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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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As a level 4 halfling hexblade pact of the blade warlock, what are my options for high damage per round?

I play a halfling hexblade pact of the blade warlock. I recently learned exactly how hexblade/pact of the blade interaction work in this this question. I figured out that I can have 2 weapons that ...
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How do I optimize dual throwing weapons for damage and mobility?

Starting my first D&D 5e game soon. I'm planning on making a dual-wielding Javelin/Spear character who darts around throwing his weapons kinda like Kalista from League of Legends. What Feats or ...
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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 it beneficial to trade a skill for better saving throws for a spell-less Ranger? [closed]

I'm working on a new character, which will be a spell-less ranger. In this case, I'm multiclassing a Rogue / Ranger, with a preference for melee (over ranged). For the sake of this question, assume ...
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What is an ideal 3rd-5th level spell for an oracle to poach from the sorcerer/wizard spell list? [closed]

The Improved Eldritch Heritage feat allows any character who meets the prerequisites to gain the 3rd- or 9th-level power of a sorcerer bloodline. The 9th-level power of the arcane bloodline allows a ...
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How can I best make use of a high charisma?

I usually build characters designed to fill a role the party needs. My group is trying Savage Worlds for the first time, and once everyone else had made characters I realized we didn't have a ...
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Best way to maximize Sneak Attack damage in Pathfinder

Unchained Rogue Sources allowed: Core Rulebook Advanced Player's Guide Advanced Class Guide Advanced Race Guide Ultimate Combat Ultimate Magic I'm asking for how to maximize damage output using ...
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How to min/max a character build [closed]

Firstly, a disclaimer: I do not find much joy in highly optimised characters that can slay everything with ease at the table. However, the idea of creating such a character (or making the most out of ...
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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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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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Can I increase my size with a +1 template?

I'm currently playing a D&D 3.5 campaign, and I'm playing a gnoll that is Large sized. (Gnolls are normally Medium.) A long time ago, I was told that a Player Character could be one size larger ...
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Maximize/force confirm Reflex save

I'm looking for a way for my Rogue-like character to maximize or at best have the ability to auto-confirm at least one Reflex save per day. He's level 15 at the moment (it's a multiclass character) ...
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What is better early game, dex increase to 18 or elven accuracy for fighter-rogue? [closed]

I'm playing in Adventurer's League, currently lvl 4 (1 rogue, 3 fighter) as an arcane archer. I currently have bracers of archery. Currently my attack roll is +7 and my damage roll is 1d8+1d6+5 with ...
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How can I build a character optimised to be able to stay fighting at, or keep from falling to, 0 HP?

Okay, backstory first. This started off with a character concept I was going to call Ivan the Immortal. Essentially, through magical, racial, and class abilities, Ivan was going to be able to either ...
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What skills & qualities are used to acquire better guns?

I am trying to set up a gun bunny with a variety of high-end, high-powered rifles, but our campaign starting finances and karma maxes are pretty low key. My goal is to have at least one solid "wow" ...
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What's the earliest a creature can take master of flies?

I'm trying to have my PC enter as soon as possible the prestige class master of flies (Savage Species 80–3). The prestige class has as the following entry requirements: 5 ranks in the skill Escape ...
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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 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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To maximize a combo with True Strike, which is the most damaging spell with attack roll?

True strike says: You extend your hand and point a finger at a target in range. Your magic grants you a brief insight into the target's defenses. On your next turn, you gain advantage on your first ...
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How can I use Vampiric Touch more often in combat?

How can I use one casting of vampiric touch more often? As far as I understand it, vampiric touch does the following: Casting the spell takes an action (leaving the caster a bonus action, a reaction ...
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What is the most optimal grappling character build in DnD 5e? [closed]

After reading this question on creating a grappling fighter in Pathfinder, I got to thinking about how something similar could be created in DnD 5e. As with the linked question, I am hoping to play ...
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Methods of Early Entry for Evangelist in Pathfinder

So, I am in a rather complex build, and I'd like to be able to enter the Evangelist PrC at ECL 4. Current build is thus: Graveknight 2 (template CR is being treated as class levels in this game)/...
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How can I minimize the risk of mind control with magic items?

