It’s A fighter, It’s What They Do
Fighters are generally good at fighting and because of that can do some damage. While most of their archetypes have some type of bonus to combat, almost none of them have high impact damage. However, the one exception to that is the Eldritch Knight.
As a side note the champion can do, some damage with its increased crit chance however there is no bonus damage.
Some of you may be thinking that since the Eldritch Knight gets wizard spells but only go to level 4 spells they cannot be the strongest archetype for damage. The reason I think this is such a powerful damage archetype and will show you down below is that the Eldritch Knight gains access to one particular spell, Shadow Blade.
Shadow Blade creates a weapon that deals 2d8 psychic damage that increases when you use a level 3 or 4 spell slot. The best part is that counts as a weapon not a spell attack.
So here’s with fighters get to increase their damage
- the fighting style two weapon fighting to add damage to the offhand attack
- action surge, the ability to use another attack action your turn
- extra attack, where you attack multiple times during the attack action
So let’s calculate much damage we can do. As before assume we have an 18 strength, we have Shadow Blade in the main hand and a long sword in the other. Let us also assume we are level 11 just like the monk is a good middle ground for a build and that we hit all our attacks.
Our damage comes out to be 2d8+4 + 2d8+4 + 2d8+4 + 2d8+4 + 2d8+4 + 2d8+4 +1d8+4
That is many dice to roll. The three attacks in one attack action combined with the action surge ability and using a bonus action to swing the long sword gives you a damage range of 41-132. Even without the action surge, your damage range is 23-72.