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    Default DDO Newb wants to Tank

    Hello Everyone,

    I am new to DDO and would like to build a Dwarf tank character of some sort which will allow me to do dungeons with other people. I have read about how complex character creation is in this game (that is what really interested me in trying it out) so I'd like to do my best to build correctly.

    Which Dwarf class should I consider for a tank? Can you guys point me in the right direction as far as builds and information goes?

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    A couple of caveats: First, with the Enhancement overhaul finally on its way, a lot of conventional build advice may end up going out the window in a couple of months. And second, most DDO vets will tell you a classic tank is unnecessary for 99% of DDO content, which is true - for a DDO vet, who knows the quests, knows how to play effectively, and has the gear to excel. For newcomers, though, I would say playing a tank is about embracing a more careful, defensive play style as much as it is about learning how to hold aggro during fights.

    With that in mind, here's my take on a 28-pt dwarven S&B tank intended as a first-life build:
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    Level 25 True Neutral Dwarf Female
    (20 Fighter \ 5 Epic) 
    Hit Points: 557
    Spell Points: 0 
    BAB: 20\20\25\30\30
    Fortitude: 18
    Reflex: 8
    Will: 5
                      Starting          Feat/Enhancement
    Abilities        Base Stats          Modified Stats
    (28 Point)       (Level 1)             (Level 25)
    Strength             16                    26
    Dexterity            12                    14
    Constitution         18                    22
    Intelligence         12                    13
    Wisdom                8                     8
    Charisma              6                     6
    Tomes Used
    +1 Tome of Intelligence used at level 11
    +2 Tome of Dexterity used at level 17
    +2 Tome of Strength used at level 20
    +3 Tome of Constitution used at level 23
    Level 1 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Power Attack
    Feat: (Selected) Toughness
    Level 2 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Shield Mastery
    Level 3 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Selected) Cleave
    Level 4 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Two Handed Fighting
    Level 5 (Fighter)
    Level 6 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Two Handed Fighting
    Feat: (Selected) Stunning Blow
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost I
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost I
    Enhancement: Dwarven Armor Mastery I
    Enhancement: Dwarven Axe Damage I
    Enhancement: Dwarven Spell Defense I
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Mastery I
    Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender I
    Enhancement: Fighter Strategy (Stunning Blow) 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)
    Level 8 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Shield Mastery
    Level 9 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Selected) Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
    Level 10 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Great Cleave
    Level 11 (Fighter)
    Level 12 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Feat: (Selected) Combat Expertise
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Greater Two Handed Fighting
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost II
    Enhancement: Dwarven Axe Damage II
    Enhancement: Dwarven Spell Defense II
    Enhancement: Dwarven Spell Defense III
    Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender II
    Enhancement: Fighter Item Defense I
    Enhancement: Fighter Strength II
    Enhancement: Fighter Strength III
    Level 13 (Fighter)
    Level 14 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Improved Trip
    Level 15 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Selected) Improved Sunder
    Level 16 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Weapon Focus: Slashing Weapons
    Level 17 (Fighter)
    Level 18 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Selected) Dodge
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Mobility
    Level 19 (Fighter)
    Level 20 (Fighter)
    Ability Raise: STR
    Feat: (Fighter Bonus) Weapon Specialization: Slashing Weapons
    Enhancement: Fighter Armor Class Boost III
    Enhancement: Fighter Extra Action Boost I
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost II
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost III
    Enhancement: Fighter Haste Boost IV
    Enhancement: Fighter Weapon Alacrity
    Enhancement: Dwarven Constitution I
    Enhancement: Dwarven Tactics I
    Enhancement: Fighter Stalwart Defender III
    Enhancement: Fighter Dwarven Waraxe Specialization I
    Enhancement: Fighter Greataxe Specialization I
    Enhancement: Fighter Item Defense II
    Enhancement: Racial Toughness III
    Enhancement: Fighter Toughness III
    Level 21 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Selected) Overwhelming Critical
    Level 22 (Fighter)
    Level 23 (Fighter)
    Level 24 (Fighter)
    Feat: (Selected) Epic Toughness
    Level 25 (Fighter)

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