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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What is the single highest damage attack that can be made by one tenth level character with no assistance, support, or magic items? [closed]

In a single attack (melee, ranged, or spell attacks all fine) what is the highest damage that a tenth level character on their own with no magic items can achieve? Further caveats - no implausible ...
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Why is metamagic considered unbalanced?

Metamagic is widely considered to be one of the most tried and tested methods of breaking the game. Certainly, I have little doubt that the "something for nothing" deals that approaches that ...
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How does the Infinite Simulacra exploit work? [duplicate]

I'm aware that there is a RAW legal exploit to create an infinite number of simulacra of yourself as a wizard. You cannot do it with just simulacrum, as the spell itself limits you to only one ...
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As a Fairy Rune Knight, what are my options for being strength based and still having a good armor class?

The Fairy race, first printed in the adventure Supplement Wild Beyond the Witchlight, is a flying race that has the following restriction on the use of its flying speed: Because of your wings, you ...
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What combination of Cleric & Rogue (and what cleric options) will most increase my Damage as an 11th Level Assassin?

This campaign will go to lvl 20. For roleplay reasons I am multiclassing into a cleric (of Sarenrae). My DM has restricted me to the domains of light, life, peace, and beauty domain. What combination ...
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What deals more damage on a weapon, +1 to hit or +1 to damage?

Background: I'm introducing masterwork items for 5e as a homebrew rule, both to help players spend surplus gold on something useful when they cannot buy magic items, and to make shopping a bit more ...
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Most Overpowered Supporting Cohort - Crafter or Buff-Station? [closed]

Up until recently, I lived under impression that there is no better use of Leadership than personal crafting station, AKA Artificer. Effectively crafting everything at 1/4th of the price (28.12%) is ...
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What is the highest possible bonus to a saving throw?

What is the highest possible bonus to a saving throw? Assume normal attunement limits, both for the character making the save and anybody helping them. I'm interested both in attribute-based saves and ...
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Moving, breathing and Striking in the same round with Barbarian

I have an concept in mind, a fire-breathing Kobold Barbarian. For it to be effective, it needs to take advantage of the additional damage of Rage, (so Strike at least once, 1 action) and use breath a ...
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What's the simplest way to be able to cast Suggestion starting from a 5th level Human Fighter?

I have a battlemaster fighter who, for flavor reasons, I would love if he could cast the spell "Suggestion". He's level 5 in fighter at the moment, and since I have a level-up in my near ...
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Why would I spend resources on racial unarmed attacks?

As highlighted in this question about Razortooth Goblin, racial unarmed attacks seem to be significantly weaker than manufactured weapons. Some examples: Razertooth Goblin jaws: Damage comparable to ...
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What is highest Damage/GP poison?

There is lots of stuff out there about poisons in general, but what is the most money efficient poison? Purple worm poison is powerful, but it cost 5k GP per dose iirc. I am looking for a poison that ...
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Is a Bard/Duskblade or Bard/Monk multi-class feasible? [closed]

I am using 3.0/3.5-style D&D. Free to delve into any other D&D books outside of 5.0 (DM dislikes 5.0). I plan on playing an Aasimar, or a wood or water elf. We are starting at level 5. I want ...
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How to communicate, in game, to a player that they are behaving sub-optimally in a specific section (that was designed for them)

So, I have a PC (Barbarian) who is having trouble hitting things. Even with advantage. They are just not rolling well, and can't hit above a 11 on the dice. The player has expressed some ...
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What's the best Paladin subclass to multiclass into for a Hexblade warlock with the Great Weapon Master feat?

I'm currently playing a Hexblade Warlock in a campaign who's considering picking up a Paladin multiclass. It will be for a maximum of 6 levels, so not enough for the 7th-level Sacred Oath feature. His ...
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Could I cast on myself the same spell limitless? could this be a good strategy for a combat?

Following the Rules Compendium page 137 in the paragraph "combining spells effect" it is used an example where the same spell may be directed to the same target but the effects would not ...
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What is the best Polymorph form for a caster (to keep casting)?

