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    Hi! I need some help with my build. It's based on Strimtom's Vanguard

    Vanguard Kensei Fighter (F2P)
    Fighter 20
    True Neutral Human


    Stats
    . . . . . . . .32pt . . Level Up
    . . . . . . . .---- . . --------
    Strength. . . . 18. . . .4: STR
    Dexterity . . . 10. . . .8: STR
    Constitution. . 16. . . 12: STR
    Intelligence. . 10. . . 16: STR
    Wisdom. . . . . .8. . . 20: STR
    Charisma. . . . 10. . . 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 . . 4. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 1. 23
    Balance . 1. 1. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. ½. 11
    UMD . . . 2. . .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .½ .11
    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. . . . : Power Attack
    .1 Human. : Cleave
    .1 Fighter: Weapon Focus: Slashing
    .2 Fighter: Stunning Blow
    .3. . . . : Improved Shield Bash
    .4 Fighter: Weapon Specialization: Slashing
    .6. . . . : Shield Mastery
    .6 Fighter: Two Handed Fighting
    .8 Fighter: Improved Critical: Slashing
    .9. . . . : Exotic Weapon: Bastard Sword
    10 Fighter: Improved Sunder
    12. . . . : Greater Weapon Focus: Slashing
    12 Fighter: Great Cleave
    14 Fighter: Greater Weapon Specialization: Slashing
    15. . . . : Improved Two Handed Fighting
    16 Fighter: Superior Weapon Focus: Slashing
    18. . . . : Tactical Supremacy
    18 Fighter: Greater Two Handed Fighting
    20 Fighter: Heavy Armor Champion
    21 Epic . : Overwhelming Critical
    24 Epic . : Great Ability: Strength
    26 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting
    27 Epic . : Blinding Speed
    28 Destiny: Perfect Two Handed Fighting
    29 Destiny: Dire Charge
    30 Epic . : Epic Damage Reduction
    30 Legend : Scion of: Arborea


    Enhancements (80 AP)

    Kensei (42 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
      3. Critical Mastery III, Weapon Group Specialization, Shattering Strike I, Strength
      4. Opportunity Attack, Weapon Group Specialization, Liquid Courage, Strike at the Heart, Strength
      5. A Good Death: Melee, Weapon Master, One with the Blade, Keen Edge

    Vanguard (31 AP)
    • To the Fore!, Shield Combat I, Vicious Shield I, Shield Combat II, Vicious Shield II
      1. Shield Specialization, Shield Smash III
      2. Shield Specialization, Brutality III, Stunning Shield III
      3. Shield Specialization, Fatal Bulwark, Strength
      4. Shield Specialization, Shield Charge III, Strength

    Stalwart Defender (6 AP)
    • Toughness, Stalwart Defense
      1. Item Defense I, Durable Defense III

    Human (1 AP)
    • Damage Boost


    Destiny (24 AP)

    Legendary Dreadnought
    1. Sundering Swing III, Extra Action Boost III, Strength
    2. Momentum Swing III, Imp. Power Attack
    3. Lay Waste, Critical Damage III
    4. Volcano's Edge
    5. Devastating Critical
    6. Master's Blitz


    I'm F2P so no access to any tomes or expensive equipment yet. Right now, I'm struggling to lvl up, maybe because of the equipment? I have some DDO points to expend, but I'm not sure what to do in order to improve this toon. Any advice is welcome. I'm here to learn.

    Thank you!
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    Strimtom built his Vanguard for being a high priority single target slayer and not a tanker. Your feat layout while similar deviates away from that concept to glancing blow Cleave based aoe attack style used for gaining and holding aggro of the mobs. The Khopesh is his weapon of choice and it has a higher critical profile with more damage output over time even without glancing blows. So its played more like a Single Weapon or Two Weapon fighting style one target at a time.

    The build is an end game build which means really gear focused for maximum damage with a special shield higher critical profile and at or near 100% doublestrike with main hand weapon.

    So you need to decide your play style before you build your character and it seems like you are trying for a balance between the two.

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    This will help fully explain his build with game play video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h39tJzRK-Vw

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    Hello.

    Grab bastards prof at least at lvl 6, cutting currency is lvl6 (make mobs helpless), and spinal tap is min lvl 7 (use it until lvl 15 and swap for wave of despair).
    Why sunder things?
    If u want kill things fast, use silent avenger set (light armor), and swap heavy armor feats. In high reaper, the prr/mrr bonuses from heavy armor are useless (if u get hit, u die).
    And use large shields (best defense/leg best defense). You already have shiled for stalwart defense instance (if u want).


    Ps. iirc, the video is from before bug fix in vanguard capstone. Now u get only 10% stun on shield bashes, not the bugged 50%.
    Pps. In heroics, canith craft is the way until lvl 10. At 10, go Ravenloft gear and fill the gaps with CC.

    Edit. Take a look at the "other" vanguard/kensei (kensei/vanguard?) build.

    My two cents.
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