# Which is mathematically more valuable for my fighter, Archery or Dueling? [closed]

I have a fighter with really high rolls, 18 strength, 17 dexterity, 17 constitution. I'll eventually be getting 18 in all three of those, I'm currently level 4. I have a warhammer and a heavy crossbow. I have the crossbow expert feat (ignore loading, melee disadvantage). I intend on fighting with a warhammer and shield in melee and my heavy crossbow at range.

Archery will be giving me a +2 on ranged attack rolls, while dueling is a +2 on melee damage rolls. Which of those is more valuable?

• How exactly do you define "valuable?" Are you looking for the fighting style that's optimized for damage with no other consideration? – Adam Dec 19 '16 at 13:44
• Given it's a choice between damage and accuracy, I don't see how either of them would provide any utility. – Space Ostrich Dec 19 '16 at 13:52
• Dueling lets you use a shield, which gives you +2 AC. Also, there are some feats that synergize more with one fighting style than the other. In that respect, it's important to know if you care only about damage, or about overall versitility – Adam Dec 19 '16 at 13:55
• Overall versatility is good. I plan on using both weapons, I just had a gut feeling that one of those wouldn't scale very well. I didn't think the 2 damage would help much as numbers got higher, but thinking about it, you get that 2 damage on every single attack you use, so it might be pretty good. Especially since I'm Battlemaster with Riposte so I'll be getting more attacks out. – Space Ostrich Dec 19 '16 at 13:59
• Wait, wha!? You're going to take feats before ASI? Which feats? This is pretty important. And by "not very long-lived do you mean L6 or L12? – nitsua60 Dec 19 '16 at 14:29