Naturally, increasing Strength and the weapon Enchantment bonus will increase damage output. But, I am wondering which Level 40 Player character can achieve the highest possible damage on a single strike.

For the specifics, let's use a +5 weapon with no other properties on an enemy with no particular Damage Vulnerability, though if the answer changes with a +10 Enchantment bonus, that might be interesting to note. And, let's only consider legal characters, meaning that you have to be able to level up from Level 1 to Level 40 via the Neverwinter Nights interface. Let's assume that items and spells provide the full +12 Ability bonuses, but do not provide any other feats or damage-assisting spells. And let's just discuss the base game (1.69, with HotU), without any Hakpaks.

Of course this maximal damage strike will not correspond to maximum DPS and this character might have glaring weaknesses, but this question will be much easier to answer objectively than something like "What is the best PvE character?"

  • Asking for "best character" would be too broad, but making too many custom restrictions are prone for seeding, not good question at all. Moreover I doubt the answer is useful to anyone else, why would someone want to have character with "glaring weaknesses" and only do damage into a single special monster in the game? If there would be achievement "do X damage in single hit", that may be a good question of how to achieve it and good answer.
    – user135338
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 15:09
  • @Sinatr: You've never played Neverwinter Nights, have you? It's an entire system, not just a single game. Module creators can create any sort of monster or weapon, so I added the "custom restrictions" just to eliminate special monsters.
    – palswim
    Commented May 28, 2020 at 16:45

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I have calculated 2230 as the maximum possible damage for a hit. But that doesn't answer the question.

I can achieve this with a Paladin 21, Champion of Torm 14, Weapon Master 5 wielding a Scythe, ending with (STR/DEX/CON/INT/WIS/CHA) 14/13/8/13/14/26, having started at 14/13/8/13/12/16.

You might think like I do every time I see that Class and Ability breakdown, that certainly I could shift some of the Paladin levels to more Champion of Torm levels, but I haven't found any other build that will reach these heights.

I couldn't start with a higher Charisma score because I needed 13 in Dexterity and Intelligence for the Weapon Master prerequisite Feats and 13 in Strength for Power Attack. And the game wouldn't let me start Wisdom at any lower than 11.

And I had to save my Champion of Torm levels until the Character hit a score of 25 in Charisma, because Champion of Torm allows of the selection of Great Smiting as one of its bonus feats, but it only provides a bonus Feat every other level for the first ten levels.

Feats of note:

The Damage breakdown:

So, this can hit for 446*5 = 2230. I couldn't even fit Extra Smiting and Improved Critical (Scythe) into this build, so if this hit misses, the character better run quickly.

One note: I suppose I could hit for slightly more on an Undead enemy that doesn't have Critical Hit immunity with Bless Weapon, but not too many Undead creatures can suffer Critical Hits.

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