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    Quote Originally Posted by unbongwah View Post
    DEX-based TWF Assassin builds are also pretty straight-forward. Mine is very similar to slarden's halfling DEX build.


    SDK Daggerdruid: This is a fairly straight-forward flavor build: DEX-based TWF druid 15 / rogue 5 using daggers (hence the less-than-spectacular name). Requires druid, obviously, and a WIS item to start to cast spells; you'll need WIS 18 by lvl 20 from whatever combo of gear, tome, shipbuff, etc. you can manage. Decent melee DPS, a little bit of caster DPS (partly for flavor, partly for Arcane Warrior stacks), plus plenty of heal & buffs from druid spells + Sacred Ground, ofc.
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    SDK Daggerdruid
    15/5 Druid/Rogue
    Neutral Good Shadar-kai
    
    
    Level Order
    
    1. Rogue           6. Druid          11. Druid          16. Druid
    2. Druid           7. Druid          12. Rogue          17. Druid
    3. Druid           8. Rogue          13. Druid          18. Druid
    4. Druid           9. Druid          14. Druid          19. Druid
    5. Druid          10. Druid          15. Rogue          20. Rogue
    
    
    Stats
                   32pt     Level Up
                   ----     --------
    Strength         8       4: DEX
    Dexterity       20       8: DEX
    Constitution    14      12: DEX
    Intelligence    16      16: DEX
    Wisdom           8      20: DEX
    Charisma         6      24: DEX
                            28: DEX
    
    Skills
              R  D  D  D  D  D  D  R  D  D  D  R  D  D  R  D  D  D  D  R
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             ------------------------------------------------------------
    Spellcr   2  2  2  1  1  1  1     2  1  1     2  1     2  1  1  1  1  23
    Disable   4  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  23
    Search    4  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  23
    Spot      4  1  1     2     2     1  2  1     1  2     1  2  1  1  1  23
    UMD       4                    7           4        3              5  23
    Open Lo   4        1           2           5        6              1  19
    Heal      2              2              1                    1  1      7
    Balance   4                                                            4
    Jump      4                                                            4
    Swim      4                                                            4
    Tumble    4                                                            4
             ------------------------------------------------------------
             44  7  7  7  7  7  7 11  7  7  7 11  7  7 11  7  7  7  7 11
    
    
    Feats
    
     1        : Two Weapon Fighting
     3        : Precision
     3 Druid  : Wild Shape 1: Wolf
     6        : Quicken Spell
     6 Druid  : Wild Shape 1: Bear
     9        : Improved Two Weapon Fighting
    10 Druid  : Wild Shape 2: Winter Wolf
    12        : Improved Critical: Piercing
    14 Druid  : Wild Shape 2: Dire Bear
    15        : Greater Two Weapon Fighting
    17 Druid  : Wild Shape 3: Fire Elemental
    18        : Empower Healing Spell
    21 Epic   : Overwhelming Critical
    24 Epic   : Two Weapon Defense OR Hamstring
    26 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting
    27 Epic   : Epic Damage Reduction
    28 Destiny: First Blood OR Elusive Target
    29 Destiny: Arcane Warrior OR Dire Charge
    30 Epic   : Blinding Speed OR Epic Reflexes
    30 Legend : Scion of: Plane of Fire
    
