First of all this is not a complete build, but just a build concept with a feats breakdown example. The intent of this thread is to give people some stuff to think about when rolling a "Tank" build.
The legendary problem of all tank builds (especially shield ones) has always been the aggro management. Usually tank builds do not shine in DPS and if they do they are generally TWF users or THF ESoS with the possibility of equipping a shield for more survivability. Forget the past, the DDD is that badass with shield that he doesn't need anymore to equip a twohanded weapon and if he does the gain in DPS will be so marginal that you will want to run always with your shield equipped. Yes you're reading right the DDD can DPS with the shield equipped and you will not have to worry about people mocking you: you will do real and high DPS.Feats Guide LinesOk let's illustrate the build. Basically the aim is to build a Stalwart Defender Fighter 20 pure that can DPS with Axe and Shield exploiting the LD benefits. So first of all you need the right feats. Here i give you a feat list for a human DDD but it can be also dwarf (even if i do not reccomend it because of the healing amplification):
- Shield Mastery
- Improved Shield Mastery
- Improved Shield Bash
- Power Attack
- Combat Expertise
- Great Cleave
- Exotic Weapon Proficiency (D-Axe)
- Improved Critical (Slashing)
- Weapon Focus (Slashing)
- Greater Weapon Focus (Slashing) [as Ap0k told us, this feat is not prerequisite for Greater Weapon Specialization in DDO so it can be dropped for something else: i dropped this feat to get Bulwark of Defense later on epic levels, it matches perfectly with the new Gear List posted below.]
- Weapon Specialization (Slashing)
- Greater Weapon Specialization (Slashing)
- Two Handed Fighting
- Improved Two Handed Fighting
- Greater Two Handed Fighting
- Stunning Blow
- E: Overwhelming Critical
That's a total of 8+11+2 feats this means the last two are epic ones and one normal feat is taken in epic feat slot.Epic Destiny Guide LinesTo achieve a good Axe and Board DPS you need to get as much as possible doublestrike. Shield Mastery and Improved Shield Mastery already give you 8%, Fighter Capstone gives you 10% and Legendary Shield Mastery from the Sentinel Destiny gives you 7%. So for what concern the ED you will have to:
- Get enough fate points to slot Legendary Shield Mastery from the Sentinel Destiny and possibly Sense Weakness from Fury of the Wild (to exploit the stunning blow);
- Run a Legendary Dreadnought with:
- extra Action Boosts rank III,
- Momentum Swing rank III,
- Tactics at least rank II for stun and trip (to further boost tactics be sure to get an alchemical tower shield with stunning +10 and a Duergar warxe with trip +10 ... pair them with an Epic Spare Hand and you will have fearsome melee tactics as well),
- Anvil of thunder (that's an occasional stun on critical that is very handy against orange nameds that usually have higher fortitude saves, it can prolong the stun time of the target and provides a decent +100 sonic damage),
- Head's Man Chop and Devastating Critical.
So ideally your twists of fate will be: Sense Weakness, Legendary Shield Mastery and something else you might want ... i did slot Shield Prowess for extra AC but you can slot what you like. Technically you can raise yourself to 31% double strike chance with a 6% double strike item and at this point your DPS is already getting good to be a mere shield fighter.Equipment Guide LinesTo finish this DDD potrait we need to fit in the right equipment. The idea is to balance the AC stuff alongside with the DPS one and high strength. In order of priority we need Strength, DPS, AC ... AC is important now but the SD is already that though with Legendary Shield Mastery that even if you don't have starhigh AC it will still be viable tank for everything ingame. Strength is a must for the melee tactics: the more the better. Very important also is to slot in your equipment a greensteel with "Smoke" or some item with blur and an item with incorporeal (Epic Ring of Stalker, Epic Cloak of Night, Wretched Twilight): when AC goes high every extra point will give you less damage mitigation, at this point incorporeal and blur/displacement will be your real boost in melee survivability. This is what i'm currently using on my DDD build: Gear List. Just for reference this is my Previous Gear List.How to Play it: Know your roleYou're the frontline fighter in the Epic Elite Content. You're a fearsome melee fighter with that high DPS Axe and Board (use preferably a triple acid alchemical D-Axe or a Duergar Waraxe with an alchemical tower shield) that you have nothing to envy to a Kensai with Eaga or ESoS: while a Kensai will sure have better tactical DCs and more DPS, but not that much more you think, you're the only one that can bump into Epic Elite mobs masses with displacement and makes them tremble. The more mobs the more DPS, Laywaste, Momentum Swing and Cleaves will be your best friends.
When rushing ahead, the fundamental Idea is to stun/trip core targets then start to DPS in a similar way to an Autocleave Barbarian: 1,2,MomentumSwing,1,2,Cleave,1,2,Greatcleave and so on ... be sure to chain in your melee attacks Laywaste each time you can and Momentum swing as well. By the time you learn how to rotate your attacks you will sure notice that your DPS is very high. Now try switch in your eaga and check if you notice sensible differences: i bet no.
While in epics elite quests you will prefer LD, for very hard tanking bosses you might prefer Sentinel. With Sentinel Destiny this build can get up to resonable 1300+ HPs with PRR almost near to 50% damage mitigation. If you go Sentinel be sure to slot in Laywaste and Momentum Swing and you might need Draconic Presence as well to raise (+6) your intimidate modifier.Last Side NotesI already managed to build my own DDD. I periodically run Epic Elites in Faerun with it and i love it. Without the prolonged effort of the community to make AC matter and boost Melees and Tanks capabilities this build couldn't exist. Thanks all. For what it matters my DDD runs at the moment with 118 AC with PA, 114 PRR, 5% dodge, 57 Stun, 57 Trip, 56 Strength and decent 1130 HPs. Under Sentinel destiny i managed to raise myself above 1500 HPs with Arty Buff which is pretty nice and almost 50% damage mitigation. With sentinel AC is even higher and i did see something like 174 AC in CE with +20 AC Boost. DDD is a real badass fighter. Love it!DDD MediaEpic Elite - Trial By Fire (U17.1) - Solo.
Fight to the Finish CR30 6 Star 750pt. - Solo.
Epic Elite - Against the Demon Queen [Part_1] - Solo.
Epic Elite - House of Rusted Blades - Solo.
Epic Elite - Bargain of Blood - Solo.
- [Video] DDD Demonstration Gameplay (Update15 pre-patch1, Overwhelming Critical broken)
Epic Elite - Chains of Flame - Solo.
Epic Elite - 4man ADQ2 + Spectator [No Healer]