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Questions tagged [tome-of-battle]

*Tome of Battle* is an expansion book for D&D 3.5e which introduces the concept of martial maneuvers to give martial characters extra options in combat.

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Can I use strike maneuvers while polymorphed?

I have a level 7 Swordsage equipped with a Cape of Vipers from the Magic Item Compendium. He is currently in tiny viper form. I assume he is proficient with his natural bite attack. I have the Tiger ...
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Can a Warblade use Wall of Blades to counter an attack from an invisible foe?

My Warblade is battling a vampire. The vampire is invisible. My Warblade is level 8, and has Uncanny Dodge, letting him keep his DEX bonus to AC. He has Wall of Blades readied. Can he use that ...
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Can warblades use strike maneuvers with improvised weapons?

Can warblades use strike maneuvers with improvised weapons? Would they be able to take the standard penalty for improvised weapons, or not be able to do so at all?
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Can a warblade use maneuvers on thrown weapons?

Most strike maneuvers require a melee attack. Thrown weapons aren’t really melee attacks. Warblades get proficiency with thrown weapons. Can warblades use strike maneuvers with thrown weapons?
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Can I use Improved Trip with Strikes?

Can I try to trip with the Maneuvers (Strikes) of a Crusader?
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Bloodclaw Master's Superior TWF and Natural Weapons

I'm working on a build for a shifter with four natural attacks while shifting. I'm already taking levels of Warblade, so I looked at Bloodclaw Master, the shifter-themed prestige class for martial ...
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Is Sudden Leap's jump DC doubled if you don't have a 20 ft. running start?

Sudden Leap You can make a Jump check as a swift action and move the distance determined by your check result. You provoke attacks of opportunity with this movement, and you must move in a ...
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Does thunderous throw permit iterative attacks with two-handed thrown weapons?

The Player's Handbook on Thrown Weapons says, "Throwing a light or one-handed weapon is a standard action, while throwing a two-handed weapon is a full-round action" (113). The prestige class ...
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Feats that use Concentration for a swordsage.

I’m playing a Diamond Mind-based swordsage. I’m going to take all of the concentration-based strikes and counters. If I am loading up my concentration skill, are there any feats I could take that ...
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Combat with Shadow Jaunt and Shadow Stride

First, can I use Shadow Jaunt with a move action to appear next to an enemy? Next, can I use a standard action to attack or use a strike maneuver? Last, can I use Shadow Stride with a swift action ...
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Can I use Moment of Perfect Mind in response to a surprise attack?

Say I want to use the Tome of Battle maneuver Moment of Perfect Mind, a maneuver that replaces my Will save with the equivalent Concentration Check. Out of combat, my warblade and an enemy wizard ...
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Is the ToB Manuever Shadow Jaunt overpowered/broken?

Shadow becomes available to Swordsages at level 3. It allows the player to teleport 50 ft. as a standard action. If they spend a full round recovering, they can teleport 50 ft. every 12 seconds right? ...
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Swordsages in mithral breastplate? [duplicate]

Swordsages are not proficient in medium armor. Mithral breastplate is medium armor, but treated as light armor. Are swordsages proficient in medium armor? If a swordsage wears mithral breastplate, ...
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When a Bloodstorm Blade uses Lightning Ricochet, do they expand one IH maneuver?

A Bloodstorm Blade (Tome of Battle, p. 100) has among other abilities: Returning Attacks (Ex): You can hurl your weapon at a foe and command it to ricochet back to you. Any weapon you throw behaves ...
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Maneuver and stance prerequisites

My eighth level character going ninth level is starting at first level war blade. He would get one stance and 3 maneuvers at up to 3rd level. Could I take absolute steel stance and iron heart surge ...
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Jump-themed maneuvers underwater

My swashbuckling human warblade just encountered what I presume to be a young dragon of indeterminate color while exploring an underwater cave. He has his trusty rapier on him, and he’s not afraid ...
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Is there a feat for Path of War rules to use two Martial Stances at once?

