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SRD Rules Only

These optimized character builds use rules only found within the System Reference Document.

Name Summary Final Class Progression Starting Race
Arcane doesn't mean weak Fighter 2/Wizard 5/Eldritch Knight 3
Battle Blesser
Epic Rogue of Seven Sneak Attacks a Round a Creature
Fencer of the Kanahebi clan A Lizardfolk that can slice people in many fancy ways. Pretty impressive AC bonuses. Humanoid 3/Ranger 3/Monk 3/Duelist 10 Lizardfolk
Gnome Loremaster "Divine Scrolls Reader" A small illusionist that can use Bardic knowledge like abilities, and can read any kind of scrolls thanks to the Use Magic Device skill. Bard 2, Wizard 10, Loremaster 8 Forest Gnome
Lich Tank
Little Dagger Wielder A backstabbing halfling whose tools of destruction are small daggers. Rogue 16/ Fighter 2/ Ranger 2 Halfling
No-One The Mad
Oh, whats that? A wall? This build is meant for a subterranean campaign or some other campaign situated with a "background of stone", well.. That makes it better anyway.
One Person Party
Psion Fighter Tank
Rogue Ideas
Rounded Defender
SRD Warlock This Build uses various high arcanas from the archmage prestige class to blast things a lot of times per day (more than you will probably need). who said only warlocks could blow everything up constantly
Scroll user - Max UMD like a boss
Spiked Chain Freak
Swift Disarmer
Technical Fighter
Two-Weapon Crit Specialist This is an attempt to optimize critical hits while still giving the character plenty of options and defenses.
Ultimate Infiltrator I thought about making the coolest possible level 20 infiltrator with SRD rules only. Here he is! Rogue 1, Cleric 3, Wizard 3, Mystic Theurge 4, Assassin 1, Arcane Trickster 8 Human
Ultimate Monk (SRD) This is a hard-hitting, fast-moving monk/psionic fist whose ki (via his psionic abilities) allows him to shapeshift. A cousin of the original Ultimate Monk using SRD rules only.
Ultimate Summoner
Ultimate defender
Warforged raging frenzied Juggernaut

WotC Rules Only

These optimized character builds use rules only found within WotC source books.

