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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What is the maximum amount of melee weapon attacks a character can make reliably every turn?

Partially inspired by (but distinct from) this question: What is the maximum number of attacks a single character can make themselves during their turn? I have a character concept for a character ...
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What's the earliest a champion can have a focus pool of 3?

In Pathfinder 2e, some classes have access to a focus pool. Each pool has a certain number of focus points, which can be used to cast spells. I'm playing a champion and intending on making extensive ...
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Does Mode ordering break the system, and if so how?

Some time ago, I encountered the following statement from Reddit, which makes me think that either I'm not understanding how modes work, or there's something incomplete or wrong in the statement (I ...
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What is the most damage you can deal with no help, items, resources, or luck?

I'm wondering how much damage a PC can deal reliably and repeatedly. Another way to phrase this is "what is the maximum damage a PC can always deal?" Constraints: All content must be "official": No ...
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What is the most damage one can do with a cantrip in one turn?

I'm curious as to what the maximum damage you could potentially do with a single cantrip is. So far the most I can think of is a Warlock of at least two levels with the Eldritch Blast cantrip and the ...
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Is there anything that prevents this “Negative AC armor” creation process to function?

This is a follow-up to a portion of this answer to a previous question of mine pertaining to the lowest possible achievable AC. The question is also slightly different as it pertains to magical armor ...
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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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Is a character with the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats unbeatable in a duel?

One of the benefits of the Polearm Master feat (PHB, p. 168) is: While you are wielding a glaive, halberd, pike, or quarterstaff, other creatures provoke an opportunity attack from you when they ...
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What is the highest total result one can get for a skill check?

I was bored, so I decided to try to calculate what could be the highest total result one could obtain for a skill check. Answers can include officially published material, including magic items - but ...
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Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master?

Is there a way to make the Elven Accuracy feat work with the second benefit of Great Weapon Master? Elven Accuracy (XGtE, p. 74) says: Whenever you have advantage on an attack roll using Dexterity,...
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8th-level drow wizard got Wild Talent—what can I do with it?

So basically my DM gave my 8th-level drow wizard the Wild Talent feat after meeting some old elven dudes and communicating with them via telepathy. I'm wondering if I can make something cool out of ...
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Is there a way, other than having a Diviner friend, for a player to avoid rolling Initiative at the start of a combat?

I've been starting to theorize the following concept: a player who would... never... roll dice... ever. Not in combat, not elsewhere. No dice. Literally. But I have come across a major obstacle: ...
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Which feat path would do more damage by level 10?

So I'm trying to figure out which of these builds would be more of a combat threat by level 10. Naturally combat wouldn't be the main focus, but my character should at least be respectable. The ...
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What is the optimal strategy for the bowling encounter in the AL Epic adventure Last Orders at the Yawning Portal?

The Adventurers League Epic adventure Last Orders at the Yawning Portal (DDEP08-03) has a Tier 4 quest where one or more party members try to beat an NPC at nine-pin bowling. If at least one PC beats ...
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Is there any way to see through the Darkness spell without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast the Darkness spell, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except as concealment during an escape. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (...
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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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How to build a terrain control build [closed]

Character Concept: Battlefield Control via Terrain Control I'm looking to make a build designed to prevent enemies for moving freely on the battlefield, making difficult terrain, creating walls, ...
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How to optimally run this Tavern?

Dragon Heist gives the players the option to run a tavern where 60gp are spent every tenday and a d100+10 is rolled against the Running a Business table in the DMG. Rolling a 50, for example, means ...
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What is the lowest possible AC?

This is a direct, somewhat silly, opposite question to What is the highest possible AC? . I’m wondering what is the lowest possible Armor Class a Player Character can get at any point in time, “...
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Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

I know this has been discussed before, but I've yet to find a mathematically sound explanation of why two-weapon is vastly inferior to two-handed. I could understand if there are ultimately negligible ...
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What is the maximum amount of ancestry feats you may gain?

After looking at the rules I noticed that one gets 5 ancestry feats due to level. Then I noticed a single feat that also gives you an additional ancestry feat (an additional 1st level 1). My question:...
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What is the greatest amount of temporary hit points you can have at once?

Title says it all, what is the greatest amount of temporary hit points a character can have at one time? I think it's 45 from using Armor of Agathys with a 9th level spell slot, but is more possible? ...
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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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What is the maximum static positive modifier to a melee attack's damage?

I’m currently building up a Level 20 Warlock to have the absolute maximum static damage (by static, I mean damage not reliant on a roll) on a melee attack. A level 20 Hexblade Warlock with a 20 in ...
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What tier are the Pathfinder classes?

