For the STR version, wouldn't it make much more sense to use a double weapon instead of dual-wielding? You'd end up doing more overall damage (bigger is better!). You do lose a little bit of AB when using a shield since you aren't focused, but as you said yourself, the shield isn't needed that often.
dual wielding 2 weaps I am getting +4 ac from the ranger splash. And really, I just don't like double weaps. I suppose it is up to the player, but since ac is a premium without a shield, I find that 4 ac very handy.
If you are small sized (halfling koly ) you can use some weapons using both hands, say a bastard sword (only weapons that rangers can use) that is one size larger than you and still get both 1,5X str modifier and ranger AC... Btw, Im not saying you to do this, as I have never played a toon this way to see if it will do better/worse damage at the end... Im just saying its possible
I have a STR based uni version of this build that uses a double weapon....to me the +2 AB was worth 4 AC... Builds that always list +3 AB from maxed Craft Weapon look good on paper but keeping it at 120 without GR isn't really possible unless your x4/x5....In fact keeping it above 80 can be a challenge at times at x1-x2.
I can say from experience that a uni STR version of this with a double weapon will consistently deal 120k+ per hell run.
ok Talamanthalon, you made me do it.... you MADE me go back to my numbers and recalc a better build, and now.... I hate the fact I redid my SD to a dex, and can't wait the remaining 2 months to change it back lol... here is my new breakdown, and 'shock' it has good ab
SDs get bonus feats at levels 13,16, etc so you are right about it having to be a feat swap, because Gstr is not one of SDs bonus feats. however, I wonder how star managed such a feat swap, since my own SD did not get that option..
yeah I just noticed this the other day and forgot to post about it... my bad, you can only get dex not str, but I found a workaround (btw, I think it sucks that you can only get dex....) Just take the dex for the bonus feats and I will find my revised version. Basically the ab dropped 1 or 2 but it became much more of a uni, while still having a great ab for a SD... hold on.. looking for where I hid my rework... rawr
41 42 +1 Str LSA: Discipline 43 44 +1 Str 45 Legendary Strong Soul 46 +1 Str 47 48 +1 Str Legendary Weapon Focus: Shortsword 49 50 +1 Str 51 Great Strength III 52 +1 Str 53 54 +1 Str Great Strength IV 55 56 +1 Str 57 Great Strength V (or Great Dex VI) 58 +1 Str 59 60 +1 Str Great Strength VI (or Epic Will)
STR: 46 (60 in +14 gear pre demi) DEX: 25 CON: 14 WIS: 10 INT: 16 CHA: 6
so as you can see 4 less str for 2 less ab, BUT 39 dex in +14 gear and epic dodge so a pretty decent trade off and a uni just about everywhere. If you don't mind 58 str pre demi you can drop the last 2 str feats, and add a dex to round it off and epic will once again to round off your saves. Depends on how much it would bother you to have 92 vs 93 ab pre demi when dual wielding. (with a 96 ab dual wielding at double demi and str artifact, this is the route I am going to rebuild her as.)
Again sorry for the mix-up... but you do gain 2-3 (depending on which option you take) more ac and epic dodge soooooo.. woohoo?