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    Ogre in the Playground
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    Default Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    Edit: Added "magic attacks" to the weapons category. Also, you can set Weapon Specialization as fighter 4th, if you want, this variation is just a suggestion. I think only rangers would really used it, since barbarians will prefer power attack and rage feats, paladins and clerics will prefer divine feats, and others classes wouldn't need or use it as much.
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    I was reading some foruns, and found out something interesting. In DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online), Weapon Focus and Weapon Specialization works like the Weapon Mastery from PHB2. When you select Weapon Focus or Specialization, you can set it to one of 5 weapon types (Bludgeoning, Slashing, Puncturing, Ranged and Thrown) instead of a singe weapon.
    For example, if you get Weapon Focus (Slashing), you gain a +1 to attack rolls with all slashing weapons (dagges, swords, axes, polearms with slashing damage).
    It makes Weapon Focus more flexible, and a bit less useless, since you don't need to worry about switching weapons as much as with the normal version. Same with Weapon Specialization. AND Improved Critical.
    So I thought about writting it down for some houserules I'm planning. However, with this variation, Weapon Mastery would become just another generic bonus, so I will throw in another idea I had for a while.
    These variations work in the base that higher level fighters should be able to deal more steady damage, since others classes have high level features, and the fighter can just stack a bonus or another to his attacks.

    So, here's my idea: First, we have weapon categories.
    Weapon Types:
    Bludgeoning: All melee weapons with bludgeoning type damage, like maces and hammers.
    Puncturing: All melee weapons with puncturing type damage, like lances.
    Slashing: All melee weapons with slashing type damage, like swords and axes.
    Ranged: All ranged weapons that shots projectiles, like bows, crossbows, and slings.
    Thrown: Weapons that can be thrown, like dagges javelins, and flasks of alchemy fire.
    Natural Attacks: Natural attacks like slams, bites, and claws, and unarmed attacks.
    Magic attacks: For magic abilities, like spell casting that you cast as touch attacks, ranged touch attacks, and rays.

    Thrown weapons when used in melee uses the normal rules for one of the melee categories (daggers are slashing, javelins are puncturing, etc).
    Weapons with more than one kind of damage, like a morninstar and polearms, gets benefits from any category it's part of, but the bonus is applied only once. If you have slashing or bludgeoning bonuses, both are applied to a morningstar, but if you have both, the bonus is applied only once.

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    WEAPON FOCUS [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category. You can choose among slashing, bludgeoning, puncturing, ranged, thrown, or natural attacks.
    Prerequisites: Base attack bonus +1.
    Benefit: You gain a +1 bonus on all attack rolls you make using weapons of the selected type.
    Special: You can gain this feat multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    A fighter may select Weapon Focus as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    WEAPON SPECIALIZATION [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected the Weapon Focus feat.
    Prerequisites: Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, base attack bonus +4.
    Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on all damage rolls you make using the selected weapon category.
    Special: You can gain this feat multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    A fighter may select Weapon Specialization as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    GREATER WEAPON FOCUS [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected Weapon Focus.
    Prerequisites: Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, fighter level 8th.
    Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on all attack rolls you make using the selected weapon category. This bonus stacks with other bonuses on attack rolls, including the one from Weapon Focus (see above).
    Special: You can gain Greater Weapon Focus multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    A fighter may select Greater Weapon Focus as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    GREATER WEAPON SPECIALIZATION [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected Weapon Specialization.
    Prerequisites: Greater Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Weapon Specialization with selected weapon category, fighter level 12th.
    Benefit: You gain a +4 bonus on all damage rolls you make using the selected weapon category. This bonus stacks with other bonuses on damage rolls, including the one from Weapon Specialization (see above).
    Special: You can gain Greater Weapon Specialization multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    A fighter may select Greater Weapon Specialization as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    IMPROVED CRITICAL [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected Weapon Focus.
    Prerequisite: Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, base attack bonus +8.
    Benefit: When using the weapon category you selected, your threat range is doubled.
    Special: You can gain Improved Critical multiple times. The effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    This effect doesn't stack with any other effect that expands the threat range of a weapon.
    A fighter may select Improved Critical as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    GREATER CRITICAL [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected Improved critical.
    Prerequisite: Base attack bonus +8.
    Benefit: When using the weapon category you selected, your critical damage multiplier is increased in +1.
    Special: You can gain Greater Critical multiple times. The effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    This effect doesn't stack with any other effect that increases the critical damage multipler of a weapon.
    A fighter may select Improved Critical as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    WEAPON MASTERY [GENERAL]
    Choose one single type of weapon that has a category for which you have already selected Greater Weapon Specialization.
    Prerequisites: Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Greater Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Weapon Specialization with selected weapon category, Greater Weapon Specialization with selected weapon category, fighter level 16th.
    Benefit: When you use the chosen weapon, you treat it as a weapon one size category larger when calculating damage.
    Special: You can gain Weapon Mastery multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon.
    This effect doesn't stack with weapons actually one or more size categoriess larger than the character size.
    A fighter may select Greater Weapon Specialization as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    Epic feats:
    EPIC WEAPON FOCUS [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected Greater Weapon Focus.
    Prerequisites: Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Greater Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, fighter level 21th.
    Benefit: You gain a +3 bonus on all attack rolls you make using the selected weapon category. This bonus stacks with other bonuses on attack rolls, including the one from Weapon Focus and Greater Weapon Focus (see above).
    Special: You can gain Epic Weapon Focus multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    A fighter may select Epic Weapon Focus as one of his fighter bonus feats.

