Epic Character Builds – Devastating Rogue
Created by Brian “Flameoftheabyss” Quah
Devastating RogueI suspect that you would be surprised at what path I have taken since leaving your foster care and my eventual employ with the Gutter Knives. While I value the hard lessons – both intentional and otherwise – that I learned at the hands of your many followers, I have since found another master. I always felt something viperous writhe in my stomach when you began anew your lessons in skulking, thieving, and murder with a new group of captive children. I could not see the twisting of life at your hands in my more tender years, but now, with ample experience and collected wisdom, I do. This new divine master goes by the name Chokra Broodslayer. When I first heard it, the name seemed to ring with meaning.
We were all your ‘family,’ were we not sir? I have grown very strong in the craft you had a hand in introducing to me. Very strong indeed. I come for you now, Patch. I will slink in the shadows alongside your best assassins and I will shatter your greatest champions face to face. I no longer fear either the dark or the light. I am not a cutpurse anymore dear Patch; I’m something new.
They call me devastation.
Death follows his path wherever he strides. All but the most wary and hardy fall before his might. Cunning and adept at fighting, it is he who uses the kukri with devastating effect, and inflicts tremendous pain unto his unwary victims.
Hail the Devastating Rogue. Unique, powerful, deadly. The rogue who specializes in raw power rather than in dexterity. This build makes an especially deadly warrior, and virtually anyone caught off-guard is almost certainly assured death. With a maximum of 84d6 sneak attack, high melee damage, and very likely devastating critical hits in his first attack maneuver, he is no laughing matter. Woe to the unwary who cross his path.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Hide: 43 Move Silently: 43 Spot: 43 Listen: 43 Search: 42 Tumble: 40 Use Magic Device: 26 Spellcraft: 20
The uniqueness of this build is the fact that he can deal 84d6 sneak attack damage on his first attack phase, consisting of 3 attacks, if hasted. This is because of the 3 phases of combat per round of the NWN game engine, where attacks are divided into 3 parts, such that this character would get 3 attacks in the first phase (1st second), 2 attacks in the second phase (3rd second) and 2 attacks in the final phase (5th second).
Imagine the surprised look on your opponent’s face when he sees many floating texts above his character, such as ‘Sneak Attack,” “Critical Hit,” and the dreaded “Devastating Critical.” Envision his extreme shock as his character suddenly drops dead!
Magical items and scrolls are great helpers, since he has a modified Use Magic Device check of 25, enabling him to use all magical items worth 100,000gp and below. Scrolls of Haste and Potions of Speed will prove especially invaluable to him, apart from various other scrolls, wands, and class-exclusive magical items, such as Boots of the Sun Soul, Sequencer Robes, and perhaps Monk robes, which should be easily obtainable for an epic character.
This character works well alone, but even better if he is in the company of melee warriors, as he will be able to fully show his destructive capabilities when flanking opponents with his sneak attacks. Also, in attempt to make up for his lack of Will and Fortitude, he has 20 Spellcraft ranks, which means he gets a +4 bonus to all saving throws against spellcasting.
Sure, he does have his shortcomings as well, but nothing that magical equipment can’t handle.
Alternatively, this build could be used with scimitars or rapiers instead, and replacing the Exotic Weapon Proficiency with Knockdown. At a slight cost of attack, the Knockdown feat is gained. However, this is not recommended.
Note: There are both 20th and 40th level bic character files, but the 20th level character is not recommended for use as his powers are yet to be developed.
Devastating Rogue Advantages
Decent modified attack, deadly Sneak attacks, high regular melee damage, high critical threat (30% chance, 45% chance if keen), high critical damage, and Devastating Critical potential all in one.
Excellent stealth and detection.
Crippling Strike is easily inflicted
Is a decent fighter
Decent Reflex save
Devastating Rogue Disadvantages
Relatively low hit points (should obtain constitution-improving items such as Boots of Striding)
Relatively low AC for a rogue (should obtain Ring of Protection and Amulet of Natural Armor)
Low Will save
Buff up with Keen Edge Scroll and Potion of Speed (or acquire items which provide Haste, and Magical kukris with the Keen property)
Enter stealth mode
Sneak up on an opponent
Carve him like a Halloween pumpkin
If target miraculously survives, repeat as necessary =)
Character Advancement History
Following is the path of the Devastating Rogue during the first forty levels of his life.
|Character Level||Class||Skill Increases||Feat Selection||Attribute Increase|
|1||Rogue||4 Hide, 4 Move Silently, 4 Listen, 4 Spot, 4 Tumble, 4 Search, 4 Use Magical Device, 2 Spellcraft||Two Weapon Fighting|
|3||Fighter||1 Spellcraft, Save 2||Wep Pro (Exotic) Wep Focus (Kukri)|
|5||Fighter||1 Spellcraft, Save 4||Weapon Specialisation (Kukri)|
|6||Rogue||3 Hide, 3 Move Silently, 1 Tumble, 5 Use Magical Device||Power Attack|
|7||Rogue||5 Tumble, 1 Use Magical Device, 1 Spellcraft|
|8||Rogue||3 Hide, 3 Move Silently, 1 Listen, 1 Use Magical Device||Strength|
|9||Rogue||2 Hide, 2 Move Silently, 3 Listen, 1 Use Magical Device||Cleave|
|10||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 5 Listen, 1 Use Magical Device|
|11||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 4 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Use Magical Device|
|12||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 5 Tumble, 1 Use Magical Device||Improved Two Weapon Fighting||Strength|
|13||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 3 Spot, 2 Listen, 1 Use Magical Device|
|14||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 4 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Use Magical Device||Crippling Strike|
|15||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 3 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Search, 1 Use Magical Device||Improved Critical (Kukri)|
|16||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 3 Search, 1 Use Magical Device||Strength|
|17||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 5 Tumble, 1 Use Magical Device||Improved Evasion|
|18||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 2 Spot, 2 Listen, 1 Search, 1 Use Magical Device||Great Cleave|
|19||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 3 Search, 1 Use Magical Device|
|20||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 3 Search, 1 Use Magical Device||Slippery Mind||Strength|
|21||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 3 Search, 1 Use Magical Device||Overwhelming Critical|
|22||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 5 Tumble, 1 Use Magical Device|
|23||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 2 Spot, 2 Listen, 1 Search, 1 Use Magical Device||Improved Sneak Attack I|
|24||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 4 Search||Improved Sneak Attack II||Strength|
|25||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 4 Search|
|26||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Search, 2 Tumble|
|27||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Search, 3 Tumble||Improved Sneak Attack III|
|28||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Spellcraft||Improved Sneak Attack IV||Strength|
|29||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Search, 1 Spellcraft|
|30||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Spellcraft||Devastating Critical (Kukri)|
|31||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Search, 2 Spellcraft, 2 Tumble|
|32||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Search, 3 Tumble||Improved Sneak Attack V||Strength|
|33||Rogue||4 Spellcraft||Improved Sneak Attack VI|
|34||Rogue||2 Hide, 2 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Spellcraft|
|35||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 2 Spot, 2 Listen, 2 Search|
|36||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Search, 2 Tumble||Improved Sneak Attack VII, VIII||Strength|
|37||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 1 Search, 3 Tumble|
|38||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Spellcraft|
|39||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Spellcraft||Improved Sneak Attack IX|
|40||Rogue||1 Hide, 1 Move Silently, 1 Spot, 1 Listen, 2 Search, 1 Spellcraft||Improved Sneak Attack X||Strength|