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 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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Does the caster level trick of The Word (from The Wish and The Word optimization showcase) work?

The Wish and The Word are a well-known optimization showcase from early in D&D 3.5's run by Frank & K. The Word's signature trick is casting Blasphemy at an extremely high caster level to ...
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What creature of CR 5 or lower has the highest Constitution saving throw bonus?

What creature of CR 5 or lower has the highest Constitution saving throw bonus? I am currently DMing a campaign and have slowly been introducing higher and higher Con save creatures as zombies, as a ...
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What is the maximum number of Fireballs a 12th level character can cast in a day?

In a brief RPG General Chat discussion, Yuuki suggested a character idea based around casting fireball as a primary method of combat. I think this would be a fun gag character for a comedic mini-...
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At what point is the Tavern Brawler feat better than a stat bump to Str or Dex?

At what point is it statistically better to take Tavern Brawler over an increase to Str or Dex if 1/3 of all your attacks are made with an improvised weapon? Example: A Thief rogue 4/Champion fighter ...
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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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Is using multiple Greatswords on an Unchained Eidolon with a Multiweapon Fighting feat worth it?

My friend plays an Unchained Summoner in Pathfinder Organized Play, and I build a character for them. It's actually possible that I create my own Unchained Summoner two, as I've tried this class ...
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When optimizing for damage, is it better for a Dex-based crossbow fighter to go full Fighter or multiclass with Rogue?

I'm trying to build an optimized character for a 5th edition D&D campaign and I really like the crossbowman fighter concept, but I had considered dipping into rogue for at least 3 levels to pick ...
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Which number is better for a Sorcerer's primary stat, 20 or 18? [closed]

Building a save-or-lose Pathfinder Society Sorcerer for my previous game (Grease and Color Spray), I've chosen the following stats in 20-point point-buy: Str: 7, Dex: 14, Con: 12, Int: 10, Wis: 10, ...
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Which is more powerful, an arcanist or an exploiter wizard?

For playing in Pathfinder Society, I'm trying to decide whether to play either a level 1 Arcanist or a level 1 Wizard with the archetype Exploiter wizard. While still adhering to Society guidelines, ...
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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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How effective in combat regarding damage output could a Dexterity-based Barbarian be?

The Barbarian is a MAD (Multiple Ability Dependent) class. They require a good Strength stat for their attacks, good Constitution due to their need for a large amount of HP, and good Constitution and ...
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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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Easiest wizard/sorcerer spell access for an undead swordsage?

We're playing 3.5 gestalt, and I have an undead unarmed swordsage (with a drop of totemist). Now he wants access to some spells, most notably Greater Mighty Wallop. Is there any way to leverage a ...
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How do you make an Int- or Wis-based character with only 3 Con viable with 30-35 hp at level 6?

I am a player in Tomb of Annihilation (5e) and we're playing with rolled characters. Rules are 4d6 drop lowest and no moving around ability scores. I ended up with the following stat block: Str: 14 (+...
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How can I optimize this “max-languages” build’s combat ability?

This answer about maximizing the languages you can learn points out that you can use downtime to keep learning languages, but if you aren’t going to do that there’s a particular build suggested for ...
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Does this level 10 multiclass combo work?

I crafted a level 10 multiclass ranged oneshot character that has a lot of interactions and I was wondering if I did this right. The race is not specified but should be something with +1 to dex for a ...
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What is the optimal build for maximum undead minions of a Wizard/Cleric at 10th level? [closed]

I'm building an evil necromancer priest at 10th level, and am looking at the Necromancy school for the Wizard levels and Death domain for the cleric levels. This character would lean more on spells ...
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Which class is better for being able to contribute to battle when out of spell slots, Wizard or Warlock?

I have joined a campaign and am now choosing a class. So far my character is a Half-Elf with the ability scores: STR 12 (+1) DEX 18 (+4) CON 16 (+3) INT 17 (+3) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 18 (+4) The ability ...
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What weapon combination gives the highest DPR on my character?

My Halfling Hexblade Warlock 1 / Eldritch Knight Fighter 3 has come across two magic weapons: a longsword of life stealing (3d6 necrotic damage extra on crit) a +1 longsword. What weapon ...
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Issues with a druid build [closed]

The problem We are playing the campaign path The Second Darkness and my friend is a druid with a ankylosaurus animal companion. We are all 7th level and he is doing way less damage than everyone else,...
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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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What rules or guidelines are there about when to allow a party to acquire plate mail?

I have heard it said that 5e does not balance its encounters with respect to magic items; in other words it does not consider possession of magic items when defining appropriately challenging ...
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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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Is there a way to obtain improved critical before level 9?

Out of sheer curiosity: is there any build that makes you obtain the Improved Critical feat - and not an equivalent class feature or an enchanted weapon - before level 9 without limits to feats, magic ...
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What is the cheapest way of gaining Inherent bonuses?

