In a recent answer, KRyan mentions that there are multiple tricks to get infinite caster level in 3.5. I'm not aware of very many, and those I am aware of require iffy rules interpretations:

  • Greater Consumptive Field (SpC, p. 51) does not work on its own (even with a permissive reading of the spell, it caps out at twice your unimproved caster level). However, alternating castings of Greater Consumptive Field and Consumptive Field will work if you read "your original caster level" to mean "your caster level before you increase it with this casting" and not "your caster level before any temporary increases."
  • The other high-impact caster level trick I'm aware of is combining Ur-Priest (CD, p. 70) with Sublime Chord (CA, p. 60) to exploit their non-standard caster level calculations. This trick was popularized by the early optimization showcase The Wish and The Word. However, I believe this trick requires conflating "caster level" with "levels in spellcasting classes," and therefore doesn't actually work.

What other tricks exist pre-epic to achieve infinite or extremely high caster levels (say, caster level >100 at character level 20)? Which ones require permissive readings of the rules, and which are more airtight?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is a caster level of 133 considered extremely high? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jan 5 '19 at 23:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan Yes, that's the kind of thing I'm looking for. \$\endgroup\$ – A_S00 Jan 5 '19 at 23:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Feel free to add that to the question. It might be useful for folks to know that very low hundreds is enough to be considered very high. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jan 6 '19 at 0:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is this strictly pre-Epic? I'm sure that there's some Epic feat for this or better yet, use the Epic rules to reach an arbitrarily high character (and hence caster) level. \$\endgroup\$ – J. Mini Jun 24 '19 at 23:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @J.Mini I hadn't really considered the epic rules (my group has never really considered using them)...let's say pre-epic, if only to rule out the degenerate "take an arbitrarily high number of character levels" answer :P . I'll edit to clarify. \$\endgroup\$ – A_S00 Jun 25 '19 at 0:00

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