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 would you optimize a multiclass druid/monk for DPR assuming Natural Weapons are considered Unarmed Strikes?

Assuming that the Unarmored Defense, and Flurry of Blows features both work with the Druid's Wild Shape feature, what is the optimal DPR build for a Druid/Monk multiclass, and what are the notable ...
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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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Is Bard level 20 utterly worthless, mechanically?

Bard's level 20 "capstone" ability: Superior Inspiration At 20th level, when you roll initiative and have no uses of Bardic Inspiration left, you regain one use. It seems quite possible ...
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Site with absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5

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 I optimize my Elan Psion?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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Most effective way of improving survivability for an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian?

The Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 9-10) is an extremely powerful barbarian. It pretty much makes your allies invulnerable against an enemy boss. But it ...
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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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What is the most damage you can deal with no help, items, resources, or luck?

I'm wondering how much damage a PC can deal reliably and repeatedly. Another way to phrase this is "what is the maximum damage a PC can always deal?" Constraints: All content must be "official": No ...
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What is the maximum number of known spells (that can be cast with spell slots and use Charisma) a character can have?

I often find it frustrating how few spells sorcerers have. This has led me to trying to increase the number of spells they have with a few multiclassing dips. I was then inspired to ask this question: ...
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How many spiders can a player character have through class features, spells, etc?

I've been considering making a character who is obsessed with spiders! I want to know how many spiders a player character can have at any one time through spells, class features, etc. (so not by ...
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What method can be used to obtain a fifth and sixth “bonus feat”?

The goal is to obtain a total of six feats that clearly have the label of "bonus feat" at first level. The character class is Erudite, which has two first level bonus feats. Taking two flaws ...
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Do the Favored Soul and Cleric differ greatly in their options for prestige classes?

As noted here, there is limited information on the optimisation options for the Favored Soul. In addition, it has received less support than the Cleric due to being a non-core class, being solely a ...
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How to optimize a Bard/Paladin as a supporter/healer?

I have a 9th level tiefling Valor bard, who I think would be interesting as a bard/paladin. Her current spell list is action/advantage denial heavy with a few utility spells; I'd like to enhance her ...
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Any way to cast dragonmark SLAs in a rage?

Pretty obvious dual to this question, but now for (dragonmark) spell-like abilities. While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, ...
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Any way to activate a spell-trigger item in a rage?

While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), the Concentration skill, or any abilities that ...
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Pure Monk Grappler Build

I was thinking about making a pure monk grappler build and I hope that it is possible to do without being too weak for the table. What I want from the build: Pure monk build, so no multi-classing (I ...
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How high can a PC's initiative bonus get?

Usually, most PCs rely solely on their Dexterity ability score modifier for their initiative; however, there are ways to get bonuses to initiative. How high can this bonus get? For example, there's ...
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How can someone work around a Sha'ir's spell duration restrictions?

The Sha'ir (Dragon Magazine 315) is a infamously fiddly and obtuse class to use, made worse by a dispute in how it's even meant to work. First i feel like i need to point out the Raw issues here. The ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single melee attack without features that double damage?

I've been trying to come up with builds that maximise burst damage recently, but I'm not much of an optimiser, usually preferring themes and/or roleplay. I'd come up with something along the lines of ...
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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

Title says it all, what is the greatest amount of temporary hit points a character can have at one time? I think it's 45 from using Armor of Agathys with a 9th level spell slot, but is more possible? ...
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What spell, magic item, racial, or class ability will give you the most temporary HP?

I was wondering, using only the official hardcover books (no UA or 3rd party), what is temporary HP cap at lv 20? class, playable race, feats, non-legendary magic items, and spells allowed. You can ...
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Is a character with the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats unbeatable in a duel?

One of the benefits of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) is: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they ...
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Optimize a druid for debuff and healing

I would like to play a druid (preferably circle of dreams). If possible, a wood-elf would be useful, but any race that can be tall (6ft+) is acceptable. I would be starting level two, and probably ...
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Is there a Spell or Magic Item that will extend the range of racial Darkvision?

My group has decided to head down into the Underdark. And I would like to optimize my Half-Elven Darkvision (60') Assume I have access to any spell or magic item that is in one of the hardcover books.....
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How can I play monsters and NPCs up to their potential?

In many cases discussions about balance in 3.5 will, inevitably, involve one side or another invoking an anecdote of the time they fought this monster, or a member of that class, and they didn't ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in the D&D 5th ...
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Does Green Flame Blade and Sweeping Attack combo cause the bonus effect of GFB to hit again?

I was theory crafting and came across the combination of Green-Flame Blade with the Battlemaster Fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver. I understand that just fine. What I am unclear on is this: I cast ...
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What's my most efficient use of spell slots to help my AC?

I've got a wizard with 11 Dex and I'm trying to figure out what my most efficient use of spell slots is to help me from getting hit. We typically have 2-4 very difficult encounters per day and I want ...
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What is the highest racial or template charisma boost you can get for a +1 LA?

