Questions pertaining to the positive aspects of character optimization (CharOp). For problems with negative issues or player problems around optimization, use the [powergaming] tag.

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What are some ways to increase melee damage?

I've got a character who needs more melee weapon damage. What kind of things can you buy with character points, besides ST, to increase the damage?
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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How might a dex Fighter multiclass to maximize AC and damage per round?

I have a level 6 TWF monster hunter in a Curse of Strahd campaign. Quick summary of monster hunter: it's a new fighter archetype (hence TWF), it gets superiority dice to use on attack/damage and a ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in the D&D 5th ...
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What class(es) should I take on a Dragonfire Inspiration-based archer?

Archery is a combat style with a lot of advantages over melee, but suffers in terms of damage. I'm planning a character based around using Dragonfire Inspiration for damage - none of the silly ...
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How to be effective as a Healing Cleric

Some times things are just too much of a fun/stupid combo idea not to try your darnedest not to work out. What is the best way to make a Cleric that literally only does healing/buffing? Is this even ...
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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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How can I grapple dozens of targets? [closed]

What would be the cheapest most cost efficient way of grappling a large number of targets. (I.e. there are 100 people in front of me wanting to fight, I want to grapple as many as possible.) How can I ...
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How to optimize initiative?

I want to make initiative the highest possible for a level 1 character in Pathfinder. Here's what I got: +5 DEX 20 (18 plus race) +4 Improved Initiative (feat) +4 Familiar (compy or scorpion) +2 ...
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Is knocking someone prone worth it?

In 4e, proning was a Defender's best friend. Easy to get with Flail Expertise or Polearm Momentum, and it provided a great reward: no shift+charge for the enemy. It improved your stickiness greatly. ...
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Which feat to pick at 4th level to maximize damage for a sword-and-board duelist Vengeance paladin?

I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on my Tiefling Oath of Vengeance Paladin with Soldier background. His stats currently are: STR: 15 / DEX: 13/ CON: 13 / INT: 10 / WIS: 10 / CHA: 15 (we did the ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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Can a Fighter without feats overcome level-appropriate foes as competently as a Fighter with feats?

I know that feats are only an optional rule, and the game should be balanced around not having them (at least that is what I would expect it to be) But still I get the impression that those feats are ...
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Increasing the range of an extraordinary ability-granted Blindsight

My character is a Level 5 Rogue, who is blind, and for reasons has blindsight out to 40 feet as an extraordinary ability. This doesn't come from an item or feat. Is there a way to increase the range ...
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What feats should I take with my Constructor Psion?

I've been playing a Metacreativity (Constructor) Psion for a few months, and I'm worried that my feat selection is not very good. I've been told by multiple sources that some of the feats that I've ...
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Making an optimized Rage character for d&d 3.5 [closed]

Although there is a question for the 4.0 version, I want to ask it for 3.5. I would like some lvl 20 builds for a Rage focused character, official wotc books only except for Book of Exalted Deeds and ...
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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 get advantage on all four ranged attacks in one round?

Specifically, I want to attack 4 times with Eldritch Blast as a 17th level Warlock. What is the easiest and cheapest way to gain advantage on all 4 attacks?
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What Pathfinder prestige classes have full spell-casting progression? [closed]

When optimizing spell-casting characters in Pathfinder it is conventional wisdom one should not give up caster levels. What first-party prestige classes offer full spell-casting progression for divine ...
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What is the Fastest a Character Can Move in One Turn?

At level 20 with any magic items in the DMG, and any spells, what is the fastest a DnD 5e character could move using their movement? (i.e., not including teleportation)
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Which traits are better for a control/(de)buff Witch at level 4?

Going to make a level 4 witch. I have narrowed my list of traits down to the following. Which 2 of these 4 options is better for a battlefield control/debuffer/buffer build? +2 Initiative (already +...
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As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?

I'm hoping to play a melee Sorcerer with Mage Slayer and Sentinel feats, both of which provide good opportunities to use your reaction to make a Melee Weapon Attack. Currently, with 16 Dex, my best ...
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What is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...
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Optimising a Mammoth Rider

I am new to the optimisation business. However, I often encounter a notion that for a two-handed weapons focused fighter is by the level 20 much more efficient than two weapons fighter. On the basis ...
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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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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 does a damage dealing Wizard use higher level spell slots optimally?

In D&D 5e, one of the neat features for spell casting is the ability to cast spells at higher levels than the spell is originally set at. For Clerics, this makes it handy such that Cure Wounds, ...
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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 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 would I build a master magic item crafter/blacksmith type character?

So I had this idea for a character who is basically obsessed with magic items, making, collecting, using, having, any and every magic item he can get his hands on: effectively a batman type character. ...
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Is there any way to see through Darkness without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast Darkness, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except as concealment during an escape. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few ...
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What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?

Introduction I've recently joined a new RP group and a DM has decided to give DnD 3.5e a run. I am told it will be a short, but intriguing campaign. When asked about what kind of characters and ...
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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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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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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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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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Highest AC possible for Sorcerer?

What is the highest Armor Class achievable for a Sorcerer with the Sorcerous Origin of Dragon Bloodline? Player's Handbook Chapter 6 variant rules included. (Multiclassing, Feats, etc.)
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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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How does this Great Weapon Fighting + Sneak Attack build measure up?

I'm considering a Fighter 1/Monk 1/Rogue 18 for a character. Our DM has a few house rules that I want to take full advantage of by combining Great Weapon Fighting's rerolls with Sneak Attacks. ...
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Is there any point in learning Mage Armor for my Sorcerer if he's Dragonborn?

I've created a Dragonborn sorcerer for my campaign: a largely blaster-type character. One of my friends suggested getting Mage Armor for my sorcerer to improve his survivability: Draconic Resilience ...
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Ranger Whirlwind Attack vs Extra Attack and Horde Breaker

Whirlwind Attack says: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target. Am I right that ...
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Building Doctor Strange as a SorcLock for Adventurers League

I'm building a character for organized play. The design goal is to create a versatile support caster that's more of a Swiss Army knife than a straight blaster. The build concept is a variant human ...
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What's an optimum build for a set-up character for Pathfinder Society character? [closed]

My wife plays a barbarian in Pathfinder Society that does massive amounts of damage when she is able to use Cleave. I decided to build a character that would reposition foes for her to cleave. What's ...
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Optimal Wizard build giving a strongest Monk flavor ( touch or cone attack centered )

I am starting playing in a new campaign of 5E, and what I currently have is a first level Wizard. STR 10 DEX 14 CON 12 INT 16 WIS 14 CHA 12 Human ( Chaotic Neutral ) with a Sage ...