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 can I play an Artificer predictively?

Of the various classes held to be Tier One, the Artificer is perhaps the absolute trickiest to play. Though their potential power - especially with access to downtime - is immense, they more than any ...
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Most effective way of improving survivability for an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian?

The Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 9-10) is an extremely powerful barbarian. It pretty much makes your allies invulnerable against an enemy boss. But it ...
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In what circumstances (if any) is Fighter 3 a good level to take?

I've heard a lot about how Fighter 3 is a bad level to take. However, are there ever any circumstances in 3.x where it is a good idea for optimisation purposes? I'd appreciate hearing the reasoning ...
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Which Fighter (TWF Fighter vs. Great Weapon Fighter) is better optimized for Dealing Damage?

With Basic's release the Fighter is given six different Fighting Styles to choose from at level 1. Each fighting style offers a solid mechanical benefit to the fighter, but both Great Weapon Fighting ...
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Can you play as an effective Human/Kine character in Vampire the Masquerade?

Is it possible to play a human in VtM (any edition)? Or would they be woefully under-powered and out of their depth? I was interested in playing as a mercenary vampire-hunter (who is hired by vampires ...
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Darts are awesome? Seriously? Darts?

It's my understanding that the dart is the optimized fighter's weapon of choice. In a traditional Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, 2nd Edition campaign that's run as much as it can be by the rules-as-...
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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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What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?

So, I have a problem. I have a warforged character who, the DM insisted, would be created with a class first and THEN have stats rolled, 3d6, in order and no re-ordering (i.e. STR first, then DEX, etc....
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How to get advantage on all four ranged attacks in one round?

Specifically, I want to attack 4 times with Eldritch Blast as a 17th level Warlock. What is the easiest and cheapest way to gain advantage on all 4 attacks?
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How do I make a tanky Monk?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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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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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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How to be effective as a Healing Cleric

Some times things are just too much of a fun/stupid combo idea not to try your darnedest not to work out. What is the best way to make a Cleric that literally only does healing/buffing? Is this even ...
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Is healing by fire possible?

I know this exact question was asked for 5e but I play 3.5 which has more options so I'm wondering if there's a way for a player character to heal from fire, similar to an Iron Golem. It doesn't ...
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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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How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?

I'm developing a Dwarven Warlock (Hrafnhildur "Fin" Arnarsdottir) for the next 4E campaign I get the chance to join. She left home to join a gang in a city, and after reading a book they were going to ...
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Can a Transmuter/Abjurer with Racial Proficiencies compete in melee?

I like odd (but not completely broken) builds, and am intrigued when I see them, but I do like to see them somewhat balanced. Right now I'm considering whether a melee Wizard build is feasible. I am ...
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Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?

The Revenant racials, as a whole, seem to be focused on survivability/durability, granting the ability to stay in the fight even at zero HP. The Assassin class, while technically a Striker, seems to ...
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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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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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What is the most effective healing class in D&D 4e?

There are many Leader role classes in D&D4.0 these days. Cleric Warlord Bard Shaman etc Which one makes the most effective healer by the numbers? Numbers to be evaluated Hit points healed per ...
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What is the longest distance a player character can jump in one leap?

After asking What is the longest distance a 13th-level monk can jump while attacking on the same turn?, my curiosity got piqued. By RAW, what is the longest distance a player character can jump in ...
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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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How can I build a tank out of the fighter class?

I need to build a tank for a party limited to the classic four: cleric, fighter, rogue, wizard. He should have following abilities: Prevent other party members from harm in direct martial ...
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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character? [closed]

What is the best class or classes in 3.5e to build a character that uses both a sword and either arcane magic or psionics which can be fluffed as arcane magic and focuses on fighting powerful ...
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How do some of the Hunter Abilities interact with Extra Attack for Rangers?

While there's several feats that could also interact with the following, I don't want this to become a ramble, so I'll stick to specifically how the Ranger and Hunter specialisation abilities interact ...
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Is there any way to add your Charisma score to your Armor Class?

