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At level 20 with any magic items in the DMG, and any spells, what is the fastest a DnD 5e character could move using their movement? (i.e., not including teleportation)

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've closed this question, as it's become apparent that it's too broad (has “too many possible answers”). \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Feb 12 '17 at 4:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ Part of our fine cheese collection. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 15 '18 at 18:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Without any limitations, this is massively broad. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Sep 11 '20 at 14:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch There might be loads of options, but there is still a straightforward metric by which an answer can be evaluated. The answer might change with new books coming out, but that is true of quite a lot of questions. \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Sep 11 '20 at 16:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Szega True, but for these types of questions we often ask for constraints so that there are bounds. Heck, it doesn't even say you what sources are open to be used (potentially even non-official or UA.) \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Sep 11 '20 at 16:41
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It's unclear whether bonuses to "your speed" apply to flying speeds. If they don't, the fastest you can go is:

  • Shapechange into a Storm Giant: 50 ft.
  • Monk level 15 Unarmored Movement: +25 ft.
  • Barbarian level 5 Unarmored Movement: +10 ft.
  • Mobile feat: +10 ft.
  • Longstrider spell: +10 ft.
  • Boots of Speed: Double speed
  • Haste spell: Double speed
  • Dash action ×3 (Bonus, Action, and Haste Action): Quadruple speed
  • Total: (50 + 25 + 10 + 10 + 10) × 2 × 2 × 4 = 1680 ft per round.

If bonuses to your speed do apply to flying speeds then the fastest you can go is:

  • Wind Walk: 300ft.
  • Longstrider spell: +10 ft.
  • Haste spell: Double speed
  • Expeditious Retreat: Doesn't boost your speed, but allows you to Dash as a bonus action.
  • Dash action ×3 (Bonus, Action, and Haste Action): Quadruple speed
  • Total: (300 + 10) × 2 × 4 = 2480 ft per round.

Sadly, Wind Walk doesn't say anything about letting you benefit from your feats and class features. If it did, you could move at:

  • Wind Walk: 300 ft.
  • Monk level 15 Unarmored Movement: +25 ft.
  • Barbarian level 5 Unarmored Movement: +10 ft.
  • Mobile feat: +10 ft.
  • Longstrider spell: +10 ft.
  • Haste spell: Double speed
  • Dash action ×3 (Bonus, Action, and Haste Action): Quadruple speed
  • Total: (300 + 25 + 10 + 10 + 10) × 2 × 4 = 2840 ft per round.
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    \$\begingroup\$ For future readers, to get the maximum speed of any creature with superior speed than a Storm Giant (Volo's Quickling, for example), simply multiply their speed by 16, and then add 880. \$\endgroup\$ – daze413 Jun 16 '17 at 4:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure that multiple "x2" stack the way you assume. If you have boots of speed and the haste spell, I don't think it's intended to add up to x4, but rather to x3. \$\endgroup\$ – PixelMaster Oct 31 '18 at 15:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PixelMaster That's a 3.5e rule that 5e doesn't actually have. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Oct 31 '18 at 20:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ what's the speed of sound in the d&d world? because some of these speeds obviously exceed the speed of sound in our own world... \$\endgroup\$ – Michael Jun 18 '19 at 23:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Michael: 2840 ft/round (where a round is six seconds) is "only" around 323 miles/hour, about half that of the speed of sound (depending on altitude/atmospheric pressure/temperature). \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowRanger Dec 13 '19 at 3:24
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Solo

Tabaxi Race (Volo's guide) - 30

5 Barbarian for Fast Movement (PHB) - 10

Elk Totem (SCAG)- 15 (while unencumbered)

5 Monk for Unarmored Movement (PHB) - 10

6 Transmuter Wizard for stone (PHB) - 10

Lvl 1 spell: Longstrider (PHB) - 10

Mobility feat (PHB) - 10

Major artifact with speed (DMG) - 10

Boon of speed (DMG) - 30

Total = 135

Tabaxi Feline agility (Volo's guide) - ×2 speed for 1 turn (resets on not moving a turn)

Boots of speed (DMG) - ×2 speed for 10 minutes after bonus action

Lvl 3 spell: Haste - ×2 movement speed

135 × 2 × 2 × 2 = 1080

Lvl 3 spell: Haste: Dash action - +100% movement

2 Rogue for Cunning action: Dash - +100% movement bonus action

2 Fighter for Action Surge: Dash - +100% movement

Standard Dash action - +100% movement

1080 × 5 = 5400ft for 1 turn, or ~614mph

If you have help from a transmuter wizard, cut out the 6 wizard levels and give them to Monk for an extra 10ft base, or 80ft per move for an extra 400ft, or 5800ft in one turn

