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+1 AC or +20 HP--which is better for a nimble, frontline character?

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I've planned a 1 Monk, 19 Draconic Sorcerer, and I have the option of setting Con to 14 and Wis to 12 (providing +1 HP at each level up), or Wis to 14 (+1 AC, given Monk Unarmored Defense) and Con to 12 (dipping in Barbarian instead of Monk is not an option).

Which would provide more survivability in the frontlines, going from 17 AC to 18 AC (14 Wis), or +20 HP (14 Con)?

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Unarmored Defenses and Draconic Resilience are both AC calculations and thus do not stack. Only one of the two will apply, unless there was something else you wanted a dip into monk for that is suboptimal.

You might also consider the tough feat if your table is allowing feat use as it provides +2 hp per level of survivability over +1 to hp or AC from a stat boost.

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The plus 1 AC gives more survivability. At level 20 where you would actually gain 20 hp, monsters are doing so much damage that 20 hp is not worth the extra 5% of missed hits.


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+1 AC or +20 HP--which is better for a nimble, frontline character?

up vote 14 down vote

I've planned a 1 Monk, 19 Draconic Sorcerer, and I have the option of setting Con to 14 and Wis to 12 (providing +1 HP at each level up), or Wis to 14 (+1 AC, given Monk Unarmored Defense) and Con to 12 (dipping in Barbarian instead of Monk is not an option).

Which would provide more survivability in the frontlines, going from 17 AC to 18 AC (14 Wis), or +20 HP (14 Con)?


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Unarmored Defenses and Draconic Resilience are both AC calculations and thus do not stack. Only one of the two will apply, unless there was something else you wanted a dip into monk for that is suboptimal.

You might also consider the tough feat if your table is allowing feat use as it provides +2 hp per level of survivability over +1 to hp or AC from a stat boost.

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Gah, my dreams have been shattered.... Will have to rethink. - Khashir Sep 13 at 21:42

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