Intimidation Type Builds for Pathfinder

I decided to look at which combinations of powers make a decent 4th level character focused on an intimidation type build. The idea is to send your foes running before you. There are a surprising number of traits, feats and class combos that give really good results. I am going to give you the best class with the most focus down to the ones with the least focus.

I am using 4th level because that is a good beginning point without to much added magic item wise and low enough number of feats that you can figure out the combos pretty quick.

The attributes to keep in mind for an intimidation type build are Charisma for basic intimidation. Strength if you use dazzling display and your level if you pick a class that gets bonuses from your level.

This page will be updated over time as more material is released and new intimidation builds are created.

Races

Some races give natural bonuses to Intimidation. The Half Orc seems like a great choice. It gives a +2 to intimidation and the +2 to a stat if placed in strength or charisma will bring that bonus up to 3.

The Nagaji is the next best. They get +2 to strength and charisma plus an alternate trait that gives +1 so they to can get a +3 but it means you need to give him dazzling display to take advantage of it.

Suli is another option that gives Charisma and strength bonuses but they don’t have any traits that give bonuses to intimidation.

My recommendation is the Half-Orc because he is so versatile with the Nagaji right behind him if you know you are going for Dazzling Display.

Traits

There are three that give bonuses: Bully and Fiend Blood (Intimidate) Either or both are good considerations. Brigand is a third trait if your GM allows traits from the kingmaker adventure path, not only do you intimidate but you get a horse and and 100gp worth of goods. Fiend Blood is a new trait from Ultimate Campaign, definitely a great book. It adds many new traits and feats focused around story but they still can give you a +1 or 2 where you need it  with the right builds.

Feats

There are few feats that take advantage of Intimidation. Dazzling display and antagonize.

Sample Builds

Here are a few sample builds. The number next to their name is their highest Intimidation.

Emma – intimidation =15

Suli Oracle 4

N Medium Outsider (native)

Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +2


Defense


AC 10, touch 10, flat-footed 10

hp 23 (4d8)

Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +4

Resist acid 5, cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5

Weakness oracle’s curses (haunted)


Offense


Speed 30 ft.

Melee Unarmed strike +6 (1d3+3/x2)

Oracle Spells Known (CL 4):

2 (4/day) False Life, Cure Moderate Wounds, Animate Dead, Lesser

1 (7/day) Bane (DC 15), Cause Fear (DC 15), Doom (DC 15), Detect Undead, Cure Light Wounds

0 (at will) Resistance, Stabilize, Mage Hand, Purify Food and Drink (DC 14), Read Magic, Ghost Sound (DC 14), Guidance, Light


Statistics


Str 16, Dex 10, Con 10, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 19

Base Atk +3; CMB +6; CMD 16

Feats Antagonize, Intimidating Prowess

Traits Bully, Fiend Blood (Intimidate)

Skills Bluff +8, Craft (tattoo) +2, Diplomacy +6, Intimidate +15, Knowledge (religion) +3, Perception +2, Profession (fortune-teller) +5, Sense Motive +7, Spellcraft +4; Racial Modifiers +2 Diplomacy, +2 Sense Motive

Languages Auran, Common

SQ elemental assault (1d6, 4 rounds) (1/day), mysteries (bones), revelations (armor of bones +4 [4 hours/day], raise the dead [4 hd] [1/day])

Other Gear 150 GP


Special Abilities


Antagonize Use Diplomacy or Intimidate to goad creatures

Armor of Bones +4 (4 hours/day) (Ex) +4 AC.

Damage Resistance, Acid (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Acid attacks.

Damage Resistance, Cold (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Cold attacks.

Damage Resistance, Electricity (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Electricity attacks.

Damage Resistance, Fire (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Fire attacks.

Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).

Elemental Assault (1d6, 4 rounds) (1/day) As a swift action unarmed strike/held weapon is wreathed in energy and deals extra damage.

Haunted Retrieving stored gear is a Standard action or worse, dropped items land 10′ away.

Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.

Raise the Dead (4 HD) (1/day) (Su) Summon a 4 HD Skeleton, or Zombie to serve you.

 

 


 

Furrio – Intimidation = 19

Half-Orc Inquisitor 4

CG Medium Humanoid (human, orc)

Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +8


Defense


AC 11, touch 11, flat-footed 10 (+1 Dex)

hp 27 (4d8+4); judgement of sacred healing 2

Fort +5, Ref +2, Will +5

Defensive Abilities judgment of sacred protection +1, orc ferocity (1/day); DR judgment of sacred resiliency 1: magic; Resist judgment of sacred purity +1, judgment of sacred resistance 4 (fire)


Offense


Speed 30 ft.