    
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    Druid
    
    
    1. Ram's Might, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>
    2. Barkskin, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>
    3. Sleet Storm, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>
    4. Freedom of Movement, Cure Serious Wounds, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>
    5. Death Ward, Greater Vigor, Stoneskin, Cure Critical Wounds, Panacea
    6. <Any>, <Any>, <Any>, <Any>
    7. Regenerate, Mass Greater Vigor, Body of the Sun
    8. <Any>, <Any>
    Enhancements (80 AP) Assassin (37 AP)
    • Knife in the Darkness, Dagger in the Back
      1. Poison Strikes: Heartseeker, Shiv III, Sneak Attack Training
      2. Venomed Blades III, Sneak Attack Training, Damage Boost III
      3. Sneak Attack Training, Dexterity
      4. Execute, Killer III, Sneak Attack Training, Dexterity
      5. Measure the Foe III, Deadly Strikes, Knife Specialization
    Thief-Acrobat (23 AP)
    • Staff Control, Stick Fighting
      1. Thief Acrobatics III, Sly Flourish II, Fast Movement
      2. Haste Boost III
      3. Shadow Dodge III, Dexterity
      4. No Mercy III
    Nature's Warrior (13 AP)
    • Nature's Warrior
      1. Extra Wild Empathy III, Shifting Rake I
      2. Flight III, Vengeful Hunter II
      3. Fatal Harrier III
    Shadar-kai (7 AP)
    • Shadar-kai Grit, Dexterity, Shadow Phase, Shadow Jaunt
    Destiny (24 AP) Divine Crusader
    1. Bane of Undeath, Interrogation, Purge the Wicked
    2. Consecration III, Flames of Purity II
    3. Sacred Ground, Empyrean Magic, Blessed Blades
    4. No Regret, Crusade
    5. Castigation, Celestial Champion
    6. Strike Down
    Twists of Fate (35 fate points)
    1. Sense Weakness (Tier 4 Fury)
    2. Grim Precision (Tier 3 Shadowdancer)
    3. Balanced Attacks (Tier 3 Primal)
    4. Rejuvenation Cocoon (Tier 1 Primal)
    I delayed the last rogue level to lvl 20 in order to squeeze out more skill pts; but the downside is you don't get tier-5 Assassin enhancements until then, so your heroic leveling will be slower / more of a PITA due to lower melee DPS. If you have a +2 INT tome to start, divide the extra skill pts between Open Lock and Heal. If you have Harper, you can ditch SDK enhancements for Know the Angles.

    EDIT: due to low DCs, fire spells like Body of the Sun and firewall are just there to help build stacks of Arcane Warrior and Empyrean Magic, which in turn help melee DPS and Consecration, respectively.
    Wondered if you had given any thought to a Shadar Kai that uses the Visanti Dagger enhancement tree .
    Thanks for all these builds you provide us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappo View Post
    Wondered if you had given any thought to a Shadar Kai that uses the Visanti Dagger enhancement tree .
    There's some build discussions here:

    https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthrea...ng-Vistani-SWF
    https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthrea...-Knife-Fighter

    Also some Blood of Vol build ideas, but those require an Eberron (non-Iconic) race.

    https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthrea...50-Vistani-FvS
    https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthrea...of-Vol-Vistani

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    [QUOTE=unbongwah;6052204]That is because (A) wizards can inscribe every available scroll so your leveling choices don't matter that much (usually I focus on spells which can't be bought from vendors), (B) because you can change spells at taverns / shrines, you will respec your available spells based on content you run (unlike sorcs, who have to pick their spells more carefully to match their Savants), and (C) I'm lazy when it comes to stuff I don't enjoy like compiling gear lists or picking best spells.


    thank you for replying, sorry I wasn't very clear with my question. in your posts about the DG illusionist, you mention different items to look for to boost negative damage, impulse damage, acid damage and cold damage. was trying to see what you thought the best fit was for secondary damage but maybe it's a little bit of everything and just swap out spells and equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by kendo View Post
    was trying to see what you thought the best fit was for secondary damage but maybe it's a little bit of everything and just swap out spells and equipment
    Yes, one of the primary advantages of wizards vs sorcs is being able to swap out their spell lists at will. Acid is a good all-around pick and DG starts out with Corrosion gear, but it's not optimal for all situations; hence why I suggest looking for other Spellpower items. I don't bother with specific gear lists, though, because it's a PITA to keep them up-to-date with every update and I have way too many build threads to maintain.

    If you need to know what spells / elements are best for which quests, well, that's what the wiki is for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unbongwah View Post
    Eldritch Knight (non-lousy DPS edition) - this is an update on a build I've been using off & on for the last couple of years. Basically, it trades the extra melee DPS from the last two KotC cores for extra survivability from Eldritch Knight PrE plus two bonus wizard feats. In particular, I like Arcane Barrier: both a handy defensive buff and a visual reminder you forgot to Reconstruct yourself.
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    Bladeforged (18 AP)

    • Improved Fortification

      1. Mechanist III
      2. Communion of Scribing III
      3. Improved Power Attack I
      4. Communion of Handling, Weapon Attachment, Power of the Forge

    I don't know if they've changed the Enhancements tree or what but the BF4 tier requires 15 AP spent which I don't see--only 11 AP spent up to that point. In fact, I had to spend an extra point to get Communion of Scribing. I created this toon a long time ago but have been using him for favor farming. He's now starting to level and I've not been very successful in modifying builds. Since this is a "newbie" thread, would you mind taking a look at this? Thanks!