Bladesinging wizards add their Intelligence modifier to their AC while singing. Barbarians get an unarmored AC of 10+Dex+Con Monks get an unarmored AC of 10+Dex+Wis What are the ways, if any, in ...
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As a half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to dip some levels into the Fighter class?

TL;DR: as a Great Weapon Master, half-orc Barbarian, is it worth it to take 3-4 (or more?) levels of Fighter, in order to deal more damage? I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian in a soon-to-begin D&...
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What spell will provide the most healing for a Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature?

The Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature allows the necromancer to heal themselves an amount of HP equal to 3 times the level of the necromancy spell used to kill a creature, once per turn. ...
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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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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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What should I do if I have one PC that has optimized his character and is throwing off the party's CR?

Tonight out group just finished up our second session into our latest campaign. Everyone is enjoying it and it has been running rather smooth. I have realized, though, that one PC in particular is way ...
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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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What are the ways my non-monk character can improve their unarmed damage?

My Goliath Barbarian / Fighter / Rogue hybrid killed somebody accidentally in a rage in their past, and has sworn an oath to never again wield a weapon to prevent accidentally killing somebody again ...
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How many elementals can you control at once?

Criteria: any class combination is ok feats are allowed magic items are ok Constraints: no use of the wish spell no homebrew can have up to 5 people assisting turning yourself into an ...
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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder and ...
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How can I create a character who can assume the widest possible range of creature sizes?

Just for fun, I want to create a character who can vary from really tiny or smaller to huge or bigger. Which is the bigger/smaller combination to create that "Ant Man" style char? It can: Be from ...
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What is Eldritch Blast's maximum range?

To fulfil a prophecy: What is Eldritch Blast's maximum range? The range I care about is between the Tiefling and the max-distance target at the time of the Tiefling making their attack. Assuming the ...
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How to improve AC when it's so low that enemies hit on 3–5?

The AC of my character is falling far behind her other defenses, and I'm wondering if I have missed out on something basic and important. I am going to post some of her stats as an example to this ...
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Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?

The “locate city bomb” is a somewhat-notorious example of theoretical optimization, turning a minor 1st-level divination into something quite similar to a nuclear blast that kills everything for miles ...
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What is the highest number of sneak attacks that a Pure/High Level Rogue (Level 17+) can make in one round?

Rogues only get one sneak attack per turn. Which means that they can only get it once on their turn and once with their reaction (through Sentinel or a Battle Master's Commander's Strike or an Attack ...
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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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What is the best build for a Duelist using only the SRD? [closed]

In my opinion, the prestige class Duelist (from the SRD) seems a bit weak, although the concept is interesting, as some of the abilities. For a few reasons (I don't own most supplements, and our GM ...
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How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf

A little backstory: One of my earliest DnD characters was a Two-Weapon-Fighting Purple-haired Barbarian Elf. He was immensely popular due to his unorthadox nature as a war-loving elf that embraced ...
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Is there an optimal choice for multiclassing with the aim of optimizing an Arcane Trickster for front-line melee?

The general setting: I want to play a rogue. My party needs me in melee. I want to choose the Arcane Trickster archetype. XGtE and SCAG are allowed. I am aware that these basic assumptions conflict ...
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Do Starfinder classes have different tiers of power?

I know that in 3.x (including Pathfinder) it's common to talk about different tiers of classes in terms of power and versatility. Does this also apply to Starfinder, and if so, what are they? I rarely ...
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About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers

I decided to select the Ranger class for my first campaign. I used Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers (switch hitter) for my first build. I added Beastmaster and Skirmisher to supplement my expected play ...
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Do Powerful Build and Monkey Grip Stack?

The Character in question is a Large half-Minotaur Goliath who is using monkey grip. Normally a Large Goliath could wield a Huge weapon with no penalty. Monkey Grip allows you to wield a weapon 1 ...
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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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How much optimization do published D&D adventures expect?

I've recently gotten into D&D5e and it may come up that continuing to play this summer will require me to be the DM at least part of the time. I'm at a point where other people doing the work of ...

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