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What is the optimal build for AC for a fighter at Level 13?

I like to take my characters to extremes when I can. In this instance I am building a fighter (weapon master) that will be the team's tank. I am interested in maximixing his AC, and secondly his ...
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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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Character good for underwater environments?

What would be the best character to make for sub-sea and island-hopping adventuring? This would be a newly-rolled level 5 Pathfinder character.
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Within 6 levels is there any way to change your save DC from Wisdom to Charisma for a Cleric?

I'm playing in an E6 game (caps out at level 6) and with the stats I rolled and templates I'd like to apply, I end up with a downright amazing Charisma score. Unfortunately, I'm playing a cleric and ...
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How good is the Combat Patrol feat for a Fighter/Rogue?

Currently, I'm playing a character with three fighter and two rogue levels. I'm a part of two-man party in which the other player is Cleric. Shadowdancer Prestige Class always intrigued me so I went ...
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What is the optimal way to gain energy resistance?

I'm looking for the most efficient way to get energy resistance for my character. He's a level 18 caster, wizard, sorcerer & ultimate magus. I don't want to have to take any levels in anything ...
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How can I maximise my wizard's armour without magic items/spells?

In pathfinder I'd like to give my wizard the option to have an improved armour class when he's not got mage armor up (For those surprise night-time encounters) What easy options for increasing AC ...
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How can I get the most powerful animal companion in pathfinder? [closed]

in 3.5 I took a ape totem, 5 levels of druid and a prestige that gave me an animal companion boost, as well as more than one animal companion, at the sacrifice of the prestige not giving me spell ...
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Optimizing 2e High Int, Low Str Fighter

I am trying to design a character who will be wildly suboptimal at his desired profession, but hopefully will be able to keep up with the rest of the group in terms of usefulness. The campaign is ...
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Can Threading or Sprites be a reliable substitute for known Complex Forms?

Which strategy would be more advisable for a Technomancer at character creation: buying a smaller number of high-rank Complex Forms that you know you will need, and using Threading or Sprites to do ...
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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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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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Web of the Spider Queen Executioner Optimization

I'm currently playing an assassin executioner in this season's enounters and was wondering if anyone with any knowledge of the drow (and other monsters I'll likely find in the underdark) could chime ...
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Paladin builds for the Beloved of Valarian Prestige class?

I'm working on a new character for my next campaign and I'm really intrigued by the Beloved of Valarian prestige class from the Book of Exalted Deeds. However, I'd also like to play a Paladin and I'm ...
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Optimizing a smart fighter

I am currently in a campaign and have a Swashbuckler 3/Fighter 2 who is basically the party leader. I chose Swashbuckler more for style than for the flavor, a fighter who fights more by his wits and ...
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What are the best uses of a Factotum's Cunning Brilliance (Ex)?

At 19th level, you become the ultimate jack of all trades. Your sharp mind and keen sense of your surroundings allow you to duplicate almost any ability you witness. At the start of each day, ...
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Survivalist NPC build?

How can I best optimize an NPC so that instead of having perfect power attack or sneak attack, they're just really hard to kill? I can think of thief acrobat and perhaps exemplar or dungeon delver, ...
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Does Melee Training affect the secondary attack of Riposte Strike?

Melee Training Feat from Heroes of the Fallen Lands, say you can sub another Ability mod for your melee attack bonus and half that Ability mod for damage bonus. PC chooses Dexterity. Riposte has, If ...
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How does two weapon fighting calculate the offhand attack?

I am making a character who uses two weapons at once, but this is the first time that I have attempted to make a dual-wielding character. He will have 2 attacks/round from his BAB. Two-weapon fighting ...
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What is an example of an optimized Ranger|Cleric build in D&D 4E?

I am totally new to D&D 4E. I have read that Ranger|Cleric is generally better than Ranger. Can someone give me an example build for Ranger|Cleric that goes up to level 30? EDIT: No house rules. ...
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Domains for a Sorcerer with Domain Access

Domain Access from Complete Champion p52 allows a sorcerer to take a cleric domain for the price of forever losing one L1 and one L2 spell known. The sorcerer gets the domain power, but can cast the ...
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Is there any way to reduce Metapsionic Costs?

I Already know of the Torc of Power Preservation and Earth Power and Metapower. If it Matters the Character in Question(Though it isnt made yet.) is Level 10, has a Flaw which means he has 5 open ...
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Which non-light weapons does Weapon Finesse apply to?

Weapon Finesse says it applies to all light weapons, and then a small number of other weapons (rapier, whip, spiked chain) from the "Player's Handbook". I know there are other non-light weapons ...
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What are some ways to increase melee damage?

