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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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)/...
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What is the maximum amount of spells per day that a Druid can reach at 1st level with unlimited money?

Assuming a standard point-buy and a very lenient GM who has given away a tremendous amount of gold of exactly one (1) infinity and allows any official Paizo books to be used, how many spells per day ...
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What is the best damage you can do with a 9th level Magic Missile?

So one of this question's To maximize a combo with True Strike, which is the most damaging spell with attack roll? answers got me curious. What is the maximum damage a 20th level character can do with ...
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Effective build for Eldritch Knight? [closed]

I'm pretty new to D&D, having just created my first character a few days ago. I want to build an Eldritch Knight Tabaxi Fighter, and I'm not too sure on the best way to do that. Here are my stats: ...
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To maximize a combo with True Strike, which is the most damaging spell with attack roll?

True strike says: You extend your hand and point a finger at a target in range. Your magic grants you a brief insight into the target's defenses. On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first ...
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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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Adding Incarnum-like capability to my Level 1 Human Vow of Poverty Monk

I wanted to try Vow of Poverty and a monk because I liked the idea of an ascetic melee fighter, but the limitations of vow of poverty about using magic items is tough. I do not want to slow down the ...
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What is the best 1-level multiclass to improve the AC of Wild Shape?

I'm planning on playing a Circle of the Moon Druid, primarily using Wild Shape for combat and saving my spells as much as possible. That said, I want to take 1 level of either Barbarian or Monk to get ...
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What can a Fighter do to ensure scrolls are cast successfully?

Greg the Ogre (Advanced Race Guide) has been working on leveling up so that he has an easier time of eating passing adventurers. That being said, while he isn't struggling too much eating the odd ...
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Touch/Reach Optimizing Build Ideas

This is an odd question, but one I'd like to ask. I'm building a char for a very unusual campaign. A resource we're allowed to use is the Eberron/Pathfinder conversion, so I'm playing a Daelkyr Half-...
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How can I build a Celestial Warlock as a primary healer?

This will be my first time playing a Warlock class and I built a concept that resulted in an Aasimar Celestial Warlock. The party has plenty of potential healers but none with a class that focuses on ...
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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 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 ...
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Best bane weapon for Rise of the Runelords

What would be the best bane weapon to have in the last module of Rise of the Runelords? Should I go for "giants" or "dragons"? I am currently playing a level 15 dex based Magus with a +1 keen spell ...
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What's the least amount of Essence needed to access The Six?

My character starts with a single Barrier at level 1, but getting "The Six" Barrier Abilities requires increasing all five of the other Barriers to level 1 as well. If I min-max a character ...
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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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Is taking higher HP classes first better?

When multi-classing in Pathfinder, is it strictly better to take a higher HP class at first level? At first level, your character gets max HP for the HD of their class. At subsequent levels, you ...
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Which benefits from Barbarian, Monk, or Rogue multiclassing work in Moon Druid beast form?

I have really poor stats in my next game: 13 12 10 10 10 9. So I decided to play moon druid to compensate for the weak ability scores. I also plan to multiclass into barbarian, monk, or rogue. So ...
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How to approach a stifling DM

I have a bit of a problem with a restrictive DM. In the next paragraph I will rant a bit (understatement) so if you want just skip it. This person is shutting down all my attempts at min-maxing (...
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What are good options for a frontline melee with very limited source material?

I recently entered a Planescape campaign with a very rules heavy DM. I rolled stats in order, and now I have to make a character. As long as it stays within these sourcebooks and is neither a druid ...
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Average stats monk [closed]

I am creating a Goliath Monk and I have rolled for my stats and with the STR and CON bonuses Ill have all 13's and one 14. Should I abandon trying to make this monk and just go with something that ...
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How can I build an effective whip fighter? [closed]

I want to build a Pathfinder Society character than can effectively attack with a whip from level 1. If possible, I would really appreciate if this character could have some kind of divine magic, ...
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Most effective way to put enemies to sleep?

As the title implies, I'm on a quest to find the most effective way to cause opponents to be put to sleep. Normally, this spell falls off rather abruptly in potency, but if we use a witch with the ...
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What is the maximum amount of Sneak Attack dice you can roll with 1 full attack?

Attempting an optimized build towards having the highest amount of sneak attack dice rolled on completion of a full attack. This will be assuming a level 20 character, attacking a wooden training ...
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How to make efficient use of a Cragtop Archer's Arcing Shot?

The Cragtop Archer prestige class grants, at 3rd level, the Arcing Shot feature: Arcing Shot (Ex) The Cragtop Archer of 3rd level and higher can fire a high, arcing shot to gain greater range ...
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Barbarian Advice 5E [closed]

I'm currently playing a level 3 Aasimar Barbarian. I'm not sure whether I want to take the Great Weapon Master feat (-5/+10, when you reduce a creature to 0 HP you can make another attack as a bonus ...
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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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Improving base Fortitude for early ur-priest entry

I am not entirely satisfied by my answers to Is it possible to achieve 9th level spells in 3 different progressions? since one requires treating a divine spellcasting class as arcane by using ...
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Most number of save proficiencies (without being a Monk)?