Melee Unarmed strike +6 (1d3+3/x2)

Special Attacks judgment of sacred destruction +2, judgment of sacred justice +1, judgment of sacred piercing +2, judgment of sacred smiting (magic), touch of chaos (4/day)

Spell-Like Abilities

At will—Detect Alignment (At will)

4/day—Touch of Chaos (4/day)

Inquisitor Spells Known (CL 4):

2 (1/day) Blistering Invective, Instrument of Agony

1 (4/day) Litany of Weakness, Lock Gaze (DC 12), Recharge Innate Magic, Wrath

0 (at will) Stabilize, Daze (DC 11), Read Magic, Guidance, Light, Brand (DC 11)


Statistics


Str 16, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 14

Base Atk +3; CMB +6; CMD 17

Feats Antagonize, Intimidating Prowess, Swap Places

Traits Bully, Fiend Blood (Intimidate)

Skills Bluff +6, Climb +7, Diplomacy +6, Heal +5, Intimidate +19, Perception +8, Ride +5, Sense Motive +10, Spellcraft +6, Stealth +6, Survival +5 (+7 to track), Swim +7; Racial Modifiers +2 Intimidate, monster lore

Languages Common, Orc

SQ domains (chaos), judgment (2/day), solo tactics, teamwork feat (change 1/day), track

Other Gear 150 GP


Special Abilities


Antagonize Use Diplomacy or Intimidate to goad creatures

Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).

Detect Alignment (At will) (Sp) Detect chaos, evil, good, or law at will.

Inquisitor Domain (Chaos) Granted Powers: Your touch infuses life and weapons with chaos, and you revel in all things anarchic.

Judgment (2/day) (Su) Variable bonuses increase as the combat continues.

Judgment of Sacred Destruction +2 (Su) Weapon Damage bonus.

Judgment of Sacred Healing 2 (Su) Fast Healing

Judgment of Sacred Justice +1 (Su) Attack bonus

Judgment of Sacred Piercing +2 (Su) Concentration and vs. SR bonus

Judgment of Sacred Protection +1 (Su) AC bonus

Judgment of Sacred Purity +1 (Su) Save bonus

Judgment of Sacred Resiliency 1: Magic (Su) DR/magic

Judgment of Sacred Resistance 4 (Fire) (Su) Energy Resistances

Judgment of Sacred Smiting (Magic) (Su) DR bypass

Monster Lore +3 (Ex) +3 to Knowledge checks when identifying the weaknesses of creatures.

Orc Ferocity (1/day) If brought below 0 Hp, can act as though disabled for 1 rd.

Solo Tactics (Ex) Count Teamwork feats as if your allies had the same ones.

Swap Places You can trade places with an ally with this feat during your movement.

Teamwork Feat (change 1/day) Swap your most recent Teamwork feat for another

Touch of Chaos (4/day) (Sp) With a melee touch attack, target takes the lower of 2d20 for each d20 roll for 1 round.

Track +2 Add the listed bonus to survival checks made to track.

 

 

 

 

Sir Gorland – intimidation = 11

Suli Cavalier (Beast Rider) 4

NG Medium Outsider (native)

Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +0


Defense


AC 11, touch 11, flat-footed 10 (+1 Dex)

hp 36 (4d10+8)

Fort +6, Ref +2, Will +1

Resist cockatrice’s skills, fire 5


Offense


Speed 30 ft.

Melee Dagger +7 (1d4+3/19-20/x2) and

Longsword +7 (1d8+3/19-20/x2) and

Unarmed strike +7 (1d3+3/x2)

Special Attacks braggart, cavalier’s charge, cockatrice’s challenge +4 (2/day)


Statistics


Str 16, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 16

Base Atk +4; CMB +7; CMD 18

Feats Antagonize, Dazzling Display (Braggart), Outflank, Power Attack -2/+4

Traits Bully, Fiend Blood (Intimidate)

Skills Appraise +3, Diplomacy +11, Handle Animal +8, Intimidate +11, Ride +8, Sense Motive +7; Racial Modifiers +2 Diplomacy, +2 Sense Motive, +0 ride while riding your bonded mount.

Languages Auran, Common

SQ animal companion link, elemental assault (1d6 fire, 4 rounds) (1/day), energy strike (fire), orders (order of the cockatrice), tactician (outflank) 5 rds (1/day)

Other Gear Dagger, Longsword, 133 GP


Special Abilities


+0 Ride while riding your bonded mount. (Ex) Cancel your armor check penalty of -0 while riding your mount.

Animal Companion Link (Ex) You have a link with your Animal Companion.

Antagonize Use Diplomacy or Intimidate to goad creatures

Braggart (Ex) Demoralize as a standard action, +2 to hit demoralized targets.

Cavalier’s Charge (Ex) Mounted charge grants +4 to hit and -0 AC rather than +2/-2.

Cockatrice’s Challenge +4 (2/day) (Ex) +4 to damage target, -2 AC vs. others when used, +2 damage when you are the only one threatening the target.

Cockatrice’s Skills +3 (Ex) +3 to DC vs. demoralization.

Damage Resistance, Fire (5) You have the specified Damage Resistance against Fire attacks.

Darkvision (60 feet) You can see in the dark (black and white vision only).

