Ultimately, the Duskblade is not good at much else besides dealing damage, so this guide is mostly optimizing for more damage and some amount of utility. the-duskblade-handbook: A guide for the e Duskblade class. I was reading the Duskblade handbook, and I found some perplexing statements. Can you guys help me out? First, it cites this ridiculous post.

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This is great for Duskblades because they tend to use the same spell over and over again, and they have a TON of spells per day. Generally melee combat relies heavily on strength. At 9th level you get vampiric touch.

That way you affect multiple targets per casting instead of just one. You aren’t going to be using it constantly, but is useful to have in stressful situations. Blade of Blood — Potentially worthwhile if you have spare first level spells and no use for your swift action.

He talks about balance, I’m fine with balance but its not a requirement if focusing on melee or magic is better, as long as it has at least some of both. So he may simply say a PC can’t use this free action Arcane Channeling more than once per round, or using Arcane Channeling feat twice per round is not a free action. The second is to take a race that heavy armor doesn’t reduce its speed. At 4th level, you learn to use medium armor with no chance of arcane spell failure.


Attack a single enemy and move him on a failed save.

Duskblades have a limited list, so it’s easy to comment on every spell they get. Charisma is a dump stat. Because you are a spontaneous caster, if you apply a metamagic feat to one of your spells, it then becomes a full-round action, making it unable to channel. Good feat examples are power attack, knowledge devotion, arcane strike and obtain familiar.

Note that arcane channeling doesn’t specify that it only works with duskblade spells, but rather with any spell you can cast. Then transform that attack bonus into damage. So, the spell is done after its one round of melee combat. Note that this spell isn’t a range: For the past two years I’ve been admirring your handbooks.

The answer may be “duskblade”, but that’s not clear to me yet. I’m surprised you don’t list the bloodline feats from Dragon Magazine Annual. Most of the times i’d vote for arcane channel, but normal attacks have their uses.

As above, the bonuses are too lousy for a 3rd level spell. You cast arcane spells, which are drawn from the duskblade spell list on page Most spells, though, are Swift Actions. Unknown May 24, at Warlock — A bunch of random utility via invocations. Use this when you can’t win a battle. First the skill in question is a class skill for duskblades, second your spell list is extremely limited and third you don’t have to make big jump checks.

Duskblade – D&D e Handbook Compendium

Spellstoring — Bloodstone but better if you need different spells. Koch12 January 21, at 1: Since Vampiric Touch is the best touch spell Duskblades get, this is a pretty darn good enchantment. Duskblades don’t get twice the hit points of Wizards.


It’s probably equal to the bear’s endurance series of spells. Useful in many situations.

Spells and Swords

Where did the other spells come from? If you are a full-channel Duskblade above level 13, this is a great choice when you are surrounded with a reach weapon. You can find more details duskblave the Poison Spell feat entry above.

I agree with you that a spell with a casting time of a swift action or a immediate action can be channelled if that is a touch spell. Duskbllade – Divine Mind – Erudite – Lurk.

Also by level 3, you can cast one spell as if you were a Wizard per day.

Duskblade Handbook, Arcane Strike — not right?

It’s better than the previous hands, but remains an average spell. Goes very well on Duskblades that PrC to maintain high spells per day rather than multiclass. In this particular case, the characters will start at level 7, and equipment rules are liberal as long as the characters can afford it. Alvaro Cibeau October 11, at The rules for offensively teleporting in 3rd edition are much more tricky.

Also, Duskblades already get this for free. Exemplar – Ninja – Scout – Spellthief. Your best bet is probably concentration and knowledges. My personal character optimization blog.