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Post character creation, getting spellcraft bonuses

After character creation what is a good way to get bonuses to spellcraft? I'd rather not have to use feats, however. Are there any items, equipment, spells or suchlike that could be used? Such as ...
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How does a shadow monk teleport into magical darkness if they don't have line of sight to a square inside of it?

There was a question similar to this question posted here. Where the jist of the question was asked what use does a Shadow Monk have for casting Darkness if they can't see through it. My question is ...
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How to gain Turn Undead class feature without taking a cleric or paladin level?

I'd thinking of building a zealot-type character, who would use Divine Feats to bolster his combat. To fuel those feats I need Turn Undead attempts per day. The normal way of getting them is having at ...
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Having early access to Wild Shape but being able to Wild Shape into animals

I know that if you want to Wild Shape at a level before 5 when you get it as a regular Druid or a Wild Shape Ranger, there are a few options (Divine Minion, Totem Druid), but the downside to these ...
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What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?

So, I have a problem. I have a warforged character who, the DM insisted, would be created with a class first and THEN have stats rolled, 3d6, in order and no re-ordering (i.e. STR first, then DEX, ...
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What bloodline should I choose for a character I want to turn into an arcane trickster?

I've just started playing Pathfinder, and I have a 1st level gnome rogue. I decided early on that I wanted to eventually go the route of an arcane trickster, so my good attributes are DEX and CHA, ...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
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Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
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Twin hand crossbow Fighter: is this build valid?

The Sharpshooter feat includes an interesting feature: you can choose to take -5 penalty to hit with a ranged weapon attack to increase its damage by 10. Normally, I'd dismiss the trade-off as too ...
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Good classes with Multiple Ability Dependence

Often times when contemplating what class I want to play I will take a look at my rolls : if they're overall good, I'll generally go something with a little more Multiple Ability Dependence (MAD) vs. ...
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5e D&D Monk/Warlock Build Help [closed]

So I will be playing a 5e D&D campaign soonish for the first time, and have very little experience with D&D so I would like some help with my character build. I am really liking the idea of a ...
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How can an epic spell-to-power erudite manifest 9th-level spells?

Is there a way that an erudite (Complete Psionic 153-6) with the expanded class option convert spell to power (The Mind's Eye Web column "Expanded Classes, Part Four: Ardent, Divine Mind, Lurk, and ...
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Is this Dex/Int build Viable for a PVP arena playing primarily vs Glass-Cannon Casters

I am trying to develop a character who will be able to compete on even footing with Spell-casters by focusing on a high TAC (And possibly Damage-Per-Round) to compete in an arena setting, while not ...
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How many levels should I remove from a 14th level Witch if I want to add 5 Mythic Tiers to her? [closed]

Let's say I have a 14th level witch planned as the the BBEG for a campaign, but decide I need Augmented Mythic Deep Slumber (multi-year duration, only dispelled by mythic effects) for plot reasons so ...
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What is the optimal role for a mystic theurge? [closed]

I realize that a mystic theurge is basically 2 casters 3lvls lower than my character in one body. a mix or arcane and divine, but I think the possibilities are still intruiging. I am currently ...
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What is the Stormwind Fallacy?

In the context of another Question here, the Stormwind Fallacy was brought up. What exactly is the Stormwind Fallacy and how is connected to optimization?
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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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Is a Dex-Based Character viable for a PVP Arena [closed]

New question from a comment on Is this Dex/Int build Viable for a PVP arena playing primarily vs Glass-Cannon Casters Dex based characters are, of course, generally no good. Using a goblin as a ...
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Human Sorcerer, Merfolk sorcerer, and Favored Class Bonuses; and is there any way to get access to the Human Class Bonus while being a non-human?

Alright so this is going to be a long winded thing so here we go. I'm going to be starting in a Pathfinder game and I'm going to be participating as a member of the group as a Merfolk Sorcerer. I've ...
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Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for DPR/AC with Blade pact and Fiend patron

How can I get the highest Damage-Per-Round (both melee and ranged using pact weapon and Eldritch Blast) and AC possible (with DPR being more important than AC) with a Dragonborn Warlock taking the ...
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Is it worth it for a barbarian to take a level of alchemist?

I'm thinking of giving my barbarian a level in alchemist. The alchemist's mutagen gives a +4 alchemical bonus to strength for ten minutes, so that stacks with rage! Not to mention the natural armor ...
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What is the fastest path to an Ur-Priest Mystic Theurge

From the Complete Divine, the requirements for the Ur-Priest prestige class are: Any evil Base Saves: Fort +3, Will +3 Skill Ranks: Bluff 6, Knowledge (arcana) 5, Knowledge (the planes) 5, Knowledge ...
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Optimizing pure magus for single turn damage

As per title I'm looking for ways to optimize a magus meant mainly for assassination and boss-dispatching. I know about the shocking grasp "trick", but I feel that's not enough for higher-level ...
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Bard Feat Optimization: Buff/Control/Face

I'm building a bard for DND 3.5. I am trying to plan my feats out into the future. We expect to play this campaign to level 20 over the course of 5-6 years. Roleplaying wise, my character is the ...
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Crafting on ten coppers a day

Using the 3.5 crafting rules, how would you optimize for the cheapest magic item crafting possible, and how cheap would it be? By default, crafting is 1/2 the base price, or 50% + materials. Lowering ...
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Should you always become a Specialty Priest when you qualify for it?

Going through Faiths & Avatars and its sorta-followup Powers & Pantheons I saw the various Specialty Priests listed there, and some of them looked pretty neat with all sorts of unique ...
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What's the most effective way to maximize skills as a character of any class?

