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Are the save-boosting feats really worth it?

I have no idea which guides you’re reading that are saying these things, but you should stop reading them. Great Fortitude, Iron Will, and Lightning Reflexes are to be taken—under protest—only when ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

Instantaneous vs Duration The primary benefit of animate objects is that it lasts for more than one round. The result of this is the conservation of spell slots. Instead of having to cast fireball ...
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Is there wide agreement on what an optimised Wizard should use Craft Contingent Spell for?

Everybody agrees on one spell I read about 20 threads on the feat Craft Contingent Spell (Complete Arcane 77). To summarize, these threads usually have one side that says, "The feat's so broken ...
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Can the Faerie Fire spell be oriented in a small space to not affect allies?

Faerie fire creates a cube: Each object in a 20-foot cube… A cube’s point of origin is described in the rules for Spellcasting: You select a cube’s point of origin, which lies anywhere on a face of ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

Typing. Fireball deals fire damage. Animate Objects does not. That alone put Animate Objects as a far better choice when it comes to damaging creatures that have some sort of resistance/immunity to ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

Breaking casters' concentration. Disclaimer. This answer will not consider any mathematical1 formulation or probabilistic simulation. Without considering the pure, numerical expected damage and ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

While it kind of still falls under the same situational category as resistances, there is also the situation where you're trying to reduce collateral damage. While fireballs do not directly damage ...
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What's the price of blood?

Packaged blood won't work here Tainted Sorcerer says: She has two choices for a source of blood: herself or someone else. If she uses her own blood, the minor knife cut to draw the requisite blood is ...
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When is Animate Objects more effective than Fireball?

The other answers have covered a lot of other things, but a few additional options to consider. Area Control 10 small objects under your control occupy 10 spaces of the battlefield. Creatures you don'...
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How can I optimize my familiar as a pack-mule?

Get a pack-pig Pig is on the list of familiars, and has a strength of 11 -- probably a good bit more than your wizard has, and enough to haul a good amount of load. As a small quadruped can carry 1x ...
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What Options are Available to Utilize High Strength as a Squishy Character?

The College of Valor Bard, as a Bruiser, fits this aim While most bards are squishy (having only light armor proficiency) all Bards gain Expertise as a class benefit (I did this with a Lore Bard, will ...
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What is a good second (off) hand option for someone who doesn't use shields? And probably uses most bonus actions?

One of the best things about Mystics is their versatility through using different disciplines depending on what is needed for a given combat. As such, I recommend a different tactic depending on what ...
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What's the price of blood?

Blood has no listed price If I'm reading the rules correctly, the amount of blood that you would need depends on the price of the component; it could be "1hp worth of blood", "5hp worth ...
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Can a Dex-based Aberrant Mind sorcerer/paladin do better than Mage Armor?

Mage Armor is probably best If we assume Dex is maxed, (16/17 at 1st, 18 at 4 and 20 at 8) and because Paladin, proficiency in Medium armor and shields. (Would be heavy if Paladin was first class) ...
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Is Fighter a better option for unarmed fighting compare with Monk?

Depends on sources and levels, but advantage: monk. It’s going to depend a lot on what sources are available, and how exactly we define “fighting unarmed.” Also, what level are we talking? Everything ...
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Can the Path of the Beast Barbarian match Path of the Zealot for damage?

For pure damage output, claws cannot rival GWM/Polearm Master Simply put, the combination of GWM and Polearm Master has a filthily high damage output, as you get a bonus action attack, and can use GWM ...
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What's the price of blood?

A Tainted Sorcerer with Eschew Materials does not need blood for spells with a material component costing 1 gp or less The Blood Component class feature and the feat Eschew Materials both affect the ...
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To what extent can I use wish?

It depends highly on your game. This would be a good topic to discuss with your DM. Read the spell, carefully You might want to read the wish spell carefully. You'll note there are essentially three ...
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Can an Eidetic Spellcaster benefit from the Geometer feature that allows one page per spell in the spellbook?

Maybe Unfortunately, Complete Arcane does not give us enough information here. Your spells do “require only a single page” Officially, eidetic spellcaster doesn’t say anything about how many “pages” a ...
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What Options are Available to Utilize High Strength as a Squishy Character?

You do not have to front-line Your problem is that with a squishy character that has low AC and low hit points, you want to avoid being on the front line and that creates some tension when you fight ...
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Would a Tressym's detect invisibility be able to see through an Ice Mephits false appearance of the ice mephit doesn't move?

The mephits are not invisible The Tressym can see them (so could anything else); they are just "indistinguishable from an ordinary shard of ice." Being able to see invisible does not defeat ...
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Can a Dex-based Aberrant Mind sorcerer/paladin do better than Mage Armor?

Serpent Scale Armor AC outperforms all other armor for dex users at your level, unless +3 half-plate enters your game. Serpent Scale Armor (Candlekeep Mysteries, Book of Cylinders, thanks Wyrmwood!) ...
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What is the maximum amount of reusable spells a character can have at the same time that do not require spell slots to cast?

You can get 47 reusable spells and magic activated abilities (78 if you count rituals). The Build Our character is a level 20 Variant Human {8,10,10,13,16,20} with the following classes: Warlock (The ...
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At what level does average incoming damage exceed 21?

CR 11 and CR ≥ 15 I've constructed this table from this spreadsheet of Monster Manual data. Using a pivot table, I show the average, max, and standard deviation within each CR of the average damage ...
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Is there any official or widely used/accepted quantitative metric for overall party fitness?

No, there is no official calculator for general party fitness, because the goal is subjective As you realized yourself, what you ask for would be very difficult to create, because there is no ...
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Would absorb elements once per short rest be balanced vs psychic damage vulnerability for a monk?

Damage vulnerabilities are hard to balance Detect Balance is a tool that is normally used to evaluate new races, and that provides point values for various game features like vulnerabilities or free ...
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How can I optimize my familiar as a pack-mule?

You need a Helper Monkey Sure, at low levels that pig or goat may look like the way to go but take a moment, think of the monkey magic you could have! Armed with a tiny backpack, your little buddy can ...
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Which is More Positively Effective, Math-Wise: Modifier Bonuses, or Expertise?

Stacking wins by numbers, but you can do both My main recommendation is to not focus to myopically on maximizing skill rolls. You also can mix-and-match and benefit from both expertise and stacking ...
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Grapple Shove or Shove Grapple?

It doesn't matter My friends are saying that it would actually be easier the other way because then you would have advantage on the Grapple check if you shove the target prone first, and that seems ...
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What is the maximum number of tool proficiencies a character can gain?

With Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, 24 tool proficiencies If you really want to maximize tool proficiencies, it'll involve a lot of multiclass levels. You'll want to make sure you have at least a 13 ...
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