[RPG] How to determine feats for a new character


I always get hung up on feats when creating a new character in D&D 3.5. Specifically, this part of the fighter description from the SRD has me really stumped:

At 1st level, a fighter gets a bonus combat-oriented feat in addition
to the feat that any 1st-level character gets and the bonus feat
granted to a human character…

These bonus feats are in addition to the feat that a character of any
class gets from advancing levels. A fighter is not limited to the list
of fighter bonus feats when choosing these feats. (source)

If I understand this correctly:

  • All 1st-level characters get to choose a feat – and it can be any feat – while a 1st-level fighter gets to choose two
  • All 1st-level human characters get to choose a two feats, and 1st-level human fighters get to choose three

Is this right?

Best Answer

That is 100% correct. A character gains a feat at first level, and every 3rd level (3, 6, 9 etc.) A Human gains an additional feat at first level. These feats can be anything you qualify for by meeting the prerequisites. Some classes, like the fighter, grant bonus feats which are on top of any other feats and often have restrictions on what feats they can be.