As in the title. I'm looking for a good form to choose for my caster to stay in. What I'm looking for specifically is: Need to be a form that can cast spells so I can also keep casting my spells ...
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How to get the most out of my Fey Step teleporting

As an eladrin from Mtof, I have access to the fey step ability. I have already decided to take at least a couple levels of rogue. Assuming I can multi-class my character, is there any way to get the ...
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What is the most damage you can do as a 17th level fighter, in 5e?

I've been given the task of trying to show as much damage as possible with a 17th level fighter in a single round of combat. My restrictions include: No multiclassing. No magic items. No outside help....
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How can a wizard get the most out of being able to cast 2 cantrips a turn?

My DM decided to let any spellcaster cast a cantrip that takes an Action to cast as a Bonus Action or full Action. For now, I have just been using ray of frost twice a turn or using two minor ...
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Is Electric Arc much stronger than other cantrips?

Electric Arc seems to be much stronger in combat than other cantrips. Damage and DPR for it and some select comparisons:1 Cantrip Damage DPR Range Electric Arc 3d4 + 4 (11.5) ( 0.05 × 2 + 0.45 + 0....
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What cleric and wizard spells can I use to maximize my immunities?

I'm currently trying to maximize the amount of things my character is immune to. My current situation is: Aasimar/Lesser Aasimar/Saint. Bard 1/Sha'ir 1/Geomancer 2/Incantatrix 3/Ur Priest 1/Mystic ...
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Is Gloom Stalker overpowered?

Sharpshooter is considerered to be among the most overpowered feats in D&D 5e. Its gross damage boost is even more disgusting when one has a consistent source for Advantage. Gloom Stalker has the ...
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Cheapest way to get Spring Attack?

Spring Attack requires Dodge and Mobility, so the regular way to get it requires spending 3 feats. I want to take the elocater prestige class as my 6th level in an E6 game. It requires Mobility and ...
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How can I increase the proximity damage from Ashardalon's Stride?

I'm looking for a way to increase Ashardalon's Stride damage. The difficulty is that it is automatic and not targeted damage, and it affects multiple creatures as you move past them. When you move ...
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Level 3 Fighter archer subclass suggestions? Homebrew allowed [closed]

About to start a very combat and min/max heavy campaign that goes up to level 10. I'm planning to go 7 levels of Revised Ranger Homebrew Archer subclass and 3 levels fighter. I'm looking for a ...
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What are the options to upgrade your dodge action?

Since I read about the Dwarven Fortitude feat, I want to make a dumb build where I use it to do some silly stuff. (For those who want to know, you can spend an hit dice to heal when you take the dodge ...
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What summons that are casters themselves are available to a Sorcerer/Wizard or a Cleric? [closed]

Character: support spellcaster with access to level 5 sorc/wiz spell list and level 4 cleric spell list. I'm looking for thematic combat-ready summons for my character: I need summons that are casters ...
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How many methods to swap feats are there?

Specifically I'm interested in retraining feats that are PrC requirements, which is legal, as per this topic: Do you lose your prestige class features when you no longer meet its requirements? Problem ...
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What are my options for level-2-accessible Arcane PrC with lots of Class Skills and Skillpoints?

Using my current build concept: Bard 1 > Sha'ir 1 > Geomancer 2 > Incantatrix 3 > Ur Priest 1 > Mythic Theurge X > Fochlucan Lyrist X Current race / template combination is: Aasimar /...
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Why is Level Adjustment (LA), even with buyoff, generally considered a terrible idea from an optimization perspective?

From an optimization point of view, unless the race in question is remarkably broken, then common wisdom appears to be that: LA+1 can sometimes be justified, but it usually can't LA+2 requires ...
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Races/Templates for Dual Progression Caster based on Sha'r and Ur Priest

After several grave mistakes I made with previous calculation (including repeatedly forgetting the illogical design of Geomancer not having dual progression per se), I think I nailed everything this ...
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What are my options to get a spammable, nearly-free (in terms of both action economy and resource usage), short-range teleport?

