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    Optimal feat for a casting cleric

    This character probably wont do a weapon attack unless hes hiding his abilities or hes in an anti magic zone.

    Im going variant human cleric of arcana.

    What feat at first level?

    Ive narrowed it down to spell sniper, magic initiate (but what to take?), war caster, resilient constitution, Im really not sure what else is good.

    His backstory involves wishing he could become a wizard but found this path instead. Kinda nerdy, not the most sociable guy.

    Here are his proposed stats (Id change if I chose resilient feat)

    8/14/14/12/16/10

    With resilient constitution:

    8/14/16/12/16/8

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    I'd say wizard magic initiate. It fits with his backstory, and you get more wizard cantrips.


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    Given your backstory I too would go with Magic Initiate, but given how useful Resilient Con is, l would suggest using starting scores

    8 14 15 12 16 8

    so you can get it later and still take full advantage of +1 Con.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briggart View Post
    Given your backstory I too would go with Magic Initiate, but given how useful Resilient Con is, l would suggest using starting scores

    8 14 15 12 16 8

    so you can get it later and still take full advantage of +1 Con.
    The problem with planning for resilient constitution is that I probably wouldnt get it until level 12. Thats a long time staring at that odd number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herosmith14 View Post
    I'd say wizard magic initiate. It fits with his backstory, and you get more wizard cantrips.


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    I like this idea for flavor and story reasons. The issue is these spells keying off a 12 intelligence. What spells are worth it that fit this feat and dont use intelligence?

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    Res(Con) all the way without thinking twice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTurbo View Post
    Res(Con) all the way without thinking twice!
    Im beginning to think youre right.

    My hesitation with this feat was that I chose it at first level for a wizard that I played until level 8 a long time ago. I cant ever remember making concentration checks with that character.

    That being said, Im playing a cleric now with a starting 18 AC. Im going to want to be near the front line with bless, and spiritual guardians soon, and the likelihood of making concentration checks has gone up.

    Thank you.

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    Res(Con) is not a flashy feat, but it is infinitely useful for a Cleric. Starting with 16 Con is icing on the cake. I probably wouldn't take another feat until Wis is maxed, but Magic Initiate would be a perfect fit at level 12 (or 8 if you're good with 18 Wis)
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    Im ok with not being flashy. Ill get more HP and be much more likely to keep concentration when its needed.

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    I've been playing an Arcana cleric and I would consider Magic Initiate for Find Familiar. I know it sounds sub op but there's value in having that little scout. If your DM allows some of the alternate familiars like a quasit or a Gazer even more fun.

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