Arcane doesn't mean weak (3.5e Optimized Character Build)
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I recently played a game as a wizard and he died in the first session. I was annoyed, so I created this
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Game Rule Components
Spells, Powers, Soulmelds, Stances, etc...
spells starting at third level, defensive stance at eleventh level.
none needed (you can have them if you want, just no armor)
Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): highest in int, then con, then dex, as normal for a wizard. Race:Dwarf (if con is below 14) or human (con 14+). Dwarves get +2 con, and you really need the extra hitpoints at low levels, even as a fighter. If you can afford to, humans get an extra feat which allows you to develop faster.
|1st||Fighter 1||+1||+2||+0||+0||<- take anything ->||<- bonus feat (take power attack or dodge ) ->||<- use a short range, one handed weapon. dwarven waraxes are great->|
|2nd||Fighter 2||+2||+3||+0||+0||<- you should have power attack, dodge, and whatever you picked for your starter feat ->||<- bonus feat (take power attack or dodge. the one you didnt take last level.) ->||<- none->|
|3rd||Fighter 2/Wizard 1||+2||+3||+0||+2||<- Bonus feat for third level! take quicken spell. ->||<- summon familiar, scribe scroll ->||<- ban illusion (if you play that way)->|
|4th||Fighter 2/Wizard 2||+2||+3||+0||+3||<- you should have power attack, quicken spell, dodge, and what ever you chose at first level ->||<- none ->||<- put +1 ability on int, dex or con, whichever will go up a modifier ->|
|5th||Fighter 2/Wizard 3||+2||+4||+1||+3||<- none new ->||<- none ->||<- none ->|
|6th||Fighter 2/Wizard 4||+3||+4||+1||+4||<- bonus feat for sixth level. take combat refexes ->||<- none ->||<- none ->|
|7th||Fighter 2/Wizard 5||+3||+4||+1||+4||<- take empower spell ->||<- bonus feat ->||<- none ->|
|8th||Fighter 2/Wizard 5/Eldritch Knight 1||+5||+6||+1||+4||<- take spring attack ->||<- bonus feat ->||<- put +1 ability on int, dex or con, whichever will go up a modifier ->|
|9th||Fighter 2/Wizard 5/Eldritch Knight 2||+6||+7||+1||+4||<- bonus feat for ninth level. take anything ->||<- level of wizard spells ->||<- none ->|
|10th||Fighter 2/Wizard 5/Eldritch Knight 3||+7||+7||+2||+5||<- you should have power attack, quicken spell, dodge, spring attack, combat refexes, whatever you chose at first level, and whatever you chose ->||<- level of wizard spells ->||<- none ->|
Quickened true strike and bulls strength go a long way.
You're basically a wizard with fighter levels. You can attack things with a sword or use magic, but you are slightly weaker than a fighter or wizard of the same level.
None needed. This is far from overpowered.