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Walkthrough - Character Build Guide
Advanced Guide to Neverwinter Nights 2 Character Builds. Version 1.0 - Initial Revision. Version 1.1 - Added Pokey and Thuggie builds with minor edits. Version 2.0 - Added a large build section! Version 2.1 - FINAL VERSION. IMPORTANT NOTE: This guide still seems to be getting a lot of hits, but is outdated, and has a few errors Ive corrected in the new version. I highly recommend you check out the Mask of the Beholder version, since all my updates occur there. http://www.gamefaqs.com/computer/doswin/file/939027/50858 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- This guide is now a complete manual for creating your own builds. It tries to show you the tools you have available for making builds, and explains how they can fit together. The guide now includes a complete walkthrough of making a specific character along with thought processes behind it. In addition, it is a repository of various builds which I have found to be solid for Neverwinter Nights 2... or at least the best of their type. These builds are usually powergamer types, and typically have several mechanisms that make them superior to other similar ones, which I will explain. These are based on my NWN1, D&D, and NWN2 experience, as well as persistent world forums that I was active in during NWN1. I have tested all of these builds and in some cases talk about the differences between the NWN2 version and NWN1 equivalents, if any. For a beginner, the best way to use this guide is to look through it, and try out any build(s) that may interest you. An intermediate approach is to examine each build and learn why particular combos are chosen and then modify a build to their liking. Read the specifics on how to make a build and learn. An advanced player may just look through and ick up a few new build ideas. Once you have picked a build, TEST IT! The best way is to go to NWN2vault and download a trainer module. Alternatively, you can start a new campaign/module and do this: Hit ~ key to bring up console. type DebugMode 1 (which enables commands) type givexp 250000 (which gives you lots of XP) Hit ~ to disable console. Table of Contents: ------------------ I. Introduction to Character building II. The Rules Explained III. Choosing Stats, Race IV. Weapon Selection for warriors: Dualwield, 1h+shield, 2hander? V. Scaling explained. VI. Class Overviews. VII. Putting it all together. VIII. Complete Sample Build Methodology IX. Builds A) Bruiser. Bard1/Fighter4/RDD10/FrenzBers5 B) Shooter Bard3/Rogue4/Fighter4/Arcane Archer9 C) Tricky Wiz6/Rogue3/PaleMaster1/Arcane Trickster10. D) SuperSorc Sorceror18/Paladin2 E) BadBard Bard16/Fighter1/Blackguard3 F) Reaper. Fighter8/WpnMaster7/FB5 G) Shiftey Druid18/Monk1/Cleric1 H) Dodgey DeepGnome Monk16/Duelist4 I) Kamakaze Cleric13/Fighter6/Monk1 J) WizWar Wizard8/Fighter2/Eldrich Knight10 K) Thuggie Fighter4/Rogue3/Blackguard10/NWnine3 L) Pokey Fighter8/Duelist10/Monk1/Wizard1 M) SuperSaver Cleric15/Paladin2/Blackguard2/Warlock1 X. Copyright, Contact Info. I. Intro to character building ------------------------------ This guide is meant to teach how to multiclass properly to make a "build" for Neverwinter Nights 2. It is meant to be used in tandem with the build repository later in this guide, and is intended to break down how I come up with these builds. The character system is very complex, and I provide rules and suggestions to break it down into building blocks. The guide has several sections. First, I go over some basic rules for multiclassing. The next section is a breakdown of ALL character classes, including generally how many levels of each class to take, and why this is so. The third section talks about synergy, and how to choose classes that work well with each other. Finally, I give a discussion of why some builds work better in worlds where more powerful items are found, and how to adjust a build to these worlds. A build is nothing more than 20 levels of different classes taken together in a specific order, with certain stats, feats, skills mixed in. In general, you can exclude MOST skills from your build, as they are usually not all that important to the actual build. In other words, the build is not overly influenced by your skills one way or another whether you take diplomacy or healing. In my builds, I show recommended skills, but these are very dependent upon how and where you are playing. Some servers practically require Spot to avoid pickpocketers, whereas others are in love with locked unbashable doors and chests. The large variety of skills and applications is why we can exclude most skills. There are some important skills