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that a Monk can Bonus Dash with the use of 1 ki point, so you don't eed 2 levels of Rogue for this to work. \$\endgroup\$ – Gael L Nov 15 '17 at 20:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is definite proof that D&D and physics don't mix well :D \$\endgroup\$ – PixelMaster Oct 31 '18 at 15:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ You're only attuned to two items here, you could have another "major artifact with speed" for an extra 10ft movement. As an aside, this requires at least 2 rounds beforehand to cast the spells/click boots/enter rage, and the 15ft from Elk Totem requires you to be raged and in combat (either dealing damage or taking damage) the turn before this speed burst takes place, otherwise rage will end before the turn begins. \$\endgroup\$ – smbailey Jun 18 '20 at 18:54
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Tabaxi (from Volo's Guide to Monsters)
Monk 18 / fighter 2

60ft
+10 ft longstrider +10 ft transmuter stone +10 ft mobile

90 ×2 tabaxi
180 ×2 haste
360 ×2 boots of speed
=720ft

720 Move
1440 Action
2160 Bonus action
2880 Haste action
3600 Action surge

That's a total of 3600 ft in 1 round.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to the site, and this looks like a good catch. But I'm not sure I'm following a few things: "1440 Action" is Dash? What's the bonus action you're taking? And then is "2880 Haste action" the Dash granted by haste? Lastly, I think it'd be nice for you to cite where you get the Tabaxi race--since it's not a race in the core set I think it's reasonable to assume some future readers may not be aware of their racial trait as regards movement. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Dec 5 '16 at 1:02
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Wood Elf: 35ft Base walking speed

Monk 12 / Fighter 2 / Barbarian 6

Bonuses

Monk 12: Unarmored Speed +20

Barbarian 6: Fast Movement +10 and with Eagle Totems, you can Dash as a bonus action without using Ki and enemies have disadvantage on opportunity attacks

Fighter 2: Action Surge

Transmuter's Stone: +10

Mobile Feat: +10

Longstrider: +10

Haste: Double Speed

Boots of Speed: Double Speed

Results

Speed = (35 + 20 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10) × 2 × 2

Movement Speed with buffs: 380ft

Move 5 times on your turn (Dash, Dash with Bonus Action, Dash with Haste Action, Dash using Action Surge, Movement Action)

That's 1900ft per round, or about 215 mph.

I rest my case.

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The fastest single round movement speed is one of 3 answers. The fastest is the 303-Monk which has to be lightly beaten until launch.

Using a friendly Transmuter plus magic item property rules - 16,800 feet flying, but all you can do is move and it also requires a friendly Transmuter to flog until ready to maintain Rage whilst the Abjurer Ward covers the HP damage. The 303-Monk covers 3.03miles at Mach 2.37 and is quite angry when it arrives.

Using a friendly Transmuter and only the printed magic items - 16,000 flying

Just by themselves means losing Elk Rage and dropping Monk FM to +10 - 15,400 flying or 14,800 if we forego the Magic Item qualities too

Just by themselves and no Wind Walk has a different build utilizing Druid Wild Shaping and Potion of Speed. This gets - Land 6,800, Swimming 6,800, Climbing 6,000, Burrowing 5,000, Potion of Flying 6,800

Same Druid, but no +5 or +10 speed magic items - 6,200/6,200/5,400/4,400/6,200

Fastest Speed Build - Solo and no Wind Walk
Tabaxi - Wizard 7, Barbarian 5, Druid 4, Fighter 2, Rogue 2
Race - Double speed
Feats - Mobile +10
Class - Barbarian Elk Rage +15, Barbarian Fast Movement +10, Fighter Action Surge +Dash, Cunning Action +Dash
Spells - Longstrider +10, Potion of Speed +Dash & Double Speed, Wind Walk 300ft speed
Objects - Boots of Speed Double Speed, +5 Minor Magic Item Quality, +10 Major Magic Item Quality, +10 Transmuter, Potion of Flying
Boon - Speed +30

Base Movement: 170 feet
60 +10+15+10+10+10+5+10+10+30

Speed Multipliers: 1,360 feet
Boots x2
Haste x2
Tabaxi x2

Number of Moves: 5 x 1,360 = 6,800
Move = 1
Action +1
Bonus (ER or CA) +1
Haste Extra Action +1
Action Surge +1

Fastest Speed Build - Wind Walk + Friendly Transmuter
Tabaxi - Rogue 2, Fighter 2, Elk-Barbarian 5, Monk 11
Race - Double speed
Feats - Mobile +10
Class - Barbarian Elk Rage +15 [walking only], Barbarian Fast Movement +10, Fighter Action Surge +Dash, Monk Unarmored Movement +20
Spells - Cunning Action +Dash, Longstrider +10, Haste +Dash & Double Speed, Wind Walk 300ft speed [unlcear: "While in this cloud form, a creature has a flying speed of 300 feet" - that wording implies that your fly speed DECREASES to 300 if its more than that.] Objects - Boots of Speed Double Speed [walking only], +5 Minor Magic Item Quality[if you make your own], +10 Major Magic Item Quality [if you make your own], +10 Transmuter
Boon - Speed +30

Base Movement: 420 feet
300 +10+15+10+20+10+5+10+10+30

Speed Multipliers: 3,360 feet
Boots x2
Haste x2
Tabaxi x2

Number of Moves: 5 x 3,360 = 16,800
Move = 1
Action +1
Bonus (CA) +1
Haste Extra Action +1
Action Surge +1

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Wood Elf: 35ft speed

Monk level 15 Unarmored Movement: +25 ft.

