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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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Are there any features that allow for faster long rests?

Are there any features in the game that reduce the duration that long rests take? Specifically, I'm looking for: Racial traits that set the long rest to 4 Hours or less Any other features that ...
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What is the highest possible damage under these conditions in 5e [closed]

I want to make a punishment for my characters should they do something that’s too evil, even within the world of our campaign. But to avoid a “rocks fall you die” or divine intervention bc they’re ...
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Level 6 Gun Fighter Optimization

The setting: The setting is Brancalonia, an E6-like low magic 5e setting. Gold is low, magic items are low. Long rests take a week. The setting is modeled after Italian spaghetti fantasy. Levels are ...
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Paladin/Warlock Multiclass [closed]

I am playing a Leonin Paladin/2 and thinking of multiclassing into Warlock. Just wondering if A. if it is a good idea B. what Patron would work best C. if I should how many levels should I put in?
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What are the most and least commonly used skills? [closed]

When you create characters for a party, one aspect in particular are skills. At least in our games, we try to make sure that someone has a decent Perception skill bonus, ideally several people, and if ...
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When would a +1 Moon Sickle be superior to the other (Dex-based) melee weapons available to a ranger?

Sickles are d4 weapons without the finesse property. Why would a ranger want to use a +1 sickle (that requires attunement) in melee instead of a shortsword? Note: Jack pointed out in a comment that ...
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I need help calculating min/max damage possible with this character [closed]

I'm posting a link to the character's sheet because I'm not even sure I got all the attack options and damage additions I have or what order they need to go in to get the maximum possible damage out ...
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Is there any official or widely used/accepted quantitative metric for overall party fitness?

To reiterate, I am not asking for a "correct"/"objective" measure of fitness, but if there exists a noteworthy attempt at one. I'm challenging myself and some friends (who are new-...
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Can an Archivist benefit from features that affect spell books, such as Eidetic Spellcaster or Geometer?

Can a multiclass Archivist-Wizard benefit from class features that affect the spellbook class feature? Class "Archivist" from Heroes of Horror book is a divine class that works mostly like a ...
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Grapple Shove or Shove Grapple?

In D&D 5e which is more efficient? This came up as a discussion mostly because I've always seen this combo written out as "Grapple+Shove" and maybe it's just because it sounds better ...
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Can an Eidetic Spellcaster benefit from the Geometer feature that allows one page per spell in the spellbook?

Geometer is a prestige class in Complete Arcane that gains a special class feature at level 2: A geometer uses a unique system for recording the details of a spell that drastically reduces the ...
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Is Gloom Stalker Ranger or Assassin Rogue better for round 1 damage?

I'm playing in a campaign, and my friend's character got eaten. He wants to make a new character who does maximum "ambush" damage. We are currently level four, and the campaign will go up to ...
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What level and resources would it take to perform the musical number introducing Genie in Aladdin (Disney animated film)? [closed]

WIP; Do not reopen yet This question is essentially just for fun, but could be an interesting reference for making an entrance in an exciting and fantastical way. What spells, items, etc. would it ...
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How can Arcanist max out his Initiative?

As the title says, I'm looking for ways to guarantee my Arcanist (currently level 7) goes first in every single encounter. Ways that I figured out already: +2 Initiative Trait, sadly I had to pass on ...
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To what extent can I use wish? [closed]

I am playing a level 19 Fiend Warlock in a campaign, and the wizard has wish. Would wishing for each of the 4 party members to gain two levels in any class they choose be under the extent of wish? The ...
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What is the most amount of jury tampering I can commit using spells?

Unfortunately my scheme to win an election using necromancy failed, not mind you because I created too few undead minions. The regions had an electoral system by which I had to win the majority of ...
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At what level does average incoming damage exceed 21?

I am looking towards concentration saves, and getting to +9 means automatic success on a low damage check, or a check up to 21 damage. At some point I assume the average single hit may exceed 21, ...
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Which is More Positively Effective, Math-Wise: Modifier Bonuses, or Expertise?

