My primary character, Erdrique, is slowly making his way through the path to heroic completionist. As such he has completed paladin, fighter, ranger, cleric, druid, monk, and rogue lives. Although he will finally end his “career” as a paladin (my favorite class) he still has a long way go. Currently, Erdrique is making his way through a bard life with a primary focus on the Warchanter prestige enhancement line. Erdrique is currently level 16 (with level 17 “banked) and as such he picked up the majority of abilities in the Warchanter line.
One of the reasons why I decided to take Erdrique down the Warchanter path was because I felt it fit my play style more than the Spellsinger or Swashbuckler. Another reason is that I also have another bard who is primarily focused on the Spellsinger path. But, overall, I tend to favor more melee oriented characters. I even tend to wade into the melee action a little more than I should with my casting characters. With that said, the Warchanter tree just seemed to have a number of unique abilities that seemed fun to use in traditional melee combat.
Erdrique prepping for battle in the Tomb of the Astrologer.
These abilities primarily include those that add ice damage to your attacks (Iced Edges, The Frozen Fury, Northwind, and Spinning Ice). These particular abilities give your character a fun little twist by allowing to freeze some enemies in their tracks giving your melee character to add a little bit of crowd control as well as some extra damage. However, the real power of the bard is the ability for it to add a number of buffs to themselves and their party members by using their spells and songs. The Warchanter tree continues to augment this ability with abilities such as Song Heroism, Skaldic Rage, Fighting Spirit, Boast, and a number of others. These abilities all give some small bonus to various abilities allowing your character to be more effective in combat (and in many cases adding some of these to your party members as well). So far, I have found these to couple my play style quite well.
We’ll see how I feel once I get Erdrique into the epic levels. Of course the epic destiny Erdrique left off on isn’t the best for a Warchanter bard but hopefully it won’t take me too long to move out of it and into a destiny that is more complimentary. In any case, I have found the Warchanter bard to be a fun class to play. It tends to augment my playing style quite well. If you haven’t tried to play a Warchanter bard and you like to be a melee combatant, I would recommend giving it a try.
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!