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tleilaxu:
say a character starts out at 1st level with an 18 in an ability score. over the course of levelling up to 18, they put all 5 point increases into that stat. in addition, manual of stat increase +5 is found or craft. This would make the ability score 28. If a +6 stat booster item is used, it brings the stat up to 34. Is this all kosher as per RAW? Are there any other things I have forgotten which could further boost the statistic?

Knightcrawler:

--- Quote from: tleilaxu ---say a character starts out at 1st level with an 18 in an ability score. over the course of levelling up to 18, they put all 5 point increases into that stat. in addition, manual of stat increase +5 is found or craft. This would make the ability score 28. If a +6 stat booster item is used, it brings the stat up to 34. Is this all kosher as per RAW? Are there any other things I have forgotten which could further boost the statistic?
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There is no upper limit to what you can have as a stat.  ONe thing you need to think about is different types of bonuses.  Since most magic items provide a enhancement bonus to stats.  You also have inherent like the tomes of stat increase and sacred or profane are really the only ones taht apply to stat increases.

Dacke:
The Spell Compendium has owl's insight, a 5th level druid spell which grants an insight bonus equal to half caster level to Wisdom. Only lasts an hour, though.

Ottomsoh the Elderly:
By default, 36 is the best you can go at 20th level (start with a +2 racial adjustment, roll an 18, put all your stat increase there, find a +5 tome/manual or a lot of wish scrolls, and grab a +6 item).

However you can go farther with the proper choices. For example, a half-orc barbarian 9/sorcerer 1/dragon disciple 10 can have 44 Strength this way, raising to 48 when raging.

And of course there's polymorph. Dire bears and fire giants are popular choices for Strength-boosting purposes.

Raising your wisdom to ridiculously high levels is much harder, on the other hand.

Ottomsoh the Elderly:

--- Quote from: Harry Joy ---Isn't Owl's Wisdom the one ability buff NO one ever uses?
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Actually, it's useful for clerics, druids, paladins, rangers, and other divine spellcasters. It was also useful to psions-seers before the revision...

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