that are specific to a build and are usually prerequisites for some prestege class. II. The Rules Explained ----------------------- This section goes over the rules, or general guidelines that I follow when creating a new build. Later on I will apply these when we create a new build. a. Rule of Four --------------- The first rule is the RULE OF FOUR. Classes with a medium Attack Bonus (AB) give the character +1 Base Attack Bonus(BAB) on every level except the 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th. Hence, in most builds you will see people take these classes in FOURS. In any case, you will almost NEVER see 5, 9, 13, or 17 levels in such a class. This rule is irritating as in many cases, that 5th,9th,13th,17th level can provide some strong benefits, as you will soon see. For example, a monk gains Spell Resistance at level 13 instead of 12 like it is supposed to. RDD gets blindfight at 5 instead of 4. Assassin gets improved invisibility at 9. You will see many other such annoying examples as you work on builds. Note that this rule is ONLY applicable for characters that plan on fighting at all. Pure casters typically disregard this rule. Also note that low-progression classes gain 1 BAB ONLY on even levels. So, a 8Wizard,2fighter,10Eld Knight has a 16bab, whereas a 7wiz,1fighter,10ek,1PM only gets 14! This rule is one that limits splash classes. For example, a 17warrior, with 1 bard for an aura, 1 cleric for domain bonuses, and a single rogue level for skill access and 1d6 sneak would have a 17BAB instead of a 20BAB. This makes it less attractive to toss in 1 level of those classes. On the other hand, a 17fighter with 1barbarian for faster move and rage, 1 ranger for favored enemy, and 1 dwarf defender for 1AC and stance would still have a 20BAB. (Yeah, I know the alignments aren't compatible...) b. Rule of Highest Class Favor. ------------------------------- The second thing to examine is XP penalties. This is how it works. Look at the highest level class. Compare the highest level class to EACH other class. For every one that is more than 1 level apart, apply 20% XP penalty, which is cumulative. Example: 5cleric,1monk,1fighter = 40% XP penalty! There are a few exceptions fortunately. First, ALL PRESTEGE CLASSES are exempt. They are treated as if they do not exist for XP penalty purposes. So a 5cleric, 1assassin, 1 blackguard = 0% XP penalty. Secondly, there is the "favored class" for each race. This class is also eliminated from consideration completely. Here are examples. Assume a 8 rogue,4fighter,4monk,4druid. If we play a halfling, rogue is their favored class. Therefore the game reads the character as having 4fighter,4monk,4druid. Works great with 0 XP penalty. What if we played a dwarf? The class is seen as a 8rogue, 4monk, 4 druid, which is a 40% XP penalty. Oops. This leads us into the rule... The RULE OF HIGHEST CLASS FAVOR says that if you have more than 2 main classes (i.e. not prestege classes since they are immune to XP penalty), you want your HIGHEST level class to be the favored one. A note here is that humans always have their highest level non-prestege class as their favored class. This means that they always get maximum benefit from favored class. There is never a case where having a dwarf's fighter favored will ever be better than human's favored class ability. Half-elves also gain this ability, but are a pretty weak race that I never consider for character building. c. Rule of Initial Skill Boost ------------------------------ Our next concept is that Class Order Matters. The 8rogue,4fighter,4monk, 4druid example used previously will be our example. We will start out with our next rule and go from there. The RULE OF INITIAL SKILL BOOST states that you usually want the class with the most and most useful skillpoints or skill access taken at level 1. At level 1, skillpoints are multiplied by 4. Hence, assuming no INT modifier, a 1st level rogue gets 32 skillpoints. A first level fighter gets 8, and a monk gets 16. Clearly, you would want to start with the rogue. Remember also that at level 1, you can put 4 points into a skill, since they are capped at CharLvl +3. If nothing else and you wont have enough skillpoints later on, you can at least pick up 4 points in several useful skills like open lock, spot, UMD, etc. d. Rule of Weaving Class levels for Optimum skill access. --------------------------------------------------------- Skill access is another reason for taking levels in certain orders. In our example, you would not want to take all 8 rogue levels, then 4 monk, then 4 fighter, and 4 druid. As such, your 1st 12 levels would have access to rogueish skills, but after that they all cost TWO points per skill-up. Let's back up for a minute. Normally, 1 skill rank up cost 1 point, IF it is a class skill. Open lock for rogue for example. If it is a cross-class skill, it costs TWO skillpoints to get +1 skill rank. In addition, you are CAPPED at 1/2 the normal value rounded down. A 3rd level druid can get 6 concentrate, but only a 3 in Open Lock since it is not a class skill. 