Vox Machina Maximum Damage

cade110794 asked: Hey, what’s the most amount of damage each VM character can do, individually, in one round of combat?

Note that the spellcasters often have additional status effects or area-of-effect capabilities with their spells, so their damage totals are correspondingly lower. Keyleth, in particular, can do far more damage in a single round if we allow for multiple targets. Also, some spells and weapons deal much more damage against certain creatures than others, like Keyleth’s Tidal Wave overkill of the fire elementals or Percy’s Dragonslayer Longsword against Umbrasyl, but for the sake of this post, we’re taking those out of the equation.

These calculations assume:

  • Only damage to one target
  • Target has no vulnerabilities or resistances
  • Target fails all required saves
  • Target is not a structure
  • Circumstances allow the spells to be cast/weapons to be used
  • No special location circumstances
    • No random ice spikes jutting out for a target to land on, no roofs to fall off, etc.
  • Falling damage is maxed at 20d6 (PHB 183)
  • All attacks are critical hits
  • Critical Role’s spellcasting rules are followed
  • No reactions are used

Grog: 270

  • 3x Bloodaxe + Enlarge + Frenzied Rage + Great Weapon Master + Brutal Critical: 270 Slashing/Necrotic Damage
    • 3( 2(1d12 Slashing + 1d6 Necrotic + 1d4 Enlarge) +3 Rage + 7 STR + 2  + 10 GWM + 1d12 BC + 1d12 BC)

Note: Matt doesn’t have Travis double his Brutal Critical damage.

Keyleth: 110

  • Tsunami (8th): 110 Bludgeoning Damage
    • 6d10 Bludgeoning + 5d10 Bludgeoning at start of creature’s turn

Percy: 646 (yes, really.)

  • 4x Animus + Violent Shot + Sharpshooter + Hex: 404 Piercing/Psychic Damage
    • 4( 2(2d10 Piercing + 1d6 Psychic + 1d10 Piercing + 1d6 Necrotic) + 6 DEX + 1 + 10 SS)
  • 2x Animus + Double Violent Shot + Sharpshooter + Hex: 242 Piercing/Psychic Damage
    • 2( 2(2d10 Piercing + 1d6 Psychic + 2d10 Piercing + 1d6 Necrotic) + 6 DEX + 1 + 10 SS)

Pike: 233

  • Inflict Wounds (7th): 180 Necrotic Damage
    • 2(9d10 Necrotic)
  • Spiritual Weapon (Cast in previous round at 6th level): 85 Force Damage
    • 2(3d8 Force) + 5

Scanlan: 160

  • Bigby’s Hand- Clenched Fist (8th): 160 Force Damage
    • 2(10d8 Force)

Trinket: 104

  • Bite Attack + Hunter’s Mark: 40 Slashing
    • 2(2d6 Slashing + 1d6 HM) + 4
  • 2x Claw Attack + Hunter’s Mark: 32 Piercing
    • 2 (2(1d8 Piercing + 1d6 HM) + 4)

Vax’ildan: 296

  • Whisper + Divine Smite + Sneak Attack + Sharpshooter: 158 Piercing/Psychic/Radiant Damage
    • 2(1d4 Piercing + 1d8 Psychic + 2d8 Radiant + 7d6 SA) + 3 + 5 DEX + 10 SS
  • Dagger of Venom + Divine Smite + Sharpshooter: 96 Piercing/Poison/Radiant Damage
    • 2(1d4 Piercing + 2d8 Radiant + 2d10 Poison) + 1 + 5 DEX + 10 SS
  • Whisper + Sharpshooter: 42 Piercing/Psychic Damage
    • 2(1d4 Piercing + 1d8 Psychic) + 3 + 5 DEX + 10 SS

Vex’ahlia: 304

  • Fenthras (Bramble Shot) + Blazing Bowstring + Sneak Attack + Hail of Thorns (4th, cast previous round): 176 Piercing/Fire/Lightning Damage
    • 2(2d8 Piercing + 1d4 Lightning + 4d6 Bramble + 1d6 SA + 4d6 HoT + 1d10 BB) + 3 + 5 DEX
  • Fenthras + Blazing Bowstring + Hail of Thorns (3rd): 128 Piercing/Fire/Lightning Damage
    • 2(2d8 Piercing + 1d4 Lightning + 3d10 HoT + 1d10 BB) + 3 + 5 DEX