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If you actually take into account a bunch of considerations, it's an advantage but not an unstoppable one. Distance So, you can target anyone in 60 feet you can see. This is great if you are in the bushes and they're in the open. If you all are in the forest, 60 feet might be harder to get just from foilage alone. You might have to be closer. Although ...


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If a Druid casts Heat metal from hiding at 60' on a knight and dashes away, then the knight ends up taking 20d8 damage, since it takes 1 min to doff heavy armor. In this basic 1:1 scenario, yes. That seems pretty powerful. But a knight would be rather lost riding into a forest all alone anyway. Having help doffing armor will halve the damage, since ...


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You're pretty much correct that using Heat Metal on a lone knight wearing plate is game over, but there are some other considerations to remember: Allies The events that you allude to in your question require that you have a lone knight who has no ranged options fighting against a druid in a forest, with plenty of places to hide. Even without Heat Metal, ...


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If you absolutely feel the need to make a fix here (and to be honest, the situation you present is pretty implausible in actual game play), I'd recommend making the caster stay in range for the duration of the concentration. To be honest, this really isn't a particularly dramatic spell for the fact that it's a 2nd level spell (which means it's at minimum ...


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Animal Devotion is a spell-like ability, as [Domain] feats generally are, per Complete Champion pg. 52. Unless otherwise noted, the benefit granted by any domain feat is a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your character level. Wild Shape functions per Alternate form, as stated on SRD > Classes > Druid: This ability functions like the ...


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First of all, just to be sure, you always can use animal devotion with different animal than the one you are using for wildshape. Because animal devotion would have nothing to do with the original form of your wildshape, no rules could possibly cross-apply. As far as I understand, even if the animal you select for both wildshape and animal devotion is the ...


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Balance So firstly, you need to understand that you're effectively stealing a class feature. Wizards get the least class features of any class, because their access to a wide variety of spells makes up for it. With that said, balance-wise, this is not going to be an issue. Necromancy spells come in 3 broad categories: Offensive, resurrection, and minions. ...


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Adding necromancy spells isn't overpowered in and of itself. If I were you or your DM, I'd write a new terrain type for Land druids or perhaps even make entirely new paradigm for the class. Considering that you are inexperienced, however, I think the easiest thing and the one for the least potential to break your game is to make a new circle for Land ...


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I personally don’t worry about how a druid has seen a beast, in my game. I assume that druids have broad experience with regional fauna, and most of them have some means of observing even exotic fauna. The game doesn’t require the druid to see the beast in play in front of the other PCs – that would be a pretty weird metagame requirement. Because of this, ...


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Of equal relevance, if you have seen a picture, statue or illusion of the beast, is that enough? This is a DM call, basic rules page 3: The players describe what they want to do. The DM narrates the results of the adventurers’ actions. RAW says "seen". The Free Dictionary defines seen as "past participle of see", so see is defined as ...



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