift attached.


Perception Powers


Level 6:



Guided Shot (PHB 3) - Essentially an after-you-roll attack buff vs. the great majority of enemies for an ally. Solid enough.


Level 10:



Focused Sight (PHB 3) - Far Sight's big brother, it also works on Melee powers and superior cover/concealment. Serviceable, as it lasts two turns.

Perfect Sight (PHB 3) - A touch of blindsight. It could be rather useful.

Spot Weakness (PHB 3) - A healthy damage buff for one attack per encounter. It can be neat.


Stealth Powers


Level 6:



Shrouding Gloom (PHB 3) - A bit of action economy for your Stealth checks. Can be useful if you're scurrying from cover to cover or need a do-over on your last Stealth check.


Level 10:



Crowd Cover (PHB 3) - A pretty solid defensive power, this can result in +2 to all defenses against a target of a Ranged attack, and redirection if you make it miss. Ranged only is kind of conditional, but hey.

Persistent Tail (PHB 3) - A decent power to keep yourself out of sight. Great out-of-combat utility for this one.


Level 16:



Deepening Gloom (PHB 3) - This is a nice one; making yourself invisible to the target instantly slaps on a hefty penalty for his attack, and given that this is an interrupt, it could potentially negate a hit.


Thievery Powers


Level 2:



Lock Tap (PHB 3) - Action economy on Thievery checks can be useful in certain situations, but I don't think those situations are all that common outside of combat, and you shouldn't be popping locks open in most fights anyway.

Quick Palm (PHB 3) - Again, action economy on a Thievery check, but for something you're more likely to need to do fast.


Level 6:



Hasty Retreat (PHB 3) - A decent emergency shift away, it could get you out of the range of a few traps' triggers, especially ones like poison needles in doorknobs and the like.

Quick Switch (PHB 3) - Though the effect doesn't cover all that much space, it could help you introduce your enemy to your Defender without an OA for either of you, which is nice.


Level 10:




Disruptive Stunt (PHB 3) - An attack debuff as part of an opportunity-free move action? Nice.
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Recommended Feats: Train to Kill

The emphasis here is on 'recommended' feats: I won't be talking about feats that are rated lower than Black, because they're likely just not a good idea for your character or an outright trap. Overall, you have certain priorities when it comes to feats, which are described as follows:

1. Accuracy bonuses. Landing attacks is the most  important thing you or anyone else can do.

2. Damage bonuses. Your a striker. This is what you do.

3. Defense bonuses. One of the things a Slayer can usually hang his hat on is that he's hard to kill. Live up your inner off-tank if you have a few extra feats.

4. Power recovery. As an E-class, you don't get a whole lot of limited-use resources: the ability to reuse them can be absolutely critical for you.

5. Miscellaneous. Charging, gouge stuff, frost cheese. When you've covered the above, these are your go-to.

Class Feats


Heroic Tier:



Martial Cross-Training (D 398) - The ability to trade a Power Strike for a Fighter Encounter power is a deal no Slayer should pass up.

Good Powers to take with Martial Cross-Training

Bash and Pummel (L13, Encounter) (MP 2) - A double-tap that adds your Dexterity modifier in damage (again) if both attacks hit, AND it packs a daze. Very strong on your chassis.

Come and Get It (L7, Encounter) (PHB) - If you're interesting in backing up your Defender, it doesn't get much more Defender-y than this.

Cruel Reaper (L27, Encounter) (PHB) - A double-tap in a close burst? Sure.

Harrying Assault (L17, Encounter) (PHB) - While not as flashy as some of the other candidates here in a vacuum, it does have one advantage in that it offers an MBA as its second attack, which you can exploit by using it to lay on a Power Strike as part of the same action, in addition to getting all your MBA goodies.

Hydra Charge (L7, Encounter) (MP 2) - An AoE charge? That sounds potentially useful.

Rain of Blows (L3, Encounter) (PHB) - Quite frankly, an amazing power. Three attack rolls with your damage modifiers is a sure-fire way to bring the pain.

Trip Up (L7, Encounter) (MP) - Now that Power Strike is a No Action, this is a very good supplement to a charge attack.

Warrior's Urging (L23, Encounter) (PHB) - Basically, Come and Get It's big brother. A quality option for those looking to off-tank.


Martial Freedom (MP) - A solid bonus to saving throws against annoying effects. Could be worth a look.

Polearm Momentum (MP) - While some builds may have to stretch out the ability scores (as well as the items, and narrow the weapon selection, to boot), the ability to knock prone that easily has to be worth something.

Small Warrior's Defense (D 378) - A nice way for Small Slayers (who get hosed on weapon selection, which is kind of a big deal), to make up for at least some of that weaker setup via a feat.

Surprising Charge (MP) - A very sweet bonus to your charge attacks with certain weapons if you have CA. Goes right in line with what a Slayer likes doing with his standard action the best, and that is ramming into someone. WORKS WITH GOUGE! An extra 2d6 vutrualy every time you charge? Hell yes.


Paragon Tier:



Advantageous Perspective (D 378) - A nice improved critical feat for the little guys.

Deft Blade (MP 2) - Hitting Reflex on the great majority of your attacks is amazing on a Slayer.

Hammer Shock (MP 2) - An sweet feat for all Hammer users, since Rattling makes it harder for your opponents to hit anybody.

Impaling Spear (MP 2) - Having your Melee attacks hit Reflex goes a long way toward making them more accurate. As such, this should be a feat high on the priority list. Gouge works with this.

Lashing Flail (MP 2) - A slide on every MBA is a very strong ability to have. Then again, Gouges are not flails.

Piercing Pick (MP 2) - While Fortitude might be high on front-liners, it will be low on the people in the back, and you can count on Weapon v. NAD to be accurate. Still, no Gouge.

Plunging Blade (D 378) - A situational improved critical feat can be worth something, and you can always just retrain the feat into Weapon Mastery later.

Striking Resurgence (MP 2) - Getting to heal while not sacrificing your offense is pretty cool. Note that this is crap on Dwarves, since you're never going to use second wind as a standard action.


Epic Tier:



Martial Mastery (MP) - Power recovery is an excellent ability to have, so this feat can give you some additional fuel to do what you do best, and that is make things drop.

Martial Resolve (MP) - A very good way to help yourself out of certain conditions. If you have Martial Freedom, you're probably going to retrain it into this. This is also extra sweet if you can get multiple saves per turn, such as by being an Unyielding Sentinel.

Mobile Warrior (MP) - If you have the Dexterity and the proper weapon type for it, the ability to move around that much when you're attacking is sweet, and it works in other situations as well. A powerful feat to have.


General Feats


Heroic Tier:


Armor Proficiency (PHB) - Although the only upgrade you need is Plate, it behooves certain builds (such as Str/Con guys who want to glean a positive from their race) to go for it, so this is a pretty neat choice.

Axe Expertise (HotFL) - A scaling bonus to hit, as well as a way to mitigate that disappointing 1 on those big weapon damage dice.

Blindfighting Warrior (HotFK) - Helps you compensate against effect that rob you of your sight, which can be nice to have, if a bit encounter-dependent.

Deadly Draw (PHB 3) - Pick your powers (or feats) right and eternal Combat Advantage is there for the taking. An excellent choice, if you build your character around getting it.

Great Fortitude/Iron Will/Lightning Reflexes (PHB) - A feat bonus for one NAD, that scales with tier. Good... but only if you don't have a better feat to take.

Hafted Defense (PHB 3) - Makes up somewhat for the damage you lose by sticking with a Polearm or a Staff by giving you better defense.

Headsman's Chop (PHB 3) - While you may not be able to knock prone consistently, the ability to get this beefy damage bonus, even on a limited basis, can be awesome. Gets better if you have a party built around prone or at least an at-will way to get it. Not hard for a party of four or five, and trivial for a group of six.

Heavy Blade Expertise (HotFL) - Great attack bonus scaling, and a bonus to OA's as some icing.

Improved Defenses (HotFL) - A nice, scaling bonus to your NAD's. Something that I highly recommend you grab around level 7 or 8.

Improved Initiative (PHB) - Speed kills... your opponent, in this case.

Light Blade Expertise (HotFL) - A scaling accuracy bonus, and some extra damage if you have CA. Excellent for you light blade users.

Master at Arms (HotFL) - A +1 to hit per tier increases your base competence by a lot, and some better action economy on your drawing and stowing isn't half bad either. Only gold cause you really need the attack bonus; you could do better with other expertise feats.

Melee Training (PHB 2) - I am of the opinion that sticking with Strength pays the most dividends for a Slayer, but this is certainly a must if you're not planning on doing so.

Nimble Blade (PHB) - A light blade and a flanking buddy nets you +1 to hit? That's cool. After all, you are going light blade for the "to hit" bonuses.

Polearm Flanker (PHB 3) - A nice party-synergy feat, this can combine very nicely with a lockdown Defender to allow you to easily generate charging space.

Power Attack (PHB) - While losing accuracy hurts, some builds of Slayer can manage to be very accurate, and the class's proclivity for big, two-handed weapons makes this a big damage bonus.

Powerful Charge (PHB) - +2 damage for your favorite kind of standard action. That's pretty solid.

Resilient Focus (HotFL) - +2 to all saving throws can be pretty useful, especially considering you get a bonus all by yourself.

Scrappy (D 379) - A feat fix for Small characters looking to enhance their offense.

Silvery Glow (D 386) - While it makes you worship a specific Deity and is worthless without Permafrost, this actually provides a little extra damage over Weapon Focus, which is excellent to have.

Spear Expertise (HotFL) - A scaling bonus to attack rolls, as well as charging damage. Remeber the Gouge!

Spring Step (PHB 3) - Getting knocked prone can be annoying. This feat makes it so that at least you're not totally wasting your move action getting up, plus it helps you get up from an unexpected dirtnap with a sense of decorum.

Superior Fortitude (HotFL) - A scaling bonus to Fortitude, and it throws in some resist all against ongoing damage as a bonus. That's pretty sweet.

Superior Reflexes (HotFL) - Gets you free combat advantage on the first turn of every fight, as well as a scaling bonus to Reflex. Easy as pie to qualify, but it's there.

Superior Will (HotFL) - A big bonus to Will, and a better chance to shake off dazing and stunning. This one if tempting even if you're patching your NADs with Improved Defenses.

Toughness (PHB) - More HP can be nice to have as a Slayer, but it's hardly necessary.

Two-Weapon Defense (PHB) - A bonus to AC and Reflex is well worth a feat for those few Slayers that take up two weapons.

Two-Weapon Fighting (PHB) - The feat itself is just OK, but the feats it opens up make it worth taking for you. That said, dual-wielding Slayers aren't exactly common.

Vicious Advantage (PHB 3) - If you really feel like it, you can try and produce these status effects, which makes Combat Advantage very easy to have around. It can also help you take advantage of another ally's condition infliction.

Weapon Focus (PHB) - A damage bonus is super sweet on a Striker.

Weapon Proficiency (PHB) - There are a couple of very nice weapons you need this feat to get in on.

Wintertouched (PHB) - Not worth much unless you have Lasting Frost, but together they give you some pretty neat benefits.


Paragon Tier:



Agile Opportunist (PHB 2) - It requires some party coordination, but this can be a good investment of a feat for a Slayer, especially considering you have one mean MBA.

Armor Specialization (PHB) - A neat bonus to AC, and a secondary benefit for Hide and Scale users (which should be most of you). Nice to have around.

Critical Targeting (D 387) - A neat encounter-long bonus to damage on a crit. Pretty cool.

Danger Sense (PHB) - Combined with Improved Initiative, this can go a long way toward assuring that you go first or close to it in a given combat, which is nice to have.

Deadly Axe (PHB) - Probably only worth it in Epic Tier, but a healthy boost to crit damage can't be all that bad for those Axes that don't have high crit already.

Defensive Advantage (PHB) - If you can meet its condition consistently, +2 AC is very good benefit for anyone, but especially a Slayer.

Lasting Frost (PHB) - Eternal Combat Advantage (and what amounts to +5 damage) with Wintertouched and any way to apply cold damage on your attacks (a Frost Weapon, for example). A pretty nice option.

Polearm Gamble (PHB) - It requires a bit of branching out, but the opportunity to get an extra attack off can't be all that bad.

