1) He had a mithril breastplate.
Nice. Was he strength-based? I'm aiming toward a Celestial Armor myself, mithril if my DM will allow it (there appears to be some dissention as to whether named items can be made of mithril to add those properties).
2) He took the arcanas for being able to use wands with spell combat with full caster level, which meant a great deal of fireballing later in the campaign.
It's funny you should mention that, I just noticed Fireball
was on our spell list the other day. I'd been concentrating on swordplay so much that it'd completely slipped by me. Not sure how I feel about blasting, but as our group has no mage I may need to look into being able to fill that role when needed. Unfortunately I do not have the feats to be extremely good at it via wands.
3) He took combat casting and a trait to raise his concentration check by +2. Eventually, he couldn't fail concentration checks.
It takes a while for me to reach the no-fail with my highest level spells, though I do get there. I picked up a 3rd-party magus arcana that grants +3 to concentration checks myself.
4) Aside from the wands, I think he was more or less geared out as a fighter. He fought with a longsword, though he agreed that a scimitar would've been objectively better.
Eh, you play what's fun, right?
Regarding being geared-out as a fighter, that is one of the problems I'm having getting suggestions for my magus. Lots of overlap with fighters or wizards, and not so much for magi in particular. Not that this is necessarily bad.
5) He had a high strength, so he did use Power Attack, IIRC.
*nod* I'm dex-based because I really wanted that image of a lightly armored swashbuckler, especially on an airship, and this seemed like a rare opportunity to do that and not be penalized for it mechanically, but I did play around with str-based at first.
I don't have Power Attack in my build at the moment, though that may change if my DM approves a custom spell I'm working on. Would still be much later in his progression, but he has the 13 str to qualify for the feat. How does Power Attack play out at 15th+ level? Do critter ACs rise too high for a 3/4 BAB class to afford it?
What wands did your magus favor? How did he store/wield them? I'm human, so no prehensile tails or hair.
I'm really thinking that wyroot
is a must-have for magi going forward. Although it costs a swift action (which are in high demand as a magus), the ability to recover a couple points of arcane pool in a combat, even without the coup de grace cheese, is invaluable. Even 1 point means another full round of touch attacks at mid- to high-levels. Here's hoping my DM will allow me to make my sword's hilt out of it and have that count.
Are there any better gloves out there for a magus than Gloves of Elvenkind
? There aren't many options listed at the PFOGC, but then I don't think it has Ultimate Equipment included yet.
Also, how do the rest of you feel about buffing int? I'll be bumping it to 20 at 8th-level. I'm wondering whether I should invest in a headband to take that farther, or invest in other items first. Naturally Dex will be my first priority as far as buffing items go, given how many things it improves for me.
Thoughts? Ideas? Tactics? Let's talk magus!