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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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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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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Why would an Avenger go Half-Elf to take Twin Strike?

I've been reading about D&D 4e character optimization and half-elves taking the Ranger's Twin Strike as their power. As I read Twin Strike, it requires two melee weapons (or a ranged one) which ...
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Is a stout halfling fighter with a shortbow less effective than a Medium creature with a longbow?

I'm building an archer fighter and have been considering making his race that of stout halfling because the halfling race gets +2 DEX and the "stout" subclass gets +1 CON, which seems perfect for an ...
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How can I minimize the risk of mind control with magic items?

We are playing a very overpowered game (which is perhaps at the level of rocket tag), but is a ton of fun. My character is a 17th-level Zealot Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) and I ...
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What’s the optimized single-class 17th-level melee PC for maximum consistent damage?

What is the highest possible consistent melee damage a 17th level character could inflict with the following restrictions: Role: Melee damage dealer capable of doing the same damage in at least 5 ...
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Combining Improved Dirge of Doom and Blistering Invective – how long does the “frightened” condition last?

I recently found a pretty neat combination of moves that essentially turns your bard into a freaking jump scare. (Unless your enemies are undead. Or don’t understand your language. Oh well, no trick ...
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How can I make a fighter that maxes out damage dealt? [closed]

One of my players wants me to help him make a very strong fighter (with or without multiclassing as long as it includes at least 1 level of fighter) capable of dealing a lot of damage. He saw the Pal5/...
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Achieving highest Rogue DPR at 3rd level using PHB+1

I think this is a straight-forward optimization question. The restrictions are: Assume enemies have 16~18 AC 1. Saving Throws have +5 bonus. Rogue is ranged (i.e. it has to fight from a decent range, ...
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What feats and class features can grant a half-orc monk natural attacks?

I want to play a half-orc monk who specializes in combining unarmed strikes with natural attacks. By monk, I mean I'd at least like the character to be enough of a monk so that he benefits from the ...
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What are the pros and cons of a Hexblade dip for a Paladin/Sorcerer multiclass? [closed]

I am building a paladin/sorcerer multiclass character that's focused on nova damage, using sorcerer spell slots to fuel Divine Smites. My current plan is something like Paladin 6/Sorcerer 14, in order ...
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How can I get all Max Stats in organized play?

Is there any Adventurers League or organized play legal way to get a character with 20+ stats all around?
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What's the best offensive spell at each level for a Arcanist//Full Sneak-attacker at each spell level?

Inspired by Effective sneak attacks with spells. Sneak attacks with spells are pretty unusual, changing the expected damage of many spells, and thus their expected value, drastically. An sneak-...
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What is the maximum damage a player character can consistently deal?

Assuming max starting skill level of 75 and access to 1920s weapons, what is the maximum damage a PC can do consistently? The character should be able to carry the weapon, equipment, or apparatus ...
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How to get the maximum number of spells when given the choice of a rare magic item and one level?

Choosing a rare item as a reward occurs in several adventures out today. This creates a question for wizards seeking to gain greater spell power. We have a 9th level wizard (and 1st level knowledge ...
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What are some other Overrun feat combos?

I am a level 2 Barbarian. I have the Overbearing Advance rage power. I have the following feats: Power Attack, Improved Overrun. I am looking into taking the following rage power in the future: ...
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Maximizing the chance of Instigate Psychic Duel being succesful? [closed]

I have been planning out a character which will be focused entirely on psychic duels instantly engaging whatever boss monster the group encounters in a psychic duel effectively stunning him while rest ...
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When is it worth it to use the Sharpshooter -5/+10? [duplicate]

I took the Sharpshooter feat at level one, as a variant human. Let's say I have a hit bonus of ATK_MOD and I do on average AVG_DMG damage. Based on the perceived enemy's AC, when is it worth it to ...
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Given the following constraints what is the maximum number of attacks in a round for 3.X edition?

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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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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What is the maximum number of attacks given the below constraints for AD&D?

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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Why would I choose anything other than a Greataxe as my Warlock Pact weapon?

In the PHB p.107 on Pact of the Blade boon it is stated: You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it (see chapter 5 for weapon options). You are proficient with ...
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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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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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How many domains can a character have?

An exercise of thought: Let's say I wanted to make a level 20 multi-class abomination of a character. What classes would I take to give me access to the most domains? Only looking for Paizo material....
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What is the maximum AC possible without using magic items?