Besides a 14th level Monk, what is the most amount of saving throws a character can be proficient in permanently? As best I can tell, it's only possible to gain proficiency in 4 saves by playing a ...
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Optimizing feats for a control halfling bard

So I have two main ideas for feats. Let's say I have a level 11 street performer bard that will have a +9 from a 28 CHA. That gives me 6 feats to work with. His role is 100% support. Control/buff/...
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Resilient (Con) or Sentinel Feat for Circle of the Moon Druid? [closed]

I am a newer D&D player. I am currently running through The Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure for 5e. My party consists of a Half-Elf Cleric, a Moon Elf Ranger, and myself (Hill Dwarf Circle of ...
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Is it possible to achieve 9th level spells in 3 different progressions?

With just a little shenanigans, you can get 9th level in 2 progressions. I think Wizard 3 / Druid 3 / Mystic Theurge 10 / Arcane Hierophant 4 does the trick (If I am not mistaken - no books on me ...
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Defensive Duelist x Medium Armor Master

As a level 6 character (1 fighter/5 warlock) with 16 dextery and using a rapier/shield/scale mail and Defense Fighting Style (19 CA, up to 20 with a half plate), which one of those feats would make my ...
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What is necessary for a magician to be able to cast spells in space?

Related but wrong edition. It is supposed to be impossible to use magic in space. In-universe reports of sub-orbital flights where magicians attempted to do so ended up in death or madness. Also ...
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Warblade 9th level bonus feat, or Fun vs. Effectiveness [closed]

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that this question may come off as too broad or opinion-based. Here's the character in question: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bYcgjyeuXGZnj_1Bht-...
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What is the best “core” race for DCFS abuse?

Some races grant racial feats as bonuses. These could be DCFS'd into any other feat of interest to the character. Limiting the scope to the races in the 3.5 PHB what is the race with the most bonus ...
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Are there any ways to raise a character's saving throw DC past just ability score and proficiency bonus?

I know that there's Rod of the Pact Keeper for Warlocks specifically, and I know there are items that increase spell attack rolls. Are there any feats, items, or other options in any of the official ...
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Enhancements on Weapons/Armor for a Druid [closed]

I'm having issues finding possible enchantments for my druid. I'm drafting up a lvl 14 druid, no need to worry about wealth. I just want to know what kind of enchantments would be useful for a wild ...
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How can a PaliBard be optimized for DPS/battlefield control?

I'm considering rolling a Paladin/Bard character. My aim for the character is for them to be a high damage dealer, in addition to being able to control the battlefield to provide openings & ...
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What 5e build can throw the most dice regularly?

Background A new player recently played D&D for the first time in my regular campaign. I created a character for the player to ease her into the game. Afterwards, we discussed what she liked and ...
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What's a good build for a goliath sniper in Dragonlance?

I'm new to dnd-3.5e, and I'd like my PC to be a goliath sniper. I'd like to optimize my PC for dealing damage at long range. Spotting things far away and being able to hide I assume are kind of ...
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Best equipment for Crossbow Expert for highest total damage in rounds 1–3?

Crossbow Expert: When you use the Attack action and attack with a one handed weapon, you can use a bonus action to attack with a loaded hand crossbow you are holding. So the hand crossbow can be ...
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Is dual-wielding superior to great weapons for a raging Barbarian?

This question is somewhat two-fold. I am in the process of creating a high-level Barbarian and am trying to determine if it makes more sense to take use dual weapons and capitalize on the additional ...
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Which feat Combo can give the most number of ranged attacks? [closed]

What feats can I take to give me the largest number of ranged attacks per turn? I know Rapid Shot and Many Shot are good for ranged attacks, but Two Weapon Fighting, Improved Two Weapon Fighting, ...
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Optimize this Dragonborn Dragon Sorc /cleric concept [closed]

I have a fluffy character concept and I need help fine-tuning crunch to something viable. The character: A dragonborn full caster (sorcerer) with Dragon Origin and a splash of cleric (Deity: ...
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When is an ASI better than the Dual Wielder feat?

Many people ask questions about dual wielding (even though two-weapon fighting is subpar for everyone after level four). Most of them seemingly can't wait to pick up the Dual Wielder feat (PHB, p. 165)...
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Early entry into mindbender prc

This splits from my previous question. This time I'm interested in the fastest way to enter mindbender prestige class as a wizard (or cleric 1/wizard X, if it helps). Plain and straight. You may use ...
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Increasing multiclass cleric/wizard caster levels [closed]

I am planning on a character who is a wizard that will enter the dweomerkeeper1 prestige class as soon as possible, with a single-level dip in cloistered cleric to meet the divine spellcasting ...