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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How to defend allies as a Fighter at level 1?

At first level, the chance for death is fairly high especially for the squishier members of the party. A fighter comes with high hit-dice, a self-healing ability, and starts with chain mail and a ...
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When is Split Shot beneficial?

Split Shot seems very weak, if I spend a class feat and an action, I expect a big benefit. You fragment a ranged spell into a pair of smaller shots. If your next action is to Cast a Spell without a ...
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How to survive level 1 as a wizard?

At level 1, a wizard has a very small amount of hp compared to most classes, and lacks armour proficiencies meaning they must invest in Dexterity as well as constitution to have less AC than most ...
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At what level does the Sleep spell stop being effective?

Answering this homebrew question reminded me of the peculiar nature of the sleep spell -- on level one, it is an absolute beast: common opponents like kobolds or goblins have around half a dozen hp, ...
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What's the most common language shared by those who don't speak Common?

Finding the most common language is easy1, the number is written at the top of the Monsters section. Finding the second most common2 is also not hard, you just click through the list of languages, and ...
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Why would I prepare or cast Seal Fate?

Seal Fate is a 4th level spell, which gives the target weakness 2 for one type of damage. The save determines the duration: Critical Success The target is unaffected. Success The target gains ...
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How often do I need to sing Happy Birthday to myself to survive Space Junk Cyberpunk?

In Space Junk Cyberpunk I can sing Happy Birthday after every third roll to remove one loneliness. Here are the rules: You have three scores: BREAKDOWN (which starts at 0) LONELINESS (which starts ...
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Does the Quick Stow feat allow a Counterfeit Mage rogue to sheathe a wand as a free action?

I am looking at playing a Counterfeit Mage Rogue, and one of their abilities is Signature Wand (Ex) – emphasis mine: At 4th level, a counterfeit mage can spend 1 hour practicing with a wand to ...
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What's the best "big-gun" 3rd level spell outside the schools of Transmutation and Illusion?

Long history below, I'm in trouble with a problem that I created for myself. I'm roleplaying a Wizard (School of Abjuration) for the 2nd time. In my backstory, I was trained by my mother, a former Red ...
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Does Variable Minion Type empower me to realise my Tron-like character?

I am making a character that has some Tron-like abilities. She is more like a Green Lantern, but with a tron-like theme (not based on Tron, though some effects are for coolness). In any case one of ...
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How can I maximise my social skills without sacrificing armour class as a Monk/Ranger (Fey Wanderer)?

I have a level 10 character (Monk/Ranger Fey Wanderer) in mind that I would want to make head of time, ready for a future game (should the opportunity arise). The Fey Wanderer at level 3 gets '...
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What is the highest solo ability check result at level 19?

Highest possible ability check is discussed in this QA. However, answers to that are rather extreme. I am looking for a value that is, hopefully, more grounded, and might realistically happen in any ...
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What is the maximum damage you can deliver per day with Glyphs from a Demiplane or Portable Hole?

An exploit to circumvent the movement restrictions of glyph of warding is to cast the glyph on the walls of a demiplane or portable hole. As that space never moves, the glyphs can virtually be carried ...
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Is there a list of hands-free unarmed attacks?

For many builds, it is beneficial to have an unarmed attack that leaves the hands free, and is lethal, unlike your fists or kicks. For example, a Magus might want to have a staff and a shield in his ...
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What options do non-Gunslingers have to mitigate the Reload property?

I’m building a character for an Alkenstar based campaign that is going to want to use a firearm. But, I’m not building a Gunslinger. Gunslingers have access to a Slinger’s Reload, which provides ...
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How to calculate the added expected damage from critical hits?

When optimizing character builds, it is common to use the average expected damage to estimate damage output. Calculating the average of a single die is simple, fixed modifiers are then added to it to ...
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Most DPR (Damage Per Round) Barbarian Build against Undead

We start playing Curse of Strahd and I am looking for a max DPR (Damage Per Round) Barbarian for the setting. I know there is a nice polearm build but I reckon the weapon should be a bludgeoning one. ...
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Can you threaten a crit on a 2? [duplicate]

There's a fair number of feats and features which increase a weapon's range to threaten a critical hit in 3.5. Off the cuff, a Fighter with a falchion and the Improved Critical feat threatens a crit ...
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Is there a way to add my Strength modifier to my Armor Class?

It's an age old question -- how can I make it as hard as possible for enemies to hit me, so I can slaughter them without even the slightest jostling of my coif? Typically, for those wanting to proceed ...
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Does Regeneration plus Undead Equal Immune to Damage? [duplicate]

A 1st Level Human takes the Feats Toughness and Troll Blooded: Troll Blooded Type: General Source: Dragon #319 Your family tree contains the blood of the trolls of the Thillonrian Peninsula. ...
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If I have a gish spellcaster character, which attack would you recommend to choose from? Firebolt or Shadowblade? [closed]

I am making a gish character, with no preference for melee or ranged attacks. However, given the two options, I think it would always be more beneficial to go range with firebolt than melee with ...
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Which feat is most likely to boost wizard survival?

Assume you used the first two ASIs to maximize the intelligence for a Wizard (Divination). Then, on level 12 you have the choice for another feat. The primary goal is to maximize the survivability (i....
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Best base class for Marshal?

The Marshal archetype seems to be great, with many useful feats, but what is the best base class? I know this seems broad and opinion based, but to be considered best, I have many criteria: Qualifies ...
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What's the maximum number of damage types I can have in a single melee attack?

Inspired by these two questions. I am currently playing an Arcane Trickster that has a Flame Tongue Rapier and access to Booming Blade. So I have: Piercing Fire Thunder I am considering getting ...
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Which magic weapon deals the most damage?

Which magic weapon deals most damage at each rarity tier? (I am not asking about Artifacts, just normal rarity scale magic items). For the sake of defining weapon damage: Direct expected damage from ...
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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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