Name Summary Final Class Progression Starting Race
(Epic) Ultimate Dervish
9−20 Crit Specialist Fighter 8/Warblade 3/Dervish 1/Disciple of Dispater 8 Human
Ability Tank
All-In-One Party It does pretty much everything at least as well as anyone else 2 Bard, 2 Rogue, 4 Fighter, 2 Ur-Priest, 1 Sublime Chord, 9 Fochlucan Lyrist Human
Almost 20 levels Mystic Theurge
Angry Bear Monk
Another Dancing Build Fighter 6, Dervish 10, Tempest 4 Human
Anti-Critter Scout Cannon
Arcane Archer Fighter9/Sorceror1/Arcane Archer10 Wild Elf
Arcane Tank (4e Optimized Character Build)
Arcane Tank AND THIS ONE WORKS! Mage 4/Fighter 1/Spellsword 1 Human
Arcane doesn't mean weak Fighter 2/Wizard 5/Eldritch Knight 3
Arcane tank, real tank Wizard 4/Fighter 2/Spellsword 1 Any
Arcane that that works best Wizard 4/Fighter 2/Spellsword 1 Any
Atheist Bard Mystic Theurge
Awesome Sneak Attack/Skirmish Greater Manyshot Archer Move and stack Sneak Attack and Skirmish damage to every arrow fired from Greater Manyshot volleys each round! Can get 8 shots per round with the right equipment! Rogue 5/Scout 4/Ranger 4 Any
Bard swiftblade of sublime chord Handsome Fight Bard, good saves and attacks. Using swiftblade class. Bard 7/ Swiftblade 10 / Sublime Chord 5/ SRD:Paladin 2 Human
Basic Combat Rogue Guide Your basic combat rogue build with many variants to show off the possibilities. Rogue 4 / Swashbuckler 16 Halfling
Battle Blesser
Battle Knight Bard of Sublime Chord Handsome Fight Bard, to show the bard can be useful, and he not only needs to give bonus to your party friends. A good fighter, with nice stats and maximized CHA, and 9th level spell slots, to be epic read. A non-break game build. Bard 4/ Paladin 2/ Eldritch Knight 9/ Sublime Chord 1/ Abjurant Champion 4 Elf
Beat Down (4e Optimized Character Build)
Berserker
Bladesinger Boost your whole party's damage to impressive heights using your bardsong while being a formidable foe yourself. Bard 3 / Warblade 17 Draconic Human
Bladestorm Weapon Thrower
Boomerang Factotum with full spellthief and wizard casting
Champion of the Forest
Clericzilla a massively powerful character capable of fighting on the front lines at least as well as a typical martial character, and extremely deadly to undead foes. Cleric 7/Radiant Servant of Pelor 10
Complete Scoundrel
Critical Master
Daggerspell Master
Damage Reduction Master
Dancing Samurai
Daring Outlaw
Diplomat This build allows for a ridiculously high Diplomacy score early on.
Dragonfire Ninja
Druid Touch AC Tank Live forever or die trying! Huge Touch AC, Uncanny Dodge, Evasion, and good Saves... with ALL the healing and defensive spells of a Druid! This variant from Unearthed Arcana effectively combines Monks, Rangers, and Druids, which allows you to add your Wisdom to AC. You'll become virtually invincible with the full arsenal of the Druid spell list behind you. Druid 16/Divine Oracle 4
Duskblade into Swiftblade Gish
Earthshaking Hammer Warrior
Eldritch Cleaver A strong striker capable of doing damage to everyone around him while providing some battlefield control. . Human
Eldritch Glaive Master Uses the eldritch glaive and persistent divine spells to maximize melee damage. Warlock 1 / Cleric 3 / Binder 1 / Eldritch Disciple 10 / Enlightened Spirit 1 Human
Epic Rogue of Seven Sneak Attacks a Round a Creature
Eternal Blade of the Revenant Use Revenant Blade to treat both sides of a double scimitar as two-handed, pouncing for massive damage. Warblade 7 / Psychic Warrior 1 / Revenant Blade 5 / Eternal Blade 7 Wild Elf
Fencer of the Kanahebi clan A Lizardfolk that can slice people in many fancy ways. Pretty impressive AC bonuses. Humanoid 3/Ranger 3/Monk 3/Duelist 10 Lizardfolk
