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Iconic Fighter

Thinking of playing a Fighter? Here is an excellent article regarding the pros and cons of playing a Fighter: Fighters with ClassBy Skip Williams.

Here is the information for playing an iconic Fighter character. Start with my post on Iconic Characters, then add this specific information.

Hit Die: d10

Class Skills: Climb, Jump

Class Knowledge: Dungeoneering

Special abilities:

The following are the special abilities available to fighters. The abilities are listed under the level that they are acquired.

1st Level
Dodge: During your action, you designate an opponent and receive a +1 dodge bonus to Armor Class against attacks from that opponent. You can select a new opponent on any action. A condition that makes you lose your Dexterity bonus to Armor Class (if any) also makes you lose dodge bonuses.
Weapon Finesse: With a light weapon, rapier, whip, or spiked chain made for a creature of your size category, you may use your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier on attack rolls.
2nd Level
Combat Expertise: When you use the attack action or the full attack action in melee, you can take a penalty of as much as -5 on your attack roll and add the same number (+5 or less) as a dodge bonus to your Armor Class. This number may not exceed your base attack bonus. The changes to attack rolls and Armor Class last until your next action.
3rd Level
Improved Feint: You can make a Bluff check to feint in combat as a move action rather than a standard action.
4th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Weapon Specialization: You gain a +2 bonus on all damage rolls you make using the selected weapon.
5th Level
No special abilities added at this level.
6th Level
Mobility: You get a +4 dodge bonus to heroic actions attempting to pass through a threatened square.
Improved Critical: When using the weapon you selected, your threat range is doubled.
7th Level
No special abilities added at this level.
8th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Greater Weapon Focus: You gain an additional +1 bonus on all attack rolls you make using the selected weapon.
9th Level
Spring Attack: When using the attack action with a melee weapon, you can move both before and after the attack, provided that your total distance moved is not greater than your speed. No heroic action is required to do this.
10th Level
Whirlwind Attack: When you use the full attack action, you can give up your regular attacks and instead make one melee attack at your full base attack bonus against each opponent within reach. When you use the Whirlwind Attack, you also forfeit any bonus or extra attacks granted by other spells, or abilities.
11th Level
No special abilities added at this level.
12th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Power Attack: On your action, before making attack rolls for a round, you may choose to subtract a number from all melee attack rolls and add the same number to all melee damage rolls. This number may not exceed your base attack bonus. If you attack with a two-handed weapon, or with a one-handed weapon wielded in two hands, instead add twice the number subtracted from your attack rolls. The penalty on attacks and bonus on damage apply until your next turn.
Greater Weapon Specialization: You gain an additional +2 bonus on all damage rolls you make using the selected weapon.
13th Level
No special abilities added at this level.
14th Level
Cleave: If you deal a creature enough damage to make it drop (typically by dropping it to below 0 hit points or killing it), you get an immediate, extra melee attack against another creature within reach. You cannot take a 5-foot step before making this extra attack. The extra attack is with the same weapon and at the same bonus as the attack that dropped the previous creature. You can use this ability once per round.
15th Level
Great Cleave: This ability works like Cleave, except that there is no limit to the number of times you can use it per round.
16th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Blind-Fight: In melee, every time you miss because of concealment, you can reroll your miss chance percentile roll one time to see if you actually hit. An invisible attacker gets no advantages related to hitting you in melee. That is, you don’t lose your Dexterity bonus to Armor Class, and the attacker doesn’t get the usual +2 bonus for being invisible. The invisible attacker’s bonuses do still apply for ranged attacks, however.  You take only half the usual penalty to speed for being unable to see. Darkness and poor visibility in general reduces your speed to three-quarters normal, instead of one-half.
17th Level
No special abilities added at this level.
18th Level
Improved Overrun or Bull Rush: When you attempt to use a heroic action to overrun or bull rush an opponent, you gain a +4 bonus on your Strength check to knock down or push back your opponent.
19th Level
No special abilities added at this level.
20th Level
Ability Score Adjustment: Add 1 to any ability score.
Improved Sunder: You gain a +4 bonus on any attack roll made to attack an object held or carried by another character.

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