Description: (PRESTIGE CLASS) The defender is a sponsored champion of dwarven cause, a dwarven aristocrat, a dwarven deity or the dwarven way of life. As the name might imply, this character is a skilled combatant trained in the arts of defense. A line of dwarven defenders is a far better defense than a 10-foot-thick wall of stones, and much more dangerous.

Hit die: d12

Proficiencies: simple and martial weapons, all armor, shields

Skill points: 2 + int modifier

Skills: concentration, craft armor, craft trap, craft weapon, discipline, heal, listen, lore, spot

Unavailable feats: brew potion, craft wand, curse song, divine might, divine shield, extra music, extra turning, lingering song, quicken spell, scribe scroll, spell focus, weapon specialization
These general feats cannot be selected when taking a level of dwarven defender.

Primary saving throw(s): fortitude, will

Base attack bonus: +1/level


To qualify as a dwarven defender, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria:

Alignment: any lawful

Base attack bonus: +7

Feats: dodge, toughness

Race: dwarf

Level ProgressionEdit

Lvl BAB Saves Feats HP range Damage
Def. stance
uses per day
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 defensive stance 6-12 - 1
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 defensive awareness I 12-24 - 1
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 18-36 - 2
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 24-48 - 2
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 defensive awareness II 30-60 - 3
6th +6 +5 +2 +5 dwarven defender damage reduction 36-72 3/- 3
7th +7 +5 +2 +5 42-84 3/- 4
8th +8 +6 +2 +6 48-96 3/- 4
9th +9 +6 +3 +6 54-108 3/- 5
10th +10 +7 +3 +7 defensive awareness III 60-120 6/- 5

Tip: Becoming a Dwarven DefenderEdit

  • A dwarven fighter can become a very powerful dwarven defender.
  • To gain the dodge prerequisite that the dwarven defender requires, a character will need a dexterity of 13 or higher.

Epic Dwarven DefenderEdit

The epic dwarven defender has become the very definition of immovable object. He is a stalwart warrior that can stand against virtually any foe imaginable.

Hit die: d12

Skill points: 2 + int modifier

Bonus feats: The epic dwarven defender gains a bonus feat every four levels. In other words, at levels 14, 18, 22, 26, and 30.

Epic bonus feats: armor skin, devastating critical, epic damage reduction, epic energy resistance, epic prowess, epic toughness, epic weapon focus, overwhelming critical, perfect health, two-weapon fighting

Unavailable epic feats: automatic quicken spell, automatic silent spell, automatic still spell, bane of enemies, construct shape, dragon shape, epic spell penetration, epic spell: dragon knight, epic spell: epic mage armor, epic spell: epic warding, epic spell: greater ruin, epic spell: hellball, epic spell: mummy dust, epic weapon specialization, great smiting, improved ki strike 4, improved ki strike 5, improved sneak attack, improved spell resistance, improved stunning fist, lasting inspiration, mighty rage, outsider shape, planar turning, terrifying rage, thundering rage, undead shape
These epic general feats cannot be selected when taking a level of dwarven defender.

Epic Dwarven Defender level progressionEdit

  Lvl   Feats HP range Damage
Def. stance
uses per day
14thbonus feat84-1689/-7
18thbonus feat108-21612/-9
22ndbonus feat132-26415/-11
26thbonus feat156-31218/-13
30thbonus feat180-36021/-15


Defensive stance: An additional use per day is gained for every two levels past 9th.

Damage reduction: The damage reduction increases by 3 points for every four levels above 10th.


  • Requires Hordes of the Underdark.
  • Patch 1.67 altered the way personal space works for player characters. This has the effect of allowing other players or NPCs to move past a player character in doorways and other tight locations so long as there is a minimum of walkable space available. A Dwarven Defender in Defensive Stance could previously "plug" a door or other choke point significantly wider than himself. As of this patch, this is no longer possible.