    Edit: Looking at the leveling guide, my guess is that Mechanist used to cost 2 AP each. So, how would you suggest modifying it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceMyshkin View Post
    Edit: Looking at the leveling guide, my guess is that Mechanist used to cost 2 AP each. So, how would you suggest modifying it?
    Probably +1 CON from the core. I think they also reduced the cost of Imp Power Atk to 1 AP per tier so you should be able to afford to max it out now for +6 dmg total.
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    I recently bought Shadowfell, and a friend on Cannith has me trying to start up characters there to quest with him. Creating an iconic level 15 character might help me to farm up BtA items for my poorly-geared, new level 7 character. Which of the Shadowfell iconics is my best choice for an easy-to-play solo character that doesn't need to invest in a lot of new gear? The Bladeforged Paladin probably best fits that description, due to survivability and self-heals. Purple Dragon looks slightly more interesting to me, though. How would the PD Kensei Knight build compare to the BF Pally for survivability and solo play? I do like bards, and have heard that PD bards can be decent; but am unsure what route to go with a PD bard.

    I know I'd have a ton more fun with a ranged character, but would have a tough time farming up a repeater right off the bat for the SDK Mechanic.

    Thanks for posting these builds! I've enjoyed several of your other builds from the past!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dulcimerist View Post
    I recently bought Shadowfell, and a friend on Cannith has me trying to start up characters there to quest with him. Creating an iconic level 15 character might help me to farm up BtA items for my poorly-geared, new level 7 character. Which of the Shadowfell iconics is my best choice for an easy-to-play solo character that doesn't need to invest in a lot of new gear? The Bladeforged Paladin probably best fits that description, due to survivability and self-heals. Purple Dragon looks slightly more interesting to me, though. How would the PD Kensei Knight build compare to the BF Pally for survivability and solo play? I do like bards, and have heard that PD bards can be decent; but am unsure what route to go with a PD bard.

    I know I'd have a ton more fun with a ranged character, but would have a tough time farming up a repeater right off the bat for the SDK Mechanic.

    Thanks for posting these builds! I've enjoyed several of your other builds from the past!
    I am playing the BF Paladin build and have some decent equipment but definitely not top of the line in most slots. he easily soloed heroic hard to elite and is on his second pass through levels 20 - 30 after an Epic reincarnation and handles epic hard to elite pretty easily as well. if you have, or get, the new Ravenloft pack, just go in there at level 15 and pick out your weapon of choice. can go in on normal for a quick run as you are too high to affect any bravery bonus and if you do it first thing, it wouldn't matter any way. that level 10 weapon works very well. for my BF, I used the falchion from there until level 20+, when I could pull out some stored weapons that were finally better.

    next up in my plans for iconic reincarnations is the SDK mechanic build, lucky enough to have a divine artillery sitting in the bank (just pulled it this past week) and can't wait to use it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dulcimerist View Post
    Which of the Shadowfell iconics is my best choice for an easy-to-play solo character that doesn't need to invest in a lot of new gear?
    Personally I would go either BF or ML, depending on whether you prefer melee or caster. Air, Earth, Fire, or Sun domain would all work well; remember that Air and Earth let you use Light spellpower for your lightning / acid spells, so you don't even need new Spellpower gear. [EDIT: though in the case of Air / Earth, I think your crit chance is still based on Magnetism / Corrosion Lore, so you'll probably want to add that to your gear.] Good domain is also fine if you like spamming Blade Barrier, but remember ML doesn't start with Impulse gear, so you'll want that ASAP.
    How would the PD Kensei Knight build compare to the BF Pally for survivability and solo play?
    Kensei Knight tries to straddle the DPS / survivability divide between pure ftr and pure pally. I.e., better survivability than pure ftr, better DPS (I hope) than pure pally. The downside is at lvl 15 you're only ftr 6 / pal 9, so you don't have Zeal yet and for healing you only have LoHs + CLW. Also you'll want to upgrade from longsword to khopesh ASAP, presuming you stick with SWF. But if you think that's good enough, it should be fine.