I've got a character who needs more melee weapon damage. What kind of things can you buy with character points, besides ST, to increase the damage?
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How to better implement Spiked Chain build from OOTS 216?

I was wondering if the build posted on Order of the Stick 216 is still valid in pathfinder, and how to better implement in terms of: Better races, preferably, being a common (medium sized) race, ...
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Is there a way to mix Unarmed Strike Damage with Natural Attack Damage or vice versa?

I want to maximize my damage output on my character by Finding a way to add his Unarmed Strike Damage to his Natural Attacks. If there are ways to do this I would also Like to know at what levels it ...
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Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?

The Revenant racials, as a whole, seem to be focused on survivability/durability, granting the ability to stay in the fight even at zero HP. The Assassin class, while technically a Striker, seems to ...
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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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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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What major non-hermetic virtue would be appropriate for an ex-Ex Misc who wants to be Flambeau?

One of my PCs is creating a character that has left her (probably mystery cult) in Ex Misc, and tried (and failed) to join House Flambeau as part of her backstory. I cannot find a major non-hermetic ...
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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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What options in the Laundry system might make a character significantly more powerful than his group?

What skills sets are a game breaker and would make one PC much more powerful than the rest? Or How would you optimise a character so that they were incredibly more powerful than a "standard" ...
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Why is the Monk class considered sub-par in some games of 3.5? [duplicate]

This question is a combination of theoretical-optimization and practical-optimization. In some games, I acknowledge that the monk can be a fun and flavourful choice. Unfortunately, looking at the ...
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Feat Selection for a Gestalt Druid/Ninja Wildshape assassin

I know the title isn't terribly descriptive, hopefully someone can help me out on that one. I'm stating out a Pathfinder Gestalt Druid/Ninja who is trying to maximize usage of Wild Shape paired with ...
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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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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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Question about a Dragonfire Adept build

For part of a Dragonfire Adept build idea, I was considering using either Silverbrow Human or Dragon Descended, but then I had another idea: why not both? Would it be possible to combine those two ...
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Samurais studying abroad: automatic killing machines?

I am confused by the "Multiple School" advantage in L5R 4th Ed. It basically allows your character to stop studying in his current school and start studying in another one. It costs a whole 10xp, and ...
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Feats for a TWF Ranger?

Trying to find feats that I should focus on for a two-weapon fighting human ranger. I just hit level 2 and I have picked up two weapon fighting, weapon focus (scimitar), and double slice. My strength ...
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Repercussions to DM-mandated limit on books allowable for characters?

When running a campaign, especially one with newer players mixed with optimizers, is it a fair call to limit the variety of books available for play? For feats, classes, prestige classes, magic items ...
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Does the War Domain grant Improved Unarmed Strike when given by a god who favors Unarmed Strikes?

I could have sworn that I read somewhere that the War Domain granted Improved Unarmed Strike when the god favored them, but I can’t find it now. Did I just imagine this, or is it an actual rule ...
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How do I gain access to Perception training as a Hexblade MC Rogue in early Heroic?

I am currently about to start playing as a 1st level fey-pact Hexblade stiker and I'm acting as the rogue (traps, locks, and so on) in a small party. I am currently planning to take the multi-class ...
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Are there any stat-boosting backgrounds?

My DM is asking us to use a 22-point-buy for my main stats but this isn't quite enough to make the character I really want to play. Are there any themes, backgrounds or feats I can take in Heroic Tier ...
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How to optimize a bard's ability with a bow in Pathfinder?

Specifically, the question would be for a halfling bard whose main combat role I want to have is ranged with the bow—as no one else seems to be taking any interest there. More interested in accuracy ...
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Is there a list of optimised characters for D&D 3e? [closed]

Is there a site, page or other online resource with a comprehensive list of optimised characters for each main role (e.g. Tank, Healer) or class (e.g. Bard, Fighter) in D&D 3e? I'm not looking for ...
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What's an optimum build for a set-up character for Pathfinder Society character?

My wife plays a barbarian in Pathfinder Society that does massive amounts of damage when she is able to use Cleave. I decided to build a character that would reposition foes for her to cleave. What's ...
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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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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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How important is charisma for a 3.X bard?

I've just started a DnD 3.5 campaign that will probably run through the summer, taking us from level three (where we start) to around level eight or nine. It's a small party (four players) and two of ...
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What is the best weapon for night stalker assassin?

Recently I read about an Assassin class, and I'm intrigued. I'm not very familiar with it yet, but I'm wondering what weapon best suits an Assassin? I mean, from a roleplaying point of view I would ...