Modified Pure Melee Mage (Wizard 40)

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    NWN:EE (Beamdog), WoG PW

    Commentary:

    There’s something special about a pure spell caster – fabulous spell penetration, lots of bonus feats.

    And a decent wizard also wielding a flaming, keen greatsword is a sight to behold.

    I made some adjustments to WebShaman’s build Melee Mage (Wizard 40) written in 2008:

    • put in Light, Medium and Heavy Armor Proficiency
    • put in Automatic Still Spell III for full spell casting in Heavy Armor
    • Expertise, Blind Fight, Epic Weapon Focus and Epic Prowess
    • +2 Str +2 Con

    I removed 4 Int, 2 Dex and Power Attack/Cleave/Great Cleave (useful but I think the extra 8-13 AC / 3 AB and Auto-still III is more helpful). Extend Spell and Craft Wand can be swapped as needed.

    As Web wrote previously, hitting non-difficult enemies with the melee weapon helps saves spells, which are then largely used for boss encounters.┬áIt still reaches 32 Int, which when capped (with maximum +12 bonus) provides 3 bonus level 9 spells / day. Enemy AC can be lowered with spells such as Grease/Darkness/Stinking Cloud/Bigby’s 6 +7. It feels very easy to play.

    A specialist school is recommended for +1 spell/level/day. I’d suggest either Necromancy (if you want to use Enchantment spells, such as Hold Monster, Mass Haste or Dominate Monster) or Illusion (if you want True Strike, Find Traps, True Sight and Premonition).

    Build details:

    Wizard(40), Dwarf

    STR: 16
    DEX: 8
    CON: 18
    WIS: 8
    INT: 16 (32)
    CHA: 6

    Dwarf: (Darkvision, Defensive Training vs. Giants, Stonecunning, Hardiness vs. Poison, Hardiness vs. Spells, Offensive Training vs. Goblinoids, Offensive Training vs. Orcs, Skill Affinity: Lore)
    01: Wizard(1): Weapon Proficiency Martial, {Scribe Scroll}
    02: Wizard(2)
    03: Wizard(3): Expertise
    04: Wizard(4): INT+1, (INT=17)
    05: Wizard(5): Still Spell
    06: Wizard(6): Armor Proficiency Light
    07: Wizard(7)
    08: Wizard(8): INT+1, (INT=18)
    09: Wizard(9): Armor Proficiency Medium
    10: Wizard(10): Craft Wand
    11: Wizard(11)
    12: Wizard(12): INT+1, Blind Fight, (INT=19)
    13: Wizard(13)
    14: Wizard(14)
    15: Wizard(15): Weapon Focus: Greatsword, Empower Spell
    16: Wizard(16): INT+1, (INT=20)
    17: Wizard(17)
    18: Wizard(18): Armor Proficiency Heavy
    19: Wizard(19)
    20: Wizard(20): INT+1, Maximize Spell, (INT=21)
    21: Wizard(21): Great Intelligence I, (INT=22)
    22: Wizard(22)
    23: Wizard(23): Epic Spell: Epic Mage Armor
    24: Wizard(24): INT+1, Automatic Still Spell I, (INT=23)
    25: Wizard(25)
    26: Wizard(26): Automatic Still Spell II
    27: Wizard(27): Automatic Still Spell III
    28: Wizard(28): INT+1, (INT=24)
    29: Wizard(29): Great Intelligence II, (INT=25)
    30: Wizard(30): Epic Weapon Focus: Greatsword
    31: Wizard(31)
    32: Wizard(32): INT+1, Epic Spell: Epic Warding, (INT=26)
    33: Wizard(33): Epic Prowess
    34: Wizard(34)
    35: Wizard(35): Great Intelligence III, (INT=27)
    36: Wizard(36): INT+1, Great Intelligence IV, (INT=29)
    37: Wizard(37)
    38: Wizard(38): Great Intelligence V, (INT=30)
    39: Wizard(39): Great Intelligence VI, (INT=31)
    40: Wizard(40): INT+1, (INT=32)

    Hitpoints: 320
    Skillpoints: 322
    Saving Throws (Fortitude/Will/Reflex): 20/21/15
    Saving Throw bonuses: Spells: +11, Poison: +2
    BAB: 20
    AB (max, naked): 27 (melee), 20 (ranged)
    AC (naked/mundane items only – no shield): 13/21
    Spell Casting: Wizard(9)
    Alignment Changes: 0

    Concentration 43(47), Disable Trap 21(34), Discipline 21(24), Lore 7(20), Open Lock 1(0), Search 21(32), Set Trap 14(15), Spellcraft 34(45), Spot 21(20), Tumble 20(19)

    01: Concentration(4), Disable Trap(2), Discipline(2), Lore(4), Open Lock(1), Set Trap(1),
    02: Concentration(1), Lore(1), Spot(1), Save(1),
    03: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Lore(1),
    04: Concentration(1), Search(1), Spot(1),
    05: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1),
    06: Concentration(1), Search(1), Spot(1),
    07: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1),
    08: Concentration(1), Save(5),
    09: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Save(6),
    10: Concentration(1), Tumble(5), Save(1),
    11: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spot(1),
    12: Concentration(1), Search(1), Spellcraft(2), Save(1),
    13: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spot(1),
    14: Concentration(1), Search(1), Spellcraft(3),
    15: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(1),
    16: Concentration(1), Spellcraft(6),
    17: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(2),
    18: Concentration(1), Spellcraft(4), Save(2),
    19: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Save(4),
    20: Concentration(1), Tumble(5),
    21: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(2),
    22: Concentration(1), Spellcraft(5), Save(2),
    23: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(1), Spot(1), Save(2),
    24: Concentration(1), Search(3), Spellcraft(1), Save(2),
    25: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(1), Spot(1), Save(2),
    26: Concentration(1), Search(3), Spellcraft(1), Save(2),
    27: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(1), Spot(1), Save(2),
    28: Concentration(1), Search(2), Spellcraft(1), Spot(1), Save(3),
    29: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(1), Save(6),
    30: Concentration(1), Spellcraft(1), Tumble(5), Save(3),
    31: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spellcraft(1), Spot(2), Save(2),
    32: Concentration(1), Search(3), Spot(2), Save(1),
    33: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spot(2), Save(2),
    34: Concentration(1), Search(3), Spot(2), Save(1),
    35: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Spot(2), Save(2),
    36: Concentration(1), Search(1), Set Trap(5),
    37: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Search(1), Set Trap(1), Spot(1),
    38: Concentration(1), Set Trap(5),
    39: Concentration(1), Disable Trap(1), Discipline(1), Lore(1), Search(1), Set Trap(1), Spot(1),
    40: Concentration(1), Set Trap(1), Tumble(5),

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