Feral Shifter The ultimate in shifter savagery, your twin daggers become a part of your body as you tear through foes. Swordsage 10 / Bloodclaw Master 5 / Weretouched Master 5 Swiftwing Shifter
Fiend-Slayer Build
Fifth Party Member
Fighter/Mage
Fireball Filled Death
Flame Fetish (4e Optimized Character Build)
Flamefist
Gargantuan Spiked Bolas
Gestalt Knifefighter
Gestalt Warlock Artificer Hellfire Warlock
Glaive of the Dungeon Crasher Using the Dungeon Crasher variant from Dungeonscape along with the Eldritch Glaive invocation from Dragon Magic and Large and In Charge from Races of the Dragon you can have a great hybrid defender/striker who combines damage with zone control. Goliath (or Human, see Variants)
Glaive of the Hellfire Warlock Use the eldritch glaive to deal massive damage to foes while locking them in place in addition to great mobility and battlefield control. Bloodline 3 / Warlock 12 / Hellfire Warlock 3 / Chameleon 2 Human
Gnome Loremaster "Divine Scrolls Reader" A small illusionist that can use Bardic knowledge like abilities, and can read any kind of scrolls thanks to the Use Magic Device skill. Bard 2, Wizard 10, Loremaster 8 Forest Gnome
Goliath Dwarven Defender
Halfling Hurler
Healing Personified
Hero of Time The Hero of Time excels as an adventurer, insightful in his knowledge of both combat and puzzles. (Based loosely on Link from the Zelda series.) Factotum 3 / Warblade 8 / Eternal Blade 9
HexMonk
Hidden warlord (4e Optimized Character Build)
High-Defense Wizard This build is intended to maintain maximum caster level while making a Wizard untouchable by anything short of a critical hit. It is the supreme defensive caster build with virtually no dependance on defensive spells. Monk 2/Ranger 1/Wizard 2/Divine Oracle 10/Abjurant Champion 5
Holy Warlord
Holy Warrior
Huge Touch AC Cleric Monk 2/Cleric 3/Divine Oracle 4/Contemplative 1/Soulguard 10
Iaijutsu Master
Infinite Rage
Inhuman AoO-er
Intimidating Mage (4e Optimized Character Build)
Invincible Monk
Invisible (4e Optimized Character Build)
Kalashtar Fireknife
Knightly Charger Charge for massive damage, and once in the thick of things use excellent zone control to keep enemies in place. Knight 5 / Fighter 1 / Pious Templar 4 / Cavalier 10 Human
Lich Tank
Little Dagger Wielder A backstabbing halfling whose tools of destruction are small daggers. Rogue 16/ Fighter 2/ Ranger 2 Halfling
Lots and lots of minions
Lucky Daggersage
Lycan tank
Machine Gun Assassin Throw up to 16 shurikens every 6 seconds as touch attacks while adding Sudden Strike to each one. Ninja 15 / Master Thrower 5 Halfling
Mage Tank
Mage-Thief (Without losing any caster levels!)
Magic Missile Stormer
Making of The Mage
Master of Illusion
Master of the Force
Max Healing
Melee Arcanist
Melee Specialized Dread Necromancer
Melee theurge
Mindspider Infiltrator Keep enemies in their place while stunning them and dealing decent damage. Also serves as a master infiltrator. Warlock 6 / Mindbender 1 / Cabinet Trickster 5 / Mindspy 5 / Fighter 1 / Warshaper 2 Changeling
Mjolnir Bloodstorm - Thor Thor throws his mighty greathammer dealing godly (300 hp) damage. Warblade 7 / Crusader 1 / Barbarian 1 / Bloodstorm Blade 4/ Master Thrower 5 Dragonborn Water Orc)
Negative Levels
No-One The Mad
Nude Nonlethal Bard/Heartwarder Hippy
Octoman
Odd super companion/familiar
Oh, whats that? A wall? This build is meant for a subterranean campaign or some other campaign situated with a "background of stone", well.. That makes it better anyway.
One Person Party
Optimized saves for evil Maximized save bonuses using charisma oriented evil and non-good classes. Strong combat. Monk 2 / Paladin of Tyranny 2 / Hexblade 3 / Blackguard 2
Orc Smash!
Orc with Level Drain
Paladin of Sorrow
Paladinesque
Paladinzilla
Paragon of Corruption
