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Pathfinder Cavalier looking to make an all rounder build [closed]

Hey I'm going into a Pathfinder Society game soon and I was wondering if this setup would be any good. The goal is to be a tank/damage dealer both on and off a mount. My Cavalier is Order of ...
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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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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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How can I optimize playing a sentient wolf?

I was invited to a savage themed campaign recently that features shamans, cave monsters, and all that prehistoric goodness. I'm going to be playing an awakened wolf named Virginia, and have no idea ...
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...
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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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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

I've been discussing critical strikes with a friend. He states that there is no way to get more than 11-20 range in any D&D version, but he refuses to explain how he gets there, and it's based on ...
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What to do with a Lizardfolk with high Str/Con/Cha?

Brief explanation; this is my third/fourth character of the campaign (after 4 sessions). He was originally a level 2 Elf Ranger, but after a mishap with a trapped temple and a Cloaker he got ...
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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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Are there melee builds that can keep up with well-played tier 1 casters? [closed]

I want to know if there are melee builds, i.e. characters designed to use either melee or ranged weapons in combat, that can keep up with/compete with/or be useful to competent tier 1 casters (Wizard, ...
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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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Is there a directory of optimisation handbooks for D&D 3.5?

On the eve of 5th edition, there has been a great deal of bit rot since the dark days of 2003-2004. Forums have lived and died, and many of the trivial searches on google show ancient threads. ...
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Balancing Spellcasters; Spontaneous Casters versus Prepared Casters

So ask any optimizer and they'll almost always tell you the same thing: in 3.5 classes that prepare spells are better than spontaneous spellcasters. It's generally not thought of as even a contest. ...
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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 feats should I take to optimize a dragon shaman grappler?

I was hoping to create a dragon shaman using this home brew version of it. My question is what feats should I take to optimize it to be a grapple tank? (By grapple tank I mean that I want him to ...
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D&D4e monk nova round

I have stumbled quite a few times about the expression "nova" in combination with the monk. What does it mean? E.g. "for building up nova rounds".
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Custom Team for Fighting in an Arena [closed]

We are playing Hero's Championship in a wicked Arena of Terror. That's beside our regular storyline with characters built just for this purpose. It's to get some adrenalin in a Player versus Player ...
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Is there anything that stacks with the haste spell or speed enchantment

As the title says I am looking for any abilities, spells, enchants, ect that would stack with haste/speed (Preferably speed). I am attempting to build a character who hits A LOT. I know I have seen ...
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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 there a directory of Optimization Handbooks for Legend?

I'm the sort of person that likes looking at optimization guides for d20 related games. I know directories for handbooks to certain classes/playstyles exist for both D&D 3.5 and D&D 4E, but I ...
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Is there a cross referenced DPR / build list, or optimized build list, somewhere?

I'm a DM who is starting to play PC's, and I don't know the many many character options out there that well. My group is full of expert power gamers and I want my PC to match up reasonably, but I ...
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Carrying Capacity and multipliers

I have a character that's Large and has a Belt of Wide Earth. Large size characters have a carrying capacity twice as good as Medium size characters, and the Belt doubles the carrying capacity of the ...
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How to improve AC when it's so low that enemies hit on 3–5?

The AC of my character is falling far behind her other defenses, and I'm wondering if I have missed out on something basic and important. I am going to post some of her stats as an example to this ...
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Prestige Classes for a stealthy Barbarian/Rogue

Hot on the heels of this question, Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?, I'd decided that I want to build a Half Orc barbarian/rogue for an upcoming low-magic* pirate ...
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Is the Hybrid Vampire any good?

Vampire is one of the worst classes from an optimization standpoint. Preselected, universally weak powers, few feats, no Con bonus to the Surge number. Inadequate as a Striker, no secondary role worth ...
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Off Hand optimization

I am asking on a general base since I think answers might be useful for several types of characters, but if you want the details, I am currently playing a swashbuckler/duellist and I am not allowed to ...
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Is there any way to turn regular ranged weapon attacks into Touch attacks?

Just this basic question. Any feat, skill trick, spell, regardless of source would be fine, just want to know if i've missed something or if the means doesn't actually exist to do so. The only way ...
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How can I make my allies & myself regularly benefit from Mark of Warding?

