Hero-Bard of Awesomeness (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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People often say that the bard sucks. Those people have never seen this guy. This is everything a good bard is supposed to be, divine caster and arcane caster and fighter and skillmaster. He even has some sneak attacking!

I'd like to say I invented this build on my own, but I really can't.


Complete Arcane, Complete Adventurer, Player's Handbook,

Game Rule Components[edit]

Race and Templates[edit]

Any race works, although I prefer gnome due to bard being a favored class. (Plus, I like gnomes)


Bard, Rogue, Druid, Sublime Chord, Fochlucan Lyrist.



Spells, Powers, Items[edit]



Normal for classes-a little bit like No One the Mad that way.


Bard 7, Rogue 2, Druid 1, Sublime Chord 1, Fochlucan Lyrist anything. In that Order. Ability scores should be: Charisma, Wisdom, Dexterity, Intelligence, Constitution, Strength in order of importance-max out Charisma and keep your Wisdom above 16.

ECL Class/HD/LA Feats Special
1st Bard - Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
2nd Bard - Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
3rd Bard any feat Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
4th Bard - Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
5th Bard - Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
6th Bard any feat Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
7th Bard - Bardic music, Bardic Knowledge, Bard Spells.
8th Druid - Druidic language, Animal Companion, Druid Spells.
9th Rogue any feat 1d6 sneak attack.
10th Rogue - Evasion


Simple. After 7th level of bard, you have all your sublime chord prerequisites except skills, which can be filled by virtually any class. So, I used those classes on rogue and druid, for the Fochlucan Lyrist prerequisites. Nice, huh? So when he becomes an official Fochlucan dude, he can pick Sublime Chord spells instead of bard ones-meaning he gets wizard spells and stuff, while still keeping nice bard tricks like Song of Discord and Sympathetic Vibration. Fochlucan Lyrist has good skills, great spells, and good base attack bonus.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

This is for you people. Feel free to fill stuff in. Maybe learn the Druidic language without getting any levels in Druid.

A Ring of Evasion can be used to meet the "Evasion" prerequisite.

Side Notes[edit]

Maybe give him an extra level of rogue for extra skills and sneak attacking. 2 levels in rogue gives you evasion.


dipping into 3 levels of prerequisite classes may make your character temporarily weak. That's why a good Constitution is big for this guy.

DM Counters[edit]



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