I want to make initiative the highest possible for a level 1 character in Pathfinder. Here's what I got:

+5 DEX 20 (18 plus race)
+4 Improved Initiative (feat)
+4 Familiar (compy or scorpion)
+2 Trait (reactionary or elf trait)
+2 Fleet-footed elf (alternate race feature)

+17 Total

Anything I'm missing? Magic items or spells perhaps?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is wealth pumping allowed? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 14, 2017 at 20:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ @thedarkwanderer I wouldn't think so for level 1 \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 15, 2017 at 0:33

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There are a few more options for permanent initiative buffs level 1:

  • The Divination wizard school grants an initiative bonus (+1 at level 1)
  • If you take the Rich Parents trait you can afford a Cracked Dusty Rose Prism
  • If you are just interested in initiative you can also be an Ifrit with Wildfire Heart (+4 initiative) instead of a fleet footed elf. (It is worth noting that I would not endorse this for a generally optimized wizard but you will have more initiative)
  • The Young template will give you +2 dexterity. I don't know of a way to be both young and a wizard but if you can get there (maybe some sort of age reversal) you could have an additional +1 initiative

I assume you are not interested in temporary buffs but there are also a wide variety of potions you could drink (as noted by lithas).

  • \$\begingroup\$ To add, there is also the Young Template which will give an additional +2 Dexterity (+1 Initiative). Of course this would restrict classes, but I've had some GMs disregard that as boring. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cyberspark
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 10:03

At the very least you can boost your dex a little more. Try getting Reduced to start with, and then see if you can drink a potion of Cat's Grace.


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