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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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Can I use a maneuver to meet the prerequisites for a martial stance, then swap out that maneuver later?

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 ...
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Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop Shadow Jaunt?

Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop the ability Shadow Jaunt from the Tome of Battle?
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How does the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature work exactly?

I am trying to understand how the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature works in "corner" cases. From Tome of Battle, p. 10, we get: Steely Resolve (Ex): [...] At the end of your next ...
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Thunderous throw and flanking

The class Bloodstorm Blade (ToB p.100) has an ability called Thunderous Throw that states: ...As a swift action, you can choose to treat your ranged attack rolls with thrown weapons as melee ...
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How does Firesnake work (RaW, RaI, or house rules) [closed]

Firesnake has a duration of instantaneous, but claims to be able to move 60 ft every round, and "A creature can only take damage from the firesnake once in a single round", both of which imply that ...
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Can different school's Stances and Maneuvers be mixed in a single round?

I'm trying to find out exactly how Stances and Maneuvers work, since I plan on going as a Swordsage specializing in Diamond Mind and Desert Wind schools for their maneuvers. Is it possible to use ...
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Can Iron Heart Surge remove sleep, paralysis, or similar effects?

The description of Iron Heart Surge seems unclear to me. Normally, you must be able to move to initiate a maneuver. However, Iron Heart Surge seems very broad in what it affects. Can it also remove ...
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When taking the Martial Study feat as a Warblade, can I select from non-Warblade disciplines?

When I am taking the Martial Study feat as a Warblade at 6th lvl, can I choose a maneuver from non-Warblade disciplines? For example, take a maneuver from the Desert Wind discipline?
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Tome of battle initiator levels manuvers

When using feats like Martial Stance and Martial study, Can you take a stance that requires swordsage levels over 1? To re-ask: Does initiator level = levels in swordsage needed for manuvers and ...
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Standard action maneuver AoO

Can you use a standard action maneuver, say mountain hammer, on an attack of opportunity?Could you channel a spell as a dusk blade on an attack of opportunity?
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Stacking Multiple Initiator Classes

If i'm playing with a Swordsage 13/Warblade 2/Master of Nine 5, what will my Initiator level be? Is it one of these?: 20 (12 SS + 2 WB + 5 Mo9); 19 (12 SS + 1 (Half WB Progression) + 5 Mo9); 13 with ...
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What do Martial Discipline Weapons cost?

I have questions about the price of discipline weapons from Tome of Battle. What is the price of a +1 (some discipline) dwarven waraxe, +2,000 gp or +8,000 gp? Does it give me a +1 bonus to damage? ...
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Do you lose flanking from Island of Blades stance if you're invisible?

If you are in Island of Blades stance do you and your allies lose your flanking bonus if you are invisible?
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Dance of spider mountain hammer combo

Would mountain hammer work standing on a stone wall in dance of the spider stance? Would the attack bypass hardness and give bonus damage to cut through bars on a window?
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Can you trip as part of a Tome of Battle Maneuver?

If a ToB Maneuver such as Daunting Strike calls for a melee Attack as part of the maneuver, can this melee attack be resolved as a trip attack/include a trip attempt?
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Adamantine Hurricane and Wolf Pack Tactics interaction clarification

In Tome of Battle we find these 2 maneuvers: Iron Heart (Strike) 8: Adamantine Hurricane (p. 66) Tiger Claw (Stance) 8: Wolf Pack Tactics (p. 90) And their interaction is unclear to me. Specifically,...
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Does the feat Ironheart Aura benefit the feat's possessor?

The feat Ironheart Aura says While you are in any Iron Heart stance, adjacent allies gain a +2 morale bonus on saving throws. (Tome of Battle 31) The Player's Handbook in the Glossary defines ...
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Expanding Jade phoenix mage's maneuvers?

I was reading the tome of battle and found this in jade phoenix mage Maneuvers: At each odd-numbered level, you gain a new maneuver known from the Desert Wind or Devoted Spirit disciplines. You ...
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Can you use feats in the warblade maneuver emerald razor?

The diamond mind path maneuver EMERALD RAZOR states: As part of this maneuver, make a single melee attack against an opponent. This is a touch attack rather than a standard melee attack. If you ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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Can a dive attack be made when you would charge as part of an effect?

The Battle Leader's Charge maneuver says you make a charge as part of the maneuver. If a character has wings and is able to do a dive attack, can a dive attack (which "works as a charge") be done in ...
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