Pious Crusader This build focuses on trying to build out a melee paladin with better saves and a lot of combat focus. Lesser Aasimar
Power Attack/Combat Expertise Combo Tactics Fighter
Priest of Lyrics and Chords
Psion Fighter Tank
Pun-Pun
Radiant Geo-Paladin
Random Choice: Cavalier
Random Choice: Factotum
Random Choice: Initiate of the Draconic Mysteries
Rebreather (4e Optimized Character Build)
Reflexman This build allows for a ridiculously high Reflex save that eventually covers Fortitude and Will too.
Righteous Rager Scare your foes into running every time you charge into combat. Barbarian 10 / Champion of Gwynharwyf 10
Rogue Ideas
Rounded Defender
SRD Warlock This Build uses various high arcanas from the archmage prestige class to blast things a lot of times per day (more than you will probably need). who said only warlocks could blow everything up constantly
Sacrilegious Fist
Savage Arm
Saves Man
Scary Barbarian (4e Optimized Character Build)
Scimitar Crit-Hitter
Scroll user - Max UMD like a boss
Shower of Arrows Shoot a barrage of arrows every round, adding Skirmish damage to each of them all the while keeping full skirmish damage and a high BAB. Scout 4 / Ranger 16 Elf
Simple Minion Cleric
Slashing Fury (TWF Scimitar Build)
Soulknife Undead Hunter
Spellcasting Powerhouse
Spellshooting Swordmage (4e Character Optimization)
Spellsword - The Warrior Mage
Spiked Chain Freak
Spontaneous Gnome Shadow Illusionist
Sublime Ur Lyrist
Sun elf invoker
Survivability Warlock
Survivor Monk
Swashbuckler with better-than-rogue Sneak Attack This is a Swashbuckler build with better than Rogue Sneak Attack and full BAB, and the ability to feint every attack. Until level 9 you operate as a Swashbuckler who two weapon fights. At level 9, you turn into a sneak attack monster. 5 Swashbuckler/5 Invisible Blade Human
Swift Disarmer
Technical Fighter
Teh Frenzy Powa!!!
Tempest Scout
Thasar's Shapechanging Invincible Druid Show them all the true power of Nature's Wrath ith this incredibly detailed build! Druid 20 Human
The Agilomancer
The Arcane Tank that actually works
The Closest thing to Jesus a player character can get
The Lancer (AKA The Dragoon)
The Psionic Monk
The Tankvoker (4e Optimized Character Build)
The Wish and the Word
Theurge of Charisma
Thri-Kreen Sneak Attacker
Tinkering Artificer
Trip fighter
Tripper
Two-Weapon Crit Specialist This is an attempt to optimize critical hits while still giving the character plenty of options and defenses.
Ultimate Area Attacker
Ultimate Damage Dervish
Ultimate Huge Divine Battle Sorcerer
Ultimate Infiltrator I thought about making the coolest possible level 20 infiltrator with SRD rules only. Here he is! Rogue 1, Cleric 3, Wizard 3, Mystic Theurge 4, Assassin 1, Arcane Trickster 8 Human
Ultimate Mindhunter
Ultimate Monk
Ultimate Monk
Ultimate Monk
Ultimate Monk
Ultimate Monk
Ultimate Monk (SRD) This is a hard-hitting, fast-moving monk/psionic fist whose ki (via his psionic abilities) allows him to shapeshift. A cousin of the original Ultimate Monk using SRD rules only.
Ultimate Ranged Touch Wizard This build is intended to maintain maximum caster level while making a Wizard untouchable by anything short of a critical hit. It is the supreme defensive caster build with virtually no dependance on defensive spells. Offensively, it focuses on one of the most reliable, consistent forms of damage: Ranged Touch Attacks. Monk 2/Ranger 1/Wizard 2/Divine Oracle 4/Abjurant Champion 5/Rogue 1/Spellwarp Sniper 5
Ultimate Summoner
Ultimate Undead Hunter
Ultimate defender
Untouchable fighter
Ursa Major
Vow of Poverty Forsaker
Wand User Monk
War Hulking Hurler
Warblade Dualwield
Warforged raging frenzied Juggernaut
Warrior of a Thousand Attacks of Opportunity
Whirling Eater of Souls Elan
Wilderness Encarnate
Xbow Sniper
Yet Another Monk Build

