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I'm very new to Dungeons and Dragons and have been playing a Revenant Striker (with cold elemental stuff).

He does fairly good damage - especially when Dark Reaping kicks in.

But he is incredibly, incredibly boring. Each turn, I choose either my single-target or burst attack (based on how the enemies are arranged) and make a to-hit roll and a damage roll. Even with significant roleplay, there's only so much fun you can have with this. My turn is almost always this one decision, two dice rolls, and then I wait 12 - 32 minutes for my next turn. Game night is a drudgery!

I have a fun RP background with the Revenant that I'd love to keep - but I've got to find a way to have some fun! The group I play with needs a high damage character - we've got all the other bases covered.

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What level are you at? Choices in heroic tier are somewhat limited, but a lot opens up in paragon, and there are a ton of interesting high-damage builds in epic tier. Paragon is particularly good to revenants since it opens up a lot of the dead half-elf cheese. –  Oblivious Sage Jul 12 '12 at 16:45
    
We're just now level 3. –  Jared Jul 12 '12 at 16:48
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I feel like this question is too subjective to be answerable. for one the criteria of fun-to-play is sorta nebulous. (Honestly chat is probably a much better venue for this sort of query) –  wax eagle Jul 12 '12 at 16:50
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Second @waxeagle - This kind of question is going to get a lot of "Well I really like X, my buddy loves Y". –  JohnP Jul 12 '12 at 16:51
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To clairfy. You want a level 3 revenant high-damage with medium complexity and more choices to make every turn than a standard action attack? –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Jul 12 '12 at 18:00
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Given the constraints of an interesting, high-damage, revenant at level 3. We first must discard the striker classes. While the idea of "striker" generally means high-damage, there are other ways to achieve high damage without it.

While it is always preferable to optimize a group over an individual, such that members can support each other, it sounds like your group has most of the "support" roles covered.

At level 3, most of the shennanigans possible with a revenant are quite limited. Getting access to half-elf's Dilettante is therefore contraindicated.

The most obvious "fun" build is one that maintains control of the battlefield while outside of their turn.

A revenant is +2 Con, +2 Dex/Cha. The "highest damage output" is easily a fire elementalist. At level 6, the top of the DPR king charts are dominated by thieves and rogues, especially ones that can trivially riposte.

That is, however, outside the scope of this effort due to the "interesting" restrictions.

In a trivial sense, we'll make you do damage by applying the charge-chassis. It's "boring" in a sense, but when combined with other features, it should make "who do I charge?" a meaningful choice to make every round.

At level 3, the charge chassis (in a non-thief) consists of: Melee basic attack, suprising charge +1[W] with CA (feat), Avalange hammer +1[W] on charge, bracers of mighty striking, +2 damage and the badge of the beserker.

While it would be a tempting trap to go dwarf as past-life race to pick up the ever cheesy dwarven weapon training, the fact that the revenant is not a strength-primary should be foremost in our minds.

Base class: knight. The knight (especially in low-mid heroic) is an exceptional defender as Sohum has shown in my weekly online game. We go revenant knight, past race tiefling. Tiefling is critical for us because the feat support is exceptional.

We must take a multiclass paladin feat and wrath of the crimson legion. This build would flow far more smoothly as a dwarf, but the revenant presents its own unique opportunities. The feats you will want in the future are: Weapon Proficiency(Mordenkrad), Two-handed weapon expertise, past-soul (tiefling) and Suprising charge.

For now, however, you have a knight that uses charisma as their primary stat, with dex as secondary (to qualify for surprising charge), wielding a maul. Every time she charges an enemy, you'll attack for 4d6+static modifiers + slow, have your knightly aura up to prevent movement (and your default MBA is a scary 2d6+static). This will make you the centre of attention, force you to pay attention every turn, as the aura violation is an opportunity attack, not interrupt, and will be a simple but tactically-enjoyable build.

Actual CBuilder paste coming later.

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@Jared, I'll roll up a specific build for you if you can indicate how important revenant is to you. Also, if you could provide the classes and rough builds of the rest of your party, it would be very useful. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Jul 14 '12 at 17:23
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I have no suggestions for other characters. Unless your campaign is nothing more than hack and slash, I would suggest exploring the development of the character him/herself. And, given that your DM is pretty liberal, I would explain your frustration, and see if he can morph your abilities a bit to give you more options.

Remember, though, YOU choose your actions in battle. If you want to try something different, see what happens. Maybe the enemy is under a shaky cliff, or near some other target that if you attack THAT instead of the enemy directly, you can get better effects. If you are getting locked into two attacks, that's as much your choice as it is the DM's.

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