Righteous Rager (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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Author's Note: "Fall on your swords while you can, evil! I won't be as gentle!"


"Go for the eyes Boo, GO FOR THE EYES!! RrraaaAAGHGHH!!!"

Introduction[edit]

Scare your foes into running every time you charge into combat.

References[edit]

  • Unearthed Arcana
  • Complete Warrior
  • Complete Scoundrel
  • Book of Exalted Deeds
  • Magic Item Compendium
  • Player's Guide to Faerun
  • Races of Destiny

Game Rule Components[edit]

Skill Tricks[edit]

  • Never Outnumbered

Progression[edit]

Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): (Assuming 32 Point Buy) 16 14 14 8 10 15

Race: [[3e Race::Desert Orc]]

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Barbarian 1 +1 +2 +0 +0 Power Attack, Dreadful Wrath, Menacing Demeanor Fast Movement, Illiteracy, Whirling Frenzy 1/day
2nd Barbarian 2 +2 +3 +0 +0 Uncanny Dodge
3rd Barbarian 3 +3 +3 +1 +1 Righteous Wrath Trap Sense +1
4th Barbarian 4 +4 +4 +1 +1 Whirling Frenzy 2/day
5th Barbarian 5 +5 +4 +1 +1 Improved Uncanny Dodge
6th Barbarian 6 +6 +5 +2 +2 Knight of the Stars Trap Sense +2
7th Champion of Gwynharwyf 1 +7 +7 +2 +2 Detect Evil, Smite Evil 1/day
8th Champion of Gwynharwyf 2 +8 +8 +3 +3 Divine Grace, Furious Casting, Whirling Frenzy 3/day
9th Champion of Gwynharwyf 3 +9 +8 +3 +3 Imperious Command DR 2/--, Resist Enchantment
10th Champion of Gwynharwyf 4 +10 +9 +3 +3 Fearsome Fury
11th Champion of Gwynharwyf 5 +11 +9 +3 +3 Energy Resistance 5, Greater Rage, Smite Evil 2/day
12th Champion of Gwynharwyf 6 +12 +10 +4 +4 Intimidating Rage DR 3/--, Whirling Frenzy 4/day
13th Champion of Gwynharwyf 7 +13 +10 +4 +4 Immune to Charm and Compulsion effects
14th Champion of Gwynharwyf 8 +14 +11 +4 +4 DR 4/--
15th Champion of Gwynharwyf 9 +15 +11 +5 +5 Improved Bull Rush Smite Evil 3/day
16th Champion of Gwynharwyf 10 +16 +12 +5 +5 DR 5/--, Energy Resistance 10, Whirling Frenzy 5/day
17th Barbarian 7 +17 +12 +5 +5 DR 6/--, Tireless Rage
18th Barbarian 8 +18 +13 +5 +5 Shock Trooper
19th Barbarian 9 +19 +13 +6 +6 Trap Sense +3
20th Barbarian 10 +20 +14 +6 +6 DR 7/--, Mighty Rage, Whirling Frenzy 6/day

At level 20: Barbarian 10 / Champion of Gwynharwyf 10

Items of Note[edit]

  • Use a glaive with armor spikes to threaten a larger area (since you can only intimidate those within your reach)
  • Veil of Allure (MIC)
  • Menacing Armor (MIC)
  • Drums of Panic (DMG)
  • Eyes of Doom (DMG)
  • Axe of the Sea Reavers (MIC) may come in handy
  • Breastplate of Terror (MIC)
  • Mask of the Matriarch (DotU)

Highlights[edit]

  • Assumed stats at level 20:
    • Fear effects
      • Dreadful wrath (DC 26 Will save (after +6 cha item and +1 tome) or be made shaken for one minute)
      • Righteous Wrath (DC 26 will save (after +6 cha item and +1 tome) or be made shaken until you go down or the encounter ends)
      • Intimidating Rage (One opponent can be made shaken as long as you rage)
      • Fearsome Fury (DC equal to Intimidate check against all opponents within 30' or be shaken for as long as you rage)
      • Never Outnumbered (Demoralize all enemies within 10' they first Cower then are Shaken for a single round due to Imperious Command)
    • Strength: 16 (Base) + 2 (Race) + 8 (Mighty Rage) + 6 (Item) + 5 (Tome) + 5 (Level) = 42 (+16)
    • Attack Bonus: 20 (BAB) + 16 (Str) + 5 (Magic) - 2 (Whirling Rage) = +39/+39/+34/+29/+24
    • Damage: 1d10 (Glaive) + 24 (Str) + 5d6+5 (Magic) = 1d10+5d6+29
    • Total damage per attack comes out to 52 (on average). Should all attacks hit that's 260 damage. (182 when weighted against AC 40)

Combat Sequence[edit]

  • Be sure to initiate a Duel of Wills (Tome of Battle) at the beginning of combat.
  • Charge and Rage to scare the crap out of your foes.
  • Laugh as they run away like little girls.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

  • If you have a DM that doesn't mind changes in flavor and who ignores the Alignment prerequisites to classes and you don't mind giving up Mighty Rage and DR 2/--, you can shuffle the feats around and swap out Improved Bull Rush and Shock Trooper for Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Orc Double Axe) and Weapon Focus (Orc Double Axe) to enter Eye of Gruumsh instead of the last 4 levels of Barbarian. Alternatively, instead of four levels of Eye of Gruumsh, you can take Eye of Gruumsh 2 / Exotic Weapon Master 2 for Uncanny Blow and any other Exotic Weapon Stunt that you find interesting.

Limitations[edit]

  • Creatures immune to mind-affecting or fear effects.

DM Counters[edit]

  • Usual melee defences apart from AC (illusions, concealment, distance, etc)

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