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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 archetypes can be good for an Paladin/Oracle gestalt under E6 rules, or “Weird E6”? [closed]

I am planning a gestalt Pathfinder character to be used under E6 gestalt rules, or, probably, under the "Weird E6" rules. I think about the Paladin/Oracle combo, as I have recently discovered a very ...
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What is the highest possible roll sleight of hand check a PC can make on their own? [closed]

Out of curiosity, I was attempting to think of a master pickpocket build, who if hired could pickpocket almost anything from anyone. So it got me thinking to all the ways one may boost their sleight ...
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How can a Druid obtain certain high level Wizard/Cleric/Sorcerer spells?

I'm building a Druid. The thing is, he's also a cult leader, meaning he would appreciate certain spells and skills that most Druids normally wouldn't need. Unfortunately, from what I've seen so far, ...
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Classes for preventing damage [closed]

I'm new to dungeons & dragons and I am looking to play a support role within the campaign so I want to know which class can mitigate the most amount of damage for my party members. I'm thinking ...
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What skills & qualities are used to acquire better guns?

I am trying to set up a gun bunny with a variety of high-end, high-powered rifles, but our campaign starting finances and karma maxes are pretty low key. My goal is to have at least one solid "wow" ...
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Is it possible for a single-class Eldritch Knight to learn Hex, or Hunter's Mark, etc?

I am trying to build a singly-classed Fighter with ready access to a bonus damage on hit spell like Hex or Hunter's Mark, but I'm not seeing many options for that combination. While Eldritch Knight ...
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Best class for making mount tougher in special gestalt 3.PF E6

Unfortunately, this question is going to require a lot of contextual explanation due to the strange, heavily tweaked system and classes in play. Bear with me. The system I am playing in a game that ...
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Is there any way to make a PC obtain the Forsaker Prestige class at 2nd level?

The forsaker requires 3 feats: Great Fortitude Lightning Reflexes Iron Will Is there a way to obtain all those 3 feats at level 1 so I can become a forsaker at level 2? If not, what is the minimal ...
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One PC is too powerful. What should I do?

I am currently playing DnD 3.5 with three friends of mine. I am Game Master and I let my players create 4th level characters in the beginning of the campaign. One of them chose Forsaker as his ...
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How can I optimize a symbol-specialist wizard?

In an upcoming campaign that starts at level 12 and that has PCs start with typical wealth for a PC of that level I'd like to play a wizard whose specialty is the various symbol spells. What classes ...
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When is it optimal to dip two levels of Barbarian into this human variant fighter build?

I'm possibly going to play a variant human fighter in my next campaign with the GWM feat at level 1. I'm going to specialize Champion and I'm not sure when I should go for reckless attacks. Should I ...
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Maximum possible Attack Roll bonus? [closed]

I decided to attempt to figure out what the highest possible bonus to a single attack roll, given the proper magic items and spell buffs. From what I could tell, the best way to go about this would be ...
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Effective high level character equipment under a really small gold budget? [closed]

I'm part of a group that is GM'ed by an incredibly stingy GM. We went through a campaign from level 1 to level 11 and we had two cloaks of resistance between the six of us, with not enough funds to ...
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What combination of spells and items provide you the best odds of being undetectable? [closed]

If I were attempting to solo infiltrate a fortress by stealth, what spells/items would I bring to give me the best chance of not getting caught? If the fortress had unknown methods of detection, what ...
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Hand Crossbow as Warlock Pact Weapon?

I have an idea for a DnD 5e (PHB-only) Warlock that takes a hand crossbow as his pact weapon. Here are my clarifications and assumptions: Race: Drow Elf (proficient in hand crossbows) Class: Warlock,...
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Warlock/cleric vs. warlock/sorcerer? [closed]

I'm looking at building a character in 5e D&D but I can't decide which multiclass I would prefer. My character so far is a 5th level Warlock (Archfey patron, pact of the Tome), and I want to ...
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What is the farthest someone can travel in 8 hours without teleporting?

