Best Options For Finesse Characters Pathfinder

Best options for finesse characters pathfinder

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Best options for finesse characters pathfinder

At 5th level, an Elf Fighter with 20 Dex, and a +1 Agile Elven Curved Blade, with Weapon Finesse, Power Attack, and weapon training (heavy blades):

+10 attack, 1d10+13 damage, crits 18-20/x2 (average non-crit of 18.5 damage, but higher crit chance)

Compared to a 5th Level fighter with 20 Str and a +2 Greatsword, with power attack and weapon training (heavy blades):

+11 attack, 2d6+16 damage, crits 19-20/x2 (average non-crit of 23 damage, but lower crit chance)

Note there a alot more feats to adjust these numbers that I have not included as I'm just doing a simple comparison.

The first is a bit more gear and feat dependent to be sure. But you are a fighter with a ton of feats, and your higher dex means higher reflex saves, better use of armor training and/or lighter armor worn (+x Mithril Fullplate with no penalty to move speed, a max dex of +7, and no armor check penalty at level 15, anyone?), and (if you can get acrobatics added via a trait) crazy manuverability on the battlefield.

Best options for finesse characters pathfinder

Also, you get more value out of Improved Critical feat since the curved blade starts at 18-20/x2 and thus becomes 15-20/x2 (If you use a crit deck there is no contest). Overall, a bit more investment and probably not as amazing out of the gate as a straight Str THF build, but it's viable, different, and fun.

And, you don't have to deal with the scimitar, TWF, derivsh, crazy feat chain shennanigans either.

Best options for finesse characters pathfinder

Personal preference I guess, but I prefer my finesse fighers this way.