by lamillerran, Feb 15,2010

Builds: Balanced Cleric

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Balanced Cleric Discussion

This is the trickiest build to pull off since you need to be good at everything. Chances are you will be struggling with spread out stats, equipment, and feats. The plus side is that you are useful in more situations, have your pick of powers, and fit in with more types of parties. Your race choice really should have a bonus to either wisdom or strength, For races you will want one that has either a strength or wisdom buff, with preferably a buff in charisma, dexterity, or constitution as well. Good choices include Dwarf, Dragonborn, Half Orc, Longtooth shifter, Goliath, and Elf.
The only way you can get 2 18s in your attack stats to start out with right now is with a longtooth shifter. A 16 16 12 12 10 8 array will get you Str 18 Con 12 Dex 10 Int 8 Wis 18 Cha 12. That is a a good balanced build, but if you just bump str and wis you will not qualify for any weapon or armor specialization feats. You can still get scale at paragon and should probably consider getting some shield feats in heroic along with a bastard sword, unless you stick with a mace & shield. Your other choice is to go with a reach weapon (great spear) and hope for the best by hiding behind your defenders, but clerics are always a tempting target for DMs to go after.
Other possible builds let you start with 2 16s or 1 18 and 1 16. A half orc can start with a similar point buy as above and end up with Str 18 Con 10 Dex 15 int 8 wis 16 cha 11. Still does not qualify for any more armor feats, but can get shield or chain specialization and the heavy blade feats at the cost of a slightly lower charisma mod. A point spread of 16 14 14 13 10 8 on a dwarf lets you go with a final spread of str 16 con 15 dex10 int 8 wis16 cha 14, This lets you qualify for armor up to plate mail, the axe feats, and still have a decent charisma. An elf can do the same with a bastard sword and shields by switching con and dex.
For feats you are best off getting the focused expertise feat from dragon magazine and then getting a weapon/implement combo. If your DM does not allow that then you will still need to get both feats by mid paragon. After this and any weapon/armor feats and maybe a CD and cleric feats and some racial feats you will not have that many feats left so multiclassing more than intro feat is probably out.
For paragon paths you have your pick of more than any other builds. Any of the PHB will work as will any of the lazer/balanced/battle focused ones in DP and so will the racial ones. Just do not pick the nondamaging healing ones.

Balanced Cleric Example

Decent at everything and no glaring weaknesses except for equipment and feats being spread thin since I did not let myself use dragon magazine material. What he lacks in defense he kind of makes up for in resistances and regeneration.
Longtooth Brother Balance, level 30
Longtooth Shifter, Cleric, Warpriest, Saint
Background: Shifter - Moonspeaker (+2 to Religion)
Str 26, Con 14, Dex 12, Int 10, Wis 26, Cha 14.
Str 16, Con 12, Dex 10, Int 8, Wis 16, Cha 12.

AC: 45 Fort: 43 Reflex: 36 Will: 47
HP: 171 Surges: 9 Surge Value: 42
Religion +23, Diplomacy +25, Insight +29, Heal +29
Acrobatics +16, Arcana +15, Bluff +17, Dungeoneering +23, Endurance +19, History +15, Intimidate +19, Nature +23, Perception +23, Stealth +16, Streetwise +17, Thievery +16, Athletics +25
Cleric: Ritual Caster
Level 1: Weapon Proficiency (Greatspear)
Level 2: Implement Expertise (holy symbol)
Level 4: Weapon Expertise (Spear)
Level 6: Arcana Ward
Level 8: Power of Skill
Level 10: Battle Healer
Level 11: Armor Proficiency (Scale)
Level 12: Paragon Defenses (retrained to Robust Defenses at Level 21)
Level 14: Polearm Gamble
Level 16: Armored by Faith
Level 18: Corellon's Grace
Level 20: Beasthide Shifting
Level 21: Supreme Healer
Level 22: Radiant Advantage
Level 24: Reactive Healing
Level 26: Font of Radiance
Level 28: Glorious Channeler
Level 30: Punishing Radiance
Channel Divinity: Turn Undead
Cleric at-will 1: Righteous Brand
Cleric at-will 1: Sacred Flame
Cleric encounter 1: Healing Strike
Cleric daily 1: Beacon of Hope
Cleric utility 2: Life Transference
Cleric encounter 3: Light of Arvandor
Cleric daily 5: Rune of Peace
Cleric utility 6: Stream of Life
Cleric encounter 7: Searing Light
Cleric daily 9: Blade Barrier
Cleric utility 10: Shielding Word
Cleric encounter 13: Inspiring Strike (replaces Healing Strike)
Cleric daily 15: Seal of Warding (replaces Beacon of Hope)
Cleric utility 16: Cloak of Courage
Cleric encounter 17: Divine Phalanx (replaces Light of Arvandor)
Cleric daily 19: Realm of Battle (replaces Rune of Peace)
Cleric utility 22: Adjure the Chosen
Cleric encounter 23: Spirit Flame (replaces Searing Light)
Cleric daily 25: Seal of Protection (replaces Blade Barrier)
Cleric encounter 27: Scouring Smite (replaces Inspiring Strike)
Cleric daily 29: Breath of the Stars (replaces Seal of Warding)
Ritual Book, Adventurer's Kit, Translocating Elderscale Armor +6, Trespasser's Bane Greatspear +6, Brooch of Shielding +6, Symbol of Foe Turning +6, Bone Ring of Preservation (paragon tier), Ring of the Zealous (paragon tier), Executioner's Bracers (epic tier), Boots of Speed (epic tier), Gauntlets of Destruction (paragon tier), Eye of Awareness (epic tier), Solitaire (Cerulean) (epic tier), Baldric of Valor (epic tier), Tattoo of the Wolverine (paragon tier), Stone of Light (paragon tier), Foe Stone (paragon tier), Handy Haversack (heroic tier), Rope of Climbing (heroic tier), Grasping Javelin +4, Bag of Holding (heroic tier) (2), Obsidian Steed (heroic tier), Sextant of the Planes (paragon tier)
Gentle Repose, Brew Potion