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 to get the most languages with the fewest level investments?

How can I optimize a character in regards to known languages? Unearthed Arcana, Multiclassing and such are allowed, as are feats. I am not interested in every single possibility to get a language, but ...
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How many cantrips can a single character have at level 3?

I'm trying to build a character with as many cantrips as possible by level 3. I don't care specificly about the class, race, or anything like that, but I want as many cantrips as possible. How many ...
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Is this a time to choose minimum damage per hit over average DPR?

A lot of gamers consistently optimize characters average damage per round. My intuition tells me, though, there are times when your character should be opting for an action that does the highest ...
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Every language character optimization

I've been theory crafting how to design a linguist character who is able to read and speak every language. I managed to accomplish this with a level 20 wizard who takes Signature Spells on tongues and ...
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Feats that use Concentration for a swordsage.

I’m playing a Diamond Mind-based swordsage. I’m going to take all of the concentration-based strikes and counters. If I am loading up my concentration skill, are there any feats I could take that ...
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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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Damage based arcanist build? [closed]

I am building an arcanist at level 5 with 20 point buy in pathfinder and i was looking for an arcanist build optimized for damage. It would also be helpful if there could be a level plan. I want to ...
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How can my sniper get enough attacks of opportunity?

Recently, there's been some talk about starting up an old Pathfinder game again, and I'm a bit worried about my character being able to adequately support her end of a combo that's rather central to ...
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Constitution vs. Damage for Long Death Monk [closed]

I'm working on making a monk character for a new 5e campaign. I'm pretty much done with the build, just have a question about a tweak I want to make. Right now I feel like the monk lacks in damage and ...
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Permanent CL boosting for a dual Divine/Arcane spellcaster

So, I'm playing in a high power campaign that'll be going deep into epic levels, and I'd like to try to raise my CL. I'll get into depth after discussing how things are looking currently. Current ...
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How to optimize a grappling character? [closed]

I have a character that is a half-orc monk. I try to focus everything he does on grappling because he is based off of a retired luchador. Are there any options that can help improve his ability to ...
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What is the maximum damage a level 1 character can deal in a single round? [closed]

I want to build a character with max damage dealing capabilities. What is the highest damage a character can deal in a single round with the following constraints: character is level 1 only official ...
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What's the maximum (average) damage that can be dealt in one round by a 20th level character with at least two levels of Fighter?

What is the most effective way to use a level 20 character's (with two or more levels in fighter for Action Surge ability) in order to maximize single target damage done in one round? Rules/...
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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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My Ash Druid isn't as helpful in combat as I'd hoped. How can I change her to contribute better?

I recently made my first spellcaster in Pathfinder. She’s a Druid. Admittedly I made her pretty poorly. I went with the ash subdomain from the fire domain instead of having a companion (which I was ...
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Paralysis, what are the best items to protect against it?

Looking for items in the 15k and under range to protect from paralysis.
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How do I improve survivability of a Barbarian who's limited to light armor only?

I'm currently using a Barbarian Half-Orc in a custom made campaign. The campaign itself is set to hardcore, that means that encouters, enemies and the story itself is really, really hard and fights ...
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How to max out Will saves under level 4 [closed]

Standard Paizo books. 20 point buy. 150 starting gold. How can one max out will saves at specifically level 1, but overall under level 4? Classes, archetypes, feats, races, traits, and whatnot. If ...
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What can a Revised Ranger with a Wisdom score of 10 do at level 20?

I have a UA revised ranger with a Wisdom score of 10. Technically he's a UA Revised Ranger, but I don't think it matters for this question. I used point buy to create the character, and pumped all ...
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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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What is the best race for a barbarian?

In Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, what is the best race for a character that is a barbarian? "Best" would be defined as the following: bonuses to a barbarian's primary/secondary stats race ...
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For battlefield control, what’s the optimum mix of a Paladin dipping Warlock? [closed]

Brief backstory here, since I feel like Palalock gets enough of a backlash that I want to justify it. My group are longtime 3.5/Pathfinder players dipping our toes into 5e for the first time; we're ...
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How can I significantly reduce casting time? [closed]

I've got some slow spells with casting times in the 1 hour to several day range, but only have 30 minutes to cast them due to impositions. By means of metamagic spells or magic items, or planar travel,...
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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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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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What is the best damage you can do with a 9th level Magic Missile?

