Battle Dancer

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Maniacs who decide to forgo any reasonable level of protective clothing in order to be able to dance in battle and are getting away with it (for a while). There are many iterations of this concept in multiple settings such as the Wood Elves wardancer, the Eldar harlequins and countless bard/monk/rogue based classes but they are all mad.

3rd Edition[edit]

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Battle Dancer is one of the "new" based classes in Dragon Compendium, originally appearing in issue 159. It's a variant charisma based Monk that trades a good fort and will save, and the random monk/martial weapons it gets for full BAB and actually being proficient in all simple weapons. It's a pretty terrible class whose only saving grace is being a one level dip for a charisma based character that wants +1 BAB, Improved Unarmed Strike, and Charisma to AC.

The original Dragon article says the class was inspired by capoeira, a Brazilian martial art invented by escaped African slaves.

Gallery[edit]

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Classes
Player's Handbook: Barbarian - Bard - Cleric - Druid - Fighter - Monk
Paladin - Ranger - Rogue - Sorcerer - Wizard
Player's Handbook II: Beguiler - Dragon Shaman - Duskblade - Knight
Complete Adventurer: Exemplar - Ninja - Scout - Spellthief
Complete Arcane: Warlock - Warmage - Wu jen
Complete Divine: Favored Soul - Shugenja - Spirit Shaman
Complete Psionic: Ardent - Divine Mind - Erudite - Lurk
Complete Warrior: Hexblade - Samurai - Swashbuckler
Dragon Compendium: Battle Dancer - Death Master - Jester
Mounteback - Savant - Sha'ir - Urban Druid
Dragon Magazine: Sha'ir - Deathwalker - Fleshcrafter - Soul Reaper
Dragon Magic: Dragonfire Adept
Dungeonscape: Factotum
Eberron Campaign Setting: Artificer
Heroes of Horror: Archivist - Dread Necromancer
Magic of Incarnum: Incarnate - Soulborn - Totemist
Miniatures Handbook: Favored Soul - Healer - Marshal - Warmage
Ghostwalk: Eidolon (Eidoloncer)
Oriental Adventures: Samurai - Shaman - Shugenja - Sohei - Wu jen
Psionics Handbook: Psion - Psychic Warrior - Soulknife - Wilder
Tome of Battle: Crusader - Swordsage - Warblade
Tome of Magic: Binder - Shadowcaster - Truenamer
NPC Classes: Adept - Aristocrat - Commoner - Expert - Magewright - Warrior
Second Party: Mariner - Mystic - Noble - Prophet
Class-related things: Favored Class - Gestalt character - Multiclassing
Prestige classes - Variant Classes - Epic Levels - Racial Paragon Classes