Repel Charge (PHB 3) - A nasty reprisal feat, should you ever get charged.

Reserve Maneuver (PHB 2) - Quite simply one of the best feats a Slayer can ask for: taking a strong Paragon Path, then trading out a rather lackluster power for something nasty can open up a lot of options for you.

Good Powers to take with Reserve Maneuver

Come and Get It (L7, Encounter) (PHB) - If you're interesting in backing up your Defender, it doesn't get much more Defender-y than this.

Hydra Charge (L7, Encounter) (MP 2) - An AoE charge? That sounds potentially useful.

Rain of Blows (L3, Encounter) (PHB) - Quite frankly, an amazing power. Three attack rolls with your damage modifiers is a sure-fire way to bring the pain.

Trip Up (L7, Encounter) (MP) - Now that Power Strike is a No Action, this is a very good supplement to a charge attack.


Spear Push (PHB) - Gives you a little more 'oomph' on your push effects for the price of a feat.

Two-Weapon Opening (PHB 2) - Though most Slayers won't be handling two weapons simultaneously, this is a sweet boost for the ones that do.

Uncanny Dodge (PHB) - If you have the Wisdom for it, negating the bonus to attacks against you for having Combat Advantage is excellent. That said, not everyone can afford that Wisdom.

Unfailing Courage (D 377) - Healing when you spend an AP sounds like a good deal to me.


Epic Tier:



Axe/Bludgeon/Flail/Heavy Blade/Light Blade/Pick/Spear Mastery 
(PHB)
 - Improved criticals do a lot for you, so (barring some extreme feat starvation or ability score incompatibility) you should try to cram this in if you have the room.

Blind-Fight (PHB) - If invisible enemies are giving you trouble, this feat can help.

Cleaving Axe (PHB 3) - If you get kills with any sort of regularity, you get more attacks, and that is one sweet proposition.

Epic Fortitude/Reflexes/Will (PHB 2) - These feats can help patch up any weak NADs you have, or make any strong ones 

Epic Resurgence (PHB) - A nice power-recovery feat, this can let you use the tricks you picked up as part of your Paragon Path one more time.

Long Step (PHB 3) - Charging in is something Slayers definitely like to do. The ability to do it without provoking is definitely a good idea for you.

Superior Initiative (PHB 3) - Another feat that goes a long way in ensuring you go first, and another prime retraining target for a Slayer.

Triumphant Attack (PHB) - An encounter-long debuff on a critical is excellent on a Striker. You should try and make room for this feat.


Racial Feats

Dragonborn


Heroic Tier:



Bolstering Breath (PHR: DB) - Making your Dragon Breath ally-friendly and handing out a bonus to hit can be useful for a Slayer, who spends his time in the thick of it.

Dragonborn Frenzy (PHB) - +2 to damage while bloodied is pretty applicable to a Slayer.

Hurl Breath (PHR: DB) - Makes your Dragon Breath a better combat opener.


Paragon Tier:



Corrosive Breath (PHR: DB) - An AC debuff for your racial power is a sweet thing to have.

Draconic Arrogance (MP) - Autodamage based off your main stat when you push or knock prone? That can be nice.

Dragonbreath Warrior (MP) - A solid boost to your next attack for using your racial power.

Frost Breath (PHR: DB) - Mass slowing on your Dragon Breath. Decent.

Thundering Breath (PHR: DB) - A nice push effect, and you have dual element damage (making it harder to resist). Solid enough.

Toxic Breath (PHR: DB) - Weakening one target of your racial power is solid, but its true value is setup for another feat.


Epic Tier:



Concussive Breath (PHR: DB) - Mass dazing on your Dragon Breath? Sexy.

Dissolving Breath (PHR: DB) - A penalty to all defenses from your racial power is sweet setup material.

Draconic Restoration (PHR: DB) - Recovering your Dragon Breath when you spend you second wind is spiffy.

Draconic Triumph (PHR: DB) - More Dragon Breath on a kill is decent if you invested in it enough.

Dragon Warrior (MP) - Recovering your Dragon Breath when first bloodied can be solid.

Freezing Breath (PHR: DB) - Mass IMMOBILIZE, you say? Beautiful.


Dwarf


Heroic Tier:



Dodge Giants (PHB) - A bonus to AC and Reflex when you face larger opponents, which will be a lot later on.

Dwarven Weapon Training (PHB) - Proficiency and a front-loaded damage bonus is awesome for overall utility and feat economy purposes. A must for Dwarves.

Resilience of Stone (MP 2) - Using your second wind as an immediate interrupt goes a long way toward keeping you up on your feet.


Paragon Tier:



Dwarven Durability (PHB) - A sweet feat for Dwarves, this features a boosted surge value in addition to extra healing surges.

Dwarven Recovery (MP 2) - A very hefty bonus to saves when you second wind. This can come in handy.

Stonefoot Reprisal (MP) - An OA when someone attempts forced movement against you is a useful thing to have, though how useful depends on the campaign.


Eladrin


Heroic Tier:



Eladrin Soldier (PHB) - A great way to get the ball rolling if you favor Spears, which just happens to be one of the better weapon types for a Slayer.

Fey Blades (MP) - A nice damage bonus for Eladrin who are dual-wielding.


Paragon Tier:



Fey Charge (MP) - This once-feared feat is still a pretty nice charge mobility upgrade for Eladrin.


Elf


Epic Tier:



Hawkeye Warrior (MP) - A bonus to hit for using a good power is nice to have.


Genasi


Heroic Tier:



Earthshock Master (D 367) - A decent boost to your racial power.

Extra Manifestation (FRPG) - If you need additional versatility on your racial power, this is where you turn.

Firepulse Master (D 367) - Making Firepulse Reliable fixes its scaling issues somewhat, and extra damage on an attack is never bad.

Master of Rumbling Earth (MP) - A bonus to hit helps Earthshock connect, and the damage is icing.

Primordial Surge (D 367) - THP's for using a good racial power? I'm in.


Paragon Tier:



Shocking Flame (FRPG) - A sizable damage bonus for Fire and Stormsoul Genasi. A very good pick for any character in possession of those elemental manifestations, and it's probably the reason you picked the race in the first place.


Epic Tier:



Double Manifestation (FRPG) - The best of two manifestation worlds. Sweet.


Githzerai


Heroic Tier:



Githzerai Blade Master (D 378) - Gives you a healthy damage bonus with weapons you probably want to use. A pretty awesome feat for a Slayer.


Paragon Tier:



Githzerai Mobility (D 378) - A solid bonus against OA's allows you to move pretty much unimpeded.

Iron Hands (PHB 3) - Extra damage for using your racial power? Sure.

Tempered Iron Mind (D 378) - Being able to trigger this regardless of the attack's result allows you to get the attendant bonuses when your need them nice.


Epic Tier:



Adamantine Body (PHB 3) - More defense on your racial power is pretty solid.


Gnoll


Paragon Tier:



Fierce Charge (D 367) - Not much to see for you right now, but it opens up an excellent feat in Brutal Charge.

Swift Bite (D 367) - Some extra damage when you bloody an enemy. Decent.


Epic Tier:



Brutal Charge (D 367) - This feat will allow you to mix your charging bonuses with a devastating multiattack power, and provide some extra damage of its own from the racial power. No way you miss out on this.


Goliath


Heroic Tier:



Goliath Greatweapon Prowess (PHB 2) - A nice and healthy damage bonus, though the weapons are somewhat limited (that doesn't matter for a few builds, though).

Markings of the Blessed (PHB 2) - A rerolled save once per encounter can be solid.

Markings of the Victor (PHB 2) - Rerolling your entry attack sounds like a good deal.


Paragon Tier:



Avalanche Reaver (MP 2) - Having a push on every charge you make can be made useful.

Unyielding Stone (PHB 2) - THP's and resist all is a good combination to have.


Epic Tier:



Ancient Stone (PHB 2) - A follow-up turn of resistance is very good to have.


Half-Elf


Heroic Tier:



Adept Dilettante (D 385) - If the power you like doesn't key off the ability score you want, translate it to one that is more palatable to you (likely Wisdom or Constitution).

Defending Dabbler (D 385) - Putting a mark on your Dilettante power can expand your off-tank options exponentially.


Paragon Tier:



Versatile Master (PHB 2) - Turn your change-of-pace ability into a legitimate round-by-round option, which can be a fantastic upgrade for a Slayer and his somewhat limited ability list.


Half-Orc


Heroic Tier:



Anger Unleashed (PHB 2) - A hefty attack bonus when you get bloodied can be nice to have.

Savage Assault (PHB 2) - A debuff on your racial power is a decent boost.

Thirst for Battle (PHB 2) - A very nice alternative to Improved Initiative for Slayers. You're still gonna want to retrain this into Superior Initiative, though.


Paragon Tier:



Strength from Pain (PHB 2) - A sizable damage bonus when you get beat up.

Unrelenting Assault (PHB 2) - Having some damage on a miss as a consolation prize is solid.


Epic Tier:



Ferocious Critical (PHB 2) - A very healthy bonus to hit and damage when you score a critical. A very good feat overall, but kind of hard to get unlessy ou make multiple attack rolls in.


Halfling


Heroic Tier:



Lost in the Crowd (PHB) - An AC bonus for attracting attention? Sure.

Nimble Dodge (MP 2) - A huge power upgrade for your racial ability.

Rigged Chance (D 381) - It's nice to get a do-over should your racial power fail to keep you from getting hit.


Paragon Tier:



Underfoot (PHB) - Moving about between your enemy's spaces is pretty neat to have.


Human


Heroic Tier:



Action Surge (PHB) - A bonus to attacks when you blow an AP, which is cool.

Stubborn Survivor (FRPG) - A bonus to saves when you're out of AP's. Pretty nice.


Paragon Tier:



Action Recovery (PHB) - A nice feat to clean yourselves out of bad status effects.

Persistent Threat (D 383) - Allows you to still threaten an area while suffering from a condition that would otherwise prevent that from happening.


Epic Tier:



Timely Revival
 (MP)
 - A good way to keep yourself up and running, and making your second wind easier to use.


Minotaur


Heroic Tier:


Bloodied Ferocity (PHB 3) - A free attack when you get bloodied? Heck yes.

Opportunity Gore (D 369) - While Goring Charge isn't quite as good as normal OA as far as raw numbers are concerned, knocking prone on an OA is good to have.

Vigilant Recovery (D 385) - Not allowing someone you whacked to benefit from CA is pretty cool, especially after a burst like Come and Get It or a power like Brash Strike, which tend to leave you in compromising positions.


Paragon Tier:



Beast Within (PHB 3) - A nice bonus to hit and damage while bloodied.


Epic Tier:



Uncanny Scent (PHB 3)
 - Straight-up better than Blind-Fight for you, so it's a fairly good pickup.


Shifter


Heroic Tier:



Sturdy Shifter (EPG) - Some nice THP when you shift. Sweet.


Paragon Tier:



Beasthide Shifting (PHB 2) - A neat bit of resistance while you're shifting.

Cliffwalk Shifting (PHB 2) - A decent movement utility on your shifting power.


Tiefling


Heroic Tier:


Hellfire Blood (PHB) - A nice way to get started on making up for the Tiefling's lack of Strength.

Tail Slide (PHR: TF) - A decent way to move allies about while you move.


Paragon Tier:



Hellfire of Mephistopheles (PHR: TF) - Your bread-and-butter strategy is fire, so having a way to punch through resistance is certainly a smart idea.

Secrets of Belial (PHR: TF) - Swapping out for any Utility power you want? Sure.

Tail Trip (PHR: TF) - Knocking prone on OA's can provide you with a respectable bit of off-tank power.


Epic Tier:



Renewed Wrath (PHR: TF) - Getting to reuse your racial power is pretty solid.


Warforged


Heroic Tier:



Warforged Superiority (MP 2) - Knocking prone on OA's? That's a very solid feat to have.

Warforged Tactics (EPG) - A very nice bonus to hit when you have an ally cooperating with you.


Paragon Tier:



Improved Immutability (EPG) 
- While swapping out a Utility power for it hurts, flat-out ending a save effect as an Immediate Action once per day is not something to be taken lightly.