So one of this question's To maximize a combo with True Strike, which is the most damaging spell with attack roll? answers got me curious. What is the maximum damage a 20th level character can do with ...
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Effective build for Eldritch Knight? [closed]

I'm pretty new to D&D, having just created my first character a few days ago. I want to build an Eldritch Knight Tabaxi Fighter, and I'm not too sure on the best way to do that. Here are my stats: ...
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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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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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Adding Incarnum-like capability to my Level 1 Human Vow of Poverty Monk

I wanted to try Vow of Poverty and a monk because I liked the idea of an ascetic melee fighter, but the limitations of vow of poverty about using magic items is tough. I do not want to slow down the ...
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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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What can a Fighter do to ensure scrolls are cast successfully?

Greg the Ogre (Advanced Race Guide) has been working on leveling up so that he has an easier time of eating passing adventurers. That being said, while he isn't struggling too much eating the odd ...
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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 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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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 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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Best bane weapon for Rise of the Runelords

What would be the best bane weapon to have in the last module of Rise of the Runelords? Should I go for "giants" or "dragons"? I am currently playing a level 15 dex based Magus with a +1 keen spell ...
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What's the least amount of Essence needed to access The Six?

My character starts with a single Barrier at level 1, but getting "The Six" Barrier Abilities requires increasing all five of the other Barriers to level 1 as well. If I min-max a character ...
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Can PCs gain a double-shield bonus, akin to that of a Fire Giant Dreadnought?

I want to make a ginormous-AC character, but I am not sure of the rules about shields. I want to have two shields held at once, with no other weapons. I know this is against the Player's Handbook: "...
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Is taking higher HP classes first better?

When multi-classing in Pathfinder, is it strictly better to take a higher HP class at first level? At first level, your character gets max HP for the HD of their class. At subsequent levels, you ...
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Which benefits from Barbarian, Monk, or Rogue multiclassing work in Moon Druid beast form?

I have really poor stats in my next game: 13 12 10 10 10 9. So I decided to play moon druid to compensate for the weak ability scores. I also plan to multiclass into barbarian, monk, or rogue. So ...
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How to approach a stifling DM

I have a bit of a problem with a restrictive DM. In the next paragraph I will rant a bit (understatement) so if you want just skip it. This person is shutting down all my attempts at min-maxing (...
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What are good options for a frontline melee with very limited source material?

I recently entered a Planescape campaign with a very rules heavy DM. I rolled stats in order, and now I have to make a character. As long as it stays within these sourcebooks and is neither a druid ...
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Average stats monk [closed]

I am creating a Goliath Monk and I have rolled for my stats and with the STR and CON bonuses Ill have all 13's and one 14. Should I abandon trying to make this monk and just go with something that ...
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How can I build an effective whip fighter? [closed]

I want to build a Pathfinder Society character than can effectively attack with a whip from level 1. If possible, I would really appreciate if this character could have some kind of divine magic, ...
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Most effective way to put enemies to sleep?

As the title implies, I'm on a quest to find the most effective way to cause opponents to be put to sleep. Normally, this spell falls off rather abruptly in potency, but if we use a witch with the ...
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What is the maximum amount of Sneak Attack dice you can roll with 1 full attack?

Attempting an optimized build towards having the highest amount of sneak attack dice rolled on completion of a full attack. This will be assuming a level 20 character, attacking a wooden training ...
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How to make efficient use of a Cragtop Archer's Arcing Shot?

The Cragtop Archer prestige class grants, at 3rd level, the Arcing Shot feature: Arcing Shot (Ex) The Cragtop Archer of 3rd level and higher can fire a high, arcing shot to gain greater range ...
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Barbarian Advice 5E [closed]

I'm currently playing a level 3 Aasimar Barbarian. I'm not sure whether I want to take the Great Weapon Master feat (-5/+10, when you reduce a creature to 0 HP you can make another attack as a bonus ...
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The Most Charismatic Man in the World

OK, so the title might be slightly deceptive. This is an optimization question about charisma, but the goal is not to have the highest charisma possible (though builds should definitely crank charisma)...