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  1. Esker

    No Prebuff - Round 1 - Damage Rankings

    With an actual single target turn, I get 257.6 with a Battlemaster 11 / Hexblade 1 / Paladin 2 / Barbarian 2 / Sorcerer 4, doing six Reckless greatsword attacks with Hexblade's Curse+GWF+GWM+Precision Attack+Action Surge, and smites on each one (2 3rd level slots, 3 2nd level slots, 1 1st level...
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    No Prebuff - Round 1 - Damage Rankings

    If the "single creature" can be ourselves, we can increase that by casting Hellish Rebuke on ourselves at 7th level immediately after hitting ourselves with meteor swarm... :-)
  3. Esker

    No Prebuff - Round 1 - Damage Rankings

    Probably not quite what you have in mind, but so far I've gotten to 274.1 for one turn per day at 20th level with a Tiefling Fighter 2 / Hexblade 1 / Draconic Sorcerer 17. Take Flames of Phlegethos and Elemental Adept (Fire), and get CHA to 20. Bonus Action: Hexblade's Curse Action: Meteor...
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    No Prebuff - Round 1 - Damage Rankings

    Obviously I can't resist giving this a try, but what level do you have in mind? And is this a once-per-day deal, or first round of combat every combat?
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    5E Light Emanating from an Invisible Character

    I'm planning out tactics for a boss fight my group just started at the end of our last session, and trying to figure out how to think about what should happen if a creature who is invisible is also shedding light. In my specific case, the creature would hypothetically have Greater Invisibility...
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    The War Cleric

    Because of upcast spiritual weapon? I mean, in long fights, or fights where you are changing targets a lot, the standard cleric recipe of spirit guardians plus spiritual weapon is likely to come out ahead. But even with a 4th level slot, spiritual weapon is doing 13 damage on a hit, vs 33 for a...
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    The War Cleric

    One thing that's interesting about this character is that it seems like there's almost no point in even taking spiritual weapon. You can't cast it on the same turn that you use War Priest or Inflict Wounds, and doing neither of those things on the first round makes your damage massively less...
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    The War Cleric

    Let's compare that to taking GWM, which lets you take full advantage of Guided Strike (unlike inflict wounds where a +10 is overkill most of the time). Option 1: Using War Priest bonus action attack with GWM (assuming base to-hit is down to 55% since we didn't boost strength): Avg damage per...
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    The War Cleric

    That was my original conclusion above. Divine favor wins if our benchmark is cumulative all-in damage after three rounds as you had framed the question in your OP; even moreso after four (with the big caveat that you have to maintain concentration), but if you want to really frontload as much as...
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    The War Cleric

    That's fair enough; I was just trying to think about squeezing as much out of inflict wounds as possible. Being able to use it on an AoO potentially makes you a formidable lockdown force. Yeah, duh, you're right. I'll edit my post above to have an accurate reference. I get 3 less in round 1...
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    The War Cleric

    Is this a Standard Array only game? Feels to me like if you're centering inflict wounds at low levels you'd really like to get war caster and make yourself really sticky. If point buy were allowed I'd probably drop CHA down to 10 to get WIS to 15 before the racial bonus, and swap observant for...
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    5E Sometimes Less Is More...or am I the only one who thinks so?

    To be fair I didn't just go there... I went there weeks ago.
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    5E Sometimes Less Is More...or am I the only one who thinks so?

    I think it's more of a soup bar. And the PCs are the... um...
  14. Esker

    5e Sorcerer versus Wizard, which is better?

    I assumed that was what was meant there.
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    5e Sorcerer versus Wizard, which is better?

    I don't think the argument is dependent on picking variant human for race. Even if the sorcerer dip character goes high elf, say, to ease the pain of getting 13 CHA (since they don't value war caster as much), then they get two extra points to allocate, which could be used to get WIS back to 10...
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    5e Sorcerer versus Wizard, which is better?

    Divine soul is a subclass I'm interested in trying out, as I've never seen it played myself. There don't seem to be that many blockbuster cleric spells (that sorcerers don't already have on their list) to take major advantage of most metamagics... I guess at low levels there's twinning your...
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    (5E) How to play Trickery Cleric?

    Treantmonk has a three part video on YouTube going in depth on the Trickery Cleric which is worth checking out. He obviously has a particular style of building characters that isn't for everyone, but there's a lot of useful insight there. He does assume you have access to Toll the Dead though...
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    5e Sorcerer versus Wizard, which is better?

    If it were just the CON I'd take the trade, but the biggest thing is the delay in spell levels. The benefit of a dip has to be a really clear win to make that worthwhile. Even if you weren't giving up HP or WIS saves, getting +1 to CON saves for levels 1-4, +2 for levels 5-8 is not worth...
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    5e Sorcerer versus Wizard, which is better?

    To make it more concrete, here are two characters, built with point buy. Character A: Variant Human (War Caster) Wizard X STR 8, DEX 15+1, CON 14, INT 15+1, WIS 10, CHA 8 Character B: Variant Human (War Caster) Sorcerer 1 / Wizard X STR 8, DEX 15+1, CON 12, INT 15+1, WIS 8, CHA 13 In order...
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