This question asks about the highest speed someone can go, so it is about maximizing burst speed. However, being able to travel 600 mph isn't really useful in combat. Perhaps it's useful in short 10-...
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How did DnD 3.0 barbarian optimization work? [closed]

I started thinking about this after my wife demanded that I optimize a 3.0 barbarian character. I never paid much attention to martial optimization back in 3.0 though, so I don't know how to think ...
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Can the Stat Bonus from Wish and from a Tome of Understanding Stack?

Can I stack the enchantment bonus of a wish spell (aka raising one stat by +5) with the bonus from reading a Tome of Understanding (if it was made via a miracle) to raise the same stat? Basically ...
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A method of casting unlimited level 0 spells (cantrips?)

In D&D 3.5, is there any method of casting spells that fit in the lvl 0 spell slot without being limited to a number of times/day? The goal is to cast Prestigitation an unlimited amount of times/...
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What is the maximum PC carrying weight?

My fellow purveyors of fine cheese, I require some assistance in importing some expensive aged cheeses from my home lands. While I would normally call on my Barbarian associate to bring my cheeses ...
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Damage Output of Improved Critical vs. Weapon Specialization

Let's assume the following: Rapier: 1d6 Critical Hit Range 18-20/×2 Attack: +10 Damage: 3d6+2 (extra dice from other feats, I believe only 1d6+2 gets applied on the crit.) Opponent AC: 20 ...
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How do you efficently create the biggest demiplane?

The create demiplane spell family has a lot of interesting and versatile uses, but suffers from a frustrating size restraint. This limit prevents you from ever creating more than a generous apartment ...
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How can I gain the Dare “Run like Hell” without taking 4 levels in the Gunslinger class?

I have a character that benefits greatly from the Run Like Hell dare, but I want to remake the character with less (or no) levels in gunslinger. How else can I gain that Dare? Just the effects would ...
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Does Sacred Flame or Firebolt do more damage on average to a Shadow over an arbitrary but finite number of rounds?

Assume the following character build: Level 2 Variant Human Wild Magic Sorcerer with Magic Initiate Feat; relevant spells are Sacred Flame and Fire Bolt. While I don't think character level is ...
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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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Which feat path would do more damage by level 10?

So I'm trying to figure out which of these builds would be more of a combat threat by level 10. Naturally combat wouldn't be the main focus, but my character should at least be respectable. The ...
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Which yields higher average damage, an Empowered or Twinned Chaos Bolt?

Chaos bolt from UA had the nifty feature of bouncing targets in the event of your 2d8 damage rolling up doubles. While some people complained about the relatively low damage output, no one ...
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What is the most optimal grappling character build in DnD 5e? [closed]

After reading this question on creating a grappling fighter in Pathfinder, I got to thinking about how something similar could be created in DnD 5e. As with the linked question, I am hoping to play ...
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How can I most effectively use a Weapon of Legacy?

Weapons of Legacy are bad. But if a character does want to use one and still be effective (say, because you have a cool idea involving the Legacy Champion class), how should they do so? Specifically:...
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How can I compare the damage gain between Bless and Faerie Fire?

I would like to know the damage gain (expected value) from bless vs faerie fire (accounting for both saves and increased crit chance)? In terms of simplifying assumptions, I see two ways to go about ...
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How can I make a useful tank/melee character?

Objective: Able to survive a boss encounter. Able to survive trash fight. Able to Shake (No focus on one-shotting enemies, the purpose is to tank) What I have tried (useful attributes and stats): ...
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The DM allowed me to wield two shields, how can I get the most AC and HP, as a Bear Barbarian?

I'm making new character, a level 5 Lizardfolk using two spiked shields. I want to build him as a wall of HP and AC but not sure how best to do this. So i'm thinking of being a Bear Totem Barbarian ...
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What's better? Attacking with rapier or two dagger attacks?

