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How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf

A little backstory: One of my earliest DnD characters was a Two-Weapon-Fighting Purple-haired Barbarian Elf. He was immensely popular due to his unorthadox nature as a war-loving elf that embraced ...
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Optimizing Natural Killer Build

For my new party I started playing THIS character. But now at level 2 having the knowledge that everybody else is playing a powerplay character I would like to know if anyone has ideas getting the ...
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Which Fighter (TWF Fighter vs. Great Weapon Fighter) is better optimized for Dealing Damage?

With Basic's release the Fighter is given six different Fighting Styles to choose from at level 1. Each fighting style offers a solid mechanical benefit to the fighter, but both Great Weapon Fighting ...
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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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As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?

I'm hoping to play a melee Sorcerer with Mage Slayer and Sentinel feats, both of which provide good opportunities to use your reaction to make a Melee Weapon Attack. Currently, with 16 Dex, my best ...
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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 ...
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Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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What is the biggest weapon wieldable with a Goliath + Wield Oversize Weapon?

I was looking at the Goliath race, and noticed the Powerful Build racial trait, which lets me wield a weapon one size category larger without penalty. I also saw the Wield Oversized Weapon feat, which ...
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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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As a party meat shield, should I start with levels in Barbarian, or Druid?

I am currently starting my first campaign having only played 2 single adventures before both only reaching level 2. For this campaign I am thinking on creating a moon druid/barbarian multiclass ...
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Building Doctor Strange as a SorcLock for Adventurers League

I'm building a character for organized play. The design goal is to create a versatile support caster that's more of a Swiss Army knife than a straight blaster. The build concept is a variant human ...
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Which class would be considered the strongest given high ability scores? [closed]

Hey first time asking here, but I'm making a character for a game and rolled the insane stats of 18 17 14 14 14 13 highset to lowest and I wonder which class would be considered getting the most out ...
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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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Is knocking someone prone worth it?

In 4e, proning was a Defender's best friend. Easy to get with Flail Expertise or Polearm Momentum, and it provided a great reward: no shift+charge for the enemy. It improved your stickiness greatly. ...
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How can I get a character with the lowest hit points possible?

A friend of mine has asked me to help him create an escort mission for his April Fool's game (actually held this weekend, because, you know, scheduling). The players will be escorting a tenth-level ...
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How to get advantage on all four ranged attacks in one round?

Specifically, I want to attack 4 times with Eldritch Blast as a 17th level Warlock. What is the easiest and cheapest way to gain advantage on all 4 attacks? Enhanced Ability is nice, but is not on ...
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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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Brawler and Monk Multiclassing

I am currently doing a comparison between the monk and brawler to determine which is more optimal for a current build I am working towards. I have a question regarding the Brawlers Martial Training ...
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Creating Phil Taylor the darts champion in D&D 5e

My group (4 players + GM, all new to D&D 5e,) is going to organize a campaign where the characters are based on famous sports players from our world. They asked me to play the ranged striker. I ...
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+1 AC or +20 HP--which is better for a nimble, frontline character?

I've planned a 1 Monk, 19 Draconic Sorcerer, and I have the option of setting Con to 14 and Wis to 12 (providing +1 HP at each level up), or Wis to 14 (+1 AC, given Monk Unarmored Defense) and Con to ...
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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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“Clever” spell 'combos' for Draconic Ancestry--Elemental Affinity? [closed]

Related to this question, though a bit more specific--I'm looking for spell+element combinations that offer a bit more bang for your buck than just straight up damage once (or when the damage is a ...
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Recommendations for a thrown weapon specialist?

I'm looking for ideas for a reasonably competitive thrown weapon specialist build. I'm fine with not being 100% optimized, but not with a build that's notably inferior to an archer or melee fighter. ...
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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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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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Which items can I use to boost my hit chance?

I'm a vryloka cosmic sorcerer. I choose to start with a 16+2 Charisma to get some extra Dex from the point buy and my first three feats were almost entirely focused on boosting defenses and damage ...
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How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10

Ok, big edit to the question as people have suggested. I would like to use the master transmogrifist prestige class all the way to L10, as I find it interesting to use two of its key abilities. ...
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Are there any protections for breath weapons beyond saves?

