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Questions tagged [optimization]

Questions pertaining to the positive aspects of character optimization (CharOp). For problems with negative issues or player problems around optimization, use the [powergaming] tag.

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What is the maximum distance darkvision you can get without magic? [on hold]

You are in the Underdark and need to see as far as you can to scout for your party: What is the maximum distance that you can see, using darkvision, without magic or magical items?
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Why is the Psionic Artificer considered to be better than all other tier 1 classes?

The tier list over on GitP considers the Psionic Artificer to be "tier 0" and lists a few reasons explaining why. The primary justifications given for this (as seen here and here, and debated here) ...
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Do Artificers, Archivists, and similar classes have any way to exploit the transmuter's Spell Versatility?

From Unearthed Arcana, specialist transmuters can gain the following: Spell Versatility (Ex) A 5th-level transmuter using this variant can adapt magic of other schools to his own style of ...
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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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How can you use Primary Contact for early access to feats or prestige classes?

Cityscape includes a feat, Primary Contact, that includes as a benefit Choose one skill associated with the organization to which your contact belongs. You gain 1 bonus rank in that skill (even if ...
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What build maximizes reach?

A Bugbear (Long Limbed: reach +5 feet) wielding a reach weapon (10 feet of reach) can make a melee weapon attack with a reach of 15 feet. If said Bugbear is a Battle Master with the Lunging maneuver, ...
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What is the most real shadow spells can be increased by?

Shadow spells (Shadow Conjuration, Shadow Evocation, etc.) are only some percentage as strong as the real thing. Some things, like Solid Shadows, can make these spells more real. What I want to know ...
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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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Can PCs gain a double-shield bonus, akin to that of a Fire Giant Dreadnought?

I want to make a ginormous-AC character, but I am not sure of the rules about shields. I want to have two shields held at once, with no other weapons. I know this is against the Player's Handbook: "...
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Maximizing flight speed in a turn for a PC without using magic items/spells? [closed]

What is the maximum sustainable (not time-limited) flight speed attainable by a PC in Dungeons and Dragons 5e without the use of spells or speed-enhancing items? This would come from a combination of ...
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What ways are there to increase one's spellcasting attribute for spellcasting purposes?

I was recently looking at the Regeneration spell (Creation 10), and wondering how I could achieve Regeneration 20 with it. This would seem to require a spellcasting attribute score greater than 20, ...
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How to optimize a bard/paladin in 5e?

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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How many cantrips can a single character have at level 3?

I'm trying to build a character with as many cantrips as possible by level 3. I don't care specificly about the class, race, or anything like that, but I want as many cantrips as possible. How many ...
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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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Character Optimization: highest DPR with the Shillelagh cantrip

I'd like to optimize my character concept: I want my main damage source to be a Shillelagh'd weapon and squeeze that source for all it's worth. Table character limitations: Character is level 5 ...
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Do I have to worry about players making “bad” choices on level up?

When I came back to RPGs (after 20 years) I discarded pathfinder after reading about the complexities of the systems and the fact that there was a real chance of getting “bad characters” if you made ...
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How many characters using PHB rules does it take to be able to have access to any PHB spell at the start of an adventuring day?

I originally read this related question as wanting to find out how to have a party with access to every spell during an adventuring day with as few members as possible. It turned out that the linked ...
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Which traits are better for a control/(de)buff Witch at level 4?

Going to make a level 4 witch. I have narrowed my list of traits down to the following. Which 2 of these 4 options is better for a battlefield control/debuffer/buffer build? +2 Initiative (already +...
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How do I make a tanky Monk?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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Is it possible to consistently get spell levels faster than Clerics or Wizards?

In reference to mixing theurge classes with fast-progression classes like the Apostle of Peace, Blighter, or Ur-Preist this answer mentions that "Any time you get a spell level before a Cleric or ...
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Considering only spells from the PHB, are the Elemental Adept feat and the Elemental Affinity sorcerer feature only good with fire damage?

I'm trying to build a Draconic Bloodline sorcerer with the Elemental Adept feat (PHB, p. 166) and the Elemental Affinity subclass feature to maximize one element. I'm a new player, and our group so ...
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What is the optimal way to gain energy resistance?

I'm looking for the most efficient way to get energy resistance for my character. He's a level 18 caster, wizard, sorcerer & ultimate magus. I don't want to have to take any levels in anything ...
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What is the longest distance a player character can jump in one leap?

After asking What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?, my curiosity got piqued. By RAW, what is the longest distance a player character can jump in ...
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What is the best race for a barbarian?

In Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, what is the best race for a character that is a barbarian? "Best" would be defined as the following: bonuses to a barbarian's primary/secondary stats race ...
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What's the maximum (average) damage that can be dealt in one round by a 20th level character with at least two levels of Fighter?

What is the most effective way to use a level 20 character's (with two or more levels in fighter for Action Surge ability) in order to maximize single target damage done in one round? Rules/...
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How can I create a character who can assume the widest possible range of creature sizes?

Just for fun, I want to create a character who can vary from really tiny or smaller to huge or bigger. Which is the bigger/smaller combination to create that "Ant Man" style char? It can: Be from ...
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How to optimize eidolon to grapple enemies with some sort of a chain?

