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Martial Power 2 Excerpts: Combat Styles

In today's Martial Power 2 preview, we look at combat styles; whereby, no two warriors are exactly alike. Schools of swordplay, tactical systems, martial philosophies, and local traditions influence a warrior’s basic strikes and parries. Over time, collections of moves and attacks become recognized as distinct combat styles.


Using Combat Styles

Each combat style consists of two types of feats, lesser style feats and greater style feats. Both kinds of style feats provide benefits when you wield specific weapons or use specific weapons to make attacks.

A lesser style feat modifies at-will attack powers and provides a bonus to a particular skill check. The at-will powers that a lesser style feat modifies are given at the end of the feat description.

A greater style feat requires you to have a lesser style feat. Greater style feats modify encounter powers and provide various other benefits.

Each power associated with a combat style feat is accompanied by an abbreviation to indicate which book the power appears in: Player’s Handbook (PH), Martial Power (MP), or Martial Power 2 (MP2).

You can learn any number of lesser and greater style feats. However, any single attack can benefit from only one lesser style feat and one greater style feat, and those feats must be associated with the same combat style. If multiple lesser style feats or greater style feats can affect an attack, you must declare which of each type of feat you are using before making the attack.

Name Associated Weapons Associated Classes
Adamant Arrow Greatbow or longbow Ranger, warlord
Arkhosian Fang Bastard sword, broadsword, or greatsword Fighter, ranger, warlord
Black Hood Any two-handed axe Fighter, ranger, warlord
Desert Moon Any heavy blade that has the high crit property Fighter, ranger, warlord
Elsir Hammer Any one-handed hammer or one-handed pick Fighter, ranger, warlord
Harrowing Swarm Any bow or crossbow Ranger, rogue, warlord
Hunting Spear Any spear Fighter, ranger, warlord
Ironstar Any flail or mace Fighter, ranger, warlord
Kulkor Battlearm Any axe, hammer, or mace that has the versatile property Fighter, ranger, rogue, warlord
Leaf Runner Hand crossbow, repeating crossbow, shortbow, shuriken, or sling Ranger, rogue, warlord
Longhand Any two-handed polearm or two-handed spear Fighter, warlord
Midnight Blade Any melee light blade Fighter, ranger, rogue
Moradin’s Forge Any two-handed axe, two-handed hammer, or two-handed pick Fighter, warlord
Mountain Thunder Any one-handed hammer, one-handed flail, or one-handed mace Fighter, ranger, rogue, warlord
Nerathan High Blade Any heavy blade that has the versatile property Fighter, ranger, warlord
Ninth Legion Any one-handed pick or one-handed spear Fighter, warlord
Ogremight Any two-handed hammer or two-handed mace Fighter, warlord
Partisan Polearm Any nonspear polearm Fighter, warlord
Reaving Axe Any one-handed axe Fighter, ranger, warlord
Red Cloak Longsword, rapier, or short sword Fighter, rogue
Rending Chains Any flail Fighter, ranger, warlord
Silent Shot Shortbow or any crossbow Ranger, rogue
Steel Vanguard Any two-handed heavy blade Fighter, warlord

Arkhosian Fang Style

Bastard sword, broadsword, or greatsword
The Arkhosian Fang was an ancient order of dragonborn warriors who developed a style of combat suited for the exhausting battles against Bael Turath. Proponents of this style slowly wear down opponents through patience and perseverance. Once a foe falters, an Arkhosian Fang master strikes quickly, bringing about a sudden conclusion. The order has disappeared, but lone masters and small groups of adherents remain, passing along knowledge of this style to anyone who is ready to learn.

Arkhosian Fang Student [Lesser Style]

Prerequisite: Fighter, ranger, or warlord; proficiency with the bastard sword, the broadsword, or the greatsword

Benefit: You gain a +2 feat bonus to Endurance checks.

When you are attacking with a bastard sword, a broadsword, or a greatsword and you target a bloodied enemy with a power associated with this feat, you gain a +2 bonus to the attack roll.

Associated At-Will Powers: footwork lure (fighter MP), marauder’s rush (ranger MP2), wolf pack tactics (warlord PH)

Arkhosian Fang Commander [Greater Style]

Prerequisite: Warlord, Arkhosian Fang Student feat

Benefit: When you are attacking with a bastard sword, a broadsword, or a greatsword and you have proficiency with that weapon, you gain the following two benefits.

When you miss an enemy with a martial encounter power, you gain a +2 bonus to your next attack roll against that enemy before the end of your next turn.

You can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when making an opportunity attack.

Level Associated Encounter Power Source
3rd Hold the line PH 146
7th Surround foe PH 148
13th Death from two sides MP2 90
17th Warlord’s rush PH 150
23rd Rabbits and wolves PH 151

Arkhosian Fang Duelist [Greater Style]

Prerequisite: Ranger, Arkhosian Fang Student feat

Benefit: When you are attacking with a bastard sword, a broadsword, or a greatsword and you have proficiency with that weapon, you gain the following two benefits.

When you miss an enemy with a martial encounter power, you gain a +2 bonus to your next attack roll against that enemy before the end of your next turn.

You can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when charging.

Level Associated Encounter Power Source
3rd Shadow wasp strike* PH 107
7th Hawk’s talon* PH 108
13th Bloodlust strike* MP 50
17th Blow-through assault* MP 53
23rd Avalanche of fury MP2 43
27th Death rend PH 112

*Only when used as a melee attack

Arkhosian Fang Mauler [Greater Style]

Prerequisite: Fighter, Arkhosian Fang Student feat

Benefit: When you are attacking with a bastard sword, a broadsword, or a greatsword and you have proficiency with that weapon, you gain the following two benefits.

When you miss an enemy with a martial encounter power, you gain a +2 bonus to your next attack roll against that enemy before the end of your next turn.

You can use a power associated with this feat in place of a melee basic attack when making an attack as a result of your Combat Challenge class feature.

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