Jun 052010

Doublestriker: Elf KotC14/Shintao6 TWF

Level 20 Lawful Good Elf Female

The goal of this build is to maximize double strike and remain reasonably effective. All of the Smite Evils are just a happy bonus.

I thought about an acrobat12/monk8 but passed because of the quarterstaff. Instead, I propose an Elven follower of the Sovereign Host with Whirling Steel Strike. I am not sure about the longswords. Obviously better weapons exist, but I was thinking that elven enhancements + sovereign host proficiency = a nice boost.

The extra build points in a two-time-TR would be really very helpful. But I am going to keep this semi-accessible and assume first life, 32 points, access to +1 tomes, and reasonably easy-to-acquire kit.


    (32 Point)       Level 1     Level 20     Geared
    Strength            14          20          26
    Dexterity           16          18          24
    Constitution        13          14          20
    Intelligence         9          10          10
    Wisdom              13          16          22
    Charisma            14          18          24
Tomes Used
+1 Tome of Strength used at level 1
+1 Tome of Dexterity used at level 1
+1 Tome of Constitution used at level 1
+1 Tome of Intelligence used at level 1
+1 Tome of Wisdom used at level 1
+1 Tome of Charisma used at level 1
  • All of the level-ups applied to STR
  • There are enough spell points to keep Zeal on all the time (254)
  • BAB is 18: loss of two to the monk classes
  • There are enough skill points to max out two: I intend Concentration and Jump
 HP                    AC
140 pal14              10 base
 48 monk8               3 centered
 20 heroic vitality     7 dex
 10 dracon vitality     6 wis
100 con                 1 wind stance
 22 toughness           1 two weapon defense
 20 racial tough        2 defensive fighting
 30 paladin tough       5 protection
 30 gfl                 6 bracers or robe
 45 greensteel          4 greensteel insight
 20 minos legens        1 ritual
                        2 aura
485 unbuffed           48 unbuffed BAC

That seems like sufficient HP, especially since the build will have LoH.

AC includes no spells or grind items. Grinding can make this a viable amount of AC if desired. The basics are in place.


  • At high levels, she will be at 15% double strike for most if not all fights
  • 80% offhand proc chance is (IMHO!) definitely worth the feats and dex
  • She is not going to have the same ToHit as a barbarian or pure fighter, but is close, and can toggle Precision if/when needed.
  • Longsword damage is relatively woeful, but we are cranking it for all we can in this build. It beats the **** out of kama.
  • Smites aplenty: Six regenerating Pal smites @+14 tohit, +46 damage plus (theoretically unlimited) Shintao smites @+12 to hit, +22 damage
  • Against evil outsiders, saves are +3 and melee is +2/+2d6!
  • There are only two named long swords. Enduring Conviction would completely rock for this build but is rather hard to get. Scirocco … meh.


  F  R  W
  9  4  4 paladin 14
  5  5  5 monk 6
  7  7  7 cha (divine grace)
  5  5  5 resist item
  5  7  6 stats
 31 28 27 unbuffed saves

Quite good. IMHO anyway.


Level 1  Whirling Steel Strike
Level 1  Weapon Focus: Slashing Weapons
Level 2  Stunning Fist (m)
Level 3  Oversized Two Weapon Fighting
Level 3  Two Weapon Fighting (m)
Level 4  Path of Harmonious Balance: Fists of Light (m)
Level 6  Two Weapon Defense
Level 7  Precision (m)
Level 9  Improved Two Weapon Fighting
Level 12 Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
Level 15 Greater Two Weapon Fighting
Level 18 Toughness

Precision can be used when necessary to mitigate the fact that monk is not full BAB and strength is not overwhelming. Plus I need one from a list to get Shintao and that is the most useful of the available choices.

Two weapon defense could instead be Dodge. Exact same impact on the build. Or if AC does not need that one point enhancement, consider Extend to improve Zeal usage.


Aerenal Elf Melee  Attack II
Aerenal Elf Melee Damage II
Elven Dexterity I
Racial Toughness II
Follower of the Sovereign Host
Unyielding Sovereignty
Adept of Wind
Monk Concentration II
Monk Improved Recovery I
Monk Wisdom II
Way of the Patient Tortoise II
Monk Shintao Monk I
Paladin Bulwark of Good I
Paladin Charisma III
Paladin Courage of Good II
Paladin Divine Might I
Paladin Divine Sacrifice I
Paladin Energy of the Templar II
Paladin Extra Lay on Hands I
Paladin Extra Smite Evil II
Paladin Toughness III
Paladin Knight of the Chalice

    I am expressing a lot of opinions in this, but the only thing know for certain is that I have made at least two mistakes. I always do.


    p.s. I can see an unarmed version of this build that would be fun too. Or a halfling version that swaps elven longsword bonuses for AC, luck, and sneaky backstabbery. Or a Dwarf version that drops being centered in favor of Dwarven Axes. Or WF with khopesh … lots of tweaks are possible.

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    What do you think?

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