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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Post character creation, getting spellcraft bonuses

After character creation what is a good way to get bonuses to spellcraft? I'd rather not have to use feats, however. Are there any items, equipment, spells or suchlike that could be used? Such as ...
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Is a low Constitution frontline EK/War Wizard viable or is the low HP a deal-breaker at higher levels? Would the Tough feat constitute a solution? [closed]

Background I am a new player and don't have any first hand experience to inform my decision. I am planning to play a gish, starting out as a Fighter at level 1, with the end point being a Fighter (...
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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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Maximum average damage from a single unarmed strike

What is the maximum average damage that can be delivered by a single unarmed strike from a Dungeons and Dragons 5e character? A few qualifications for preferred answers: The damage must be a direct ...
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Optimizing a smart fighter

I am currently in a campaign and have a Swashbuckler 3/Fighter 2 who is basically the party leader. I chose Swashbuckler more for style than for the flavor, a fighter who fights more by his wits and ...
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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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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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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 to better implement Spiked Chain build from OOTS 216?

I was wondering if the build posted on Order of the Stick 216 is still valid in pathfinder, and how to better implement in terms of: Better races, preferably, being a common (medium sized) race, don'...
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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 dual-wielding Eldritch Knight fighter workable?

As I understand it an Eldritch Knight has the ability to cast a spell and attack as a Bonus Action. Two-weapon fighting allows you to attack normally with one hand and take a Bonus Action to attack ...
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Optimizing a Wizard that does no direct damage in D&D 5e [closed]

I've thought of building a wizard who emphasizes supporting the team instead of just picking all the spells that do damage. And I want to take that a step further: no direct damage. Flavor-wise, he ...
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Is there any way to use a bonus action to fire a Longbow

One of my 5e characters is a Longbow based archer (Wood Elf Rogue 2/Fighter X with the Sharpshooter Feat), with her weapon of choice selected primarily for flavor reasons. It's a little annoying that ...
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Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer: Elemental Affinity Optimization [closed]

PHB Page 102, Sorcerer, Sorcerous Origins, Draconic Bloodline, Elemental Affinity: Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, ...
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Is there any way to eliminate the material component cost for Glyph of Warding?

Glyph of Warding is a great spell. I may wish to invest substantial resources in it to avoid the 200 gp cost per casting. I am aware that this can be done via the custom magic item system for an ...
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How can I build an effective gun kata character?

Character Concept For a new campaign I had the idea to play a John Wick style build that maximizes the effectiveness of dual-wielded hand crossbows. I want him to be a wise-mouth former mob enforcer ...
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Optimizing a spellsword bard

I recently rolled a bard for a new game set in a low fantasy world. It's a halfling bard, with 17 CHA and 16 DEX and +0s or +1s elsewhere. In the party there is also a defensively minded Paladin, a ...
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Is there a directory of optimisation handbooks for D&D 3.5? [closed]

On the eve of 5th edition, there has been a great deal of bit rot since the dark days of 2003-2004. Forums have lived and died, and many of the trivial searches on google show ancient threads. ...
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How to maximize Monk DPR?

I tacked the question above at the end of this question, but realised that it's probably best to ask in a separate post altogether. My current strategy for maxing Monk DPR is to take 3 levels of ...
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Within 6 levels is there any way to change your save DC from Wisdom to Charisma for a Cleric?

I'm playing in an E6 game (caps out at level 6) and with the stats I rolled and templates I'd like to apply, I end up with a downright amazing Charisma score. Unfortunately, I'm playing a cleric and ...
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Most effective lightsabre dual-wielder at low levels?

It's been implied that my current Jedi character in SWSE might die/be handed in by the party, whilst the GM plays him as an NPC. In that eventuality I'd like to bring out another Jedi but focus on ...
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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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What is the highest possible permanent AC at character creation?

Assuming you are level 1 and have access to any item that you can afford at character creation rolling the maximum amount of starting gold, how high can your permanent AC become (permanently, not for ...
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Arcane Tradition and Cost Efficiency: Learn spells on level-up, or learn them from scrolls/spellbooks?

Each Wizard's Arcane Tradition subclass gives them a "Savant" feature: Beginning when you select this school at 2nd level, the gold and time you must spend to copy a [school] spell into your ...
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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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Recommendations for a thrown weapon specialist?

