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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SORCADIN: Dassem Ultor Build AL10 [closed]

I want to build a sorcadin, however, a level in hexblade has too many advantages not to be taken. It allows us to worry only about Charisma which is the most important ability score for a conquest ...
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Best wild shape for my Druid

I am planning on making a Druid as part of a 3 person party in an upcoming game, the other two people are a life based cleric as our tank/healer, and a champion fighter as a dual wielder/archer. I am ...
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What are some good feats for sorcerer's from current or any other previous versions of Dnd? [closed]

I am playing a shadar kai, Giant Soul(strom) sorcerer(level 06). I took the crossbrow experties feat at level 1. I have +4 mod on both Dex and Cha, and a +3 mod on Con. (I have +6 bonus on Con saves). ...
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Drop an Item Action [closed]

Interacting with one item is free. Interacting with two items is not. This leads to the odd case that if I have an apple in one hand and a flagon in the other I can drop either but not both. ...
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Which combat maneuvers from the Martial Adept feat best support a highly mobile monk?

I'm planning a Rogue/Monk character, and I'm planning on being a highly mobile Monk who moves around the battlefield a lot, trying to get as many attacks as possible. The Rogue subclass is going to be ...
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Whats the most unkillable, immortal character possible pre-epic in D&D 3.5? [closed]

I'm trying to make a character that's as unkillable as possible without the use of epic feats or Wish cheese. Preferably I'd like to stay away from things like Pun Pun that just do everything and gain ...
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Mechanically Speaking, What is the Best Alignment for a Cleric?

So I for a while now I've thought that from a purely mechanical standpoint true neutral is the best alignment as a cleric; you can worship any deity because they will always be within 1 step; ...
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How can I optimize my build for large (10+ players) parties? [closed]

I plan to soon join a 5e group with over 10 PCs in the party at any given time. Are there any feats, builds, classes, etc that can be used to capitalize on this very large party size? This may seem ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in one round on your turn? [closed]

I was surprised that this question has not been asked. I want to find out what the most damage that can be done in a single round? Here are the rules. Rules from Official Hardcover books only. Any ...
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Site with absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5 [closed]

A good ten years ago a friend of mine told me about a site somewhere where absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5 were listed, with detailed level-by-level character progression. As far as I ...
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How can I optimise my multi-class build for damage and survivability? (Rogue-Druid-Warlock)

I need some support with optimising this multi-class build. I'm playing in a D&D 5e party where we receive high incoming damage.Our GM is allowing us to multi-class and use feats and spells from ...
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How can my Bladesinger Wizard ensure that their spells cannot be avoided?

I have been playing a Bladesinger wizard in a fairly long running campaign, at least by my standards. There have been a lot of good moments but after my third attempt to make disintegrate work, I have ...
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How many spiders can a player character have through class features, spells, etc?

I've been considering making a character who is obsessed with spiders! I want to know how many spiders a player character can have at any one time through spells, class features, etc. (so not by ...
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What method can be used to obtain a fifth and sixth “bonus feat”?

The goal is to obtain a total of six feats that clearly have the label of "bonus feat" at first level. The character class is Erudite, which has two first level bonus feats. Taking two flaws ...
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What is the maximum number of known spells (that can be cast with spell slots and use Charisma) a character can have?

I often find it frustrating how few spells sorcerers have. This has led me to trying to increase the number of spells they have with a few multiclassing dips. I was then inspired to ask this question: ...
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Any way to cast dragonmark SLAs in a rage?

Pretty obvious dual to this question, but now for (dragonmark) spell-like abilities. While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, ...
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Any way to activate a spell-trigger item in a rage?

While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), the Concentration skill, or any abilities that ...
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How can someone work around a Sha'ir's spell duration restrictions?

The Sha'ir (Dragon Magazine 315) is a infamously fiddly and obtuse class to use, made worse by a dispute in how it's even meant to work. First i feel like i need to point out the Raw issues here. The ...
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What spell, magic item, racial, or class ability will give you the most temporary HP?

I was wondering, using only the official hardcover books (no UA or 3rd party), what is temporary HP cap at lv 20? class, playable race, feats, non-legendary magic items, and spells allowed. You can ...
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What is the most damage that can be done in a single melee attack without features that double damage?

I've been trying to come up with builds that maximise burst damage recently, but I'm not much of an optimiser, usually preferring themes and/or roleplay. I'd come up with something along the lines of ...
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Optimize a druid for debuff and healing

I would like to play a druid (preferably circle of dreams). If possible, a wood-elf would be useful, but any race that can be tall (6ft+) is acceptable. I would be starting level two, and probably ...
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Is there a Spell or Magic Item that will extend the range of racial Darkvision?

My group has decided to head down into the Underdark. And I would like to optimize my Half-Elven Darkvision (60') Assume I have access to any spell or magic item that is in one of the hardcover books.....
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Does Green Flame Blade and Sweeping Attack combo cause the bonus effect of GFB to hit again?

I was theory crafting and came across the combination of Green-Flame Blade with the Battlemaster Fighter's Sweeping Attack maneuver. I understand that just fine. What I am unclear on is this: I cast ...
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What is the highest racial or template charisma boost you can get for a +1 LA?

I'm currently working on a Sha'ir Gish character that will eventually PrC into Zhentarim Skymage (LoD) and I need to buff my charisma as much as possible. Skymage has a gimmick of giving you a paladin ...
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Which of the available options for downtime from XGtE would give the most money after one week?

In the "Downtime Revisited" section of Xanathar's Guide to Everything, pages 123-134, it gives you various suggestions with what to do with a week of downtime. My character is being given a ...
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At what point is a Lifedrinker Warlock's expected damage reduced by Sharpshooter/GWM?