7th lvl druid can have 10 concentrate, and 5 open lock. There is 1 more wrinkle though. If you have EVER had access to a skill as a class skill, then you can always get the full capped value for that skill, although it may be a double cost. As an example, taking 1 rogue, then 19 cleric lets you put up to 23 points in tumble, open lock, and other rogue skills that clerics do not have class skill access to. However, the cleric will have to pay TWO skillpoints per rank. Since clerics only get 2 base skillpoints per level, you can see how this would not work out so well. This leads to our next rule, which is the RULE OF WEAVING CLASS LEVELS FOR OPTIMUM SKILL ACCESS. Using our example, the player would want to ensure those 12 rogue levels are interspersed such that you can carryover points and spend them during rogue levelups to get the skills as cheaply as possible. Conversely, this allows you to use the monk and druid levels to crank up your heal skill. Hence, you level up different skills during different class level-ups. e. Rule of weaving class levels to avoid XP penalty. ---------------------------------------------------- Now, we cover the RULE OF WEAVING CLASS LEVELS TO AVOID XP PENALTY. In our example, the worst possible place to be is to have 3fighter,1druid,1monk with how ever many rogue (assuming halfling so rogue is favored). This gives you a 40% XP penalty, and is totally unnecessary. All you have to do is simply keep all the non-favored, non-prestege classes within one level of each other for 0 XP penalty. f. Rule of Highest Gain class order ----------------------------------- Next up is the RULE OF HIGHEST GAIN CLASS ORDER. This indicates that you want to level up the classes in the order that is most useful for character growth. Unfortunately, this causes a lot of contradictions even in itself. Lets look at a cleric16/fighter4 build. So what order do you do things in? If you put 4 fighter early on, you get 3 feats and early wpn spec access. However, you severely limit cleric spell progression. Taking fighter late means no improved weapons/feats for a long time. So you compromise and take 1 cleric at 1st level, then 1 fighter at 2nd level to get the wpn feats and 1 free feat. Then, take say 11 cleric to get most of the useful buffs, then take 3 more fighter, then finish up with cleric. Question: So lemme get this straight... you want me to make a 8rogue, 4monk,4fighter,4druid and make sure to keep the minor classes within one level of each other? AND, also weave them to make sure I can maximize the right skills that I want? AND take the most useful class up front? Answer: Yep. As you can already see, the rules contradict each other. We will address this in the rule of tradeoffs. g. Rule of Caster 16ish. ---------------------- Next up is the RULE OF CASTER 16ish. This rule states that if you are making a character that primarily casts spells, then you want them to have as high of spell access as possible. A bard gets his 6th level spells at level 16. A warlock is at 15. A sorceror gains 9th level spells at 18. A wizard gets them at 17, as do clerics and druids. Paladins/Rangers get their max at 15. At the least, you want 16 caster levels so you can use Practiced Caster feat to give them 20 caster levels FOR the purpose of damage and duration only! So 16 should be a minimum for offensive casting. Many buffs max out at level 20, which is doable with 16 caster levels and the practiced caster feat. (example: Magic Vestment, Greater Magic Wpn) Let's say you are making a wizard. You need to retain 17 base caster levels to keep access to 9th level spells. This gives you 3 levels of wiggle room. If you take Palemaster, every even level costs one of these 3 wiggle levels, because Palemasters only get a casting level on ODD levels. So a 13wiz,7PM is effectively a 17th level caster and has 9th level spells. With practiced caster, you cast as a 20th level caster. However, you do NOT gain SPELL PROGRESSION as a 20th..only a 17th. Still, you only lose out on a few 9th level slots, and pick up some nice AC bonuses from Palemaster. A 10wiz/10PM may be tempting, but would be crippled to 15 caster level, or 8th level spells maximum, with a casting level of 19 maximum for damage. h. Rule of Warrior 16BAB ------------------------ There is also the RULE