The Universal Barbarian (Barb 17 / Bard 3 / RDD 20)

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    This is a Barbarian who can wield any weapon (including exotic) or use any armor, UMD permitting. Hence a ‘universal’ barbarian.

    Mundane melee AB of 45, with Expertise/Taunt can lower AC by up to 6.

    He has Expertise, Blind Fight, Knockdown and Terrifying Rage DC 30+1d20 (later 42+1d20) as soon as it is available (which is devastating to any enemy who is not fear immune). +8 AC from Tumble, +2 AC from Armor Skin and +6 AC from RDD 20.

    500+hp without buffs and saves are pretty good with +9 to saves against spells too. Reflex save is the weakness.

    Barbarian DR 3/- for what its worth. 300+ skill points because Bards need a lot of skill points to achieve their potential with all their class skills.

    ‘Universal’ builds were first explored by Empyre65 with a ‘Universal Warrior‘ – a fighter/RDD with 44 AB.

    I’ve explored it further with a Universal Paladin with 47 AB and a Universal Bard/Shield with 41 AB, and now this Universal Barbarian concept.

    Build details:

    Barbarian(17), Bard(3), Red Dragon Disciple(20), Human

    Any non-lawful

    STR: 18 (42)
    DEX: 8
    CON: 12 (14)
    WIS: 8
    INT: 16 (18)
    CHA: 8 (10)

    Human: (Quick to Master)
    01: Barbarian(1): Luck of Heroes, Armor Proficiency Heavy
    02: Barbarian(2): {Uncanny Dodge I}
    03: Barbarian(3): Expertise
    04: Barbarian(4): STR+1, (STR=19)
    05: Barbarian(5)
    06: Barbarian(6): Weapon Proficiency Exotic
    07: Barbarian(7)
    08: Barbarian(8): STR+1, (STR=20)
    09: Barbarian(9): Knockdown
    10: Barbarian(10)
    11: Barbarian(11)
    12: Barbarian(12): STR+1, Blind Fight, (STR=21)
    13: Barbarian(13)
    14: Barbarian(14)
    15: Barbarian(15): Great Fortitude
    16: Bard(1): STR+1, (STR=22)
    17: Red Dragon Disciple(1)
    18: Red Dragon Disciple(2): Iron Will, (STR=24)
    19: Red Dragon Disciple(3)
    20: Red Dragon Disciple(4): STR+1, (STR=27)
    21: Red Dragon Disciple(5): Great Strength I, (STR=28)
    22: Red Dragon Disciple(6)
    23: Red Dragon Disciple(7): (CON=14)
    24: Red Dragon Disciple(8): STR+1, Great Strength II, (STR=30)
    25: Red Dragon Disciple(9): (INT=18)
    26: Red Dragon Disciple(10): {Darkvision}, (STR=34), (CHA=10)
    27: Barbarian(16): Terrifying Rage
    28: Red Dragon Disciple(11): STR+1, (STR=35)
    29: Red Dragon Disciple(12)
    30: Red Dragon Disciple(13): Great Strength III, (STR=36)
    31: Red Dragon Disciple(14): Armor Skin
    32: Bard(2): STR+1, (STR=37)
    33: Red Dragon Disciple(15): Great Strength IV, (STR=38)
    34: Red Dragon Disciple(16)
    35: Red Dragon Disciple(17)
    36: Red Dragon Disciple(18): STR+1, Great Strength V, Epic Prowess, (STR=40)
    37: Red Dragon Disciple(19)
    38: Red Dragon Disciple(20)
    39: Barbarian(17): Great Strength VI, (STR=41)
    40: Bard(3): STR+1, (STR=42)

    Hitpoints: 506
    Skillpoints: 319
    Saving Throws (Fortitude/Will/Reflex): 28/23/18
    Saving Throw bonuses: Spells: +9, Traps: +4
    BAB: 28
    AB (max, naked): 45 (melee), 28 (ranged)
    AC (naked/mundane items only): 25/36
    Spell Casting: Bard(0)
    Alignment Changes: 0

    Disable Trap 1(5), Discipline 43(59), Intimidate 42(42), Listen 43(42), Lore 8(15), Open Lock 1(0), Perform 9(9), Search 11(15), Set Trap 1(0), Spellcraft 41(45), Taunt 43(43), Tumble 40(39), UMD 33(33)

    01: Disable Trap(1), Discipline(4), Intimidate(4), Listen(4), Lore(4), Open Lock(1), Set Trap(1), Taunt(4), Save(6),
    02: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Lore(1), Taunt(1), Save(9),
    03: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Lore(1), Taunt(1), Save(12),
    04: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Lore(1), Taunt(1), Save(15),
    05: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Lore(1), Taunt(1), Save(18),
    06: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(22),
    07: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(26),
    08: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(30),
    09: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(34),
    10: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(38),
    11: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(42),
    12: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(46),
    13: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(50),
    14: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(54),
    15: Discipline(1), Intimidate(1), Listen(1), Taunt(1), Save(58),
    16: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(4), Spellcraft(19), Taunt(1), Tumble(15), UMD(19), Save(6),
    17: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Search(9), Spellcraft(1),
    18: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Search(2), Spellcraft(1), Save(1),
    19: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(1), Save(4),
    20: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(1), Save(7),
    21: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(1), Save(10),
    22: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(1), Save(13),
    23: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(17),
    24: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(21),
    25: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(25),
    26: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(30),
    27: Discipline(1), Intimidate(12), Listen(1), Taunt(11), Save(14),
    28: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(19),
    29: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(24),
    30: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(29),
    31: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(34),
    32: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(2), Taunt(5), Tumble(20), UMD(14),
    33: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(5),
    34: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(5),
    35: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(1), Save(4),
    36: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(9),
    37: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(14),
    38: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(19),
    39: Discipline(1), Intimidate(12), Listen(1), Taunt(7), Save(7),
    40: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(3), Spellcraft(5), Taunt(1), Tumble(5),


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