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sigtrent
09-13-2007, 06:30 PM
From Sigtrent's Build Request Thread (http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=117232)

Build Name: Dwarven Defender
Author: Sigfried Trent
Requester: Sneak Thief
Last Updated: 06/30/10

Key Words [Stalwart Defender, Dwarf, Axe, Fighter]

Objectives
The requester wanted a dwarven defender, built as close to the PnP prestige class as possible. Mind you this was before the defender prestige enhancements were in the game. At the time I rightly predicted in the original that they would be implemented that way. He wanted 2 classes max, dodge, toughness, and endurance (which isn’t in ddo).

Design
The original was Fighter/Paladin but for the revamp I wanted to go with a pure fighter to really capitalize on the Stalwart Defender prestige enhancement. I decided defense was the priority but good damage was a close second. Due to the glancing blows you can get on dwarven axes, the two handed fighting line seemed like a good bet.

Due to the lowish charisma I loaded up on Intimidate bonuses wherever I could get them. The same goes for anything bumping AC and a few other defensive goodies like shield mastery. On the offense side it’s hard to beat the specializations and improved critical. Enhancements were tight as usual and not every offense opportunity was utilized.

I tried to peg the dex vs armor mastery to get optimal performance from full plate and tower shield (mithral if you crank on exceptional dex bonuses). You should get the feats you need at about the right time for your dex item bumps. AC should be top notch for a shield tank, especially if you have raid style buffing available. Even if you don’t its really solid.

Hit points are quite good, but saves are not all that great, even with dwarven bonuses. Defensive spell buffs are definitely recommended. The build has no self healing to speak of but outside of raids you really shouldn’t take much damage if play it safe. Solo play is pretty good so long as you get the jump on casters and avoid casting named bosses.


Character Plan by DDO Character Planner Version 3.34
DDO Character Planner Home Page (http://www.rjcyberware.com/DDO)

Level 20 Neutral Good Dwarf Male
(20 Fighter)
Hit Points: 426
Spell Points: 0
BAB: 20\20\25\30\30
Fortitude: 17
Reflex: 9
Will: 7

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Abilities Base Stats Modified Stats
(32 Point) (Level 1) (Level 20)
Strength 16 26
Dexterity 14 16
Constitution 18 21
Intelligence 12 14
Wisdom 8 10
Charisma 8 10

Tomes Used
+1 Tome of Intelligence used at level 3
+2 Tome of Strength used at level 7
+2 Tome of Dexterity used at level 7
+2 Tome of Constitution used at level 7
+2 Tome of Intelligence used at level 7
+2 Tome of Wisdom used at level 7
+2 Tome of Charisma used at level 7

Starting Feat/Enhancement
Base Skills Modified Skills
Skills (Level 1) (Level 20)
Balance 4 17
Bluff -1 0
Concentration 4 5
Diplomacy -1 0
Disable Device n/a n/a
Haggle -1 0
Heal -1 0
Hide 2 3
Intimidate 3 37
Jump 7 25
Listen -1 0
Move Silently 2 3
Open Lock n/a n/a
Perform n/a n/a
Repair 1 2
Search 1 4
Spot -1 0
Swim 3 8
Tumble n/a 14
Use Magic Device n/a n/a

Level 1 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+2)
Skill: Intimidate (+4)
Skill: Jump (+4)
Feat: (Selected) Toughness
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Two Handed Fighting
Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost I
Enhancement: Dwarven Armor Mastery I
Enhancement: Fighter Toughness I


Level 2 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Weapon Focus: Slashing Weapons
Enhancement: Dwarven Axe Damage I
Enhancement: Fighter Strength I


Level 3 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Bullheaded
Enhancement: Dwarven Spell Defense I
Enhancement: Fighter Item Defense I
Enhancement: Racial Toughness I
Enhancement: Fighter Intimidate I


Level 4 (Fighter)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Weapon Specialization: Slashing Weapons
Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost I
Enhancement: Fighter Intimidate II


Level 5 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost II
Enhancement: Dwarven Constitution I


Level 6 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Combat Expertise
Feat: (Selected) Skill Focus: Intimidate
Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender I


Level 7 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost III
Enhancement: Fighter Armor Mastery I


Level 8 (Fighter)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
Enhancement: Fighter Strength II


Level 9 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Power Attack
Enhancement: Dwarven Spell Defense II
Enhancement: Fighter Dwarven Waraxe Specialization I
Enhancement: Fighter Greataxe Specialization I


Level 10 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Two Handed Fighting
Enhancement: Fighter Toughness II


Level 11 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost II
Enhancement: Racial Toughness II


Level 12 (Fighter)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Greater Two Handed Fighting
Feat: (Selected) Greater Weapon Specialization: Slashing Weapons
Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender II
Enhancement: Fighter Tower Shield Mastery I


Level 13 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Enhancement: Fighter Strength III


Level 14 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Dodge
Enhancement: Fighter Armor Mastery II


Level 15 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Selected) Toughness
Enhancement: Fighter Tower Shield Mastery II


Level 16 (Fighter)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Shield Mastery
Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost III


Level 17 (Fighter)
Skill: Balance (+0.5)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Enhancement: Fighter Item Defense II


Level 18 (Fighter)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+3)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Shield Mastery
Feat: (Selected) Toughness
Enhancement: Fighter Tower Shield Mastery III


Level 19 (Fighter)
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+1)
Skill: Tumble (+1)
Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender III
Enhancement: Fighter Intimidate III


Level 20 (Fighter)
Ability Raise: STR
Skill: Intimidate (+1)
Skill: Jump (+3)
Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Greater Weapon Focus: Slashing Weapons
Enhancement: Fighter Weapon Alacrity
Enhancement: Fighter Dwarven Waraxe Specialization II




Play
This is a team player build in that it is not too self sufficient (a huge collection of clickies not withstanding). You can certainly race around and do good DPS when the fights are easy, but intim tanks do best when the group has a battle plan and you get support from arcane and divine casters.

Variations
28pts is doable, but less optimal. You would probably tap down a little on dex and con and up the int a little. You may also have to completely dump charisma. With less dex you can trade in some armor mastery enhancements for damage enhancements.

Olaff
09-14-2007, 07:14 AM
Sig,

I've got a version of this I'm working on as well... different focus though. I'll post it when I get home so we can compare.

SerCana
11-29-2011, 10:06 AM
Really like your builds. I have used several of them and experimented with variations by adding or subtracting feats or enhancements.

Question for you. In this build you start out with Dwarven armor mastery, then switch to fighter armor mastery. Does the Fighter amor mastery 1 stack with dwarven armor master 1? Did you do that because you could cheaply get an additional bonus?

Thanks for the ideas.

unbongwah
11-29-2011, 02:59 PM
Wow, what a thread necro. :)

Does the Fighter amor mastery 1 stack with dwarven armor master 1?
Yes, dwarf & ftr Armor Masteries stack with each other.