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 lowest modifier you can have on a skill check (while staying within official rules)?

I was watching some Critical Role last night, and one of the players had a -3 modifier to Insight (his Wisdom score of 7 didn't help). And that made me wonder: What would be the lowest modifier you ...
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How many condition immunities can a player character amass?

How many condition immunities can a player character amass? Answers should follow most of the same specifications detailed in the question: How many damage types can a player character become immune ...
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How many damage types can a player character become immune to?

Reading about Werewolves, which are immune to "Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing from Nonmagical Attacks that aren't Silvered", I wondered: How many damage types can a PC become immune to? ...
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What is the lowest possible Constitution saving throw modifier for a player character?

The potion of poison calls for a DC 13 Constitution saving throw. To automatically fail this saving throw, you have to have a modifier of -8. But I'm not sure a modifier this low is actually possible. ...
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What is the most amount of election fraud I can commit using necromancy?

I have deemed the ignorant masses of several nearby regions to be unfit to rule themselves. Unfortunately, they've established a democracy to determine leadership of their region and continuously ...
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What is the statistical difference, if there is one, between attacking twice (action and bonus action) and attacking once with advantage?

In our 5e campaign, I'm playing an 8th-level Rogue (Arcane Trickster) with the Crossbow Expert feat, which (among other things) means I can shoot twice in one turn: once as a bonus action and once as ...
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When is it better to choose Hideous Laughter over Cause Fear as a Great Old One TomeLock?

I'm trying to decide between Cause Fear and Hideous Laughter for my Dwarven Great Old One TomeLock who has just reached second level. I've chosen a non-melee build for my character, (trying to avoid ...
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Rogue Feats & Damage: Elven Accuracy vs Mobile

Purely in terms of potential damage, am I better off taking Elven Accuracy, or Mobile, as a first feat at Level 4? Question Conditions: The option to disengage after making melee attacks is crucial ...
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What is the earliest my warlock can gain access to the Nondetection spell, preferably without multiclassing?

For mostly thematic reasons, I would like to eventually get my dwarven warlock access to the spell nondetection (she's sneaky, and will hopefully get access to some sort of invisibility soon). It's ...
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Is Deadly Aim worth it?

Deadly Aim is very similar to Power Attack in PF1, in that it reduces your chance to hit in exchange for some extra damage. In PF2 however the enemies' AC increases together with your attacks, so -2 ...
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How can I increase the damage of my cantrips?

Dangerous Sorcery does not work: When you Cast a Spell from your spell slots, if the spell deals damage and doesn’t have a duration, you gain a status bonus to that spell’s damage equal to the spell’...
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Do spells cast using the Cleric's ACF Spontaneous Domain Casting qualify as casting a domain spell?

Premise This is a viability check for a cleric I am making with plans to move into the Radiant Servant of Pelor PrC. I'm trying to maximize the utility of a class feature and believe I found a non ...
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How much money can I make with my Top Tier Berries as a Botany Researcher?

The Green Thumbs edge gives you the ability to grow Tier 1 berries and Apricorns. The Botany Researcher's Top Tier Berries gives you this: You may grow additional Berries and Herbs, depending on the ...
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What is the most hp you can have at level 20 with no wildshape? [duplicate]

I'm curious as to what the most HP you can have at level 20 is with no wildshape. All official sources allowed (no UA). My main question is max HP but I'm also curious about effective HP (so ...
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Is there any class+subclass combination which can use divination spells but doesn't rely on magic for combat?

The question boils down to the title, but the reason I'm asking the question in the first place is a bit unusual, so I will give all the information here in case that helps with answers. I recently ...
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Qualifying for Spell Perfection

I am currently playing a character that has great use for Spell perfection, but does not have a lot of spare feat slots. I would like to have spell specialization on 2 different spells and perfection ...
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Is there any disadvantage to playing an adolescent elf?

According to the chapter on elves in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, as children, elves explore memories of previous lives during their trances, and as adolescents, these memories begin to appear during ...
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What healing spells and additional feat combinations can be used to abuse Augment Healing [Feat]?