I know what tiers are, but what tier are the various Pathfinder classes? This is about Pathfinder only, no 3.5 material is relevant. An ideal answer would cover all available (non-prestige) classes, ...
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Is there a valid Constitution-based build? [closed]

There are a lot of builds for SAD (Single Attribute Dependent) characters out there, which can be further helped along with the addition of certain magical items, spells, etc. However, I've yet to see ...
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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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Is it effective to take Polearm Master and Sentinel on a Barbarian? [closed]

I'm building an 8th level Zealot Barbarian for an ongoing campaign and I'm thinking about taking the Polearm Master and Sentinel feats because it's a pretty nice combo to protect your party and to ...
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What is the maximum number of PC-controlled undead?

I decided to make an unreasonable demand from nearby town and to gain an advantage in upcoming dispute I want an undead horde reinforcing my arguments. I am not looking for quality (after all, those ...
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Optimizing a Crossblooded Sorcerer 1/Admixture School Savant Arcanist X

Introduction One of the members of our PFS party is Ash, a blaster mage. Her player’s requirement for the character was “I WANT TO BURN”, so I googled and found this build. However, I decided to push ...
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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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Great Weapon Master vs. Dual Wielder for a half-orc Barbarian

I'm going to play a half-orc Barbarian (with a STR modifier of +4) in a soon-to-begin, pure PHB D&D 5E campaign, starting at level 1, and I'm wondering what the best overall attacking style is, ...
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Color Spray vs. Sleep: which spell should a low-level spellcaster use?

One of the easiest ways of winning low-level combat encounters is casting Color Spray or Sleep. Those two are both save-or-lose spells, and low-CR enemies usually have weak Will saves. However, ...
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Which spells or tactics allow a low-level non-blaster Arcanist to deal with creatures immune to mind-affecting spells or who have a lot of HD?

I played The Confirmation yesterday, and it was a rather interesting experience. Our party consisted of: 2 Arcanists with Grease and Color Spray prepared and Quick-Study (my friend and me) A party ...
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What do I lose by going Paladin 17 / Warlock 3, instead of taking 1 additional level or 1 fewer level in Warlock?

Background I have a 9th Level Oath of Redemption Scourge Aasimar Paladin. Due to the way the story has evolved, I will need to multiclass into warlock. My intention was to take levels 10, 11 and 12 ...
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Should my Dex-based paladin get the War Caster feat as a sword & board user?

I'm playing a Dex-based high elf paladin in D&D 5th edition. We are starting at level 3, and these are my current stats: Str: 8 Dex: 16 Con: 14 Int: 11 Wis: 10 Cha: 16 (Dumping Str instead of ...
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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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Optimize this Scourge Aasimar Great Old One Blade Pact Warlock

I am about to start an Adventurers League game, so point buy and only published material are available. Since Volo's Guide to Monsters has been printed and made legal, I am using a Scourge Aasimar (...
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Is Greatsword superior to Greataxe?

Greataxe 6.5 (1d12) slashing Heavy, Two-Handed Greatsword 7 (2d6) slashing Heavy, Two-Handed This is why I think Greatsword is superior to Greataxe: Slightly higher average damage Higher ...
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Is there a starting class that has all the necessary skills for the Shadowsmith prestige class?

I am looking into making a character that will go into the Shadowsmith prestige class from Tome of Magic page 132. I want to get into it as soon as I can so I am looking mainly for a class that has ...
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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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In Adventurers League, is there any way for a 5th-level wizard to gain heavy armor proficiency?

Is there any way for an Adventurers League character in the 8th season of AL to gain heavy armor proficiency? My level 5 wizard has no armor proficiencies, and the only way I found to get it was the ...
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How can I improve the survivability of the Beast Master's animal companion?

I am brand spanking new to D&D. I have picked a Beast Master Ranger as my first class and I'm having serious issues with the survivability of the animal companion. I picked a Panther as my pet. I ...
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Do the Hunter ranger's Extra Attack, Whirlwind Attack, and/or Horde Breaker features work together?

At level 5, all rangers get the Extra Attack feature: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn. At level 3, the Hunter ranger ...
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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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Is a Dexterity-based paladin build competitive with a Strength-based paladin as a front-line fighter?

After the release of Volo's Guide to Monsters, I was bantering with some friends about character concepts with the new races. One that came up was a Kobold Paladin—and once that seed was planted, the ...
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What are all sources of extra uses of bardic music?

I am working on a (somewhat) functional version of the classic Bard/Barbarian hybrid. The lynchpin is using Rage Casting (Dragon #310), which requires casting to be a free action, citing Quicken Spell ...
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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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How can I specialize in tripping/disarming people with a spiked chain?

I'd like to make my fighter character better; my goal is to focus on tripping, but reach, more damage, and disarming would also be good improvements. He's a level 2 human, with the Improved Trip, ...
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What is the earliest point at which a blind character could pass off as good as Zatoichi?

Zatoichi with his 26 films and over a hundred episode TV series starred by Shintaro Katsu is a well known franchiseTVTropes Warning as well as a meme as the epitome of the perfect blind swordsman. ...