OF WARRIOR 16. This states that you want a Base Attack Bonus of 16 or higher for any character that attacks with weapons on a reasonably regular basis. A 15BAB means 3 attacks. +15/10/5. Getting just ONE more BAB results in a 4th attack, or 16/11/6/1. With appropriate bonuses, this can turn into 36/31/26/21 easily. Obviously, a 4th attack is a very good thing. This is why a bard5/RDD10/fighter5 is horrible... it has a 15BAB, whereas a bard4/rdd10/fighter6 has 16bab. i. Max's Maxim of Maximums -------------------------- Our next rule is MAX's MAXIM OF MAXIMUMS. This states that you only want to take an optimum number of class levels to gain the major benefits. For example, taking 3 fighter is a bad idea. This is because the 3rd level does not get you anything. It is 1 past the 2 feats for 2 levels mark, and falls short of wpn spec access. Take 2 or 4 but NOT 3 if you can help it. Similarly, 20 fighter is a loser. This is because all those feats are overkill and just not necessary. By 12 fighter, you will be taking some real garbage feats since you have ran out of useful ones. WHEW! As you can see, there are a LOT of rules to keep in mind. Not all apply for a specific character of course. These rules tend to work against each other, and it is up to you to follow as many rules as possible and decide which ones are most important. It all comes down to a lot of compromise. III. Choosing Stats, Race Stats: This is how to add stats to your builds. You get 32 points to spend. All values ASSUME HUMAN. Racials scale as appropriate. (For half orc, 17STR written here = 19 STR for you) 1) You generally have 1 main stat. For platemail warriors it is STR. For most rogues it is DEX. Casters use WIS,INT,CHA depending on their class. Set your main stat to 17 (or 19 with racial advantage). This allows you to add +5 to it as you level up and wind up with an even number. It costs 13 points to do this. 2) All platemail users set their DEX to 12. This gives +1AC which is the max allowed with full plate. You can skimp on this value in most cases if you can get an item or buff to make up the difference. 3) Casters will probably go 14DEX. 4) ALL characters want 14 CON, which costs 6 points. You rarely have enough points for higher, but do not want to skimp either. 5) Your WIS,CHA are DUMP-STATS for most builds. Leave them minimized. Sure, it affects a few skills but not enough to matter. 6) INT should be 10 for humans, 12 for others. This gives a +1skill per level bonus. Depending on the base skillpoints for the build, this may go up or down. 7) You usually wind up with 1 leftover point. It will go like so: -- If you are DEX-based or caster, add it to STR for more carrying capacity. -- Add 1 to get 13 dex if you can get dodge feat. -- Add 1 to get 13 Int if you can get Disarm or Imp KD feat. Choosing Race: In most cases, I select Human as my race of choice. This is for several reasons. -- They effectively get +2 INT for non-wizard/duelist builds due to their bonus skill point per level. -- The bonus feat is anywhere from nice to really important. A build with few feats or that does a lot (mage/warrior hybrids) will find this especially valuable. Not only do you get an extra feat choice, but all your feats are Bumped up some, so you benefit from them earlier. One bonus feat is worth about 2 stat points in my estimation. -- Favored Class allows funky builds with less or no XP penalty. For spellcasters that are primarily interested in casting offensive spells and maximizing their spell DC, consider the classes with natural bonuses in that class' attribute. This means Aasimir, Drow for CHA-based sorcs,bards, and warlocks. Sun Elf, Drow for INT-based wizards. Deep Gnome, Aasimir for WIS-based clerics/druids. Warrior types that are STR-based will want to consider Half-orc. The CHA loss is usually not a problem, although the INT loss is unfortunate. For stat-heavy builds (cleric/fighter,etc) human is better. For most builds, the loss of INT is easy to overcome and the +2STR is worth it. I don't recommend Wood Elf since I dislike losing CON, even though they are a better value by adding STR and DEX. DEX-based types will want to consider a small-framed class. They add a free +1AB and AC due to size. The new halfling is a great value as his free feat is better than "lucky" most of the time. Deep Gnome is always a strong pick, ONLY IF you have some resources to help you level up. Such as lots of magical items in storage, buddies, etc. That gets you the best possible character at 20 thanks to the extra +4AC and spell resistance, in addition to standard small-character bonuses. IV. Weapon Choice for Warriors: Dualwield, 1h+shield, or 