Hi every fellow optimizers. I need your help with my Bear warrior build!
The main purpose is to optimize damage output. Right now I am level 9 (build is presented further down), and I am not quite sure where to go after my five levels of bear warrior. My idea is to pick either “figher 2” or “fist of the forest 3” at level 12, but I can’t decide. At level 13 I had planned to progress as Warblade and picking “Crushing weight of the mountain” stance to complement my improved grab from brown bear form, and then picking Pouncing strike maneuver at level 15. I would then be able to use full iterative with my unarmed strikes and my three natural weapons as secondaries, finishing with a grapple on one or two of the claw attacks, with constricting damage from my stance.
However there is a long way to level 15 and right now I am lacking damage when moving. What can I do to somewhat overcome this? My GM won’t let me pick up pounce (lion totem variant or “snow tiger berserker” feat), so the only pounce option is “pouncing strike” at level 15.
I was considering going fighter at level 12 and spend my fighter feat on improved bulrush so I qualify to “Shock trooper” feat at level 15 (the same level I get pouncing charge), but it seems that the headless charges only works with the first attack of the pounce, and therefore I am not sure it’s worth it. I also consider “snap kick” feat at level 12, but which feats should I then pick at level 15 and 18 (leap attack with 1:1 power attack?)? And if I pick snap kick at level 12, what class should I get at that level? And if I should pick fighter, what feat can you recommend? I can’t seem to find any useful fighter feats besides improved bulrush for qualifying for shock trooper. Am I missing something?
So TL;DR: I need inputs to improve my build. All kind inputs are appreciated; including comments regarding the build in general (for an instance regarding my earlier levels), so next time I want to play a bear warrior, it will be even better built.
This is the build so far (I am level 9 at the moment):
|Level 1||Monk 1||Endurance, Great fortitude, Improved grapple (monk), Impr. Unarmed Strike (Monk), Steadfast determination (flaw)|
Combat reflexes (Monk)
|Level 3||Barbarian 1||Extra rage|
|Level 4||Figher 1||Power attack (fighter)|
|Level 5||Fist of the forest 1|
|Level 6||Fist of the forest 2||Extra rage|
|Level 7||Bear Warrior 1|
|Level 8||Bear Warrior 2|
|Level 9||Bear Warrior 3||Multiattack|
|Level 10||Bear Warrior 4|
|Level 11||Bear Warrior 5|
|Level 12||Fighter 2 / Fist of the forest 3||? / ?|
|Level 13||Warblade 1|
|Level 14||Warblade 2|
|Level 15||Warblade 3||?|
|Level 16||Warblade 4|
|Level 17||Warblade 5|
|Level 18||Warblade 6||?|
|Level 19||Warblade 7|
|Level 20||Warblade 8|
Edit: I am allowed to use Head, face, shoulders, waist, arms and throat slots when in bear form.