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 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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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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Recommendations for a thrown weapon specialist?

I'm looking for ideas for a reasonably competitive thrown weapon specialist build. I'm fine with not being 100% optimized, but not with a build that's notably inferior to an archer or melee fighter. ...
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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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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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Optimized TWF fighter level 4

SO my last character died, a wannabe AT, due mainly to the party lack of tanks. When the group started we had one, but Real Life took that player away and my poor rogue3,wiz1 char died due to trying ...
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How can I get the most synergy out of this Paladin/Warlock multi-class combination?

I'm planning on playing a Paladin/Warlock in an upcoming game and I've picked the Oath of Vengeance, and Great Old One Patron/Pact of Tome. I've made my backstory (island home sunk when invaded by ...
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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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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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Looking for viable build for mounted archer on a medium ride [closed]

I've been trying to build an archer mounting a medium ride, however I haven't been able to make such a build "viable". Thank you to gatherer818 for mentioning the UnderSized Mount feat. I've been ...
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?

Following on from Can a pixie fly higher than their altitude of one? Using a combination of feats and powers what is the maximum movement rate (and thus altitude) a pixie can reach in a single round ...
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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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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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Improving my Character's Grapple

I am about to level up my character to level 12. I wish to improve its grapple, specifically the damage it does to grapple. Just to be clear the whole concept of the character is crushing people to ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I get a more powerful animal companion than my druid level entitles me to?

I would like to make a druid build where my character's power resides in my animal companion(s) and what little druid spellpower I can muster I use to buff it. By powerful I mean most druid level to ...
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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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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character? [closed]

What is the best class or classes in 3.5e to build a character that uses both a sword and either arcane magic or psionics which can be fluffed as arcane magic and focuses on fighting powerful ...
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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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How to optimize a bard/paladin in 5e?

I have a 9th level tiefling Valor bard, who I think would be interesting as a bard/paladin. Her current spell list is action/advantage denial heavy with a few utility spells; I'd like to enhance her ...
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Creating Phil Taylor the darts champion

My group (4 players + GM, all new to D&D 5e,) is going to organize a campaign where the characters are based on famous sports players from our world. They asked me to play the ranged striker. I ...
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Is there any way to eliminate the material component cost for Glyph of Warding?

Glyph of Warding is a great spell. I may wish to invest substantial resources in it to avoid the 200 gp cost per casting. I am aware that this can be done via the custom magic item system for an ...
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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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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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Do Powerful Build and Monkey Grip Stack?

The Character in question is a Large half-Minotaur Goliath who is using monkey grip. Normally a Large Goliath could wield a Huge weapon with no penalty. Monkey Grip allows you to wield a weapon 1 ...
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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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 this build a viable melee Sorcerer?

My goal is to have a viable front-line sorcerer--'viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to stay in the front (as high as a rogue should be sufficient, no?), and good-enough damage that he's not a ...
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What Free Methods of Elemental Specialization Exist in Anima

I'm aware of the ability of Beings Between Worlds and Souls to specialize in an element of their choice given in Chapter 26 of the Core rulebook and the ability of Ki-users to specialize their ...
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Are slasher merits a good investment for a combat focused nWoD Hunter?

I'm making a Cheiron Group Hunter for a Hunter the Vigil game. I'm set on playing my character as similar to the Operative, from Serenity, but with a darker outlook. He will see him self as damned, ...
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Is blasting a suboptimal strategy for 5e Wizards?

In D&D 3.5e, blasting was known to be a comparatively weak strategy for a Wizard to adopt. On the other hand, in D&D 5e, there have been a number of changes that potentially render it more ...
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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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Warlock Handbook for 5e?

Is there a 3.5e style handbook for the 5e Warlock yet? 3.5e Style meaning a clear structure with ratings and comments to different abilities and build options. It seems my Google-fu isn't up to the ...
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Are 3.5 Bards mechanically weak?

People frequently seem to think that Bards are mechanically weaker than other classes, and I was wondering if this was true?
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Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?

A few years back our group tried to come up with the fastest possible D&D character. If I remember correctly we could build a character that could go faster than the speed of sound, but I can't ...
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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 can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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What would the character-optimization consequences be of using the “one-step” rule for Warlock alignment?

Although the source material for the Warlock class in D&D 3.5e makes no specification on what alignment a Warlock must be (and explicitly mentions Good-aligned warlocks more than once), it is not ...
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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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What item creation feats should an Alchemist take?

I'm trying to plot out an alchemist build with the Clone Master archetype, particularly the feats. I'd like to keep this character somewhat mirrored to another: the wizard in the party, and the ...
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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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Optimizing a grappler druid build

I am about to start on a pre-made adventure, for which I intend to use a grappling druid. We are allowed only to use core books & the complete series, I have the following concept in mind and ...