I'm currently working on a Sha'ir Gish character that will eventually PrC into Zhentarim Skymage (LoD) and I need to buff my charisma as much as possible. Skymage has a gimmick of giving you a paladin ...
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Which of the available options for downtime from XGtE would give the most money after one week?

In the "Downtime Revisited" section of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, pages 123-134, it gives you various suggestions with what to do with a week of downtime. My character is being given a ...
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At what point is a Lifedrinker Warlock's expected damage reduced by Sharpshooter/GWM?

At Level 12, a Pact of the Blade Warlock can take the Lifedrinker Eldritch Invocation, which states the following: When you hit a creature with your pact weapon, the creature takes extra necrotic ...
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What is the highest average damage that a level 10 character can deal in response to being hit or damaged?

Premise Typically, you deal damage by hitting the other guy with a stick (or a fireball) [citation needed]; however, spells like fire shield damage enemies who hit you: In addition, whenever a ...
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What is the highest consistent damage output for a 20th level Warlock of the Fiend? (Pact of the Chain)

I've currently got a 3rd level Fiend warlock (pact of chain) and am trying to optimize my build strategy for a 20th level highest consistent damage output. Including the level progression in achieving ...
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Fastest land speed creature with HD of 8 or less?

In the interest of haunt shifting an undead creature into a carriage and getting the carriage to go fast, I am looking for what the haunting's base creature should be. With templates, most creatures ...
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What's the most effective way to maximize skills as a character of any class?

I feel like Pathfinder skills are very compact when compared to 3.5 skills, as a result that makes each individual skill point worth more than each individual point in 3.5, due to combining some ...
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Planescape PC with high ability scores [closed]

I am doing a new character with 35 PB system. It's the Planescape setting and we're using almost every source of D&D (Dragon magazines, all manuals and so on), but not with every single Race or ...
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What are the best enhancements for a rapier?

I am playing a character whose base class is a swashbuckler. But I did not optimize it to be a great warrior because for once I decided to rather invest in relationships and feats related to eberron, ...
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

Cantrips scale automatically with character level. Weapon attacks only scale with ability score and any extra attack features you might get. How could the damage of weapon attacks keep up?
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I heard of a famous Lasombra build, and I wonder how does one make it work?

I'm a DM for D&D and Vampire the Masquerade. After I looked on some D&D multiclass builds that could break my games (and gave me ideas for bosses), I searched some builds for Vampire: the ...
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Which feats should a weretiger take to best use its natural attacks?

Which feats should a weretiger take to fight at optimal efficiency using its bite and claws? Are there any claw-type weapons a weretiger can wear that improve his natural claw attacks? Which feats ...
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What is the maximum number of tool proficiencies a character can gain?

For the purposes of this question, we're going to ignore the rules, found in either the Player's Handbook (pg. 187) or Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 134), that allow a character to learn a tool ...
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What Class or Class combination will raise the largest controlled undead (skeletal) army in 48 hours?

I am planning on making a Necromancer type with the largest undead army available in 5e D&D. He has 48 hours to build it. I have an existing strategy that nets me 150 skeletons using a lv 6 ...
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For a level 10 Swords bard with Crossbow Expert, Sharpshooter, when is it better for DPR to use Greater Invisibility vs. Swift Quiver?

The scene: A 10th-level College of Swords bard (includes Extra Attack). Crossbow Expert. Sharpshooter. 20 Dexterity. Hand crossbow +1. Intelligence is his dump stat so he needs to ask a friend what to ...
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What's the optimal way to play this Hexblade warlock (Pact of the Blade) in combat? [closed]

I'm about to play my third ever session of D&D. I've been watching live-play for a while but haven't played much. I've made a Levistus tiefling warlock with the Pact of the Blade and a Hexblade ...
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How high can the bonus to an attack roll get?

I was considering this Q&A: What is the highest possible AC? I was curious about whether any attack roll could ever get high enough to hit such an AC (short of scoring a critical hit, which ...
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Does Tool Expertise and Wonder Maker stack? [closed]

I have a Rock Gnome Artificer, which grants Tool Expertise, but I want to take the Wonder Maker feat. Do you add +3 for proficiency, +3 because of Tool Expertise, and +3 because of Wonder Maker when ...
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Does Spear Mastery or Polearm Master give a Barbarian the most damage and battlefield control?

First off, so no one branches too far out, the character I am making will be a human variant totem barbarian (bear all the way through). Also, I will not take any more feats after the one I pick to ...
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Is it possible for a caster to have 2 castings of Foresight active?

The Foresight spell specifically includes the following caveat: This spell immediately ends if you cast it again before its duration ends. Looking at this, I figured the only way to avoid that issue ...
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Given several restrictions, what's the highest amount of ranged attacks a fighter can make in one turn consistently?

I've been working on a 20th level character concept for a while and trying to optimize it for use in a future game, the requirements would be as follows: Only 3.X WotC handbooks (No 3rd party books, ...

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