Dan needs a character built!

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Postby Dan » June 7th, 2012, 10:43 am

Dear Innernets,

I need a swarm druid, stat!

I've got flavor ideas down, but haven't been able to actually build him. The only things I really want are
- a focus on the swarm beast form thing
- fancy constitution to take advantage of the swarmy damage reduction thing
- the At-Will power Swarming Locusts thing
- the Utility power Leaf Wall thing

Everything else - feats, skills, and especially gear, I gots no idea! Anyone think they could help me out?
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 11:49 am

For L26?

I'll get to work.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thor The Crusher » June 7th, 2012, 12:50 pm

whatever could Dan need a Druid for? ...hmm
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby lincoln » June 7th, 2012, 1:00 pm

He neglected to mention that he needs it at lvl 6...
Also, he gets one level 5, 6, and 7 item, and an additional 1k gold to spend on any other items

Those details are kind of important...
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 1:02 pm

L6 you say? that makes this much less complicated then. Thanks!
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby lincoln » June 7th, 2012, 1:03 pm

Thoth wrote:L6 you say? that makes this much less complicated then. Thanks!

Note my edit, Thoth... I added a few more rules.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 1:06 pm

Ah, less than default starting cash. Gotcha.

Edit: I can't do math.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Dan » June 7th, 2012, 1:17 pm

Ahh, yes. What Lincoln said.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 2:38 pm

Done. Instructions incoming.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 3:14 pm

Vervain, level 6
Half-Elf, Druid
Build: Swarm Druid
Primal Aspect Option: Primal Swarm
Half-Elf Power Selection Option: Knack for Success
Theme: Iron Wolf Warrior

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 10, CON 18, DEX 13, INT 10, WIS 20, CHA 8

AC: 18 Fort: 20 Ref: 18 Will: 22
HP: 55 Surges: 11 Surge Value: 13

TRAINED SKILLS
Endurance +11, Insight +15, Nature +15, Perception +15

POWERS
Iron Wolf Warrior Attack: Iron Wolf Charge
Half-Elf Racial Power: Knack for Success
Druid Feature: Wild Shape
Druid Attack 1: Grasping Claws
Druid Attack 1: Fire Hawk
Druid Attack 1: Swarming Locusts
Druid Attack 1: Scattered Form
Druid Attack 1: Savage Frenzy
Druid Utility 2: Verdant Bounty
Druid Attack 3: Roar of the Unbowed Beast
Druid Attack 5: Clinging Drones
Multiple Class Utility 6: Leaf Wall

FEATS
Staff Expertise
Level 1: Ritual Caster
Level 2: Cunning Stalker
Level 4: World Serpent's Grasp
Level 6: Improved Defenses

ITEMS
Ritual Book
Animal Messenger
Comrades' Succor
Enduring Beast Hide Armor +1 x1
Aversion Staff +2 x1
Amulet of Protection +2 x1
Claw Gloves x1

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The basic premise is a swarm-build druid with a focus on charging and performing well in an 'off tank' capacity.

As a swarm build, your AC is really, really awful for a defender / lone wolf type of character. Hopefully the damage reduction feature and other defensive control tricks (proning / dazing enemies, etc.) will help make up for it. Also, barring a couple of bursts, you're not really built to tank crowds, so that should help cut down excessive damage intake.

Nature, Perception, and Insight are through the roof. Endurance, Dunegoneering and Heal are passable.

Grasping Claws, Swarming Locusts, Fire Hawk, Iron Wolf Charge, Savage Frenzy, Verdant Bounty, Roar of the Unbowed Beast, Clinging Drones, and Leaf Wall all Inflict conditional effects on enemies targeted / in the area of effect, and this is key for 'turning on' your Staff of Aversion to buff your defenses. With Grasping Claws and World Serpent's Grasp you have a reliable way to prone an enemy.

You will excel at locking down / singling out enemies on a charge, especially if you take on targets that have no other creatures adjacent to them (Cunning Stalker gives you CA against such 'lone' targets). Note that you don't need to be adjacent for cunning Stalker to grant you CA, as long as the target has no other creatures *other than you* next to them, you get the benefit - this can combo well with your blast powers.

Use Verdant Bounty and Scattered Form when you know you're going to be taking a lot of attacks. A zone of Concealment for you or half damage (yes, this stacks with your Con mod damage reduction) can go a long way.

Maintain CA as often as possible. Your Claw Gloves give you +1D10 damage with melee attacks you make while in beast form when you have CA against the target.

Most of the build is pretty straight forward - you want to charge lone targets with Grasping Claws or smash groups of enemies with your bursts and blasts. Charging Grasping Claws into an AP for any attack (blasts are extra fun) will net you an enemy that is slow and prone adjacent to you... and from there it's dealer's choice as to how you want to proceed for maximum beast-mode tankage and DM-frustrating.

Any other questions, feel free to ask here, or (of course) in the TK chat tonight.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thor The Crusher » June 7th, 2012, 4:37 pm

I having a feeling Kevin will be the DM tonight. Just a feeling, it could be wrong, it could be right. Either way I'm excited.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 4:42 pm

Well, since I just saw Greg sign off from the 2k Games E3 stream about 5 minutes ago, that seems like as reasonable a guess as any :)
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Postby Greg » June 7th, 2012, 5:07 pm

Hey man it's only a 1.5 hour flight!
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Thoth » June 7th, 2012, 5:57 pm

I was guessing it was close to that, but I wasn't sure how much of the wrap-up / tear-down 2k would want to you do (or if there was a sweet party to go to), and even if they flew you straight home, I figured you'd be exhausted from the show.
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Re: Dan needs a character built!

Postby Tu'Binh Kimquanan » June 8th, 2012, 3:17 pm

I smell another side-story involving other characters coming up. :D (Smiles at the last side-story involving the Artifact Recovery squad)
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