Exotic Weapon Feats

As the name implies, these feats give you capacities beyond and above those a normal Weapon Proficiency feat would grant you (including scaling powers you can swap yours for), but they also burn up your Multiclass slot, so choose carefully.

Spiked Chain Training (DMA 2009) - Easily the best of the bunch for a Striker, the ability to dual-wield and have a two-hander on demand (along with the combination of Flail and Light Blade) makes this well worth the MC slot you gave up.


Dragonmark Feats

Dragonmark feats are different from other Heroic Tier feats in that you: (a) can only have one of them at a time, and (b) they usually come with an associated race, which I will be noting. Note that the feat doesn't actually force you to be of that race, so if your DM agrees, you can take this feat while being a member of another race.

Mark of Shadow (Elf) - While the mark's effect is not all that, it does open access to an excellent Paragon Path for a Slayer.

Mark of Storm (Half-Elf) - If you're willing to meet the lightning power requisites, the ability to slide on every attack can come in very handy for a Slayer.
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Paragon Paths: Legends of the Kill


Slayers got a great list of Paragon Paths to choose from in the Fighter's list, which has some Paragon Paths that are definitely geared toward the Striker's typical goal of bringing the pain. If you're looking for Paragon Paths offered by another class, scroll on down to Multiclassing.

Slayer Paragon Paths

Arena Champion (D 368) - The features don't really pander to what you want to do with your character, and the powers are solid but unexceptional, with the only exception being the revival Utility. I wouldn't be looking here.

Avenging Slayer (MP) - You can't really use any of the features efficiently, and the powers aren't very good. Nah.

Draeven Marauder (D 365) - You get improved criticals early, and you get a bit of mobility thrown in, too. That's pretty neat.

Dreadnought (MP) - Makes a tough Striker even tougher, and has a double attack built right in. Sweet.

Dread Reaper (MP) - A surprisingly solid Path for you, this adds a bit of splash damage on all of your attacks, as well as the grand-daddy of all off-tanking Utility powers.

Doomguard Marauder (MOTP) - It has a whopper of an AP feature, and getting a bonus to hit when you miss isn't half bad, either. I'd take that.

Gladiator Champion (DSCS) - It doesn't get much better than outright disallowing shifting for off-tank power, and the ability to make CA for yourslef after every hit once you're bloodied is pretty sweet. A good choice for a Slayer.

Glorious Myrmidon (MP 2) - Makes you a bit more mobile, which is nice, but not amazing.

Iron Vanguard (PHB) - Most of you simply can't afford the Constitution that this Paragon Path requires to be useful, at least not if you also want the ability to push and knock prone and thus trigger the bonus in the first place.

Ironstar Mauler (MP 2) - A sweet bonus to hit with Maces and Flails, but the rest of the features are a waste, frankly.

Kensei (PHB) - A universal bonus to hit and damage is an excellent feature to have for a Striker.

Knight Protector (MP) - The features are more Defender-oriented than anything else, so this could be solid if you're looking to make an off-tank, but not what you're looking for if you're trying to bring the pain.

Kulkor Arms Master (MP 2) - Now that Power Strike is a No Action power, this turns your Encounter power into a double-tap attack, which is a pretty vicious benefit to have if you ask me (even if the rest isn't all that useful unless you pick up an unorthodox weapon).

Mythic Slayer (HotFL) - A surprisingly solid Paragon Path, this offers an extra attack on an AP as well as a solid bonus to damage when bloodied as its major perks. However, the inability to use Reserve Manuever hurts its stock.

Pit Fighter (PHB) - While the AC bonus is sweet and the Action Point feature fits right in with you, not getting to partake in the static damage bonus feature keeps it from being a truly good choice. Not actively bad, though.

Polearm Master (MP) - This Paragon Path slaps on a lot of Defender in a hurry, making Polearm builds tick as well as providing some potential for branching out if you favor the Spiked Chain. That said, you're going to have to find a source of a mark before you can use it.

Purple Dragon Knight (FRPG) - The features are solid, and the powers provide a touch of Leader (you probably won't hit the broad side of a barn with the Daily, though).

Rakehell Duelist (MP 2) - Only one feature is really of any use to you, and it's already on the default Paragon Path. Nah.

Rampaging Brute (MP 2) - The features point you in the direction of a charging build, which is what you want to do, so it's not all bad.

Scale-Breaker (D 369) - Apart from a pretty good setup Daily power, this Path is just too conditional on facing dragons to truly be a good universal choice.

Shield Adept (MP) - Requires a shield. 'Nuff said.

Shock Trooper (MP) - While it does require dual-wielding, which will cut into your damage, this Paragon Path has a triple-hitting Encounter power built right in, and can apply your Dexterity modifier to damage (again), and that's worth something.

Snapping Testudo (D 385) - Let me put it this way: not even the Fighters who actually use shields like this one.

Steel Vanguard Master (MP 2) - Provides a dash of off-tank potential, and a sweet bonus to AC while wielding a two-handed heavy blade, too.

Swordmaster (PHB) - While this Paragon Path has a wasted feature and it does restrict you to Light or Heavy Blades, the ability to recover powers this efficiently is at least worth a mention.

Warhound of Bane (MP 2) - One of the features is wasted, though self-healing on an AP is nice, especially if you get a bonus to hit every time you heal. The powers aren't very applicable, though, and that sinks it.


Racial Paragon Paths

Here, I'll be marking the race that corresponds to the Path along with the source. We'll only be concerning ourselves with the recommended Paragon Paths here, that is to say, those rated Black or higher. If it's not on the list and it's in my sources, it's not a good idea.

Adroit Explorer (Human - PHB 2) - The features make you tougher, and you get to pick a sweet power from the Fighter's list for free (which can even be one you picked with Martial Cross-Training!). That's pretty awesome, and we haven't even gotten to the "2 action points at the start of the day" perk. A quality path for any Slayer.

Bloodfury Savage (Half-Orc - PHB 2) - Bonuses to damage are all over the place with this Paragon Path, and it's a pretty applicable one for you overall.

Storvakal (Githzerai - D 378) - Effectively negates the penalty for using Power Attack, which can be a big damage boost for you.

Mithral Arm (Dragonborn - D 385) - Rather similar to Adroit Explorer overall, this is another sweet way to get Fighter powers essentially for free, and some nice stuff on the side too.

Warforged Juggernaut (Warforged - EPG) - If you like to charge (and most of you do), this Path has some sweet perks for you.


Dragonmarked Paragon Paths (EPG)

Again, we will only concern ourselves with Paths that would make you a better Slayer. I also note the expected (note: not required) race for the Path, as well as the Dragonmark Feat you have to take to gain access.

Thuranni Shadow Killer (Elf - Mark of Shadow) - Probably the most legitimate Paragon Path option for any Dexterity-based Slayer, this Path features a sweet condition-imposing Encounter attack power and the ability to lay on ongoing damage like candy as very awesome perks a Slayer wants.



Epic Destinies: Avatars of the Kill


Slayer Epic Destinies

As is the norm, we'll only talk about Epic Destinies worth having (Black or higher) here.

Champion of Prophecy (EPG) - Very similar to Demigod, but with an increased emphasis on milestones. That extra swinginess makes it a bit less awesome, but it's still effective.

Chosen (DP) - Built the same way as Demigod, but with a larger array of Utility powers to choose from.

Darklord (D 372) - While the Grim Reaper fluff is cool, I don't feel there's enough meat on the features to make it a top pick.

Demigod (PHB) - The classic Epic Destiny in 4e. Bonuses to two attributes are a godsend for most Fighter builds, and the durability enhancers only strengthen the case.

Destined Scion (HotFK) - Another off-shoot from the Demigod tree, a straight-up attack and save bonus along with the two ability score bonuses make it a strong choice.

Eternal Defender (MP) - Despite its name, this is one of the most aggressively inclined Epic Destinies available to you. Reach, bigger weapons, and more strength make a good case, and the power sweetens the deal. A very good pick.

Free Soul (D 376) - A racial Epic Destiny geared to fight off status effects can be pretty nice on a Slayer, even if the race (Revenant) is not one of the top choices.

Harbinger of Doom (PHB 2) - While no feature here is actively bad, none of them really provides enough "wow" factor to elevate this Epic Destiny above the competition.

Heir of Siberys (D 388) - A branch off the Demigod ED tree, this one offers a variety of effects to choose from as a Utility power. A Slayer will probably find Finding or Scribing to be the most appealing powers.

Hordemaster (DSCS) - An interesting spin on the classic Demigod Epic Destiny, this one has some nice Leader-y flavor and powers you could use to good effect.

Indomitable Champion (HotFL) - Essentially an expansion of the Demigod chassis, this ED offers some hefty extra HP and a bonus to NAD's, in addition to some neat defensive abilities and the traditional double stat boost.

Invincible Vanguard (MP 2) - A couple of solid features for a charger, though it seems to be more geared to the classic Fighter than it is for the Slayer.

Keeper of the Everflow (HoS) - A quality ED, it gives an ability score bump along with a variety of effects you can mix-and-match to fit the situation (and there's a good straight standby effect you can rock, too).

Legendary Sovereign (MP 2) - Apart from Sword of Kings (the L30 ED feature), this choice is rather unexceptional. That said, Sword of Kings can allow for some pretty crazy spam.

Planeshaper (D 372) - The ability score bonus may be wasted on you, but the ability to double up on a prized Encounter power or send someone for an extraplanar loop on a critical certainly is not, plus the capstone allows for all sorts of wacky stuff. A surprisingly good pick.

Prison of the Winds (D 371) - While the attribute bonuses go to secondary ability scores, a bonus to speed, revival, flight, and being insubstantial while bloodied, so it does just about everything else right.

Punisher of the Gods (D 372) - One of the classic single-target-basher ED's. Somewhat weakened by the lengthy errata it faced, though.

Raven Knight (D 380) - While the ability scores aren't perfect (close to it, though), literally everything else is amazing for what you want to do in combat.

Reborn Champion (D 365) - While it has plenty of cool stuff, it's missing that one feature it needs to establish itself as a top-tier option. Still a worthy pick, though.

Storm Sovereign (D 372) - A collection of solid, but unexceptional benefits.



Multiclassing: How Others Kill


This will be a collection of goodies you can steal from other classes. As usual, only things that would be considered Black and above for a Slayer make the cut.


Any Arcane Class



While not a defined multiclass in and of itself, this category will encompass the additional options made available to you for choosing a multiclass feat from an arcane class.

Feats

Quickened Spellcasting (Epic Tier - AP) - While the traditional Slayer will not have use for this, a Half-Elf with the right Dilettante power can use it for some nice extra punch once per enocunter.

White Lotus Master Riposte (Paragon Tier - D 374) - A reprisal attack when you get hit can help improve your damage output somewhat, if you're a Half-Elf with the proper Dilettante.

White Lotus Riposte (Heroic Tier - D 374) - A bit of autodamage when you get hit, if you're a Half-Elf with the right Dilettante.


Paragon Paths

Academy Master (D 374) - A very nice Paragon Path for Half-Elves who branched out into the Arcane arts.



Any Divine Class



While not a defined multiclass in and of itself, this category will cover the additional options made available to you for choosing a multiclass feat from any divine class.

Paragon Paths

Morninglord (FRPG) - If you like Radiant weapons, this Paragon Path can offer you a very hefty dose of extra damage, which is (of course) very nice to have.



Any Primal Class



While not a defined multiclass in and of itself, this category will talk about the additional options made available to you for choosing a multiclass feat from any primal class.

Feats

Reckless Charge (Heroic Tier - PrP) - Makes you better at your favorite sort of attack action, which is sweet.


Paragon Paths

Nocturnal (HoS) - It adds a free action charge on an AP (albeit it is a bit limited), plus phasing on your charges gives you amazing targeting ability, and a Daily that slaps ongoing on your hits all fight long isn't exactly chopped liver. A quality PP choice.


Epic Destinies

Reincarnate Champion (PrP) - The ability to poach racial goodies from anyone is downright amazing on a Slayer, with Gnolls coming highly recommended as a target.



Avenger



No mincing words here; you showed up for the cool stuff the entry feat can do for you on a nova round.

Entry Feats

Disciple of Divine Wrath (PHB 2) - Requires you to dip some points in Wisdom, but double rolls on a nova round goes a long way as far as reliability is concerned.



