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 many Shapechanged Familiar Dragons can I have at once?

As per this question, certain classes can indeed have multiple Animal Companions or Familiars able to share spells. I want to know what the theoretical limit of this would be. A Druid19/Wiz1 would ...
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Psychic Rogue as a blaster

When talking about blasting in psionics, we usually talk about Psion Kinethicist, or Wilder. The former one has more powers, and the latter one has more "bang" in each blast - like "+6 to ML" at 19 ...
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Comparison: “half-plate armor+dexterity+Medium Armor Master feat” and “plate armor”. What is the best? [closed]

I want to make a melee fighter, and I'm strugling on the choise of my armor for the build. I put my stats on my character when I'll define all I want to do for my build, so let's suppose that I can ...
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From an optimization perspective, why use the Prestige Ranger?

Unearthed Arcana, and therefore the SRD, contains rules for Prestigious Character Classes. Namely, the Prestige Bard, the Prestige Paladin, and the Prestige Ranger. I have seen the first two crop up ...
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How much damage can a level 8 ranger deal in a typical combat encounter?

I want to know the damage (as well as how such a thing would be worked out - show your working please - I want to learn how to do this by myself for the future, since I'm also interested in Tiers 3 ...
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What is the maximum number 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 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?
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Can I use parry attacks of opportunity with Swashbuckler's Parry and Riposte?

I am playing pathfinder, I have a level 5 Swashbuckler. Among his feats he has combat reflexes, which increases the number of attacks of opportunity that he can use each round. The swashbuckler deed: ...
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How to optimize an earth dwarf sorcerer?

Initial Details: Greyhawk setting; dwarf worships Sunnis, the Archoelemental of Earth, as she is an earth dwarf and has taken the dwarf sorcerer 1st level racial substitution level. She has also ...
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Optimal Wizard build giving a strongest Monk flavor ( touch or cone attack centered )

I am starting playing in a new campaign of 5E, and what I currently have is a first level Wizard. STR 10 DEX 14 CON 12 INT 16 WIS 14 CHA 12 Human ( Chaotic Neutral ) with a Sage ...
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Is there any way I can make an effective Rank 1 Yojimbo who is not a Shiba?

Is there some combination of mechanics available at character generation that would make a reasonable substitute for the Shiba's Rank 1 Guard as a Free Action technique? This technique allows the ...
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Prestige Classes for a stealthy Barbarian/Rogue

Hot on the heels of this question, Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?, I'd decided that I want to build a Half Orc barbarian/rogue for an upcoming low-magic* pirate ...
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What is the best melee combat wild shape form for tight spaces?

I am playing a 9th level druid and looking for advice on combat forms. Typically I use large forms and focus on vital strike and tail attacks during combat. However this strategy doesn't work when I ...
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What feats and magic items can I use to boost my speed?

I am playing a 3.5 game with liberal inspiration from Pathfinder (we have Combat Maneuver Bonus/Defense, for example), and even heavier amounts of homebrew. Thanks to extremely high-powered homebrew ...
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How do I optimize an Earthstrength Warden with some houserules and minimal books?

Some friends and I are starting a new campaign where we agreed to use Player's Handbook 1 & 2 only. Unfortunately, all of us have little to no experience, and, although I don't want to boast, I'm ...
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What's the longest range attainable with a ranged weapon?

I'm looking to build a character as close to RAW geared around becoming a long ranged sniper who deals damage from the furthest safest distance. I've been looking at features from ranger/familiar that ...
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How, as a Pathfinder DM, can I help my players create characters at the correct optimization level for a given adventure?

My D&D 4e party is a few levels away from the end of their epic campaign, and they want to keep playing D&D with me. I have recently discovered that I really like some of the Adventure Paths ...
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How to optimize eidolon to grapple enemies with some sort of a chain?

I am creating my very first character for Pathfinder. I decided to make a summoner with frontline Eidolon, heavily inspired by Shaman King series. It is a half-elf spirit summoner on level 2, focusing ...
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What is the optimal race choice for maximum melee damage for my pure Hexblade build?

Stat rolls 18, 14, 16, 8, 10, 12 Pure Hexblade build, no multiclass. We start at level 4, probably play to level 10 at most. I have two choices: One a classic Vuman with PAM, GWM + 18 CHA on level ...
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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 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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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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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 ...
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What's the fastest a Space Marine can run in Deathwatch?

Some effort has gone into calculating how fast the theoretical Brother Flash of the Blood Angels can run, but rule interpretation, determining the order modifiers come in and if they add up or ...
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Improving AC and reflex defences in 4e

I have built a very squishy level 1 leader (dragonborn cleric or warpriest) with 16 AC and 10 reflex and was wondering about the best ways to improve these defences without changing their stats. ...
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How do I gain access to Perception training as a Hexblade MC Rogue in early Heroic?