Context: I am working on a dedicated healer / combat medic character concept for a future campaign a friend of mine is running. I'm going to the be the only "Min/Maxer" at the table and ...
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Does the Maximize Spell [Feat], and the Empowered Spell [Feat] affect caster level dependent variables of spells?

Context: I am working on a dedicated healer / combat medic character concept for a future campaign a friend of mine is running. I'm going to the be the only "Min/Maxer" at the table and ...
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What are the mechanical advantages of using Acrobatic Performer?

There seems to be no tangible purpose to pick up Acrobatic Performer beyond narrative. For example, it cannot be used to Earn Income or to gain Panache. Does Acrobatic Performer provide mechanical ...
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How to Improve\Optimize a Marshal

So, long story short: I am looking to play a Marshal in a 3.5 game, and the rest of the party looks... rather intimidating. One Artificer, one Favored Soul, one Wizard: these are all scary in their ...
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Can a 1st level lizardfolk shifter attack 5 times in one round?

A lizardfolk recieves the two following abilities: Natural Attacks: Bite (1 RP) Lizardfolk gain a natural bite attack, dealing damage equivalent to that of a creature two size categories lower than ...
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Can you stack Bracers of Striking and Necklace of Natural Weapons?

Let's say you play a monk or other unarmed character and wear both a bracers of striking and necklace of natural weapons. Magic Fang established that for the exclusive purposes of enchantment, unarmed ...
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Without Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, how to make Drow cleric competitive?

In my next campaign I'll be exploring the idea of a male drow cleric. We are using the standard array, and that leaves me with a maximum score of 15 in my spellcasting ability, and racial increases to ...
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How do I make a fourth-level Fighter a deadly challenge for a party of four level-ones?

I'm planning an adventure in which the antagonist is a schlubby first-level Rogue who has drawn the Knight card from the Deck of Many Things and is using his new, perfectly obedient fourth-level ...
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Considerations for assigning Constitution buff within the party

We've recently acquired the manual of bodily health, which grants a permanent +2 to Constitution score. What are the optimisation considerations (e.g. increased HP, better at maintaining concentration)...
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What is the best spell to use with Dazing Spell feat?

Basically, what title says. To be specific, there are some points to define what is considered "best" here: 2-3 spell level becomes available more or less early; daze effect still lasts ...
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Can I swap out a Bloodline spell if I keep a heightened version?

Sorcerers with the Nymph bloodline get Calm Emotions, which is a good spell, but has the Incapacitation trait, so any creature of more than twice the spell’s level treats the result of their check to ...
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How can I add material components to my bardic spells?

College of Spirits in Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft seems to be a really great subclass. Powerful enough, and having an interesting spin for storytelling purposes. But, as a D&D Beyond author ...
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What is the minimum setup for this Troll adept Grenade-thrower character?

Back in the late-90 Shadowrun 3 days, someone made a character that he told about repeatedly in the local game store 1. It was a Troll adept that would throw grenades. Instead of using the grenades ...
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What class has the most damage output per round at level 6?

I used to DM a group of players who liked to heavily optimize their characters (and the group as a whole) to take as little and deal as much damage as possible (seriously, these guys were crazy). It ...
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Frontline satyr bard – better to be from Theros or from Thylea?

I plan to make a frontline bard – high AC, mostly melee attacks with a bit of magic (war caster feat), who also has nice social skills. I will take college of valour. We are starting at 1st level and ...
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How can a 15th level Wizard survive an assassination attempt that he knows is coming, but not when or how?

Gregor, a 15th-level Wizard, has angered someone that he knows will try to assassinate him, a 17th-level Fighter named Vadim. Vadim is a crazy person and has no friends, but possesses a custom ...
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When would it be most effective to multiclass into warlock as a 3rd level swashbuckler rogue?

