Psion Fighter Tank (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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This build takes advantage of the feats available to the Elan race from the Complete Psionic. The goal here is to have a self buffing fighter that can take a huge amount of damage.


The books used are primarily the Expanded Psionic Handbook, and the Complete Psionic.

Game Rule Components[edit]

Use the Erudite class instead of the standard classes. it'll improve the power list of the character considerably. However, you may choose one of the psionic disciplines if you want.

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


Deep Crystal Weapons. Take you pick on what kind, but make it deep crystal so you can get the +2D6 damage for 2pp.


Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments):

STR > 13

CON = Any

DEX = Any

INT = 18

WIS > 13

CHA = Any

Race (Templates):

Elans typically stand just under 6 feet tall and weigh in the neighborhood of 180 pounds, with men sometimes taller and heavier than women, but not always. –2 Charisma Aberration (Psionic): Elans are not subject to spells or effects that affect humanoids only, such as charm person or dominate person. Medium: As Medium creatures, elans have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size. Elan base land speed is 30 feet. Elans (unlike most aberrations) do not have darkvision. Weapon and Armor Proficiency: An elan is automatically proficient with the longbow, the warhammer, all simple weapons, light armor, and shields. Naturally Psionic: Elans gain 2 bonus power points at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class. Resistance (Su): Elans can use psionic energy to increase their resistance to various forms of attack. As an immediate action, an elan can spend 1 power point to gain a +4 racial bonus on saving throws until the beginning of her next action. Resilience (Su): When an elan takes damage, she can spend power points to reduce its severity. As an immediate action, she can reduce the damage she is about to take by 2 hit points for every 1 power point she spends. Repletion (Su): An elan can sustain her body without need of food or water. If she spends 1 power point, an elan does not need to eat or drink for 24 hours. Automatic Language: Common. Bonus Languages: Any (other than secret languages, such as Druidic). Elans’ past lives expose them to wide ranges of language. Favored Class: Psion. Level Adjustment: +0.

Starting Racial Traits:

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Fort Ref Will
1st 1 Fighter +1 +2 +0 +0 Enhanced Elan Resilience, Power Attack Weapon/Armor Proficiencies
2nd 1 Fighter / 1 Psion +1 +2 +0 +2 Psionic Weapon Psi Crystal Affinity
3rd 1 Fighter / 2 Psion +2 +2 +0 +3 Combat Manifestation
4th 1 Fighter / 3 Psion +2 +3 +1 +3 Increase INT
5th 1 Fighter / 4 Psion +3 +3 +1 +4
6th 1 Fighter / 5 Psion +3 +3 +1 +4 Skin of the Construct , Psionic Meditation
7th 1 Fighter / 6 Psion +4 +4 +2 +5
8th 1 Fighter / 7 Psion +4 +4 +2 +5 Increase INT
9th 1 Fighter / 8 Psion +5 +4 +2 +6 Greater Psionic Weapon
10th 1 Fighter / 9 Psion +5 +5 +3 +6
11th 1 Fighter / 10 Psion +6 +5 +3 +7 Deep Impact
12th 1 Fighter / 11 Psion +6 +5 +3 +7 Expanded Knowledge Increase INT
13th 1 Fighter / 12 Psion +7 +6 +4 +8
14th 1 Fighter / 13 Psion +7 +6 +4 +8
15th 1 Fighter / 14 Psion +8 +6 +4 +9 Expanded Knowledge
16th 1 Fighter / 15 Psion +8 +7 +5 +9 Expanded Knowledge Increase INT
17th 1 Fighter / 16 Psion +9 +7 +5 +10
18th 1 Fighter / 17 Psion +9 +7 +5 +10 Expanded Knowledge
19th 1 Fighter / 18 Psion +10 +8 +6 +11
20th 1 Fighter / 19 Psion +10 +8 +6 +11 Expanded Knowledge Increase ability score that is odd numbered (DEX/STR/CHA)

Other Components[edit]

The expanded knowledge feats can be swapped with item creation feats. this will allow an Erudite:Psion to manifest more powers in a day than would otherwise be possible. The Expanded Knowledge feats are for powers that are non-psion powers. This will allow the Psion an even greater flexibility.

Look at the power lists carefully. Force Screen gives you a AC shield bonus similar to a tower shield. However, it doesn't take up your arm, nor reduce your ability to fight. Thusly, you can have the AC bonus and you can use a 2handed weapon like a falchion.


The real trick here is the feat/ability of Enhanced Elan Resiliance. You spend 1pp and get to reduce the damage dealt to you by 4. Combine this with the number of power points that a Psion gets, and you have a character capable of resisting a significant amount of damage. Into this mix, give this character the ability to manifest powers (as armor does not affect this) to bolster the fighting ability and also the defensive capability. Additionally, because Elan's favored class is Psion, you won't receive any XP penalty for the multiclassing.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

Side Notes[edit]

suggestion, try elocator with it, your already taking a slightly lower level of psion, so the two or three extra levels you lose from elocator won't hurt you too much, and the stuff you gain it very combat effective, which looks like it would be helpful for what your trying to make, a decent tank... you float, removing pit traps, falling damage, pressure plates, etc. since you actually tie yourself to another plane, and the sidestep charge feat is useful, not to mention the +6 bonus to hit and damage if someone else hit it first. convinced yet?


DM Counters[edit]


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