Third Party Rules

These optimized character builds use any rules; some found within the System Reference Document, WotC source books, third party source books, the internet, and, of course, here on D&D Wiki.

Name Summary Final Class Progression Starting Race
Arcane light tank Bard 6/Battle Howler of Gruumsh 3/Sublime Chord 2/Spellsword 1/Eldritch knight 8 Any
Avengers Iron Man
Bard swiftblade of sublime chord Handsome Fight Bard, good saves and attacks. Using swiftblade class. Bard 7/ Swiftblade 10 / Sublime Chord 5/ SRD:Paladin 2 Human
Battle Blesser
Battle Knight Bard of Sublime Chord Handsome Fight Bard, to show the bard can be useful, and he not only needs to give bonus to your party friends. A good fighter, with nice stats and maximized CHA, and 9th level spell slots, to be epic read. A non-break game build. Bard 4/ Paladin 2/ Eldritch Knight 9/ Sublime Chord 1/ Abjurant Champion 4 Elf
Battle Wizard
Black Lion (4e Optimized Character Build)
Boomerang Factotum with full spellthief and wizard casting
Critical Master
Daggerspell Master
Damage Reduction Master
Dark Summoner (Alternative, 3.5e Optimized Character Build)
Diplomacy and Blackmail Gestalt
Dragonfire Ninja
Elementalist
Fighter AoO'er
Firearm Focus
Flamefist
Gestalt Warlock Artificer Hellfire Warlock
Goliath Dwarven Defender
Halfling Vampire SwordSage
Insightful Strikers You hack people down with inherent awesomeness.
Level 10 Gargantuan Swordsman
Lich Tank
Lycan tank
Mage-Thief (Without losing any caster levels!)
Massive Damage Striker
Master of Illusion
Mega-Cleric
Niten Master
Nude Nonlethal Bard/Heartwarder Hippy
Orc with Level Drain
Runner
Sacred Fist of the Silver Flame Combining the Monk and Paladin with a hint of psionics for a wisdom-based character. Monk 2 / Paladin 4 / Shiba Protector 1 / War Mind 5 / Argent Fist 8 Elan
Scroll user - Max UMD like a boss
Teef, the toothy half ogre
Teh Frenzy Powa!!!
Thasar's Psionic Nuker
The Forever Mage
The Wisdomancer
Thri-kreen Dervish
Ultimate Undead Hunter
Ursa Major
WD-54-10-4 "Murphy" Warforged Warblade Juggernaut
Warforged raging frenzied Juggernaut
Werebear Monk

Half-Optimizations

These optimized builds are too short to be considered full optimizations, however they encompass useful and interesting tricks can be added to certain characters in a matter of levels. These use any rules; some found within the System Reference Document, WotC source books, third party source books, the internet, and, of course, here on D&D Wiki.

Name Summary Final Class Progression Starting Race
Anthropomorphic Baleen Whale, Feral (3.5e Optimized Build)
Anthropomorphic baleen puppeteer
Assassin of Shar
Battle Priest
Fast Movment Hard Hits
Foundling Monk
Grapplemancer A wizard that's so much better at grappling than any "traditional" grappler it blows them out of the water. Wizard 3 Human
Hero-Bard of Awesomeness
I can USE shurikens
Illusionist summoner
Limitless Charnel Healer Using negative energy, the limitless charnel healer can heal herself without end.  ?? Any 1-HD +0-LA Humanoid
Low Level Nova An example of a low-level nova-er, dealing 11d6+12 damage at level 3. Duskblade 3 Human
Lycanthrope Melee Optimization
Monk Ease Use
Nonhero-necromancer
Persist Time Stop
Politico
Quick and Dirty Soul Eater Bestowing negative levels before 4th-level spells? Sure, why not? Fighter 5/Soul Eater 1 Warforged
Runner
Summon Zombies at Level One
Swashbuckler-Artificer
The Ultimate Duelist
Transmuter Gish
True Battle Sorcerer
Two-Weapon Karmic Fighter
Undead Controller
Using Reaping Mauler to Extract Brains
Vorpal on the Loose

Flavorful Optimizations

These builds aren't really optimized too much as far as mechanics goes, instead attempting to come as close as possible to certain concepts, flavors, or gimmicks.

Name Summary Final Class Progression Starting Race

Class Guides

Class Guides deal with the ins and outs of a certain class, showing what their strengths and weaknesses are. The rules they use depend on the class they outline.



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