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 dangerous can I make my tankard?

I bore of the savagery of combating my many adversaries, so I should like to outsource this chore to my tankard. By casting tiny servant on a single object (ie. my tankard) and presumably other spells,...
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What is the max starting gold I can effectively have in AL without using XGtE's “This is Your Life” options or DM rewards?

I am trying to locate the MOST possible starting gold in AL for a level 1 new PC. Without using XGtE's "This is Your Life" options or DM rewards? The Goal: Is to have excess of 200gp, even by a ...
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How many undead skeletons can a PC command and/or control?

Fantasy novels are rife with evil necromancers controlling hordes of undead...and they also make great BBEGs! But what if a player wanted to do the same thing? I'd like to see how big of an army a 5e ...
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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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In what ways can a PC gain advantage on Wisdom checks other than being a Wildhunt Shifter?

I am making an Inquisitive Rogue and since it depends a lot on the Wisdom Score for its main abilities, I was thinking of using the Wildhunt Shifter's shifting ability to gain advantage on Wisdom ...
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A million-to-one chance to succeed an attack? [closed]

Flavor I like when my attack rolls succeed often. D&D 5e is designed to have success rolls roughly two thirds of the time. That's too low, way too low. I think that nine times out of ten is ...
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Can you train your ranger to master different fighting styles?

I realize this is similar to How can I take multiple fighting styles? but it's been still a nagging question that I'd like to find a solution to without multiclassing. I like playing a Ranger who ...
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Is my paladin/warlock multiclass a viable tank?

I'll be playing a D&D 5e Warlock/Paladin character in the Curse of Strahd adventure. I'll start off by taking 2 levels of Paladin (variant human with War Caster) and then start taking levels in ...
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How to create a Vampire Dark Ages 20th edition character? [closed]

I'm a novice of the World of Darkness, the lore lured me in. I've bought the Vampire Dark Ages 20th edition (last available afaik) and I'm ready to get into DM'ing ! At least that was the point. I'm ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single ranged attack?

While we have a question for melee attacks, ranged attacks always seem to get left out. What is the maximum damage that can be done in a single ranged attack? Any official character options as ...
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How can I optimize a Warforged Artificer for a tank role in combat?

I'm trying to figure out the most optimized build for quite a specific setup using a Warforged with multi-class Artificer. Specifically I'm looking for a character that come across as durable and ...
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How would you optimize a multiclass druid/monk for DPR assuming Natural Weapons are considered Unarmed Strikes?

Assuming that the Unarmored Defense, and Flurry of Blows features both work with the Druid's Wild Shape feature, what is the optimal DPR build for a Druid/Monk multiclass, and what are the notable ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of a Strength based Magus vs a Dexterity Based Magus?

I am making a new magus. Here are the things that are set in stone for campaign/preference/story reasons: Race - Elf Ability Scores - 15 Point Buy Archetype - Blade Bound (others are also welcome) ...
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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 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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What is the most optimal level 20 build for keeping an infinite Crab Swarm apocalypse at bay?

My friends and I were discussing a meme we saw when our imaginations took us way too far, and now I'm curious about how many Crab Swarms it would take to kill the most efficient Crab Swarm killer, and ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in one round to a single target with spells?

I'm new here, but I scrolled through and did not see this question answered. I would love to see your theory-craft at work! What is the most damage you can do to a single opponent in one round, with ...
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Are there ever reasons to multiclass, from an optimization perspective?

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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What is the Stormwind Fallacy?

In the context of another Question here, the Stormwind Fallacy was brought up. What exactly is the Stormwind Fallacy and how is connected to optimization?
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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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Weighing up the combat benefits of 3 different multi-class builds: Druid/Rogue/Cleric

I will have a dilemma as to where to up my levels and I would like some advice with this. So far I have taken: 3 levels as a Druid (Circle of the Shepherd) 3 levels as a Rogue (Mastermind) 3 ...
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How much gold should be spent to optimally run this Tavern?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure gives the players the option to run a tavern. The "Tavern Keeping Expenses" sidebar (p. 41) specifies the regular running expenses and how to determine profit or ...
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How can I become guaranteed to move first in an encounter?

3.5e is a very exploitable game and I am vaguely aware of a number of ways to make it highly probable that my character will be the first to move in any given combat encounter. To name just a few ...
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Is the War Caster feat effectively required for a sword-and-board Hexblade/Paladin multiclass?

In our next campaign I want to play a Hexblade - Vengeance Paladin multiclass. The campaign will eventually reach the high levels. I want my final level split to be 14 levels in Hexblade and 6 in ...
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How long can a Wizard hold their breath?