To be more specific, and add context, I started out the process of making a Pathfinder character with three major goals for the character: One, to acquire either a single wish, or possibly three ...
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Warlock Handbook for 5e?

Is there a 3.5e style handbook for the 5e Warlock yet? 3.5e Style meaning a clear structure with ratings and comments to different abilities and build options. It seems my Google-fu isn't up to the ...
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What synergizes with Awesome Display?

I'm thinking about building a Heavens Oracle with Awesome Display, and I'm looking for things that synergize well with that, especially at higher levels where Color Spray will not be effective, even ...
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Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help [closed]

A pair of follow-up questions spawned from this question, on making a 1 Rogue / 19 Sorcerer viable in melee. 'Viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to survive in the front-lines. Ideally, the ...
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Optimizing Inherent bonus purchasing to gain as many Skill Points as possible

Premise: I know that houseruling retroactive skill points would prevent this from being a problem. I'm aware of the possibility. It just isn't what is true for most characters I make. This question ...
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Is this build a viable melee Sorcerer?

My goal is to have a viable front-line sorcerer--'viable' means that he has decent-enough AC to stay in the front (as high as a rogue should be sufficient, no?), and good-enough damage that he's not a ...
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Can a Transmuter/Abjurer with Racial Proficiencies compete in melee?

I like odd (but not completely broken) builds, and am intrigued when I see them, but do like to see them somewhat balanced. Right now I'm considering whether a melee Wizard build is feasible. If you ...
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Highest AC possible for Sorcerer?

What is the highest Armor Class achievable for a Sorcerer with the Sorcerous Origin of Dragon Bloodline? Player's Handbook Chapter 6 variant rules included. (Multiclassing, Feats, etc.)
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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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Ranger Whirlwind Attack vs Extra Attack and Horde Breaker

Whirlwind Attack says: You can use your action to make a melee attack against any number of creatures within 5 feet of you, with a separate attack roll for each target. Am I right that ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer: Elemental Affinity Optimization

PHB Page 102, Sorcerer, Sorcerous Origins, Draconic Bloodline, Elemental Affinity: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ...
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Pros & Cons: Sorcerer & Cleric cross-class

I'm toying with the idea of cross-classing a Sorcerer with one level in Cleric (Life domain for the bonuses to heals and heavy armor). At 2nd level, 1st level Cleric & 1st level Sorcerer, what ...
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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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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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Would a free hand from gauntlet axe let me attack two handed with a bastard sword?

I'm building a Ranger(Scout) for an upcoming campaign and I was wondering if, while using gauntlet-axe, I would be able to Make two handed attacks using versatile weapons (such as the bastard sword)? ...
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Is fireburst overpowered?

The party I DM for tries to play D&D 3.5 strictly by the rules as written. The wizard of the party came to me with the fireburst spell, from the D&D 3.5 book "Complete Arcane" (page 107). ...
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Is Alter Self strictly better than Disguise Self as at-will invocations?

PHB Page 211, Alter Self You assume a different form. When you cast the spell, choose one of the following options, the effects of which last for the duration of the spell. While the spell lasts, ...
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In what circumstances (if any) is Fighter 3 a good level to take?

I've heard a lot about how Fighter 3 is a bad level to take. However, are there ever any circumstances in 3.x where it is a good idea for optimisation purposes? I'd appreciate hearing the reasoning ...
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Magus Spellstrike, Spell Combat and Quicken Spell

Related: Magus question: Combining spell strike and spell combat I was reading the Spell Combat and Spell Strike abilities of the Magus and was curious how they would interact with Quicken Spell. ...
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Does roleplaying inherently put you at a disadvantage?

My friend is going to be DMing DnD 3.5 with me and 4 other new players. I want to be the best player I can be. One thing I have always struggled with is roleplaying. I am an analytical, competitive ...
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Make NPCs hard to interrogate

So my ~11th level party is going to be interrogating a prisoner (demon, if it makes any difference) to try to get them to reveal their master's evil plan. They'll be doing this in the prison where the ...