Barbarian



A rather similar choice to the Avenger, this choice boasts a good entry feat benefit.

Entry Feats

Berserker's Fury (PHB 2)
 - +2 damage for a whole encounter can be pretty decent.


Feats

Overpowering Charge (Epic Tier - PrP) - Every charge knocks prone with this bad boy. A very good use of a feat.



Cleric



This choice will actually have a couple of things you'll want to have, apart from the MC feat itself.

Entry Feats

Initiate of the Faith (PHB) - While Religion is not all that hot as far as skill training is concerned, an emergency healing power is useful to anyone.


Feats

Radiant Advantage (Epic Tier - DP) - While it does come in late in your career, it can be tremendously useful to you and your party, if you are properly equipped.


Paragon Paths

Warpriest (PHB) - A sweet way to pile on some Defender on your Striker, it hands out an At-Will mark, some extra AC, and one of the best AP features in the game. A very, very good choice for a Slayer.



Paladin



While you can't exactly steal much from it and it requires investing in Charisma, the multiclass feat can be good for a Slayer looking to tank.

Entry Feats

Soldier of Faith (PHB) - An effectively encounter-long mark is a decent ability for a Slayer who fancies himself an off-tank.


Powers

Bless Weapon (L2, Utility - DP) - While you'll have to spend an extra feat to get it and it is a Daily, this power is pretty darn good for a Striker, especially if you went for Morninglord.



Warlord



While this is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Slayer multiclassing options, this actually does have a couple of goodies you can make use of.

Entry Feats

Bravura Leader (MP 2) - Adds some juicy extra damage to your allies' AP turns if they're willing to gamble. That's nice to have.

Resourceful Leader (MP 2) - Likely not the easiest feat to qualify for, but it does offer a nice bonus for your ally on AP's.

Skirmishing Leader (MP 2) - Free repositioning for allies on AP's is nice to have.

Student of Battle (PHB) - An emergency heal is a pretty cool thing to have in the back pocket.


Feats

Feywild Flanker (Paragon Tier - MP 2) - This Eladrin racial feat makes for a sweet 1-2 combo with Fey Charging Slayers.

Impetuous Charger (Paragon Tier - MP) - Rather expensive Charisma-wise, but it can be a nice thing to have on a Slayer.
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Equipment: The Tools of the Kill


Here, we'll be talking about the weapons and armor that would serve you the best. Magic equipment is discussed in the following section.


Weapon Groups: Perpetrators of the Kill



Axes - These weapons pack plenty of punch, and play nice with your Power Strike. Though qualifying for their Weapon Mastery feat is a bit awkward, raw punch has its place on a Slayer. These guys are just above the mark of light blue teretory, and you can do better with other light blues.

Recommended Axes

Execution Axe (AV) - Brutal 1 makes this axe worth it. Like, a lot.

Greataxe (PHB) - D12 with high-freaking-crit?!?! Sign me up! My personal fav, but Execution and this are about tied.


Bows - Given that you actually raise Dexterity aggressively, it's not a huge stretch of the imagination to pick up a bow and pelt people with a couple of arrows as a Slayer. That said, you're markedly better at Melee combat than you are at Ranged.

Recommended Bows

Longbow (PHB) - A nice and basic 1d10 damage at range. Solid. Going lower than this is not recomended, because then you'll be taking a noticeable hit to your DPR, especialy if you use a gouge


Crossbows - While you do pump Dexterity and as such can conceivably use these weapons, they take extra feats to get to the same place Bows do damage-wise, which is kind of a downer.

Flails - These weapons pack serious punch, their Mastery requisites fall right in your lap, and are very well supported. One of the favorite weapon groups for a Slayer. Exept, you know, the gouge.

Recommended Flails

Heavy Flail (PHB) - 2d6 base damage puts a serious dent in just about anything when coupled with a Slayer's damage bonuses.

Scourge (AV) - If you're going to dual-wield, this is an off-hand weapon with some real thump.

Spiked Chain (PHB) - Not only does it have a high proficiency bonus and reach, it also features the ability to poach Light Blade support, which makes it amazing for a Slayer.


Hammers - These weapons are kind of like Axes, but they trade in a bit of potential punch for consistency. There's some really good weapons in this catagory. However, getting their feat support can be kind of a hassle for most Slayers past Heroic Tier, since their Constitution requirements are just too high. Up there with just about any group in Heroic, though.

Recommended Hammers

Maul (PHB) - 2d6 base damage lays on some serious hurt. However, it's a hammer.

Mordenkrad (AV) - It's a Maul, with a safety net against 1's. Pretty solid. 


Heavy Blades - The support for Slayers is so-so (at least it has a Weapon Specialization benefit for Power Strike), but the fact of the matter is that the attributes line up great with you, and accuracy is good to have, too.

Recommended Heavy Blades

Fullblade (AV) - Basically a more accurate Greataxe that won't make you spend points in Constitution for Weapon Mastery. I'll take that deal. So close to gold, but then you might mistake it for the gouge. In a campaign without Dark Sun Matirial, this is your go to.

Greatsword (PHB) - Its stats are quite simply under par. I'd recommend an upgrade if you can, but it's not a terrible weapon, though certainly not the best.


Light Blades - While a Slayer is usually looking for maximum carnage on his weapons, some builds can appreciate the bonuses the smaller weapons can bring to bear. After all, it's the modifiers that count.

Recommended Light Blades

Katar (PHB) - Decent stats, and plays nice with Shock Trooper.

Rapier (PHB) - Probably the best default Light Blade in the game, and you don't have to spend a feat to get it. Nearly light blue.


Maces - Like Hammers, only weaker. Also like gouge, only completely and utterly obsolete.

Picks - The Slayer is probably the only build that can say this, but the Pick support for them is frankly not as awful as it typically is. A surprisingly nice choice.

Recommended Picks

Heavy War Pick (AV) - Greataxe stats, and the support will help them be competitive.


Polearms - While you'll usually have to jump through a hoop or two in order to gather the necessary abilities to use these well, it's worth the effort. Darkblue is darkblue is darkblue.

Recommended Polearms

Glaive (PHB) - Rather meh damage, but Polearm support has a way of making it more worth having.

Halberd (PHB) - Rather underwhelming damage, but Polearm goodies make up for some of it.


Spears - Very well supported with regards to charging and basic attacks, two things that resonate above all else with the Slayer. Also, it contains the Gouge, which is the go to weapon of the slayer.

Recommended Spears

Gouge (DSCS) - It has a huge damage die, which is good, and stealing Axe support is gravy. Arguably the best weapon for a traditionally built Slayer. If your DM lets you use Dark Sun stuff, this is what you use. No questions asked.

Greatspear (AV) - While the damage isn't mindblowing, reach and a better proficiency bonus (not to mention the option of stealing Polearm goodies) make up for that easily.

Longspear (PHB) - Essentially a slightly weaker version of the Greatspear. Can be decent enough, but upgrading is certainly the way to go.


Staffs - While it's not completely useless (Hafted Defense, Staff Fighting, and the Weapon Specialization feature come to mind here), the fact of the matter is that the damage is simply bad, and damage is what you're about. This is red not because it's completely obsolete, but because you really need something else.


Armor: Advocates of the Kill



Cloth - LOL. No reason to wear it.

Leather - Don't do this to yourself, please - not having an armor penalty to some skills isn't worth the lower AC.

Hide - Can potentially be the armor for you... if you keep your Dexterity very, very high (18+ at L1, and boosting it every time). Bear in mind a feature or two doesn't work if you go this route.

Chainmail - You get Scale for free; why wear this? 

Scale - That's more like it. Provides plenty of AC and qualifying for its specialization feat is pretty much a formality for you.

Plate - If you're willing to shell out the feats and a bit of Constitution, this can get you more AC than just about anything. But really, Con investment and feats for a rather pidly bonus? You can practicly do better with Linguist!

Shields - Unnecessary, considering your dependance on 2-handed weapons. But hey, if you want to shell out two feats and a quarter of your damage, who's stoping you?

Magic Equipment: Harbingers of the Kill


As is the norm for sections in this Handbook, if the piece of magic equipment isn't rated Black or higher, I won't be talking about it (especially important because this game has a colossal amount of equipment available). Hell, if other options overshadow it, I won't talk abou it at all.

Armor

I'm taking a leaf from the designers' book with regards to level distribution: the + sign indicates a progression every 5 levels, there's another version of the armor with an additional +1 enhancement bonus.


Level 2+



Dwarven Armor (Chain, Scale, Plate) (PHB) - Healing as a free action that doesn't spend a surge, and a bonus to Endurance checks as a bonus? OK!
 Just above dark blue.

Screaming Armor (Hide, Scale, Plate) (AV) - A free bonus to Intimidate (the combat usage of this is arguably broken), and a nifty debuffing power (with range, no less). A nice choice
, nearly light blue.

Shadow Hound Armor (Hide) (AV 2) - A nice defensive bonus to have when you get banged up. But it's hide, so you're kinda constricted.


Level 3+



Bestial Armor (Leather, Hide) (AV) - A very sweet aggressive property that can supplement your charges nicely. That said, it loses a lot of steam if you pick a power such as Trip Up, because of the free action attack restriction.

Defensive Armor (Any) (PHB 3) - This property features a solid Daily defense-booster, which becomes meatier with power points (it's better if you have access to those).


Level 4+



Battle Harness (Cloth, Leather, Hide) (D 368) - An initiative bonus is never bad (even if it doesn’t stack with a Warlord’s buff), and Quick Draw for free doesn’t hurt either. A pretty good choice.

Bloodcut Armor (Leather, Hide) (PHB) - Allows you to burn surges to gain resistance to all damage. A bit of a gamble, but fun for some of us.


Level 5+



Agile Armor (Chain, Scale, Plate) (AV) - Only usable by Heavy Armor wearers, and not really worth it until Paragon Tier, but good enough during Epic that it’s worth mentioning.


Supporting Armor (Scale, Plate) (AV 2) - Helps you keep your wits about you, which is always good.


Level 7+



Marauder's Armor (Hide) (AV 2) - Bonuses to AC when you charge. Need I say more?


Level 8+



Bloodiron Armor (Scale, Plate) (AV)
 - Extra AC against the target you're beating up sounds good to me.


Level 10+



Lifeblood Armor (Hide) (PHB 2) - If I’m reading this right, this grants you free HP just for using a short rest (which you will do; you want your Encounter powers back). Whoa.




Level 14+



Displacer Armor (Cloth, Leather, Hide) (AV) - A fantastic property, but it burns up a Magic Item Daily and only works for one turn. Still decent, though.




Level 15+



Bloodvine Armor (Hide) (PHB 2) - Expensive, but the power can help you stay alive. Worth a look.



Trollskin Armor (Hide, Scale) (PHB) - Regen is always a nice thing to have in your back pocket, but its steep cost puts a ceiling on how awesome it can be.




Level 19+



Great Cat Armor (Hide) (AV 2) - More mobility makes chargespam even easier for a Slayer who's willing to stick around in Hide.


Weapons

I'm taking a leaf from the designers' book with regards to level  distribution: the + sign indicates a progression every 5 levels, there's  another version of the armor with an additional +1 enhancement bonus.


Level 2+



Farbond Spellblade (Heavy Blade, Light Blade) (AV 2) - A great way for Heavy Blade and Light Blade users to get a genuine Ranged option. A darned awesome property for a backup weapon.

Vicious (Any) (PHB) - Pretty basic, but d12 crit dice are nice to have.


Level 3+



Blood Fury Weapon (Axe, Heavy Blade) (AV 2) - A couple of sweet benefits when you're Bloodied. A nice weapon to have for the power.

Carnage (Axe, Heavy Blade, Mace) (DSCS) - If you're in the gambling mood, this weapon can provide a very respectable damage bonus (which you can get more reliably if the weapon die is smaller or if you have multiple dice).

Cunning (Any Melee) (AV) - If you like (save ends) effects, this is the weapon for you.



Frost (Any) (PHB) - Combines with Wintertouched and Lasting Frost for eternal combat advantage and +5 damage. Better than ever, thanks to other items helping it beat cold resistance.


Frost Fury (Axe) (AV 2) - Pretty solid extra damage, and it has cold damage attached to it.

Inescapable (Any) (AV) - Buffs your attack bonus after a miss. Solid.