We are playing a very overpowered game (which is perhaps at the level of rocket tag), but is a ton of fun. My character is a 17th-level Zealot Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) and I ...
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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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Maximizing the chance of Instigate Psychic Duel being succesful? [closed]

I have been planning out a character which will be focused entirely on psychic duels instantly engaging whatever boss monster the group encounters in a psychic duel effectively stunning him while rest ...
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What is the best 1-level multiclass to improve the AC of Wild Shape?

I'm planning on playing a Circle of the Moon Druid, primarily using Wild Shape for combat and saving my spells as much as possible. That said, I want to take 1 level of either Barbarian or Monk to get ...
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Combining Improved Dirge of Doom and Blistering Invective – how long does the “frightened” condition last?

I recently found a pretty neat combination of moves that essentially turns your bard into a freaking jump scare. (Unless your enemies are undead. Or don’t understand your language. Oh well, no trick ...
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What can I do to gain the animal type?

I have a halfling PC. I want him to count as an animal-type creature (at least briefly) so I can have him benefit from his 'Friend to the Animals' class feature (which he may have from a level of ...
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How can I make a fighter that maxes out damage dealt? [closed]

One of my players wants me to help him make a very strong fighter (with or without multiclassing as long as it includes at least 1 level of fighter) capable of dealing a lot of damage. He saw the Pal5/...
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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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What is the most DPR possible at level 1?

My question is fairly straightforward: What is the combination of feats/race/class/etc that gives the most damage per round at level 1? I'd also be interested to see the maximum possible damage, but ...
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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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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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What feats and class features can grant a half-orc monk natural attacks?

I want to play a half-orc monk who specializes in combining unarmed strikes with natural attacks. By monk, I mean I'd at least like the character to be enough of a monk so that he benefits from the ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of a Hexblade dip for a Paladin/Sorcerer multiclass? [closed]

I am building a paladin/sorcerer multiclass character that's focused on nova damage, using sorcerer spell slots to fuel Divine Smites. My current plan is something like Paladin 6/Sorcerer 14, in order ...
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Touch/Reach Optimizing Build Ideas

This is an odd question, but one I'd like to ask. I'm building a char for a very unusual campaign. A resource we're allowed to use is the Eberron/Pathfinder conversion, so I'm playing a Daelkyr Half-...
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How does a damage dealing Wizard use higher level spell slots optimally?

In D&D 5e, one of the neat features for spell casting is the ability to cast spells at higher levels than the spell is originally set at. For Clerics, this makes it handy such that Cure Wounds, ...
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How to get the maximum number of spells when given the choice of a rare magic item and one level?

Choosing a rare item as a reward occurs in several adventures out today. This creates a question for wizards seeking to gain greater spell power. We have a 9th level wizard (and 1st level knowledge ...
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What are some other Overrun feat combos?

I am a level 2 Barbarian. I have the Overbearing Advance rage power. I have the following feats: Power Attack, Improved Overrun. I am looking into taking the following rage power in the future: ...
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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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How to challenge optimized player with Sharpshooter feat

I recently ran Cloud Giant's Bargain in an AL setting. One of the players had a heavily optimized fighter with the Sharpshooter feat, and was dealing an average of 20 HP of damage with every ...
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How can I build a Celestial Warlock as a primary healer?

This will be my first time playing a Warlock class and I built a concept that resulted in an Aasimar Celestial Warlock. The party has plenty of potential healers but none with a class that focuses on ...
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Reckless Attack + Sneak Attack synergy?

I'm trying to help out one of my players optimize his character. His desired path is the Unofficial Drizzt Do'Urden build but tweaked it a little according to his taste by going Fighter 1 > Barb 1 >...
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When is it worth it to use the Sharpshooter -5/+10? [duplicate]

I took the Sharpshooter feat at level one, as a variant human. Let's say I have a hit bonus of ATK_MOD and I do on average AVG_DMG damage. Based on the perceived enemy's AC, when is it worth it to ...
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Flaws that aren't flaws [closed]

What do you do when a system gives points at character creation for flaws/disadvantages when a player can permanently remove the effects of that flaw by buying something or spending other points to ...
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Why would I choose anything other than a Greataxe as my Warlock Pact weapon?

In the PHB p.107 on Pact of the Blade boon it is stated: You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it (see chapter 5 for weapon options). You are proficient with ...
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What is the maximum number of attacks given the below constraints for AD&D?

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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What is the maximum AC possible without using magic items?

What is the maximum AC a PC can acquire without the use of magic items? Allowed content are feats, spells, and temporary effects - but not effects from allies, magical items, or UA content.
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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....