The fighter at-will stances in the Red Box also aren’t super new or super interesting, but are nonetheless reasonably solid!
- Poised Assault: Your basic +1 to hit. This will likely be more useful at higher levels or against super-high AC opponents.
- Battle Fury: +2 damage. Seems like at low levels, the fighter will just turn this on and wade into combat. Not super crazy and interesting but a fun boost, and it will be fun to mess around with optimizing basic attacks!
That’s all I have to say about the fighter!
The end of the book reveals that if you want to continue levleing your fighter, you should get Heroes of the Fallen Lands and use the Slayer build. The Slayer is a striker, and the way it gets its bonus striker damage, according to the preview article on Slayers, is by adding its Strength and Dex modifiers to all basic attacks. However, according to the Red Box fighter’s damage calculation made while killing goblin minions, damage is calculated by adding Strength and Con. Once again, I’m not sure whether the Red Box or the preview article is to be trusted, or whether a Slayer has a choice of Dex- or Con-based builds.