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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Which feat is most likely to boost wizard survival?

Assume you used the first two ASIs to maximize the intelligence for a Wizard (Divination). Then, on level 12 you have the choice for another feat. The primary goal is to maximize the survivability (i....
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Best base class for Marshal?

The Marshal archetype seems to be great, with many useful feats, but what is the best base class? I know this seems broad and opinion based, but to be considered best, I have many criteria: Qualifies ...
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What's the maximum number of damage types I can have in a single melee attack?

Inspired by these two questions. I am currently playing an Arcane Trickster that has a Flame Tongue Rapier and access to Booming Blade. So I have: Piercing Fire Thunder I am considering getting ...
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Which magic weapon deals the most damage?

Which magic weapon deals most damage at each rarity tier? (I am not asking about Artifacts, just normal rarity scale magic items). For the sake of defining weapon damage: Direct expected damage from ...
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What is the single highest damage attack that can be made by one tenth level character with no assistance, support, or magic items? [closed]

In a single attack (melee, ranged, or spell attacks all fine) what is the highest damage that a tenth level character on their own with no magic items can achieve? Further caveats - no implausible ...
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Why is metamagic considered unbalanced?

Metamagic is widely considered to be one of the most tried and tested methods of breaking the game. Certainly, I have little doubt that the "something for nothing" deals that approaches that ...
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How does the Infinite Simulacra exploit work? [duplicate]

I'm aware that there is a RAW legal exploit to create an infinite number of simulacra of yourself as a wizard. You cannot do it with just simulacrum, as the spell itself limits you to only one ...
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As a Fairy Rune Knight, what are my options for being strength based and still having a good armor class?

The Fairy race, first printed in the adventure Supplement Wild Beyond the Witchlight, is a flying race that has the following restriction on the use of its flying speed: Because of your wings, you ...
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What combination of Cleric & Rogue (and what cleric options) will most increase my Damage as an 11th Level Assassin?

This campaign will go to lvl 20. For roleplay reasons I am multiclassing into a cleric (of Sarenrae). My DM has restricted me to the domains of light, life, peace, and beauty domain. What combination ...
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What deals more damage on a weapon, +1 to hit or +1 to damage?

Background: I'm introducing masterwork items for 5e as a homebrew rule, both to help players spend surplus gold on something useful when they cannot buy magic items, and to make shopping a bit more ...
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Most Overpowered Supporting Cohort - Crafter or Buff-Station? [closed]

Up until recently, I lived under impression that there is no better use of Leadership than personal crafting station, AKA Artificer. Effectively crafting everything at 1/4th of the price (28.12%) is ...
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What is the highest possible bonus to a saving throw?

What is the highest possible bonus to a saving throw? Assume normal attunement limits, both for the character making the save and anybody helping them. I'm interested both in attribute-based saves and ...
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Moving, breathing and Striking in the same round with Barbarian

I have an concept in mind, a fire-breathing Kobold Barbarian. For it to be effective, it needs to take advantage of the additional damage of Rage, (so Strike at least once, 1 action) and use breath a ...
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What's the simplest way to be able to cast Suggestion starting from a 5th level Human Fighter?

I have a battlemaster fighter who, for flavor reasons, I would love if he could cast the spell "Suggestion". He's level 5 in fighter at the moment, and since I have a level-up in my near ...
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Why would I spend resources on racial unarmed attacks?

As highlighted in this question about Razortooth Goblin, racial unarmed attacks seem to be significantly weaker than manufactured weapons. Some examples: Razertooth Goblin jaws: Damage comparable to ...
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