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What is the highest possible number of attacks per round for a creature with four arms?

What is the highest possible number of melee attacks that one could get consistently in one round for a four-armed creature? Exploiting possible understatements and lacks of limiters in the rules is ...
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Is Dexterity overpowered compared to Strength?

Finesse weapons allow you to use Dex for attack and damage rolls. This allows most of classes, including even some first-line fighters, to dump Str for Dex - you do not lose in attack rolls, only a ...
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Is multi-classing Warlock/Full Caster always suboptimal compared to Full Caster/Full Caster or single-class Warlock? [closed]

My understanding of multi-classing is that when one combine levels of two Full-Casters (e.g. Bard + Sorcerer) one still progresses all the way up the uniform spell slot chart to access a full suite of ...
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

Cantrips scale automatically with character level. Weapon attacks only scale with ability score and any extra attack features you might get. How could the damage of weapon attacks keep up?
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How to improve a character with Vow of Poverty [AC; Hitpoints; Charisma; Constitution]?

Despite templates, items granting inherent bonuses and permanency-spells, how can a character be improved? Are there places to which the character can travel that would get him mechanical benefits ...
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How to achieve highest possible charisma at 20th level?

I must keep the details secret, but I have to create a character which has highest possible charisma at 20th ECL(LA buyoff possible, which means character can be like 20 rogue death knight). It must ...
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How can I trade the ability to speak for a bonus to sleight of hand, for a character inspired by Teller?

I'm creating a sleight of hand–based character and have drawn a fair bit of inspiration from Teller, of Penn and Teller. To further the connection, how can I trade away the ability to speak for a ...
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How much optimization do published D&D adventures expect?

I've recently gotten into D&D5e and it may come up that continuing to play this summer will require me to be the DM at least part of the time. I'm at a point where other people doing the work of ...
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How to tank up as a Paladin [closed]

Our last encounter was (apparently) 5 levels higher than us, and we killed it pretty quickly. That said, I took quite a chunk of damage (about half my health in one round), so I'm looking to tank up. ...
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Any reason to take an Unchained angel eidolon, aside from fluff?

I've read through the subtypes. From what I've seen almost all subtypes have some sort of natural weaponry (aside from the angels, archons, ...). Additionally most weaponry-like and damaging ...
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How many undead of each type can you control at one time?

With a 20 wizard necromancer, all magic items allowed (with the exception of sentient items) with the three attuned as usual, by RAW: How many undead can you maintain control over with a 100% success ...
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What is the highest damage potential (multi-class) for a 5th level character? [closed]

I'm wondering for my next session what the highest damage potential is for a multi-class character. Criteria: 5e PHB material only level 5 single-target damage only consistent DPR (damage per ...
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Improving crit chance for a non-evil fighter

I'm looking to build a fighter that fights with a scythe and want to maximize his crit and damage, with more crit then damage if they conflict at any point. I read that the best thing out there for a ...
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What is the most DPR possible at level 1?

My question is fairly straightforward: What is the combination of feats/race/class/etc that gives the most damage per round at level 1? I'd also be interested to see the maximum possible damage, but ...
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How do I optimize dual throwing weapons for damage and mobility?

Starting my first D&D 5e game soon. I'm planning on making a dual-wielding Javelin/Spear character who darts around throwing his weapons kinda like Kalista from League of Legends. What Feats or ...
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What is the earliest all-day fear user? [closed]

Pathfinder has a lot of options for inflicting fear on foes from various spells to witch hexes to intimidate-using swashbucklers and rogues. But what is the earliest, effective, unlimited (or ...
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Optimal martial ranged non-human level 15 build for DPR/Survival

How can I build the highest damage per round martial ranged character following these requirements? Muticlass is allowed. Level 15. Any race other than human. DMG, EE companion, SCAG and some ...
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Optimizing a rogue/swashbuckler/druid for stealth and infiltration

I'm up to level 6 in a friend's campaign with this Rogue 3/Swashbuckler 3. I'm not sure which route to take from here, as there are so many. For my goal, I'd like to focus on being a super sneaky ...
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Does Skill Focus advance automatically?

The feat Skill Focus (PCR 134) says, You get a +3 bonus on all checks involving the chosen skill. If you have 10 or more ranks in that skill, this bonus increases to +6. My question is, if I ...
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Core Rulebook Battle Royale [closed]

My group will be having a one-off battle royale before our next session, with the following conditions: Core Rulebook only (races, items, classes, feats, etc.) Level 10, with standard starting gold ...
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How do I get my animal companion more feats?

I have been trying to make a tripping wolf companion work for a while and have been stymied by the lack of Combat Expertise. I recently stumbled upon Dirty Fighting, which bypasses that requirement. ...
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What is the best build for a Duelist using only the SRD?

In my opinion, the prestige class Duelist (from the SRD) seems a bit weak, although the concept is interesting, as some of the abilities. For a few reasons (I don't own most supplements, and our GM ...
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Cavalier advice [closed]

I am currently playing a game in which there's a Barbarian, Rogue, Sorcerer, Wizard, Ranger, and a Cavalier (me). I'm trying to make him be able to fight in close combat (mainly) but still be able to ...
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Is my feat chain for TWF Slayer Tank optimized?

I am about to bring a Shield and Sword Slayer to a PFS game. Assume I can use anything on PFSRD since if I need the book, I will just buy it. I am starting form level 1 with 150g, as is PFS standard. ...
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Is BESM suitable for character optimization?