Luckblade (Heavy Blade, Light Blade) (AV) - Rerolls, which are great to have around.


Paired (Any One-Handed Melee) (AV) - Some pretty good economy for your weapons if you dual-wield.



Quick (Any) (AV) - Free basic attacks are fun.



Rhythm Blade (Light Blade) (AV 2) - Extra AC and Reflex for a dual-wielding Slayer is a pretty cool property to have.

Vanguard (Any Melee) (AV) - A bonus to damage while charging is excellent for a Slayer.


Level 4+



Avalanche Hammer (Hammer) (AV 2) - Some sweet extra damage when you charge. At its best early in your career, and if you're a Hammer user few properties are better for you.

Battlecrazed (Axe, Heavy Blade) (AV) - Some hefty extra damage while you’re bloodied, and its power makes you “bloodied” for 2 turns. Nice for your nova power.

Master's Blade (Heavy Blade, Light Blade) (AV 2) - An amazing property for Slayers, since you're in a Stance all the time, and the ability to assume two Stances at a time as a Daily is also sweet. Highly recommended.


Level 5+



Flaming (Any) (PHB) - This weapon is OK by itself, but it's great for Tieflings, thanks to Hellfire Blood and the rest of their fire-based racial goodies.


Lightning (Any) (PHB) - Makes Mark of Storm users very happy.


Level 8+



Dread (Any) (AV) - Slaps out defensive penalties like it's nobody's business.
 Great for setting yourself up for something ridiculous.


Level 10+



Berserker (Axe, Heavy Blade) (PHB) - A damage bonus for a penalty to all defenses, but resist all might be worth it, especially because you get +2 to hit as well. Unfortunately it’s real expensive...


Level 12+



Jagged (Axe, Heavy Blade, Light Blade) (AV) - Improved critical hits are very good to have on a Slayer.


Level 13+



Bloodiron (Any) (AV) - Your criticals are so nice, they damage twice.

Thundergod (Any Melee) (AV) - +2d6 damage on charges at Epic is a nice upgrade from Vanguard.


Level 14+



Battlemaster's (Any) (AV) - An extra go with an Encounter power for an Item Daily? That's always a good deal, especially for a Slayer, who doesn't get many of them.


Level 15+



Battle Spirit (Axe, Flail, Hammer, Heavy Blade, Mace, Spear) (AV 2) - This weapon allows you to make attacks against any target you can reach without having to worry about going around people. Awesome.

Chill Wind (Heavy Blade) (D 386) - It's expensive, but the properties it provides are a straight upgrade over the already awesome Frost Weapon. Excellent.

Radiant (Any) (AV) - Despite the rather high cost on this enchantment, it frees up some gold (and item slots) by providing a handy bonus to damage.

Reaper’s Axe (Axe) (AV 2) - A free attack and shift when you drop an opponent. Solid.


Arms

Since there is no set-in-stone progression symbol for items that don't follow the standard "every 5 levels" progression, I'm going to be labeling the levels at which each version of every item in this section is available.


Level 2



Bracers of Mighty Striking (L2/12/22) (PHB) - Pretty much the same as Iron Armbands of Power for you, plus they cost a lot less and you can actually buy them off a vendor if item rarity is being enforced. Good stuff.


Level 4



Counterstrike Guards (L4/14) (AV) - A decent item, it grants you more attacks as a reaction to your oppponent attacking you. The upgraded version 
is light-years better, as it allows you to do it every encounter.


Level 6



Iron Armbands of Power (L6/16/26) (AV) - No real reason to not wear them.


Level 10



Bloodsoaked Bracers (L10/20/30) (AV) - If you're OK with your damage being a huge spike instead of a steady flow, this is the item for you. Be warned, though; it doesn’t stack very well with other sources of damage, and it burns up a Magic Item Daily to do its job.


Level 19



Trollhide Braces (L19/29) (AV) - Regeneration is always a solid defensive choice.


Feet

Since there is no set-in-stone progression symbol for items that don't follow the standard "every 5 levels" progression, I'm going to be labeling the levels at which each version of every item in this section is available.


Level 2



Acrobat Boots (AV) - Cheap, and they let you stand up as a minor action (a very useful property).

Boots of Adept Charging (AV) - Dirt cheap, and they give you some extra mobility after a charge.


Level 7



Boots of the Fencing Master (AV) - Rewards you for moving around. What's not to like?

Rushing Cleats (AV) - This helps Polearm users get their push or slide shenanigans up and running.


Level 8



Boots of Quickness (L8/18/28) (AV) - A decent boost to your Reflex defense.




Level 9



Boots of Eagerness (AV) - Pretty cheap, and they pack a nice action advantage power.



Level 10



Boots of Sand and Sea (AV)
 - This is a cheap speed boost that also allows you to swim if you're in light armor. Not bad.



Boots of the Mighty Charge (D 381) - Using your prized Encounter power on a charge once per day can be awesome.


Level 11



Steady Boots of the Ram (AV 2) - Some nice mobility properties, and it's part of a pretty good item set.


Level 16



Survivor’s Boots
 (AV 2)
 - Yeah, they require you to be bloodied, but after that, you can pretty much do whatever you want in combat. That's gotta be worth something.


Level 22



Boots of Speed (AV) - +2 to speed and a decent power.




Level 24



Boots of Caiphon (AV 2) - They sap your HP, but it’s probably less damage than you would take for eating an OA, especially at these levels, and you ARE moving with a minor action...


Level 25



Sandals of Avandra (AV) - Expensive, but very powerful and allow for crazy mobility.


Level 28



Boots of Teleportation (AV) - Get them if you can afford them. That is all.


Hands

Since there is no set-in-stone progression symbol for items that don't follow the standard "every 5 levels" progression, I'm going to be labeling the levels at which each version of every item in this section is available.


Level 3



Gloves of Piercing (PHB) - Real cheap, and they should punch through most resistance to your attacks if they're not element-based.


Level 4



Gauntlets of Blood (L4/14/24) (AV 2) - A sweet damage bonus against bloodied targets.


Level 8



Gauntlets of the Ram (PHB) - More push is nice for the Polearm users in the audience.


Level 10



Dwarven Throwers (AV) - This allows you to make a basic attack with your main weapon at range once per encounter. Pretty cool.

Strikebacks (AV) - Hitting back when you get hit is an awesome property for a Slayer.


Level 11



Gloves of Ice (L11/21) (AV 2) - More damage for your cold attacks, or punch through cold resistance. Glorious, especially with Frost Weapons.


Level 13



Gloves of Missile Deflection (AV) - Some solid resistance against Ranged attacks.


Level 18



Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB) - A superior version of Brutal 1. Sweet.




Head

Since there is no set-in-stone progression symbol for items that don't follow the standard "every 5 levels" progression, I'm going to be labeling the levels at which each version of every item in this section is available.


Level 4



Casque of Tactics (L4/14/24) (AV) - An initiative bonus is good for anyone.




Level 6



Horned Helm (L6/16/26) (PHB) - Extra d6's while charging. Super sweet for a Slayer.


Level 8



Coif of Mindiron (L8/18/28) (AV) - Protects against an increasing array of mental conditions (albeit only against Will) as an ENCOUNTER POWER. Sexy.




Level 9



Helm of Battle (L9/19/29) (PHB) - Initiative bonuses for everyone!




Level 12



Charger's Headdress (AV 2) - Accuracy bonuses while charging are always appreciated, and it's part of an item set that gives you even more accuracy on a charge.


Level 14



Helm of Able Defense (AV 2) - A bonus to Will, and a bump to all defenses until you get hit is pretty good if you ask me.


Level 15



Carcanet of Psychic Schism (AV) - Slaps a penalty on you, but it sure beats being incapacitated.


Level 21



Coif of Focus (AV) - Comes by later in your career, and burns up a Magic Item Daily, but negating Daze or Stun is awesome.


Level 22



Helm of Ghostly Defense (PHB) - Helps you take the sting off your opponent’s hits.


Level 23



Eye of Awareness (AV) - A decent bonus to Will defense, and a huge initiative boost on top of that.


Neck

I'm taking a leaf from the designers' book with regards to level  distribution: the + sign indicates a progression every 5 levels, there's  another version of the armor with an additional +1 enhancement bonus.


Level 2+



Badge of the Berserker (AV 2) - You don't provoke OA's when charging. Ever. Absolutely amazing for a Slayer.

Cloak of Resistance (PHB) - Decent resistance for a turn.


Level 4+



Cloak of Distortion (AV) - Forces your enemies to get in close enough for you to engage them if they want to hit you with any kind of regularity.




Level 8+



Steadfast Amulet (AV) - This prevents daze or stun. 'Nuff said.




Level 9+



Amulet of False Life (PHB) - Your healing surge value in THP is a sweet ability, even if it's a Daily.




Level 10+



Periapt of Cascading Health (D 369) - Ends one effect per encounter, no questions asked. Win.



Level 13+



Amulet of Scales (D 365) - Scaling, immediate-application, encounter-long resistance to a keyword (which includes Arcane, Weapon, and the like, by the way) is nice.




Level 14+



Flamewrath Cape (AV) - Offers a nice damage boost, as well as disincentive for enemies attacking you. Only for one turn, though.

Timeless Locket (AV 2) - Turn a Minor into a Standard, and it has a hefty initiative bonus as well? A pretty good choice, even if the standard can't be used to attack.


Level 15+



Brooch of Vitality (AV) - More HP is NICE, especially the Epic Tier versions.



Cloak of Displacement (AV) - A nice bonus to AC and Reflex until you get hit, and a pretty cool power. Worth a look.

Necklace of Fireballs (AV) - Defense that packs some decent offense.



Torc of Power Preservation (AV) - It retains Encounter powers when you use them. Need I really say more?


Level 30



Scarab of Invulnerability (PHB) - Makes you immune to everything for a round. Sure, it's a Level 30 item, but you will enjoy the short amount of time you'll have it.


Rings

Remember, you can have two of these, so look out for Rings that either work well together or work well in doubles.


Level 13



Ring of Giants (D 378) - A sweet bonus to critical hit damage.


Level 14



Ring of Fury (D 366) - When you're bloodied, you let it be known.




Level 15



Ring of the Dragonborn Emperor (AV) - A rather unncessary (for you) damage bonus to close attacks, but it has a sweet way to respond when you get bloodied.


Level 16



Ring of Protection (PHB) - Generic defensive item. Useful, though it's about as exciting as watching grass grow.




Level 18



Bone Ring of Better Fortune (AV) - Since this halves all necrotic damage, it can potentially be better than a lot of resistance.


Ring of Ramming (AV) - Hands you a bit more 'oomph' on those push effects. Solid.




Level 19



Grace Ring of Prowess (AV 2) - A solid power that lets you rev up for +2 to hit before teeing off.


Level 20



Ring of Action Reversal
 (AV 2)
 - A hefty bonus to initiative checks, and a sweet benefit should you miss with your prized Encounter power.


Level 21



Ring of Heroic Insight (AV) - Allows you to buff yourself pretty well once per day.




Level 22



Blink Ring (AV) - Teleportation is nice to have.




Level 23



Greater Ring of Invisibility (AV 2) - Invisibility every encounter, and concealment the whole way after a milestone. This can be a great tool for a Slayer.


Level 24



Golden Ring of Teros (AV 2) - +2 to AC and Fortitude is nice to have, even if it’s conditional.


Level 26



Ring of Guarded Will (AV 2) - A nice bump to Will defense.


Level 27



Avandra’s Ring (AV 2) - Ignoring difficult terrain is pretty cool. Too bad it shows up so late...

Ring of the Phoenix (AV) - A pretty sweet revival ability.

Shadow Band (AV) - You can't really argue against +2 to all defenses as a static property...




Level 28



Ring of Elemental Mastery (MOTP) - Allows you to shave some elemental resistance off your opponent, or flat-out ignore it after a milestone. Solid, especially for people looking to exploit elemental synergies.



Level 29



Ring of Free Time (L29) (AV 2) - Expensive, but resist all 5 is great, as is an extra minor action every turn to pull off all those Utility powers simultaneously.


Level 30



Dauntless Champion’s Ring (AV 2) - For all you non-Demigods out there (you know who you are).