    I didn't bother posting a build, but PDK ftr 1 / pal 14 S&B would probably work fine too: tier-5 Vanguard + lvl 12 core (+10% atk speed), Holy Sword, etc. Use the starter longsword until you acquire a decent b.sword. EDIT: also you'll need WIS item or a bunch of Owl's WIS potions to start.
    I do like bards, and have heard that PD bards can be decent; but am unsure what route to go with a PD bard.
    IMO the forte of PDK bard (vs other races) is the DC bonus from Cormyrian Knight Training (CKT) which applies to Warchanter freeze abilities (Frozen Fury + Spinning Ice). See the Icebreaker. But the downside is you need to swap the PDK starter sword / shield / armor for Swashbuckler-compatible gear; or you go the less-conventional (and lower DPS) Kensei / Warchanter approach, but that still requires bard-compatible gear.
    I know I'd have a ton more fun with a ranged character, but would have a tough time farming up a repeater right off the bat for the SDK Mechanic.
    Well, for future reference, here are the named xbows I would recommend to start:

    http://ddowiki.com/page/Itemivine_Artillery
    http://ddowiki.com/page/Item:The_Fatal_Flaw
    http://ddowiki.com/page/Item:Light_Boltslinger
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    Thanks! I'll go with the BF Pally, since I'm used to melee. My level 7 is a human THF pally, so I hope the two don't compete with each other for weapons.

    I've never played a real caster before, and am learning the ropes with an aura/burst warlock on my main server. Is the ML a good build for those who have never played a DPS caster before?

    I'm positive I'll eventually roll up the SDK Mech! Does The Fatal Flaw get a damage bonus from the superfluous and grammatically incorrect apostrophe in its flavor text?

    *Edit*
    I didn't get the pre-order bonus items, since I did not pre-order Shadowfell Conspiracy. Therefore, I can't do the BF Pally.
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    I created the ML, the first of the two listed. What spells do you recommend for someone going Air Domain? Also, which spells and SLAs are the "bread and butter" of the build, deserving hotbar priority for easy spamming? Any cool strategy tips? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dulcimerist View Post
    What spells do you recommend for someone going Air Domain? Also, which spells and SLAs are the "bread and butter" of the build, deserving hotbar priority for easy spamming?
    Apart from your domain and DiDi SLAs, things worth slotting IMO:
    • CC: Sound Burst, Greater Command, Cometfall
    • single-target: Energy Drain, Destruction, Divine Punishment, Searing Light, Nimbus of Light - for the last two, I use the regular spells un-meta'd to complement the (fully meta'd) SLAs, to finish off weakened enemies
    • AoEs: Implosion, Firestorm (situational, targeting is wonky and it has a slow cast time), Blade Barrier (need Impulse gear ASAP), also the regular spell versions of Holy Smite and Flame Strike (kinda like Firestorm, it's really slow, so it's situational - basically when you're sure mobs won't move outta harm's way)

    Plus any buffs, curatives, etc. you need like Death Ward and Restoration, ofc.
    Any cool strategy tips?
    Don't get killed, that's really embarrassing for a healer. Especially if it's because you forgot Death Pact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unbongwah View Post
    PDK Vanguard: Turbine finally got around to buffing fighters in U31, so let's add a proper S&B tank at long last.
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    Fighter 20
    Chaotic Good Purple Dragon Knight
    
    
    Stats
                   28pt     32pt     Tome     Level Up
                   ----     ----     ----     --------
    Strength        16       16       +2       4: STR
    Dexterity       12       12       +1       8: STR
    Constitution    16       16       +5      12: STR
    Intelligence    12       12       +1      16: STR
    Wisdom           8        8               20: STR
    Charisma         8       12               24: STR
                                              28: STR
    
    Skills
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             ------------------------------------------------------------
    Intim     3  2     2     2     2     2     2     2     2     2     2  23
    Heal      1  1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1  11
    Balance   2     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     11
    UMD       2     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     11
    Jump      1                                                            1
    Tumble    1                                                            1
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             16  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4  4
    
    
    Feats
    
     1        : Shield Mastery
     1 PDK    : Power Attack
     1 Fighter: Cleave
     2 Fighter: Two Handed Fighting
     3        : Exotic Weapon: Bastard Sword
     4 Fighter: Great Cleave
     6        : Stunning Blow
     6 Fighter: Improved Two Handed Fighting
     8 Fighter: Improved Shield Mastery
     9        : Improved Critical: Slashing
    10 Fighter: Improved Shield Bash
    12        : Tactical Mastery OR Improved Sunder
    12 Fighter: Greater Two Handed Fighting
    14 Fighter: Heavy Armor Champion
    15        : Toughness
    16 Fighter: Tactical Supremacy
    18        : Improved Trip OR Magical Training
    18 Fighter: Combat Expertise
    20 Fighter: Precision
    21 Epic   : Overwhelming Critical
    24 Epic   : Bulwark of Defense
    26 Destiny: Perfect Two Handed Fighting
    27 Epic   : Blinding Speed
    28 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting OR Elusive Target
    29 Destiny: Dire Charge OR Embodiment of Law
    30 Epic   : Epic Damage Reduction
    30 Swap   : Epic Toughness replaces Bulwark of Defense
    30 Legend : Scion of: Arborea OR Feywild OR Plane of Earth
    