2hander? ----------------------------------------------------------------- This is a pretty common question and the decision is usually made randomly, based on gut-feel, or personal preference. Here is the SHORT VERSION: -Warriors with great strength and/or frenzied berserker go 2hander. -Warriors with castable abilities or big damage boosters go 1h+shield, since they get shield benefit when casting (when wpn dmg is irrelevant) -Warriors with high DEX go dualwield. -Dualwielding becomes stronger as static bonuses increase. These are things like divine favor, bardbuff, wpn specialization, higher enhancement weapons, weapons with elemental damage. Anything that boosts damage per hit. Here comes the LONG VERSION: Onehander and Shield obviously provides a large amount of AC. Up to +7 when a +5 heavy shield is obtained. This can be helpful or not, depending on the situation. Lets look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios. Monster hits you normally on a 13/13/18/20 per round. With +7AC shield, that becomes 20/20/20/20. The cumulative toHit chances went from 35+35+10+5 = 85 to 5x4=20. Clearly you can see that you will take approximately one FOURTH the damage by wearing a shield. This is a best-case analysis. Worst case would be where the monster has a 60/60/55/50 and you only have a 30AC, so you get beat up no matter what. This is extremely unlikely however, only happening vs a few party-only boss-monsters. More likely is the case where monsters have a 30/25/20 and you have a 50AC already. Cranking it up to 57 does not buy you anything at all. You can usually expect a shield to reduce your damage taken by about 50% in most situations. There are some exceptions though. 1) If your foes include casters, then having a shield is irrelevant. Only doing damage is more important. 2) If you are not being actively attacked and the monster is beating on your wizard buddy, then a shield is not helpful. On the other hand, if you are casting a spell or using an item/ability, then your DAMAGE is irrelevant. In this case, the shield is very very useful and much better than either dualwield or 2hander. Two Handed Weapons provide a damage bonus. The bonus however only comes from three possible sources. Hence, it is not always a good idea to sacrifice shield for a 2hander. Note that 2handers are better at Disarming due to increased weapon size. 1) Base Weapon Damage - A greatsword does 2d6 or 7 average dmg. Compared to a longsword with 4.5 this grants 2.5 extra damage per hit. 2) 50% more STR bonus. For every 2 points of STR damage done, add 1 bonus point from 2handed. 3) Power Attack - Gains +6dmg instead of +3 for 1handed. This makes power attack much more useful for 2handers, since they gain double benefit. Note that frenzied berserker pumps this to +10 or +12 even. Improved power attack doubles the penalty and benefit on top of that. Dualwielding adds lots of extra attacks. You must have a 19dex to get all 3 bonus attacks, with 17 needed for 2, and 13dex for just 1 decent attack. Therefore, only DEX-based characters should dualwield. ALL attacks get at least a -2 penalty, plus the need for extra feats taken. An important note on dualwielding is that the offhand attacks are at 50% STR penalty. In other words, bonus damage from STR is cut in half. It is therefore dumb for a STR-based warrior to take a penalty to all 4 base attacks, and sacrifice the 150% STR bonus on 2handers, just to gain 1 extra attack at 50% STR value. Dualwielders with little STR bonuses gain 3 bonus attacks, basically increasing offense by 67% (4 attacks to 7), or 60% with haste (5 to 8). This does not factor in the -2 penalty of course, since that becomes complicated. Suffice to say, that dualwield results in a large offensive gain. Dualwielding is ideal for any character with big static bonuses, such as heavily enchanted weapons or sneak attack. Let's run some examples: Feel free to skip this section as it is mathematical. Assume 3 characters. X is a cleric with 22STR, 13DEX Y is a frenzied berserker with 42STR (RDD, max enhancement), 13DEX Z is a shortsword-dexfighter with 10STR, 34DEX Weapon is a longsword/greatsword with +5 and 1d6sonic. base wpn dmg = 4.5longsword +2wpn spec(assume 4 fighter somewhere) +5wpn +3.5sonic +STR bonus = 15 +STR. X uses divine favor for +5dmg and Battletide +2dmg X 1hander = 28 damage x5 = 140 and +7AC X 2hander = 33.5 damage x5 = 167.5 X dualwield = 28 dmg x5 + 25offhand = 165 -2 hit penalty. Y uses frenzy and normal power attack, with level5 enhancement from FB. Y 1hander = 36 dmg x5 = 180 +7AC Y 2hander = 51.5 dmg x5 = 253 Y dualwield = 36 x5 + 23 = 203 -2 hit penalty. Z 1hander = 14 dmg(shortsword) x5 = 70 +7AC Z 2hander = N/A, since not finesse-able. Z dualwield = 14 x5 + 14x3 = 112 -2hit penalty. If we gave everyone +10 weapons with 7d6 (24.5) elemental damage, X 1h = 54 x5 = 270 +7AC X 2h = 59.5 x5 = 298 X dw = 54 x5 + 51 = 321 Y 1h = 62 x5 = 310 +7AC Y 2h = 77.5 x5 = 387.5 Y dw = 62 x5 + 54 = 364 Z 1h = 40 x5 = 200 Z 2h = n/a Z dw = 40 x5 + 40x3 = 320 I am too lazy to run the calculations with minimal weapons, but we can draw some conclusions easily enough. 