On a forum I asked for games that support heavy optimization / powergaming - that is, games which are fun when the entire group optimizes and plays smart with the rules, and which have suitable ...
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Let's Optimize Poisons

In relation to This Question, I want to continue on the poison train of thought. Many D&D games have absolutely horrible poisons and rules to the effect that around level 11 poisoning is almost ...
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Building an assassin

I'm starting a new D&D campaign. I'm still fairly new to D&D and I want to build a Rogue/Assassin that dips into Swordsage for the assassin stance. I have read on other sources that this is ...
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Optimize dwarven barbarian/battlerager wanna-be

So, in an upcoming campaign I wanted to play a dwarven battlerager. This was a prestige class from 3.5, however we are playing pathfinder. I am not a fan of converting the prestige class and am not a ...
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How to get high level casting, warlock invocations, and binding

I would like to make a character, probably amoral to evil thematically focused on forbidden knowledge, who can cast high level spells (arcane, divine, or both. As close to possible to a single ...
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Human unarmed barbarian

So I previously asked this question and was told after an edit that it needed to be asked in an entirely different question. So here it is. What would the build look like for a human unarmed ...
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Unarmed Barbarian bear warrior build

My dm specifically asked me to create a barbarian to act as a high damage/tanky character to help the rest of the party survive. The party consist of a rogue, a cleric, and a caster either wizard or ...
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Whats the highest possible Charisma score a character can acquire in Pathfinder?

Whats the highest possible Charisma score you can end up with in Pathfinder, assuming that you have an equivalent wealth level of a level 20 character?
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What are the limits of the Feat Spell Perfection?

The reason I asked is because I think I found a bit of a loophole when using the feat that I'd like a bit of clarification on. Spell perfection states the following: Pick one spell which you have ...
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Optimizing a spellsword bard

I recently rolled a bard for a new game set in a low fantasy world. It's a halfling bard, with 17 CHA and 16 DEX and +0s or +1s elsewhere. In the party there is also a defensively minded Paladin, a ...
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Ways to improve a Warlock's counterspelling capabilities

How do I make counterspelling more efficient for a 3.5 Warlock? I've looked over a few caster builds for counterspelling; however not much seems useful/useable for a Warlock. We are jumping into ...
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Will becoming a vampire help me survive? [closed]

I'm playing in a campaign in which I have the opportunity to become a vampire, and perhaps limit some of the downsides of it. I am a level 7 Chaotic Good Alchemist that has been offered 3 castings of ...
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Reduce a one-hand weapon to a light weapon? [closed]

Is there any way to reduce a weapon's category from one-handed to a light weapon? I.e. make a scimitar usable with Weapon Finesse?
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How to maximize Monk DPR?

I tacked the question above at the end of this question, but realised that it's probably best to ask in a separate post altogether. My current strategy for maxing Monk DPR is to take 3 levels of ...
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How does Monk damage combine with other sources?

Are the following damage calculations correct for a L17 Monk/3 Ranger (20 Dex) with Dueling, Horde Breaker, and wielding a monk weapon: Standard attack: 3d10 + 4 (from dueling) + 15 (Dex mod) + [to ...
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What's the largest a 1st level character can get? [closed]

In the words of Tom Hanks: "I wanna be... big." A) What is the largest size a first level character can achieve on his own? Assume potions and scrolls are allowed, but that his buddy Elminster or ...
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How to optimize Heart of the Storm bonus damage?

Hearth of the Storm, from an Unearthed Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell other than a cantrip that deals lightning or thunder damage, a stormy aura surrounds you. In addition to the spell’s ...
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Is Polearm Master with Sentinel unbeatable in a duel?

Polearm Master: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they enter your reach. Sentinel: When you hit a ...
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How to optimize a supporting cleric that deals damage at range?

I'm looking for feedback on the direction of a Pathfinder Cleric that I am building. Some context: I tend to have prolonged breaks between RPGs. I last played a tabletop RPG (D&D 4E) a good 4-5 ...
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How can I build a Favored Soul that's optimized for tanking?

I'd like to build a CG Half Elf Favored Soul for Corellon in the World of Greyhawk. I want to be very effective in battle, including being able to take a lot of damage, while still being decent at ...
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Optimizing Torso/Body slot when restricted to light armor, no metal with high WIS [closed]

As a DM I am asked about his optimization by one of my player who plays a Healer. I found the question interesting because as far as I know there is no relevant resource for divine caster than wear ...
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How high can a PC jump given the following constraints?

My Grappler Bard player wants to do a Seismic Toss and I want him to achieve this. My question is, how high can a PC jump when grappling a medium-sized creature, given the following constraints: ...
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In what situation in Heroes Unlimited 2E Revised would someone choose Extraordinary Strength over Superhuman Strength?

In the game Heroes unlimited there are two powers that grant you strength that are considered minor powers, for all intents and purposes these powers require the same investment during character ...
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Mitigating drow light sensitivity on Perception to avoid getting ambushed [duplicate]

I created a Drow rogue and my Roguish Archetype is an assassin for 5e. I have been running into the problem of disadvantage rolls on Perception. This wouldn't bug me as much, but since there's only ...
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Easiest Access to Raise Dead

In D&D 3.5, Raise Dead is a 5th level cleric spell, meaning a cleric would have to be level 9 to be able to cast it. The cleric who can cast Raise Dead can also cast many other spells, such as ...
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How to make attacks deal ability damage? [closed]

What ways are there to make attacks deal ability damage? For example calcific touch grants a touch attack that deals dexterity damage. ... Once per round, you may deliver a touch attack that ...