For a 5e campaign, I have created the character Diogenes, a Human Wizard from the school of transmutation. Diogenes, in real life, is said to have possibly died due to holding his breath for too long. ...
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Does the Resilient (Con) feat or the War Caster feat most improve the chances of maintaining concentration?

The Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168) allows you to increase one ability score by 1 and gain proficiency in saving throws using the corresponding ability. In essence, taking the Resilient feat and picking ...
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What’s the optimized single-class 17th-level melee PC for maximum consistent damage?

What is the highest possible consistent melee damage a 17th level character could inflict with the following restrictions: Role: Melee damage dealer capable of doing the same damage in at least 5 ...
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Do the Favored Soul and Cleric differ greatly in their options for prestige classes?

As noted here, there is limited information on the optimisation options for the Favored Soul. In addition, it has received less support than the Cleric due to being a non-core class, being solely a ...
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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's my most efficient use of spell slots to help my AC?

I've got a wizard with 11 Dex and I'm trying to figure out what my most efficient use of spell slots is to help me from getting hit. We typically have 2-4 very difficult encounters per day and I ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Assuming you are level 20, and have access to any magic item, how high can you get AC (permanently or for a set duration)? Constraints: Magic items are those on the tables in the D&D 5th ...
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High Int Barbarian

I'm playing in a campaign where we are building and playing each other as characters. I'm planning to build one of the players as a barbarian as he is a former Muay Thai kickboxing instructor who has ...
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Assigning Monk Attribute Values

If the way we roll characters means that we can roll the six numbers and assign them to whatever attribute we want then there is usually a preferred attribute for the highest value: a Magic User ...
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Where do I go from here with my multi-class support build? (Life Cleric 3; Rogue 1; Shepherd Druid 2) [closed]

I just need to pick your brains please. I'm playing in a D&D 5e party. Our GM is allowing us to multi-class and use feats. I am the main healer and the only one with Darkvision. I'm a Hill Dwarf, ...
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What's the greatest number of hands I can have to annoy my mother-in-law with?

My mother in law is coming to visit tonight, for dinner. She hates me, and will criticize my food. But tonight is my night. I've prepared the dish she most hates, a beautiful roasted Tarrasque chop, ...
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What's the lowest level at which a PC can break through a hewn stone wall in 1 round?

This question asks how PCs can break a stone wall. Aside from the usage of disintigrate to immediately destroy a wall, it seems that a wall can be destroyed by reducing it's HP to 0. Walls have a ...
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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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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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How can I bring a lowly terrestrial invertebrate back to life 5 times per long rest with the least investment of levels?

I want to use the Chronicle of the Raven Queen eldritch invocation (from UA: Warlock & Wizard), but I don't want to leave all the cockroaches, silverfish, and hydrozoa I interrogate dead ...
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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's the maximum amount of lines from Sunbeam possible within a single turn?

I noticed that sunbeam allows you to to create multiple lines within a single turn. What's the maximum possible amount of sunbeam lines able to be within one turn? I'm interested solely in the ...
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What are the most effective use of L1-3 spell slots for healing multiple party members for a Cleric/Druid multi-class build?

What are the most effective use of L1-L3 spell slots for healing multiple party members for a Cleric/Druid multi-class build? I'm looking for some guidance on the most "cost" effective use of my L1 ...
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What is the optimal way to maneuver into and out of the Healing Spirit spell to maximize healing?

The healing spirit spell states: You call forth a nature spirit to soothe the wounded. The intangible spirit appears in a space that is a 5-foot cube you can see within range. The spirit looks like ...
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What is the fastest (non-spell) way to breach a castle wall?

A while back, my Pathfinder (1st edition) group was discussing late-game possibilities. I, playing a monk, noted that at 16th level my fists counted as adamantine for the purposes of overcoming damage ...
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What is the lowest level at which a human could run a marathon in under two hours?

Inspired by What is the lowest level at which a human can beat the 100m world record (or: the presumed human limit) without using magic?, which I read just after finishing the Athens Marathon last ...
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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 lowest level at which a human can beat the 100m world record (or: the presumed human limit) without using magic?

Optimizing a character build for ridiculous Movement in order to break the sound barrier or even the speed of light is a well-tried source of fun with numbers in DnD. Such speed optimizations usually ...
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What is the maximum number of Cantrips you can get by 20th level?

This originally started out as a concept to get a lot of the utility cantrips for an entertainer build: control flames, gust, shape water, mold earth, mage hand, dancing lights, minor illusion, ...
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Which is better? Improved critical or extra damage die?

One of the players in my party wants to play a multiclass Barbarian/Fighter, and is on the fence regarding which Fighter archetype to choose. He is using a Greataxe (no dual-wielding). He wants to get ...
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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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