Questions tagged [optimization]

For questions pertaining to the positive aspects of character optimization, often abbreviated as CharOp. (If dealing with player problems relating to optimization, use the [powergaming] tag instead.)

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Is there any reasonable way to use a magic weapon as a throwing-weapon specialist?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything includes two features relevant to a throwing-weapon specialist: The artificer’s Returning Weapon infusion, which can be applied to a nonmagical thrown weapon to give it ...
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Why is a Half-Mino Dungeoncrashing War Hulk Terrifying?

Referencing my previous bad idea: How to Build a 3.5e Gnoll Pugilist In managing to explain why Gnolls are terrible PCs in 3.5 (yet providing a number of viable builds anyway), KRyan mentions that a ...
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How to Build a 3.5e Gnoll Pugilist [closed]

I'm working on a 3.5e build concept for a band of genteel creature PCs (think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen except they are all monsters), in my case a Gnoll. A dapper, well-mannered Gnoll who ...
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Denying (NPC) divine casters the ability to regain spells

I am playing an epic D&D 3.5e PC in a medium-optimization (for an epic 3.5e, as I understand it, at least) game: Most regular spells are available to the party (modulo those labeled Evil), ...
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What is the best 2nd level spell to concentrate on to maximize damage?

In a party full of crowd control, the Magus wishes to dish out as much damage as possible. What concentration spell will allow them to do that, under the given circumstance: The Magus is 4th level, ...
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What is the slowest a character can move while still moving?

Stacking various slowing effects, such as difficult terrain, being prone (crawling), etc. Assuming a 30 ft movement, and the character will dash if possible, but their movement must be greater than ...
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Input on Variation on KRyan's TWF Elf Barbarian

I really like KRyan's solution to this character concept: How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf I'm looking to build something similar, but I don't have all the restrictions that the OP had. For ...
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is it possible to get an ability score of 30 or more an any way? how?

I have noticed spellcasters ability to get bonus spells from having a high ability score depending on class (wisdom for clerics and paladins, intellgence for wizards, charisma for bards and sorcerers, ...
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How can a Psionic Manifester get full Bab reliably

I’m currently trying to make a Talshatora Monk/Erudite multiclass work, partially as a challenge and partially because I want to play a psionic Gish. The issue is that, under the constraints i’m ...
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What is the highest number of spell slots a warlock can have?

Trying to find out how many spell slots a warlock could have at a given time. Level 20, access to any magic items that can give spell slots, but only one of each (no duplicates), and straight warlock- ...
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Best spells or powers for punishing anyone too close to me

I have a character with a reach of 20-25 feet depending on the buffs I have operational, with a specialty in grappling. The goal is to grab enemies and drag them to my space—and have my space, or ...
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How could you maximize food production with magic items and spells over a long period of time?

As a player over a period of in-game years, what magic items and spells would allow me to create as much food as possible for a large town (~1000 people) assuming most of them are farmers/could help, ...
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What is the highest number of pets I can have?

What is the maximum number of pets a character can have, within the rules? I would like to figure out the greatest number of minions specific to a character (animal companions, familiars, raised ...
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Can we get my gestalt E6 character’s dire wolf animal companion/special mount her 21st HD?

In a previous question, I asked about making my strange gestalt E6 character’s mount tougher. I have followed that advice, and as my character is now (among other things) a gestalt of Harmonium ...
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In melee combat, is a poorly optimized high-level Paladin weaker than its optimized mount?

A while ago, I remember reading that past a certain level, a Paladin's combat effectiveness is little more than that of an escort for its superior mount. Given the optimization conditions in the title,...
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What's the furthest possible range that an unarmed strike could have?

From what I have seen, the furthest that I could get it was 20 feet, however, I'm sure it's possible to increase it further, so, how far can an unarmed strike truly reach?
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How can this in-combat healing specialist best spend their remaining levels and feats?

