(Epic) Ultimate Dervish (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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This is my version of the Dervish/Champion of Correlon Larethian/Tempest


Game Rule Components[edit]


Weapons: Critically important to any warrior, and no difference here. My build relies on the Scimitar. There are several other options, such as the elven lightblade or thinblade, but I wanted this build to work with no flaws, so the feat availability was very tight.

Armor: Light armor only, and your Dex is going to be very high, so probably Mithral chain shirt or padded armor, heavy fortification will certainly be a great addition, as you do not have uncanny dodge.

Misc: anything to buff your Will save, and AC, you will not be taking too many hits, but a Will save or die will stop you dead(pun intended). Make certain you pick up a Wisdom bonus item of + 4, or something else that grants at least 1 power point.


Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): Half-elf, no adjustments

Ability Scores:the order for stats in this build is Dex, Int, Chr, Str, Con, Wis

  • These are the 32 point buy scores I use. All improvements go into Dex.
    • Str:10
    • Dex:18
    • Con:10
    • Int:16
    • wis:10
    • Chr:8
  • These are the 28 point buy scores I use. One improvement goes into Int, the rest into Dex.
    • Str:10
    • Dex:18
    • Con:10
    • Int:15
    • wis:8
    • Chr:8
  • These are the 25 point buy scores I use. One improvement goes into Int, the rest into Dex.
    • Str:10
    • Dex:17
    • Con:10
    • Int:15
    • wis:8
    • Chr:8

Race (Templates):

Elf or Half-elf Starting Racial Traits:

ECL Class Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Fort Ref Will
1st Psychic Warrior1 +0 +2 +0 +0 Expidetious Dodge,Weapon Focus(scimitar)
2nd Swashbuckler1 +1 +4 +0 +0 Weapon Finesse
3rd Fighter1 +2 +6 +0 +0 Mobility
4th Swashbuckler2 +3 +7 +1 +0 Combat Expertise Grace +1
5th Fighter2 +4 +8 +1 +0 Two-Weapon Fighting
6th Swashbuckler3 +5 +8 +2 +1 Mounted Combat Insightful Strike
7th Dervish1 +6 +8 +4 +3 Dervish Dance 1/day, movement mastery, slashing blades
8th Dervish2 +7 +8 +5 +4 Fast Movement +5ft
9th Champion of Correlon Larethian1 +8 +10 +5 +6 Improved Two-Weapon Fighting Improved Combat Expertise
10th Champion of Correlon Larethian2 +9 +11 +5 +7 Elegant Strike
11th Dervish3 +10 +12 +5 +7 Spring Attack Dervish Dance 2/day
12th Tempest1 +11 +14 +5 +7 Greater Two-Weapon Fighting Tempest Defense +1
13th Tempest2 +12 +15 +5 +7 Ambidexterity (-3/-1)
14th Tempest3 +13 +15 +6 +8 Tempest defense +2, Two-weapon versatility
15th Tempest4 +14 +16 +6 +8 Bounding Assault Ambidexterity (-2/-0)
16th Tempest5 +15 +16 +6 +8 Tempest defense +3, Two-weapon Spring Attack
17th Dervish4 +16 +16 +7 +9
18th Dervish5 +17 +16 +7 +9 Rapid Blitz Dance of Death(Cleave)
19th Dervish6 +18 +17 +8 +10 Improved Reaction
20th Dervish7 +19 +17 +8 +10 Elaborate parry


This build uses Two weapon fighting, dervish dance, and high Int and Dex to damage(fully applied to both hands). With Dervish Dance, you should be making plenty of full attacks, and with Tempest, even your off hand attacks will be without penalty. Also, if you find yourself unable to dance, bounding assault, rapid blitz, and two-weapon fighting make for a deadly combo.

Munchkin-Size Me[edit]

If flaws are allowed the gloves really come off on this build. you get Dervish in 5 levels, and 2 weapon fighting happens very fast. Also, you can play as a grey elf, which nets you a +1 to hit and a + 2 to damage


Anything immune critical, the fortification armor modification.

DM Counters[edit]

See Above.

I would like to point out that I put the original build with Swashbuckler 3, Scout 4, Champion of Correllon 2, Warbade 1, Dervish 10. JadenSkywalker8(It has been a while though)

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