Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mad Bomber (Alchemist Build)

Mad Bomber
Half-Orc Alchemist (Grenadier)


Bombs, bombs, and more bombs. Bombs to kill enemies, bombs to stun enemies, bombs to make enemies fall down. The Mad Bombers focuses on throwing as many bombs as effectively as possible, and will take the half-orc favored class bonus of ½ more bomb damage per level.


Feats/Discoveries

1: Point Blank Shot
2: Precise Bombs from Grenadier Archetype, Smoke Bomb
3: Precise Shot
4: Stink Bomb
5: Rapid Shot
6: Tanglefoot Bomb
7: Two-Weapon Fighting
8: Fast Bombs
9: Weapon Focus: Bombs
10: Confusion Bomb
11: Improved Critical: Bombs
12: Infusion
13: Improved Two-Weapon Fighting
14: Blinding Bomb
15: Greater Two-Weapon Fighting
16: Greater Mutagen
17: Extra Bombs
18: Grand Mutagen
19: Extra Bombs
20: Elemental Mutagen, Explosive Bomb, True Mutagen


Attributes

Intelligence is important for bombs and alchemist goodies, Dex is important for throwing.  Con is important for staying alive, while Strength and Charisma are two clear dump stats. Int>Dex>Con>Wis>Str>Cha

15 Point Buy
STR: 7
DEX: 16
CON: 12
INT: 18 (16+2)
WIS: 11
CHA: 7

20 Point Buy
STR: 7
DEX: 17
CON: 12
INT: 19 (17+2)
WIS: 10
CHA: 7

25 Point Buy
STR: 7
DEX: 17
CON: 12
INT: 20 (18+2)
WIS: 11
CHA: 7

Attribute increases:  Get Dex and Int to even numbers, then boost Int.  If you are going for greater two weapon fighting, you want 19 Dex by level 15.


Traits
Reactionary: +2 Initiative
Fate's Favored: +1 Luck bonuses.  In combination with Sacred Tattoo, this trait equals an additional +1 to all saves!
Take the alternate racial trait “Sacred Tattoo” to get +1 luck bonus to all saving throws at the expense of orcish ferocity.  With Fate's Favored, it's awesome!


Suggested Gear

Obviously we want items that will boost intelligence and dexterity.  We can save money by not spending too much money on weapons.

Anything with a luck bonus, such as jingasa of the fortunate soldier, is also going to be golden due to the Fate's Favored trait.

Spells

When you run out of bombs, buff your allies! Haste, barkskin and the like should do fine.



What the Build Looks Like at...

This assumes a 20 point buy and no magic items. I’m going to assume point blank shot and dexterity mutagen.

Level 1: HP: 9, AC 17. Throws one bomb at +5 touch for d6+4 damage.

Level 4: HP: 27, AC 19. Throws one bomb at +11 touch for 2d6+7 damage. 9 bombs a day

Level 8: HP: 51, AC 20. Throws four bombs at +9/+9/+9/+4 touch for 4d6+9 damage. 13 bombs a day, DC 19. Can make bombs entangle and glue, or have a radius of 10 feet.

Level 12: HP: 75, AC 20. Throws four bombs at +14/+14/+14/+9 touch for 6d6+11 damage (19-20/x2). 17 bombs a day, DC 22. Can make bombs entangle and glue, confuse, blind or have a radius of 10 feet. (DPR 88 against average CR 12 creature)

Level 16: HP: 131, AC 22. Throws seven bombs at +18/+18/+18/+13/+13/+8/+8 touch for 8d6+14 damage (19-20/x2). 22 bombs a day, DC 24. Can make bombs entangle and glue, confuse, blind, deal extra damage to undead and other creepsters, or have a radius of 10 feet.

Level 20: HP: 203, AC 27. Throws seven bombs at +22/+22/+22/+17/+17/+15/+5 touch for 10d6+15 damage (19-20/x2). 25 bombs a day, DC 25. Can make bombs entangle and glue, confuse, blind, deal extra damage to undead and other creepsters, nauseate, or have a radius of 10 feet.


Tactics

Get in there and Bomb! Use a variety of different kinds of bomb to drop different status ailments on dudes.  Try not to blow your load all at once, don't go nova until boss fights.



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27 comments:

  1. so where are you getting 4 bombs at lvl 8?

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    1. Two Weapon fighting and Rapid shot, in conjunction with the Fast Bombs Discovery.

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  2. This would actually allow for an extra bomb a day with the Channel Vigor extract giving you haste.

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  3. You are missing Fate's Favored to get +1 to all your saves, since your Sacred Tattoo is a luck bonus. If you take that trait, you may want to buy a jingasa of the fortunate soldier later for some extra AC since you would get another AC from that, since it is a luck bonus. Alchemists can get stratospheric AC without really trying too hard. Also don't forget a buckler for +1 AC and no actual drawback. Buy as much INT as you can, but toss the rest of your money into AC and saves..

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  4. At level 8 how do you get +9 damage?

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    1. +4 from the half orc favored class trait, +5 from 20 intelligence.

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    2. Is this missing the +1 from point blank shot?

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  5. A grenadier also gets a martial weapon proficiency at level one. I'm guessing a bow would be best?

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    1. Yup, longbow would probably be best!

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    2. but wouldn't you get the -2 penalty for having low strength score?

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    3. Huh, I suppose you would. Good call!

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    4. I don't know if it is the best but I'd use Chakram

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  6. At level 8, how do you get +11/+11/+11/+6 ?

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  7. Shouldn't it be +8/+8/+8/+3? 6(BAB)+5(MOD DEX. while using the Mutagen)+1(Point Blank Shot)-2(Rapid Shot)-2(Two-Weapon Fighting)= +8

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    1. I think you might be right! Adjusted.

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    2. Shouldn't it be 1 more. Don't you get +1 from the Throw Anything feat?

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    3. Right, that helps. Thanks!

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    4. I just rolled an Alchemist and really only put a 15 in Dex because the amount of bonuses you get is insane. Firebug, Point-Blank Shot, Throw Anything gives you 3 itself and if you keep the 17 Dex in your build you're looking at +6 at level 1. You need to roll a 6 to hit average touch AC.

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    5. Yup, touch AC is nuts. Alchemists FTW.

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  8. I dont understand how you're getting two discoveries at level 2. Can someone explain?

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    1. Precise bombs is from the Grenadier archetype.

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  9. How are you using Grenadier as a Half-Orc?

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    1. Sorry, it completed my post before I was done. I only find Grenadier as a Hobgoblin Archetype to Alchemist

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    2. Here you go: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/base-classes/alchemist/archetypes/paizo---alchemist-archetypes/grenadier For some reason, they named two archetypes the same thing.

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