I have been working on a build that optimizes granting AC bonuses to allies using actions that are not used often like AOO and immediate actions.

I have been looking for non-class ways of increasing the bonuses granted by Aid Another checks. Using the Bodyguard feat I can use AOO to grant allies a bonus to AC using Aid Another.

So far I have found 3 traits that increase aid another but 1 only grants a +1, another doesn't apply to AC Aid another and the third only applies to family:

Are there other non-class feats, traits, or equipment that can improve a character's ability to Aid Another?


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Apart from the traits you listed, there are some more that help with Aid Another checks listed on d20srd.

  • Helpful is strictly better than Helpful (+4 vs. +3), with the downside of being raised by Halflings (via Adopted).

  • Fools for Friends from Second Darkness gives a straight +1 trait bonus to whatever your Aid Another boosts. It stacks with Helpful (since the latter does not grant any named bonuses), But not with any trait bonuses your Ally has, which there aren't many to AC.

  • Inheritor grants a +1 trait bonus to an adjacent ally, but you need to be a Gillman, and the same restrictions as above still apply.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Its worth noting that a couple of them doesn't stack, as they are 'trait bonus'es. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Sep 9, 2016 at 17:08

This question was asked some time ago but until now it has only an answer about traits so this might help others who have the same question.

There are magical pieces of equipment that increase the AC bonus granted through aid another:

Gloves of arcane striking: They require the user to have the arcane strike feat and for that an arcane caster level. "When the wearer uses the aid another action to improve an ally's Armor Class, the ally also adds the wearer's Arcane Strike damage bonus to his AC against the opponent"

Benevolent armor enchantment: "When the wearer of a suit of benevolent armor uses the aid another action to give an ally a bonus to AC against an opponent's next attack, he also adds the benevolent armor's enhancement bonus to the ally's AC."

Ring of tactical precision: anytime the wearer gives or receives a numeric bonus from a teamwork feat or the aid another action, that bonus increase by +1.

Then there is the variant channel ability strategy. While the question asks for non class abilities variant channeling can be used by more than one class and as such I chose to include it.

On the other hand strategy states granting your channeling bonus to the aided creature's roll which makes it unclear whether it is applicable to AC, which is, no roll.

A character who has the channel energy ability from a class other than cleric may use these variant channeling rules if the class's abilities are tied to serving a deity. For example, paladins can select alternative channeling abilities if they serve a deity, as can oracles with the Life mystery (as they serve many deities), but necromancer wizards cannot.


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