At Level 12, a Pact of the Blade Warlock can take the Lifedrinker Eldritch Invocation, which states the following: When you hit a creature with your pact weapon, the creature takes extra necrotic ...
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What is the highest average damage that a level 10 character can deal in response to being hit or damaged?

Premise Typically, you deal damage by hitting the other guy with a stick (or a fireball) [citation needed]; however, spells like fire shield damage enemies who hit you: In addition, whenever a ...
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Planescape PC with high ability scores [closed]

I am doing a new character with 35 PB system. It's the Planescape setting and we're using almost every source of D&D (Dragon magazines, all manuals and so on), but not with every single Race or ...
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I heard of a famous Lasombra build, and I wonder how does one make it work?

I'm a DM for D&D and Vampire the Masquerade. After I looked on some D&D multiclass builds that could break my games (and gave me ideas for bosses), I searched some builds for Vampire: the ...
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Fastest land speed creature with HD of 8 or less?

In the interest of haunt shifting an undead creature into a carriage and getting the carriage to go fast, I am looking for what the haunting's base creature should be. With templates, most creatures ...
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What Class or Class combination will raise the largest controlled undead (skeletal) army in 48 hours?

I am planning on making a Necromancer type with the largest undead army available in 5e D&D. He has 48 hours to build it. I have an existing strategy that nets me 150 skeletons using a lv 6 ...
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Pure Monk Grappler Build

I was thinking about making a pure monk grappler build and I hope that it is possible to do without being too weak for the table. What I want from the build: Pure monk build, so no multi-classing (I ...
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For a level 10 Swords bard with Crossbow Expert, Sharpshooter, when is it better for DPR to use Greater Invisibility vs. Swift Quiver?

The scene: A 10th-level College of Swords bard (includes Extra Attack). Crossbow Expert. Sharpshooter. 20 Dexterity. Hand crossbow +1. Intelligence is his dump stat so he needs to ask a friend what to ...
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Does Tool Expertise and Wonder Maker stack? [closed]

I have a Rock Gnome Artificer, which grants Tool Expertise, but I want to take the Wonder Maker feat. Do you add +3 for proficiency, +3 because of Tool Expertise, and +3 because of Wonder Maker when ...
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Does Spear Mastery or Polearm Master give a Barbarian the most damage and battlefield control?

First off, so no one branches too far out, the character I am making will be a human variant totem barbarian (bear all the way through). Also, I will not take any more feats after the one I pick to ...
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Is it possible for a caster to have 2 castings of Foresight active?

The Foresight spell specifically includes the following caveat: This spell immediately ends if you cast it again before its duration ends. Looking at this, I figured the only way to avoid that issue ...
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Given several restrictions, what's the highest amount of ranged attacks a fighter can make in one turn consistently?

I've been working on a 20th level character concept for a while and trying to optimize it for use in a future game, the requirements would be as follows: Only 3.X WotC handbooks (No 3rd party books, ...
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What would be the most optimal way for a Pact of the Chain warlock to make use of a Sprite familiar?

I am playing an Archfey Warlock with the "Pact of the Chain" Pact Boon. For thematic reasons, I have chosen for my familiar to take the form of a sprite with the "fey" creature ...
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Is there a way to start leveling Mystic Theurge at level 4 without alternative source or Mad Faith?

For backstory I was making a Grey Elf for a upcoming game. We're starting at level 3 and the GM basically gave us a blank check of "No Dragon magazine, no Third Party, no Pun Pun". In this ...
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How high can the bonus to an attack roll get?

I was considering this Q&A: What is the highest possible AC? I was curious about whether any attack roll could ever get high enough to hit such an AC (short of scoring a critical hit, which ...
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What's the optimal way to play this Hexblade warlock (Pact of the Blade) in combat? [closed]

I'm about to play my third ever session of D&D. I've been watching live-play for a while but haven't played much. I've made a Levistus tiefling warlock with the Pact of the Blade and a Hexblade ...
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What is the highest hit points that one character can have?

By reading others questions like Highest damage in one melee attack and Highest AC possible. How many hit points can a character have, and also highest achievable hit points possible in an instant? ...
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What is the highest single round damage a level 20 character can deal?

This is a build optimization question for the maximum damage a level 20 character can do in a single round. Rules Restrictions No multiclassing, the character must be 20th level of a single class. ...
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What approaches to tanky leaders are available in 5e Eberron?

What are the general concepts, concerns, and opportunities for a tanky support/leader character? I mean “leader” in the 4e sense, of a character who leads from the front and whose primary role is to ...
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Heavy thrown implement for Invoker

I have this idea of a hybrid Fighter|Invoker, using Cleave and Deft Hurler to throw Divine Bolts. Deft Hurler (Dr 368) lets you use a ranged basic attack after Cleave: Cleave: You can forgo dealing ...
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Warlock/Binder/Anima Binder

Can a Warlock transition into an Anima Mage and still get both class benefits? I'm talking about damage reduction, fiendish resilience, increased eldritch blast dmg, and the like on the warlock side ...
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How can a wizard add their ability mod to Magic Missile's damage at a lower character level than the Empowered Evocation feature?

The Evocation wizard's 10th-level Empowered Evocation feature allows them to add an ability modifier to a spell damage roll. I'm trying to find a way to get an effect like that of Empowered Evocation ...
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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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How can my heroic tier PC contribute more during skill challenges?

My character isn't much use during skill challenges, and the campaign has seen, like, 25% of encounters be skill challenges. I'd like my character to contribute more during skill challenges, whether ...
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How do I get access to all summonable monsters at the lowest level?

I want to build a character with every spell that summons creatures, without using Wish or magic items. This includes all conjuration spells that summon creatures, and all necromancy spells that make ...

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