What is the maximum AC a PC can acquire without the use of magic items? Allowed content are feats, spells, and temporary effects - but not effects from allies, magical items, or UA content.
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How to get the most languages with the fewest level investments?

How can I optimize a character in regards to known languages? Unearthed Arcana, Multiclassing and such are allowed, as are feats. I am not interested in every single possibility to get a language, but ...
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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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Is this a time to choose minimum damage per hit over average DPR?

A lot of gamers consistently optimize characters average damage per round. My intuition tells me, though, there are times when your character should be opting for an action that does the highest ...
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Every language character optimization

I've been theory crafting how to design a linguist character who is able to read and speak every language. I managed to accomplish this with a level 20 wizard who takes Signature Spells on tongues and ...
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Feats that use Concentration for a swordsage.

I’m playing a Diamond Mind-based swordsage. I’m going to take all of the concentration-based strikes and counters. If I am loading up my concentration skill, are there any feats I could take that ...
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Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master?

Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master? Elven Accuracy (XGtE, p. 74) says: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity,...
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Damage based arcanist build? [closed]

I am building an arcanist at level 5 with 20 point buy in pathfinder and i was looking for an arcanist build optimized for damage. It would also be helpful if there could be a level plan. I want to ...
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How can my sniper get enough attacks of opportunity?

Recently, there's been some talk about starting up an old Pathfinder game again, and I'm a bit worried about my character being able to adequately support her end of a combo that's rather central to ...
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Constitution vs. Damage for Long Death Monk [closed]

I'm working on making a monk character for a new 5e campaign. I'm pretty much done with the build, just have a question about a tweak I want to make. Right now I feel like the monk lacks in damage and ...
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Permanent CL boosting for a dual Divine/Arcane spellcaster

So, I'm playing in a high power campaign that'll be going deep into epic levels, and I'd like to try to raise my CL. I'll get into depth after discussing how things are looking currently. Current ...
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How to optimize a grappling character? [closed]

I have a character that is a half-orc monk. I try to focus everything he does on grappling because he is based off of a retired luchador. Are there any options that can help improve his ability to ...
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What is the maximum damage a level 1 character can deal in a single round? [closed]

I want to build a character with max damage dealing capabilities. What is the highest damage a character can deal in a single round with the following constraints: character is level 1 only official ...
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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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Dex-Paladin - Should I get war caster as a sword & board user?

We are starting at level 3, 5th edition, and this are my current stats: Str-8 Dex-16 Con-14 Int-11 Wis-10 Charisma-16 I'm currently considering it simply for the ability to be able to cast spells ...
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My Ash Druid isn't as helpful in combat as I'd hoped. How can I change her to contribute better?

I recently made my first spellcaster in Pathfinder. She’s a Druid. Admittedly I made her pretty poorly. I went with the ash subdomain from the fire domain instead of having a companion (which I was ...
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Paralysis, what are the best items to protect against it?

Looking for items in the 15k and under range to protect from paralysis.
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How do I improve survivability of a Barbarian who's limited to light armor only?

I'm currently using a Barbarian Half-Orc in a custom made campaign. The campaign itself is set to hardcore, that means that encouters, enemies and the story itself is really, really hard and fights ...
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How to max out Will saves under level 4 [closed]

Standard Paizo books. 20 point buy. 150 starting gold. How can one max out will saves at specifically level 1, but overall under level 4? Classes, archetypes, feats, races, traits, and whatnot. If ...
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What can a Ranger with 10 WIS do at level 20?

I have a ranger with 10 WIS. Technically he's a Revised Ranger but I don't think it matters for this question. I was doing some level advancement planning and read ahead to his Level 20 ability, Foe ...
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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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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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For battlefield control, what’s the optimum mix of a Paladin dipping Warlock? [closed]

Brief backstory here, since I feel like Palalock gets enough of a backlash that I want to justify it. My group are longtime 3.5/Pathfinder players dipping our toes into 5e for the first time; we're ...
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How can I significantly reduce casting time? [closed]

I've got some slow spells with casting times in the 1 hour to several day range, but only have 30 minutes to cast them due to impositions. By means of metamagic spells or magic items, or planar travel,...
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Methods of Early Entry for Evangelist in Pathfinder

So, I am in a rather complex build, and I'd like to be able to enter the Evangelist PrC at ECL 4. Current build is thus: Graveknight 2 (template CR is being treated as class levels in this game)/...