    
    Enhancements (80 AP)
    
    Vanguard (41 AP)
    
    
    • To the Fore!, Shield Combat I, Vicious Shield I, Shield Combat II, Vicious Shield II, Shield Champion
      1. Shield Specialization, Shield Smash III
      2. Shield Specialization, Brutality III, Stunning Shield III, Missile Shield III
      3. Shield Specialization, Follow Up III, Fatal Bulwark, Shield Riposte III
      4. (none)
      5. Shield to the Face, Disorienting Smash II, Shield Charge III, Armored Strength
    Kensei (23 AP)
    • Kensei Focus: Heavy Blades, Spiritual Bond, Strike with No Thought, Power Surge
      1. Extra Action Boost III, Weapon Group Specialization, Exotic Weapon Mastery, Haste Boost III
      2. Ascetic Training: Conditioning III
      3. Shattering Strike I
      4. Strike at the Heart
    Stalwart Defender (13 AP)
    • Toughness, Stalwart Defense
      1. Item Defense I, Durable Defense III
      2. Resilient Defense III, Instinctive Defense I
      3. Tenacious Defense III
    Purple Dragon Knight (3 AP)
    • Damage Boost
      1. Improved Recovery
    Leveling Guide
    1. PDK0 Damage Boost; PDK1 Improved Recovery; Van0 To the Fore!
    2. Van1 Shield Specialization; Van1 Shield Smash I, II
    3. Van1 Shield Smash III; Van0 Shield Combat I; Van2 Stunning Shield I, II
    4. Van2 Stunning Shield III; Van3 Fatal Bulwark; Van3 Follow Up I
    5. Van3 Follow Up II, III; Van2 Shield Specialization
    6. Van0 Vicious Shield I; Van3 Shield Specialization; Van2 Missile Shield I
    7. Van2 Missile Shield II, III; Van3 Shield Riposte I, II
    8. Van3 Shield Riposte III; Van2 Brutality I, II, III
    9. SD0 Toughness; SD1 Durable Defense I, II, III
    10. SD1 Item Defense I; SD0 Stalwart Defense; Ken0 Kensei Focus: Heavy Blades
    11. Ken1 Exotic Weapon Mastery; Ken1 Weapon Group Specialization; Ken0 Spiritual Bond
    12. Ken1 Haste Boost I, II, III; Ken2 Ascetic Training: Conditioning I
    13. Ken0 Strike with No Thought; Van0 Shield Combat II; Van5 Shield to the Face
    14. Van5 Armored Strength; Van5 Disorienting Smash I, II
    15. Van5 Shield Charge I, II, III; SD2 Resilient Defense I
    16. SD2 Resilient Defense II, III; SD2 Instinctive Defense I; SD3 Tenacious Defense I
    17. SD3 Tenacious Defense II, III; Ken2 Ascetic Training: Conditioning II, III
    18. Van0 Vicious Shield II; Ken3 Shattering Strike I; Ken1 Extra Action Boost I
    19. Ken1 Extra Action Boost II, III
    20. Van0 Shield Champion; Ken0 Power Surge; Ken4 Strike at the Heart
    Destiny (24 AP) Divine Crusader
    1. Bane of Undeath, Interrogation, Purge the Wicked, Strength
    2. Consecration III
    3. Sacred Ground, Empyrean Magic, Blessed Blades
    4. No Regret, Crusade
    5. Castigation, Celestial Champion
    6. Strike Down
    Twists of Fate (15 fate points)
    1. Legendary Shield Mastery (Tier 2 Sentinel)
    2. Momentum Swing OR Improved Combat Expertise (Tier 2 Dreadnought)
    3. Rejuvenation Cocoon (Tier 1 Primal)
    4. Brace for Impact (Tier 1 Sentinel)
    You have a lot of flexibility with feats; I tried to find a good compromise between DPS, tactics, and survivability. Likewise with EDs: I think Div Crusader offers the best tradeoff between DPS and healing for a tank; but Dreadnought and Sentinel are viable alternatives, depending on whether you wish to boost DPS or tankability more. The +2 and +5 tomes are from Favor; the +1s are from loot drops or bought from Auction House. I designed this to use PDK starter gear, including the longsword until you obtain a bastard sword, like Charoush, First Blood, or Retribution. I went CG for Blessed Blades' alignment bypass; plus just to be different from paladins.

