I'm looking for feedback on the direction of a Pathfinder Cleric that I am building. Some context:
I tend to have prolonged breaks between RPGs. I last played a tabletop RPG (D&D 4E) a good 4-5 years ago. Prior to that was a D&D 3.X campaign... a solid 12 years ago. So, my knowledge pertaining to Pathfinder (via 3.X) is rusty and I'm reading everything I can. I found an interesting build guide which I liked enough to put a character together, but I'm not knowledgeable/experienced enough to determine if this is a really solid build or if there's a lot of room for improvement.
I've been invited into a new Pathfinder group who have just hit level 2. From what I can tell, no one is too concerned about character optimization. The current party make up is:
- Elf Wizard
- Gnome Druid
- Dwarf Fighter
- Dwarf Barbarian
- Human Rogue
It was suggested that I make a Cleric. I suspect the suggestion was so that the druid didn't have to prepare a bunch of cure spells every day and that a more reliable source of healing could be available. I don't mind, although I'm hoping to do more buffing than healbotting. The current party make-up seems to include a lot of melee-focused classes, although I don't know if everyone is building their characters towards melee or not (just about all of the martial players have bows in addition to melee weapons). With that in mind and after some research, I had settled on a character that focuses on the longbow and supporting spells in combat.
I was given a few stipulations:
- To generate stats, roll 4d6 drop 1d6 x6 or use a 20 point buy
- Create the character at level 1
- Starting gold (4d6 x 10) is maxed out
- It appears that the allowed source materials are official Paizo materials
As noted above, no one seems to be optimizing their characters, but I enjoy character optimization and I'm looking to take that approach from the beginning. Here's what I have initially built:
Level 1 Elf Cleric - Lawful Good - Erastil
14, 14, 14, 10, 16, 10 stat buy which results in:
Domains: Law, Feathered Subdomain (Animal)
Favored class bonus: Bonus Skill Rank (Fly)
Traits: Warrior of Old (+2 initiative), Eyes and Ears of the City (+1 Perception, Perception is a class skill)
Trained Skills: Fly, Heal, Knowledge (Religion), Sense Motive
Feat: Point-Blank Shot
Gear: Composite Longbow (+0), Chain Shirt, Arrows (Flight), Arrows, Spell Component Pouch, Misc other stuff
A few questions concerning this character. I want an optimized character without outshining the entire party and am willing to change just about anything to improve this build:
- Does this seem to be the right direction to go considering the class makeup of the party?
What options do I need to choose from to optimize this at level 1 and as the character levels up?
The only hard requirement is healing/supporting and an effective ranged damage.
I don't mind sacrificing a small amount of optimization space for something that is just cool.