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    Default The Sentinel Squire (28-pt F2P human DPS Intimitank w/Sentinel DMs)

    EDIT: Update 11/21/2012

    Since I originally posted this build, a lot has changed in DDO for tanks: Intimidate, the shield feats, Dodge bonuses, PRR, and Stalwart Defender / Defender of Siberys have all seen significant modifications. As such, I have revised this build to try to reflect those changes. The original build is 3 posts down, should you wish to see it. I won't repeat everything I wrote there.

    The goal of this build remains the same: a basic tank for a F2P newbie, which provides a solid mix of DPS, HPs, threat, and survivability (now with the shield feats added to the mix). I keep the Sentinel feats partly for flavor, partly for the low-level buffs which help out newcomers, and partly to max out the bonuses from epic Chimera Fang (although it's fallen out of favor compared to newer epic weapons since MotU came out).

    Because of all the tradeoffs which go into making a tank, I wouldn't consider this build set in stone. Rather, treat it as a template to use for coming up with your variant.
    Code:
    Character Plan by DDO Character Planner Version 03.14.02
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    Sentinel Squire
    Level 20 True Neutral Human Female
    (20 Fighter) 
    Hit Points: 372
    Spell Points: 0 
    BAB: 20\20\25\30\30
    Fortitude: 16
    Reflex: 8
    Will: 5
    
                      Starting          Feat/Enhancement
    Abilities        Base Stats          Modified Stats
    (28 Point)       (Level 1)             (Level 20)
    Strength             16                    27
    Dexterity            12                    14
    Constitution         16                    18
    Intelligence         12                    13
    Wisdom                8                     8
    Charisma              8                     8
    
    Tomes Used
    +1 Tome of Intelligence used at level 13
    +2 Tome of Dexterity used at level 17
    +2 Tome of Strength used at level 20
    +2 Tome of Constitution used at level 20
    
                      Starting          Feat/Enhancement
                     Base Skills         Modified Skills
    Skills           (Level 1)            (Level 20)
    Balance               3                    13
    Bluff                -1                    -1
    Concentration         3                     4
    Diplomacy            -1                    -1
    Disable Device        n/a                   n/a
    Haggle               -1                    -1
    Heal                 -1                    -1
    Hide                  1                     2
    Intimidate            3                    38
    Jump                  3                     9
    Listen               -1                    -1
    Move Silently         1                     2
    Open Lock             n/a                   n/a
    Perform              n/a                   n/a
    Repair                1                     1
    Search                1                     1
    Spot                  0                    10
    Swim                  3                     8
    Tumble                2                     3
    Use Magic Device      1                    10
    
    Level 1 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+2)
    Skill: Intimidate (+4)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Tumble (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+2)
    Feat: (Selected) Power Attack
    Feat: (Human Bonus) Toughness
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Two Handed Fighting
    
    
    Level 2 (Fighter)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Cleave
    
    
    Level 3 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Selected) Least Dragonmark of Sentinel
    
    
    Level 4 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Great Cleave
    
    
    Level 5 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    
    
    Level 6 (Fighter)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Selected) Lesser Dragonmark of Sentinel
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Shield Mastery
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost I
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost I
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost II
    Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender I
    Enhancement: Human Adaptability Strength I
    Enhancement: Human Improved Recovery I
    Enhancement: Human Versatility I
    Enhancement: Racial Toughness I
    Enhancement: Racial Toughness II
    Enhancement: Improved Intimidate I
    Enhancement: Improved Intimidate II
    Enhancement: Fighter Strength I
    Enhancement: Fighter Toughness I
    Enhancement: Fighter Toughness II
    
    
    Level 7 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    
    
    Level 8 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
    
    
    Level 9 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Selected) Improved Shield Mastery
    
    
    Level 10 (Fighter)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Two Handed Fighting
    
    
    Level 11 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    
    
    Level 12 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Selected) Exotic Weapon Proficiency: Bastard Sword
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Greater Two Handed Fighting
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost II
    Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender II
    Enhancement: Human Improved Recovery II
    Enhancement: Human Versatility II
    Enhancement: Fighter Item Defense I
    Enhancement: Fighter Strength II
    Enhancement: Fighter Strength III
    
    
    Level 13 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    
    
    Level 14 (Fighter)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Combat Expertise
    
    
    Level 15 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Selected) Improved Trip
    
    
    Level 16 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Sunder
    
    
    Level 17 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    
    
    Level 18 (Fighter)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Dodge
    Feat: (Selected) Greater Dragonmark of Sentinel
    
    
    Level 19 (Fighter)
    Skill: Balance (+1)
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Use Magic Device (+0.5)
    
    
    Level 20 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Skill: Intimidate (+1)
    Skill: Jump (+1)
    Skill: Spot (+1)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Mobility
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost III
    Enhancement: Fighter Extra Action Boost I
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost III
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost IV
    Enhancement: Fighter Weapon Alacrity
    Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender III
    Enhancement: Human Improved Recovery III
    Enhancement: Deneith Intimidation I
    Enhancement: Deneith Intimidation II
    Enhancement: Deneith Intimidation III
    Enhancement: Deneith Intimidation IV
    Enhancement: Human Versatility III
    Enhancement: Fighter Item Defense II
    Enhancement: Improved Intimidate III
    Enhancement: Improved Intimidate IV
    Enhancement: Fighter Toughness III
    Epic feats: Overwhelming Critical (req's base STR 23) and one other feat (see below)

    Now some comments about the build and the tradeoffs involved:

    FEATS

    These basically fall into the following categories:

    • DPS: THF/ITHF/GTHF, Power Attack, Improved Critical Slashing, Cleave, Great Cleave, Overwhelming Critical
    • Tanking: Toughness, the three Sentinel DMs, Shield Mastery, ISM, Combat Expertise, bastard sword prof., Dodge, Mobility
    • Tactics: Improved Trip, Improved Sunder

    The Sentinel DMs meet all of the feat pre-reqs for Stalwart Defender; so technically, nothing else is required. This gives you a lot of options for tweaking your feats. Ironically, by un-nerfing so many feats in the last couple of years, Turbine has made it harder to find an optimal tradeoff between DPS & tanking, even for a pure ftr with so many feats. After much prevaricating and internal debate, I decided to drop the Weapon Focus & Specialization feats; losing the static dmg bonuses is unfortunate, but not a deal-breaker, IMHO, compared to what the other feats bring.

    For the final feat, I would choose from Stunning Blow, Improved Shield Bash (if/when they fix it), Spring Atk, Bulwark of Defense, or Quick Draw (reduces delay on action boosts, so you'll eke out a bit more DPS from Haste Boost + human Dmg Boost). You could also take dwarven axe prof. instead of - or maybe even in addition to - bastard sword; that gives you extra versatility in terms of what weapon you use while S&B.

    ENHANCEMENTS

    As with the feats, there are tradeoffs involved. I tried to find a good mix of DPS, heal amp, HPs, and Intim, on top of all the SD pre-reqs. But again, they may need to be tweaked depending on your preferences & goals: e.g., less Haste Boost & Versatility for more Armor Mastery and/or Toughness enhs, trading offense for defense.

    EPIC DESTINIES

    Legendary Dreadnought is the obvious choice; in particular I would definitely want Lay Waste & Momentum Swing. For Twists, I would also want Legendary Shield Mastery. From there, I'm open to suggestions.
    Last edited by unbongwah; 11-21-2012 at 08:13 PM.

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