For an upcoming game (starting at ~level 9-10, continuing until level 20 or we get bored/distracted), I've been working on a build specialized in in-combat healing, with a secondary focus on buffing ...
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Is there any psion variant/ACF/etc that gets Grip of Iron?

I have a character who would really like to have grip of iron, the 1st-level psychic warrior power. However, said character is a psion, specifically an egoist, not a psychic warrior, and doesn’t have ...
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How can a GM subtly guide characters into making campaign-specific character choices?

Note: the example I'm giving is D&D focussed, but the question is system-agnostic. We're in the early days of a new D&D group. If it keeps running, I'm planning to transition the players into ...
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Ways to extend my natural (non-weapon) reach?

I have a character who has taken Inhuman Reach from Lords of Madness and Deformity (Tall) from Book of Vile Darkness, and is two levels away from warshaper 3rd and the morphic reach feature from ...
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How to get your first 1d6 sneak attack without class levels?

There are numerous ways to get additional d6’s worth of sneak attack, but almost all of them require that you have 1d6 (or more) sneak attack before you can take them. How does one get +1d6 sneak ...
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How to guarantee a successful DC 20 CON save to maximise benefit from the Bag of Beans Item “explosive egg”? [closed]

Planting one of the 3d4 beans from within the magic item Bag of Beans gives this result about 10% of the time: A nest of 1d4 + 3 eggs springs up. Any creature that eats an egg must make a DC 20 ...
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How can I optimize my dual wield fighter for damage?

Ok so I'll be concise with this but tl;dr I'm starting a new campaign at level 5 as a fighter, would like to duel wield and want to optimize myself so I deal damage and don't fall off late game. Also ...
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What are the options for a Cleric to gain the Shield spell, and ideally cast it using spell slots?

I am looking to build a order domain cleric, and looking at ways to obtain the shield spell. Specifically I hope I can learn it in a manner that allows me to spend my spell slots on it. So far I have ...
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Best DPR using the Horizon Walker's teleporting feature?

I am hoping to play a 15th level character in my new campaign. We are starting from that level and progressing from there. What is the best combination of my levels, ASI, feats, magic items, etc, ...
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How to get the most feats for a spellcaster?

I have an idea for a spellcaster character but it needs as many feats as possible. I'm aware that things that grant bonus feats are rare or non-existant. I don't really need any feats, just ...
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What's the highest critical hit damage a level 1 character can do?

What's the highest critical hit damage a level 1 character can do? Rules: The character must be level 1 The character cannot have any magical items The character's starting equipment must be ...
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Differences between Mage Hand, Unseen Servant and Find Familiar

I'm playing LMoP at the moment as a player and I'm trying to see reasons why a player would choose Unseen Servant over Find Familiar. Related question - what makes Unseen Servant worth taking instead ...
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When optimizing an E6 character (D&D3.5 variant), can you assume bonus feats whenever convenient, or only at level 6?

When optimizing an E6 character (D&D3.5 variant), can you assume bonus feats whenever convenient, or only at level 6? I’m very familiar with the underlying 3.5 system, but not very familiar with ...
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How do you optimise a low-level vault-buster heist character?

I'm going to run a campaign that starts with characters on level one and finishes on reaching level six in 998 YK. I'm looking for a complete path for the character build through level one to six. One ...
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What is the most (average) damage one character can do in one Round on its own to a Tarrasque?

Rules/Restrictions: Any race published is allowed. You may use the Customise Your Origin option from Tasha's Couldron of Everything. Any officially published Class by WotC is allowed as well as ...
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What is the highest average charisma skill check a solo character can get, without directly using magic?

I was building a character that had levels in Fey Wanderer Ranger, that gains Otherworldly Glamour which allows you to add wisdom to charisma checks, and then I noticed Samurai fighters get Elegant ...
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What is the lowest level character that can unfailingly beat the Lost Mine of Phandelver starting encounter?

For a lot of players, Lost Mine of Phandelver from the D&D Starter Set was their first 5e adventure. The first encounter from that adventure is rather swingy, like many level 1 combats. PCs may ...
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Can I combine effects of 19 Deathwines?