    PD Kensei variant: Based on conversations in this thread and elsewhere, I've been wondering about S&B ftrs who go for T5 Kensei + capstone, rather than Vanguard. Downside is you give up the extra atk speed & shield bashes from higher-lvl VG abilities; upsides are a big boost to Melee Power, +1 crit range, up to +14 dmg from feats & Weapon Master, One Cut's clickie, extra action boosts, and higher doublestrike (which basically offsets the lost atk speed). I'm pretty sure this build has higher AoE DPS and might even have higher single-target DPS, at least under certain circumstances. The only downsides so far are losing the free stun attempts on shield bashes and needing to invest feats into the Weapon Focus / Spec line if you want to Weapon Master.

    I'm only going to list the parts which are different from the build above, namely the feats & Enhancements.
    Code:
    PDK Kensei VG
    Fighter 20
    Chaotic Good Purple Dragon Knight
    
    Feats
    
     1        : Shield Mastery
     1 PDK    : Power Attack
     1 Fighter: Cleave
     2 Fighter: Two Handed Fighting
     3        : Exotic Weapon: Bastard Sword
     4 Fighter: Great Cleave
     6        : Stunning Blow
     6 Fighter: Improved Two Handed Fighting
     8 Fighter: Improved Shield Mastery
     9        : Improved Critical: Slashing
    10 Fighter: Weapon Focus: Slashing
    12        : Weapon Specialization: Slashing
    12 Fighter: Greater Two Handed Fighting
    14 Fighter: Heavy Armor Champion OR Improved Shield Bash
    15        : Greater Weapon Focus: Slashing
    16 Fighter: Tactical Supremacy
    18        : Toughness
    18 Fighter: Combat Expertise
    20 Fighter: Precision
    21 Epic   : Overwhelming Critical
    24 Epic   : Bulwark of Defense
    26 Destiny: Perfect Two Handed Fighting
    27 Epic   : Blinding Speed
    28 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting OR Elusive Target
    29 Destiny: Dire Charge
    30 Epic   : Heavy Armor Master OR Tactical Mastery
    30 Swap   : Epic Toughness replaces Bulwark of Defense
    30 Legend : Scion of: Arborea OR Feywild OR Plane of Earth
    
    Enhancements (80 AP)
    
    Kensei (41 AP)
    
    
    • Kensei Focus: Heavy Blades, Spiritual Bond, Strike with No Thought, Power Surge, One Cut, Alacrity
      1. Extra Action Boost III, Weapon Group Specialization, Exotic Weapon Mastery, Haste Boost III
      2. Weapon Group Specialization, Ascetic Training: Conditioning II
      3. Weapon Group Specialization, Shattering Strike III, Strength
      4. Weapon Group Specialization, Strike at the Heart, Strength
      5. A Good Death: Melee, Weapon Master, One with the Blade, Deadly Strike, Keen Edge
    Vanguard (22 AP)
    • To the Fore!, Shield Combat I, Vicious Shield I, Shield Combat II
      1. Shield Specialization, Shield Smash III
      2. Brutality III, Stunning Shield I, Missile Shield III
      3. Follow Up III, Fatal Bulwark
      4. Shield Charge I
    Stalwart Defender (14 AP)
    • Toughness, Stalwart Defense, Overbalance
      1. Item Defense I, Durable Defense III
      2. Resilient Defense III, Instinctive Defense I
      3. Tenacious Defense III
    Purple Dragon Knight (3 AP)
    • Damage Boost
      1. Improved Recovery
    Leveling Guide
    1. PDK0 Damage Boost; Ken0 Kensei Focus: Heavy Blades; Ken1 Weapon Group Specialization
    2. Ken1 Exotic Weapon Mastery; Ken1 Haste Boost I, II
    3. Ken1 Haste Boost III; Ken0 Spiritual Bond; Ken1 Extra Action Boost I
    4. Ken1 Extra Action Boost II, III
    5. Ken3 Strength; Ken3 Shattering Strike I, II
    6. Ken3 Shattering Strike III; Ken0 Strike with No Thought; Ken2 Ascetic Training: Conditioning I, II
    7. Ken4 Strike at the Heart; Ken4 Strength
    8. Van0 To the Fore!; Van1 Shield Specialization; Van1 Shield Smash I
    9. Van1 Shield Smash II, III; Van0 Shield Combat I; Van2 Stunning Shield I
    10. Van2 Brutality I, II, III; Van0 Vicious Shield I
    11. SD0 Toughness; SD1 Durable Defense I, II, III
    12. SD1 Item Defense I; SD0 Stalwart Defense; Ken0 Power Surge
    13. Ken2 Weapon Group Specialization; Ken5 One with the Blade; Ken5 Keen Edge
    14. Van3 Fatal Bulwark; Van3 Follow Up I, II, III
    15. Van2 Missile Shield I, II, III; Van0 Shield Combat II
    16. Van4 Shield Charge I; Ken3 Weapon Group Specialization
    17. Ken4 Weapon Group Specialization; Ken5 Weapon Master; Ken5 A Good Death: Melee; Ken5 Deadly Strike
    18. Ken0 One Cut; SD2 Resilient Defense I, II, III
    19. SD2 Instinctive Defense I; SD3 Tenacious Defense I, II, III
    20. Ken0 Alacrity; SD0 Overbalance; PDK1 Improved Recovery
    PD Kensei Knight: Inspired by this thread, this build takes advantage of the recent buffs to Kensei to revive the ftr / pal hybrid. This is a SWF build designed to use khopeshes, but this build can play right out of the gate; use the default PDK longsword until you can farm something better, like a water khopesh or Bleeding Edge. You will eventually need a +6 WIS item, but not until lvl 20 when you take Zeal.
    Code:
    PD Kensei Knight
    14/6 Paladin/Fighter
    Lawful Good Purple Dragon Knight
    