I am soon joining a new D&D 3.5 group as a support caster. All official content allowed, rather liberal GM, no pun-pun level of abuse though. The game is already at level 11 (more or less) and is ...
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What's the biggest choir I can create within 24 hours?

So I kind of forgot that tomorrow is the birthday of my dear mother-in-law, and I (stupidly in hindsight) promised I would show her "the biggest choir anyone could ever make, no humans required&...
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Which spell's damage benefits the most from Dangerous Sorcery (relatively)?

Dangerous Sorcery adds to the damage of spells that lack a duration, and deal damage. Which qualifying spell has the lowest damage per level on its own, so DS adds the most relative improvement? Any ...
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Best option after attuning to Shield of Missile Attraction

Let's say the party tank has picked up, and attuned to, a Shield of Missile Attraction, which states the following: While holding this shield, you have resistance to damage from ranged weapon attacks....
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How to get a ranged bonus action attack before/without attacking or using a combat manoeuvre?

I want to use Maneuvering Attack to move my mount, and then make an attack action on the creature I move towards. However I want the weapon attack that triggers this combat manoeuvre to be made as a ...
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How to enchant my Dhampir's face

I'm thinking of playing a Dhampir player character (details in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft). I want to build around the Vampiric Bite feature, listed below: Vampiric Bite Your fanged bite is a ...
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What is the lowest modifier you can have on a skill check (while staying within official rules)?

I was watching some Critical Role last night, and one of the players had a -3 modifier to Insight (his Wisdom score of 7 didn't help). And that made me wonder: What would be the lowest modifier you ...
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How many condition immunities can a player character amass?

How many condition immunities can a player character amass? Answers should follow most of the same specifications detailed in the question: How many damage types can a player character become immune ...
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How many damage types can a player character become immune to?

Reading about Werewolves, which are immune to "Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing from Nonmagical Attacks that aren't Silvered", I wondered: How many damage types can a PC become immune to? ...
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What is the lowest possible Constitution saving throw modifier for a player character?

The potion of poison calls for a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. To automatically fail this saving throw, you have to have a modifier of -8. But I'm not sure a modifier this low is actually possible. ...
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What is the most amount of election fraud I can commit using necromancy?

I have deemed the ignorant masses of several nearby regions to be unfit to rule themselves. Unfortunately, they've established a democracy to determine leadership of their region and continuously ...
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What is the statistical difference, if there is one, between attacking twice (action and bonus action) and attacking once with advantage?

In our 5e campaign, I'm playing an 8th-level Rogue (Arcane Trickster) with the Crossbow Expert feat, which (among other things) means I can shoot twice in one turn: once as a bonus action and once as ...
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When is it better to choose Hideous Laughter over Cause Fear as a Great Old One TomeLock?

I'm trying to decide between Cause Fear and Hideous Laughter for my Dwarven Great Old One TomeLock who has just reached second level. I've chosen a non-melee build for my character, (trying to avoid ...
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Rogue Feats & Damage: Elven Accuracy vs Mobile

Purely in terms of potential damage, am I better off taking Elven Accuracy, or Mobile, as a first feat at Level 4? Question Conditions: The option to disengage after making melee attacks is crucial ...
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What is the earliest my warlock can gain access to the Nondetection spell, preferably without multiclassing?

For mostly thematic reasons, I would like to eventually get my dwarven warlock access to the spell nondetection (she's sneaky, and will hopefully get access to some sort of invisibility soon). It's ...
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Is Deadly Aim worth it?

Deadly Aim is very similar to Power Attack in PF1, in that it reduces your chance to hit in exchange for some extra damage. In PF2 however the enemies' AC increases together with your attacks, so -2 ...
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How can I increase the damage of my cantrips?

Dangerous Sorcery does not work: When you Cast a Spell from your spell slots, if the spell deals damage and doesn’t have a duration, you gain a status bonus to that spell’s damage equal to the spell’...
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Do spells cast using the Cleric's ACF Spontaneous Domain Casting qualify as casting a domain spell?

Premise This is a viability check for a cleric I am making with plans to move into the Radiant Servant of Pelor PrC. I'm trying to maximize the utility of a class feature and believe I found a non ...
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