    EPIC WEAPON SPECIALIZATION [GENERAL]
    Choose one weapon category for which you have already selected Greater Weapon Specialization.
    Prerequisites: Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Greater Weapon Focus with selected weapon category, Weapon Specialization with selected weapon category, Greater Weapon Specialization with selected weapon category, fighter level 25th.
    Benefit: You gain a +6 bonus on all damage rolls you make using the selected weapon category. This bonus stacks with other bonuses on attack rolls, including the one from Weapon Focus and Greater Weapon Focus (see above).
    Special: You can gain Epic Weapon Focus multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time you take the feat, it applies to a new weapon category.
    A fighter may select Epic Weapon Focus as one of his fighter bonus feats.


    This is not meant to solve the fighter's problems, just to give him a little boost at high level, while adding a bit for others classes, mainly non-casters.
    I made Weapon Specialization available for any character, but the greater and epic versions are fighter only. The greater versions now give better bonuses that stack with the previous versions, like Epic does now, and raised Epic more.
    I added a feat to rise the critical of weapons (and Improved critical now has Weapon Focus as requisite), and turned Weapon Mastery into a less crappy version of Monkey Grip, but with a lot of prerequisites.
    I doubt anyone will think these are too powerful, seeing that others classes get a lot of better features, but any input is welcome.
    Last edited by Roderick_BR; 2007-03-15 at 09:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    Sounds good to me. I've been kicking around a Fighter variant that would get to apply Weapon Focus and Specialisation (of all levels) to any weapon, rather than just one, as he advanced in levels. There really seems to be a dearth of weapon-boosting feats, ruining one of my favourite fantasy characters: Mad Martigen. Without some nice weapon-specific feats, he just doesn't make as much sense.

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    Default Re: Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    I wouldn't make the Weapon Specialization available to everyone. It's one of the things that makes playing a Fighter special. Still, the improved focus...

    As for magical spells, 3.0's "Blood and Tome" give Weapon Focus to the three groups: Touch Attack, Ray, and Missile (I think). I'd do the same here in those groups, because getting specialization in just "Thrown" gives an edge to the spell-caster across a whole slew of spells, and some melee weapons.
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    Default Re: Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    i don't think you should be able to increase the range and the multiplier, but other than that this just seems like weapon group feats on the SRD

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    Default Re: Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    @Krellen: Thanks, feel free to add any idea you have.

    @Neek: trues, I wrote that thinking about that book. I may add one category just for magic casting. I made the basic Specialization be available for all so that others melee characters can use them, letting the Greater ones for fighters, since they could give better bonuses.

    @jlousivy: exacly, it's a weapon grouping thing, I just made it available at lower levels, and added variations, like ranged and natural, like some sources like DDO and PHB2 use. The increase in multiplier doesn't sound too bad, it's just a +1. Many creatures are immune to criticals, and others classes have way better features. And you still need at least 2 other feats before that, and a minimum of fighter level 12.

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    Default Re: Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    minimum fighter level of 8,
    example: Falshion has 18-20/x2---> 15-20/x3, 3 feats.(WF, imp crit, greater crit)
    The multiplier isn't bad at all, i love that feat. I just think it shouldn't be able to be used synergeticly.
    Weapons with a crit range, i like improved critical. However if i have say a Sythe I'd much rather have your greater critical. x5 ftw!
    Undead and contructs are immune to criticals, but most of the time you fight things that are vulnerable to criticals.

    edit: are you supposed to need Weapon focus for greater critical?
    Last edited by jlousivy; 2007-03-15 at 08:54 PM.

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    Default Re: Weapon Focus/Specialization [variant]

    In this version, yes. The normal Improved Critical doesn't need Weapon Focus.
    I did thought the Greater Critical could get too powerful, and with Weapon Mastery, it can get *very* powerful, but it's not all that often that criticals happens, and the ones that happens are not soo powerful, even with the added multiplier. Here in the foruns had a feat that suggested doubling the multiplier, and I thought that would be too much, so I made this ones smaller, and with 2 feats as requisites.
    This is kinda a selectable set of cap abilities for fighters. Ranged builds would become powerful too. I'm thinking about adding ability scores as requisites too, usually Strenght or Dexterity.

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