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hexblade vs. duskblade

Discussion in 'Dungeons & Dragons + Other RPGs' started by LKD, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. LKD Gems: 31/31
    Latest gem: Rogue Stone


    Aug 13, 2002
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    My understanding is that every base class is supposed to be somewhat equal to others in that each can shine in their areas of expertise. However, all my comparisons of these two warrior / mage hybrid classes leads me to the conclusion that the duskblade is an overpowered class (compared to the hexblade -- maybe the hexblade is underpowered) -- any comments?
  2. The Shaman Gems: 28/31
    Latest gem: Star Sapphire

    Oct 18, 2004
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    Well, apparently it is so. AFAIK the WizO boards have a thread started by the person who came up for the Hexblade idea for CArc, and his version of the hexblade is, well, more powerful :) .

    Aside from that? Hexblades have a few minor advantages in spell selection imo. Minor, sure, but any class with polymorph on their spell lists can do a lot worse ;) The dark companion feature from PHBII helps solidify the hexblade as a debuffer. In fact, the two have slightly different roles - the hexblade is a hybrid support character imo, while the duskblade is a primary damage-dealer. True, the duskblade does its job better than the hexblade - its.
  3. Fabius Maximus Gems: 19/31
    Latest gem: Aquamarine

    Feb 18, 2003
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    The Duskblade has one big setback: It's boring. It just deals damage. Even the Fighter, usually considered one of the more boring classes (not that I think it is boring), has more options than a Duskblade. (They could have left out all the PHB II base classes, except the Dragon Shaman.)

    The Hexblade is fine with the Dark Companion class feature. It's essentially a skirmisher, and if you expand the bonus feats it can take, it can be quite versatile.
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