I'm looking for an answer supported by math and logic, not role-playing. I have a level 1 rogue (level 2 at the end of the last session) that tries to use Sneak Attack whenever possible, and he has a ...
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Best way to maximize Sneak Attack damage in Pathfinder

Unchained Rogue Sources allowed: Core Rulebook Advanced Player's Guide Advanced Class Guide Advanced Race Guide Ultimate Combat Ultimate Magic I'm asking for how to maximize damage output using ...
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Mutants and Masterminds, Linked Actions and Reactions to gain Standard Actions

Linked actions cannot be linked between ones with different action costs, this is pretty straightforward and clearly designed in order to prevent people like me getting extra actions per turn. ...
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Mutants and Masterminds, Linked power confusions

Knife Guy has a linked power related to his poisoned knife. It has a Damage and Weaken(Stamina resisted Fortitude.) effect. Are the effects determined by the order they are listed on the sheet or are ...
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Mutants and Masterminds, Affects other beneficial effects and power levels

Hi so I've been told I should split up my earlier question to allow for more focused answers. I feel this is prevented by Power Levels as it acts directly rather than through circumstantial modifiers ...
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Optimizing a D&D 5e Sorcerer/Warlock for support [closed]

One of the other players is making a Polearm Master Fighter, so I'm thinking of building a Repelling Blast-spamming Sorcerer/Warlock to help the fighter to block off choke points. Polearm Master ...
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Optimizing for off-turn free action activity

I'm trying to develop a build for levels 3-6 that optimizes for the largest number of discrete free actions that need to be taken off-turn to work but don't explicitly grant themselves the ability to ...
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Help with a Tiny Sized Melee Fighter in Pathfinder [closed]

I'm involved in a fairly unusual campaign. I'm trying to build a tiny sized (faerie dragon) unarmed melee fighter, and I'm just looking or anything I can do to increase DPS. The character will be ...
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How to complement my party in a world overrun by undead [closed]

I am in a party of five in a homebrew DND 3.5 game where the world has been mostly over run by the undead. There are pockets of civilization left, mostly the well-guarded cities. My last character, ...
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Is taking Warcaster more optimum than ability score increase for my Bard/Paladin [closed]

In an Underdark campaign, I have a Tiefling Valor Bard who is about to hit lvl 4. I want her to eventually pick up a couple levels of Paladin, and her primary role is as a melee character, with a bit ...
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Melee-capable cleric with limited point buy [closed]

I am about to join a campaign of pathfinder as a human cleric, but our point-buy is really limited with only ten points allowed. This is a problem particularly for me as I want my cleric to be able ...
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Animal form with most grapple damage in wild shape form

I'm looking for the best wild shape form (or Elemental) for grappling damage. The conditions are as follow: No multi classing, just strictly a base human druid no specific archetype. My objective is ...
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How to max out halfling Adaptable Luck?

I have a halfling who took the alternate racial feature Adaptable Luck (Advanced Race Guide), giving me a luck bonus to things +1 after a roll or +2 before. I took the trait Fate's Favored (Ultimate ...
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Eidolon Swallow Whole Evolution

I am currently working on building a level 20 Summoner NPC. He has a quadruped eidolon roughly based around the idea of a Cerberus-like three headed bear. At current build, the eidolon has 36 ...
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How can I use Vampiric Touch more often in combat?

How can I use one casting of vampiric touch more often? As far as I understand it, vampiric touch does the following: Casting the spell takes an action (leaving the caster a bonus action, a reaction ...
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How many languages is it possible to learn?

If I want to roleplay an interpreter, is there a max number of languages I can learn? Standard human, plan to get 18 INT.
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What is the single best feat to raise my druid's CMD, other than Defensive Combat?

I'm a druid looking to select just one feat to boost my CMD. No level restrictions. I have found Defensive Combat Training but is there anything that increases CMD even more?