After my previous question about my character, I went off the deep end to find what role is needed in my party, exactly. Long-story short, we need a high DEX skill monkey. I'll have trouble with the ...
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How can I optimize my familiar as a pack-mule?

Low strength spellcasters could use a strong, loyal companion to carry any loot and excess equipment. They can fairly easily get a loyal companion in a familiar, but most familiars aren't exactly ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

My wizard has both fireball, and animate objects. Animate objects at first sight is such a cool and flavorful spell. I was excited when I got it because it is considered one of the highest output ...
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help with optimizing an effective character level 8 barbarian soulknife build [closed]

everything good? A while ago I saw a guy on a forum saying that he had a prestige class that could create an energy blade that all attacks were directed at touch AC, I found this idea very interesting ...
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Optimizing Animate Objects spell against nonmagical damage immunities

Suppose I am a Wizard who likes to cast Animate Objects in combat. At my present level, I am likely to encounter foes with resistance or immunity to nonmagical physical damage. As detailed in this ...
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What Options are Available to Utilize High Strength as a Squishy Character?

Something that I recently have been puzzling over in my choices for my character has been the decision to give him character high strength (18), despite being a bard. I like the idea, but I'm having ...
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Shortest path from Shieldbreaker to Engineer

Playing as a Shieldbreaker, I found a distinct lack of Dwarf-only advancements that would lead to other Dwarfy classes but for Runebearer, which would lead to the Runesmith classes. There ain't no ...
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Can the Path of the Beast Barbarian match Path of the Zealot for damage?

The premise: Damage comparison between 2 different builds, with no prep, no help, no magic items, only standard equipment and class features. No class features that get expended and can't be used each ...
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What is the maximum amount of reusable spells a character can have at the same time that do not require spell slots to cast?

I enjoy casting spells in D&D, but spell slots have always felt big and important to me. Regardless of the build I make, I always feel some compulsion to save them for a more important and pivotal ...
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Can the Faerie Fire spell be oriented in a small space to not affect allies?

Many AOE spells use a point as their origin, and from this point, area is calculated. Faerie Fire doesn't state where spells start. Often, AOE spells are cast in rooms near walls to avoid friendly ...
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As a half-orc barbarian, how can you increase your chance of getting a critical hit? [duplicate]

I noticed that barbarians have a Brutal Critical feature, and half-orcs also have a similar trait (Savage Attacks). As a half-orc barbarian, how can you increase your crit chance? I'm looking for ...
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At what AC does GWM become ineffective? [closed]

For the mathematically challenged (me), is there a general, simple, easy-to-remember rule of thumb for when a monster's AC is high enough that you should not use GWM because the -5 to hit becomes too ...
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Is there wide agreement on what an optimised Wizard should use Craft Contingent Spell for?

Craft Contingent Spell is ridiculously powerful, so much so that I feel no need to even cite that claim. It is generally assumed that any optimised Wizard will have a long list of contingencies ...
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Is Fighter a better option for unarmed fighting compare with Monk?

This is under the case of single classing only. I see in a optimising site saying that Fighter is a better option than Monk even if you are building a dedicated bare hand warrior. I wonder how does ...
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Which roguish archetype and build will deliver maximum melee damage for a Bugbear rogue?

I'm an old school D&D player returning to the game with a vengeance after an absence of a few years and trying to process all the new races, class features and options that are currently available ...
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Can a Dex-based Aberrant Mind sorcerer/paladin do better than Mage Armor?

A friend of mine is building an Eladrin Aberrant Mind sorcerer/Oath of Devotion paladin, but has decided to be Dex-based and not wear heavy armor. Most sorcadin guides we can find just assume heavy ...
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Would a Tressym's detect invisibility be able to see through an Ice Mephits false appearance of the ice mephit doesn't move?

