Type of feat
Int 13+.
Required for
Feint, Improved Combat Expertise, Whirlwind Attack, Combat Insight

A character with this feat can make defensive attacks, gaining a +3 bonus to AC but receiving a -3 penalty to attack rolls.

Combat mode

Gameplay Notes[]

  • Combat Expertise AC is of the unarmored type, meaning it works against all attacks, including touch attacks, is not lost flat-footed, and stacks with all other forms of AC.
  • The attack penalty does not apply to the AB used for touch attacks, essentially making it free AC for a caster.
  • Combat expertise is a type of combat mode; (de)activation is a free action.
  • It only works with melee weapons equipped, though it can be used while casting spells.

D&D Comparison[]

  • In D&D, the penalty to AB and bonus to AC can be chosen by the player, to a maximum of 5.
  • The bonus to AC is of the Dodge type.

NWN comparison[]

  • Expertise in NWN gave a fixed +5 bonus to Armor Class with a fixed -5 to-hit penalty.

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