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    Default ASI Common Sense: +2 to primary stat or +1 to 2x important stats

    On Monday, we started a new game and i rolled pretty well. I had a 16, 2x 15.

    Playing a Halfling Monk, I took the 16 for Dex(now 18), and put the 15s in Con and Wisdom.

    I was wondering what would be the best use of my first ASI. Improving Con and Wisdom to 16, or boosting my Dex to 20?

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    BardGuy

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    Default Re: ASI Common Sense: +2 to primary stat or +1 to 2x important stats

    Normally, itís always better to pump the primary stat. But the monkís case is interesting, in this case you get +1 to attack and damage, or +4 hit points, and +1 to save dc. You get +1 ac in birth cases. It all depends on if youíre subclass and combat choices revolve more around damage dealing, or more around controlling the battlefield. I say, you canít go wrong with either, but would be more inclined to pump dex over the others (with knowledge iím just going to pump the others in 4 levels.)

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    Default Re: ASI Common Sense: +2 to primary stat or +1 to 2x important stats

    Quote Originally Posted by UnintensifiedFa View Post
    Normally, itís always better to pump the primary stat. But the monkís case is interesting, in this case you get +1 to attack and damage, or +4 hit points, and +1 to save dc. You get +1 ac in birth cases. It all depends on if youíre subclass and combat choices revolve more around damage dealing, or more around controlling the battlefield. I say, you canít go wrong with either, but would be more inclined to pump dex over the others (with knowledge iím just going to pump the others in 4 levels.)
    I am planning to be a Kensai with quarterstaff and multibarrel blowguns.

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    BlackDragon

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    Default Re: ASI Common Sense: +2 to primary stat or +1 to 2x important stats

    I'd go con and wisdom. A lot of characters go through games being unable to max their primary before level 8, and they handle well. You're starting with a punchy dex already.

    Meanwhile, evening these two scores out will let you increase your health and DC for things like stunning strike. Meaning you can take a hit and then prove others can't!

    Plan on doing whichever you don't choose at lv 8, and you'll be functionally immune to buyer's remorse. Both are solid.

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    HalflingRogueGuy

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    Default Re: ASI Common Sense: +2 to primary stat or +1 to 2x important stats

    I'd also say Con and Wis. 18 is plenty for your primary attacking stat levels 4-8 and improving your Stunning Strike DC really ups your effectiveness.

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    Default Re: ASI Common Sense: +2 to primary stat or +1 to 2x important stats

    Con and Wis for the reasons mentioned above plus getting a +1 to two good saves vs one good save.
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