Melee Arcanist (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Introduction[edit]

This is a build for any character who wishes to mix nicely melee fighting and arcane spellcasting

References[edit]

Core WotC

Game Rule Components[edit]

Player's Handbook (3.5e), Dungeon Master's Guide (3.5e), Complete Warrior and Complete Mage.

Spells, Powers, Soulmelds, Stances, etc...[edit]

To deal damage pick touch spells over aoe ones.

Items[edit]

Weapons: Any rapier will do it, but if u can get nice ones, that's better

Armor: Nevermind, you will start using light ones, but later on, you will dump it

Misc: Anything that increases AC, Int, Dex and Str

Progression[edit]

Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments)

Str: At least 12

Dex: As much as u can 16+

Con: At least 12

Int: At least 15

Wis: Nevermind

Cha: Nevermind

Race (Templates): Elf

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Spells
Fort Ref Will
1st Swashbuckler 1 1 2 0 0 Dodge Weapon finesse
2nd Swashbuckler 2 2 3 0 0 Grace
3rd Swashbuckler 3 3 3 1 1 Weapon focus (rapier) Insightful strike
4th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 1 3 3 1 3 Familiar, School spealization, Scribe spell scroll Caster lvl 1, Spells 3/1
5th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2 4 3 1 4 Caster lvl 2, Spells 4/2
6th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1 5 5 1 4 Combat casting Bonus feat (Combat expertise)
7th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 1 6 5 3 6 Blade singer combat style Caster lvl 3, Spells 4/2/1
8th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 1, Abjurant champion 1 7 5 3 8 Abjurant armor, Extended abjuration Caster lvl 4, Spells 4/3/2
9th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 1, Abjurant champion 2 8 5 3 9 Arcane strike Swift abjuration Caster lvl 5, Spells 4/3/2/1
10th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 2, Abjurant champion 2 9 5 4 10 Minor spellsing
11th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 3, Abjurant champion 2 10 6 4 10 Caster lvl 6, Spells 4/3/3/2
12th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 4, Abjurant champion 2 11 6 5 11 Anything you think you need Haste song (lvl 2)
13th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 4, Abjurant champion 3 12 7 6 11 Caster lvl 7, Spells 4/4/3/2/1
14th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 4, Abjurant champion 4 13 7 6 12 Arcane boost Caster lvl 8, Spells 4/4/3/3/2
15th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 4, Abjurant champion 5 14 7 6 12 Anything you think you need Martial arcanist Caster lvl 14, Spells 4/4/4/3/2/1
16th Swashbuckler 3, Wizard 2, Fighter 1, Bladesinger 5, Abjurant champion 5 15 7 6 12 Caster lvl 15, Spells 4/4/4/3/3/2

Other Components[edit]

Fot lvls 17+ u can choose any class u want, but I suggest Eldritch Knight

Highlights[edit]

This class mixes a high base attack, with a decent spellcasting power at high caster lvl, while taking the most advantage of your Int stat to increase melee damage, AC and DC for spells.

When using Wraithstrike, always use combat expertise -5/+5

Always preparing a Spectral weapon spell.

Side Notes[edit]

HP: 9d10 + 2d4 + 5d8

Limitations[edit]

The exp penalty for having so many classes hits hard, but this build will prove it's worth

DM Counters[edit]

DISARM him

Miscellaneous[edit]


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