    
    Level Order
    
    1. Fighter         6. Fighter        11. Paladin        16. Paladin
    2. Fighter         7. Paladin        12. Paladin        17. Paladin
    3. Fighter         8. Paladin        13. Paladin        18. Paladin
    4. Fighter         9. Paladin        14. Paladin        19. Paladin
    5. Fighter        10. Paladin        15. Paladin        20. Paladin
    
    
    Stats
                   28pt     32pt     Level Up
                   ----     ----     --------
    Strength        16       16       4: STR
    Dexterity        8        8       8: STR
    Constitution    14       16      12: STR
    Intelligence    10       10      16: STR
    Wisdom           8        8      20: STR
    Charisma        16       16      24: STR
                                     28: STR
    
    Skills
              F  F  F  F  F  F  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P  P
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             ------------------------------------------------------------
    Intim     4  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  1  23
    UMD       1  1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1     1  11
    Heal                                          2     2     2     2      8
    Balance   2     1     1     1     1     1                              7
    Tumble    1                                                            1
             ------------------------------------------------------------
             12  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3  3
    
    
    Feats
    
     1        : Single Weapon Fighting
     1 PDK    : Exotic Weapon: Khopesh
     1 Fighter: Power Attack
     2 Fighter: Cleave
     3        : Weapon Focus: Slashing
     4 Fighter: Great Cleave
     6        : Improved Single Weapon Fighting
     6 Fighter: Weapon Specialization: Slashing
     7 Deity  : Follower of: Amaunator
     9        : Improved Critical: Slashing
    12        : Greater Single Weapon Fighting
    12 Deity  : Amaunator's Brilliance
    15        : Stunning Blow
    18        : Quicken Spell
    21 Epic   : Empower Healing Spell
    24 Epic   : Overwhelming Critical
    26 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting
    27 Epic   : Blinding Speed
    28 Destiny: Perfect Single Weapon Fighting OR Elusive Target
    29 Destiny: Dire Charge
    30 Epic   : Epic Damage Reduction
    30 Legend : Scion of: Arborea
    
    
    Enhancements (80 AP)
    
    Kensei (32 AP)
    