Dazzling Display (Braggart) Your skill with your favored weapon can frighten enemies.

 

Prerequisite: Weapon Focus, proficiency with the selected weapon.

 

Benefit: While wielding the weapon in which you have Weapon Focus, you can perform a bewildering show of p

Elemental Assault (1d6 fire, 4 rounds) (1/day) As a swift action unarmed strike/held weapon is wreathed in energy and deals extra damage.

Energy Strike (fire) (Su) Throw your flames as a ranged touch attack:  1d6 fire, range incr. 10 feet.

Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.

Outflank Increase flank bonus by +2 if flanking ally has same feat. If you crit, ally gets an AoO.

Power Attack -2/+4 You can subtract from your attack roll to add to your damage.

Tactician (Outflank) 5 rds (1/day) (Ex) Grant the use of your Tactical feats to your allies within 30′.

 

 


 

Russ

Lion

N Medium Animal

Init +8; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +6


Defense


AC 17, touch 14, flat-footed 13 (+4 Dex, +3 natural)

hp 26 (+8)

Fort +6 (+4 vs. hot or cold environments and to resist damage from suffocation), Ref +8, Will +3

Defensive Abilities evasion


Offense


Speed 40 ft.

Melee Bite (Lion) +5 (1d6+2/x2) and

Claw x2 (Lion) +5 x2 (1d4+2/x2) and

Rake x2 (Lion) +5 x2 (1d4+2/x2) and

Unarmed strike +5 (1d3+2/x2)


Statistics


Str 14, Dex 18, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 15, Cha 10

Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 19 (23 vs. Trip)

Feats Endurance, Improved Initiative, Intimidating Prowess

Tricks Attack [Trick], Combat Riding [Trick], Come [Trick], Defend [Trick], Down [Trick], Fetch [Trick], Guard [Trick], Heel [Trick], Seek [Trick]

Skills Acrobatics +8 (+12 jump), Climb +6, Intimidate +2, Perception +6, Stealth +8 (+12 in Undergrowth), Swim +2 (+6 to resist nonlethal damage from exhaustion)

Languages

SQ +4 stealth in undergrowth, combat riding [trick], fetch [trick], seek [trick]

Other Gear You have no money!


Special Abilities


+4 Stealth in Undergrowth (Ex) You gain a bonus to Stealth Checks under the listed conditions.

Combat Riding [Trick] The animal has been trained to bear a rider into combat.

Endurance +4 to a variety of fort saves, skill and ability checks. Sleep in L/M armor with no fatigue.

Evasion (Ex) No damage on successful reflex save.

Fetch [Trick] The animal will get a specific object.

Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.

Scent (Ex) Detect opponents within 15+ feet by sense of smell.

Seek [Trick] The animal moves into an area and looks around for anything that is obviously alive or animate.

 

 


 

Vigo – 18

Nagaji Barbarian (Scarred Rager) 4

CG Medium Humanoid (reptilian)

Init +1; Senses low-light vision; Perception +7


Defense


AC 10, touch 9, flat-footed 9 (+1 Dex, +1 natural)

hp 41 (4d12+8)

Fort +6, Ref +2, Will +3; +2 bonus vs. mind-affecting effects and poison


Offense


Speed 30 ft.

Melee Greataxe +9 (1d12+7/x3) and

Unarmed strike +9 (1d3+5/x2)

Special Attacks rage (10 rounds/day), rage powers (auspicious mark [1/rage], intimidating glare)

Spell-Like Abilities

—Hypnotic Gaze (DC 14)


Statistics


Str 20, Dex 13, Con 15, Int 10, Wis 10, Cha 16

Base Atk +4; CMB +9; CMD 18

Feats Antagonize, Intimidating Prowess

Traits Bully, Fiend Blood (Intimidate)

Skills Acrobatics +7, Climb +11, Handle Animal +7, Intimidate +16, Perception +7, Ride +6, Survival +4, Swim +10

Languages Common, Draconic

SQ resistant, scarification (1), terrifying visage +2, tolerance

Other Gear Greataxe, 130 GP


Special Abilities


Antagonize Use Diplomacy or Intimidate to goad creatures

Auspicious Mark (1/rage) (Su) Gain +1d6 bonus on one d20 roll, once per rage.

Hypnotic Gaze (DC 14) (Sp) Hypnotism on a single target using gaze, effect lasts a single round.

Intimidating Glare (Ex) While raging, use Intimidate to shake your opponents.

Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in low light, distinguishing color and detail.

Rage (10 rounds/day) (Ex) +4 Str, +4 Con, +2 to Will saves, -2 to AC when enraged.

Resistant (Ex) +2 racial saving throw bonus against mind-affecting effects and poison.

Scarification (1) (Ex) Ignore specified amount of bleed damage each round.

Terrifying Visage +2 (Ex) Add to intimidate vs civilized/diplomacy vs tribal humanoids. +1 to fear DCs.

Tolerance (Ex) If gain certain negative conditions, new save next rd. ½ duration if not saveable.

 

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