Questions tagged [optimization]

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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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Is it possible to obtain limitless HD?

I've been reading the ever-reliable D&D Wiki and there seem to be some disagreement on whether or not Pun-Pun can attain limitless HD. It doesn't go in to much detail, but it's got my interest. Is ...
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How do you optimize in 1st Edition AD&D?

1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons gives its players a few strategic options during character creation, many of which are restricted by randomly generated attributes. With this in mind, what are some ...
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What is the maximum static positive modifier to a melee attack's damage?

I’m currently building up a Level 20 Warlock to have the absolute maximum static damage (by static, I mean damage not reliant on a roll) on a melee attack. A level 20 Hexblade Warlock with a 20 in ...
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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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What tier are the Pathfinder classes?

I know what tiers are, but what tier are the various Pathfinder classes? This is about Pathfinder only, no 3.5 material is relevant. An ideal answer would cover all available (non-prestige) classes, ...
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Is there a valid Constitution-based build? [closed]

There are a lot of builds for SAD (Single Attribute Dependent) characters out there, which can be further helped along with the addition of certain magical items, spells, etc. However, I've yet to see ...
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What is the benefit of the Monkey Grip feat?

The Monkey Grip feat enables you to wield a larger weapon at the cost of -2 to attack. In the best case, a larger weapon gives you 3.5 extra damage: Greatsword 2d6 -> large Greatsword 3d6. The ...
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Is there a way, other than having a Diviner friend, for a player to avoid rolling Initiative at the start of a combat?

I've been starting to theorize the following concept: a player who would... never... roll dice... ever. Not in combat, not elsewhere. No dice. Literally. But I have come across a major obstacle: ...
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Is it effective to take Polearm Master and Sentinel on a Barbarian? [closed]

I'm building an 8th level Zealot Barbarian for an ongoing campaign and I'm thinking about taking the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats because it's a pretty nice combo to protect your party and to ...
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What is the maximum number of PC-controlled undead?

I decided to make an unreasonable demand from nearby town and to gain an advantage in upcoming dispute I want an undead horde reinforcing my arguments. I am not looking for quality (after all, those ...
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Optimizing a Crossblooded Sorcerer 1/Admixture School Savant Arcanist X

Introduction One of the members of our PFS party is Ash, a blaster mage. Her player’s requirement for the character was “I WANT TO BURN”, so I googled and found this build. However, I decided to push ...
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As a half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to dip some levels into the Fighter class?

TL;DR: as a Great Weapon Master, half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to take 3-4 (or more?) levels of Fighter, in order to deal more damage? I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian in a soon-to-begin D&...
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Great Weapon Master vs. Dual Wielder for a half-orc Barbarian

I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian (with a STR modifier of +4) in a soon-to-begin, pure PHB D&D 5E campaign, starting at level 1, and I'm wondering what the best overall attacking style is, ...
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Color Spray vs. Sleep: which spell should a low-level spellcaster use?

One of the easiest ways of winning low-level combat encounters is casting Color Spray or Sleep. Those two are both save-or-lose spells, and low-CR enemies usually have weak Will saves. However, ...
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Which spells or tactics allow a low-level non-blaster Arcanist to deal with creatures immune to mind-affecting spells or who have a lot of HD?

I played The Confirmation yesterday, and it was a rather interesting experience. Our party consisted of: 2 Arcanists with Grease and Color Spray prepared and Quick-Study (my friend and me) A party ...
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What do I lose by going Paladin 17 / Warlock 3, instead of taking 1 additional level or 1 fewer level in Warlock?

Background I have a 9th Level Oath of Redemption Scourge Aasimar Paladin. Due to the way the story has evolved, I will need to multiclass into warlock. My intention was to take levels 10, 11 and 12 ...
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Should my Dex-based paladin get the War Caster feat as a sword & board user?

I'm playing a Dex-based high elf paladin in D&D 5th edition. We are starting at level 3, and these are my current stats: Str: 8 Dex: 16 Con: 14 Int: 11 Wis: 10 Cha: 16 (Dumping Str instead of ...
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What is the optimal strategy for the bowling encounter in the AL Epic adventure Last Orders at the Yawning Portal?

The Adventurers League Epic adventure Last Orders at the Yawning Portal (DDEP08-03) has a Tier 4 quest where one or more party members try to beat an NPC at nine-pin bowling. If at least one PC beats ...
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Optimizing a Wizard that does no direct damage in D&D 5e [closed]

I've thought of building a wizard who emphasizes supporting the team instead of just picking all the spells that do damage. And I want to take that a step further: no direct damage. Flavor-wise, he ...
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Optimize this Scourge Aasimar Great Old One Blade Pact Warlock

I am about to start an Adventurers League game, so point buy and only published material are available. Since Volo's Guide to Monsters has been printed and made legal, I am using a Scourge Aasimar (...
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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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Is Greatsword superior to Greataxe?

Greataxe 6.5 (1d12) slashing Heavy, Two-Handed Greatsword 7 (2d6) slashing Heavy, Two-Handed This is why I think Greatsword is superior to Greataxe: Slightly higher average damage Higher ...
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Is there a starting class that has all the necessary skills for the Shadowsmith prestige class?

