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Stalwart Defender Tree

From DDO Compendium
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Overview

Drawn from the ranks of guards, knights, mercenaries, and thugs alike, stalwart defenders are masters of claiming an area and refusing to relinquish it. This behavior is more than a tactical decision for stalwart defenders; it's an obsessive, stubborn expression of the need to be undefeated. When stalwart defenders set themselves in a defensive stance, they place their whole effort into weathering whatever foe, conflict, or threat comes their way.

Most stalwart defenders come those desiring to be better guards for friends and allies. Dwarves are particularly suited to the role, though stalwart defenders of all races exist.

Stalwart defenders are masters of melee combat, striving to prove that the best offense is a good defense. Stalwart defenders are normally found on the front lines of battle, holding a position to cover their allies, leaping into breaches of opposing formations and holding them open for others, and guarding more vulnerable allies by acting as mobile fortifications, stable points in the ever-changing chaos of battle.

Core enhancements


EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Toughness Icon.png
Toughness
  • You gain +1 Hit Point for each action point to spend in this tree.
  • Each Stalwart Defender Core Ability you possess (including this one) grants +3% Fortification.
110
  • Fighter 1
Enhancement Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Stalwart Defense

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

Defensive Combat Stance:

  • You gain 10 Physical and Magical Resistance
  • You gain 50% bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Cannot be used while raged
115
  • Toughness
  • Fighter 3
Enhancement Overbalance Icon.png
Overbalance
  • Your shields gain On Vorpal: Knock an opponent to the ground.
1110
  • Stalwart Defense
  • Fighter 6
Enhancement Stand Fast Icon.png
Stand Fast

Cooldown: 30 Seconds

  • Action Boost: You gain:
    • A +20 bonus to saves vs. Fear, a +20 bonus to Balance, a +4 bonus to all saves for 20 seconds.
    • This ability can be used while feared or knocked down to end these effects.
1110
  • Overbalance
  • Fighter 12
Enhancement Defensive Sweep Icon.png
Defensive Sweep

Cooldown: 30 Seconds

  • Action Boost:
    • You generate +50% threat and your basic attacks strike two targets per swing instead of one for 20 seconds
1130
  • Stand Fast
  • Fighter 18
Enhancement Last Stand Icon.png
Last Stand

Cooldown: 2 Minutes

  • Passive:
    • +10 Physical and Magical Resistance Rating
    • +2 Strength
    • +6 Constitution
    • +2 to the DCs of all Tactical feats
  • Action Boost:
    • +100% Maximum hit points
    • +50 Physical and Magical Resistance Rating
    • On Attacked: You are healed for 1d10 positive energy healing
This Action Boost does not share a cooldown with other Action Boost abilities, and can be used while helpless.
1140
  • Defensive Sweep
  • Fighter 20
Tier 1 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Item Defense Icon.png
Item Defense
Rank 1:
  • You have a 25% chance to negate potential item wear.
Rank 2:
  • You have a 50% chance to negate potential item wear.
Rank 3:
  • You have a 75% chance to negate potential item wear.
311
  • Fighter 1
Enhancement Improved Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Improved Stalwart Defense
Select an option to improve your Stalwart Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +5 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 50% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +1 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +10 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 100% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +2 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +15 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 150% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +3 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
311
  • Fighter 1
Enhancement Armor Mastery Icon.png
Stalwart Defensive Mastery
Rank 1:
  • +1 Armor Class
  • +1 Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 2:
  • +2 Armor Class
  • +2 Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 3:
  • +3 Armor Class
  • +3 Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus
311
  • Fighter 1
Antirequisite
  • Armor Mastery in the Half-Elf tree
Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png
Action Boost
Activation Cost: 1 Action Boost
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Rank 1:
  • Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png Action Boost: Defense: Activate to gain a +5 Action Boost bonus to Armor Class and Physical Resistance Rating for 20 seconds.
Rank 2:
  • Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png Action Boost: Defense: Activate to gain a +10 Action Boost bonus to Armor Class and Physical Resistance Rating for 20 seconds.
Rank 3:
  • Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png Action Boost: Defense: Activate to gain a +15 Action Boost bonus to Armor Class and Physical Resistance Rating for 20 seconds.
311
  • Fighter 1
Enhancement Threatening Countenance Icon.png
Threatening Countenance
Rank 1:
  • +1 Haggle
  • +1 Intimidate
  • +20% melee threat generation
Rank 2:
  • +1 Haggle
  • +1 Intimidate
  • +40% melee threat generation
Rank 3:
  • +3 Haggle
  • +3 Intimidate
  • +60% melee threat generation
311
  • Fighter 1
Tier 2 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Improved Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Improved Stalwart Defense
Select an option to improve your Stalwart Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +5 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 50% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +1 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +10 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 100% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +2 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +15 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 150% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +3 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
315
  • Improved Stalwart Defense (Tier 1)
  • Fighter 2
Enhancement Shield Mastery Icon.png
Stalwart Shield Mastery
Rank 1:
  • +5% Shield Armor Class
  • +1 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 2:
  • +10% Shield Armor Class
  • +2 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 3:
  • +15% Shield Armor Class
  • +3 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus
315
  • Stalwart Defensive Mastery
  • Fighter 2
Enhancement Armor Expertise Icon.png
Armor Expertise
Rank 1:
  • Armor you equip gains +1 to its Enhancement bonus.
Rank 2:
  • Armor you equip gains +2 to its Enhancement bonus.
Rank 3:
  • Armor you equip gains +3 to its Enhancement bonus.
315
  • Fighter 2
Enhancement Instinctive Defense Icon.png
Instinctive Defense
Rank 1:
  • You take +5% less damage when struck while helpless.
Rank 2:
  • You take +10% less damage when struck while helpless.
Rank 3:
  • You take +15% less damage when struck while helpless.
315
  • Fighter 2
Tier 3 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Improved Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Improved Stalwart Defense
Select an option to improve your Stalwart Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +5 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 50% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +1 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +10 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 100% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +2 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +15 Competence bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a 150% Competence bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Stalwart Defense, you gain a +3 Competence bonus to all Saving Throws.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3110
  • Improved Stalwart Defense (Tier 2)
  • Fighter 3
Enhancement Greater Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Greater Stalwart Defense
Select an option to further your Stalwart Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +15% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +20% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3110
  • Fighter 3
Enhancement Shield Expertise Icon.png
Shield Expertise
Rank 1:
  • Shields and weapons you equip gain +1 to their Enhancement bonus.
Rank 2:
  • Shields and weapons you equip gain +2 to their Enhancement bonus.
Rank 3:
  • Shields and weapons you equip gain +3 to their Enhancement bonus.
3110
  • Armor Expertise
  • Fighter 3
Increase Ability (Constitution-Strength) Icon.png
Increase Ability