1) You can see that as static bonuses (Wpn Spec, enhanced wpns, bonus wpn dmg, etc) are increased, the benefit they get from 2handed is reduced, and benefit from dualwield is increased. 2) Weaker weapons and lower stat bonuses greatly reduce dualwield benefits and improve benefits of 2handed. V. Scaling. ----------- This section is an overview of why certain builds are used on particular worlds, based on scaling. It is intended to give a feel for what build to use, for a particular server. Feel free to skip to the builds section. There are many modules for NWN, some with mighty magical items, and others with weak items. Each server is different, but I will classify them as low to high magic worlds. My median point would be the NWN2 Original Campaign, with +5 equipment, and up to +8 or +10 stat items. Low magic servers tend to favor casters, and certainly encourage party buffing. To compensate the monsters(mobs) usually have higher magic resistance, or hit softer but have lots of hitpoints (so more spells are needed to kill). In some cases, the ability to rest and recover spells is limited. The high magic servers make warrior types much more powerful, since they can acquire items that grant tons of immunities and make many spell buffs redundant. Some of these servers do the opposite and allow resting often, and/or make really hard to hit monsters that are vulnerable to magic. You will discover that some builds do really well with more powerful items, while some do not. I will explain why this occurs here. First, we discuss weapon scaling. Our baseline is a keen scimitar. It has a 30% crit (15-20), and does +100% extra dmg. Its normalized value is then 130%. That means, a typical fighter gets about 130% out of his weapon, when you average out crits. A weaponmaster however makes that a 13-20 (40%), and does +200% dmg. So the wpnmaster has a wpn value of 180%. This is why many high magic servers are dominated by weaponmasters, because they gain a lot more oomph out of the really high end weapons, and +STR items. Another factor is number of attacks. A strange monk/wpnmaster dexfighter is weak on a low magic world. Those 9 kama attacks seems strong, but when each one only hits for 10 damage it is not so effective. Add super weapons and tons of +STR and all the sudden those 9 attacks are very powerful! This is why Haste and similar bonus attacks such as from dualwielding are so strong on higher magic worlds. On the defensive end, dex-based characters really shine on high magic worlds. Normally, a warrior in full plate and 12dex has 19 AC, plus any shield. Extra attribute pumps will not affect this warrior's AC. The monk/wpnmaster with 22dex and 14wis has 18AC (excluding other bonuses). Basically, he barely breaks even on low/mid magic worlds with weaker items. However, imagine the same char on a world with easily accessible +12 stat items. With +12 wis and dex, the base AC rises to 30! Let's look at static buffs. These do NOT scale well. The cleric with divine favor gets some amazing capabilities on low/mid magic worlds. Tons of great buffs including +5dmg from divine favor, and automatic +5 wpns and armor with buffs. However, these are less powerful on higher magic worlds. Example: cleric with +5 buffed wpn and +5div favor does great damage as opposed to a wpnmaster with +1 weapons on low magic worlds. On the high magic world, the +5 wpn bonus is redundant, and the +5dmg from div favor isnt so strong when wpns are +10 and hit for 4d6 elemental. In this case, the weaponmaster crit bonus that multiplies weapon damage is stronger than a static +5 buff. Barbarians really get the shaft. If they can get +12STR/CON items, there is no point in Raging...its just an AC debuff! Casters are similarly affected. When weapons hit for 20 damage, those 20d6 polar rays and chain lightings are impressive! When warriors do 200 damage in 1 round, then the same spells seem rather lacking. VI. Class Overviews (still under construction) ------------------- This section reviews every class, and explains in general, how many levels one might wish to take in the class, and why. a) Fighter - An excellent class that is taken for free feats, and access to weapon and armor feats, including tower shield for defensive types. The class is rather front-loaded