So I just finished my first campaign in PK (hard difficulty) and I used a lot of info from your builds.
By and large, thank you very much for the tips and ideas I found in them, combinations of classes and feats I haven't considered myself etc.
That said, I did regret following the whole dazzling display - shatter defenses thing. Overall, I consider it a waste of points. A lot of the enemies in the game are immune to the effects of dazzling display and so I wasted a lot of feats of my companions giving most of them weapon spec (which is not always useful) => DD =>SD plus expert (persuasion) for those who were supposed to do the intimidation.
Imo, those feat points are better spent elsewhere such as will and improved will or fortitude/improved fortitude to have better saves against all those nasty enemies.
The only companion who I liked having DD/SD/Dreadful Carnage thing on is Kineticist, but not so much for the usefulness of it, rather for pretty special effects, that whole spam of dreadful carnages caused by deadly earth and the cloud.
I also wanted to say I'm surprised by some of your class rankings.
Like Cleric, rank B? Seriously? And then A+ for that garbage Ecclesitheurge?
My custom cleric (human, 16/10/12/7/17/14) was like the second most valuable member of my party, after my sylvan sorc. All the buffs, the elemental protection, the AOE healing, the animal companions (aka the best tanks in the game, because every single defensive spell stacks with their naturally decent defenses, also It's no biggie if they die or get negative levels or stats or another pain-in-the-ass debuff, it will all heal on rest), the Ultimate Anti-Boss Weapon known as "Guarded Hearth" + decent defenses and decent damage potential (most of the game my cleric was using reach weapons (as Huge second-row-er), then by the end of the game it was scimitar of the bear god + shield, with frightful aspect and that greater angel form he was really kicking ass, I only regretted that I invested into DD+SD instead of unarmed strike and crane style, so I didn't even use defensive fighting, with it he'd be even better).
It's not even possible to overestimate a base cleric, imo. They're just invaluable, all-in-one kind of class.
I'm also surprised you didn't even mention Tower Shield Specialist. Because of how their feats work, they can make good DEX tanks, wearing heavy armor (which is easier to obtain than those monk robes and high-tier bracers, without cheesing) with tower shield and still having very high DEX (up to +12 at level 15 with mythral full plate) and touch AC. With some charisma and 2 paladin levels on top of that they also become highly resistant to enemies' spells. 16 TSS/2 Paladin/1 Rogue/1 Monk (starting stats like 12-19-10-8-10-16). And because of extra feats they can afford to learn plenty of support stuff blind fight, improved will, penetrating strike etc. A simple, strong, flexible build.
Also when you ranked Wizard, you gave him A- and said "Sub-classes are even worse", but then rated sub-classes as either A or A+.
Post edited August 09, 2021 by Mindeveler