Select from one of the following:

  • Enhancement Constitution Icon.png Constitution: +1 Constitution
  • Enhancement Strength Icon.png Strength: +1 Strength
1210
  • Fighter 3
Tier 4 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Counterattack Icon.png
Counterattack
Activation Cost: 1 Action Boost
Cooldown: 30 Seconds
Action Boost:
Rank 1:
  • You gain On Shield Block: Your next attack within 3 seconds gain +1[W].
Rank 2:
  • You gain On Shield Block: Your next attack within 3 seconds gain +1[W]. This effect can stack up to 2 times.
Rank 3:
  • You gain On Shield Block: Your next attack within 3 seconds gain +1[W]. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
3120
  • Fighter 4
Enhancement Swift Defense Icon.png
Swift Defense
  • Stalwart Defense grants a 10% Action Boost bonus to Movement Speed.
1120
  • Fighter 4
Enhancement Greater Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Greater Stalwart Defense
Select an option to further your Stalwart Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +15% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +20% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3120
  • Greater Stalwart Defense (Tier 3)
  • Fighter 4
Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png
Reinforced Defense
Select an option to improve the Armor Class bonuses you receive from shields or armor.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 15%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 15%.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 30%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 30%.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 50%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 50%.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3120
  • Fighter 4
Increase Ability (Constitution-Strength) Icon.png
Increase Ability

Select from one of the following:

  • Enhancement Constitution Icon.png Constitution: +1 Constitution
  • Enhancement Strength Icon.png Strength: +1 Strength
1220
  • Increased Ability (Tier 3)
  • Fighter 4
Tier 5 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Reprisal Icon.png
Reprisal
Rank 1:
  • On Attacked: Your next attack gains +1 to damage. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
Rank 2:
  • On Attacked: Your next attack gains +1 to damage. This effect can stack up to 6 times.
Rank 3:
  • On Attacked: Your next attack gains +1 to damage. This effect can stack up to 10 times.
3130
  • Character Level 12
  • Fighter 5
Enhancement Block and Cut Icon.png
Block and Cut
Cooldown: 20 Seconds
Rank 1:
  • Melee Attack: Performs a melee attack with your main hand weapons that deals +1[W].
  • On Damage: You gain a 10% Morale bonus to melee doublestrike for 10 seconds.
Rank 2:
  • Melee Attack: Performs a melee attack with your main hand weapons that deals +2[W].
  • On Damage: You gain a 15% Morale bonus to melee doublestrike for 10 seconds.
Rank 3:
  • Melee Attack: Performs a melee attack with your main hand weapons that deals +3[W].
  • On Damage: You gain a 25% Morale bonus to melee doublestrike for 10 seconds.
3130
  • Character Level 12
  • Fighter 5
Enhancement Greater Stalwart Defense Icon.png
Greater Stalwart Defense
Select an option to further your Stalwart Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +15% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense Icon.png Hardy Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Competence bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense Icon.png Strong Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Competence bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Stalwart Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +20% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3130
  • Greater Stalwart Defense (Tier 4)
  • Class Level 12
  • Fighter 5
Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png
Reinforced Defense
Select an option to improve the Armor Class bonuses you receive from shields or armor.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 15%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 15%.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 30%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 30%.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 50%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 50%.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3130
  • Reinforced Defense (Tier 4)
  • Class Level 12
  • Fighter 5