I'm playing a Tiefling Paladin and I've picked up Mark of Warding, which as a secondary benefit increases all defence bonuses granted by any of your powers by +1. At as low a level as possible, how ...
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Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level

I want to learn how to optimize. I am aware of optimization and have seen examples of optimized characters, I have found many 'guides' on optimization but in reality all of these are simply lists of ...
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Most levels of Cleric recommended?

There are classes in 3.5 that, in the view of the optimization community, simply fail to continue to deliver value after a certain point. For example, the monk class: the first two levels have a lot ...
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Best way to get Guidance of the Avatar on a Factotum?

I currently have a level 5 factotum with Knowledge Devotion and a bunch of skill points in Iajutsu Focus, and have just become aware of the spell Guidance of the Avatar. This looks like the perfect ...
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How can I play an Artificer predictively?

Of the various classes held to be Tier One, the Artificer is perhaps the absolute trickiest to play. Though their potential power - especially with access to downtime - is immense, they more than any ...
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What is the most damage-oriented barbarian build (without any regard to defences)?

I'm playing a minotaur barbarian who has a (housruled) tanked int of 3. He's a brute - simple as that. I want him to be able to do the most possible damage with zero regard to defenses or companions ...
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Does this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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Do Sorcerers need to know a lot of attack spells?

I was building a Sorcerer character I had in mind for high-level campaigns (e.g. starting at 10th) and noticed that while I was planning and selecting his spells known, I seemed to gravitate mostly ...
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How do I benefit from skirmish as a high BAB ranged and melee scout?

I know that as a scout progresses he gets more attacks/round from his BAB. if using both attacks or all three is a full round action how can he gain the benefit from his skirmish which requires him to ...
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Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?

In a Rise of the Runelords campaign, my character is a halfling, raised by actors in the Sandpoint theater, but who's rejecting her early acting training and will instead advance primarily as a ...
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Should I take Sorcerer or Warmage for a Kobold Ultimate Magus?

I'm trying to build a Dragonwrought Kobold Ultimate Magus, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I want to do it based off a Wizard/Sorcerer or Wizard/Warmage. On one hand, Sorcerer is a Kobold ...
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Can someone help me optimize (or at least, make sure I don't hobble) a gunslinger/magus for PFS play? [closed]

I'm moderately familiar with D20 games, though moderately new to PF, but I was invited by a friend-of-a-friend to try out PFS this weekend. I popped into my university's game club to read some ...
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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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What should I do if I have one PC that has optimized his character and is throwing off the party's CR?

Tonight out group just finished up our second session into our latest campaign. Everyone is enjoying it and it has been running rather smooth. I have realized, though, that one PC in particular is way ...
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How can I squeeze a place for utility spells with limited number of preparable spells?

A full caster in D&D Next can prepare 1 + Caster Level kinds of spells per day. It seems to me those are not enough to justify preparing utility spells. Assuming a single defensive and offensive ...
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Early optimized/broken caster [closed]

My DM is about to run us through a heck of a campaign. I don't know what to expect, but he has told us that anything goes. All non-homebrew source flies, and he has challenged us to make the most ...
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What feats should a velociraptor animal companion have to fill the “scout” role well?

I'm a level 5 Druid and my group consists of me, the DM and a level 5 fighter. I am unsure of what feats my companion should have. I'm having it fill in the role of a scout. It knows common, and its ...
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Does Combat Opening use an immediate action?

Combat Opening is a feat from Martial Power which says: When you can make a melee basic attack against a target because of Combat Challenge, you can instead choose to let an ally make a melee ...
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Do Resplendent Circlet and Aversion Staff work together?

This seems quite a powerful combination. Aversion Staff: Property You gain a +2 item bonus to all defenses against attacks from enemies that are subject to effects caused by you. ...
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How can a battlefield control character be built?

In Pathfinder, there isn't much in the way of battlefield control like there is in 4e. How can a character be built focusing on things like forced movement, zones, or generally making the enemies be ...
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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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How do I optimize an Earthstrength Warden with some houserules and minimal books?

Some friends and I are starting a new campaign where we agreed to use Player's Handbook 1 & 2 only. Unfortunately, all of us have little to no experience, and, although I don't want to boast, I'm ...
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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character?

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 ...