I have a barbarian who is using his beast sense to see through his pet Tressym's eyes. The room in question is an icy lodge and has many ice Mephits that are watching but not moving. Do we think he ...
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How do I maximize the damage of a single, unarmed attack?

I've noticed that monks favor many, smaller attacks which grow to a set limit of strength after a period of time, but I was wondering if you could somehow get a different build setup that favors a few,...
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Building a Cleric (Persist and Turn Undead Optimization)

I'm looking to develop the progression for my cleric character. The concept involves a cleric with multiple domains (Sovereign Speaker and an additional 1-level dip into Divine Disciple, Contenplative ...
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What's the maximum amount of Constructs you can have active at one time?

I'm on a bit of a Construct schtick right now, and my character is aiming specifically to make the most constructs possible. The roadmap is Lvl 13 College of Creation Bard/Lvl 3 Battle Smith Artificer,...
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What's the price of blood?

The class Tainted Sorcerer from Unearthed Arcana (p. 191) has, among other abilities, the class feature "Blood Component": Blood Component A tainted sorcerer must use blood in place of any ...
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Dnd 3.5 - Cleric / Chameleon Build

I need help interpreting some things. I want to create a character for an upcoming game as follows: Cloistered 4 levels, Church Inquisitor 1 level, Sovereign Speaker 9 levels, Chameleon at least 2 ...
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Are the save-boosting feats really worth it?

I see in some mix/max guides saying that "since your warrior will have a poor Will save, take Iron Will at this level to boost it up a little". But I feel the Will save will be in the trash ...
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Would absorb elements once per short rest be balanced vs psychic damage vulnerability for a monk?

I plan to make my character an astral self monk and plan to later on take rogue and possibly fighter for the psionic subclasses. For roleplay/backstory purposes I asked the DM if I could have ...
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What is a good second (off) hand option for someone who doesn't use shields? And probably uses most bonus actions?

I am new to D&D, and my DM is letting me play the Mystic, as long as I am not a butt about it. I have chosen the Order of the Immortal subclass, which has unarmored AC calculated like a barbarian, ...
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Rate my build - 5e New to DND need advice [closed]

Point Spread: Attribute /Ability Score/ Racial Bonus/ Total Score/ Ability Modifier/ Strength /8/ /0/ /8/ /-1/ Dexterity /15/ /2/ /17/ /+3/ Constitution /15/ /0/ /15/ /+2/ Intelligence /10/ /0/ /10/ /...
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How much damage can a character deal in a single round using a ranged weapon?

Rules and restrictions: Spells are allowed, as long as it doesn't deal damage on their own (e.g shooting one arrow and using your bonus action to deal damage with a Blade of Disaster); Damage can't ...
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How can I optimize my net/dart wielder?

I'm optimizing a character that uses nets to immobilize and darts to deal damage. The character will be holding a shield, so bonus action offhand throwing is not really a consideration. What is the ...
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How to break the sound barrier without a heavily restricted character?

I've seen a number of TikTok and YouTube videos recently about breaking the sound barrier in D&D. The builds proposed by these videos are very restrictive, so I was wondering if this feat could be ...
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Does the buckler make other shield options irrelevant?

Years ago in our group we came to the conclusion that the buckler is a shield that leads itself to help player optimization as it allows most character to have shield empowered with magical armour ...
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What is the lowest possible level that a PC get an AC of 39 without any magic items and with help from only one ally?

What is the lowest level AC a Player Character can have an AC of 39 (so a Tarrasque can't hit them without a critical hit) with help from at most one same-level ally? No magic items may be used that ...
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15th-level gestalt stealth master build help

I am trying to make a character for a combat heavy, largely PvP game, with 15th-level gestalt characters. The concept that I have in mind is some sort of Jack-of-All-Trades-y Wizard/Rogue class, with ...
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How to optimize existing PC for max level damage output

I have a multiclass character that I'm interested in optimizing for endgame (level 20) damage output. The character in question is basically an archer-type built around crit-fishing and dumping ...
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