I am creating my very first character for Pathfinder. I decided to make a summoner with frontline Eidolon, heavily inspired by Shaman King series. It is a half-elf spirit summoner on level 2, focusing ...
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If I use Mountain Avalanche, do I take Attacks of Opportunity from every enemy I approach to trample?

Mountain Avalanche (Stone Dragon 5 maneuver, ToB p84) lets you trample opponents. Do I receive an AoO from every enemy I try to trample when I move into their space, and another one for leaving it1? ...
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The Most Charismatic Man in the World

OK, so the title might be slightly deceptive. This is an optimization question about charisma, but the goal is not to have the highest charisma possible (though builds should definitely crank charisma)...
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What is the optimal race choice for maximum melee damage for my pure Hexblade build?

Stat rolls 18, 14, 16, 8, 10, 12 Pure Hexblade build, no multiclass. We start at level 4, probably play to level 10 at most. I have two choices: One a classic Vuman with PAM, GWM + 18 CHA on level ...
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What is the maximum damage you can do per missile with the Magic Missile spell? [duplicate]

I’m currently working on a Magic Missile-centered build and want to make sure I’m not missing anything. As far as I can tell, using Hexblade’s Curse (XGtE 53) and Empower Evocation (PHB 117) are the ...
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What to optimize a Skald for in such a party?

Our party I have formed a party to play in Pathfinder Society Organized Play with. It contains 7 players, including me. Me, a Conjuration School Savant Arcanist. I've just hit level 2 and am ...
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What is the maximum number of attacks a single character can make themselves during their turn?

In a recent D&D game, I believe a member of the party was able to make six attacks during his turn (I actually lost count, so it might have been 5-7). Other characters seemed able to consistently ...
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Is there any way to get melee to-hit bonuses as high as ranged to-hit bonuses?

The Archery Fighting Style (PH 72) gives +2 to hit. Adding in a magic weapon +3 and magic ammunition +3 gives a whopping +8 bonus to hit in addition to the Dexterity and proficiency bonus. On this ...
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What is the highest total result one can get for a skill check?

I was bored, so I decided to try to calculate what could be the highest total result one could obtain for a skill check. Answers can include officially published material, including magic items - but ...
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Given the below constraints what is the maximum number of attacks in a round for this character in AD&D 2e?

A former DM has had the same recurring NPC/GMPC since I started playing in his game. This was 20+ years ago and we started in 1st edition and slowly made our way through the years and editions. We ...
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How to build a 4th-level Fighter in a Tier 3 party?

I got gifted a level-4 Fighter (freaking Toddy!) from a Deck of Many Things, and we're a level 10 party running through Doomvault. I'm not sure whether I should focus on raising his defense (so that ...
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In this absurd multi-class, is there any other benefit to having a specific starting class?

I'm building the character Abserd, who has 1-level of all classes. He really is a useless character, got kicked out of every guild he ever joined. There are some specific benefits to starting with ...
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How can I improve the survivability of the Beast Master's animal companion?

I am brand spanking new to D&D. I have picked a Beast Master Ranger as my first class and I'm having serious issues with the survivability of the animal companion. I picked a Panther as my pet. I ...
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How many level 1 characters does it take to have access to all languages?

How many characters are needed (using any 5e published race, background and class [no feats]) so that a party can understand (read and converse) all languages in PHB, GGtR and WgtE; at level 1 without ...
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Which classes are needed to have access to every spell in the PHB?

If a party wanted access to every spell in the PHB, what is the minimum number of PCs needed and which classes would those PCs need to be? To clarify, I mean the potential to choose from all spells ...
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Can you train your ranger to master different fighting styles?

I realize this is similar to How can I take multiple fighting styles? but it's been still a nagging question that I'd like to find a solution to without multiclassing. I like playing a Ranger who ...
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How can I get a more powerful animal companion than my druid level entitles me to?

I would like to make a druid build where my character's power resides in my animal companion(s) and what little druid spellpower I can muster I use to buff it. By powerful I mean most druid level to ...
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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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How to optimize a character for the greatest number of skill proficiencies with the fewest number of levels?

I want to build a character with the maximum number of skill proficiencies, 18. 20 levels to work with, multi-classing, feats, all official published books, starting with standard point array. The ...
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Does the Resilient (Con) feat or the War Caster feat most improve the chances of maintaining concentration?

The Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168) allows you to increase one ability score by 1 and gain proficiency in saving throws using the corresponding ability. In essence, taking the Resilient feat and picking ...
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How do flat modifiers (like those from magic weapons) affect DPR comparison in GWF vs TWF?

This question has some answers with fantastic calculations comparing the Great Weapon Master feat to the Dual Wielding feat. I'm interested in comparing Great Weapon Fighting and Two Weapon Fighting ...
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Is there any way to eliminate the material component cost for Glyph of Warding?

Glyph of Warding is a great spell. I may wish to invest substantial resources in it to avoid the 200 gp cost per casting. I am aware that this can be done via the custom magic item system for an ...
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How can I increase my reach in Pathfinder?

I know 3.5 had a slew of ways to increase reach, however in PF I've only found a couple. I'll be playing a tank build and would like as many ways to do this as possible. I know of the Lunge and ...