Nullifying Ring (AV) - A capstone defensive item. Pretty nuts... if you can foot the bill.


Waist

Since there is no set-in-stone progression symbol for items that don't follow the standard "every 5 levels" progression, I'm going to be labeling the levels at which each version of every item in this section is available.


Level 8



Belt of Lucky Strikes (D 365) - A free attack after you miss is a solid benefit.

Belt of Vim (L8/18/28) (AV) - Reinforces what will usually be your strongest defense.




Level 10



Diamond Cincture (L10/20/30) (AV 2) - It enables you to heal yourself, and also packs a bonus a to Fortitude. Tasty.


Level 11



Healer's Sash (L11/21) (AV) - Anything that allows you to heal your allies is at least worth mentioning, even post-errata.


Totemic Belt (AV) - Buffs for charging are nice to have.


Level 15



Belt of Giant Strength (PHB) - A meh offensive Daily buff, but a pretty cool bonus to skills.


Girdle of the Umber Hulk (L15/25) (AV) - A solid burrow power, and a boost to Fortitude.


Level 18



Belt of Mountain Endurance (D 365) - Getting your main ability score as a bonus to your healing surge value is sweet, and having a benefit on an AP is icing. A very good item for you.

Cord of Foresight (AV) - Frontloading a surge's worth of HP can be pretty solid for you.


Level 19



Belt of Breaching (AV 2) - Healing when you score a kill. Sweet.


Level 23



Belt of Vitality (AV) - Gets you up when you're down, and boosts Fortitude. Pretty cool.


Level 25



Belt of Titan Strength (PHB) - A strong buff for one turn, and strong skill bonuses.




Level 28



Sash of Regeneration (AV 2) - Regen while bloodied is nice.


Miscellaneous


Since there is no set-in-stone progression symbol for items that don't follow the standard "every 5 levels" progression, I'm going to be labeling the levels at which each version of every item in this section is available.


Dragonshard Augments:




Level 2



Eberron Shard of Lightning (L2/12/22) (EPG) - A great incentive to wield Lightning weapons.

Khyber Shard of the Fiery Depth (L2/12/22) (EPG) - Incentive for wielding Flaming weapons.

Siberys Shard of Merciless Cold (L2/12/22) (EPG) - Yet another reason to like Frost weapons.


Level 3



Siberys Shard of Radiance (L3/13/23) (EPG) - Another selling point for the Radiant weapon.


Wondrous Items:




Level 3



Demonskin Tattoo (L3/13/23) (AV 2) - While it may not be available every encounter, resistance to variable energy types is good enough to merit mention.


Level 5



Power Jewel (AV) - Getting another go with an Encounter power sounds good to me.


Level 9



Backlash Tattoo (AV 2) - A nice reprisal effect when you get bloodied.


Level 10



Salve of Power (AV) - Post-errata, this trades a surge for another Encounter power, which is a pretty good deal for most Strikers.


Level 11



Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381) - Gives you more chances to make the rolls you need to make.


Level 12



Foe Stone (AV) - Cheap, and it pinpoints your opponent’s weakest defense at will. Somebody in the party has to have this; why not you?

Stone of Earth (AV 2) - A no-questions-asked reroll for a Melee attack. Awesome.

Stone of Flame (AV 2) - Fire lovers want one of these around.

Stone of Light (AV 2) - If you're into Radiant damage, having a do-over in your back pocket sounds like a good idea to me.

Stone of Spirit (AV 2) - If you're partaking in Psychic attack support, a reroll is good stuff.

Stone of Storms (AV 2) - If lightning and thunder are your elements of choice, this is good to have.


Level 16



Solitaire (Aquamarine) (AV) - Free attacks after a critical are nice.


Level 21



Solitaire (Cerulean) (AV) - Expensive, but getting rid of (save ends) effects this easily should be.


Level 26



Solitaire (Violet) (AV) - Free AP’s after a crit are very nice to have, despite the high price tag.
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Sample Builds: Participants in the Kill


Central Casting

The primary goal here is to make use of the resources found in the Essentials books. As such, we will only be considering support from there, and will try to make this character the best he can be.

Race: Half-Orc.
Paragon Path: Mythic Slayer.
Epic Destiny: Destined Scion.

Ability Scores:
L1 – Str 18, Con 12, Dex 18, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L4 – Str 19, Con 12, Dex 19, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L8 – Str 20, Con 12, Dex 20, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L11 – Str 21, Con 13, Dex 21, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L14 – Str 22, Con 13, Dex 22, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L18 – Str 23, Con 13, Dex 23, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L21 – Str 26, Con 14, Dex 26, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L24 – Str 27, Con 14, Dex 27, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L28 – Str 28, Con 14, Dex 28, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14

Feats:
L1 – Axe Expertise
L2 – Weapon Focus (Axes)
L4 – Toughness
L6 – Improved Defenses
L8 – Improved Initiative
L10 – Resilient Focus
L11 – Iron Will
L12 – Superior Fortitude
L12 – Superior Reflexes (replaces Improved Defenses)
L14 – Disciple of Freedom
L16 – Disciple of Strength
L18 – Disciple of Stone
L20 – Disciple of the Wild
L21 – Eager Advance
L22 – Heat Adaptation
L24 – Cold Adaptation
L26 – Armor Finesse
L28 – Tenacious Resolve
L30 – Skill Focus (Intimidate)

Slayer Stances:
L1 – Battle Wrath
L1 – Berserker's Charge
L7 – Mobile Blade
L17 – Poised Assault

Utility Powers:
L2 – Single Out
L6 – Ignore Weakness
L10 – Clearheaded
L12 – Reaping Axe
L16 – Relentless Advance
L22 – Slayer's Defiance
L26 – Epic Recovery

Skills:
L1 – Athletics
L1 – Endurance
L1 – Intimidate

Magic Items at L30 (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Helm of Battle (Epic Tier) (PHB)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): 
+6 Elven Cloak (PHB)
L27 (1,625,000 gp):
 +6 Veteran's Elderhide Armor (AV)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Vicious Greataxe (PHB)
L24 (525,000 gp): Gauntlets of Blood (Epic Tier) (AV 2)
L22 (325,000 gp):
 Belt of Vigor (Epic Tier) (PHB)
L22 (325,000 gp):
 Bracers of Mighty Striking (Epic Tier) (PHB)
TOTAL:
 8,675,000 gp


The Berserker

This build's goal is to bring its enemies down with powerful charging blows, which has the side effect of making it a very mobile character as he zips about laying enemies low.

Race: Half-Orc.
Multiclass: Barbarian.
Paragon Path: Kensei.
Epic Destiny: Reincarnate Champion.
Past Life Race 1: Gnoll.
Past Life Race 2: Elf.

Ability Scores:
L1 – Str 18, Con 12, Dex 18, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L4 – Str 19, Con 12, Dex 19, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L8 – Str 20, Con 12, Dex 20, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L11 – Str 21, Con 13, Dex 21, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L14 – Str 22, Con 13, Dex 22, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L18 – Str 23, Con 13, Dex 23, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L21 – Str 24, Con 14, Dex 24, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L24 – Str 27, Con 14, Dex 25, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L28 – Str 28, Con 14, Dex 26, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14

Feats:
L1 – Weapon Proficiency (Gouge)
L2 – Spear Expertise
L4 – Weapon Focus (Spears)
L6 – Martial Cross-Training (Rain of Blows)
L8 – Surprising Charge
L10 – Powerful Charge
L11 – Impaling Spear
L11 – Reserve Maneuver (Trip Up) (replaces Powerful Charge)
L12 – Armor Specialization (Scale)
L14 – Headsman's Chop
L16 – Berserker's Fury (Acrobatics)
L18 – Improved Defenses
L20 – Powerful Charge
L21 – Long Step
L21 – Spear Mastery (replaces Powerful Charge)
L22 – Brutal Charge
L22 – Fierce Charge (replaces Headsman's Chop)
L24 – Martial Mastery
L26 – Epic Resurgence
L28 – Epic Will
L30 – Deadly Axe

Slayer Stances:
L1 – Battle Wrath
L1 – Berserker's Charge
L7 – Mobile Blade
L17 – Duelist's Assault

Encounter Powers:
L6 – Rain of Blows
L11 – Masterstroke
L11 – Trip Up (replaces Masterstroke)

Daily Powers:
L20 – Weaponsoul Dance

Utility Powers:
L2 – Single Out
L6 – Ignore Weakness
L10 – Clearheaded
L12 – Ultimate Parry
L16 – Relentless Advance
L22 – Slayer's Defiance
L26 – Swift Reincarnation

Skills:
L1 – Athletics
L1 – Endurance
L1 – Intimidate
L16 – Acrobatics

Magic Items at L30 (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV 2)
L28 (2,125,000 gp): +6 Thundergod Gouge (AV)
L27 (1,625,000 gp):
 +6 Badge of the Berserker (AV 2)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): 
+6 Dwarven Thrower Gouge (D 385)
L26 (1,125,000 gp):
 Horned Helm (Epic Tier) (PHB)
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):
 Boots of Caiphon (AV 2)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Aquamarine Solitaire (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp):
 Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp):
 Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp):
 Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): 
Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
TOTAL:
 13,171,200 gp


The Eldritch Slayer

This build looks to exploit the Eladrin race's natural teleportation abilities for solid mobility as well as easy-to-obtain combat advantage on the typical Slayer chassis.

Race: Eladrin.
Multiclass: Warlord.
Paragon Path: Kensei.
Epic Destiny: Destined Scion.

Ability Scores:
L1 – Str 16, Con 12, Dex 18, Int 12, Wis 8, Cha 12
L4 – Str 17, Con 12, Dex 19, Int 12, Wis 8, Cha 12
L8 – Str 18, Con 12, Dex 20, Int 12, Wis 8, Cha 12
L11 – Str 19, Con 13, Dex 21, Int 13, Wis 9, Cha 13
L14 – Str 20, Con 13, Dex 22, Int 13, Wis 9, Cha 13
L18 – Str 21, Con 13, Dex 23, Int 13, Wis 9, Cha 13
L21 – Str 24, Con 14, Dex 26, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 14
L24 – Str 25, Con 14, Dex 27, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 14
L28 – Str 26, Con 14, Dex 28, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 14

Feats:
L1 – Eladrin Soldier
L2 – Spear Expertise
L4 – Surprising Charge
L6 – Martial Cross-Training (Rain of Blows)
L8 – Powerful Charge
L10 – Bravura Leader
L11 – Impaling Spear
L11 – Reserve Maneuver (Trip Up) (replaces Powerful Charge)
L12 – Fey Charge
L14 – Feywild Flanker
L16 – Improved Defenses
L18 – Powerful Charge
L20 – Deadly Axe
L21 – Long Step
L21 – Spear Mastery (replaces Deadly Axe)
L22 – Martial Mastery
L24 – Epic Resurgence
L26 – Epic Will
L28 – Superior Initiative
L30 – Deadly Axe

Slayer Stances:
L1 – Battle Wrath
L1 – Berserker's Charge
L7 – Mobile Blade
L17 – Duelist's Assault

Encounter Powers:
L6 – Rain of Blows
L11 – Masterstroke
L11 – Trip Up (replaces Masterstroke)

Daily Powers:
L20 – Weaponsoul Dance

Utility Powers:
L2 – Single Out
L6 – Ignore Weakness
L10 – Clearheaded
L12 – Ultimate Parry
L14 – Glowering Threat (replaces Single Out)
L16 – Relentless Advance
L22 – Slayer's Defiance
L26 – Epic Recovery

Skills:
L1 – Acrobatics
L1 – Athletics
L1 – Endurance
L1 – Intimidate
L8 – Diplomacy

Magic Items at L30 (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV 2)
L28 (2,125,000 gp): +6 Thundergod Gouge (AV)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Badge of the Berserker (AV 2)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Thrower Gouge (D 385)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Marauder's Elderhide Armor (AV 2)
L26 (1,125,000 gp):
 Horned Helm (Epic Tier) (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Aquamarine Solitaire (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Boots of the Mighty Charge (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp):
 Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
TOTAL: 12,651,200 gp


The Lasher

This build looks to inject some versatility into the Slayer chassis by taking a very multi-talented weapon in the Spiked Chain.

Race: Human.
Multiclass: Spiked Chain.
Paragon Path: Kensei.
Epic Destiny: Destined Scion.