I am currently playing a level three Satyr Swashbuckler Rogue with the Sailor (Pirate) Background. I want to multiclass into Warlock, but I still want to be at least okay in combat with my mostly min-...
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What is the most effective way that a 20th level wizard can attempt to avoid demons or devils having access to the Material Plane?

Bob Bigson, 20th level Wizard, lives on the material plane. He wants to keep demons and devils from being able to enter the material plane, ever, full stop. Assuming he has whatever class abilities ...
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Are there any size increases that don’t reduce Dexterity?

I have a character who is interested in increasing their size, but relies on Dexterity and so does not want to take penalties to that in the process. Are there any options for doing so? Shapechanging ...
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Apply force armor from mage armor/inertial armor/etc. against touch attacks?

I want to cast a spell or manifest a power that provides a +4-or-greater bonus to AC that lasts hours/level or longer, and have it apply to touch attacks. The mage armor, luminous armor, and greater ...
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How can solo Crusher Swarmkeeper best leverage forced movement?

The Swarmkeeper¹ Ranger’s Gathering Swarm¹ feature applies one of three effects to one attack each round, one of which is forcing the target of the attack to move 15 feet if they fail a Strength save. ...
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Maximizing Wisdom-based ranged attacks per round

Is there any combination of abilities that allow one to make multiple ranged attacks per turn, every turn, that are Wisdom-based? Examples of the sort of things I have in mind: Some way to use Wisdom ...
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How can I improve the survivability or damage potential of my familiar, as a cleric 5/wizard 1?

I play a Death Domain cleric, with 1 level in wizard so I can cast the find familiar spell. For my familiar, I have a gelatinous ice cube (stats of a oblex spawn). At lower levels, it was super fun ...
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What is the most number of skills a character can gain Expertise in?

I was reading through the Scout's Survivalist feature and noted that it is a manner by which a character can both gain skill proficiency plus Expertise in one shot. This got me wondering how many ...
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Which Rogue archetype does the highest damage for my Highwayman build?

Concept A single-classed Rogue who fits the Highwayman (Stand and Deliver!) archetype / trope. Not to be named Dennis Moore The Highwayman is both clever and bold. He will either attack from ...
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Is there any reasonable way to use a magic weapon as a throwing-weapon specialist?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything includes two features relevant to a throwing-weapon specialist: The artificer’s Returning Weapon infusion, which can be applied to a nonmagical thrown weapon to give it ...
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Why is a Half-Mino Dungeoncrashing War Hulk Terrifying? [closed]

Referencing my previous bad idea: How to Build a 3.5e Gnoll Pugilist In managing to explain why Gnolls are terrible PCs in 3.5 (yet providing a number of viable builds anyway), KRyan mentions that a ...
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How to Build a Gnoll Pugilist

I'm working on a 3.5e build concept for a band of genteel creature PCs (think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen except they are all monsters), in my case a Gnoll. A dapper, well-mannered Gnoll who ...
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Denying (NPC) divine casters the ability to regain spells

I am playing an epic D&D 3.5e PC in a medium-optimization (for an epic 3.5e, as I understand it, at least) game: Most regular spells are available to the party (modulo those labeled Evil), ...
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What is the best 2nd level spell to concentrate on to maximize damage?

In a party full of crowd control, the Magus wishes to dish out as much damage as possible. What concentration spell will allow them to do that, under the given circumstance: The Magus is 4th level, ...
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What is the slowest a character can move while still moving?

Stacking various slowing effects, such as difficult terrain, being prone (crawling), etc. Assuming a 30 ft movement, and the character will dash if possible, but their movement must be greater than ...
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Input on Variation on KRyan's TWF Elf Barbarian

I really like KRyan's solution to this character concept: How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf I'm looking to build something similar, but I don't have all the restrictions that the OP had. For ...
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is it possible to get an ability score of 30 or more an any way? how?

I have noticed spellcasters ability to get bonus spells from having a high ability score depending on class (wisdom for clerics and paladins, intellgence for wizards, charisma for bards and sorcerers, ...

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