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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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Which is likely to provide more chances to OA, Polearm Master or Sentinel (with War Caster)?

I'm wielding a staff focus, which doubles as a quarterstaff; so, it seems that Polearm Master + War Caster allows a PC to cast spells as reactions to enemies that enter its reach. Similarly, ...
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Monk 4 + 1 level full BAB Options

So, my goal here is to have my character hit the Fist of the Forest Prestige class by 6 from a Monk start. This class requires a +4 BAB to start out. This means if I stick 100% monk I won't get that ...
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What are some buffing options for a divine caster?

I am currently playing a lvl 8 Half-Orc Life Oracle with the haunted curse in pathfinder and am very weak in the fighting aspect of the game, which is fine with me because I really like to heal (plus ...
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How to make a warlock a better ritualist?

I want to make a warlock character I am developing a ritualist, which fits with her background. I have read this thread and whilst it provided helpful advice, it seemed focused on choosing a class ...
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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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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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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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How do I make an optimal inflict wounds rogue in pathfinder?

In 3.5 I made a rogue / cleric / invisible blade that dealt sneak attacks through the inflict wounds line of spells. This made the attack both a touch attack, and on a feinted character, which was ...
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How can I increase my early heroic tier Wizard's attack roll?

can you provide some suggestions on how to increase my level 2 Wizard enchanter's attack rolls? FYI my Int is 19 and I've already taken the staff expertise Feat at level one. At level two I chose ...
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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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Can I increase my size with a +1 template?

I'm currently playing a D&D 3.5 campaign, and I'm playing a gnoll that is Large sized. (Gnolls are normally Medium.) A long time ago, I was told that a Player Character could be one size larger ...
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Inspiration for a unique hybrid character in 4E?

I have been using Wizards' character creator, but I can't come up with anything unique. I would very much like to use a hybrid, but I've had trouble making one that would work at early levels (we are ...
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Optimizing a rogue as an assassin

I'm in the process of building a character who works as a hired assassin of the ranged flavor. My idea of the perfect assassin is one that can be undetected and unload a massive amount of damage ...
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How can I make the most of a Barbarian's Rage?

I was subbing for a Barbarian player last night, and I realized just how few rages they get. It seems they basically get one per daily power. I also noticed that several of his powers had better ...
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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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What is the most powerful, complete (levels 1–20) Bardic buffing build?

What are the most powerful Bardic optimized buffing builds, that focus on buffing and strengthening allies, in a practical game? I'm actually working on building a class, and to learn from and for ...
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Traits that improve Abjuration school spells

Are there any Traits that would benefit a caster focusing on the Abjuration school? Character design is a buffing support. Classes are Bard and he will be Prestiging into the Abjurant Champion from ...
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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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Optimising a Mech pilot

We are playing a Mutants and Masterminds campaign in the Eureka Seven universe and using R505 Sumner model LFOs. The GM has already statted out the mecha in the system. We get to customize it a little ...
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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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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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How deadly are extras in Exalted 2nd ed.?

So, I'm rather new to exalted, playing in my first campaign, and I have the sneaking suspicion I'm doing something very very wrong. My first character was an earth aspect (We're all playing ...
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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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Samsaran Witch : as an Hexer, Support / Control

DISCLAIMER : This character is expected to take part in a coherent campaign, it is not a sandbox exercise. Characters will start at level 1. Hello everyone, I am looking at fleshing a good Samsaran ...
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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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Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?

I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going Fighter 1 > Barb 1 ...
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Assassins using the Questionable Int stat

I'm working my way through trying to create my first PF character idea (to try and get a small grip on the system). Of note for the answer: I am considerably not an optimizer and care more for RP ...
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Is Bleed worth optimizing

Is bleed damage worth optimizing once you reach the higher levels or does it become useless due to immunity or healing? Creatures start getting fast healing and regeneration in the higher levels but ...
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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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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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How to make the best of a monk? [duplicate]

I have relatively recently teamed up with some high school buddies, joining an ongoing 3rd edition campaign. In the past we have played many 2nd (and even 1st edition) campaigns. Because the campaign ...
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How can keepers be optimized?

I don't know what to do with these guys. I liked their fluff enough that I put them in the campaign and now, when it's time to use them, I'm at a loss. The Keeper One of the power groups the PCs ...
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What Resources are available to expand my critical hit multiplier?

I've recently developed an interest in critical hits, and I'm looking to create the largest critical multiplier possible. Note that I'm not asking about critical threat range - I'm familiar with that ...
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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 many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)

I'm thinking of making a finesse melee Wizard leader, which means I'll need good INT, DEX, CON, and CHA, however from my previous understandings of D&D character builds, this would make my ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of dual wielding in 13th Age?

Our normal 4e encounters group is running a 13th Age playtest session, and I'm creating a Level 1 fighter character based on Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I'm skimming the rules and the ...
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Should I take Polearm Gamble or Repel Charge at level 11?

I'm in a 4E dnd game, built from lvl1, and we're lvl6 now. My build is a fighter/ranger polearm fighter, kind of a striker/defender build, combining the whole polearm proning with high damage attacks, ...
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Ways to add the [Good] Descriptor to Spells for Arcane Spellcaster

The 'Consecrate Spell' feat from Book of Exalted Deeds adds the [Good] descriptor to spells cast. Is there another way to achieve this for arcane spellcasters, e.g. as a prestige class feature? The ...
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Is this a valid method to use Shadow Walk + Fleeting Ghost?

I would like to play a level 6 hybrid Assassin/Rogue MC Warlock in the Thunderspire Labyrinth. The character summary is given below. I have the Shadow Walk[DDI] (SW) ability and also have Fleeting ...
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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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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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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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How best to optimize a 'arcane archer'-ish half-elf sorcerer in 5e?

I'm not normally an optimizer, but my group is switching from Pathfinder to 5e, at least temporarily. My plan for the character in Pathfinder was to become an Arcane Archer (prestige class) at ...
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Build a social assassin

I'm trying to trick a PC into killing someone in a duel with Merciful pistols. Suppressing the Merciful enchantment ought to be enough, but it helps to be sure, so I'm trying to build a level 8-ish ...
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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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Feats for a wolf animal companion?

I have a two-weapon fighting ranger. Currently I am level 6 and am just getting my animal companion. I chose the wolf. At level 7 he becomes large because of the feat, boon companion. His stat bump ...
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Is there a way to advance both Wizard and Assassin casting?

I'm creating a character for a challenge ("How would you help this village defend against an orcish army?") and in the interests of doing something wacky I decided to try and mix Wizard and Assassin ...
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First levels of a Wildshape Mystic Ranger/Master of Many Forms

I'm looking for advice on how to play the first levels of a character I'm building. The character is a Wild Shape Mystic Ranger/Master of Many Forms, so in particular I need tips on what to do the ...