Is there a feat, Rogue Trick, Ninja Trick, etc that can be used with Path of War rules that lets you use two Martial Stances at once? So far I've found Fuse Style which let you use a Fighting Style &...
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Does the Desert Wind Strike Death Mark cause fire damage on a miss?

The wording of the Swordsage maneuver Death Mark is as follows: When you use the strike, you channel overwhelming fiery energy into the body of your foe. In addition to dealing normal damage with ...
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Warblade 9th level bonus feat, or Fun vs. Effectiveness [closed]

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that this question may come off as too broad or opinion-based. Here's the character in question: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bYcgjyeuXGZnj_1Bht-...
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Aura of Chaos and Alignment

Aura of Chaos, Perfect Order, Triumph, Tyranny: Can you use them as a crusader without being of the said alignment?
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How do Masters of the Nine prepare maneuvers?

Say I have a multiclass warblade/swordsage. I want to go into Master of the Nine. What are my initiator levels for each class? How do I prepare maneuvers gained through the PrC? Under what classes ...
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Char-op: Warblade 20 vs. Warblade 18/Swordsage 2

Here is a link to my level 7 Warblade, Vesuvio Monteverdi. He is a mobile DEX fighter, happy to use a rapier. He is a swashbuckler in spirit, focused on Ironheart, Tiger Claw, and Diamond Mind ...
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Does a low Wis Swordsage have an AC penalty?

Swordsages get: Starting at 2nd level, you can add your Wisdom modifier as a bonus to your armor class I have a warblade who has an 8 WIS (-1 mod), and was thinking of taking a two level dip into ...
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Does a Warblade lose Battle Clarity when blinded?

Warblades gain an insight bonus to Reflex saves from Battle Clarity as long as they are not flat-footed. Being blinded, characters lose their DEX bonus to AC, although doesn't specially mention them ...
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How to convert a Swordsage to Pathfinder?

How would I convert the Tome of Battle Swordsage for use in Pathfinder? Things I have thought about: Concentration. Since it is no longer a skill in Pathfinder, maybe make it like a Wisdom-based ...
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Is there any synergy between the Death From Above strike and Dancing Blade Form stance?

The stance lets you attack from 5 feet out. You must be adjacent to use the strike. Can you use the strike from 5 feet out if you are in the stance?
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Can stances be used with ranged weapons like a bow?

In my case I'm talking about Assassin's Stance, but I'd like to know the answer for stances in general. I feel like I might be missing something incredibly obvious caused by missing a word or two (or ...
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How do you pay Lightning Recovery’s action cost?

The Iron Heart maneuver lightning recovery has an initiating time of 1 immediate action, and is used in response to an attack you missed. However, this is a little confusing: the definition of ...
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Damage Output of Lightning Recovery (Tome of Battle Maneuver)

Lightning Recovery is a Tome of Battle maneuver that allows a reroll on an attack d20 if it misses, along with an additional +2 on the second attempt. How can I calculate the value of the damage added ...
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Can you use Counters and Stances while swimming? (and other non-standing positions)

Game situation: Warblade with active stance: Pearl of Black Doubt. Warblade jumps in the lake, and is attacked by demon-humans with unarmed strike and spitting acid. Can I apply the dodge benefits ...
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Can you use Wall of Blades without a weapon?

Situation: My warblade is swimming in the lake with no weapons or armor to save someone from drowning. A different demon-infested dude swims over to bite my guy. Can I still use Wall of Blades to ...
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Looking for a Crusader Paladin prestige class

I want to know if there's a published prestige class where I can get martial maneuvers and stances as well as divine spells.
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How do you set up ToB maneuver macros for Roll20? [closed]

I'm using Roll20, and I'm trying to figure out how to set up macros for Tome of Battle maneuvers so I can put them in my macro bar to speed things up. However, I have no idea how to set up macros. ...
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Do I need to hit, or just attack, to trigger Defensive Rebuke?

