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What's the greatest number of hands I can have to annoy my mother-in-law with?

With 36 hours to prepare, a level 20 wizard of the School of Necromancy can flip 1392 non-illusory birds in 3 rounds. The answer provided by NautArch is pretty much unbeatable given the question as ...
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Weapon attacks compared with damaging cantrips?

It is cantrips that can not keep up, if you get Extra Attack Weapon attacks alone are not competitive, a 14th level Wizard does more damage with a cantrip than with a dagger1. Class features like ...
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Is Greatsword superior to Greataxe?

The Greatsword is a better weapon than the Greataxe unless you are playing a Barbarian. The Greatsword has two big benefits: (1) it has a higher average, and (2) it has a tighter and less random ...
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What's the greatest number of hands I can have to annoy my mother-in-law with?

As many as can fit in a 20' cube, depending on how small you want the hands Simply casting major image (PHB, 258) will allow you to create an illusory creature of your imagination with as many hands ...
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What is the highest possible AC?

Under unusual circumstances, it is possible to get an AC of 49 Highest permanent AC: 31 Highest combat-ready AC: 35 Highest the-stars-aligned AC: 49 Permanent AC with Magic Armor, no other Magic ...
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Is Greatsword superior to Greataxe?

While Netzach makes a very good point, I'd like to add in the die dynamics. Although the average is very similar the two situations behave very differently. 2d6 Rolling 2 dice creates a bell curve ...
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Is Greatsword superior to Greataxe?

Other than the high risk/high reward nature of the Greataxe, explained in ravery's answer, the Greatsword is usually the better option. Mechanically, there are some ways to take advantage of the ...
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How can I make a character that wields only daggers as good as other characters?

Be a Monk. Monks gain the Martial Arts feature, one part of which is: You can roll a d4 in place of the normal damage of your Unarmed Strike or monk weapon. This die changes as you gain monk ...
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What is the lowest level character that can unfailingly beat the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure's starting encounter?

Level 5 Variant Human Wizard The Build The wizard has the Elemental Adept (Fire) and Alert feats The wizard prepares Shield, Mage Armor, and Fireball The wizard has 16 CON and 16 DEX (using the ...
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How high can a PC's initiative bonus get?

I'm going to disregard any DM sanity here, and assume anything and everything published is on the table and can be mashed together... Attributes - +10 +10 from any attribute, because there are ...
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What is the maximum number of PC-controlled undead?

Unlimited (even if you don't want to be a Beholder) While the concept is bizarre to me, some people might not want to spend their time as a Beholder... For them, the process is actually simpler. ...
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How can I make a character that wields only daggers as good as other characters?

You are putting too much emphasis on the damage die Yes, the dagger is a measly d4. But the majority of non-heavy weapons have a maximum die of d8 unless you opt to go 2-handed, in which case a d10. ...
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What is the maximum distance you can cause damage from?

Depending on what you're asking, there may be no upper limit The Pact of the Chain Warlock gets the following feature: [...] Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your ...
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Does The Amazing Lightspeed Horse work, RAW?

No. The Amazing Light Speed Horse™ cannot move an infinite distance (And what distance it does move without taking the dash action is at a speed of at most movement per round, and with the dash action ...
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Can an 18th level hastened mobile wood-elf monk move at over 100 mph?

No Unless I missed something, this is not how dash works. Having two actions from Haste means he can Dash twice, so that's 600 feet of movement. Dash says When you take the Dash action, you gain ...
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How to challenge optimized player with Sharpshooter feat

I play this character. My GM and I discussed the build extensively before starting Storm King's Thunder because I was worried about this. Both from pre-planning and from experience, here're the things ...
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What is the maximum number of attacks a single character can make themselves during their turn?

Grand Total: 12 attacks1 1 This is based on a single-class build with a standard attack scenario of enemies (or against a single BBEG/foe). The 12th attack does require some help to activate. A 20th-...
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Considerations for assigning Constitution buff within the party

Rather than looking at the static details of the character sheets, I'd look at the actual in game results. So don't ask "Who has the fewest HP?" or "Who gets hit the most?", but ...
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When is an ASI better than the Dual Wielder feat?

Ability Score Improvements are almost always better for DPR Calculation On 4th level you could raise your attack stat from 16 to 18, or take Dual Wielder. I will assume you have the Two-Weapon ...
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Why is two-weapon fighting considered subpar for fighters?

Okay, so, let's start from your wrong premises Max Damage does not matter - average does And you are using the wrong weapon for GWF based on that - Greatsword is better than Greataxe. Greatsword is ...
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Is Dexterity overpowered compared to Strength?

It's not as overpowered as you might think, depending on your class choice. The AC bonus only helps with light and medium armor. If you were a fighter, you could have full plate on which makes your ...
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How many characters using PHB rules does it take to be able to have access to any PHB spell at the start of an adventuring day?

The minimum number of character is six The Party Our party consists of: Onus the wizard 17 Twofa the bard (College of Lore) 18 Threen the cleric (Tempest Domain) 17 Fourp the bard 18/warlock 2 ...
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Do I have to worry about players making “bad” choices on level up?

Short answer: No, mostly. I come from a D&D 3.5 background, so I've had ample experience with the extreme power difference that you can get between a straight-class Monk and an optimized Ruby ...
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Is it possible for a character at any level to cast all 44 Cantrips in one week without Magic Items?

Disclaimer This answer was written assuming Encode Thoughts was on the Wizard Spell List. While DNDBeyond lists the spell as a Wizard Spell, the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica book doesn't actually ...
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One PC is too powerful. What should I do?

Go with touch attacks, they disregards armor ;) They will ignore armor, natural armor, and shields. Other bonuses still apply. So have a pro wrestler attack the OP PC (grapple). You could also ...
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Which feat, Resilient (Con) or War Caster, improves the chances of maintaining concentration more?

The proficiency bonus is the primary factor I made a graph to compare Resilient and War Caster. How to read the graph. The horizontal axis is the save DC, the vertical axis is the chance of success, ...
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What is the lowest level at which a human can beat the 100m world record (or: the presumed human limit) without using magic?

7 levels. Variant Human (30ft) with Mobile Feat (+10ft) with 2 Monk levels (+10ft from Unarmored Movement, and Step of the Wind) + 3 Totem Barbarian levels (+15ft Elk Totem during Rage) + 2 Fighter ...
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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?

It depends on your situation (typically, getting Sneak Attack is key) Let's get something out of the way first: in the simple analysis, attacking twice is usually much better than attacking once with ...
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What is the maximum PC carrying weight?

So, ultimately, we're looking at a way to maximize a PC's strength score, and multiply their carry capacity as many times as possible. This is easy enough. You need a Goliath, Orc, Bugbear, or ...
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