Dragoon, Fighter (4e Class Variant)
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Creating a Dragoon
|“||A martial warrior, fiercely protective of their allies and keen controllers of the battlefield.||”|
|Role: Controller. As a warrior, you distinguish yourself not only by martial skill and fighting ability, but also of your capability to control the battlefield.|
|Power Source: Martial. Your draw on your inner sense of will and valor, resorting to unconventional yet practical methods of fighting.|
|Key Abilities: Strength, Wisdom, Dexterity|
|Armor Proficiencies: Leather, Hide, Chainmail, Scale, Light Shield, Heavy Shield|
|Weapon Proficiencies: Simple Melee, Military Melee, Simple Ranged, Military ranged, Shuriken|
|Bonus to Defense: +2 Fortitude|
|Hit Points at 1st Level: 15 + Constitution score|
|Hit Points per Level Gained: 6|
|Healing Surges per Day: 9 + Constitution modifier|
|Trained Skills: Heal. From the class skills list below, choose 4 more trained skills at 1st level.|
Class Skills: Acrobatics (Dex), Athletics (Str), Diplomacy (Cha), Endurance (Con), Heal (Wis), History (Int), Insight (Wis), Intimidate (Cha)
|Build Options: Dragoon|
|Class Features: Combat Challenge, Combat Superiority, Fighter Weapon Talent, Dragonheart, Dragon Breath, Hishou|
Creating a Dragoon
Dragoons are martial warriors, yet they rely heavily on their own natural abilities in combat. Dragoons control the battlefield conditions by strategic placement near their allies, and by using their breath attacks, which allow them to target large areas. Rather than rely on magic or divine implements, Dragoons rely on their ability to breathe the elements, including fire, cold, lighting, poison and acid. They can move quickly across the battlefield, with no penalty to their speed for wearing heavy armor and a +2 bonus to speed. They charge enemies as an immediate interrupt that would attack their allies, and quickly breath empowered breath attacks to enhance their own powers. Unlike many other classes, they have encounter abilities they can use multiple times, relying on both charges and their breath attacks. They are one of the few martial controllers, and seek to control the battlefield in unique ways. They do above average damage and have above average defenses, yet do not equal that of a striker or defender. They are fearsome competitors, difficult to rival in raw versatility and ability. They focus on area of effect abilities and penalties to their enemies. Dragoon's qualify as Dragonborn for the purpose of meeting racial prerequisites, such as feats or paragon paths. When choosing Dragonborn paragon paths and other relevant powers, they can choose to use one of any damage type, instead of one chosen at character creation.
Strength should be your primary ability. As almost all of your powers utilize strength for the attack and damage roll, strength is your most important ability. Your second most important ability is your wisdom modifier, which boosts your special fighter abilities.
Fighters are as much about controlling the battlefield as they are about protecting their allies. While you have naturally high defenses, it's always a good idea to invest in better defenses, such as with improved defenses or toughness. As all of your attacks are damaged based, it's recommended that you pick up weapon proficiency feats in superior weapons, as well as potentially damage boosting feats. While you will likely never be as close as a striker, with feats that allow you to add wisdom to your opportunity attacks particularly important. As you qualify for Dragonborn feats, it is wise to pick up feats for this racial background. Enlarged dragonbreath is recommended, as it will make your dragon breath ability capable of covering a 5 x 5 area, instead of a 3 x 3. Other abilities can be used to boost your damage or have other effects. Paragon paths can be used as well; when using Dragon breath related abilities, you can choose with damage type you use with the attacks, rather than one you chose at character creation. As many of your powers are dependent on charging, it is recommended that you gain some bonuses to charging, such as with Fast Runner.
As you are a heavy armor dependent class with secondary abilities that do not boost lightly armored defenses (such as dexterity or intelligence), you should start with the highest armor you can, or scale. Scale is extremely important, as it provides bonuses to speed and AC as well as removes your speed penalty. Further, you should choose a two-handed weapon, since you gain a shield bonus equal to a shield and do more damage with the weapon. As all of your breath attacks are dependent on your weapon proficiency, it is wise to choose a weapon with a high proficiency, such as a sword or greatspear. With the greatspear, you will have a further range, but with weapons such as the fullblade you will have higher damage.
You must choose the "Dragoon" fighter path to gain all of the following features. You cannot simply choose some of the features as new additions to the fighter, but instead are given these powers by choosing the path. You use all of the same fighter encounter, utility and daily powers, but must use the described class features. You can choose at-will powers from the fighter class in addition to the newer at-wills presented. It's important to bear in mind that some fighter abilities allow you to mark or focus on defender oriented abilities; for encounter and daily purposes, you can mark, which gives you secondary defender abilities, much like how the paladin has secondary healing abilities. You are of course still predominately a controller.
Class Feature: Combat Challenge
Combat Challenge functions similarly to regular fighters, however it works with a few changes. The power no longer marks. Although for functions of feats, prerequisites, paragon paths and other abilities it functions as the same, instead the text reads only as "Whenever an enemy that is adjacent to you shifts or makes an attack that does not include you, you can make a melee basic attack against that enemy as an immediate interrupt." In this way you still have access to fighter modifications and other abilities, but it does not allow for you to mark targets. For the purposes of consider a target effected by Combat Challenge, you only need to target it (but the target is still not marked).
Class Feature: Combat Superiority
You gain a bonus to opportunity attacks equal to your Wisdom modifier. An enemy struck by your opportunity attack stops moving, if a move provoked the attack. If it still has actions remaining, it can use them to resume moving.
Class Feature: Fighter Weapon Talent
For the purpose of meeting prerequisites, the "Fighter Weapon Talent" functions as the same. However, the text and benefit is replaced with "When using weapons, you gain a +1 hit to attack rolls."
Class Feature: Dragonheart
For the purposes of meeting prerequisites, such as for feats or paragon paths, you qualify as Dragonborn. In addition to this, whenever you are wearing scale armor you gain a +2 shield bonus to AC and reflex, ignore the speed penalty to heavy armor, and gain a +2 bonus to speed.
Class Feature: Dragonbreath
You gain the racial power "Dragon Breath". For the purposes of meeting prerequisites, such as feats, the power functions as the same. However, the power is replaced with the following. In addition, all "Dragon Breath" related powers can add the proficiency bonus of a weapon you are wielding to attack rolls. You can use the power 3 times per encounter.
Class Feature: Hishou
Dragoon's are known for miraculous feats of flight, flying across the battlefield and engaging enemies on the farthest reaches of the battle. You can charge an enemy as an immediate interrupt on an attack of your ally, and gain the "Hishou" power. You can use the ability 3 times per encounter.
Level 1: At-Will Powers
Benefit: You can choose to gain two of the following at-will powers, or select other fighter at-will powers. At level 21, the damage increases to double that damage die.