    
    • Kensei Focus: Heavy Blades, Spiritual Bond, Strike with No Thought
      1. Extra Action Boost III, Weapon Group Specialization, Exotic Weapon Mastery, Haste Boost III
      2. Tactics I, Weapon Group Specialization
      3. Weapon Group Specialization, Shattering Strike II, Strength
      4. Strike at the Heart, Strength
      5. One with the Blade, Keen Edge
    Sacred Defender (24 AP)
    • Holy Bastion, Sacred Defense
      1. Extra Lay On Hands III, Durable Defense III
      2. Bulwark Aura III, Resilient Defense III
      3. Resistance Aura III, Tenacious Defense III
      4. Swift Defense, Strong Defense III
    Knight of the Chalice (23 AP)
    • Slayer of Evil, Courage of Heaven, Slayer of Evil II, Improved Courage of Heaven
      1. Extra Turning II, Extra Smite II
      2. Divine Might III, Exalted Cleave III
      3. Divine Sacrifice II, Exalted Smite I
      4. Empowered Smite
    Purple Dragon Knight (1 AP)
    • Damage Boost
    Leveling Guide
    1. PDK0 Damage Boost; Ken0 Kensei Focus: Heavy Blades; Ken1 Weapon Group Specialization
    2. Ken1 Exotic Weapon Mastery; Ken1 Haste Boost I, II
    3. Ken1 Haste Boost III; Ken0 Spiritual Bond; Ken2 Weapon Group Specialization
    4. Ken1 Extra Action Boost I, II
    5. Ken1 Extra Action Boost III; Ken3 Strength
    6. Ken0 Strike with No Thought; Ken3 Weapon Group Specialization
    7. Ken4 Strike at the Heart; Ken4 Strength; Ken3 Shattering Strike I
    8. Ken3 Shattering Strike II; Ken2 Tactics I; SaD0 Holy Bastion
    9. SaD1 Extra Lay On Hands I, II, III; SaD1 Durable Defense I
    10. SaD0 Sacred Defense; SaD1 Durable Defense II, III; SaD2 Resilient Defense I
    11. SaD2 Resilient Defense II; SaD3 Tenacious Defense I, II, III
    12. Ken5 One with the Blade; Ken5 Keen Edge; KoC0 Slayer of Evil; KoC1 Extra Smite I
    13. KoC1 Extra Smite II; KoC1 Extra Turning I, II
    14. KoC2 Divine Might I, II
    15. KoC2 Divine Might III; KoC2 Exalted Cleave I, II, III
    16. KoC0 Courage of Heaven; KoC0 Slayer of Evil II; KoC3 Exalted Smite I
    17. KoC3 Divine Sacrifice I, II; KoC4 Empowered Smite
    18. KoC0 Improved Courage of Heaven; SaD2 Resilient Defense III; SaD2 Bulwark Aura I, II
    19. SaD2 Bulwark Aura III; SaD3 Resistance Aura I, II, III
    20. SaD4 Swift Defense; SaD4 Strong Defense I, II, III
    Destiny (24 AP) Legendary Dreadnought
    1. Legendary Tactics III, Extra Action Boost III, Strength
    2. Momentum Swing III, Imp. Power Attack, Strength
    3. Lay Waste
    4. Volcano's Edge
    5. Advancing Blows, Devastating Critical
    6. Master's Blitz
    Twists of Fate (18 fate points)
    1. Grim Precision (Tier 3 Shadowdancer)
    2. Endless Lay On Hands (Tier 3 Sentinel)
    3. Rejuvenation Cocoon (Tier 1 Primal)

    I am confused. I am looking for a PDK fighter build, since I finished my triple epic past lives, and wanting to start on iconics. What I am confused about in these builds is why do you take THF feats and shield feats? You cant do both at the same time can you? Or is it so you have the option to do one or the other depending on group and quest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garthog77 View Post
    I am confused. I am looking for a PDK fighter build, since I finished my triple epic past lives, and wanting to start on iconics. What I am confused about in these builds is why do you take THF feats and shield feats? You cant do both at the same time can you? Or is it so you have the option to do one or the other depending on group and quest?
    If you wield either a Dwarven Axe or Bastard Sword in one hand, and a non-weapon in the other (e.g. shield/orb/rune arm) then you will get glancing blows just like a Greataxe or Greatsword would.

    Thus the THF line buffs your glancing blows to 50% base damage, and the Shield Mastery feats grant you some PRR and Doublestrike, all of which you can take advantage of simultaneously.

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    Awesome, did not know that, have never used either of those weapons. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Livmo View Post
    For the teens I like this falchion, http://ddowiki.com/page/Vampiric_Cleaver

    Later on I upgrade to a poor man's SOS, http://i.imgur.com/kH7PR5B.jpg . I'm still looking to see if I can find some new loot-gen to replace it with. I've been stuck on the SOS for years now. Have shard but not the other 2 pieces of the 3 piece meal deal.
    Man, i need just shard, got everything else.

    Snipedyou of Khyber

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    i plan on TRing into the Daggerdruid Shadarkai build. does that build still work despite the changed enhancements? (would need to replace twf with natural fighting though)
    Last edited by Visty; 09-27-2018 at 09:16 AM.
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