Lord of Tricks and Blades

Race Any with DEX & WIS/INT/CON
Class Aldori Swordlord
Mythic Path Trickster

The Lord of Tricks and Blades is a player-created Build in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous.

 

A build about making your opponent want to kill themselves !!!

 

The Lord of Tricks and Blades Build Overview

  • Who is this build for: Beginner
  • What role does this build play: DPS / TANK / CONTROL
  • Lore Background: Oblate - Acolyte

 

Hello, this a DEX based build using the Aldori Swordlord Prestige class and the Trickster Mythic Class.
It boast good defense, decent offense and can be adapted depending on your wanted alignment, you can obvioulsy get another Mythic Path, I just made ths build with Trickster in mind.
I would'nt recommend it when starting a new character unless you're fine hitting like a wet noodle until level 6. You can always start with something classic and respec later, level 6 or 7 would be a good level to pick this build.
I use Tiefling here, but you can take any race with bonus to DEX and either INT, WIS or CON. We dump CHA and STR. Also, I went for a Chaotic MC, you can alter the build with some Monks levels instead of Barbarian if you feel more like a Lawful guy :) 

The goal of this build is to control groups of ennemies with the use of Trickster Mythic Trick : Persuasion all the while being quite hard to kill and hitting pretty hard with Sneak attacks.

 

Race : Tiefling
Heritage : Tiefling
Background : Oblate > Acolyte (important)

Starting class : Barbarian - Instinctual Warrior

Stats : 9/19/14/14/16 (All level up points into DEX)
The INT allow for more skills, WIS is used for persuasion (With Acolyte)

 

Level up :

1) Barbarian - Instinctual Warrior. Perception, Persuasion, mobility, Knowledge World. Weapon Finesse
2) Barbarian - Instinctual Warrior. Perception, Persuasion, mobility, Knowledge World.
3) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, mobility, Knowledge World. Weapon Focus - Dueling Sword, Dazzling display
4) Fighter - Aldori Defender. 2 Perception, 1 Persuasion. Dodge
5) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Improved Unarmed Strike
6) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth.
7) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Crane Style, Crane Wing
8) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Weapon Training Heavy Blades
9) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Crane Riposte
10) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth.
11) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Weapon Specialization - Dueling sword
12) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth.
13) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Aldori Dueling Mastery
14) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth.
15) Aldori Swordlord. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Combat Expertise
16) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth.
17) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Greater Weapon Focus - Dueling Sword
18) Fighter - Aldori Defender. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth.
19) Rogue - Thug. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth. Skill Focus - Persuasion
20) Rogue - Thug. Persuasion, Perception, Stealth, Mobility. Fast Stealth


Mythic :

1) Bit of Fun - Expose Vulnerability
2) Weapon Focus Mythic - Dueling Sword OR Dazzling Display Mythic
3) Trickster. Enduring Spells. Persuasion Mythic Trick. Reduce Person, Expeditious Retreat, Whatever.
4) Weapon Focus Mythic - Dueling Sword OR Dazzling Display Mythic. Perception Mythic rank 1. Persuasion Mythic rank 2. Whatever. Chameleon Stride, Mirror Image.
5) Greater Enduring Spells. Stealth Mythic rank 1. Whatever. Blur. Displacement, Blink.
6) Weapon Specialization Mythic - Dueling Sword. Mobility Mythic rank 1 (optionnal). Perception Mythic Rank 2. Chameleon Stride Greater, Greater Invisibility.
7) Leading Strike. Any Mythic Skill. Persuasion Rank 3. Any Spells.
8) Flawless Attack. Any Mythic Skill. Stealth Rank 2. Any Spells.
9) Rupture Restraint. Any Mythic Skill. Any Spells.
10) Mythic Sneak Attacker. Mythic Stealth 3. Any Spells.

The Lord of Tricks and Blades Build : How to Play

 

So, once set up this build is very easy to play. I would say you really start to ramp up with the first level of Trickster. The thing is, Aldori Swordlord/Defenser can get quite sturdy with lots of passives abilities and DEX based AC (making it resilient vs Touch attacks). With Crane Style & Co, you can use defensive fighting to gain quite a bit of AC early on, all the while reducing the attack penalty. So early you're more like a tank than anything else, you still deal some damage but not as much as a Rogue for example.

Then you start getting some Trickster levels and one marvelous thing happen : You demoralize everyone just by starting a fight. And later on, you can even paralyze when demoralizing ! And finally, enemies failing their saves are paralyzed and try to commit suicide ! Add to that the illusions spells from Trickster, Mirror Image, Blur, Displacement and so on, plus you can enter a sort of Stealth mode at will (making you harder to hit, and allowing for sneak attack without flanking) and you get a MC that can control, tank and DPS a bit. And it's not that hard to play, you buff yourself before, with Greater Enduring Spells, many spells last one day, the enter stealth and you are good to go. Just hit and that's it !

Alternatively you can skip the Stealth part of the build, put points into Knowledge Arcana and get the Mythic Tricks related to that to get just stronger items during your adventure.




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    • Anonymous

      Total noob here. What equipment should be used? A shield? Empty off hand? Light armor or robe? What to focus on

      • Anonymous

        Nice, I loved Aldori classes and dueling swords in Kingmaker, one thing though - if you'd move one lvl of rogue (Thug) more in front of the build (before Aldori Swordlord), you wouldn't have to burn a feat on weapon finesse + you'd have some sneak dmg before getting Trickster in Drezen.

        • Anonymous

          Expose Vulnerability seems pointless on this build. EV states that it works with ranged weapon attacks, and this looks to only use a single dueling sword. Is this an oversight, or is there another component to this build that I am overlooking?

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