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Weapon Focus, 2 Proficiency with weapon, base attack bonus +1
+1 bonus on attack rolls with selected weapon

Weapon Specialization, 2 Proficiency with weapon, Weapon Focus with weapon, fighter level 4th
+2 bonus on damage rolls with selected weapon

Greater Weapon Focus, 2 Proficiency with weapon, Weapon Focus with weapon, fighter level 8th
+2 bonus on attack rolls with selected weapon

Greater Weapon Specialization, 2 Proficiency with weapon, Greater Weapon Focus with weapon, Weapon Focus with weapon, Weapon Specialization with weapon, fighter level 12th
+4 bonus on damage rolls with selected weapon

From PHB1

As a 3rd LvL human Fighter could all these feats be taken or must the fighter meet the level requirements? Because it states that even though they are fighter bonus feats they are not limited to only fighters and all classes can take them. So the main question I seek is Can I disregard the "Fighter LvL*#*" in the Prerequisites as long as the others are met?

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I gave this the D&D 3.5 tag because I’m nearly certain that is what you are playing, since I’m pretty sure that’s the only game with feats, a fighter class that gets bonus feats, and feats with those names and requirements, but please correct me if I am wrong as my answer will not be valid for another system. –  KRyan May 11 at 6:48
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Yes, you must meet the level requirements for fighter bonus feats.

Fighters get to take more feats than other classes. Everyone gets a feat at 1st level and every 3rd level (so 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18), but fighters also get additional feats at 1st level and every even level (so 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20).

In both cases, you need to meet all requirements for the feat you pick. Fighters don’t let you take feats more easily or anything, they just let you take more feats.

Now, Weapon Specialization et al. specifically require Fighter levels as part of their requirements. Whether you take them as a fighter bonus feat or as a regular feat, you can only take them if you have that many fighter levels. These are the only feats that are unique to fighters; every other feat a fighter can take, someone else could also take.

Anyway, long story short, as a Fighter 3, you could not take all of these feats. In fact, you could not take any of them, because they all require 4 or more levels of Fighter.

Now, that said, you should know that these are very weak feats. Weapon Focus is commonly used as a “tax” to get into prestige classes, and can be valuable for that (but not for itself), but the rest rarely are, and are therefore basically worthless. I strongly recommend that you do not take them. The only exception is Weapon Supremacy, which requires all the other Weapon Focus type feats from both the Player’s Handbook and Player’s Handbook II, plus Fighter level 18th. That feat is very good. It also comes way too late and requires way too many poor feats.

And since the fighter-only feats are bad, and everyone can get the other fighter feats, this winds up making the fighter a pretty poor class. Fighter 2 is OK; a feat every level’s kind of useful, though usually only those who are really desperate for feats should really go that route. But after that, the fighter class offers very little. Therefore, I strongly suggest multiclassing, taking some fighter levels, some barbarian levels, maybe some ranger levels. Horizon walker’s a pretty good prestige class. Basically, you take Fighter when you need a feat; you don’t take Fighter just because and then figure out what feat to get.

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