How does the Defensive Rebuke crusader maneuver from the Tome of Battle trigger? Do I need to hit my enemy to trigger the effect, or does even rolling the attack dice and failing to touch the enemy ...
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Meeting prerequisites for a martial stance

I'm a Warblade in the process of reaching level 6. I have one level 1 Diamond Mind maneuver. Is the following possible: For my level six feat, I want to take Martial Stance to attain the Diamond Mind ...
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Do Swashbuckler's Insightful Strike, Swordsage's Insightful Strike and Shadow Blade feat stack?

3rd level of Complete Warrior's Swashbuckler class grants Insightful Strike: ...applies her Intelligence bonus (if any) as a bonus on damage rolls (in addition to any Strength bonus she ...
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How to add a size conditional to an effect?

The Warblade has a stance called "Stonefoot". If the Warblade is in that stance, the player gains a +2 strength check bonus, and a +2 AC bonus, but only if the opposing creature is at least one size ...
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Shifting defense clarification

Does shifting defense allow you to dodge all attacks as long as you have AoO:s left, including ranged attacks, attacks while flatfooted, attacks that hits your AC?
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Can weapon aptitude change discipline focus weapons?

The warblade's level 1 extraordinary ability weapon aptitude, in part, says You also have the flexibility to adjust your weapon training. Each morning, you can spend 1 hour in weapon practice to ...
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What can make something immune to Crusader's “Iron guard's Glare” stance

My DM put us in front of an undead skeleton and a purple worm. My Crusader attempted to use Iron Guard's Glare, but the DM ruled that the enemies were not affected by it. What are the rules for ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Monk and Swordsage both get the class feature AC Bonus (Ex). Monk: When unarmored and unencumbered, the monk adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC. In addition, a monk gains a +1 bonus to AC ...
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Can you take more than one 5-foot-step using Combat reflexes, Evasive Reflexes and Robilar's Gambit together, or Shifting Defence by itself?

Can you using these three feats, take more then one five foot step per round? From Robilar's Gambit: In return, they provoke attacks of opportunity from you each time they swing From Evasive ...
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Does level adjustment count for Initiator Level in Tome of Battle (for maneuvers)?

Say I want to build a half dragon half human crusader, with a total equivalent level of 5. Has he 3 as Initiator Level or 1 ? Level Adjustment = +3 divided by 2 = 1.5 Starting Crusader as level ...
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When do I have to decide whether to use Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) or not?

The "Wall of Blades" description says: You can decide to use this ability after you learn the result of your opponent's attack. Tome of Blades, p. 70 So, can I decide whether or not to use Wall ...
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Does Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) work against touch attacks?

The maneuver Wall of Blades reads: When an enemy makes a melee attack or ranged attack against you, you can initiate this counter to oppose that attack by making an attack roll with any melee ...
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Reach question for Dancing Blade Parry Stance

When in the Stance Dancing Blade Parry from the Tome of Battle, it says "your reach increases by 5 ft." Does this mean I can only attack enemies with the extended reach or do I still have the option ...
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Warblade / Swordsage Hybrid

The background: my current warblade is too powerful compared to the rest of my party. I am aware, that the issue might be inefficient builds of other characters, but I wanted to focus on this ...
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At what point does an adept gain the bonus to AC from the absolute steel stance?

When does the Armor Class bonus from the Iron Heart maneuver absolute steel [stance] (Tome of Battle 66) activate? For example, can a martial adept take a move action to move ten feet then take a ...
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Warblade maneuver recovery

Can a warblade recover their maneuvers using a swift action and a full-round attack? Typically the manual says: You can recover all expended maneuvers with a single swift action, which must be ...
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Is Iron Heart Surge limited to effects measured in rounds?

I have just been able to convince my DM into allowing Tome of Battle and allowing my character entering the Warblade. Nonetheless, he felt uncomfortable about the scope of abilities, especially Iron ...