Ability Scores:
L1 – Str 18, Con 12, Dex 16, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L4 – Str 19, Con 12, Dex 17, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L8 – Str 20, Con 12, Dex 18, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L11 – Str 21, Con 13, Dex 19, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L14 – Str 22, Con 13, Dex 20, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L18 – Str 23, Con 13, Dex 21, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L21 – Str 24, Con 14, Dex 24, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L24 – Str 27, Con 14, Dex 25, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L28 – Str 28, Con 14, Dex 26, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14

Feats:
L1 – Spiked Chain Training
L1 – Light Blade Expertise
L2 – Weapon Focus (Light Blades)
L4 – Surprising Charge
L6 – Martial Cross-Training (Rain of Blows)
L8 – Powerful Charge
L10 – Toughness
L11 – Deft Blade
L11 – Reserve Maneuver (Trip Up) (replaces Powerful Charge)
L12 – Deadly Draw
L12 – Lashing Flail (replaces Toughness)
L14 – Armor Specialization (Scale)
L16 – Improved Defenses
L18 – Two-Weapon Fighting
L20 – Powerful Charge
L21 – Long Step
L21 – Light Blade Mastery (replaces Powerful Charge)
L22 – Martial Mastery
L24 – Two-Weapon Opening
L26 – Epic Resurgence
L28 – Epic Will
L30 – Two-Weapon Defense

Slayer Stances:
L1 – Battle Wrath
L1 – Berserker's Charge
L7 – Mobile Blade
L17 – Duelist's Assault

At-Will Powers:
L1 – Dual Strike

Encounter Powers:
L6 – Rain of Blows
L11 – Masterstroke
L11 – Trip Up (replaces Masterstroke)

Daily Powers:
L20 – Weaponsoul Dance

Utility Powers:
L2 – Single Out
L6 – Ignore Weakness
L10 – Clearheaded
L10 – Reactive Surge
L12 – Ultimate Parry
L16 – Relentless Advance
L22 – Slayer's Defiance
L26 – Epic Recovery

Skills:
L1 – Athletics
L1 – Endurance
L1 – Intimidate
L1 – Streetwise

Magic Items at L30 (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV 2)
L28 (2,125,000 gp): +6 Frost Dagger (PHB)
L28 (2,125,000 gp): +6 Frost Spiked Chain (PHB)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Badge of the Berserker (AV 2)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Horned Helm (Epic Tier) (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L22 (325,000 gp): Siberys Shard of Merciless Cold (Epic Tier) (EPG)
L22 (325,000 gp): Siberys Shard of Merciless Cold (Epic Tier) (EPG)
L21 (225,000 gp): Gloves of Ice (Epic Tier) (AV 2)
L16 (45,000 gp): Aquamarine Solitaire (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Boots of the Mighty Charge (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp): Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
TOTAL: 13,941,200 gp


The Northman

This build's goal is to bring the pain with the combination of cold damage and its attendant ton of damage bonuses.

Race: Half-Orc.
Paragon Path: Kensei.
Epic Destiny: Destined Scion.

Ability Scores:
L1 – Str 18, Con 12, Dex 18, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L4 – Str 19, Con 12, Dex 19, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L8 – Str 20, Con 12, Dex 20, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 12
L11 – Str 21, Con 13, Dex 21, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L14 – Str 22, Con 13, Dex 22, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L18 – Str 23, Con 13, Dex 23, Int 11, Wis 9, Cha 13
L21 – Str 24, Con 14, Dex 26, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L24 – Str 27, Con 14, Dex 27, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14
L28 – Str 28, Con 14, Dex 28, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 14

Feats:
L1 – Weapon Proficiency (Gouge)
L2 – Spear Expertise
L4 – Weapon Focus (Spears)
L6 – Martial Cross-Training (Rain of Blows)
L8 – Surprising Charge
L10 – Wintertouched
L11 – Lasting Frost
L11 – Reserve Maneuver (Trip Up) (replaces Surprising Charge)
L12 – Surprising Charge
L14 – Impaling Spear
L16 – Improved Defenses
L18 – Deadly Axe
L20 – Powerful Charge
L21 – Long Step
L21 – Spear Mastery (replaces Powerful Charge)
L22 – Martial Mastery
L24 – Epic Resurgence
L26 – Epic Will
L28 – Powerful Charge
L30 – Superior Initiative

Slayer Stances:
L1 – Battle Wrath
L1 – Berserker's Charge
L7 – Mobile Blade
L17 – Duelist's Assault

Encounter Powers:
L6 – Rain of Blows
L11 – Masterstroke
L11 – Trip Up (replaces Masterstroke)

Daily Powers:
L20 – Weaponsoul Dance

Utility Powers:
L2 – Single Out
L6 – Ignore Weakness
L10 – Clearheaded
L12 – Ultimate Parry
L16 – Relentless Advance
L22 – Slayer's Defiance
L26 – Epic Recovery

Skills:
L1 – Athletics
L1 – Endurance
L1 – Intimidate
L16 – Acrobatics

Magic Items at L30 (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV 2)
L28 (2,125,000 gp): +6 Frost Gouge (PHB)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Badge of the Berserker (AV 2)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Thrower Gouge (D 385)
L27 (1,625,000 gp):
 +6 Marauder's Elderhide Armor (AV 2)
L26 (1,125,000 gp):
 Horned Helm (Epic Tier) (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L22 (325,000 gp): Siberys Shard of Merciless Cold (Epic Tier) (EPG)
L21 (225,000 gp):
 Gloves of Ice (Epic Tier) (AV 2)
L16 (45,000 gp): Aquamarine Solitaire (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Boots of the Mighty Charge (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp)
: Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
TOTAL: 13,116,200 gp


The Rainmaker

This build's goal is simple - attack as much as possible, and get as many bonuses on those attacks as you can. To that end, it will be packing all the multi-attacking and combat advantage tricks it can get its hands on.

Race: Human.
Multiclass: Avenger.
Paragon Path: Adroit Explorer.
Epic Destiny: Destined Scion.

Ability Scores:
L1 – Str 18, Con 12, Dex 16, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 10
L4 – Str 19, Con 12, Dex 17, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 10
L8 – Str 20, Con 12, Dex 18, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 10
L11 – Str 21, Con 13, Dex 19, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 11
L14 – Str 22, Con 13, Dex 20, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 11
L18 – Str 23, Con 13, Dex 21, Int 9, Wis 13, Cha 11
L21 – Str 24, Con 14, Dex 24, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 12
L24 – Str 27, Con 14, Dex 25, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 12
L28 – Str 28, Con 14, Dex 26, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 12

Feats:
L1 – Spear Expertise
L1 – Weapon Proficiency (Gouge)
L2 – Weapon Focus (Spears)
L4 – Superior Reflexes
L6 – Martial Cross-Training (Rain of Blows)
L8 – Surprising Charge
L10 – Powerful Charge
L11 – Disciple of Divine Wrath
L11 – Impaling Spear (replaces Powerful Charge)
L12 – Armor Specialization (Scale)
L14 – Berserker's Fury (Athletics)
L16 – Iron Will
L18 – Superior Fortitude
L20 – Powerful Charge
L21 – Long Step
L21 – Spear Mastery (replaces Powerful Charge)
L22 – Martial Mastery
L24 – Epic Resurgence
L26 – Epic Will
L28 – Deadly Axe
L30 – Powerful Charge

Slayer Stances:
L1 – Battle Wrath
L1 – Berserker's Charge
L7 – Mobile Blade
L17 – Duelist's Assault

Encounter Powers:
L6 – Rain of Blows
L11 – Rain of Blows

Daily Powers:
L20 – Bloodied Greatness

Utility Powers:
L2 – Single Out
L6 – Ignore Weakness
L10 – Clearheaded
L12 – Destined for Greatness
L16 – Relentless Advance
L22 – Slayer's Defiance
L26 – Swift Reincarnation

Skills:
L1 – Athletics
L1 – Endurance
L1 – Heal
L1 – Intimidate
L11 – Religion

Magic Items at L30 (Expected GP = 14,625,000):
L29 (2,625,000 gp): Ring of Free Time (AV 2)
L28 (2,125,000 gp): +6 Thundergod Gouge (AV)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Badge of the Berserker (AV 2)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Elderscale Armor (PHB)
L27 (1,625,000 gp): +6 Dwarven Thrower Gouge (D 385)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Horned Helm (Epic Tier) (PHB)
L26 (1,125,000 gp): Iron Armbands of Power (Epic Tier) (AV)
L25 (625,000 gp): Belt of Titan Strength (PHB)
L18 (85,000 gp): Gauntlets of Destruction (PHB)
L16 (45,000 gp): Aquamarine Solitaire (AV)
L13 (17,000 gp): Ring of Giants (D 378)
L12 (13,000 gp): Stone of Earth (AV 2)
L11 (9,000 gp): Dice of Auspicious Fortune (D 381)
L10 (5,000 gp): Boots of the Mighty Charge (D 381)
L9 (4,200 gp):
 Backlash Tattoo (AV 2)
TOTAL: 12,651,200 gp
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The Power strike feats should be rated and are currently missing. I think heavy blade strike inparticular is cool.

 I really think the arena style feats are also worth rating for such a weapon focused class.
The Power strike feats should be rated and are currently missing. I think heavy blade strike inparticular is cool.

 I really think the arena style feats are also worth rating for such a weapon focused class.



Both Heavy Blade Strike and Flail Strike should be pretty high on the rankings since they have the possibility of giving extra attacks.
Don't forget to mention some of the small weapon options from MME, especially the pike and war pick. They show that a small character can be pretty optimal. 
I think the Axe Power Strike feat is a good one as well, considering that at paragon if you're using a d10 axe you get full weapon damage on a miss with it, and more than weapon damage at epic. And since it can target minions it's useful for triggering things that happen when you kill people (Reaper's Axe, Relentless Advance, etc). The latter is probably the more useful part of it, though dealing damage on a miss is nice.
Few of those feats are worth the feat.
Axe Strike is awful
With Flail strike, the enemy is simply not going to stand up most of the time
With Heavy Blade Strike, It requires you to be adjacent to another enemy, and so can be wasted, but is probably the best of them, however...

Why aren't you using a gouge?  
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I think Zelink is being kind when he says " few of those feats are worth the feat(slot)" .

I would replace "few" with "none".


Get yourself some accuracy, damage, charge support, whatever, anything.. as long as it is not "linguist", you'll do better with that feat than you would had you picked up any of the power strike feats.
Few of those feats are worth the feat.
Axe Strike is awful
With Flail strike, the enemy is simply not going to stand up most of the time
With Heavy Blade Strike, It requires you to be adjacent to another enemy, and so can be wasted, but is probably the best of them, however...

Why aren't you using a gouge?  



There's always going to be a best weapon.

There's also going to be other weapons that people want to use.

And then there are people that want to play something (such as Small charchters) that are willing to limit themselves for a variety of reasons.

Gouge should be the suggested weapon. Spear + Axe support 2d6 Brutal 1 is just really hard to pass up. That doesn't mean some people won't want to play other weapons and hope to have something more here than "you should be using a gouge instead."
I actually love the Power Strike Feats, but I actually have to agree with hermit- as a Striker, most of the Power Strike Feats aren't very focused on, well, striking!  They all have their place, but let's take a closer look:

Axe Strike: damage even when you miss sounds good on paper, but you're really best served to just wait until your next attack.  The Slayer chassis grants a very high accuracy, and wasting a power strike on 5/10/15 damage is very meh.  And as far as auto-killing minions, well, don't we have controllers for that?

Flail Strike: transparency indicates the target would know that they would provoke by standing up.  While being prone sucks, who wants to take a second hit from a Slayer?  Worse, the initial Power Strike damage is reduced, so you're actually reducing your damage output to keep a guy from standing up.  Don't get me wrong, this is a very good Feat...for the Knight.

Hammer Strike: reducing your damage output for a daze isn't worth it as a striker.  A Knight just throws this in their arsenal of denial and laughs all the way to the bank.

Heavy Blade Strike: awesome, but impractical.  I mean, basically, you take this Feat on the off chance you kill something without the use of Power Strike, and have another viable target adjacent to you.  Or, you could take Martial Cross Training for a close burst 1...wait what am I saying?  ^_^

Light Blade Strike: losing [W] damage for extra accuracy...not worth it.  And if you ARE using a Light Blade as a Slayer, you'll swap this out in Paragon in like, two seconds, right?