Barbarian level 5 Unarmored Movement: +10 ft.

Mobile feat: +10 ft

Longstrider spell: +10 ft

Boots of Speed: Double speed

Haste Spell: Double speed

Dash Action x3 (Bonus, Action, and Haste Action): Quadruple speed

Total: (35+25+10+10+10) × 2 × 2 × 4 = 1440 feet per round

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I know I'm super late to this post, but here goes nothing.

My fastest speed build is as follows (using only what is listed in RAW, as well as 1 factor of presumed RAI, being that Dashing multiple times doubles speed each time, the reason for that assumption is that 5e is awful with wording sometime, and it seems to me that movement and speed are interchangeable, as some spells see them as such).

Keep in mind, that the wording of the Dash action states that it includes modifiers to your speed, which would include other iterations of the Dash action. This build also requires two friends, one magic item, and 2 total turns to do.

Tabaxi (30 base speed)

Mobile feat (+10 base speed, now total of 40)

Monk 18 (+30 base speed now total of 70, subclass is up to player choice)

Fighter 2

Longstrider spell from a friend (+10 base speed, now total of 80)

Haste spell from a friend (for double speed and extra Dash action)

Boots of Speed (for double speed)

Turn 1: Friends cast Haste and Longstrider on you, you use your Bonus Action to activate the Boots of Speed (base speed on your own of 70, now has +10 from Longstrider and is doubled from both Haste and the Boots for total of 320 ([70+10] * 2 * 2))

Turn 2 Your current base speed is 320 (see the math above). Dash Action (640), Step of the Wind for Bonus Action Dash (1280), Action Surge Dash (2560), Feline Agility (5120), Haste Action Dash (10240).

This build already requires two other people's effects, or I would've included a Transmuter's Stone. The goal in this is to maintain fairness, because there is no guarantee that you would have a Transmutation Wizard, but it is highly likely to have allies who can cast Haste and Longstrider. The math (if this was maintained over time, which it cannot be, due to spell length and such), is as follows: 10240 * 10 (feet per minute) = 102400 * 60 (feet per hour) = 6144000/5280 (miles per hour) = 1163.63636 miles per hour.

Sorry if this is disorganized, not the best at that kind of thing.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Dash adds your current speed to your curent available movement. It does not double your current available movement or change your speed. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Dec 19 '20 at 16:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, available movement and speed are not the same thing. If I move 30 feet, I have 0 available movement, but then if I take the dash action, I get 30 feet of movement back. My speed was 30 feet the whole time. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Dec 19 '20 at 16:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ That is correct, you gain extra movement, not "you gain extra speed". \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Dec 19 '20 at 16:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ This answer explains in more detail why you're answer here is incorrect: How far does a rogue move when dashing twice using Cunning Action? \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Dec 19 '20 at 16:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ The answer should identify which ruling here is your "presumed RAI", and it would be helpful to include some support for why you are presuming that. \$\endgroup\$ – Thomas Markov Dec 19 '20 at 16:49
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Found the ultimate build for speed:

Race: Tabaxi Barbarian: Path of the Totem Warrior 5 Monk: Drunken 10th Ranger: Gloom Stalker: 3rd Wizard: Bladesinging: 2nd

Feat: Mobile

Magic Item: Elixer of Swiftness Magic Item: Boots of speed

Spell: Haste

Start turn within Paladin Aura of Alacrity

Epic Boon of Speed

1 Round: 1 Mile!! Yep that is 5280 feet in 1 round however unlikely

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you add more detail for how you get that speed? break down each benefit for your answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Jon Aristotle Mar 17 at 3:52
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Mine is without Shapeshifting, and is going to ignore being a Wood Elf, because Wood Elf obviously will move faster

13 Monk, 5 Barbarian, 2 Rogue

30ft base speed 10ft Mobility feat 10 ft Barbarian feature 20 ft Monk feature 30 ft Boon of Speed (character is level 20 so if DM allows it Boons can be a thing. in the DMG) 10ft longstrider

Boots of speed = x2 Haste = x2

this all totals out to (30+10+10+20+30+10) * 4 = 440ft movement

As for Moves per turn

Regular Move Action (Dash) Haste (Dash) Cunning Action (Dash) Monk's Step of Wind, Bonus Action (Dash)

This is 5 moves, so 440*5 = 2200ft in 6 seconds, which is 250mph

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    \$\begingroup\$ You've got too many bonus actions in there: Cunning action lets you Dash with a bonus action, and then you've got another "Bonus Action (Dash)" in your list. Only one bonus action per turn, though. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Nov 23 '16 at 15:12

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