Unbalancing Dodge

Fighter Utility 6

You duck out of the way of your foe's attack, putting the creature off balance.

Encounter ♦ Martial

Immediate Reaction Melee touch

Trigger: An enemy misses you with a melee attack

Target: The triggering enemy

Effect: The target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls and all defenses until the end of its next turn.


As a fighter, you boldly wade into the fray and take punishment that few others could endure. A fighter's job is so iconic and subtle that your allies might sometimes take you for granted. Spice up your characterization with enthusiastic battle cries, an accent, or colorful descriptions of what you say or what happens when you are hit or deliver an attack.

Giving a strong fighter a weakness can create a fun roleplaying quirk. If you normally rush into combat, the other players will take notice when you hesitate and mutter about how you hate snakes or how spiders make your skin crawl.

Similarly, you can emphasize your fighter's courage by contrasting it with caution. The mercenary fighter is a classic archetype that's easy to bring out in play. You might compete with the rogue to loot fallen foes or insist that the cleric help you make sure their corpses don't reanimate. After all, you're not being paid to fight them a second time.

Once you establish that your character views combat as a job, you have the potential for intense drama. Try making a battle against a foe personal, letting your fighter become angry or obsessed. Roleplaying a character who fights for profit or necessity might mean that you are the voice of caution when your group makes plans. Don't worry that you'll avoid the carnage that makes playing a fighter fun. An adventurer's life is dangerous enough that no amount of caution lets you avoid every combat. Your DM will keep combat a central part of the game even if your character claims to want peace and quiet.

Level 7 Encounter Exploits

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