Mace Strike: worse than Light Blade Strike in every regard, especially since there are no good maces for a Slayer.  I mean, Singing Stick?  Really?

Pick Strike: this Feat sounds a lot better than it really is.  It does increase your damage output, in theory, but you have to look at how much of your DPR is actually from Power Strike.  Now increase just that amount by 10%.  And do note that as you get more [W] from Power Strike, options that increase your critical range start appearing anyways. 

Spear Strike: I love this Feat, and it drive a lot of the nastiness in some of my Dex-Slayer Mobile Blade Abuse builds.  And yet, I do have to admit, making an enemy unable to attack you isn't the Slayer's job.  Especially at the cost of [W] damage.

Staff Strike: there are far easier ways to get combat advantage.  Starting at level 2 with a utility power.  I wouldn't even suggest this for an Eladrin Staff Knight.  Yes, it does grant CA for your whole party, but other classes can do this a lot better than the Slayer.

If you have a build that uses one of these Feats to great effect, more power to you!  But they probably aren't actually increasing your offensive punch.  There's something to be said for adding utility to a character, but ideally, that wouldn't come at a loss of power.

EDIT: on the subject of the gouge.  It is a hilariously good weapon for the Slayer.  However, I don't think anyone should underestimate the spiked chain as an alternative. 
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Few of those feats are worth the feat.
Axe Strike is awful
With Flail strike, the enemy is simply not going to stand up most of the time
With Heavy Blade Strike, It requires you to be adjacent to another enemy, and so can be wasted, but is probably the best of them, however...

Why aren't you using a gouge?  


Because its campaign specific, not everyone has DM's which will allow you to use darksun material.

 And regardless, handbooks should showcase more than 1 build/option.

I  think heavy blade powerstrike is pretty good, it really depends on what kind of campain you play in.
 I often find myself fighting 2 enemies or more at once as a frontline striker. if your going to finish someone off, a free attack on the next one is brilliant.
Gouge is not campaign specific. 4e intentionally opens up material in campaign books into the general ruleset (with the sole exception of Dragonmarks). Which is a brilliant decision, since it makes Campaign setting books splat books for everyone else even if they have no intention of running a campaign in that world.

Handbooks rate available options. Since the gouge is nearly always the best option in the case of the Slayer, it gets the highest rating. By a large margin. Because that is the case, it makes anything that doesn't work with the Gouge much less attractive overall.
There are many games in which the gouge is not available, purely because it is in a Dark Sun book. Honest.
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There are many games in which the gouge is not available, purely because it is in a Dark Sun book. Honest.


There are also many games in which 'evil' races like drow are not allowed. And there are many games that are 'Essentials only' or 'pre-Essentials only'. Many DMs only allow options from books they personally own, which can often be quite a small subset. I've even seen a DM on these forums state in all seriousness that he bans monks because he thinks they are 'overpowered' (because "they have twice as many powers as anyone else").

But none of those are the 4e default, and CharOp guides are going to be the most useful/helpful to the largest number of potential players if they go with the 4e default. A guide that outright ignores the fact that a particular option is almost always the optimal choice, just because it is not available in absolutely every campaign ever, is doing a disservice to those who come to it for advice.

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Gouge should be rated the highest.  No questions their.

But that doesn't mean every other weapon is uselsess.  

In heroic (before impailing spear), the greatsword has a nice to-hit edge, and Revenant rather like battlecrazed weapons for instance.  (of course, they also like frost fury gouges... but i digress).  

Flails have a superb expertise.  Lighting Net's can make you a defender or make a great troll build (mobile warrior + prone + slow + repell charge = keep away).

Lightblades get even higher accuracy, along with allowing TWO for your death from two sides + divine oracle ally.  Harmoney ones even give you the recursive crits.

Greatspears have +1 to hit and reach.  Which can be really good depending on the group.

Pick-sy chargers have streak of light and can hit artillary on turn 1.

Axes... ok, don't see any advantage here, unless you take axe expertise first.

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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.

A guide that outright ignores the fact that a particular option is almost always the optimal choice, just because it is not available in absolutely every campaign ever, is doing a disservice to those who come to it for advice.

And a guide that ignores all other options quickly becomes useless.

Sometimes it's useful to know what paragon path to take on a thief that isn't Kulkor Arms Master.
Sometimes it's useful to know how weapons other than a gouge stack up. Even for a Slayer.

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Given that Axe Strike is most useful in a particular situation (you miss a minion and have an ability that would grant an extra attack if you had killed that minion, i.e. Reaper's Axe), I suppose it should be rated Purple. Not all builds will use Reaper's Axe or the like, so that situation is less common for them.

In response to:  
Axe Strike: damage even when you miss sounds good on paper, but you're really best served to just wait until your next attack.  The Slayer chassis grants a very high accuracy, and wasting a power strike on 5/10/15 damage is very meh.  And as far as auto-killing minions, well, don't we have controllers for that?

(emphasis added)

 As a striker, I'd think it's better to kill enemies now instead of later. Without the extra support for getting benefits when you kill something it's less attractive, but using Axe Strike could turn a miss, and a wasted turn, into at least one kill, with the possibility of other kills that turn.
Updated the mundane equipment section. Couple of gouge related snark comments.
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Absorbing Man: there are times when you might want Axe Strike, true, ie; you're up against minions or enemies who are at death's door...but to me it just feels like you're spending a Feat to turn Power Strike into Magic Missile.  It's very easy to get the Slayer to the point where he hits on some rather low numbers as well.

For example, let's say you're totally insane, and you decide you want to play, oh, I don't know, a Kalashtar Slayer.  Even with 16 Str/Dex*, at level 1, you can take a +3 proficiency weapon, the appropriate expertise Feat, and use Poised Assault Stance for a +9 to hit (and Berserker's Charge for +11).  Using the straight-up DMG update/MM3 guidelines, that means a Slayer can be built to hit Brutes and Artillery at-level on a 4, Skirmisher/Lurker/Controller monsters on a 6, and Soldiers on a 8.

*or go 18 Dex and Melee Training for the same results.

A Half-Orc Axe Slayer could go 20 Str/16 Dex at level 1, and take ye olde greataxe and axe expertise, plus poised assault (and berseker's charge) to get +10 to hit (and +12 on charges).  Damage would be 1d12+8, with Power Strike able to deal 1d12 damage.  Such a character only has a 20% (1-4) chance to miss the average enemy to begin with.  Which means Axe Strike is only useful to them 20% of the time, and then it's a fairly lame consolation prize, as Power Strike will, on the average, deal 6-7 damage (trying to take Axe Expertise into account, the actual math eludes me), and Axe Strike deals 5.

Again, I'm not saying the Feat has no use, but it seems very niche, and there are quite a few other Feats a Slayer will want first.               
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As this handbook is only in need of some updating and such, I feel that I have the resources to add niche feats as long as I put them under a separate tab do as to avoid clutter.
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Stuff I Heard Mike Say (subject to change): Multiclassing will be different than in 3.5! That's important. There is no level cap; classes advance ala 3.5 epic levels after a set level. Mundane (AKA fighter and co) encounter and daily powers will probably not be in the PHB (for the lack of space), but nor will they be in some obscure book released halfway through the edition.
You can't please everyone, but you can please me. I DO NOT WANT A FREAKING 4E REPEAT. I DO NOT WANT A MODULE THAT MIMICS MY FAVORITE EDITION. I WANT MODULES THAT MIMIC A PLAYSTYLE AND CAN BE INTERCHANGED TO COMPLETELY CHANGE THE FEEL, BUT NOT THE THEME, OF D&D. A perfect example would be an espionage module, or desert survival. A BAD EXAMPLE IS HEALING SURGES. WE HAVE 4E FOR THOSE! A good example is a way to combine a mundane and self healing module, a high-survival-rate module, and a separate pool of healing resource module.
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I looked at the Power Strike power again, and I agree with you. I had forgot that the damage bumps up to 2[W] at level 17. While getting almost max base weapon damage on a miss can be useful, missing out on an extra 2[W] damage boost is not worth it. I think if I were to take Axe Strike at  all, it'd be sometime in the late heroic, early paragon, and then retrain it at or before 17th level. I think before 17th level it's Purple, but after that it's probably Red.

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No, Axe Strike is definately red, as its a feat you could spend on something so much freaking better.
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
Gouge is not campaign specific. 4e intentionally opens up material in campaign books into the general ruleset (with the sole exception of Dragonmarks).



Even Dragonmarks are open to all, LFR simply chose to ban them privately.
I'll admit... the gouge is way more likely to be useful for your game than dragonmarks. Even outside of LFR, haven't had much luck getting access to them.
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The gouge isn't heavily tied into campaign fluff either, its just a type of weapon.
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
Good luck on your handbook Zelkon! It's appreciated that you're willing to maintain and keep it up to date.


And a guide that ignores all other options quickly becomes useless.


Did anybody actually suggest ignoring options outright?

But if an option is only really worth considering in a decidedly non-default campaign, then a CharOp guide's ratings probably ought to reflect that. IMO.

"My flying carpet is full of elves."

I need some advice for figuring out what theme to chose for my character.  Our DM gave us free basic expertise and focus feats which IMO opened up quite a bit for my character.

Dead-eye Sterling

Dead-eye Sterling, level 11
Half-Elf, Fighter (Slayer), Sharpshooter
Slayer Weapon Specialization Option: Sweeping Sword
Half-Elf Power Selection Option: Dilettante
Auspicious Birth (Auspicious Birth Benefit)

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 11, CON 16, DEX 21, INT 9, WIS 18, CHA 11

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 10, CON 13, DEX 18, INT 8, WIS 13, CHA 10


AC: 28 Fort: 23 Ref: 20 Will: 22
HP: 96 Surges: 12 Surge Value: 24

TRAINED SKILLS
Athletics +10, Endurance +13, Intimidate +10, Perception +14

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Acrobatics +10, Arcana +4, Bluff +5, Diplomacy +7, Dungeoneering +9, Heal +9, History +4, Insight +11, Nature +9, Religion +4, Stealth +10, Streetwise +5, Thievery +10

POWERS
Basic Attack: Melee Basic Attack
Basic Attack: Ranged Basic Attack
Multiple Class Attack: Power Strike
Fighter Utility: Mobile Blade
Fighter Utility: Poised Assault
Fighter Utility: Battle Wrath
Hunter's Quarry Power: Hunter's Quarry
Ranger Attack 1: Twin Strike
Fighter Utility 2: Glowering Threat
Fighter Utility 6: Ignore Weakness
Fighter Utility 10: Clearheaded
Sharpshooter Attack 11: Stab and Shoot

FEATS
Level 1: Weapon Proficiency (Greatbow)
Level 2: Warrior of the Wild
Level 6: Superior Fortitude
Level 8: Superior Will
Level 10: Melee Training (Dexterity)
Level 11: Weapon Expertise (Bow)
Level 11: Weapon Focus (Bow)
Level 11: Versatile Master
Level 11: Armor Specialization (Scale)

ITEMS
Greatbow of Long Range +3 x1
Dragonrider Scale Armor +3 x1

Why not play a ranger?
I realize this isn't terribly helpful, but Ranged Rangers handily beat ranged slayers, slayers are pretty much meant to charge. 
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
Why not play a ranger?
I realize this isn't terribly helpful, but Ranged Rangers handily beat ranged slayers, slayers are pretty much meant to charge. 


You get 12 more hit points, your attack rating is the same, you get more damage from twin strike (1D12 +12 as opposed to 1d12+5) and your RBA (+17 [+23 if you're in unfettered fury stance if you take -2 to the attack] vs +11), being able to pick up superior fortitude/will at heroic.  I can also just use paragon feats to snatch up the better encounter powers (sucks you have to eat a feat to gain a fighter encounter then trade it through a MC power feat.)

What kind of themes would you suggest for a ranged ranger? ;)
You also lose out on Prime Shot, Called Shot, and a Nova, not to mention swapping for swift shot, and a host of other things.
Power swapping for you requires 2 feats, one to lose power strike, and one to take a ranger power.
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
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