Spring Attack requires Dodge and Mobility, so the regular way to get it requires spending 3 feats.
I want to take the elocater prestige class as my 6th level in an E6 game. It requires Mobility and Spring Attack (but not Dodge per se, curiously enough).
Options I’m aware of for getting these cheaper:
All three feats are available as bonus feats from various fighter variants (Dragon vol. 310). Monk can also get them via the Cobra Strike fighting style, though Spring Attack doesn’t happen until 6th. But that means monk 1st/fighter 2nd or monk 2nd/fighter 1st can get all three. Three levels is a lot to ask, though.
Mobility can be gotten from magic mobility armor, a +1-equivalent special property (Magic Item Compendium). Timed right, that could replace one of the levels above.
A golden dancing peg leg (Dragon vol. 318) conveniently grants Mobility and Spring Attack, but it inconveniently costs 55,000 gp. (Technically, Dragon vol. 351 has the monkey head talisman that also works, but that is considerably more expensive.)
Currently, my build is a half-elf cleric 1st/monk 2nd/ardent 1st/dragonmark heir 1st—and both monk bonus feats are, ideally, spoken for. The game has not yet started, so changes can still be made, but the race and levels are mostly inflexible. Half-elf is to qualify for the Mark of Storm. The monk levels, raging monk (Dragon vol. 310) to be precise, are there for berserker strength (brought up to that of a 6th-level barbarian via Chaos Rage), ardent 1st is there to be the manifesting that elocater advances, and dragonmark heir is the only way to access Lesser Dragonmark in E6.¹ Due to requirements, dragonmark heir has to be taken as my 5th overall character level.¹
Technically, a level or two of barbarian, druidic avenger, or rage cleric could replace a level or two of raging monk. Since I’m using both monk bonus feats, however, this is painful and probably not the best answer. Also, rage cleric conflicts with the level of cleric I was already planning on.
Speaking of, that level of cleric could maybe be dropped, but I would then need a feat (Touchstone or Planar Touchstone) to get a key cleric domain (Windstorm) via the Catalogues of Enlightenment, so that’s costly too.
Answers can be from any 3.xe source published by Wizards of the Coast (including electronic publications, e.g. PDFs or pages from wizards.com), or from any 3.xe issue of Dragon or Dungeon magazine. It must be 3.5e-legal, that is, if it’s 3.0e material it can’t have been replaced by 3.5e material (that likely nixes almost all of 3e psionics, though feel free to make the case for something that doesn’t explicitly reference mechanics that no longer exist). Epic material doesn’t exist in any way, shape, or form. Gaining levels and then losing them is banned, as are polymorph shenanigans. No messing with lycanthropy, level drain, gaining and losing templates, reincarnate, various rituals from Savage Species and elsewhere for changing one’s race, etc. Manipulate form is right out. Outside assistance is not preferred, and has to be level-appropriate—no assuming a 5th-level E6 character somehow knows a 7th-level psion or a 9th-level bard or what have you. For that matter, any and all sources of 4th-level-or-higher spells or powers are out, even though there are technically ways for E6 characters to access some of them. Magic items have to be producible by an E6 character, and cannot cost more than, say, 8,000 gp or so (I would gladly spend more than that saving a feat or two but I can’t justify having more than that as a 5th-level character). Items granting feats have to be actually published and existing—no positing a custom magic item that grants a key feat just because Arms & Equipment Guide suggests some guidelines for a DM who might want to create some. You cannot assume that leveling up will take place at any particular moment, so any temporary effects must be possible to keep up all day, every day—without Persist Spell.
- Not strictly true, but any shenanigans that could achieve Lesser Dragonmark in E6 without using dragonmark heir, or allow dragonmark heir before 5th, are exactly the kinds of shenanigans that I’m avoiding.