Let's say that I am a level 10 Arcanist. I cast Deathwine two times to affect 20 potions of Cure Light Wounds, costing 1000 gp. Then, "the first necromancy spell you cast within the next minute ...
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What's the best weapon for disarming?

Just like the title says. I'm working on a funny build based on disarming (typically suboptimal, yes, but this one'll be hilarious). What's the best weapon for this character? I assume it'll be a two-...
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When is a Scimitar better than a Longsword?

The longsword deals 1d8 slashing or piercing damage. The scimitar deals 1d6 slashing damage with the forceful and sweep traits. At first glance, it seems that the scimitar might break even for damage ...
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Which class has access to the best 'stay at home' adventuring methods? [closed]

Assuming a 20th level character, which class would allow them to remotely assist a party of adventurers without ever leaving a well-warded personal sanctum? In 3.5e/PF, there existed a plethora of ...
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Can I get Combat Casting as a bonus feat in one level or less?

I need Combat Casting as a prerequisite for another feat. I really do not want to waste a precious feat slot on this terrible feat, particularly since I should have enormous Constitution. Therefore, I ...
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How powerful can a 20th-level Wizard make a 1st-level Fighter without allowing him to realize it is the Wizard's doing?

A 20th level Wizard makes a bet with another 20th level Wizard - he has to make his grandson succeed on a difficult mission. Without allowing his grandson (a first level Fighter) or his grandson's ...
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How strong can someone make a Level 1 fighter, in Pathfinder, excluding Polymorph spells that change their body to another creature type? [closed]

It's a classic trope in fiction, the "not so great" heroic character is going up against a foe they have no business trying to defeat and one (or more) of their allies that are a bit more ...
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Best wild shape for my Druid

I am planning on making a Druid as part of a 3 person party in an upcoming game, the other two people are a life based cleric as our tank/healer, and a champion fighter as a dual wielder/archer. I am ...
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Drop an Item Action [closed]

Interacting with one item is free. Interacting with two items is not. This leads to the odd case that if I have an apple in one hand and a flagon in the other I can drop either but not both. ...
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Which combat maneuvers from the Martial Adept feat best support a highly mobile monk?

I'm planning a Rogue/Monk character, and I'm planning on being a highly mobile Monk who moves around the battlefield a lot, trying to get as many attacks as possible. The Rogue subclass is going to be ...
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Whats the most unkillable, immortal character possible pre-epic in D&D 3.5? [closed]

I'm trying to make a character that's as unkillable as possible without the use of epic feats or Wish cheese. Preferably I'd like to stay away from things like Pun Pun that just do everything and gain ...
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Mechanically Speaking, What is the Best Alignment for a Cleric?

So I for a while now I've thought that from a purely mechanical standpoint true neutral is the best alignment as a cleric; you can worship any deity because they will always be within 1 step; ...
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How can I optimize my build for large (10+ players) parties? [closed]

I plan to soon join a 5e group with over 10 PCs in the party at any given time. Are there any feats, builds, classes, etc that can be used to capitalize on this very large party size? This may seem ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in one round on your turn? [closed]

I was surprised that this question has not been asked. I want to find out what the most damage that can be done in a single round? Here are the rules. Rules from Official Hardcover books only. Any ...
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Site with absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5 [closed]

A good ten years ago a friend of mine told me about a site somewhere where absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5 were listed, with detailed level-by-level character progression. As far as I ...
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How can I optimise my multi-class build for damage and survivability? (Rogue-Druid-Warlock)

I need some support with optimising this multi-class build. I'm playing in a D&D 5e party where we receive high incoming damage.Our GM is allowing us to multi-class and use feats and spells from ...
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How can my Bladesinger Wizard ensure that their spells cannot be avoided?

I have been playing a Bladesinger wizard in a fairly long running campaign, at least by my standards. There have been a lot of good moments but after my third attempt to make disintegrate work, I have ...

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