PF2 Greatsword Fighter vs Sword and Shield Fighter (2E Pathfinder)

Campbell

Relaxed Intensity
You always know when it would break the shield because you decide to block after damage is declared. It triggers when you would take damage.
 

mellored

Explorer
Overall I would say fighters are better off dealing damage. Make use of the +2 to hit.

If you want a front line tank, then be a Champion or maybe a monk.
 

Campbell

Relaxed Intensity
Overall I would say fighters are better off dealing damage. Make use of the +2 to hit.

If you want a front line tank, then be a Champion or maybe a monk.
I think most of the more tanky builds work, but no tank should neglect damage. Stuff in this game really hurts and no one can stand for very long taking all the hits.
 

Kaodi

Adventurer
Suddenly occurred to me that there is one more situation in which Exacting Strike is better: when you are reasonably certain that a regular strike will kill your first enemy. This might vary table to table, but Jason Bulmahn certainly seems to describe when enemies are on their last legs. And it also counts when you are facing enemies that you sort of know have hp barely higher than your strength modifier.
 

CapnZapp

Hero
One good that came out of 4E was the notion of being blooded at half hp. :)

In our 5E campaigns (and now PF2) we try to restrict descriptions (of health) to being blooded or not being blooded (as opposed to details such as "I have 14 hp left, so I need a bit of healing, but not your biggest heal").

(And of course the outliers as well "I am in perfect health" and "I am down and dying")
 

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