Hello everyone, I'm working on a comprehensive guide to all of the Pathfinder characters and wanted to get feedback from the community when I'm wrong or need to revise. This guide is from the perspective of a player who wants to make the best builds for legendary difficulty. I've finished the game, starting on legend, with three different parties. In case you were wondering, I gave it a lot of thought and my parties were:
Valeros Merisiel Lini Seoni
Amiri Sajan Lem Kyra
Seelah Harsk Ezren
Before I begin, I want to give credit to jolyonb on these forums. He has made three character guides that helped me a ton when I was first starting out. He seems to have stopped making them though
Brief Intro to Legendary Difficulty and Team-Building
I'll probably include this part in the guide. Basically legendary difficulty gets pretty hard, pretty fast. For the most challenging gameplay experience, I like to start my parties at legend fresh out of the gate. The early levels are manageable but the game starts getting really tough in AD5. Thassilonian Sins, in particular, is one of the most challenging
The biggest challenge in Legendary is the need to roll strong for the end villain balanced against the need to roll strong to close locations with difficult checks. As a result, every party requires a very strong combat finisher. In general, you will need Valeros, Merisiel, Amiri, or Seelah for this task. The other characters get quite weak in the later levels for the real tough fights. You also need strong, balanced stats across the group since each character will head to their favored location. And finally, having mechanisms for scouting the end boss (so that you can temporarily close locations and end the map early) are very important.
I'll write more in depth in each character blurb but if I was to group the characters into tiers, it would be something like this
God Tier: Merisiel (Delay, Evade, Huge Combat Rolls), Seelah (Crusades, high closing rolls, decent combat rolls), Ezren (only strong INT character, gets WIS as well with add-on deck, fast explores, great utility),
Good Tier: Amiri (Huge Combat Rolls, Move Another), Harsk (great teamwork, decent explores), Lini (one of the best characters when developed but way too weak early), Lem (decent utility, versatile, heals)
Weak Tier: Valeros (solid but runs out of tricks and is outclassed by the other finishers), Sajan (least favorite character in the game in my opinion), Kyra (healing is overrated in the game, combat liability, slow, not much utility)
With that said, let's start a discussion on Valeros.