I'm looking for ideas for a reasonably competitive thrown weapon specialist build. I'm fine with not being 100% optimized, but not with a build that's notably inferior to an archer or melee fighter. ...
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What is the benefit of the Monkey Grip feat?

The Monkey Grip feat enables you to wield a larger weapon at the cost of -2 to attack. In the best case, a larger weapon gives you 3.5 extra damage: Greatsword 2d6 -> large Greatsword 3d6. The ...
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Druid: how to obtain rage?

I'm building a druid character for an upcoming E6 game, and I'm wondering if I can get myself rage along with 6 levels of shapeshift variant druid. Unfortunately, shapeshift is obligatory, which ...
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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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Which number is better for a Sorcerer's primary stat, 20 or 18? [closed]

Building a save-or-lose Pathfinder Society Sorcerer for my previous game (Grease and Color Spray), I've chosen the following stats in 20-point point-buy: Str: 7, Dex: 14, Con: 12, Int: 10, Wis: 10, ...
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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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Which feat to pick at 4th level to maximize damage for a sword-and-board duelist Vengeance paladin?

I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on my Tiefling Oath of Vengeance Paladin with Soldier background. His stats currently are: STR: 15 / DEX: 13/ CON: 13 / INT: 10 / WIS: 10 / CHA: 15 (we did the ...
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Is there a way to make Sneak Attack reliable instead of situational?

I've always found sneak attack to be unreliable, due to how many things have immunity to it. Are there any ways to get around this unreliability issue, or am I just going to have to live with having ...
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How can I get a more powerful animal companion than my druid level entitles me to?

I would like to make a druid build where my character's power resides in my animal companion(s) and what little druid spellpower I can muster I use to buff it. By powerful I mean most druid level to ...
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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Are there any Handbooks for the “Expert” NPC Class?

Question is in the title: Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class? I'm only looking at the Core NPC class, not any homemade or other "Experts" floating around. I have checked all the ...
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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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Should you always become a Specialty Priest when you qualify for it?

Going through Faiths & Avatars and its sorta-followup Powers & Pantheons I saw the various Specialty Priests listed there, and some of them looked pretty neat with all sorts of unique ...
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Domains for a Sorcerer with Domain Access

Domain Access from Complete Champion p52 allows a sorcerer to take a cleric domain for the price of forever losing one L1 and one L2 spell known. The sorcerer gets the domain power, but can cast the ...
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How to optimize Heart of the Storm bonus damage?

Heart of the Storm, from an Unearthed Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell other than a cantrip that deals lightning or thunder damage, a stormy aura surrounds you. In addition to the spell’s effects, ...
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Is there a way to advance both Wizard and Assassin casting?

I'm creating a character for a challenge ("How would you help this village defend against an orcish army?") and in the interests of doing something wacky I decided to try and mix Wizard and Assassin ...
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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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What are some buffing options for a divine caster?

I am currently playing a lvl 8 Half-Orc Life Oracle with the haunted curse in pathfinder and am very weak in the fighting aspect of the game, which is fine with me because I really like to heal (plus ...
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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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How long can you expect to maintain Concentration during combat? [closed]

Every concentration spell has a listed duration in the spell description, like: Concentration, up to 1 minute. Spells that require concentration might end prematurely if the caster takes ...
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How to optimize a bard's ability with a bow in Pathfinder?

Specifically, the question would be for a halfling bard whose main combat role I want to have is ranged with the bow—as no one else seems to be taking any interest there. More interested in accuracy ...
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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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Optimized DPR at 10th to 13th level for a Vengeance Paladin

I am a level 6 Fallen Aasimar (from Volo's Guide to Monsters) Oath of Vengeance paladin. My goal is to optimize the build for nova damage/most damage I can inflict. I can't find the right level ...
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How many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)

I'm thinking of making a finesse melee Wizard leader, which means I'll need good INT, DEX, CON, and CHA, however from my previous understandings of D&D character builds, this would make my ...
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How to tank up as a Paladin [closed]

Our last encounter was (apparently) 5 levels higher than us, and we killed it pretty quickly. That said, I took quite a chunk of damage (about half my health in one round), so I'm looking to tank up. ...