I feel like Pathfinder skills are very compact when compared to 3.5 skills, as a result that makes each individual skill point worth more than each individual point in 3.5, due to combining some ...
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Looking for a great single level class dip for bard, no spell progression needed [closed]

I am working on a build that starts the first 19 levels this way: Bard 9 Sublime Chord 6 Fatespinner 4 I'm looking for something to use for level 20. The best I've got right now is Fatespinner 5, ...
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How many Shapechanged Familiar Dragons can I have at once?

As per this question, certain classes can indeed have multiple Animal Companions or Familiars able to share spells. I want to know what the theoretical limit of this would be. A Druid19/Wiz1 would ...
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Shapechanging Familiars/Animal Companions/Etc via Share Spells

I had the idea for a character with several familiars/companions who will follow him around, and then once level 9 spells are available, with use of the Share-Spells special ability, create a mass of ...
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What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?

What is the fastest way to earn money outside of adventuring? Our DM is putting us into a war and we have to prepare for said war. We have X amount of time (not known) to make money and then we make ...
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How do I make character making easier for new players?

Whenever I need a player to make a character, usually above level one (e.g. TPK) they usually miss more details than I can manage, sometimes the player takes a terrible spell on his spells known, and ...
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What elements make a simple 9 level Dwarf martial tank? [closed]

I once was a D&D 3.5 player for about a year, and I was playing a dwarf fighter, but I needed to take a break. Now I'm returning, but I need to make a new character. The DM says to make a 9th ...
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How do some of the Hunter Abilities interact with Extra Attack for Rangers?

While there's several feats that could also interact with the following, I don't want this to become a ramble, so I'll stick to specifically how the Ranger and Hunter specialisation abilities interact ...
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Optimal Blade Pact Warlock with Fiend Patron for DPR/AC without Multiclassing

This great question contains a guide on how to best build an amazing melee Warlock. However, it depends on Multiclassing, which is not allow in the campaign I plan to play in. The requirements are: ...
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Is there any reason not to put the +1 level of existing class features from Uncanny Trickster into Uncanny Trickster?

The members of our group always take infinite effective levels of Uncanny Trickster when they take the second level of the class, in addition to the +1 to whatever other class they're exceeding the ...
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How flexible is Pact of the Blade? [duplicate]

Warlock, 3rd level boon: You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it. Same section, a bit ...
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Best DPR Monk build at 5th level

Please help me build the best DPR monk at 5th level. Point buy stats, human and half elf are the only racial options. Mono-class monk, no dips into other classes.
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Overall mechanical effects of 16 point buy in 5e

Our DM allows a point buy of ability 16, with a cost of 12. The total cost is still at 27. I feel this is harmful for balance, because a +1 on your main ability allows reaching a stat of 20 by level ...
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How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?

I have a level 12 human ranger who relies mostly on ranged attacks. However I find his attack bonus to be too low. What are the best options to boost my chances of hitting ranged attacks? I was using ...
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How can I optimize damage for a ranged ranger from level 1 to 6?

I'm going to start playing with my friends again and they will start a campaign in D&D 4e. The campaign begins at level 1 and I decided that the team needed a ranged striker. the last time I ...
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Ship's Mage build (wind/water/weather themed caster) [closed]

I'm looking for some help with a character build for an upcoming pirate-themed Pathfinder game, which will probably run using the 'Epic 6th' rules. I'm looking for suggestions to help ensure that the ...
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Optimal 5e warlock for DPR/AC with blade pact no multiclass [duplicate]

I'm looking for ideas on the best way to build a 5e blade warlock for melee dps/ac without multiclassing. Feats and variant human are options, point buy for stats up to 15 initial cap. I'm not so ...
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How does an Fighter (Eldritch Knight) 20 compare to a Fighter 10/Wizard 10 for both damage dealt and durability?

With the release of the PHB we have the Eldritch Knight fighter archetype as an innate, class-driven way for the fighter to compete with the wizard in the AoE department. This prompted a discussion ...
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How to make a weapon 'extendable', as with the Dorn-Dergar?

I'm building a Tiefling Magus (Fiendflayer/Kensai) for an upcoming campaign. Level: 4 All of the stats are already adjusted for my racial stat bonus's. Str: 6 Dex: 13 Con: 16 Int: 14 Wis: 15 Cha: ...
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Optimized cat dancer

Inspired by Where is the rule for skill limitations for animals? The Entertain trick gives a -2 penalty to perception to unwilling onlookers only if they fill a an opposed sense motive check against ...
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What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?

The D&D 3.5e's original Truenamer is considered so badly broken it's nearly unusable, and in the Tier system, it gets pegged at tier 6 or 7, i.e. it is the lowest of the low. However, the folks ...
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DnD 5e Optimal DPR/AC blade pact variant human [duplicate]

How can I get the highest Damage-Per-Round (both melee and ranged using pact weapon and Eldritch Blast) and AC possible (with DPR being more important than AC) with a Variant Human Blade Pact Warlock ...
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How can I optimize Chicken Infested?

I'm soon going to be a guest player in a Pathfinder game where silliness is the theme. (The party has been drawn into the Demiplane of Dinosaurs, which is reportedly a lot like Ravenloft, except with ...
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Ways to reduce Arcane Spell Failure on pre-existing gear

At level 1, I bought this really cool armor that, given a masterwork, and custom fit quality, had 0 armor check penalty and a +6 to max dexterity bonus, and a really good amount of armor, plus it ...