I am currently about to start playing as a 1st level fey-pact Hexblade stiker and I'm acting as the rogue (traps, locks, and so on) in a small party. I am currently planning to take the multi-class '...
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Assassin or Rogue for high DPS?

I'm making my second-ever character in D&D 4e and I want him to be a not-so-good guy (my first character being a Dragonborn Fighter who worships Bahamut) that can do a ton of single-target damage. ...
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What is the lowest level that an adventuring party can safely make enough money to take care of a city-state?

Lets say that a party has recently decided to retire from adventuring to focus their efforts in caring for a city-state in need of benefactors. I want to know what the lowest level a party can be and ...
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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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Maximize/force confirm Reflex save

I'm looking for a way for my Rogue-like character to maximize or at best have the ability to auto-confirm at least one Reflex save per day. He's level 15 at the moment (it's a multiclass character) ...
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Is there any way to get Bleeding critical feat earlier?

Bleeding critical feat indicates requirements of Critical focus feat, and +11 base attack bonus. The requirement Critical focus feat requires +9 bab. Is there any way to obtain Bleeding critical way ...
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Superior Unarmed Strike or Knowledge Devotion?

Assuming the character in question isn't a monk, you only have room for one and could make use of both, which one of these would objectively output the most damage per hit over the course of his ...
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Is it better for Wizard to multiclass into Evangelist on level six or wait until level seven?

For a PFS play, I am planning to prestige my conjurer-specialist Wizard (currently level 5) into the Evangelist of Nethys. So, level 5 Wizard is BAB +2, Base Saves +1, +1, +4 But on level 6 the ...
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Is multi-classing Warlock/Full Caster always suboptimal compared to Full Caster/Full Caster or single-class Warlock? [closed]

My understanding of multi-classing is that when one combine levels of two Full-Casters (e.g. Bard + Sorcerer) one still progresses all the way up the uniform spell slot chart to access a full suite of ...
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How to improve a character with Vow of Poverty [AC; Hitpoints; Charisma; Constitution]?

Despite templates, items granting inherent bonuses and permanency-spells, how can a character be improved? Are there places to which the character can travel that would get him mechanical benefits ...
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What are the limits of the Feat Spell Perfection?

The reason I asked is because I think I found a bit of a loophole when using the feat that I'd like a bit of clarification on. Spell perfection states the following: Pick one spell which you have ...
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Ways to reduce Arcane Spell Failure on pre-existing gear

At level 1, I bought this really cool armor that, given a masterwork, and custom fit quality, had 0 armor check penalty and a +6 to max dexterity bonus, and a really good amount of armor, plus it didn'...
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Help Optimizing a Support for an All-Ranged Party [closed]

We are currently going to a campaign with no real frontliners, we have an archer ranger, a blaster sorc, an artillerist artificer and a gunslinger(Mat Mercer). I thought of trying to be a support but ...
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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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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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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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Maximizing Bluff as a Charlatan

I am rolling a Human Charlatan rogue for a Pathfinder campaign, Starting at level 3. I am looking for any lesser known tips/skills/feats to increase my charisma/bluff skills. I am working off 3.5, ...
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Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
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What elements make a simple 9 level Dwarf martial tank? [closed]

I once was a D&D 3.5 player for about a year, and I was playing a dwarf fighter, but I needed to take a break. Now I'm returning, but I need to make a new character. The DM says to make a 9th ...
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Are there any ways to get a bonus feat that are not class or race restrictive in Pathfinder?

Specific feats I'm looking for are Endurance and Iron Will, since I figure those would be the most likely, or Psionic Meditation, Psionic Weapon, or Unlocked Talent. All but Unlocked Talent are ...
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How to optimize this rogue´s knockout combo?

I use a combo with my Rogue to kill the target within one turn. It goes like this: My rogue has Slaying in Action feat (MP II 131) which lets me use my sneak attack again, when I use a action point. ...
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Is there a way to mix Unarmed Strike Damage with Natural Attack Damage or vice versa?

I want to maximize my damage output on my character by Finding a way to add his Unarmed Strike Damage to his Natural Attacks. If there are ways to do this I would also Like to know at what levels it ...
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Feat Selection for a Gestalt Druid/Ninja Wildshape assassin

I know the title isn't terribly descriptive, hopefully someone can help me out on that one. I'm stating out a Pathfinder Gestalt Druid/Ninja who is trying to maximize usage of Wild Shape paired with ...
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What is the best weapon for night stalker assassin?

Recently I read about an Assassin class, and I'm intrigued. I'm not very familiar with it yet, but I'm wondering what weapon best suits an Assassin? I mean, from a roleplaying point of view I would ...
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Help me optimize my 4E pyromancer

I built a L13 (essentials) Fire-Genasi Pyromancer. Primary ability INT, secondary ability STR. The goal is to create a powerful blaster, so I rather have more damage than control effects. Feats I ...