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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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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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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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Optimizing a Warforged Fighter/Artificer for Survivability

I'm designing a Warforged character for a new 3.5 campaign I'm playing in. I'm looking at going the 'sword and board' route to maximize my AC, as I'll be the party's tank. Fighter is the main class ...
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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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How do you optimize in 1st Edition AD&D?

1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons gives its players a few strategic options during character creation, many of which are restricted by randomly generated attributes. With this in mind, what are some ...
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Would it be fair to ask the GM for benefits for self-imposed character limitations?

Is it fair to ask the DM for some kind of benefit if you give your character self-imposed weaknesses/downsides with definite consequences/mechanics behind them? For example, if I had a character with ...
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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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Increasing cleric hitpoints

I'm running a Dwarf Cleric in a vanilla FR D&D 4e game. My character is intended to be somewhat of a defender as well as a leader. The problem I'm having is that I haven not found any ...
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Fighter weapon choice?

With the normal fighter builds found in the PHB, is there any weapon choice (hammers, light blade, heavy blade, axes, etc) that does statistically better damage based on weapon damage, power ...
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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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What is the most effective healing class in D&D 4e?

There are many Leader role classes in D&D4.0 these days. Cleric Warlord Bard Shaman etc Which one makes the most effective healer by the numbers? Numbers to be evaluated Hit points healed ...
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How can I make sure my character is awesome enough?

This question pulls quite a lot from Brian Ballsun-Stanton's paper on constrained optimisation (i.e. making your character awesome), so that might be a good thing to read. I know that in D&D ...
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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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Can someone help me optimize my Elan Psion (3.5)?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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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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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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Druid: how to obtain rage?

I'm building a druid character for an upcoming E6 game, and I'm wondering if I can get myself rage along with 6 levels of shapeshift variant druid. Unfortunately, shapeshift is obligatory, which ...
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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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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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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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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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Optimizing an Executioner for Lair Assualt: Spiderkiller

For an upcoming Lair Assault I am building an Assassin(Executioner). I tried to focus on upping damage and maximizing the utility of my poison attacks as much as possible with some lip service to ...
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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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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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Are Lair Assaults treated as one long, unending encounter?

Specifically I'm asking about Lair Assault: Kill the Wizard, but would also like to know if this is an overall rule for Lair Assaults. It's my first Lair Assault and I want to build my potential PCs ...
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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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How can I optimize this Slayer?

I am Creating a 5th level Charge Happy Slayer. Should I choose to do an extra 1d8+3 damage on each charge or knock the enemy prone on every attack? Our party is Cleric, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue & ...
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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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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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What typed-damage builds (item & feat) exist for ki-focus implements in 4e?

The problem at hand I'm fairly proficient with the usual pathways for getting frost or fire or radiant damage combos/optimization going with regular weapons or using holy symbols, but I am new at ...
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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 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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What is the best two handed weapon in 4th edition?

There are several options available for two-handed weapons in 4e. Ignoring build, is there a qualified best option? Analysis in each category would be welcome. What are the best options for Simple ...
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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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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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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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How can I add higher level prayers to my prayerbook?

Given: A half-elf Archivist/5 (from 3.5 Heroes of Horror) with no required feats. Archivist 5 can cast 3rd level spells. The desired spell is a 5th level spell. All Pathfinder/3.5 books allowed. ...
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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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Assassin or Rogue for high DPS?

I'm making my second-ever character in D&D 4e and I want him to be a not-so-good guy (my first character being a Dragonborn Fighter who worships Bahamut) that can do a ton of single-target damage. ...
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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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What Wizard schools are best to specialize in? Which schools are best to sacrifice?

The Wizard gains the ability to specialize in a school of spells, gaining a bonus spell slot per level that must be used to prepare spells of that school. In exchange, he must ban two other schools; ...