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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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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As a Bladesinger, can I get the arcane keyword on my basic attacks?

I'm starting a Bladesinger character. Is there any way to add the arcane keyword to a weapon so that I may use the White Lotus feats with my basic attacks?
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Which of these scenarios involving advantage/disadvantage results in higher damage per round?

Considering a character is using the same weapon in both of the following scenarios, which would result in a higher damage per round? The character makes a single attack with advantage. The character ...
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Can an 18th level hastened mobile wood-elf monk move at over 100 mph?

One of my players wants to say his monk can kill a T-Rex in a single blow, by simply ramming it. The pitch goes like this: As a wood elf he has a base speed of 35 feet. The Mobile feat increases ...
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How do I make a player feel important when their skills don't affect the campaign? [closed]

You know how sometimes a character takes Dwarvish as their second language but you have no dwarves in your campaign? Or a Cleric specializes in killing undead when your campaign revolves around ...
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When is the Battle Master fighter's Commander's Strike maneuver worth it?

I have been playing a Fighter with the Battle Master archetype (PHB, p. 73-74), and most of my companions in my party are new to the game. I was trying to play a supportive-type character, even if I'm ...
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When is +2 Dex better than Crossbow Expert?

This answer to a previous question about crossbow builds without Crossbow Expert is relevant to me; my Rogue is about to reach 4th level. If you only hit on a 20, the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. ...
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Can Pun-Pun ascend in 5e?

in chat, today this happened: Sir Cinnamon - There once was a DnD Player / Who wished to be best goblin slayer/ For stats he rolled dice / The results were not nice / and now he's a humble brick ...
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Looking to optimize multiple melee attacks

I'm trying to find 2 classes to hybrid into that maximize the attack-shift-attack-shift-attack style powers. I already have the fighter powers of Tempest Dance and Storm of Blows, but what other class ...
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How to balance combat with a couple of min/maxed characters in the party?

I have a party of 4 freshly minted level 7s for an upcoming game. 3 of the players have been playing for a while and one person is a relative newcomer to the group. The problem I'm having is that 2 ...
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What makes a good Prestige Class for a Monk? [closed]

As it says in the title, I'm asking for advice on which Prestige Class works best with the Monk. What I'm asking for, more specifically: What Prestige Class has the best synergy? That doesn't require ...
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In this absurd multi-class, is there any other benefit to having a specific starting class?

I'm building the character Abserd, who has 1-level of all classes. He really is a useless character, got kicked out of every guild he ever joined. There are some specific benefits to starting with ...
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Ability score increase or feat? [closed]

I rolled up a character for the new campaign using 3d6 in order method, so now I'm playing as lvl.3 human rogue (Str 6, Dex 12, Con 8, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 6). How do I maximize my efficiency? Is it ...
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How to optimize a Sorcerer or Oracle into Tier 1?

This answer talks about ‘unlocking’ Tier 2 sorcerers and oracles into Tier 1: https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/114432 I’m curious as to what specific alternate class features, feats, race ...
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Optimizing a Monk/Druid for healing, close combat, and casting (in order) [closed]

Ability scores: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 Race: Human Variant Feats: 2 bonus Level: 8 Background: Sailor or hermit Magic Items: 1 of what could be 1500 gp in value. Due to my inability to have any ...
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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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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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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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What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get?

What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get? Any class/race/spell/level combo is fine. Is it as simple as a necromancy wizard controlling a mummy lord, or is there something ...
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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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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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Most effective way of improving survivability for an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian?

The Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 9-10) is an extremely powerful barbarian. It pretty much makes your allies invulnerable against an enemy boss. But it ...
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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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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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How do flat modifiers (like those from magic weapons) affect DPR comparison in GWF vs TWF?

This question has some answers with fantastic calculations comparing the Great Weapon Master feat to the Dual Wielding feat. I'm interested in comparing Great Weapon Fighting and Two Weapon Fighting ...
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How can you use Primary Contact for early access to feats or prestige classes?

Cityscape includes a feat, Primary Contact, that includes as a benefit Choose one skill associated with the organization to which your contact belongs. You gain 1 bonus rank in that skill (even if ...
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Optimizing Pact of the Blade’s ability to conjure any weapon

At level 3, warlocks gain the Pact Boon feature, and one of the options is Pact of the Blade. One of the benefits of the warlock’s Pact of the Blade is the ability to conjure any melee weapon the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can I get all Max Stats in organized play?

Is there any Adventurers League or organized play legal way to get a character with 20+ stats all around?
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What's the best offensive spell at each level for a Arcanist//Full Sneak-attacker at each spell level?

Inspired by Effective sneak attacks with spells. Sneak attacks with spells are pretty unusual, changing the expected damage of many spells, and thus their expected value, drastically. An sneak-...
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What is the maximum damage a player character can consistently deal?

Assuming max starting skill level of 75 and access to 1920s weapons, what is the maximum damage a PC can do consistently? The character should be able to carry the weapon, equipment, or apparatus ...
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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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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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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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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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Given the below constraints what is the maximum number of attacks in a round for this character in AD&D 2e?

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 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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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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How to optimize a character for the greatest number of skill proficiencies with the fewest number of levels?

I want to build a character with the maximum number of skill proficiencies, 18. 20 levels to work with, multi-classing, feats, all official published books, starting with standard point array. The ...