A staple of high-level characters in D&D is boosting their abilities with inherent bonuses; up to +5 for each ability. There are essential two methods of obtaining those bonuses: The Manuals and ...
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What feats give maximum melee damage per round for wild-shaped druid? [closed]

Building a level 11 druid. Plan to be in most combat situations while wild-shaped. What feats can I take to maximize melee damage/per turn? Already looking into Eldritch Claws to ensure that the ...
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Is my paladin/warlock multiclass a viable tank?

I'll be playing a D&D 5e Warlock/Paladin character in the Curse of Strahd adventure. I'll start off by taking 2 levels of Paladin (variant human with War Caster) and then start taking levels in ...
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As a Bladesinger, can I get the arcane keyword on my basic attacks?

I'm starting a Bladesinger character. Is there any way to add the arcane keyword to a weapon so that I may use the White Lotus feats with my basic attacks?
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Which of these scenarios involving advantage/disadvantage results in higher damage per round?

Considering a character is using the same weapon in both of the following scenarios, which would result in a higher damage per round? The character makes a single attack with advantage. The character ...
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Can an 18th level hastened mobile wood-elf monk move at over 100 mph?

One of my players wants to say his monk can kill a T-Rex in a single blow, by simply ramming it. The pitch goes like this: As a wood elf he has a base speed of 35 feet. The Mobile feat increases ...
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How do I make a player feel important when their skills don't affect the campaign? [closed]

You know how sometimes a character takes Dwarvish as their second language but you have no dwarves in your campaign? Or a Cleric specializes in killing undead when your campaign revolves around ...
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When is the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver worth it?

I have been playing a Fighter with the Battle Master archetype (PHB, p. 73-74), and most of my companions in my party are new to the game. I was trying to play a supportive-type character, even if I'm ...
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When is +2 Dex better than Crossbow Expert?

This answer to a previous question about crossbow builds without Crossbow Expert is relevant to me; my Rogue is about to reach 4th level. If you only hit on a 20, the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. ...
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Can Pun-Pun ascend in 5e?

in chat, today this happened: Sir Cinnamon - There once was a DnD Player / Who wished to be best goblin slayer/ For stats he rolled dice / The results were not nice / and now he's a humble brick ...
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Looking to optimize multiple melee attacks

I'm trying to find 2 classes to hybrid into that maximize the attack-shift-attack-shift-attack style powers. I already have the fighter powers of Tempest Dance and Storm of Blows, but what other class ...
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How to balance combat with a couple of min/maxed characters in the party?

I have a party of 4 freshly minted level 7s for an upcoming game. 3 of the players have been playing for a while and one person is a relative newcomer to the group. The problem I'm having is that 2 ...
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What makes a good Prestige Class for a Monk? [closed]

As it says in the title, I'm asking for advice on which Prestige Class works best with the Monk. What I'm asking for, more specifically: What Prestige Class has the best synergy? That doesn't require ...
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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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Ability score increase or feat? [closed]

I rolled up a character for the new campaign using 3d6 in order method, so now I'm playing as lvl.3 human rogue (Str 6, Dex 12, Con 8, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 6). How do I maximize my efficiency? Is it ...
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How to optimize a Sorcerer or Oracle into Tier 1?

This answer talks about ‘unlocking’ Tier 2 sorcerers and oracles into Tier 1: https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/114432 I’m curious as to what specific alternate class features, feats, race ...
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Optimizing a Monk/Druid for healing, close combat, and casting (in order) [closed]

Ability scores: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 Race: Human Variant Feats: 2 bonus Level: 8 Background: Sailor or hermit Magic Items: 1 of what could be 1500 gp in value. Due to my inability to have any ...
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As a level 4 halfling hexblade pact of the blade warlock, what are my options for high damage per round?

I play a halfling hexblade pact of the blade warlock. I recently learned exactly how hexblade/pact of the blade interaction work in this this question. I figured out that I can have 2 weapons that ...
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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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Is it beneficial to trade a skill for better saving throws for a spell-less Ranger? [closed]

I'm working on a new character, which will be a spell-less ranger. In this case, I'm multiclassing a Rogue / Ranger, with a preference for melee (over ranged). For the sake of this question, assume ...
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What is an ideal 3rd-5th level spell for an oracle to poach from the sorcerer/wizard spell list? [closed]

The Improved Eldritch Heritage feat allows any character who meets the prerequisites to gain the 3rd- or 9th-level power of a sorcerer bloodline. The 9th-level power of the arcane bloodline allows a ...
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What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get?

What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get? Any class/race/spell/level combo is fine. Is it as simple as a necromancy wizard controlling a mummy lord, or is there something ...
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Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

I know this has been discussed before, but I've yet to find a mathematically sound explanation of why two-weapon is vastly inferior to two-handed. I could understand if there are ultimately negligible ...
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How to min/max a character build [closed]

Firstly, a disclaimer: I do not find much joy in highly optimised characters that can slay everything with ease at the table. However, the idea of creating such a character (or making the most out of ...