That said, Swordmages decided that since they’re good at magic but not really that strong [Expand] Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Classes. Swordmages apply the arcane arts to melee combat. The combat skills they possess are enhanced by the magic they wield. The flourish of a. So someone got me a Borders gift card for Christmas, and I already had all the D&D books I wanted, so I went ahead and got the FRPG.
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Good evening, fellow adventurers, be you, Dungeon Masters or Players. I play for quite a while now, the forth edition of Dungeons and Dragons and I just simply fell in love with the Forgotten Realms class, the Swordmage. Because the Wizard’s board now has a stupid parental policy and I cannot ask for advice there, I thus come here to ask and display my thoughts on how to optimize this class for perfect damage and mobility resolution.
Alas, let us begin! What is a Swordmage?
Well, a Swordmage, as it’s name suggests xnd an arcane spellcaster that uses a sword to deliver his powerful attacks. Also, according to FR manuals, he is a defender, that uses his arcane powers to protect, defend and otherwise keep from harm’s way his party members. Now, in my vision, the Swordmage can, and in the following rows, will become a Mobile Striker as I call it.
Digging through all the manuals, monster race, and the core ones, I come with three main suggestions: Good Defender Swordmage, because he boosts Intelligence and Dexterity. Not much use of Dexterity there, unless you wish for a neat feat called Arcane Reach will speak of it few rows below.
It sure does cover for much needed weapon feats and if you aim towards Wizard multiclass, you might consider Eladrin Sword Wizardry. Intelligence and Strength, the main attributes for an Assaulting Swordmage, given a right boost, you cover the weapon and armor feats. Also you might consider taking a multiclass in Fighter or Ranger, not necessarily for the powers you might swap but for some neat feats and bonuses Ranger’s ability to wield a Heavy Blade with Off-Hand, for example.
Considering it is a Dragon Magazine race and is editkon in full experiments, one might just smirk at it. I have only one feat for them: Devious Jaunt which adds your Intelligence modifier to the number of squares you teleport. AND become insubstantial until the end of your next turn.
AND it is anf encounter power! With the right allotment of feats, this can get dangerous. Best Shielding Swordmages around. We have a boost. We have that too. You get some neat saves vs. Charm effects, you get a fly 5 squares per encounter you or cragons ally and rounded up, you can become the bacon-savior of your wizard or cleric friend! For this build what Aegis you have in mind?
I put all my bets on battlefield mobility, thus I move around my enemies.
Spellshooting Swordmage (4e Character Optimization)
Aegis of Ensnarement, would bring them to me and Aegis of Shielding is for true defenders. Which I intend not to become one.
Multiclass-wise, do you have any propositions? If you are to multiclass a Swordmage, my suggestion would be Wizard. You need quite an stat array to get the most of those wizard feats so I reached that a 16, 15, 13, 13, 10 ,8 is the best array to have, so you may have the weapon feats AND the wizard multiclass feats you would likely aim. Feel free to criticize and add according to taste. Shadar-Kai Stat array Modified: Though Con, is low and you are a little bit squishy, remember that you work in a party and your role is not PURE defender.
You have striker elements and that is your bread and butter. Swordmage, Aegis of Assault.
Dagger Arcane Power Lv. Heavy Blade PHB swordmabe At level 10, you might consider as flavor or even practical use one of the following feats: In case of too-many-minions battle.
Your best friend, now until forever. Check the swordmqge, then the damage. Dance of the Sword: If your enemies can’t shift into better position or make opportunity attacks, they are a sitting duck. Doubles your initiative check when you most need it. Shifting into position with a Rogue or Fighter friend only means more tactical possibilities. Swordmages, DO get fireballs. Not so cool fireballs, but fireballs nonetheless.
Three targets, ongoing damage, implement power and ranged. Why would you NOT get it?
I think the artillery spellcasters or snipers are kind of Knock’s targets around you prone. And deals enough damage to hurt. And it is implement power. And there is no save. Same as Thunderclap Strike only it is a Close Blast 3 and you push the targets before you knock them prone.
Anarch of Shyr You are editiion Striker. You can push away the nasty brute that is near a squishy party member. Loose Flame Cyclone Lv. Loose Dance of the Sword. Damage reduction at it’s best.
Can be used in place of a basic melee attack when using Aegis. Loose Thunderclap Strike Lv. Filler until you get something better.
Replace Quickling Stride with Dimension Door. Replace Ward of Scales with either Disintegrate or Cloudkill. Striker’s just got more damage! Intelligence and Constitution, then Dexterity and Strength. Demigod Increases your stats, never run out of encounter powers, gains regeneration Choose Intelligence and Strength for your Divine Spark. It IS affected by Arcane reach. Quickened Spellcasting Arcane Power – Good for strategic use only. Enlarge Spell Arcane Power – Useful for enemies that are out of reach.
More damage, I say!
Spellshooting Swordmage (4e Character Optimization) – D&D Wiki
Replace with Inferno Sword. Replace with Freezing Swordburst. Also remember that Demigods never run out of Encounter Powers.
Need to say more? Aegis of Assault Arcane Implement Proficiency: Divine Spark Strength Divine Spark: Divine Spark Intelligence Quickened Spellcasting: Ritual Caster Level 1: Devious Jaunt Level 2: Intelligent Drahons Level 4: Arcane Implement Proficiency Level 6: Dual Implement Spellcaster Level 8: Two-Weapon Fighting Level Weapon Focus Heavy Blade Level Learned Spellcaster Level Arcane Reach Level Heavy Blade Opportunity Level Novice Power Level Acolyte Power Level Adept Power Level Heavy Blade Mastery Level Greater Swordmage Warding Level Total Aegis Level Quickened Spellcasting Level Arcane Mastery Level