I am looking into making a character that will go into the Shadowsmith prestige class from Tome of Magic page 132. I want to get into it as soon as I can so I am looking mainly for a class that has ...
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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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In Adventurers League, is there any way for a 5th-level wizard to gain heavy armor proficiency?

Is there any way for an Adventurers League character in the 8th season of AL to gain heavy armor proficiency? My level 5 wizard has no armor proficiencies, and the only way I found to get it was the ...
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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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Do the Hunter ranger's Extra Attack, Whirlwind Attack, and/or Horde Breaker features work together?

At level 5, all rangers get the Extra Attack feature: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. At level 3, the Hunter ranger ...
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What is the maximum number of Cantrips you can get by 20th level?

This originally started out as a concept to get a lot of the utility cantrips for an entertainer build: control flames, gust, shape water, mold earth, mage hand, dancing lights, minor illusion, ...
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Is a Dexterity-based paladin build competitive with a Strength-based paladin as a front-line fighter?

After the release of Volo's Guide to Monsters, I was bantering with some friends about character concepts with the new races. One that came up was a Kobold Paladin—and once that seed was planted, the ...
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What is Eldritch Blast's maximum range?

To fulfil a prophecy: What is Eldritch Blast's maximum range? The range I care about is between the Tiefling and the max-distance target at the time of the Tiefling making their attack. Assuming the ...
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What is the lowest possible AC?

This is a direct, somewhat silly, opposite question to What is the highest possible AC? . I’m wondering what is the lowest possible Armor Class a Player Character can get at any point in time, “...
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What are all sources of extra uses of bardic music?

I am working on a (somewhat) functional version of the classic Bard/Barbarian hybrid. The lynchpin is using Rage Casting (Dragon #310), which requires casting to be a free action, citing Quicken Spell ...
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Is there an optimal choice for multiclassing with the aim of optimizing an Arcane Trickster for front-line melee?

The general setting: I want to play a rogue. My party needs me in melee. I want to choose the Arcane Trickster archetype. XGtE and SCAG are allowed. I am aware that these basic assumptions conflict ...
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How can I specialize in tripping/disarming people with a spiked chain?

I'd like to make my fighter character better; my goal is to focus on tripping, but reach, more damage, and disarming would also be good improvements. He's a level 2 human, with the Improved Trip, ...
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What is the earliest point at which a blind character could pass off as good as Zatoichi?

Zatoichi with his 26 films and over a hundred episode TV series starred by Shintaro Katsu is a well known franchiseTVTropes Warning as well as a meme as the epitome of the perfect blind swordsman. ...
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What methods exist to get infinite or extremely high caster level prior to epic levels?

In a recent answer, KRyan mentions that there are multiple tricks to get infinite caster level in 3.5. I'm not aware of very many, and those I am aware of require iffy rules interpretations: Greater ...
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What is the highest number of sneak attacks that a Pure/High Level Rogue (Level 17+) can make in one round?

Rogues only get one sneak attack per turn. Which means that they can only get it once on their turn and once with their reaction (through Sentinel or a Battle Master's Commander's Strike or an Attack ...
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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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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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Raising a maximumly optimized tarrasque [closed]

What would be the most powerful undead type to raise a tarrasque as and would regeneration work with undead counting charisma for their health instead? I'm looking for the maximum beefy killing ...
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Besides a rebuild, how can you become native to Toril if you currently aren't?

The sarrukh possesses the supernatural ability manipulate form. The ability is one of the game's most powerful and versatile and it's essential for the overpowered kobold Pun-pun. However, the special ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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Optimizing Pact of the Blade’s ability to conjure any weapon

At level 3, warlocks gain the Pact Boon feature, and one of the options is Pact of the Blade. One of the benefits of the warlock’s Pact of the Blade is the ability to conjure any melee weapon the ...
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Optimizing a spellsword bard

I recently rolled a bard for a new game set in a low fantasy world. It's a halfling bard, with 17 CHA and 16 DEX and +0s or +1s elsewhere. In the party there is also a defensively minded Paladin, a ...
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Arcane Tradition and Cost Efficiency: Learn spells on level-up, or learn them from scrolls/spellbooks?

Each Wizard's Arcane Tradition subclass gives them a "Savant" feature: Beginning when you select this school at 2nd level, the gold and time you must spend to copy a [school] spell into your ...
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Maximum average damage from a single unarmed strike

What is the maximum average damage that can be delivered by a single unarmed strike from a Dungeons and Dragons 5e character? A few qualifications for preferred answers: The damage must be a direct ...
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What do the terms CO and TO mean in the context of characters and builds?

I have seen the terms CO and TO when reading about RPGs like in this Reddit post, this EN World forum thread, this Paizo messageboard thread, and this Giant in the Playground forum thread. Also, see ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single ranged attack?

While we have a question for melee attacks, ranged attacks always seem to get left out. What is the maximum damage that can be done in a single ranged attack? Any official character options as ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single melee attack?

So, I was attempting to theory-craft a character that could deliver a massive amount of damage in a single melee attack. I know that there are builds to deliver a massive amount of damage in a single ...